Browsing: Robbery

rocky.pedersen.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rocky Pedersen, who has been charged with 35 criminal counts, including attempted first-degree murder, for a series of robberies at marijuana businesses over the past five months, once owned a medical marijuana dispensary that was itself the target of a high-profile robbery back in 2013. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media EmpireA series of bank robberies perpetrated by men wearing masks familiar from the movie Scream culminated in a massive manhunt for three suspects, one of whom wound up on the FBI’s ten most wanted list. All three have now been convicted, but Sanders is the first to be sentenced — and the jolt he received was massive. Westword has the story.

screen_shot_2016-09-23_at_4-08-14_pmJerry Ford Jr., on his way home from class, thought the man sitting outside his apartment building was a University of Houston student who had been locked out. But before Ford, a graduate public policy student at UH, could even put his key in the door, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. He took Ford’s wallet and his phone, running off into nearby MacGregor Park.
In the days following, Ford would talk with other students, the community at large and eventually KTRK about his experience — making otherwise normal comments that would soon be blown out of proportion across the country.

In the news clip, titled “Students Concerned About Increased Crime Near University of Houston Main Campus,” Ford and a few other students talk about recent crimes they’ve experienced or heard about, concerned about the fact that, since they live off campus, UH security does not patrol the area surrounding the Campus Vue apartments. The students, including Ford, hoped UH officials would change their mind about that.

Here’s what national conservative media turned the story into–using Ford’s Black Lives Matter association against him.


sobemugsphotos via Miami-Dade Corrections; montage by David Cypkin/rakontur

Three weeks ago, Miami Beach police rolled out a new crime fighting initiative aimed at stemming a tide of robberies in South Beach, and they’ve had some recent success. Some of the arrests may be due to beefed up manpower and squads of detectives working longer hours (with overtime benefits, of course.)


One of Rafael Pedroza’s earliest acting credits was a burglar on the Colombian soap opera Me Amaras Bajo La Lluvia (or, in English, You Loved Me in The Rain). Now he’s a suspect in a real life robbery in Miami-Dade.

Sunny Isles Beach Police are on the hunt for Pedroza and fellow Colombian actor Farid Duque. They believe the pair pulled off a June 12 heist at an apartment on the 19300 block of Collins Avenue. The duo is believed to have stolen more than $20,000 in goods.

The majority of suspects in a ring that allegedly stole $6 million worth of Rolexes and other high-end watches was behind bars today, authorities said.

The crew was responsible for a brazen, $1.63 million heist at Geary’s Rolex Boutique in Westfield Century City last summer in which two of three suspects were carrying assault-type weapons, according to federal officials and Los Angeles police.

One of the suspects opened fire after a security guard intervened, but no one was hit.

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