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Atlanta Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting Death of 7-Year-Old Kennedy Maxie

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Daquan Reed (left) and Kennedy Maxie (right)/Source: Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta police say they captured a suspect connected with the death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie, a Georgia girl who was hit and killed by an apparent stray bullet after Christmas shopping with her family.

What We Know:

  • According to Steve Avery, Atlanta Police Department officer, investigators worked with U.S. Marshals to capture 24-year-old Daquan Reed in Hampton Roads, located in Virginia, on Wednesday. Reed awaits extradition to Georgia.
  • “We are very appreciative of work our investigators and the U.S. Marshals put into locating and apprehending Mr. Reed,” Avery wrote in a statement. Officers stated on Dec. 29, they had a warrant for Reed’s arrest to face murder and gun charges.
  • When news revealed that a stray bullet had killed a young girl in a significant business district, it shook Atlanta’s city, which saw a growth in killings and deaths in 2020.

“As of the end of the week 52 reporting period, we are at 154 homicides compared with 99 for the same period of 2019,” Avery mentioned in a statement. “That is an increase of 61%.”

  • Kennedy’s aunt informed police that on Dec. 21, she was driving by Phipps Plaza on Peachtree Road when she heard gunshots. The aunt kept going, and shortly after that, saw that Kennedy was “acting strangely,” according to a police statement. She then noticed that Kennedy was shot and drove Kennedy to the hospital.
  • The bullet hit Kennedy on the back of her head, police stated. Kennedy was in a critical state for days before dying due to her injuries on Dec. 26. Some Atlanta city leaders associated Kennedy’s death with their endorsement of a plan to enhance protection and security in Buckhead, the commercial neighborhood where she was shot.
  • With the increasing violence, a combination of business and civic leaders in Buckhead are taking matters into their own hands. With the aid of fundraising efforts, private police officers in January are programmed to begin patrols in the district, part of a larger “Buckhead Security Plan” unveiled earlier this month.

The plan entails increasing and upgrading Buckhead’s use of cameras and license plate readers, developing radio communication within the Atlanta Police Department and neighborhood security patrols, suggesting rewards for information about crimes, and helping officer recruitment and retention.

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Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit

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A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.

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  • The chase occurred around 9 p.m after police attempted to stop a man named Joshua Munoz. According to authorities, Munoz had warrants out for his arrest and was wanted for outstanding felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Munoz was charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, burglary, and violating probation. Munoz was pursued by officers onto Highway 101 where he allegedly opened fire. Reportedly, he held a pistol out of the driver’s side window and fired a round at officers. Nobody was injured during the incident.
  • The pursuit reached Monterey County and then the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. Munoz eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Afterward, Munoz attempted to flee, but officers managed to capture him.
  • Police recovered a handgun and rifle on the scene. Munoz was later booked into Santa Clara County jail. In addition to previous warrants, Munoz has also been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felony evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with additional information to contact detectives at 408-046-0335 or the anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.

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Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence

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A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.

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  • The couple allegedly made vlogs about the crime in the aftermath of the incident. The videos are being used as evidence in the case and have been presented to a Nevada grand jury this week. The videos were recorded with the intent to post them online but were never posted.
  • Aaron Guerrero and Sierra Halseth are charged with murdering Daniel Halseth, Sierra’s father. The couple then burned down the Halseth’s home, which incinerated Daniel’s corpse. In the video, Guerrero can be quoted as saying, “It was worth it.”
  • Sierra and Aaron both face counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Other charges include murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson, fraudulent use of credit cards, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery with a deadly weapon. The couple was caught on surveillance footage from Home Depot and WinCo purchasing the supplies needed to start a fire.
  • According to CBS 8, the couple’s credit card and debit card receipts match the purchases. Authorities revealed that the couple had been dating for seven months before their parents agreed they shouldn’t date. After the incident, the couple fled to Salt Lake City. The pair was arrested in Utah, and a bloody rug was found in the teenager’s trunk.

The couple was extradited to Clark County, Nevada, and denied bail.

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge

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A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.

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  • An 18-year-old from Dallas allegedly kidnapped a sleeping Gernon from his bed last month. He is now being charged with capital murder after the toddler was found stabbed to death a few blocks away. Darriynn Brown’s charges have been upgraded on Wednesday night. This is after new evidence has been found linking him to the murder.
  • Dallas police say “evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking” Brown to the young boy. Authorities have not specified what DNA evidence they have. Police did not immediately identify Brown as the suspect. Brown was identified later on via surveillance footage taking Gernon from his bed around 5 a.m.
  • Two hours after the incident, a jogger came across Gernon’s dead body lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. At the time, Cash and his twin brother Carter were staying with their father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. Their father allegedly skipped town to outrun drug charges. Carter is now in the custody of his mother, Melina Seagroves.
  • Police allege that Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but their exact relationship is unclear. Before the DNA was returned, Brown was already facing kidnapping and burglary charges. In February, Brown walked into another Dallas home attempting to snatch a two year old girl but was stopped by her grandfather. Brown attacked the man and fled the scene without the girl.

Brown was charged with burglary and injury to an elderly person in that incident.

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