The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed it would begin investigating rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris after 11 victims accused them of sexual abuse. In addition, they face similar claims and others in Georgia and California.
What We Know:
- Since January, multiple claims against the Harrises became public when former family friend Sabrina Peterson publicly announced she received a strew of stories from various women. After this, more people started going viral with their own sexual assault tales.
- Due to this, attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn requested authorities in two states to investigate allegations that go back more than 15 years. He also reported the two and others in their group drugged, kidnapped, and sexually assaulted women in various instances.
- One victim recalled an occurrence from 2005 to the LAPD in April. Alongside this, a second person, Rachelle Jenks, filed a report with the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) with similar assertions from 2010. However, the woman reported it outside the statute of limitations.
- The Harrises’ lawyer, Steve Sadow, released a statement regarding the investigation and the Daily Beast article that released the information. He said neither the LAPD nor the LVPD had contacted the couple. They have also not heard from “any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country.” Sadow mentioned that because the LAPD accuser chose to remain anonymous, it prevents them from disputing or refuting her allegations. Further, he stated they only have the LVPD alleger’s name.
- During a press conference in March, Blackburn discussed the experiences of six women who affirm the T.I. and Tiny abused them. At the time, Blackburn only represented a small number of women; he now serves “over a dozen women” in the case.
- On Tuesday, Blackburn released a statement on the LAPD’s decision. He revealed his contentment and how the police “great concern.” Blackburn mentioned that while the council suggested that the women come out publicly, they prioritize their protection and safety.
“Ending violence against women, especially women, who have suffered in silence for years is my biggest priority. Their identities are known to law enforcement, and that’s what matters. We await further updates from the LAPD,” wrote Blackburn.
- T.I. and Tiny deny the testimonies. In January, T.I. posted a video on Instagram in which he declared Peterson only released those stories as part of a smear campaign against his family because of personal, unrelated issues. He used a Bible quote, Isaiah 54:17, as his caption for the social media post.
- Although T.I. and Tiny dismiss these women’s statements, there has been proof that the Harrises are sexually disrespectful for years. In 2019, T.I. told Ladies Like Us hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham he would take his then 18-year-old daughter Deyjah on yearly gynecologist appointments where he would ask the doctor to check the state of her hymen. People on social media expressed their disgust for his comments and questioned his integrity and parenting skills.
Due to a significant number of cases against them, both T.I. and Tiny face tremendous impacts on their careers. VH1 announced the channel would indefinitely suspend production on their series, T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, after Peterson’s proclamations. Alongside this, T.I. will not reprise his role of Dave in Ant-Man 3, but it was not communicated if he wasn’t returning because of the sexual assault charges.
Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit
A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.
What We Know:
- 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.
Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence
A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.
What We Know:
- 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.
Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge
A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.
What We Know:
- 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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