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Man uses BB gun to rob taxi driver of $8 fare after ride to Brewer Walmart, police say



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Brewer police have charged a 20-year-old man from New York with robbing a taxi driver on Saturday night after he allegedly placed a BB gun to the driver’s head, then left the cab without paying an $8 fare.

The alleged altercation happened after the suspect — Jonnatan Gutierrez-Gomez of Amityville, New York — and another man took a taxi from Larkin Street in Bangor to the Walmart Supercenter off Wilson Street in Brewer, according to court records at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Just before 7:30 p.m., the taxi driver called police from outside the Walmart to allege that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

When Sgt. Edward Willey of the Brewer Police Department arrived at the scene, the driver said that one of the passengers had become angry about the amount of the cab fare and had forcibly pressed what appeared to be a handgun against his head, Willey said in a probable cause affidavit.

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Then, both passengers allegedly left the cab and walked into the Walmart without paying their approximately $8 fare.
Soon, both men came back out of the store and officers arrested Gutierrez-Gomez, who matched a description provided by the cab driver.

While Gutierrez-Gomez did not have a gun on him, he allegedly told police that he had been carrying a BB gun earlier and had hidden it in the Walmart. He later helped police locate the gray BB gun, which resembled a regular handgun, inside the store, Willey said. He had placed it under a stack of tan pants, according to testimony from the other man who rode the taxi that night.

Later, during an interview at the Penobscot County Jail, Gutierrez-Gomez allegedly told police that he’d gotten into an argument with the taxi driver after they disagreed about the fare and that his BB gun accidentally slipped out of his jacket pocket when he was leaving the cab. He suggested that the driver may have misinterpreted that as a threat, Willey said in the affidavit.

Police did not arrest the other passenger, who allegedly confirmed some of the details provided to them by the taxi driver, according to Willey.

They charged Gutierrez-Gomez with robbery, a class B felony, and two class D misdemeanors, assault and criminal threatening. On Monday evening, he was still being held at the Penobscot County Jail after an initial court hearing earlier in the day.

A judge set his bail at $5,000 secured cash, according to court records.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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