Here’s all the other crime news that caught our eye today, June 13, 2016!
- Brock Turner may have sent pictures of his victim’s breast to his friends before sexually assaulting her. According to police, a witness saw Turner standing over the victim’s body with his camera pointed at her. “The cell phone had a bright light pointed in the direction of the female,” the witness is quoted as saying, “using either a flashlight app on the phone or its built in app.” Turner then took off briefly, before returning to continue the assault, which was then thankfully interrupted by two heroic graduate students, who also called police.
Further evidence to support the theory that Turner texted photos of the victim to his pal lies in messages the police found on Turner’s phone suggesting that a photo was sent using an app called GroupMe, which unfortunately deletes messages and photos after a set short period of time. While the messages and any potential photos were gone by the time a search warrant was executed, the police did manage to get a screengrab of one of the responses Turner received from a friend, which stated, “Whos [sic] tit is that.” The use of the singular (tit) rather than plural (tits) is actually important — the victim was found with her bra disheveled, one breast exposed. It’s hardly conclusive proof – another friend could have sent a picture of a woman’s breast to their group of friends, for example – but it certainly is very, very suspicious in light of what we DO know about Turner’s activities that night. [ABC News]
- President Obama has offered more remarks on what motivated Omar Mateen’s devastating attack on a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people over the weekend. Obama said that Mateen was a “homegrown terrorist” who was “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet.” The President said that there is no evidence to suggested that Mateen’s actions were directed by a terrorist group like ISIS, though the group was more than happy to take responsibility after the fact. [NOLA]
- Here’s what we know about some of the Orlando shooting victims. Huffington Post has compiled the names, photos and background information about some of the people who perished on Sunday night, in an effort to draw as much attention to these innocent lost lives as the person responsible for their deaths. [Huffington Post]
- A mom of one of the Orlando victims pleads for stricter gun control laws. Christine Leinonen was a familiar face on the news in the hours after the shooting in Orlando, as she desperately searched for word on her son Christopher, who was later confirmed to be one of the 49 people killed by Omar Mateen. Leinonen spoke with ABC News and made a desperate plea for stricter gun control laws. “This is a club that nobody wants to be in,” she said about losing a loved one to a mass shooting. “Please, could we do something with the assault weapons so that we could stop this club from ever getting any new members. I beg all of you, please.” Watch above. [ABC News]
- Three Ohio women arrested after beating up McDonald’s cashier – in front of their kids! – for “working too slow.” All three were booked on misdemeanor assault charges — and they don’t look the slightest bit upset about it either. [NY Daily News]
- Gay guy on bike tries to cross Obama’s motorcade, gets tackled by police and misses hookup as a result. Here’s a gem of a story leftover from Friday — Daniel Provencio, 59, was blasting Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” as he rode his bike through Midtown Manhattan, when he accidentally went past a police barrier and crossed in front of President Obama’s motorcade. He was tackle to the ground and detained by the NYPD, and ended up missing his date with a guy he met on the gay dating site, Manhunt. “Manhattan men are very punctual,” he lamented when his date didn’t respond to his excuse for being late. Bummer! Luckily, Manhunt heard about his dating disaster and offered him a free year of their premium service, plus 52 roundtrip Uber rides. [Towleroad]
Photo: Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department