MURDER

Shooting at Orlando tow truck company

Paul Gren, 53, the owner of a tow truck company in Orlando, Florida, was killed Tuesday night when an irate man allegedly opened fire after learning he owed $285 for his impounded car, according to Orlando Sentinel.

Authorities say 35-year-old Tremain Polk arrived at Gren’s tow truck company at 639 W. Robinson St., in the Parramore neighborhood around 6 p.m. to pick up his vehicle. When a tow truck employee, Erica Hicks, told Polk that he owed $285, he became angry since he only had $135 on him.

The tow truck employee stated that Polk, who was released from prison in 2012, “tried to push his way into the back, but stopped when she threatened to call the police.”

Polk was later seen on surveillance footage jumping a chain-link fence just outside of the Orlando tow truck company’s edifice. He proceeded to bust the windows out of three cars before hopping into his vehicle and driving off, according to police.

The suspect didn’t make it far as he was unable to drive through the tow truck company’s “closed bay door.” Polk exited his vehicle and attempted to open the door, but he was confronted by Gren. Hicks told investigators that Polk had a gun, but he kept it by his side.

She went on to say that Polk started to walk away, taking “two steps inside the door, turned around toward Gren, took a gun from his waistband, and fired three shots at Gren from point-blank range.”

Although Polk was captured on surveillance footage destroying property and attempting to take his own vehicle, the Orlando tow truck shooting was not captured on camera.

Gren was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Polk fled after allegedly shooting the tow truck company owner, but he was apprehended a short time later. He is being held at the Orange County Jail on first-degree murder and robbery charges.

Indiana father jailed for murder of infant daughter

A Johnson County judge sentenced 22-year-old Christopher Potts to 30 years in prison on Friday for the murder of his 6-month-old daughter Felicity Anderson.

The Indy Channel reports that on September 3, 2015, Potts was with his daughter at their apartment home in Franklin, Indiana when he became angry and lost control.

Johnson County Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Bland stated that Potts picked up Felicity “out of the crib and ultimately, threw her into the crib. So, it was the mattress she hit.”

Emergency medical services rushed Felicity to a local hospital where doctors pronounced the child dead within an hour after arriving.

Felicity suffered a skull fracture after her father violently threw her in her crib, according to a local medical examiner, who confirmed that the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Officers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Potts on felony battery charges “resulting in death to a person less than 14 years of age” after he purportedly confessed to throwing his daughter into her crib out of frustration.

In March of this year, a jury found Potts guilty of murdering his 6-month-daughter after three hours of deliberation, and he was due back in court for sentencing in April 2017.

While in court, the Johnson County Superior Court 3 Judge Lance Hamner stated:

“I don’t think you are a monster. I think you did a monstrous thing.”

“The history of our species is that we protect our young… You killed your baby girl, and you know what you did.”

Hamner sentenced Potts to 30 years in prison, including five years suspended, for the 2015 murder of his daughter.

Potts will receive credit for serving 581 days in jail.

Teen found dead in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Metropolitan police officials have identified the burned body found near a southwest apartment complex as 20-year-old Geranique “Chicago” Bentley after releasing a sketch of the victim to the public, News 3LV reports.

Homicide detectives arrested Raymond Quinsell Lewis, 22, believed to be the victim’s boyfriend of two years, on Thursday, March 16 in connection with the killing.

Bentley’s partially burned body was found around 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 “tucked between two walls in a hidden corner of the complex” when a couple—Alan Miller and Pauline Chuckluck—were “flying their drone” in the area of Washington Avenue and Tenaya Way.

“It’s pretty gruesome,” said Lt. Dan McGrath, who is with the Metropolitan Police Department. “We don’t have a lot of information, but we have a very petite young girl, who is dead.”

Las Vegas Metropolitan police stated that the victim was partially clothed, but says it may have burned off when she was set on fire. It is believed that Bentley was murdered before she was dumped at the apartment complex and later set on fire.

A resident living in the area where the burned body was found said:

“To know that something like that happened here. This neighborhood is quiet here. We’ve never had nothing like this happen and to know the nature of what happened, it’s serious.”

A family friend said the homicide victim had been homeless since the age of 14 and was battling a drug addiction, but she was trying to get clean.

A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, added that “one day, about a year ago, she came in and wasn’t messed up and told me she did a stint in one of those rehabs. She’d come in and go, come in and go.”

LVMPD have not released Bentley’s cause of death or the circumstances leading up to the murder.

A family friend created a Go Fund Me page to help with burial expenses.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police urge anyone with information regarding the burned woman found in Las Vegas to contact “Metro’s Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or email homicide@lvmpd.com. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.”

An investigation continues.

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