AZ Muslim Man Allegedly Rapes Woman Who Refused To Be His Arranged Marriage Wife

Phoenix Police charged a Muslim man with sexual assault and kidnapping after he allegedly tried to force his arranged marriage bride-to-be to have sex with him.

The families of Mohamed S. Abdullahi, 30, and the victim, a young woman believed to be approximately 18 years old, entered into “Nikah,” a formal Muslim marriage agreement. The union was against the wishes of the woman.

When she learned of it in December, she fled the state, but returned after two weeks in order to finish high school. After her graduation, the woman refused to go forward with the marriage.

On Monday, the woman’s parents took her to Abdullahi’s apartment in southeast Phoenix.

Trina Childs, a witness, said, “I saw some guys carrying a girl in, so I ran over to the front and they threw somebody and that girl in this house, and all of them just walked out.”

“She was crying, she was just screaming, and shaking her head. If I knew what was going on I would have called the cops, but I didn’t know at that time what was going on,” Childs added.

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According to the police report, Abdullahi barred the door to his apartment with a mattress and punched the woman in the face, knocking her to ground. He then ripped off her clothes and raped her. The victim had bruises on her neck as well as a bite mark, and was bleeding.

Abdullahi was also injured in the right hand and in the genital area during the assault.

When the assault was over, the victim managed to get her tablet from her purse and contacted a friend to call the police. When the officers arrived, the victim fled from the apartment and hid behind them.

Abdullahi was booked on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and sexual assault.

The two families involved immigrated from Somalia: both are under investigation. So far, the victim has been unwilling to cooperate with the police and does not want to press charges against Abdullahi or his family.


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Pregnant Manager Held At Gunpoint And Fired From Popeyes Offered Her Job Back (Video)

A possible happy ending is in store for a pregnant fast food manager in Texas who was terminated after being robbed at gunpoint.

Marissa Holcomb was fired by her superiors at Popeyes in Channelview, Texas, after a man came into the restaurant on March 31 brandishing a pistol and demanding Holcomb give him all of the money from the safe, KHOU reported.

While Holcomb could not access the safe, she gave the thief all of the money from the register – about $400 total.

The entire incident was captured by security cameras. No one was injured.

Z&H Foods, which owns the Popeyes franchise, gave Holcomb two options: reimburse the stolen money or be dismissed from the company.

“I told them, ‘I’m not paying. I’m not paying nothing,’” Holcomb told KHOU. “I just had a gun to me, I’m not paying the money.” Z&H Foods owner Amin Dhanani said Holcomb was terminated because she left too much money in the register on multiple occasions, violating company policy.

Holcomb contended Popeyes’ weekly special of $1.19 for a 2-piece chicken meal was the reason for the substantial amount of money in the register. Dhanani ultimately apologized to the pregnant mother of three and offered Holcomb her job back.

“He just apologized and he pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,” she told KHOU.

Z&H Foods released the following statement on the matter:

We deeply regret the way this matter was handled. We are committed to continuing to work with Ms. Holcomb, and we apologize to her, our employees, the public and other franchise operators of the Popeyes system.

We have let them down and are committed to do better.

Popeyes’ corporate office released a statement of their own, which read in part:

We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand.

We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation.

While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused.

Holcomb has also been offered $2,000 in back pay, but is not sure if she will return to the fast food joint. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she said. “But I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m going to be treated the same and then I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

h/t: Raw Story

Do you think Holcomb should have been fired in the first place?

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Obama Admin Admits Gang Member Who Killed ‘Top Model’ Not Deported Due To Amnesty Program

The Obama administration confirmed that the illegal immigrant charged with the first degree murder of a contestant on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) and two others had been granted amnesty under the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the “dreamer” policy.

Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez and David Ezequel Lopez, both 19, are accused of triple homicides in the deaths of ANTM contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19; her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23; and his roommate, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, on February 24, 2015, at Alvardo’s home in Charlotte, N.C.

As previously reported by Western Journalism, Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa (Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee), first raised concerns about Rangel-Hernandez’s status a few days after the murders in a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Jeh Johnson. By the following month, Grassley and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had confirmed that the murder suspect avoided deportation through the DACA policy.

Grassley and Tillis’ inquiry further revealed that Rangel-Hernandez had been placed in the removal process by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following drug charges in 2012, but his proceedings were dismissed in 2013 after his approval for Obama’s deferral program.

The senators added, “Whistleblowers allege that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application despite knowledge that he was a gang member.”

In light of their discoveries, the senators asked Sec. Jeh Johnson pointed questions, demanding to know why someone who was not eligible for DACA, due to his criminal record and gang membership, was allowed to stay in the country.

Grassley released U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Leon Rodriguez’s reply on Tuesday, in which he admitted, “Given the fact that the individual [Rangel-Hernandez] was a known gang member, his request should have been denied.” He further noted that, during their investigation, the USCIS identified others in the country under DACA who “merit further review.”

Grassley responded to USCIS’s admission, saying:

This statement by USCIS confirms what we have feared – that USCIS is not doing a thorough job reviewing the individuals who it allows to stay in this country under the President’s deferred action program. It’s no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it’s clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety. The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members.

Sen. Tillis added:

The flawed implementation of the President’s blanket deferred action program has created a loophole that allows dangerous criminals who came here illegally – even known gang members – to stay in the country. The USCIS needs to immediately start performing detailed criminal background checks to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Breitbart reports, as of March 20, 2015, the Obama administration had approved more than 866,638 DACA applications, 223,826 of which were renewals.

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Priest Pens Passionate Pro-Gun Plea, Presents Proposal To Parishioners

A Catholic priest serving a parish in Ann Arbor, Mich., recently made headlines for distributing a letter to churchgoers defending his belief that citizens should obtain firearms to combat area crime.

When he first broached the issue, a conversation that included the news that Christ the King parish would begin hosting concealed pistol license classes, Rev. Edward Fride attracted some criticism from within his flock. He countered these concerns with a letter he titled We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto.

The mixed reference was reportedly designed to differentiate the world as it exists from the idealized environment depicted in The Andy Griffith Show and The Wizard of Oz.

According to the lengthy letter, there are several reasons it makes sense for Christians to remove their blinders and acknowledge the sin and crime that surrounds them daily.

“It is very common for Christians to simply assume that they live in Mayberry,” Fride wrote, “trusting that because they know the Lord Jesus, everything will always be fine and nothing bad can happen to them and their families.”

In reality, of course, that is not the case; and Fride acknowledged that adequate self-defense is a necessity. Unlike in generations past, when “the ration of police to bad guys, i.e. criminals in the traditional sense, was more or less sufficient to reasonably control crime,” he said today’s society requires a more proactive populace.

He also cited the enthusiastic reception his parish’s CPL classes received from one Detroit police officer who “expressed a hope that more would follow suit, because having law abiding citizens armed makes their job as police so much better.”

Within his own faith, however, many leaders were less understanding of his position.

Lansing Catholic Bishop Earl Boyea blasted the firearms classes as an inappropriate use of the parish; and, in previous comments regarding gun control, he stated that “we grasp both the Second Amendment and the legitimate right of some persons to defend themselves” but “our churches and our schools are dedicated to a far different approach to life’s problems.”

Do you think it is appropriate for faith leaders to support the Second Amendment? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chilling Police Body Cam Shows Tense Moments When Man Charges Cop, Demanding To Get Shot

Fatal shootings by police officers have become more prevalent in the news ever since Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown last August, sparking nationwide protests.

Just last week, a Richmond, Ohio, police officer found himself in a similar scenario. A man charged him with clear intent – this time asking to be shot – but the officer refrained from squeezing the trigger.

The video above, footage from Officer Jesse Kidder’s body camera, captures the tense minute where suspect Michael Wilcox charged at him and attempted ‘suicide by cop.’ According to CNN, the suspect was wanted for murdering his fiancé and friend.

Officer Kidder remained cool, repeatedly shouted that he wasn’t going to shoot the man, and waited long enough for help to arrive.

“Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death,” Kidder told CNN-affiliate WLWT. “I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force.”

His actions earned praise from his police chief, saying he “showed great restraint and maturity”; and had he shot Wilcox, Kidder would have been justified in the shooting.

If there ever was a time for a police shooting, this was it: a suspect, possibly armed and wanted for double homicide, who charged the officer and refused to remove his hands from his pockets.

According to WLWT, Kidder had only been with the force for a year–but served two tours as a Marine in Iraq. Perhaps his training and military experience aided in his restraint.

h/t: Business Insider

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