SPLENDORA, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police released dramatic body-worn camera footage of a hostage situation that led to a shootout on Aug. 23. In one particular snippet of video, you can see a Houston police officer yelling, “Come here! Come here,” to the woman hostage as she runs through a shootout for her life.
Elk Grove, California — On May 16, 2022, the Elk Grove Police Department received a call from an individual who had been attacked by a German Shepherd dog (Zeus). The report stated that the victim was out for his daily lunch break walk around his residential neighborhood. The victim was on the public sidewalk when a dog exited a vehicle parked in a driveway approximately 10 feet away, charged the victim, biting him on the back of his right leg. When the victim tried to move away, the dog bit the victim again on the other leg.
As a result of this attack, on May 25, 2022, the City designated the dog as dangerous, as provided for by state law and the Elk Grove Municipal Code. The dog’s owner exercised her right to administratively appeal that designation, and, following a hearing on that appeal, the administrative hearing officer upheld the City’s dangerous animal designation. During the final inspection on July 15, 2022, the dog’s owner was un able to demonstrate full compliance with the dangerous animal regulations. She did not demonstrate that she owned a muzzle or short control leash for the dog, that the dangerous animal was enrolled in obedience training, or that she carried the required public liability insurance to protect the public from any harm caused by her dangerous animal.
As a result, the City was authorized by law to impound the dangerous animal. The owner brought the dangerous animal onto the public sidewalk, and, unable to control her dog, the dangerous animal attacked and bit a Police Officer who was standing peaceably by, in the street. The force of the dog’s bite tore through the Police Officer’s uniform pants, and wounded the Officer’s leg, drawing blood. Following the administrative decision and order which authorized the humane euthanasia of the dangerous animal, the City provided the dog’s owner with notice of the intended date for euthanasia to allow the owner time to seek a stay or other interim judicial relief of the administrative order. Represented by an attorney, the dog’s owner filed a lawsuit against the City with a request to the Sacramento County Superior Court to stay the administrative decision and order, and the humane euthanasia of the dangerous animal.
The Court denied the owner’s request for a stay. Through her attorney, the dog owner filed a separate court action attempting to appeal the administrative decisions. That appeal was dismissed by the Sacramento County Superior Court. Through her attorney, the owner has now filed an additional and separate federal lawsuit against the City, which case remains pending. In a court order issued in the federal case the afternoon of September 22, 2022, the judge stated that he had reservations about the merits of the dog owner’s case; however, in order to maintain the status quo until the City has an opportunity to respond in writing to the Plaintiff’s claims, the court issued a temporary restraining order staying the euthanasia of the dog until September 28, 2022.
BOSTON – A man who targeted women outside college dorms and downtown bars by impersonating an Uber driver was ordered held without bail today pending a dangerousness hearing on rape and indecent assault and battery charges stemming from 2017 assaults, District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced.
William Mancortes, 43, of Hyde Park was charged in Boston Municipal Court Central with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. Judge Richard Sinnott ordered Mancortes held without bail pending a September 29 dangerousness hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci said that on three occasions in January. April and May of 2017, Mancortes, pretending to be an Uber driver, picked up intoxicated women outside of college dorms and downtown Boston bars. Mancortes raped two of the women and indecently assaulted the third.
Each of the victims in the three charged cases completed a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (SAECK). While the perpetrator’s DNA samples from the kits matched, the samples could not be connected to Polanco until this year, when his profile was added to the DNA database.
“These were calculated assaults targeting vulnerable young women who had every reason to believe they were entering a safe vehicle that would deliver them home. Instead they were victimized by a person who preyed on their trust and vulnerability,” Hayden said.