June 14, 2021
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first_imgMia Irizarry/Facebook(CHICAGO) — A 62-year-old man allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an Illinois park.“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook. “Are you a citizen?”Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. The man, Timothy Trybus, has been charged with simple assault, according to an incident report.ABC News has been unable to reach Trybus.Irizarry is shown in the video wearing a sleeveless shirt that is made to look like the Puerto Rican flag, and has the name of the U.S. territory printed on it.That appears to have set off the man.“Are you a United States citizen?” he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is. “Then you should not be wearing that. You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible].”Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.Later in the video, Irizarry is shown asking a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer for help in getting the man away from her. The officer does not move any closer to the pair or appear to do anything to actively end the situation.“As you can see the police are not even — he’s not even grabbing him. Like this guy is just walking up to me. He basically got in my face, damn near almost touched me,” Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.Later in the video, a female officer can be seen arriving on the scene and directly engaging the man.“Hopefully, this officer will actually do something,” Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives.The female officer talks to the man, telling him, “Listen, you don’t need to be badgering anybody.”The female officer is heard telling the man that he may face charges “for not being compliant, and you don’t come here harassing people.”“If you’re drunk, you don’t belong here,” she is heard telling the man.Irizarry did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and “immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.”“The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct,” the Forest Preserves tweeted.Another tweet said, “All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves.”Forest Preserves spokeswoman Stacina Stagner called the video “very disturbing.”“If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift,” Stagner said via email. “At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode.”Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve’s police department.Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the “undignified event,” calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who “did not interfere.”“I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer’s behavior,” Rossello posted in a tweet.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles County Sheriffs Department(LOS ANGELES) — A California father made a desperate plea for help in finding his missing daughter on Thursday, just days after police received video of their primary suspect, her boyfriend, rapping about murdering someone.Rick Custer spoke at a press conference with police on Thursday afternoon, begging for the public’s help in the search for 31-year-old Amanda Custer, who vanished last week after an alleged domestic violence dispute with her boyfriend. The dispute took place on July 29 at the home of her boyfriend, Robert Camou, 27, who is suspected in her kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities responded to a call about a possible domestic violence incident at Camou’s home in Monrovia, California.There were no signs of the couple, but officers said they found blood at the scene and evidence of a dispute. Witnesses said they saw Custer’s limp body being placed in the back of Camou’s gray Toyota Prius after the alleged dispute, according to police.Camou was later captured on video at a downtown Los Angeles bar, rapping about being on the news, killing a woman and burying her in the dirt, police said.“I killed my b—- and buried that b—- in the f—— dirt,” he said while staring into the camera. Police said they received a copy of the video and confirmed that it was Camou.Police located Camou’s vehicle about a mile away from the bar where the rap video was taken and found him lying in the back seat.Blood and a digging tool were located in the vehicle, police said. The source of the blood is still being analyzed.Camou was arrested on unrelated charges from a domestic violence case, and is being held without bail. Police would not specify what those charges were.Police said Camou has not provided any information on the whereabouts of Amanda Custer.He has not been charged in connection with Custer’s disappearance.“He is our prime suspect in the disappearance of Amanda Custer,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Scott Hoglund told reporters Thursday. “We need the public’s assistance and locating Amanda. She’s still not been seen nor heard from by family members and this is very uncharacteristic of her behavior to not be heard from for over 10 days.”Rick Custer, the victim’s father, pleaded on Thursday for anyone with information to come forward.“This is basically a plea to anybody out there, especially on Monday, the 29th of July, that was hiking or fishing, or mountain biking and might have seen anything out of the ordinary,” Rick Custer said. “It might not have seemed important at that time, but it does now.”“Somebody out there had to have seen something and now would be a good time to call it in. We just want to bring Amanda home,” he added.Investigators said the couple, who had dated for about two years, had a volatile relationship and “numerous domestic violence incidents.”A restraining order filed by Custer in February 2019 included details of Camou’s alleged obsessive behavior, according to ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC-TV.“He has made over 100 (phone) numbers to verbally bash me,” Custer said in a court document at the time, according to KABC. She went on to describe an uninvited visit to her home by Camou: “He turned around, came running at my window, and broke my double-pane window with the hatchet.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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