Man killed on New Year’s Eve chasing thieves who stole laptop in Northern California coffee shop

first_imgiStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — An intense manhunt was underway on Wednesday in Northern California after a victim was killed on New Year’s Eve when he attempted to chase down the getaway car of the brazen thieves who swiped his laptop computer from a coffee shop in broad daylight, police said.The death marked the 75th homicide in Oakland, California, in 2019, up from a 19-year low of 62 homicides reported in the Bay Area city of 425,195 people in 2018, according to officials.Investigators are combing over security video and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to identify the suspects, who could face murder charges when they are captured, police told ABC News on Wednesday.The New Year’s Eve slaying unfolded about 11:37 a.m. when at least one thief approached the victim who was sitting at a table at a Starbucks in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland and stole his laptop, police said.Witnesses told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco that the victim, whose name has yet to be released, was working on his laptop near a window when the thieves snatched the computer.“When the suspect approached and took the laptop the victim chased the suspects right around the corner,” said Officer Johnna Watson, spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department.The victim, witnesses said, caught up to the getaway car and may have grabbed onto the door handle in an effort to get his laptop back. As the vehicle accelerated away, the victim apparently lost his grip and was flung head-first into a parked car, witnesses said.Oakland firefighters who were nearby and witnessed part of the startling crime in the upscale business district rendered medical attention to the victim, who later died at a local hospital, police said.“He was bleeding only from the head. His face was purple and blue,” Maria Chan, owner of a florist shop in the area, told KGO-TV of seeing the victim lying in the street.The fatal incident was reminiscent of an August 2017 homicide that occurred in Oakland, in which a local musician, Dave Deporis, chased after thieves who stole his laptop from a coffee shop and was dragged about 200 yards before he fell under the wheels of the getaway car. The 40-year-old Deporis was killed in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, about 4 miles from where Tuesday’s deadly confrontation occurred.At the time, friends of Deporis told reporters he may have chased after the thieves because he had his music, including an unfinished new album, on his laptop. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New large storm system to develop in Central US with snow from Rockies to Upper Midwest

first_imgABC NewsBy DANIEL MANZO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A quick moving and rather weak storm system moved through parts of the Midwest this weekend and a quick burst of snow fell on Sunday in parts of Indiana and Michigan, where locally 1 to 2 inches accumulated.This same frontal system is on the East Coast Monday morning and will bring a quick round of very heavy rain to the major I-95 cities Monday morning including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford and Boston. A couple of strong wind gusts and a few embedded thunderstorms will also be possible.In the interior Northeast, some precipitation could change to snow briefly, especially in the higher elevations of the Catskills and Adirondacks where very light accumulation will be possible.This storm system quickly moves out later Monday with some clearing arriving in the afternoon.Elsewhere, attention turns to a rather large storm system that will develop in the central U.S. beginning mainly on Tuesday.On the western side of this storm system, some heavy mountain snow of locally up 10 to 20 inches will be possible across parts of the Colorado Rockies.Some snow will also likely sneak into parts of the immediate Denver metro area and the Colorado high plains. However, it will be tough for the snowfall to accumulate due to mild temperatures.Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the snow, a burst of snow will also move into parts of the Upper Midwest and especially in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.Again, accumulations should be light, because of temperatures near the freezing mark. The best chance for over 3 inches of snow appears to be Central and Southern Wisconsin. Regardless of precise snowfall amount, however, wet snow could make roads slippery in the region.Meanwhile, on the southern side of the storm in the warm sector, some scattered severe storms could move across parts of Texas, Oklahoma on Tuesday sliding to the Mississippi River valley by Wednesday morning.The strong storms could bring some gusty winds and perhaps a couple of brief tornadoes and the threat area will include places like Dallas, Shreveport, Little Rock and Memphis.The good news is by Thanksgiving on Thursday, the bulk of the impacts of this storm system are done.Some leftover showers will be possible on the East Coast but most of it should remain pretty scattered.It will not be a washout, nor will it be cold, so on the East Coast there likely will be an opportunity to meet family members or friends outside for safe and socially distant Thanksgiving activities.The rest of the country is looking rather quiet on the holiday with no real organized weather concerns. Perhaps most notably, is that there is no real big blast of cold air anywhere.It could a little seasonably cool in the Northwest, but nothing too unbearable. This is very good news coast to coast because just about everyone should be able to find an acceptable time frame to spend outdoors, safe and socially distant.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more