Man Sexually Assaulted At Vegas Pool Party


gustavobanegasA man celebrating his birthday at one of Las Vegas’s popular, booze-soaked hotel pool parties allegedly sexually assaulted another male partier who had passed out in a bathroom of the MGM Grand, according to investigators.

Prosecutors allege that Gustavo Banegas, 22, attacked the victim last month at Wet Republic, which the Strip hotel describes as an “alluring 54,500-square-foot venue” comprised of several pools, banquets, and “tricked-out Bungalows and Party Cabanas.”

On the day of the alleged assault, the Dutch DJ Tiesto performed at the adults-only Wet Republic, where crowds of young swimsuit-clad revelers can number in the thousands.

wetrepublic091814According to investigators, Banegas (seen above) found the victim passed out on a toilet. After moving the man to the floor, Banegas rubbed the victim’s genitals, performed oral sex on the man, and placed his penis in the victim’s anal opening. Like Banegas, who lives in Florida, the victim was a tourist visiting Las Vegas.

The August 17 attack was interrupted when a security guard entered the bathroom.

A criminal complaint charges Banegas with two counts of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, and open or gross lewdness. The victim, the complaint notes, was “mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of Defendant’s conduct.”

Banegas was arrested at the MGM Grand and booked into the Clark County jail, where he remains incarcerated in lieu of $60,000 bail. He is scheduled for a September 23 preliminary hearing in Circuit Court.

Banegas’s rap sheet includes a November 2013 arrest for trespassing in Miami, though that misdemeanor count was not subsequently pursued by prosecutors.

Man steals banana, pretends it’s a gun, robs clerk


Police are searching for a suspect who was caught on camera using a hidden banana to rob a grocery store in West Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

The robbery happened around 9:15 a.m. inside the Tejada Grocery store located on the 3800 block of Poplar Street.

Police say the suspect spotted a bunch of bananas while waiting in line, grabbed one and stuffed it into his sweatshirt pocket.

He then approached the counter, acting as if the banana was a gun and demanded money and cigarettes.

After getting away with an undetermined amount of cash, he fled the scene on a bicycle and was last seen on 40th Street towards Wyalusing Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’9-5’11 tall, 140 lbs. with a thin build. He was wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt with “Pacific Coast Hollister 19″ on the front in red lettering and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

You can also submit an anonymous tip online through the Philadelphia Police website.

Michael Wilson Jr. Charged With Murder After Human Head Falls Out Of Trash Bag


A Memphis man who went to police after he saw a severed head in man’s backyard says it’s an image he can’t forget.

Michael-Wilson-JrSaturday, police found the severed head and a body at a home in the 3800 block of Dunn Avenue and arrested the man who lives there.

Michael Wilson, Jr., is now facing charges of second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

Lacedric Ruffin said he went to Wilson’s home on Dunn to pick up some scrap metal Wilson said he could have.

While he was loading items on to his truck, he noticed Wilson pull a large black bag out of a garbage can and try to place it in a metal bucket.

Ruffin said the bag started ripping, and a head fell out of it.

“I’m like, man, what the hell you got going on, bro? He said something like he didn’t mean to kill him. I said, kill who brother? I don’t want to know who that is, I don’t want to know. You don’t got to tell me,” Ruffin said.

He said Wilson told him there were also two hands inside the garbage bag.

He thinks Wilson was planning on putting the severed head on the back of his truck along with everything else.

“If that bag hadn’t busted, I would have had a head going to the junk yard,” said Ruffin.

Ruffin, who is on parole, said his fingerprints were on everything in Wilson’s backyard and he went straight to police to let them know he had nothing to do with what was going on at Wilson’s house.

Wilson is being held on $2 million bond.

The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Andre Cole.

Girl, 16, Charged As Adult After Killing Man Selling PlayStation


A 16-year-old girl, who police say shot and killed a man who was trying to sell his PlayStation system over Craigslist, will be charged as an adult.

Nathaniel-VivianOn Tuesday, the Fulton County district attorney’s office released a statement saying it would pursue full charges against the girl, whose name has not yet been release.

“This case has been forwarded to our office for review,” District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in the statement. “After consulting with the Sandy Springs Police Department, we have determined that the suspects in this matter should be prosecuted together. As such, we have decided to seek prosecution against the 16-year-old minor as an adult.”

Howard’s office said an SB440 hearing, used to determine whether a minor can be prosecuted as an adult, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Fulton County Courthouse. The hearing will be in courtroom 8C.

Sandy Springs Police say the 16-year-old — along with her 20-year-old boyfriend Nathaniel Vivian — shot and killed 28-year-old Daniel John Zeitz last Friday as part of a botched robbery. The couple attempted to strong-arm a PS4 gaming system that Zeitz advertised for sale on Craigslist.

Zeitz, an avid gamer, was from Roswell.

According to police, Zeitz met the couple at about 9:30 p.m. last Friday at an apartment complex on Treelodge Parkway.

Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.

During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.

Vivian and the girl were later arrested when they went to Northside Hospital for treatment of Vivian’s gunshot wound to the hand, Momon said.

Momon said Vivian claimed to be a robbery victim, but upon further questioning by detectives, “told them he was shot while he and his girlfriend were at the Legends of Dunwoody Apartments to rob a man of his PS4 video gaming system that was advertised on Craigslist.”

The 16-year-old’s 16-month-old baby was only a few feet away at the time of the robbery and shooting, according to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon.

Momon said Vivian did not have an adult criminal record prior to the robbery and shooting. He also said he didn’t know if Vivian was the father of the 16-month-old child, who was turned over to family members after the shooting.

He declined to release any more details about the 16-year-old, but said she is currently being held at the Metro Regional Detention center in Atlanta.

Vivian is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.

The gun was recovered from the suspects’ car.

Zeitz was known by the name “Phobos” in online gaming circles, and one of his online gaming teammates set up a GoFundMepage to raise money for Zeitz’s funeral expenses. By Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $15,000.

A video about Zeitz’s killing posted by a friend Saturday on YouTube has been viewed nearly 20,000 times.

Sommer Trent Jailed After Choking Husband For Not Buying Her A Cowboy Hat


Tennessee authorities say a Charleston woman attacked her husband because he wouldn’t buy her a hat.

Sommer-TrentSommer Lynette Trent, 33, was arrested early Sunday in Nashville. Trent and her husband went to Nashville for the Sunday afternoon Tennessee Titans football game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Trent and her husband were with friends in downtown Nashville near Margaritaville on Broadway when Trent became upset with her husband because he refused to buy her a cowboy hat, according to an arrest warrant on file at Davidson County General Sessions Court.

Trent yelled and cursed at him and then took his cowboy hat and threw it into the street, police said. She then pushed him and grabbed him by the throat, according to the warrant.

Police said the victim never lost consciousness and did not have trouble breathing.

Trent was charged with domestic assault. She was released Monday afternoon from Davidson County Female Correctional Development Center on $2,500 bond.

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Man Says Stripper Chocolate Chambers Robbed Him Outside Club Boom Boom


crownroyalbag2A South Carolina man told cops that a stripper known as Chocolate Chambers robbed him early yesterday after he refused to buy her an expensive drink inside Club Boom Boom.

Derrick Lashawn Sinclair, 31, told police that he was attacked by Chambers late Monday night when he exited the Spartanburg nightspot. The woman, Sinclair said, pounced and “next thing I know I’m on the floor, she knocked me down and took my money.”

Sinclair said that his cash was inside a “crown bag,” an apparent reference to the velvet bag in which Crown Royal whiskey is packaged.

Police noted that Sinclair smelled of booze and “spoke with a slurred speech” when reporting the attack by Chambers, whom he described as a black female. Sinclair acknowledged that he was still “timpsy” from the prior night’s revelry.

Investigators noted that Sinclair had a large cut over his right eye, and there appeared to be blood on his shirt.

The whereabouts of Chocolate Chambers is unknown.

Patient, 60, Says Nurse, 33, Forced Sex On Him


rachelshaperfbA female nurse “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse” with a hospitalized Illinois man who was awaiting a heart transplant, according to a lawsuit filed Monday against the woman and the hospital where her employment was later terminated.

In a Cook County Circuit Court complaint, retiree John Cantone, 60, accused Rachel Shaper of battery and alleged that the Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Chicago was negligent in supervising the 33-year-old registered nurse.

Cantone, whose wife Laura is co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, charges that Shaper, seen at right, “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients.” The nurse, he added, “had attempted and/or succeeded” in initiating similar contact with other patients in her care.

According to the complaint, Cantone was in his hospital bed at 9 PM when Shaper entered Room 916 East and “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse.” The October 12, 2012 encounter, Cantone claimed, occurred in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit, where he was awaiting a new heart.

At the time of the alleged sexual acts, Cantone (pictured below) was “medicated with various drugs and was under electronic monitoring,” according to the complaint.

Cantone’s lawsuit seeks in excess of $200,000 in damages. The complaint was filed about a month before the two-year statue of limitations on battery and negligence claims would have expired.

johncantonefbIllinois state records reveal that Shaper was fired from the Oak Lawn hospital for “crossing professional boundaries with a patient.” Those Department of Professional and Financial Regulation documents do not further describe the nature of Shaper’s boundary crossing (or whether Cantone was the patient in question).

In January, Shaper was formally reprimanded by state officials for failing to report that she had been terminated by Advocate Christ Medical Center. At a disciplinary conference last year, Shaper admitted failing to disclose details of her termination.

In mitigation, Shaper’s lawyer argued that the nurse had cooperated with state officials and had “voluntarily completed a boundary course.” A state consent order includes the contention by Shaper that “no patient harm” resulted from her actions, and that she “has been licensed since 2009 without prior discipline.”

While the state reprimand goes on Shaper’s record, her license remains active, and is valid until May 2016.