A Brief Look at Crime 6/28 – 7/04

California police arrested two parents who went to a casino hours after their disabled kid starved to death

Two parents from Vancouver, Washington, were arrested Friday in California on suspicion of second-degree murder and homicide by abuse in the death of their adopted disabled son Karreon Franks. The Oregonian reported that the parents — Jesse Franks and Felicia Adams-Franks — allegedly hit the casino just hours after Karreon died last November. Police found Karreon and his two younger brothers, who were also adopted, were severely neglected and malnourished by the adoptive parents, the Oregonian reported.

Adams-Franks on November 27 brought Karreon to a Washington hospital, where he died 14 minutes after admission. At the time, the cause of death was identified as pneumonia, according to the Oregonian, but funeral home staff members later said they had “concerns with his appearance,” prompting the police to investigate. In April of this year, a medical examiner said Karreon, who was 15, died of starvation. According to court records obtained by the Oregonian, the parents neglected their three kids for years. They restricted access to food and abused them, the outlet reported. 

Just hours after Karreon died in November, the parents went to a casino. According to police records obtained by the Oregonian, the two lost about $280,000 over the course of their lifetime gambling.

Women drugged 3 men at Seminole Hard Rock, stole cash and jewelry 

A night out at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino turned into a nightmare for a group of men after, one of them said, several women drugged three of them and took off with thousands of dollars in cash and valuables. The Miami man, who asked not to be identified or have his voice recognized, said he, his two cousins and other friends attended the Nicky Jam concert at the Hollywood hot spot, Saturday night. Hours later, the man said, they woke up without their wallets or their Rolex watches. “I just feel empty. I feel lost for words,” he said. The victim said they were approached by the women at a club inside the venue. Three of the men paired up with their new friends. “We were just having a good time,” said the man. But before they knew it, he said, the men woke up woozy and alone, without the women they met the night before and without their fancy jewels. “My cousin was found in the hallway naked. He was unresponsive, and they sent him to a nearby hospital,” said the man. In addition to the Rolex watches, the man said, the women stole a Cuban link chain worth $15,0000, plus $15,000 in cash.

CEO apologizes for ‘opening night exuberance’ after Mohegan Sun agrees to pay fine for violating COVID protocols

Mohegan Gaming CEO Ray Pineault apologized to Nevada gaming regulators Wednesday and accepted “full responsibility” after the company’s casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas was hit with a five-count complaint for violating state-mandated COVID-19 capacity guidelines during the casino’s March 25 opening night festivities. In a stipulated settlement filed with the Nevada Gaming Commission last month, Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment agreed to pay a $60,000 fine. “People got a little exuberant and were caught up in the celebration,” Pineault said after a brief hearing in front of the Gaming Control Board in Las Vegas.

Retired nun to plead guilty to embezzling $835,000 from Los Angeles school for gambling habit

A retired Los Angeles nun will plead guilty to embezzling from the elementary school where she worked in order to cover her gambling habits and other personal expenses, officials said this week. Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering on Tuesday and has agreed to a plea deal, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California. Kreuper, who had taken a vow of poverty as a nun, worked as a principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance for 28 years and allegedly embezzled the funds for 10 years until her retirement in 2018.

British Teenager Killed Two Sisters in Satanic Pact to Win Lottery, Court Hears

Two sisters stabbed to death by a stranger in a park in Northwest London were sacrificed as part of a satanic bargain to win the lottery, prosecutors said Wednesday. Danyal Hussein, 19, is on trial at the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, for the murder of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46. The sisters’ bodies were found intertwined in a hedgerow in Fryent Country Park on June 7 last year. Each had been stabbed multiple times in a seemingly frenzied attack.

The court heard that investigators searching Hussein’s mother’s house, where he lived, found a handwritten note that appeared to be a pact with a demon. The note indicated the suspect agreed to sacrifice women for financial gain. Folded inside the note were three lottery tickets that the suspect had purchased shortly after the killing. Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said Hussein appeared to believe the diabolical pact would protect him from being suspected of any crime he had committed.

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