Thursday, February 17, 2011

Man who began bank robbing spree in December becoming increasingly aggressive

35-year-old Marat Mikhaylich is not the most sophisticated thief. Mikhaylich, a Ukrainian immigrant with not prior criminal record, began robbing banks at gunpoint in December. He's left his fingerprints all over notes he's given to tellers, which has allowed the FBI-NYPD to identify him.
In December he robbed four banks in Astoria and Long Island City, two in Brooklyn, and one on Staten Island. Last Sunday he held up not one, but two tellers at a bank in Borough Park because he wasn't satisfied with the amount of cash he got from the first teller. And Wednesday he robbed a bank in Queens.
Police are concerned that he is becoming increasingly aggressive. Adding to the concern is the fact that Mikhaylich uses a gun when committing these robberies. The FBI is offering a "significant" reward for tips that lead to his capture.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mother shoots her two children because they were "mouthy and talked back"

50-year-old Julie Powers Schenecker has been charged with the brutal shooting deaths of her two children. Schenecker alleged shot her children because they were "mouthy and talked back."
According to police reports Schenecker bought a .38-caliber revolver five days before the murders. She allegedly shot her 13-year-old son, Beau, twice in the head on the way to soccer practice for "talking back." She then allegedly drove to their home and shot her 16-year-old daughter, Carlyx, in the face as she sat in front of her computer studying.
Friends and neighbors were shocked by the murders. According to police records, Schenecker was a law abiding citizen with no criminal history. In November she was in a traffic accident in which she was cited for careless driving.
Schenecker's husband is a U.S. Army intelligence officer and was on assignment in the Middle East at the time of the shootings.
The Florida mother was hospitalized after the shootings but has since been released from the hospital and returned to jail.