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Immigrant with six prior arrests charged with brutal murder of four homeless men in NYC

Repeat offender Randy Santos/photo from Breitbart

From Fox 5 NY: A homeless man who used a metal rod to bludgeon four other homeless men to death in New York City was arrested holding the murder weapon covered with blood and hair and admitted that he was the person in a video of one of the attacks, prosecutors said Sunday.

Randy Santos was arraigned on charges of murder and attempted murder for the bloody rampage that happened early Saturday in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He did not enter a plea and was ordered held without bail.

A fifth homeless man who was injured in the attacks remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.

The 24-year-old Santos was carrying a metal rod covered with blood and hair when he was arrested near the scene of the attacks, prosecutors said.

They said Santos was shown video of one of the attacks while being interrogated by police and he acknowledged that he was the person in the video with a long metal object.

Santos underwent a psychiatric evaluation after his arrest, police said.

Santos, who has been arrested at least six other times in the past two years, three times on assault charges, used a Spanish interpreter in court. His defense team did not comment. He is due back in court Oct. 11.

Authorities say that on Saturday they received a 9-1-1 call for a person being assaulted around 1:50 a.m. near 2 Bowery. When responding officers arrived, they discovered an unconscious man lying on the ground with severe head trauma, and a second man with head trauma approached officers at the scene.

Two witnesses then told the officers that an unknown man, wearing a black jacket and black pants, struck the victim several times in the head with a metal pipe before running away westbound on Doyer Street.

Police began immediately searching for the suspect and found a man fitting the suspect’s description carrying a metal pipe at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Canal Street.

A search of the surrounding area revealed three more male victims, two in front of 2 East Broadway and one in front of 17 East Broadway. All of the men had severe head trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The lone known survivor of the attacks was hospitalized in critical condition.

Santos’ relatives told The New York Daily News he had a history of drug use since his arrival to the United States from the Dominican Republic a handful of years ago.

His mother, Fioraliza Rodriguez, 55, told the paper she had kicked him out of her home about three years ago, after he assaulted her. But while she said she had been afraid of him, she said she “never thought he would kill someone.”

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Shocker, not: $15 minimum wage hike is hurting NYC restaurants & employees

Gee, who could have predicted this would happen?

From NY Post: Big Apple restaurants are feeling the heat from minimum wage hikes, cutting staff hours and even closing kitchens as they struggle to shoulder the extra payroll costs.

Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar, a margarita and taco staple on the Upper West Side for the past 25 years, is closing at the end of September — and it has been a long, painful road downhill, according to its mom-and-pop owners.

Since the $15-an-hour minimum wage hit New York City in December, Liz and Nat Milner say, they’ve been forced to slash their full- and part-time staff to 45 people from 60. Quality has suffered, they admit, and customers have noticed: They’re not coming in like they used to, and when they do, they’re spending less.

“We started by having to let go of the ladies who hand-made our tortillas. It’s certainly better when you can make your tortillas fresh for every taco,” Nat Milner said. “It made sense at $8 an hour but not at $15.”

Gabriela’s was then forced to lay off “two overnight cleaners, a whole level of middle management, the general manager, the extra servers we’d keep on in case it got busy — and then we started cutting hours.”

“I’m not against people making more money,” Milner added. “These people have worked for me for 20 years. But taxes, groceries, everything is going up and people have a little less money to spend on guacamole and tequila.”

Gabriela’s isn’t alone. In a survey of 324 full-service restaurants, the New York City Hospitality Alliance found that 76.5 percent of respondents cut staff hours and 36.3 percent eliminated jobs, including whole layers of middle management, in response to mandated wage increases.

“It’s death by a thousand cuts,” says Andrew Rigie, executive director of the group. “The minimum wage increases put pressure on small businesses. They are well-intended but unsustainable. There’s only so many times you can increase the price of a burger and a bowl of pasta.”

Philippe Massoud, CEO and executive chef of the Manhattan-based Lebanese eateries Ilili and Ilili Box, says rising wages have forced him to cut hours for his 180 employees, yank labor-intensive dishes from the menu and cut back on staff education events like wine seminars.

That’s because new regulations require that employees who receive tips can no longer spend more than 20 percent of their time on work that doesn’t involve interacting with customers. “I can’t even train or educate my staff the way I want to anymore,” Massoud said.

The restaurateur agrees that it has been a “social injustice” that wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living. The students and actors who used to be a great source of labor have been priced out of the city, he says, even as Big Apple restaurants have gotten slammed by tough immigration rules.

Nevertheless, “it’s unfair to put that burden on the shoulders of business,” according to Massoud. He says the industry’s margins have slipped to between 8 and 12 percent from pre-wage-hike levels of 10 to 15 percent.

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NYC bans calling someone an illegal alien out of hate

From NY Post: It’s now against the law in New York City to threaten someone with a call to immigration authorities or refer to them as an “illegal alien” when motivated by hate.

The restrictions — violations of which are punishable by fines of up to $250,000 per offense — are outlined in a 29-page directive released by City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights.

‘Alien’ — used in many laws to refer to a ‘noncitizen’ person — is a term that may carry negative connotations and dehumanize immigrants, marking them as ‘other,’” reads one passage of the memo. “The use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person or persons constitutes discrimination.”

The directive goes on to list several examples of acts and comments that would run afoul of the restrictions, including harassing people over their accents or grasp of English, or wielding the threat of a call to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a tool of hate.

“A hotel prohibits its housekeepers from speaking Spanish while cleaning because it would ‘offend’ hotel guests or make them uncomfortable,” reads one hypothetical.

“An Indian immigrant family complains to their landlord about mold and cockroaches in their unit. The landlord tells them to ‘just deal with it’ and threatens to call ICE if they file a complaint in housing court,” reads another.

“A store owner tells two friends who are speaking Thai while shopping in his store to ‘speak English’ and ‘go back to your country,’ ” reads a third.

The Commission on Human Rights made clear that the directive is, at least in part, a rebuke of federal crackdowns on illegal immigration.

“In the face of increasingly hostile national rhetoric, we will do everything in our power to make sure our treasured immigrant communities are able to live with dignity and respect, free of harassment and bias,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the agency’s commissioner.

The directive comes months after Mayor Bill de Blasio vocally opposed coordinated raids by ICE on the city’s immigrant communities.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced a joint $1 million investment with the state to guarantee legal services to immigrants facing imminent deportation.

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Onlookers wish death on officers after fatal shootout on Staten Island

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From NY Post: Onlookers pelted police with profanities and death wishes shortly after officers killed a career criminal in wild a shootout that left a cop with a bullet in her hand.

“Suck my d–k!” bellowed one man at a police cordon for about two consecutive minutes along the Clifton street, where the officer was struck on the left hand around 8:45 a.m. “Everybody behind that line can suck my d–k!”

Much of the invective came from a group of 14 people restricted to the driveway of one Prince Street home while cops painstakingly processed the scene where the Finest was wounded and gunman Gregory Edwards was shot dead.

Edwards — a 39-year-old convicted felon with 16 arrests, including three for weapons possession — was approached by cops as a suspect in a domestic assault, and responded by trying to flee, according to authorities.

Cops zapped Edwards with a Taser, but it didn’t take, and he began his fatal exchange of fire with the officers, sending police racing to the scene — though they were hardly welcome.

“Get the f–k out of here!” screamed one person, amid what was still a very active investigation of the shoot-out.

“All of y’all can die!” shouted another at cops from the 120th Precinct — the command where Eric Garner died in a fatal 2014 struggle with police, sparking a political powder keg. “I hope that happens.”

Department insiders said that the vulgar display speaks to a growing hatred of cops on city streets.

“You hear this more and more,” said one police source. “The public just has no respect for cops. All they want to do is fight cops. It never used to be that way.”

A second source charged that the public has taken their cue from City Hall, which has frequently been at odds with the NYPD under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYPD turn their backs on de Blasio/NY Post photo

“It all started with de Blasio. He’s the one to blame for the way the public treats cops,” said the insider, pointing to the 2014 ambush slayings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn.

“I’m glad I’m near the end of my service,” said the source, who is close to retiring from the department. “And I’m also glad my son decided not to become a cop.”

A third source said that the scene should hardly shock the senses. “Are you surprised?” asked the source. “Somebody’s shooting at a police officer and nobody cares. They’re more concerned about the perp than the cop who’s there to protect them. You call the police to do a job, a cop gets shot, but they’re upset that a guy who was shooting a cop is dead.”

See also:

Cop-hating mob at Brooklyn housing project injures three NYPD officers
The party of violence: Demorats oppose bill to make water attacks on cops a felony
Teen who blasted “f*ck tha police” at NYPD funeral booted from apartment

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Convicted rapist/killer strikes again in NYC after getting out of jail

From NY Post: A convicted rapist killer who strangled a teen in 1981 and was suspected of cutting out the eyes out of an earlier victim has been arrested on a new rape charge, six years after he got out of jail.

Christopher “Crazy Chris” Aniades, 62, is being held on an attempted forcible rape charge after he allegedly attacked the victim, according to the city Department of Correction.

He’s being held at the Eric. M Taylor Center in Queens on first degree attempted rape, according to the city Department of Correction website.

His arrest on Aug. 2 was based on a warrant issued by the state’s Division of Parole.The NYPD and the state DOC said they couldn’t provide details on Aniades’ latest offense.

Aniades, who was released on Aug. 20, 2013 after spending more than 30 years in jail, became a poster boy of the violent 1980s in New York, when homicides routinely reached 2,000 a year.

He was sentenced to 25-years to life for abducting, raping and killing 19-year-old Doreen Vitale on Oct. 15 1981 as she waited for a bus in Ozone Park.He was just 23 at the time. The nude body of his victim, a bank worker, was found in the back of a stolen car the next day.

He confessed in the Vitale killing but later tried to have his conviction overturned, claiming police did not “scrupulously honor his right to remain silent.”

He also claimed the confession was fabricated.

A New York appeals court upheld the verdict in 1986, citing “the overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt.”

Cops never charged him in the eye-gouge murder — the victim also had her throat slashed — but suspected him of other violent sexual assaults on women.

In 2013, the year after he got out, Aniades was featured in a Post story about a glut of ruthless murders and rapists from the crack epidemic era who were set to be sprung — and come back to the city.

The article prompted an opinion piece in Vice, in which columnist Bert Burykill railed, “I just didn’t know it was necessary to let murderers out of prison so soon. These guys are in their 50s.I feel like they could’ve spent another decade in prison, but maybe the state is smarter than me and even really disgusting people deserve a second chance.”

Last year, Aniades was also cited by death-penalty advocate James Thayer. “So from a utilitarian stance, it is more moral to utilize the death penalty, and take the chance of executing roughly 120 innocent people every 30 years, than to not employ it and take the chance of murdering roughly 30,000 people in the same timespan,” he wrote.

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The party of violence: Demorats oppose bill to make water attacks on cops a felony

Imagine believing you have the right to throw something at someone you believe doesn’t “respect” you. Demorats are unhinged.

From Fox News: A Republican bill that would increase penalties for throwing water on cops, after a series of incidents in which members of New York’s Finest were doused by bucket-wielding mobs, is facing some initial Democratic opposition months before the bill could even be taken up.

Republicans in the state’s assembly were angered by viral videos of cops being drenched by groups of local residents — with NYPD officers apparently feeling unable to respond and walking away. Police have since made a number of arrests related to the cases, but the incidents have sparked national attention, with President Trump calling the incidents “a total disgrace” last month.

GOP lawmakers are now introducing a bill that would make throwing or spraying water “or any other substance” on a police officer a class E felony and punishable by up to four years in jail.

Assemblyman Mike LiPetri, who introduced the bill, told Fox News in an interview Thursday that there are signs the bill has some bipartisan support from some Democrats — particularly in the state Senate — but acknowledged early signs of other Democrats pushing back in the Assembly.

“I think anything in Albany is always a tough fight, it’s just a matter of persistence and working together to unite not divide both Houses in making sure this effort is passed,” he said.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who will decide whether the bill gets brought up for a vote, indicated his opposition to the measure this week.

Carl Heastie

“But I don’t know if always proposing new penalties and laws [is the answer] … I think on the positive end we should continue to try and establish more of a community and police response,” he said, according to The New York Post. “I think that’s more beneficial instead of always saying ‘we are going to lock people up.’’

“I think people should respect the police department but I think Police should also respect communities,” he added.

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Libtard Chrissy Teigen calls for boycott of SoulCycle after owner plans to fundraise for President Trump

Good luck with that. Keep in mind though that libtards don’t have the best record when it comes to boycotts.

Excerpts from the People story:

“Stephen Ross, the billionaire chairman of the parent company behind Equinox and SoulCycle, is set to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump this week, prompting calls from Billy Eichner, Chrissy Teigen and others to boycott both publicly liberal brands.

Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies and the owner of the Miami Dolphins, will host the president and guests on Friday at his home in Southampton, New York, with tickets going for up to $250,000, according to the Washington Post.

Those who want a photo with Trump and lunch can pay $100,000, while those looking to hear a private roundtable discussion with the president can buy a $250,000 ticket.

On Wednesday, amid mounting criticism from celebrities and other customers, both Equinox and SoulCycle said they were not involved in or endorsing Ross’ fundraiser for the president.

Ross said in a statement of his own that he and Trump had known each other for years and though they had their disagreements, Ross’ political priorities were about growing the economy.

As a businessman whose companies and nonprofits have championed causes such as gay and transgender rights, the arts and fighting racial discrimination, Ross’ involvement in the fundraiser has drawn criticism from those who say it’s hypocritical.

Equinox, for example, has prided itself on being an LGBTQ ally, launching the Powered By Pride campaign and partnering with the organization House Lives Matter. According to its website, Equinox has as of June raised $20,000 for the charity, which benefits sexual and gender minority people of color.

SoulCycle, meanwhile, lists “the arts” among causes it has supported on its philanthropy page. The Post reported in March that, for the third year in a row, the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget would eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities, public television and radio, libraries and museums.

Ross’ decision to host a Trump fundraiser was called out by Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, who shared the mission statement for Ross’ sports nonprofit RISE.

Teigen joined the boycott call, wryly tweeting, “everyone who cancels their equinox and soul cycle memberships, meet me at the library. bring weights.”

“The gym is my personal hell but if you’re a member of Equinox perhaps it is time to say peace(out)-inox ayyyyy I’m still sick yes but f— equinox,” she wrote in another tweet. In a third, she wrote, “oh and f— soulcycle but I thought that way before this anyhow.”

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Demorat socialist Julia Salazar lies about growing up in “poverty”

From Daily Mail: Julia Salazar — the New York State senator accused of embellishing her radical socialist credentials with tall tales about her working class, immigrant roots — was reportedly living off a huge trust fund while launching her campaign.

The 28-year-old, who represents Brooklyn, reported in campaign finance disclosures that she was worth $10 million, the New York Post reported.

Salazar subsequently claimed the figure was an error, telling the paper that she misread the sheet, and that the family trust fund she benefited from actually holds $400,000.

The young politician has been called out for lying about her wealth in the past, having said she had a ‘hardscrabble’ childhood, immigrated from Colombia and went to public school.

Those claims were discredited by Salazar’s brother, who revealed last year that she was in fact born in Miami, grew up in a sprawling waterfront home with a maid and three boats, attended private school in Florida and had a trust fund.

On May 15, Salazar reported to the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) that she received $18,000 in 2018 from her deceased father Luis H. Salazar’s trust, the NY Post reported.

She classified the amount as ‘Category DDDDD’ — a code used in financial disclosures to signify amounts of ‘$10 million or more’. But she told the NY Post on Thursday that she meant to write ‘Category D’ — a range of $5,000-$20,000 — referring to the $18,000 chunk she received from the fund.

She claimed she mistook ‘10,000,000 and over,’ for ‘$10,000 and over,’ saying: ‘I looked at it in a cursory way.. I mistook the comma versus the decimal point, so it added it extra zeros.’

But she managed to follow the instructions properly on the next line, where she reported her income as a community organizer for Jews for Racial + Economic Justice — as ‘Category E,’ or $20,000–$50,000.

Salazar has been under fire for identifying as a Jew despite her family insisting she was baptized a Catholic and that none of their relatives are Jewish.

She is not actually required to disclose the value of the trust fund to the JCOPE, since she doesn’t control it. Her aunt in Colombia controls the cash stash, which benefits Salazar, her brother Alex and other unnamed family members.

She reportedly resubmitted her financial disclosure to JCOPE on July 11, noting the trust income as ‘Category D’, after a state worker notified her of the inconsistencies.

The senator told the NY Post that she used the $18,000 disbursement ‘to support myself, because I had to stop working in order to campaign, and I had to go on unpaid leave’.

‘Basically seven months of living expenses on top of savings that I had from working,’ she said, referring to her time spent running for office.

Salazar won the New York state primary on September 13 last year, beating a 16-year incumbent. She followed in the footsteps of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also a part of the Democratic Socialists of America and beat a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic US congressional primary last June.

Salazar rallied the support of millennials in Brooklyn pushing an image of being educated and relatable, fronting with her alleged poor immigrant background.

She initially stated she was born in Colombia before backpedaling and conceding her birthplace was Miami, blaming the ‘error’ on a campaign staffer. But she continued to assert that she was born into a ‘working class’ family, was raised by a single parent and had to get a job at 14 to make ends meet.

That story unraveled as her own family members came forward to contradict her. ‘We did not struggle at all,’ Salazar’s brother Alex told DailyMail.com last September. ‘We grew up in a great place. We had a great life. We were never treated as outsiders,’ he said, pointing to the family’s material possessions which included a sprawling waterfront home and ‘three boats including a jet ski that was large enough to fit all four of us’.

He said they were still supported by their father after their parents’ divorce, and only worked as teens to learn responsibility. Their father, who died from prostate cancer in 2009, made his riches as a successful U.S. commercial and cargo pilot.

Opponents have also alleged that Salazar used to be a Republican and an anti-abortion Christian, before performing a political flip flop and declaring herself a socialist after moving to Brooklyn in 2017.

It was also revealed that in 2011 she was arrested over accusations of bank fraud by the estranged wife of former New York Mets star Keith Hernandez. Salazar later sued Hernandez’s wife Kai Hernandez who she said was trying to frame her thinking Salazar was having an affair with the baseball player.

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Unreal: New Jersey ISIS recruiter gets just 48 months behind bars

The good judge…

You want to know how old the judge in this case is? He was appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson. Yes, Lyndon B. Johnson. The good judge is 97 years old.

From NY Post: A Brooklyn federal judge Wednesday sentenced an admitted ISIS recruiter and failed government cooperator to only 48 months behind bars — despite prosecutors’ requests that the New Jersey woman serve 30 to 50 years for her crimes.

The lenient sentence from Judge Jack Weinstein means Sinmya Amera Ceasar, who’s already served 29 months, will walk free in just over a year and a half following her guilty pleas to charges of providing material support to ISIS and obstruction of justice.

“I was used by people when I was confused,” Ceasar told the court ahead of sentencing. “I wasn’t drawn into it by violence.”

“I’m not blaming others, I’m blaming myself,” she said.

The “wounded animal” aka terrorist supporter

Prosecutors Josh Hafetz and Ian Richardson spent the past three days arguing that Ceasar, who called herself “Umm Nutella,” was still a danger to society after she flouted a 2016 cooperation agreement with the feds and kept talking to fellow jihadists online.

Yet Weinstein disagreed. “It’s apparent that this young woman is in need of serious educational, medical, and economic support,” the judge said in explaining the low sentence. “This sentence will also save her as a human being.”

“She’s like a wounded animal,” defense attorney Deirdre von Dornum said of her client, who was repeatedly sexually abused as a child. “Her life has been ruined, but there’s hope for her.”

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Claro que si: New York approves driver’s licenses for illegal aliens

I’m sure there will be no chance of fraud involved with this move. Oh wait…

From NY Post: A loophole in the new law granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants could allow hundreds of thousands of people to fraudulently register to vote in New York, according to critics, the state Board of Elections and the bill’s own sponsor.

“[A] major concern is that many states, including New York, use their DMVs to enroll voters. Since New York does not have voter-identification laws like the majority of other states do, this bill increases the potential for voter fraud,” state Sen. Republican ¬M inority Leader John Flanagan (R–Suffolk) said Tuesday.

“This means that New York will soon have the most radical, open-ended law in the entire nation.”

The Green Light Bill, which passed the Senate 33-29 Monday and was signed by Gov. Cuomo, allows illegal immigrants to obtain “standard” state drivers’ licenses that can be used for identification and to board domestic flights.

But it is also the sole document required to register to vote, according to officials.

Even legislative sponsor Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx) admitted the provision could be abused. “Theoretically, they could have the ability to vote,” he said while arguing for the bill during a Monday hearing in Albany.

Voters need only provide a driver’s-license number to register to vote, according to BOE spokesman John Conklin. “If you have a driver’s license number, you basically stop there,” Conklin told The Post Tuesday of the vetting process.

Registrants are required to check a box swearing they are eligible to vote in the US, but “it’s ¬basically an honor system,” he said.

Anyone who fraudulently fills out a voter form is subject to state fines of up to $5,000 and four years in prison — as well as potential removal from the country by the feds, BOE reps said.

Sepúlveda said anyone who wants to commit voter fraud already can — and has noted that instances are extremely rare. “Anybody could theoretically commit voter fraud,” he said. “You could get a form and register to vote, put any name — a teenager could get a form . . . there’s nothing that is 100 percent foolproof.”

Meanwhile, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns — who is responsible for processing county driver’s licenses — said Tuesday he’d ignore the law and file a legal challenge. “I will not be granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, he wrote in a letter to the Erie County Law Department.

The state DMV did not respond to requests for comment.

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