Woman pleads guilty in case of videotaped beating of trans woman at McDonald’s

Teona Brown, 19, has pled guilty Thursday, Aug. 4, to first degree assault charges and a hate crime charge in connection with the beating of transgender woman Chrissy Polis last April in Towson,

Chrissy Polis

Md. The attack was captured on video by a McDonald’s employee — who filmed the assault rather than step in and try to stop it — last April. The video went viral online and was used, along with new footage from a surveillance camera, in court hearings this week. CBS Baltimore has this report on the plea.

Conviction on a first degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, and a hate crime conviction could add another 10 years. Because Brown pled guilty to the attack, prosecutors are recommending that the judge sentence her to five years in prison. A sentencing hearing has been set for next month.

Polis was present in court on Thursday, but told reporters she was nervous about being there and had no comment. “I just want to lay low and keep my life as normal as possible,” she said.

A second person charged in the attack was 14 at the time and has been charged with assault as a juvenile. Because she is a minor, her identity has not been released.

Below is a video of a news report aired on the Washington, D.C., Fox news program when the attack happened. It includes video of the attack and, as State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said this week, “The severity of the beating is much easier to understand when you see a video. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well, a video’s worth a million.”

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Which part of Lock Take Hide don’t gays get?

Lt. Paul Stokes tells Instant Tea there’s been a significant increase in motor-vehicle burglaries near the Cedar Springs entertainment district in recent weeks, so DPD deployed a bait vehicle to 3200 Throckmorton with a laptop computer and a GPS unit in plain view.

And the sting operation worked. On Sunday afternoon, a suspect opened the unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street, and removed the items. The 42-year-old white male was arrested a few blocks away at 3200 Wycliff by officers who observed the theft.

“This is proactive policing to address BMVs in the area,” Stokes said Monday. “We’ve had an uptick and it’s caught our eye, so we have our surveillance out. We wanted to get on it before it was a huge problem.

“If people would lock, take and hide, we wouldn’t have to do this,” he added.

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DPD seeks help finding suspect shown on surveillance video burglarizing Sal’s Pizza

From DPD:

Dallas Police Burglary Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that was caught on surveillance video burglarizing Sal’s Restaurant located at 2525 Wycliff, on January 9, 2011, at 8:00 AM.

Based on surveillance video, detectives have determined that the suspect pulled up to the front of the business in a 2002 red Ford Expedition. He exits his vehicle and is seen going up to the front door, only to return to his vehicle for a brief moment before returning to the front door of the business. He pried open the front door and attempted to take a flat screen T.V. before making off with the cash register.

The suspect is described as a Latin or white male in his 20’s or 30’s. Detectives are also looking into the possibility that this suspect and/or vehicle are associated with several other burglaries.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Northwest Investigative Section at (214) 671-6047.

—  John Wright

Photos of suspect in gay man’s murder

These are screen grabs taken from surveillance video provided by the Dallas Police Department. The surveillance video was taken at the 7-11 at 2008 Commerce St., where the man used a debit card belonging to gay murder victim Aaron Cheung, 27. Police say the man shown is a “person of interest” in Cheung’s murder. The suspect appears to be in his 50s and stands about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, according to police. He walks with a pronounced limp. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661.

—  John Wright

UPDATE: Dallas police identify ‘person of interest’ in gay man Aaron Cheung’s murder

Aaron Cheung

The “person of interest” was observed using a credit card belonging to gay murder victim Aaron Cheung this morning at a 7-11 at 2008 Commerce St., according to Dallas police.

Cheung, 27, was found fatally shot inside his vehicle in northeast Dallas on Sunday morning.

Surveillance video from the 7-11 shows the suspect to be a black male wearing a black jacket over a white hoodie, according to DPD. The suspect appears to be in his 50s and stands about 5 feet, 5 inches tall. He walks with a pronounced limp. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661.

More to come shortly.

—  John Wright