Two brothers stage stabbing hoax so they could post prank on social media: Police

first_imgalexsl/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two brothers have been arrested after creating an elaborate hoax over a fake stabbing so that the prank could be shared on social media, according to authorities.The incident occurred on Jan. 24 at approximately 5:46 p.m. when the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a stabbing at a residential home in Silver Spring, Maryland.“The caller stated that two brothers had been fighting in the house and it appeared that one of them had stabbed the other in the neck with a knife,” the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) in a press release published on Feb. 10 detailing the ordeal.Responding authorities entered the home and observed a 21-year-old male, later identified as Denidson Jean, lying on the floor holding a t-shirt to his neck to stop the apparent heavy bleeding and covered in what appeared to be a large amount of blood.The responding officer observed a 19-year-old male, later identified as Pierre Jean, standing over the victim along with a kitchen knife covered with blood on the counter next to the kitchen sink. The officer asked who stabbed Denidson and Pierre replied by saying “I didn’t mean to,” according to MCPD.“Four other residents were in the home and were in emotional distress with what had occurred. The residents were yelling and crying which contributed to the chaotic scene,” MCPD said in their statement released to the media.The officer immediately began to administer first aid and informed dispatch that he would need an advanced life support response and that fire and rescue personnel were needed to help the victim.Authorities say that the officer had been in the home and rendering aid for approximately two minutes when Denidson sat up, started laughing and told the officer that this had all been a prank for social media.“The investigation by the Department has determined that the two brothers planned this hoax to be recorded and posted to social media,” said the MCPD. “Prop blood was located in the home, as well as a digital camera which had been placed in the kitchen light. Pierre and Denidson created the bloody scene, pretended to be involved in a physical altercation with each other, and then Pierre, with blood on his clothing and holding the knife, left the kitchen. He returned to the kitchen with residents of the home and directed the residents to call 911/ the police a total of five times.”There is no indication that the other residents knew the situation was fake or that they were in on the hoax.Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones released a statement expressing his anger at the situation.“The suspects’ decision to orchestrate this hoax for social media and set it into motion with directing a call to 9-1-1 demonstrated a total disregard for the numerous Montgomery County police officers and Fire & Rescue personnel who were dispatched to the residence,” said Jones. “These officers and medical personnel responded in an emergency status (activating vehicle overhead lights and siren) to render aid to the alleged stabbing victim, causing unnecessary risk to the emergency responders and the community. The suspects created a dangerous and chaotic scene for the officers and other residents in the home, and we are fortunate that no one was hurt or injured during this situation.”“These suspects also showed a total disregard for Montgomery County residents, who may have needed those emergency services that were unnecessarily devoted and possibly diverted from other calls for service to this hoax,” Jones continued. “Even after the suspects confessed that this was a prank, officers were needed at the scene to interview witnesses and document the incident. The follow-up investigation included conducting a search of the home to recover evidence. I am proud of my officers, who responded to the stabbing call with great concern, and who began to immediately care for the alleged victim and investigate when arriving at the scene. They exhibited tremendous professionalism throughout the entire incident.”Denidson Jean and Pierre Jean were subsequently arrested on Feb. 8 in Silver Spring, Maryland, and transported to the Central Processing Unit before being released from custody.They have both been charged with knowingly causing a false call for an ambulance and making a false statement to an officer with the intent to deceive and cause an investigation.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UAE Navy vessel on fire after Houthi attack off Yemen

first_img View post tag: Yemen View post tag: Houthi Back to overview,Home naval-today UAE Navy vessel on fire after Houthi attack off Yemen Authorities UAE Navy vessel on fire after Houthi attack off Yemen A United Arab Emirates Navy vessel has reportedly been attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels during a Saudi-led coalition attack on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.The Yemeni rebel group issued a statement on their official website on June 13 claiming the Yemeni Navy prevented an amphibious landing operation by striking a navy vessel with two missiles.In another statement on June 14, the group said the “destruction of the navy vessel” was not the first and would not be the last.CNN has further received confirmation from US officials who said the UAE Navy vessel was struck and caught fire.A military vessel currently on fire in the Red Sea off the coast of Hodeidah belongs to the UAE, two senior Yemeni-Houthi military commanders tell CNN.US officials confirm it was attacked by Houthi rebels & caught fire. A US official confirms to CNN the craft belongs to the UAE— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) June 13, 2018The attack occurred during a Saudi-led operation to recapture the port city of Hodeidah, which is estimated to receive 70 percent of food, fuel and medicines imported to Yemen.On Monday, UN warned against a military escalation in Hodeida expressing concerning that as many as 250,000 people could be killed in an operation to retake the city.“I am extremely concerned about military escalation in Hodeida and their humanitarian and political impact. We’re in contact with parties to avoid further escalation. We call on them to exercise restraint and engage with political efforts to spare Hodeida a military confrontation,” UN’s Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said in a tweet on Wednesday. View post tag: UAE Navy June 14, 2018 This is not the first Yemen’s Houthi fighters have attacked both commercial and navy vessels in the Red Sea.In October 2016, the US Navy launched Tomahawk missiles at Houthi positions after the rebels tried several times to hit US destroyer USS Mason with missiles in the Bab-el-Mandab Strait.The Tomahawk attack occurred shortly after the Houthis hit and almost sank the UAE-operated catamaran HSV-2 Swift.Several months later, Houthis used “drone boats” to hit Royal Saudi Navy frigate Al-Madinah in an attack that killed two and injured three other Royal Saudi Navy sailors.The most recent known Houthi attack on vessels in the Red Sea took place in April 2018 when the rebels targeted a Saudi-flagged oil tanker. The tanker was only lightly damaged in the attack. View post tag: Hodeidah Share this articlelast_img read more

Betting on Esports 2017 dissected

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 “There is no ‘esports consumer.’  It’s much wider than that, with there being CS:GO consumers, DOTA consumers and so on” stated Adam Savinson of Win Technologies – Betway Group as Betting on Esports 2017 got underway.Discussing who an esport consumer is Mr Savinson added:  “You need to know to cater for their own communities, with esports being different to how traditional sports are treated. They’re used to having dedicated news portals, unlike football fans who’d look on the BBC where it’s listed alongside basketball.”With a distinct disparity between esports and traditional sports highlighted, Rahul Sood from Unikrn elaborated:  “Working with Tabcorp they bring in the traditional sport experience to us.” “We see esports has a much younger median age compared to the average MLB consumer, which is 51, and the average PGA consumer, 64.  Every day one MLB or PGA punter dies and two esports ones are born”Growth is also key in any sector and Michael Doyle of PVP.me explained the necessity from which it is to do so in the correct manner:  “A lot of companies come in wanting to make a quick buck. “The esports audience can see that a mile off and will avoid it. You need to build with the community, show them you’re here to grow with them. Unikrn and Betway have done this well through their content. The consumers always want more.”Another way with which to grow could be through the use of ambassadors and sponsorships, with Scott Burton of ESP saying:  “There are some people we wouldn’t touch.  You need to do research to determine who’s right for your brand before just jumping in based on follower numbers. “I don’t see much difference between esports and traditional sports ambassadors though”. Something Viktor Wanli of Kinguin didn’t wholeheartedly agree with, before explaining his own approach: “We look to see how we can work with their audience after a sponsorship, with constant community engagement”.Cycling became the focus of a sponsorship based discussion; the advantages of aligning yourself with a current team or creating your own organisation the focal point.Malph Minns, of Strive Sponsorship, has previously worked with Team Sky and on the issue he had this to say: “With Team Sky, it was difficult to for some brands to understand how they might get cut through in a relationship with us, having a media owner and big brand like Sky also sponsoring the team.“We worked hard to show how this could be done and how they would actually benefit from this relationship, not hinder their return on investment and we were keen for brands to be involved, not just for the sponsorship income, but for their related activations to help grow the media footprint and profile of the team – thus increasing value further.”Wanli offered a different perspective, however, with his Kinguin company instead running their own team:  “We see it better to run our own brand, as the community connect better that way.” There are of course difficulties with esports, something Suraj Gosai of Blinkpool explained:  “We’ve been working with the UK Gambling Commission closely in order to get our license, as it’s a different format to most other bookmakers.  We have to explain in detail to them because we’re first to the market.”Adding about how his company’s model differs:  “After listening to those coming from a traditional background and losing money, we felt it was better to develop a way for people to bet against each other, rather than the house.”Building on this through his cycling experience, Minns said:  “Lots of money came into cycling after Team Sky’s success and the resultant growth of the sport in the UK, but a number of companies made poor sponsorship decisions on the basis of not understanding the sport and audience, not getting great advice and some rights holders not having the right experience in place to service them adequately. “Their pull out came alongside a ‘Cycling doesn’t work’ tag when in fact a confluence of failures was to blame.“Esports rights holders need to take time to properly understand non-endemics requirements and what success looks like, as well as have the team capable of delivering this, to ensure something similar doesn’t occur.”Whereas Mr Savinson simply stated:  “Throwing money at esports is bad. You need to develop what works and what doesn’t, and that includes working with communities to come in”. In spite of this panellists were asked for their opinion on the growth of esports in the next five years, with estimates ranging from anything between double to ten times.last_img read more