Group Pistol-Whips And Kidnaps Unsuspecting Man In Florida, Then Find Out Who He Really Is

A group of Florida teens have been arrested after the brazen kidnapping of a federal customs agent. The group of four criminal youths targeted agent Armando Alaniz and are now facing charges of armed robbery, armed carjacking and aggravated battery. Orange County Sheriff Demings revealed in a news conference that the youths may also be charged with felony crimes.

“These are high school students, that’s the other sad thing, that we’re talking about 15 and 16 years old, caught up with two 18-year-olds,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings on Friday at a press conference. “These teenagers are playing a very deadly game.” 

What makes the crime so shocking is how the teens didn’t just steal from the victim, who lives in Texas and was visiting Florida on a vacation with his family. The young offenders robbed him at gunpoint and pistol whipped him. He was later taken to the hospital where he was given stitches. It didn’t end there. Not only did the teens brutalize him, they psychologically tortured him by forcing him to climb into the trunk of a vehicle, where he he was zip-tied and duct-taped. It is unknown what motivated them to prolong his horrific ordeal or what they were planning to do with him if they had not been caught. 

After Alaniz didn’t return for quite some time, his wife realized he was missing and called both 911 and On Star, a car security service. Her quick thinking allowed the security service to call the car he was in order to locate him. When the suspects abandoned the vehicle, he was able to make a run for it. 

The suspects were arrested at a nearby hotel. Since then another teenager has been arrested while driving a stolen car less than a mile away from the parking lot where Alaniz was kidnapped at gunpoint. Police say the gang of teens had been terrorizing other tourists in the area.

Police Officer Sues For Firing Over Confederate Flag

Silvia Cotriss, a former police sergeant in Roswell, Georgia, was fired for flying a Confederate flag outside her home. Cotriss is now suing the city and is represented in her lawsuit by the controversial Southern Legal Resources Center.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cotriss, who is a resident of Woodstock, Georgia, claims she did know the Confederate flag is offensive to some.

Cotriss is being represented by attorney David Ates of the Southern Legal Resources Center. The center considers “Confederate Southern Americans” the “most persecuted minority” in the the country.

The Confederate flag is “a way to honor [Cotriss’] Southern heritage and her late husband,” Cotriss’ freedom of speech lawsuit states. “A Confederate flag can communicate an array of messages, among them various political and historic points of view.”
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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Kirk Lyons, who founded the SLRC, is a frequent defender of “heritage violations” against the Confederate flag, and is connected to various hate groups. He reportedly held his wedding at an Aryan Nations compound.

The SLRC has also described itself as “a non-profit legal foundation waging a counter-offensive to preserve Southern Heritage” and has called to end the “Ethnic Cleansing of Dixie.”

“The Southern Legal Resource Center is a nonprofit foundation that specializes in First Amendment issues for Southern heritage,” Lyons once said. “The flag is a civil rights issue.”

According to WSB, Cotriss’ lawsuit, which also names Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant and City Administrator Katherine Love as co-defendants, for 10 years of pay, the cost of benefits and other damages.

Following several high-profile police shootings in the U.S. in early 2016, Grant visited an African-American church just before the complaint against Cotriss was issued.

“For me the takeaway from Ferguson was that a lot of African-Americans don’t trust police officers and don’t see them as I did when I was growing up,” Grant told the congregation, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I honestly didn’t know that before. I was ignorant of that. Everyone needs to work to make things better.”

Mom’s Dead Son Comes Back To Life After Horrible Crash, Tells Her He Saw Dad And ‘2 Other Kids’ In Heaven.(VIDEO)

In 1997, Julie Kemp was driving home from church with her husband Andy and their eight-year-old son Landon when their car was crushed by an ambulance in a horrifying accident. Landon’s dad was killed instantly, and so was Landon — twice. Emergency responders were able to revive Landon’s vitals for the trip to the hospital after the crash, but they lost him again on the way to the emergency room.

Doctors at Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina brought him back again and told Julie he would likely not survive, but after two weeks in a coma, Landon miraculously woke up. Everyone was shocked to discover he had no trace of brain damage.

Julie was elated to have her son back but dreaded having to tell Landon that his father had passed away. She tentatively asked Landon if he knew where his dad was… his response shook her to the core, “I saw him in heaven.” Even more amazingly, he went on to describe Julie’s two other children that she had lost in a miscarriage years before Landon was born. Julie and her husband never told the young boy about them.

This story is simply amazing to hear. Let Landon’s experience give you assurance, though most of us will never experience the other side and come back to tell the tale, hope is certainly not lost.