Dennis, the owner of Hashes & Brews, was having a cigarette break outside around 12:30 on Tuesday when he heard loud banging noises that he thought was a nail gun from someone doing construction.
But the numerous successive bangs — 15 or 17 by his estimation — sounded too rapid to be a nail gun.
He looked across the street and saw “a whole bunch of people just trampling over each other, coming out the front doors of YouTube. They were running, people just running.”
Dennis, who declined to give his last name, waved a group of three of them into the restaurant.
One man was bleeding from the face, Dennis told Business insider. But the wound was not severe — as if a bullet had perhaps grazed him, Dennis said. He brought over towels and a first aid kit, and directed the man to the bathroom to wash up. Another woman had a bullet lodged into the sole of her leather shoe.
Police said a female was found inside the YouTube building with what they believed to be self-inflicted wounds, though the complete details of the event, including the identity of the shooter and any motive, remain unclear.
But employees and bystanders who fled the scene on Tuesday described the chaotic events to Business Insider reporters.
One person with a gunshot wound in the leg sought refuge at a Carl’s Jr restaurant across the street from the YouTube building. Mike Finney, one of the company’s employees, tried to help staunch her bleeding, a spokesperson for the Carl’s Jr parent company confirmed to Business Insider.
Criminal Minds season 13 is almost over, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the last three episodes, including learning more about Garcia’s family and another finale cliffhanger.
After the next episode gets personal for Simmons — there’s a hostage situation at the law firm where his wife works — we’re going to see some focus on Garcia. Then the last two episodes will air on the same night as the season finale. Could those also be the last episodes for any of the characters?
Garcia Faces a ‘Difficult Family Issue’
While Criminal Minds doesn’t give us much about the team members’ personal lives, every so often, we get an episode like “The Dance of Love,” which saw Rossi take some time off when his ex-wife was in town, and in the April 11 episode, it’s Garcia’s turn.
According to CBS’ description of “All You Can Eat,” “Garcia visits her stepbrother, Carlos (Sebastian Sozzi), to take care of a difficult family issue.” (As for the case, the BAU is called in by the Centers for Disease Control when they suspect bioterrorism is behind a series of mysterious deaths, so make of that what you will, given the episode’s title.)
We haven’t gotten much about Garcia’s family over these 13 seasons, as Kirsten Vangsness noted in an interview with TVLine. “They took allll those little moments and put it all together and now you get to see all of her sort of tragic past, and you get to see some of her family,” the actress previewed. “You see her going back home and having to negotiate some stuff, so it’s a quieter show.”
Double the UnSubs in a Season Finale Event
CBS is airing the final two episodes of season 13 back-to-back on April 18, starting at 9/8c. First, in “Mixed Signals,” “the BAU is called to Taos, N.M. to investigate an UnSub who is targeting his victims’ temporal lobes.” There’s a slim chance that’s not going to be a painful one.
Then comes the second hour, “Believer,” and the season finale will end with a cliffhanger. Here’s how CBS describes the episode: “When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn (James Urbaniak) locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn’s bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named ‘The Strangler.'”
According to TVLine, Matthew Gray Gubler called it a “great cliffhanger” and also teased that lives will be in danger.
Given the synopsis and the questionable credibility of the agent, it seems very possible that Quinn could be the one to put team members’ lives in danger, whether because he’s lying about what happened or during the investigation of his accounts.
Season 12 also ended with the lives of multiple members of the team in danger — six of them were in SUVs that were hit by a truck — and that resulted in the death of Stephen Walker. Is it a good idea to have another season finale feature something similar, no matter what leads up to it?
Criminal Minds just wrapped up a storyline (Barnes’ attempting to split up the team and even reassigning most of them to other divisions and forcing Rossi into retirement and Reid into a permanent academic role) that could have been used to write out someone instead of killing off a character. Since that didn’t happen, hopefully this cliffhanger won’t do that by ending in a death.
Are you worried about the future of the BAU? Do you think the team could lose another member with the upcoming finale cliffhanger?
Alex van der Zwaan leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine for lying to investigators in the Russia imbroglio.
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A federal judge has sentenced a Dutch lawyer to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine for lying to the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Alex van der Zwann, 33, is the first person to be sentenced in the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. His lawyer argued van der Zwann deserved leniency for eventually coming clean about the wrongdoing — but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was unmoved.
“I’ve thought about it, but I just can’t say,’pay a fine at the door and go,'” the judge said. “We’re not talking about a traffic ticket. This is lying in a federal criminal investigation.”
Van der Zwann made a brief statement of contrition.
“What I did was wrong,” he said. “I apologize to the court for my conduct.”
Berman Jackson concluded, however, that “the expressions of remorse here by the defendant … have been somewhat muted to say the least.”
She also declined to offer sympathy to van der Zwann after his lawyers said he has been bored in a D.C.-area hotel for months with nothing to do but converse with attorneys.
Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann did not request a specific punishment for van der Zwann but he did point out that “the defendant is an attorney who after being explicitly warned about the consequences of lying … went ahead and repeatedly lied to the government.”
People can’t lie to prosecutors and get away with it, Weissmann added.
Authorities said van der Zwann misled them in a November 2017 interview about his work with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy chairman Richard Gates.
Before their work on the Trump campaign, Van der Zwann’s law firm, Skadden Arps, prepared what was called an independent report in 2012 about the prosecution of a former official in Ukraine. Prosecutors later revealed van der Zwann coordinated the rollout with Gates and another Manafort ally described as a Russian intelligence agent.
Van der Zwann misled investigators about his role, withheld emails and then, after the judge said he was caught “red handed,” ultimately admitted his misconduct and turned over secret recordings he had made to the special counsel.
“There’s a history of conduct that’s either criminal or shows a lack of morality,” Weissmann said.
Van der Zwann had faced between zero and six months in prison under sentencing guidelines. He had asked to be home in London by August for the birth of his first child. But that timing is uncertain because it’s not clear he can voluntarily self-deport after serving the prison term or whether he will enter the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement first.
Van der Zwann had requested the judge recommend he be sent to a federal correctional complex in Allenwood, Pa., but the ultimate decision rests with the Bureau of Prisons.
His lawyer, William Schwartz, asserted that van der Zwann worked to correct the record with the special counsel because he realized that he had made a “terrible mistake.”
That’s why van der Zwann turned over evidence in December 2017, Schwartz said, and didn’t toss it into the river near his onetime office in London.
“It is unusual conduct in the least to make a false statement and then provide proof of the false statement,” Schwartz said. “That device might have found its way to the Thames.”
President Donald Trump inveighed against Mexico for what he perceived as a lack of effort to halt the flow of Central American migrants to the US.
But Trump’s comments appeared to reflect a lack of knowledge about the factors driving the migration and Mexico’s efforts to stanch it.
Some of the immigration policies Trump has pursued are also expected to worsen the problems causing migrants to leave their homes and head to the US.
President Donald Trump railed against Mexico over what he perceived as that country’s inability or unwillingness to carry out immigration enforcement in a series of tweets that spanned from the weekend through Monday.
“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the US,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning.
“These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA,” he added. “They want in on the act!”
“Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large ‘Caravans’ of people enter their country,” he added Monday morning.
The term “caravans” is an apparent reference to a large contingent of Central American migrants who are making their way north across Mexico, headed for the US and points in between, documented by BuzzFeed News. The migrants’ travel has notably been covered by Fox News, of which Trump is an avid viewer.
The group — more than 1,000 people, about 80% of them from Honduras, according to BuzzFeed — has been heading through Mexico on foot and by vehicle, guided by a group of volunteers called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders. Many hope to make part of the journey on freight trains that have become known as “La Bestia” or “the train of death.”
One of the group’s organizers said Pueblo Sin Fronteras was not calling on people to make the arduous trip — only helping them do so. Gathering in such a large group is a security measure to ward off the violence and depredations frequently carried out against migrants by criminal groups and Mexican officials. As of Friday, according to BuzzFeed, the group had made it to Oaxaca state.
Many of those trekking north intend to reach the US border, either requesting asylum or trying to cross without detection once there. Others hope to reunite with family already in Mexico.
But all are apparently fleeing what they see as untenable situations in their home countries.
For those from Honduras, the most proximate cause is violence and instability in the wake of President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s reelection late last year, which many believe was fraudulent, although it was endorsed by the US. In the months since, violence, much of it by state-backed actors, against activists and journalists has been elevated. The group traveling through Mexico often chanted, “out with JOH!,” according to BuzzFeed.
“The crime rate is horrible, you can’t live there,” Karen, a Honduran mother of two traveling with her children, told BuzzFeed near a town in Chiapas a state in Mexico bordering Guatemala. “After the president [was sworn in] it got worse. There were deaths, mobs, robbed homes, adults and kids were beaten up.”
‘A broader problem here that goes well beyond Trump’
In Honduras, as well as neighboring El Salvador and Guatemala, economic weakness, political instability, and rampant violence are all motivating factors. Much of the violence comes from criminal groups like MS-13 that have their roots in US policies during the region’s civil wars in the late 20th century, as well as US immigration policies in the 1990s and 2000s
“There is a broader problem here that goes well beyond Trump and includes the Obama administration. When we hear of Central Americans on the move, we have to think of failed past policies, notably the 2009 coup in Honduras, which worsened political and social conditions there,” Greg Weeks, a professor and Latin America expert at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, wrote on Monday. “We have to think of current support for a fraudulent election there. And no politician ever discusses the effects of 1980s policies on El Salvador.”
“It’s a bipartisan problem,” Weeks added. “Our policies in Central America are never long-sighted and they keep on biting us.”
Trump also mischaracterizes Mexican efforts to stem the flow of people moving through its territory, which come at the behest of the US.
In response to a surge of undocumented migrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, arriving at the US southern border in 2014, Mexico enacted Plan Frontera Sur, a border-security and enforcement initiative that quickly led Mexico to surpass the US in the number of Central Americans deported.
From October 2013 to April 2014, the US apprehended 159,103 “other than Mexicans,” which was more than three times the 49,893 Central Americans who Mexico detained over the same period.
Between October 2014 and April 2015, those numbers shifted drastically: Mexico detained 92,889 Central Americans, while the US detained 70,226 “other than Mexican” migrants, many of whom were from the Northern Triangle countries. Many migrants detained by Mexican authorities have faced abuses, but the flow north continues. (Faced with the wave of migrants moving north this week, some Mexican immigration officials abandoned their posts in southern Mexico.)
Mexico has been a frequent target of Trump’s fusillades against US allies and foes, and Trump has threatened to cut off US aid to its southern neighbor. Such cuts are generally seen as likely to worsen the border-security and immigration situations in Mexico, empowering criminal groups that have moved into the human-smuggling trade.
Trump’s assertion that the migrants traveling north are hoping to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is also off base, as that program only applied to immigrants who arrived as children prior to June 2012.
Trump in fact rescinded DACA in 2017, and his invocation of the program this week led some people to question whether he knew the details of it. Others noted the apparent gap between Trump’s condemnations of Mexico and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s praise of Mexico’s work with the US on numerous recent policies.
Adolfo Flores, the BuzzFeed reporter traveling with the caravan, said Sunday he asked some migrants about Trump’s DACA comments.
“Some laughed and others said they thought (correctly) they wouldn’t qualify,” Flores said, adding, “I’ve spoken with dozens of people who cite violence, instability, and poverty as reasons for leaving. Not one has mentioned DACA.”
It is going to be an extra stressful week at work for Simmons (Daniel Henney) on Criminal Minds. On Wednesday’s episode, his wife Kristy’s (Kelly Frye) law firm is targeted by a bomber and the B.A.U. must figure out who it is and how to stop the bombs before the entire building is taken down.
In TV Guide’s exclusive clip from the episode, Simmons isn’t getting any good news. There are multiple bombs in the building connected to the doors and there might even be a remote detonator, which makes it that much harder for the bomb squad to diffuse the situation.
It gets worse! The FBI also hasn’t been able to set up thermal imaging so no one can tell where everyone is in the building, leaving the team blind when trying to help. Prentiss (Paget Brewster) offers to let Simmons sit the case out, but he’s determined to stay and figure this thing out.
Can the team get to Kristy before tragedy strikes?