July 8, 2024

USA: 68yo Female Tourist From New Zealand Killed After Robbery Outside Of Normally Very Safe Newport Beach's Fashion Island Mall In Orange County. Suspect Hit Her With Car, Dragged Her Body


KCAL News published July 3, 2024: New Zealand tourist robbed and killed outside Newport Beach mall, police say. Another one of the men fired a gun three times, according to police.
ABC7 published July 5, 2024: 3 suspects eligible for death penalty after tourist killed in Newport Beach. Three men have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a tourist from New Zealand who was fatally run over during an attempted robbery at Newport Beach's Fashion Island.
KTLA published July 2, 2024: Woman, 69, killed during attempted robbery in Orange County. Three suspects are in custody after running over a 69-year-old woman while attempting to flee the scene of a robbery outside a sprawling, high-end shopping mall in Orange County Tuesday. KTLA's Chris Wolfe reports
The Commie Democrats response to a robbery is blame the victim because they should have just handed the criminals whatever they wanted to steal. The Commie Democrats would say, "It's not worth your life. Don't resist." That's what they've shockingly said when 2 underage girls attempted to hijack a vehicle from a man working an uber job with it. He fought the girl, she punched the gas and the car careened around the corner killing the innocent man in Washington, DC. The mayor blamed the victim for fighting to stop the girls from stealing his car he earns a living with.

And in Commie Toronto, Canada, because they had a surge in car theft and car breakins, city officials urged the public to just leave their car doors unlocked and even suggested to leave their car keys somewhere visible to avoid the burglars targeting their homes and lessen the violence in the city. Can you believe that? Here is a link to that article, "Canada surrenders to crime, urges people to leave car keys out to avoid violence." (emphasis mine)
ABC News
written by David Gonzรกlez
Friday July 5, 2024

NEWPORT BEACH, California - Three men have been charged with murder and other offenses in connection with the death of a tourist from New Zealand who was fatally run over during an attempted robbery at Newport Beach's Fashion Island mall, prosecutors said Friday.

Leroy Ernest Joseph McCrary, 26, of Los Angeles, Malachi Eddward Darnell, 18, of Los Angeles, and Jaden Cunningham, 18, of Lancaster, "are eligible for the death penalty if they are convicted of the special circumstances murder of 68-year-old Patricia McKay in the commission of a robbery with a felony enhancement of causing the death of an elder over the age of 65," the Orange County District attorney's office said in a news release.

In addition to the special circumstances murder charge, McCrary has been charged with one felony count of attempted second-degree robbery, and one felony count of evading while driving recklessly. McCrary has prior felony convictions for residential burglary in 2018, criminal threats in 2020, and robbery in 2023, all in Los Angeles County, the statement said.

Darnell has also been charged with one felony count of second-degree attempted robbery, one felony count of attempted murder, and one felony enhancement of personal use of a firearm and one felony enhancement of personal discharge of a firearm, the DA's office said. Cunningham has also been charged with one felony count of attempted second-degree robbery.

In a statement, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer expressed condolences to McKay's loved ones "and to the entire country of New Zealand as we mourn her senseless death in the commission of a crime that should have never happened.

"Actions have consequences and it shouldn't have to result in the death of an elderly woman just enjoying a day of shopping with her husband for our elected leaders in Sacramento to realize that this is the product of their soft-on-crime policies which encourage criminality while sacrificing public safety," Spitzer added. "This is Orange County and we refuse to accept this is the new normal."

According to police and prosecutors, Darnell and Cunningham, both wearing masks, approached McKay and her husband as they were walking outside the Barnes & Noble store at Fashion Island.

One of the suspects put a gun to the head of McKay's 69-year-old husband and demanded his watch as they forced him to the ground, prosecutors said. When they were unable to get the watch, the suspects allegedly turned their attention to McKay, who was holding multiple shopping bags.

Cunningham is accused of dragging McKay into the street in front of a getaway car being driven by McCrary.

According to the DA's office, McKay's husband jumped in front of the vehicle in an effort to protect his wife, but McCrary, with Darnell back in the vehicle, accelerated and forced the husband out of the way, then ran over McKay, trapping her under the vehicle and dragging her 65 feet.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cunningham was still on foot and running toward the moving vehicle, chased by a good Samaritan, prompting Darnell to fire several shots from inside the car toward the pursuer. No one was struck by the gunfire.

Cunningham ultimately got into the vehicle and the trio drove away.

The suspects led authorities on a pursuit north on the 405 Freeway. During the chase the driver pulled over in the Cypress area, and Cunningham jumped out of the car, but was later apprehended, prosecutors said. The other two suspects continued the pursuit into South Gate, where they were both arrested.

McKay's husband was not seriously injured during the robbery, police said.

CBS News
written by Marissa Wenzke
Wednesday July 3, 2024

A 68-year-old woman visiting from New Zealand was walking with her husband just outside a Newport Beach mall when she was robbed and killed by three men, police said.

Patricia McKay was outside the Fashion Island mall shopping center, near Santa Rosa Drive and Newport Center Drive, around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when two men approached her and her husband and tried to rob them — one of the suspects allegedly armed with a handgun, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.

"There was a struggle, and at this point, we believe the suspects dragged her into the street," Sgt. Steve Oberon said.

Then, a third man driving a white Toyota Camry struck and killed McKay during the course of the robbery, Oberon said.

Another one of the men fired a gun three times, according to police.

McKay was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was found in the parking lot just outside the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

"I felt so terrible for that woman and that person at that point, it just wasn't right," said Beau Bayless, a good samaritan who tried to help the couple. He said one of the suspects shot at him during the struggle.

The three men suspected in the robbery fled the area and led police on a pursuit that traveled onto the northbound 405 Freeway and into Los Angeles County, police said. The car stopped at one point in Cypress, where one of the suspects got out, and then continued driving into a neighborhood in South Gate, where aerial footage showed both men running from the car as one of them hid behind some trash cans.

All three men have been arrested. On Wednesday, police identified them as Joseph McCrary Leroyernest, 26, of Compton; Jaden Cunningham, 18, of Lancaster; and Edward Darnell Malachi, 18, of Los Angeles.

The day of the killing, witnesses outside the Orange County shopping center said they heard three to four gunshots before everyone tried to take cover. Police told people to avoid the area as they continued to investigate.

"I expected to go and fix my sunglasses," shopper Rachel West said. "I didn't know that there was going to be a crime scene and dead body when I got here."

Following the arrests of the three suspects Tuesday, Newport Beach City Mayor Will O'Neill said the area is typically safe.

"I'm horrified. I'm mourning the loss of someone who died inside of our city because of crime," O'Neill said. "This is a tragedy and I'm furious."

On Tuesday, authorities said the suspects allegedly robbed the woman before jumping into the car and running her over but police released new details Wednesday offering a slightly different account.

The victim was initially described as 69 years old but police identified her on Wednesday as a 68-year-old woman.

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