UPDATE: A woman taken into custody at gunpoint in a busy Inglewood intersection Monday morning was was wanted on a felony kidnapping warrant, police say. https://t.co/yltfgxM1eF
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 3, 2018
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA — By now, you’ve probably seen the incredibly viral video involving a woman’s arrest in traffic. There were over 8 officers at the scene. Seems quite excessive, right? Well, when you understand her crimes, that perspective might change.
According to Fox 11 News, the video was uploaded by Twitter user @x__ricardo.
NOTE: Since more details have surfaced regarding his video, the Twitter user has deleted his page.
His footage showed several officers with their guns pointed towards a seemingly unarmed woman.
While appearances can be tricky, you can understand why the video sparked outrage — especially given the police brutality climate of the United States. Many questioned the officers’ excessive presence.
However, given her and her accomplices’ actions, it might have been warranted.
In response, the Los Angeles Police Department posted this on the departments official Twitter account:
“We are aware this video has raised concerns from the community. Although we are limited in what info we can release, we can confirm this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant & taken into custody without a use-of-force. She is being held on 1 million dollars bail.”
As it turns out, according to court documents, the woman — Amber Neal — is one of three suspects charged with kidnapping Hollywood actress Daisy McCrackin and her actor boyfriend Joseph Capone on May 3.
You might know McCrackin from “Halloween: Resurrection.”
— Variety (@Variety) July 4, 2018
In a grand jury indictment via Los Angeles County Superior Court, Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones, and Amber Neal were collectively charged with 17 felony counts, including:
- assault with a firearm
- grand theft
- and possession for sale of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED
According to Fox 11, police say the aforementioned suspects allegedly went to the McCrackin’s home in South Los Angeles and pistol-whipped Capone. Afterwards, the suspects placed black hoods over McCrackin’s and Capone’s heads and drove them to a residence in Compton.
Then, they allegedly stripped McCrackin’s boyfriend of his clothes and held him in a bathtub naked for ransom while McCrackin was taken to multiple banks in an attempt to pull cash for her boyfriend’s ransom.
During this time, the suspects allegedly tortured the woman’s boyfriend as well.
Likewise, the indictment notes the actress was forced to write a check for $10,000 to Neal, who deposited it into her actual account. Later, McCrackin was taken back to her home. That’s when she was able to call police.
According to a news release by the Los Angeles District Attorney, Stewart and Jones face life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole, if convicted as charged.
Similarly, Neal faces up to life in prison.
The source states that Jones’ and Neal’s bails are set at $1 million, and Stewart’s bail is $2.08 million.
For now, the case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
If you’re interested in local coverage of the arrest, check the video below.
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