A local social media star said he is protecting the streets of Southern California by capturing suspects wanted for preying on children.
Known by the nickname “Black Biden,” the good Samaritan said his mission in life is to protect children and minors because he feels the criminal justice system is not doing enough.
He spends his time setting up potential suspects through online messaging where he poses as an underage boy or girl. When a suspect agrees to meet with him, he will contact authorities and record the moment officers arrive to confront and arrest the suspect.
One of the videos posted on his social media page shows a suspected child predator running chaotically through a Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant as officers try to capture him.
The suspect, Cody Lane Oreiro, 41, of Hawthorne, eventually gets tackled to the ground by Long Beach police.
He was arrested on charges of arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and resisting a police officer.
Although some may believe an undercover officer is behind the sting, it’s actually Black Biden. The man can be seen in the video wearing a red hoodie and gray sweatpants.
“I have caught over 156 guys who have tried to come out to harm kids,” said Black Biden. “And it’s only been a year. Many convictions, but the laws are just still not strict enough for these guys.”
Black Biden said the suspect in the Long Beach Carl’s Jr. arrest believed he was meeting up with a 15-year-old boy at the time.
Black Biden explained his methodology in capturing these suspects saying, “[We have] accounts set up on dating sites and regular social media sites — the ones all kids tend to use. And the profile that we have is obviously a young person. The [suspects] hit up the profile, wants to start texting. We then reveal to them that we’re not actually an 18-year-old, but we’re 13 or 14.”
If that person continues with their conversation, that’s when Black Biden will arrange a meeting and call the police.
In another tense video, he’s seen running alongside cops as they arrest a man who allegedly arrived to meet up with a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Despite the tense and sometimes physical confrontations with suspects, ultimately, the social media star said his goal is to “ just try to protect the kids.”
When asked how long he planned to continue his crusade, Black Biden said that he would continue tracking suspects down until laws become stricter on such crimes.
Stolen big rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
Authorities with the California Highway Patrol were in pursuit of a driver in a suspected stolen tractor-trailer big-rig truck out of Bakersfield Wednesday night.
The suspect led CHP in pursuit on the southbound 5 Freeway, near the 405 Freeway interchange shortly after the pursuit was initiated. The driver later transitioned onto the eastbound 134 Freeway.
Hitting speeds of around 70 miles per hour, the big rig was seen swerving from side to side on the freeway.
The suspect later made his way to the eastbound 210 Freeway toward San Bernardino County where officers successfully deployed a spike strip in the Claremont area, blowing out the front tires on the big rig.
In Rancho Cucamonga, the big rig caught fire. The driver exited the vehicle and fled.
He was taken into custody not long after.
The big rig was fully engulfed in flames as the fire department was responding and traffic on the freeway was at a complete standstill.
Minnesota man arrested in slaying of model in DTLA
A Minnesota man has been arrested in the killing of a woman in downtown Los Angeles last year.
Maleesa Mooney, 31, was found dead in an apartment in the 200 block of Figueroa Street on Sept. 12, 2023, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.
The model’s body was found in her refrigerator.
Now, almost half a year later, the LAPD believes they’ve found her killer: 41-year-old Magnus Daniel Humphrey of Hopkins, Minnesota, who was arrested on an “unrelated federal warrant” and is on federal probation for drug offenses, police said.
He will soon be brought to L.A. to face a murder charge.
Anyone with additional information regarding this case can call Detective Pierce or Detective Marcinek at 213-486-8700.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go directly to lacrimestoppers.org.
Self-driving taxis suspended in L.A., NorCal
Self-driving car company Waymo may no longer offer rides in its robotaxis after the California Public Utilities Commission suspended their ability to transport members of the public.
According to KTVU, the CPUC suspended Waymo for up to 120 days after the company sought to expand its services in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, prompting protests from some local officials.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President David J. Canepa said in a statement to KTVU that Waymo has “stalled any meaningful discussions on its expansion plans,” so the company won’t be able to “test robotaxi service virtually unfettered both in San Mateo and Los Angeles counties.”
“This will provide the opportunity to fully engage the autonomous vehicle maker on our very real public safety concerns that have caused all kinds of dangerous situations for firefighters and police in neighboring San Francisco,” Canepa said.
In a letter to CPUC President Alice Busching Reynolds, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass highlighted incidents in San Francisco such as Waymo vehicles blocking firehouse driveways and parking on top of fire hoses.
Locally, a Waymo robotaxi intially failed to stop for a traffic officer in 2023, though no injuries were reported.
The company began offering rides late last year in parts of L.A. County, including Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, Mid-City Koreatown and downtown L.A., according to the Los Angeles Times.
At that time, Bass asked the CPUC to authorize local regulation of self-driving vehicles.
“To date, local jurisdictions like Los Angeles have had little to no input in [autonomous vehicle] deployment and are already seeing significant harm and disruption,” she wrote.
A Waymo spokesperson told the Times that before expanding its service area, the company “reached out to stakeholders including county officials, local first responders, cities, bike coalitions and others,” the newspaper reported
“Our briefings included information on Waymo’s mission, experience and how our technology works,” the spokesperson said.
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