Zombie tranced passengers were too immersed in toys to spot murderer

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Authorities have partially blamed gadget-absorbed commuters for failing to notice a gun-wielding assailant who calmly took his time before shooting a man point blank on a San Francisco train.

The man, 30-year-old Nikhom Thephakaysone, flashed his .45-caliber pistol several times in front of everyone, before proceeding to shoot San Francisco State University student Justin Valdez, 20, in the back of the head before leaving the train.

Police believe the attack to have been completely unprovoked.

The accused, Nikhom Thephakaysone. Screenshot from YouTube user sanfrancisoPDThe accused, Nikhom Thephakaysone. Screenshot from YouTube user sanfrancisoPD

The September 23 incident, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, involved security footage showing Thephakaysone pulling out the gun, raising and pointing it – even wiping his nose with the sleeve of that hand – before tucking the weapon away and drawing it again several more times with nobody any the wiser. He then simply shot Valdez and disembarked.

This incident highlights an increasing lack of attention from passers-by, authorities say, alluding to the spread of hi-tech toys. People are so engulfed by their hand-held entertainment devices that they pay almost zero attention to their surroundings.

District Attorney George Gascon believes technology has greatly hindered people’s ability to concentrate, leading to increased crime, as well as theft.

“These weren’t concealed movements — the gun is very clear,” he told the Chronicle. “They’re just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They’re completely oblivious of their surroundings.”

Following a speedy arrest, several charges were leveled at Thephakaysone, including murder and assault with a semi-automatic handgun. He pleaded not guilty.

Despite this lack of admission, the police discovered a small weapons arsenal after carrying out a search of his apartment. The weapons found included two assault rifles and multiple combat knives, adding illegal possession of assault weapons to the charges.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Valdez was almost the second victim that night, as Thephakaysone had stuck a gun in another man’s back just hours before as he looked for someone to shoot. He did not pull the trigger, choosing to go hunting for another hour. He then wound up in front of a Thai restaurant, where he again waved and played around with his gun, Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark said.

Thephakaysone was arrested with $20,000 cash on his person.

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5 Off-Duty Cops Among Bikers Who Assaulted Man in Front of Family

It has been reported that the motorcycle gang recently charged with assaulting a man in front of his family was actually filled with off duty cops

 

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NEW YORK — This week the news has been filled with controversy surrounded the beating of a man named Alexian Lien, who has pulled from his car and assaulted in front of his family by a biker gang, after striking one of them with his vehicle.  There is much debate on this topic, but as more details surface it is becoming apparent that there is more to this story than meets the eye.

To start off, it seems that there was actually a crew of off duty police officers among the biker gang.

According to ABC News:

Eyewitness News has learned that among the bikers on the Henry Hudson last weekend, were five off-duty NYPD officers.  Sources say at least two detectives witnessed the attack on Alexian Lien and did not directly intervene. And investigators are still working to determine what role, if any, was played by the other three officers.  What is clear, sources say, is that the men did not begin to come forward until late Wednesday, four full-days after the incident.[1]

There is much controversy over this incident, with many on both sides of the argument pointing blame in the other direction.  However, it seems that this situations is much more than just a random case of road rage, but may have in fact been a part of a planned robbery that is commonplace among these motorcycle gangs.

One trucker who posted to the families Facebook page made the following statement in regards to the biker gangs in question:

“Here is some additional information you all might want to read. This is my personal experience with this situation. I made sure to post this on the support site as well. As a trucker that would deliver in north jersey and New York I am familiar with these gangs. I can hopefully clarify a few things. First the initial “accident” is part of a game they play. They ride in a huge group and will operate together to slow down traffic. Next they pick out high-end vehicles targeting people with families in them, the targets will usually be white or Asian.

 

 

Then one of the riders will do a “brake check” and stop suddenly in front of the target vehicle causing a minor bump. In some cases they will just roll back into their target vehicle. They will then mob the vehicle demanding money and or begin attacking the person inside. It is their practice to also slash the tires to prevent the vehicle from escaping. Truckers are well aware of them and are advised not to stop. You can clearly see in the video how they are well-practiced in this style of attack. The police in NY have backed off them after an officer ran one down using his vehicle a few months back.

The video was all over the net so I advise you to check it out. These “bikers” ride dirt bikes and sport bikes very few of which are street legal and even fewer have plates. They run red lights, stop signs, and have no regard for the law. If you are ever in this situation do not stop, immediately call the police and do whatever you have to keep them from boxing you in. NEVER leave the scene of an accident if you are not under direct threat!!! Only run if you have no other choice, and again immediately call the police. This is not rare by any means, the only reason this incident got any attention is because of the helmet cam video being posted on the net. If you see anyone in this situation, call the police. Make no mistake confusing these punks with true bikers. You will rarely if ever see a member of these gangs on a Harley. Do not for a minute blame true bikers for this kind of behavior. Bikers like those involved in the 2 million Bikers to DC Rally are American Patriots and would be among the first to come to your aid.[2]

 

Sources:

[1] 5 off-duty officers among bikers in SUV incident – ABC

[2] Justice for Alexian Lien – Facebook

[3] Intellihub