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UNITED STATES

Alleged conspirator arrested

Police on Friday arrested a man accused of entering a kidnapping conspiracy with a New York City police officer who had allegedly plotted to cook and eat women. Michael Vanhise, 23, was arrested at his home in New Jersey and taken before a Manhattan federal judge to face the kidnapping charges, law enforcement officials said. According to prosecutors, Vanhise agreed by e-mail in February last year to pay the officer US$5,000 to kidnap and deliver him a woman, whom Vanhise would then rape. The officer, Gilberto Valle, allegedly agreed to the kidnapping, writing that the woman would be sedated and “stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van.” Valle, who was aiming for promotion to sergeant, also had plans to kidnap women so that he could roast them at home and eat them, prosecutors say. The 28-year-old has been charged with kidnapping conspiracy and illegally accessing the police database.

MEXICO

‘Warlock’ makes predictions

Antonio Vazquez is a cherubic 72-year-old with twinkling eyes, a long white beard and a knack for predicting things that do not actually happen. For more than three decades, the self-proclaimed “Grand Warlock” has been doing tarot card and horoscope readings to reveal what is in store for the coming year. On tap for this year, according to the Grand Warlock: a new war in the Middle East, chaos in Venezuela and a tough year for Obama. However, it is not all bad news. Vazquez said it will be a great year for Mexico, a country that has struggled with drug violence and a slow economy.

MEXICO

Toy guns destroyed

Mexico City authorities say they have destroyed thousands of toy guns in an effort to fight real crimes committed with fake weapons. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Friday that officials believe that at least three of every 10 violent crimes in Mexico City is committed with a realistic toy gun. The guns were confiscated from shops in Mexico City and the surrounding state of Mexico. Authorities ban virtually all civilian gun ownership and requires that toy weapons be made of transparent or brightly colored plastic. Sunday is Three Kings Day, when Mexican children receive the largest number of holiday gifts. Official statistics show that there were 82,117 robberies and 1,349 homicides in Mexico City in the first 11 months last year.

UNITED STATES

Saudi accused of child rape

A sergeant in Saudi Arabia’s air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him on the morning of Sin City’s big New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get him decades in state prison, according to police and charging documents obtained on Friday.The boy, who is younger than 14, told police the man forced him into a room at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and raped him. Police arrested Alotaibi after being called to the hotel before 9:30am on Monday. The boy, who lives out of state, was staying at the hotel with his family, McGrath said. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and evidence collection and released later to family members. McGrath said Alotaibi produced a Saudi Arabian military identification and said he was stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland near San Antonio, Texas.

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