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Philadelphia taxi driver pistol-whipping, carjacking caught on dashcam video, police say

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Philadelphia police have released video of a violent carjacking that shows a suspect pistol-whipping and robbing a taxi driver.

The driver, working for a private taxi company, picked up an unknown Black male at Jackson Street and Bleigh Avenue around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, police said Friday in a news release

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The suspect got in the back seat of the car and paid the driver, according to police, but the fare quickly turned violent.

The suspect pulled out a black handgun with an extended magazine, hit the driver and demanded money and the car, authorities said.

The suspect pulled out a black handgun with an extended magazine, hit the driver and demanded money and the car, authorities said.
(Philadelphia Police Department)

As the driver approached Torresdale Avenue and Cottman Avenue, police said dashcam video from inside the car shows the suspect pulling out a black handgun with an extended magazine.

The suspect, who is wearing a medical face mask, appears to strike the driver with the handgun while the vehicle is in motion, the video shows. He can be seen holding the driver at gunpoint while demanding cash and the car, police said.

The suspect appeared to be wearing a medical face mask and a black hoodie.

The suspect appeared to be wearing a medical face mask and a black hoodie.
(Philadelphia Police Department)

The victim is seen handing over a stack of cash to the suspect before jumping out of the car, according to the video. The suspect then jumps into the front seat and drives off.

Police said the suspect abandoned the car on Aldine Street.

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Authorities asked anyone with information about the suspect or incident to call police.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.



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Landmark national security trial of Hong Kong democracy activists begins. Here's what you need to know

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Some were seasoned politicians and veteran protest leaders. Others were academics, unionists and health care workers. They hailed from different generations and held a range of political views, but were brought together by what they say was a shared commitment to Hong Kong’s democratic future.



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Texas deputies stop driver hauling 13 illegal immigrants wearing camouflage clothing

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Deputies in Zavala County, Texas, caught nearly two dozen illegal immigrants during four separate traffic stops early Sunday, including 13 migrants smuggled in a pickup truck while cloaked in camouflage clothing, authorities said.

In total, the sheriff’s office said it apprehended 22 illegal immigrants, while 10 others fled after bailing from the vehicles.

In one case, the sheriff’s office said a deputy stopped a black Chevy pickup for a traffic violation on U.S. 57 east of La Pryor. As the deputy went to speak with the driver, he spotted multiple individuals wearing camouflage clothing lying in the bed of the truck.

The deputy then found more individuals inside the vehicle with the driver, who claimed they were all her cousins, according to officials.

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Illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage were being smuggled into the country by a Texas woman on Highway 57, police said.

Illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage were being smuggled into the country by a Texas woman on Highway 57, police said. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver, Samantha Renee Dela Fuente of San Antonio, was charged with smuggling, FOX29 San Antonio reported. Officials said the 13 undocumented individuals were turned over to Uvalde Border Patrol.

In a second incident, a deputy pulled over a Chrysler van for a traffic violation. When the deputy exited his cruiser to approach the vehicle, it sped away and prompted a short pursuit.

Deputies found 13 illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage in a pickup truck.

Deputies found 13 illegal immigrants dressed in camouflage in a pickup truck. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver eventually bailed, and three illegal immigrants were apprehended. Deputies said five other undocumented individuals had fled the scene.

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Deputies said two other illegal immigrants were found hidden in the back of an SUV during a traffic stop on U.S. 57 east of Batesville. The driver had bailed and fled.

Deputies arrested the driver, who was not immediately identified, and turned over the illegal immigrants to Border Patrol officials.

Deputies arrested the driver, who was not immediately identified, and turned over the illegal immigrants to Border Patrol officials. (Zavala County Sheriff’s Office)

A fourth traffic stop on a blue Chevy Malibu resulted in another short chase until the driver and other individuals bailed from the vehicle into the brush at the West Wind Ranch, the sheriff’s office said.

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Deputies apprehended three individuals while about five other suspected illegal immigrants escaped.

All the apprehended illegal immigrants were turned over to Border Patrol, the sheriff’s office said.



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Britishvolt: UK battery start-up set to be bought by Australian firm

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Building this battery plant is seen as absolutely vital to securing the future of UK car manufacturing. But the last time an ambitious start-up, with unproven technology led by people unheard of in the battery and car world, attempted this it ended up in the spectacular failure of Britishvolt, which collapsed into administration last month.



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