July 25 Morning Rush: Witnesses in APD video describe attempted kidnapping of 14-year-old

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1. The man accused of attempted to kidnap two women and a teen girl remains in jail Wednesday. This comes as a new video shows the moments the 14-year-old told police about the ordeal. Twenty-five-year-old James Carter is the man police say is behind the terrifying moments the three victims endured. Carter is accused of trying to abduct the girl while she was walking home from school. She was able to get away and told police Carter was sitting in his car near Academy and Eubank when he grabbed her. Witnesses spooked him away but snapped a picture of his car. Police say two women described similarly attempted kidnappings while jogging. The case is on hold pending a psychological evaluation.

Full story: Video: Witnesses describe man who tried to kidnap 14-year-old girl
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2. Expect more storms this afternoon, especially along and east of the central mountain chain.

Full story: John’s Wednesday Morning Forecast

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3. A vacant position remains on the Espanola police force after a controversial cop resigned. Sergeant Greg Esparza is accused of using excessive force. These mounting complaints caused the city to pay more than $800,000 in settlements. Many of those claims were not sustained due to a lack of video evidence. Esparza was placed on desk duty during a May investigation. He officially resigned last week.       

Full story: Controversial northern New Mexico cop resigns

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4. A butcher at Santa Fe grocery store being hailed a hero, credited for stopping a man who was accused of wielding a knife and it was all caught on camera. The takedown happened Tuesday at the food king store on St. Michael’s Drive and Llano Road. The video shows the man pulls a knife on a security guard who had been following him around on suspicion of shoplifting. Seconds later he was taken to the ground and held there despite the suspect pleading for the butcher to get off him. One witness says the fast thinking of that butcher could have saved lives. The suspect was arrested. No word on charges yet.

Full story: Video shows grocery store butcher’s takedown of armed suspect

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5. When it comes to the best cities for dogs, Albuquerque ranks near the top. In a recent study of the most “dog-friendly” cities done by Smartasset.com, Albuquerque ranked second overall, citing the city’s 15 dog parks, 171 dog-friendly restaurants, and the sunny weather.

Full story: Albuquerque Ranked 2nd Most Dog-Friendly City
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