A New York man was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a well-known and beloved gas station manager who investigators said was trying to stop him from leaving without paying for $22 worth of gas.
Joshua E. Roston, 33, of Baldwin, was arrested in Philadelphia on a vehicular homicide warrant out of Nassau County, according to Nassau County police officials. Though he was in the process of being extradited, he remained in the Philadelphia Jail Tuesday morning.
Roston is accused of running over Cemal “John” Dagdeviren, 59, of Levittown, the morning of Jan. 14 after Dagdeviren, who managed the Pit Stop Repair Shop in Baldwin, confronted him over payment for gas that had been pumped into the 1999 GMC Suburban Roston was driving. The slaying of the Turkish immigrant, who moved his family to the United States 25 years ago, has made international news.
The entire incident was recorded by surveillance cameras at the Pit Stop, which is a combination gas station and repair shop. Dagdeviren was also a mechanic there.
Police officials said the incident began shortly before 7:30 a.m. that morning, when the driver of the Suburban asked that an attendant fill up his SUV’s gas tank at the full-service island. According to NBC News, Nassau County Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference that the attendant became suspicious because the truck had no license plates and the driver was acting oddly.
“They stopped at $22 and asked him to pay at that time,” Fitzpatrick told reporters, according to the news network. “The attendant said to pull over to the side.”
The driver, who was dressed in an orange knit hat and gray sweatshirt, went inside the store to pay, but gave the clerk a fake credit card that was declined, Fitzpatrick said. He then went back into the parking lot, where Dagdeviren stepped in and confronted him.
The surveillance video, a portion of which was released by police officials, shows Dagdeviren talking with the driver as he goes back to the SUV and climbs inside. Dagdeviren appears to realize the man plans to drive off without paying and goes to the driver’s side door and knocks on the window.
See raw footage of the final moments of Cemal Dagdeviren’s life below, courtesy of Fox News.
When the man doesn’t roll the window down, Dagdeviren tries to open the door, but it appears to be locked. He hurries behind the vehicle and stands behind it as the driver begins to back up. The SUV bumps into his body.
Dagdeviren returns to the front of the vehicle after standing behind it does not stop the driver and, as the driver begins to inch forward across the parking lot, he stands directly in front of the SUV.
Dagdeviren is standing in front of the vehicle with his hands on the hood when the vehicle appears to accelerate into him.
The video released by police officials ends at that point, but investigators said Dagdeviren was run over, suffering a severe head injury.
The driver then fled the scene, investigators said, leaving Dagdeviren lying mortally wounded in the roadway. Dagdeviren was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police officials said.
Parminder Singh, who works at a neighboring gas station, told CBS New York that he saw Dagdeviren lying on the ground and went to see what had happened.
“Does anybody’s life cost $22?” Singh said. “No. It’s really bad. People don’t think before they commit something.”
Dagdeviren’s son, Ali Dagdeviren, called his father’s killer a monster.
“If you do that to anybody for $22, you can do anything,” Ali Dagdeviren, 35, told the news station.
Cemal Dagdeviren came to the United States nearly 25 years ago to provide a better future for his family, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the Dagdeviren family lay the patriarch to rest. He and his wife have two grown sons, Ali Dagdeviren, who was recently married, and Ceyhun “Jay” Dagdeviren, who is in the academy to become a New York City firefighter. Jay Dagdeviren, 25, also volunteers as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Bethpage Fire Department.
“Cemal was a hardworking and kind man who will be dearly missed by his friends and family,” reads the fundraising page, which exceeded its $20,000 goal by $4,000 in just seven days.
“My father worked hard for his family and never got into trouble, never even got a parking ticket,” Ali Dagdeviren told Newsday. “We are in a lot of pain. This is really hard for us.”
Cemal Dagdeviren’s customers paid their respects in a steady stream the day after his death. They also held a candlelight vigil in his honor that night at the station, which was closed for business.
According to Newsday, crime scene tape surrounded the station and blood stained the street where Dagdeviren died. Flowers and candles fashioned a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk, built by distraught patrons who described Dagdeviren as a good, trustworthy mechanic with a quick smile and a tendency to wave off payment for minor repairs he’d made for his customers.
“It is very sad,” Yvonne Holloway said. “He was a very hardworking man and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
“He would say, ‘Have a good day,’ and he meant it,” longtime customer Liz Boylan told Newsday as she dropped off flowers. “I am upset because he was just so sweet.”
A funeral was held Wednesday for Dagdeviren in the U.S., Newsday reported. Turkish news media reported a second service was held in Istanbul, where the family returned his body for burial.
Homicide detectives announced Thursday that they had tracked down the Suburban and identified Roston as the man in the orange ski hat. The SUV was impounded as evidence.
Detectives began a manhunt for Roston, who they suspected had fled the New York area. A $10,000 reward was offered for his capture, the details of which were not immediately available Tuesday.
“He knew what he was doing when he stepped on the gas and crushed that man’s life and his family’s life,” a police official told NBC New York.
Roston has a criminal history that includes stealing gas, shoplifting and stripping vehicles for parts, the news station reported.
A Chicago woman is accused of sexually assaulting her 16-month-old son in her home last year, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Alyssa Waldon, 30, was charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault, according to Chicago police.
During a court hearing Thursday, prosecutors said the toddler’s father called authorities after walking into a room Jan. 8 and witnessing Waldon assaulting the child after a shower, the Tribune reported.
Members of a U.S. marshal’s fugitive task force located Waldon on Wednesday afternoon, WGN reported.
Waldon was denied bail and will appear again in court Feb 5, the Tribune reported.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said that singer Chris Brown has been released from custody over rape allegations against him.
Authorities in Paris had detained Brown on Monday following a rape allegation, according to multiple reports.
The singer-songwriter was taken into custody after a 24-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted by Brown in a hotel room last week, according to BBC News.
He remained in custody Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated rape and drug infractions, according to The Associated Press. Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.
Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015, but has continued to have run-ins with police.
An unidentified official told the AP that the woman who filed a rape complaint against Brown in Paris said she met the singer and his friends at a nightclub overnight on Jan. 15-16 and that they all went to a hotel in central Paris afterward. According to BBC News, two other men, including Brown’s bodyguard, were also detained after the alleged incident.
Brown has not commented on the report.
In France, aggravated rape is a crime that carries a punishment of 20 years imprisonment upon conviction, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.
Authorities continue to investigate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A South Florida man was arrested Monday in Miami after he was caught on cellphone video yelling obscenities and racial slurs at a group of black teenage protesters while holding a gun, WPLG reported.
Mark Bartlett, 51, of Hollywood, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after the incident at the “Bikes Up, Guns Down” event in Miami, which is held annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Miami Herald reported. In a statement, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the case against Bartlett will be investigated as a potential hate crime, the newspaper reported. Charges against Bartlett could be upgraded to include aggravated assault, which includes a “hate crime” enhancement, according to the Herald.
The teens were protesting the affordable housing crisis in Miami’s Liberty Square community and had blocked part of an avenue with their bicycles, the Herald reported.
In the video, a group of teens are shown arguing with a woman on the Brickell Avenue bridge, the television station reported. The woman claimed one of the boys ran over her foot and both sides began yelling.
"Don't touch me, you bunch of thugs," the woman said as she walked away, WPLG reported.
Moments later, a man identified by police as Bartlett approached the teens, the television station reported. He was holding a gun in his hand and began yelling obscenities and racial slurs at the teens, telling them to leave, the television station reported.
The person recording the video can be heard telling the woman and Bartlett, “You're going to be on the news. Y'all going to make the news."
"That's fine," the woman said.
According to Bartlett’s arrest report, he was arrested just before 6:30 p.m., the Herald reported.
“Why am I being arrested when those kids are free to ride around?” Bartlett asked the arresting officer, according to his arrest form. “I did pull out my gun. But I never pointed it at them.”
Bartlett has posted bond, the Herald reported.
“I am outraged at the reported acts depicted in the videos taken during this incident. I have assigned my chief of our Hate Crimes Unit to immediately investigate and handle this case,” Rundle said in her statement. “My office is working closely with City of Miami Police on this matter. I am committed to filing the appropriate charges and to vigorously prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”
“Everyone should be alarmed at what happened today. Anytime someone takes a firearm, approaches a scene of people and displays that firearm while yelling racial epithets (people) should be upset,” Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon told WTVJ.
A New Jersey woman has been charged after she rolled onto and suffocated her 13-month-old son after she allegedly overdosed on drugs, NJ.com reported.
Antoinette King, 33, of Lumberton Township, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, WPVI reported.
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said King was revived by Narcan after allegedly overdosing on heroin, but her son, Jerimiah. could not be revived, the Courier Post reported.
According to the prosecutor’s office, a relative inside the home called for help around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after finding King lying on the toddler, the newspaper reported.
An autopsy will be conducted by Burlington County Medical Examiner Ian Hood, WPVI reported.
A Michigan man is accused of spraying alcohol on his wife and setting her on fire, WXYZ reported.
James Montery Montgomery, 48, of Pontiac, told detectives he rushed his wife to the hospital because she poured alcohol on herself and then dropped a lit cigarette, WJBK reported. However, detectives allege Montgomery actually sprayed his wife with brandy and then flicked his lighter at her during the Jan. 17, incident, the television station reported.
"He poured brandy on her and lit her on fire after an argument," Paul Walton, Oakland County assistant prosecutor, told WJBK. "I don't know what substance he used but he did set her on fire."
The woman was in critical but stable condition, WXYZ reported. Deputies said more than 45 percent of her body was covered with second-degree burns, the television station reported.
Montgomery remains in the Oakland County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bond. He will appear in court Jan. 29.
The last grainy images of Savannah Spurlock show the Kentucky 22-year-old leaving a Lexington bar with two men.
More than two weeks later, Spurlock, of Richmond, remains missing and police on the local and state level continue to search for her as her family pleads for anyone with information to come forward.
“If you know anything, we beg you,” Lisa Thoma, Spurlock’s aunt, said in a tearful video posted last week on the Facebook page Missing Savannah. “Come forward and call the Richmond, Kentucky, Police Department. If you heard something, if you saw something, I don’t care how small it was, what if that one thing is the piece of the puzzle that they’re missing?
“What if you hold the key to bringing her home? This person who is someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone’s sister, someone’s niece, someone’s best friend? We urge you to share your story.”
Richmond police officials said Spurlock, who is the mother of two sons, ages 4 and 2, and twins born in December, was last seen the morning of Jan. 4 leaving The Other Bar in Lexington. Surveillance footage from a nearby parking garage shows her walking with two men, one white and one black.
The white man was recorded leaving the area in a black Chevy S-10 pickup truck that was pulled over for a traffic stop a few days later in nearby Garrard County, police officials told the Lexington Herald-Leader. Investigators identified both men -- as well as a third man seen with Spurlock before her disappearance -- and questioned all three.
None of the men have been charged in connection with her disappearance, the newspaper reported earlier this month.
Spurlock’s mother told the Herald-Leader that the car her daughter drove to Lexington was found abandoned the weekend she disappeared. Her aunt, Elaine Moore, told the newspaper last week that the men seen with her niece told police Spurlock left one of their homes in Garrard County on foot the morning she vanished.
Watch an emotional plea from Spurlock’s aunt, Lisa Thoma, below.
The family said it is out of character for Spurlock to not communicate with her loved ones, particularly with her mother.
“She talked to her mom at about 2:30 a.m. when she was leaving the bar and told her she would be home in a few hours,” Moore told the Herald-Leader. “That’s the last time she talked to her. She’s always been very good about letting her parents know if she’s staying out late, for them not to worry about her.”
The surveillance footage that shows Spurlock leaving the bar is timestamped 2:34 a.m.
Her mother, Ellen Spurlock, told WKYT in Lexington that the pain of not knowing where her daughter is gets harder with each passing day. It is particularly hard on her grandchildren, Spurlock said.
“(The 4-year-old) doesn’t know what’s going on, but my fear is, how long can that take place, you know? Mommy is not here for 11 days; each day is another day. How long can that take place?” Spurlock told the news station. “Her newborn twins, her 2-year-old … the twins are too young but the 2-year-old, he misses his mommy.
“He saw her on TV one night and said, ‘Mommy.’ He misses her.”
In the video on the Facebook page dedicated to finding Savannah Spurlock, Thoma thanked everyone who has helped in the search for her niece.
“This is day 11 that we are missing Savannah,” Thoma said in the video, which she posted from Ohio. “We wanted to say thank you to all of you who have been praying so fervently for Savannah’s safety, that she would return safely to her babies, to her family, her mother and father. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for those who help search, those who’ve been doing all they can. We thank you.”
Thoma said the family is struggling with the uncertainty, but is “leaning into” one another and God.
“He is so big, and He can do miracles and we’re believing and we’re hoping she is safe and sound, and we are choosing to keep hope alive,” Thoma said.
She said it is “crippling to know every phone call (or text message) might be the one” and praised the Richmond investigators, who she said have been working nonstop to bring her niece home.
Spurlock is described as a white woman with shoulder length brown/blonde hair. She has multiple tattoos, including a rose on her left shoulder.
She has the words, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me,” on the right side of her torso and the words, “I’m her daughter,” on her back, police officials said. Spurlock was last seen wearing a black sleeveless top, a maroon skirt and heels.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 859-624-4776 or via email at email@example.com.
A Wisconsin man was arrested Sunday night after police in Madison said he took an ax to smash his car, television set and laptop computer after he believed his wife damaged his action figures, WMTV reported.
According to a blog written by Madison police Chief Mike Koval, the man, 34, was charged with disorderly conduct and felony damage to property and booked into the Dane County Jail.
According to the blog, the man called 911 around 10:03 p.m. Sunday and said he used a log-splitting ax to destroy a TV, a TV stand, a laptop computer and several items in the house.The man then went outside and chopped off both mirrors of the family car, WMTV reported. According to Koval’s blog, the man, who said he had been drinking, smashed the ax into the windshield so hard that it became embedded in the glass.
The man told police he overreacted after he thought his 46-year-old wife had damaged “some of his prized property,” which included action figures, according to the blog.
The damages were estimated to be approximately $5,000, WMTV reported.
A Florida woman is in the hospital after being shot at a Shell gas station on Lem Turner Road on the north side of Jacksonville, according to police.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told ActionNewsJax that around 10:23 p.m. Monday, a woman agreed to perform a sexual act with the shooting suspect in exchange for $5 and Pringles potato chips.
After the act, the suspect demanded his $5 back and shot her in the shoulder before fleeing the scene on foot, the Sheriff's Office said.
The woman has non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives are investigating the incident.
A man reportedly called Edmonds, Washington, day cares with graphic threats on Monday, and police are trying to find him.
The man threatened violence, saying children would be shot, police said. But the threats were so graphic that investigators wouldn’t give specifics.
Five day cares in Edmonds received threatening calls Monday, and they were put on lockdown while multiple agencies responded.
As of Monday night, none of the threats were carried out. While Edmonds police said they did not want to scare anyone, they believe the threat still exists and that parents need to be particularly cautious.
Investigators said the suspect could be anywhere in the world, but appears to have ties to Edmonds. They are actively still trying to find out who this man is – and Edmonds police said they’d never dealt with an incident like this before.
– Visit KIRO7.com for updates on this developing story.
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