The psychiatrist who treated suspected movie-theater shooter James Holmes made contact with a University of Colorado police officer to express concerns about her patient’s behavior several weeks before Holmes’ alleged rampage, sources told ABC News. The sources did not know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information she passed along. They said, however, that the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora Police Department as a part of the ongoing investigation of the shooting. Fenton would have had to have serious concerns to break confidentiality with her patient to reach out to the police officer or others, the sources said. Under Colorado law, a psychiatrist can legally breach a pledge of confidentiality with a patient if he or she becomes aware of a serious and imminent threat that their patient might cause harm to others. Psychiatrists can also breach confidentiality if a court has ordered them to do so.
Four-year-old Kayla Garcia was allegedly beaten to death for dropping a meatball from her Subway sandwich and walking home slowly. Her mother cried and yelled through her emotional testimony on Thursday, in which she accused her ex-boyfriend of murdering the little girl and described the horrific event. The girl’s mother Melanie Garcia, 21, and her ex-boyfriend Matthew Carrillo, 23, currently face a serious charge – injury to a child causing serious bodily injury – but prosecution is considering one far more serious charge: capital murder. Garcia testified that Carrillo beat her daughter about three months ago because she dropped a meatball from her Subway sandwich and that she walked at a slow pace. Garcia claimed that, in anger, Carrillo forced Kayla to pull her pants and underwear down and brace herself by holding the couch. When Carrillo hit Kayla, she dropped to the floor, at which point he picked her up by one arm and beat her mercilessly with his belt, said Garcia. Carrillo forced Kayla to lift a phone book and a box for an extended period before slapping her once more and shoving her to the ground, according to Garcia. When she crashed to the floor, she received a damaging blow to the head. Garcia called an ambulance hours later. Kayla was taken to Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital on May 7. She had bruises all over her body, burn marks and a brutal head injury. Garcia and Carrillo initially claimed that Kayla fell from a wagon, but doctors saw immediately that the child’s injuries couldn’t have stemmed from such an event.
Argintar, a self-styled ‘real life superhero, in costume as ‘Beast,’ his crime-fighting alter ego. A New Jersey man is facing a court date later this month after he showed up at a Home Depot dressed in a Batman-like costume, sparking fears of a “Dark Knight” massacre copycat plot. Matthew Argintar said he was trying to bring “hope” to his west Jersey community when he came to the hardware store last week in a black mask, bulletproof vest, elbow pads, combat boots and carrying a pair of handcuffs. The 23-year-old Army vet said he was simply in character as “Beast,” the crime-fighting alter-ego he adopted as part of the “real life superhero” movement. Matthew Argintar was arrested in New Jersey last week while hanging around a Home Depot dressed in a Batman-like superhero costume. “I’ve been doing this for months. I’ve been going out at night and doing this, and meanwhile the one time I decide to go out in the day . . . ” Argintar told the newspaper after his bust.”We are out there to try and inspire hope because that’s what the people need right now . . . I’m not going out there looking for a fight.” Argintar, who was not armed, roamed around the parking lot asking home improvement shoppers whether they needed any help, police said. Some got a kick out of his getup and asked him to pose with their children. But others got spooked and quickly left the Mansfield Township store. “The only thing I could think of was what happened in the movie theater,” witness Matty Auer said, referring to the July 20 massacre at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. Suspect James Holmes was charged with shooting a dozen people to death and wounding 58 others while dressed in combat gear and with a dye-job he said was modeled after the Joker, Batman’s nemesis. Argintar was eventually arrested and taken to a psychiatric hospital, where he was evaluated and later released. He was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of handcuffs.
Deputies with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department were rousted from a quiet Thursday afternoon in their Newport, Vt., office this week by a car alarm – from their own parking lot. Two deputies bolted for the door. In the back lot, they found five cruisers, one transport van and another department vehicle crushed on the concrete like soon-to-be-recycled cans. They also saw a large tractor rumbling down the road and out of sight. Without cars, the deputies couldn’t start a car chase, so they set out on foot. The tractor, although certainly not fast, quickly outdistanced them. Then a motorist pulled up beside the jogging men. “What are you guys doing?” he asked. One of the deputies explained. “Jump in,” the man said. With the help of the driver and the Newport Police Department, the deputies stopped the tractor and arrested its driver, 34-year-old Roger Pion, at gunpoint.