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Padres fan heard shots at Nationals game then saw heroic acts from Padres players

News 8 talked with a Padres fan who was in Nationals Park during the chaos.

Fear and chaos at the Padres game in Washington DC Saturday night. “I thought it was a speaker malfunction, but it was a series of very, very, very loud bangs,” said San Diegan Joe O’Brien. Those bangs were gunshots – fired during the 6th inning from somewhere behind O’Brien’s seats on the third base side.

“One of the guards on the field – cause I was sitting pretty close to the field – told everyone to get down,” O’Brien said, adding that several people started running for the exits. O’Brien laid down on the concrete under his seat. “I then texted my mom and told her I was ok… I loved her too… just in case.

At this point, no one knew if the shooters were in the ballpark – or outside. He says people all over the stadium were panicking. “What’s ironic enough is that a lot of people who were running out on my side – were running directly into the incident location.”

Umpires also started running for cover. Players too. But then Joe, a diehard Padres fan, saw something that made him even prouder of his home team. “Fernando Tatis Jr. run out of the dugout – grab a bunch of people – he had a lady literally in his arms… brought them into the dugout.”

You can’t tell from our Zoom chat, but Joe is wearing a Manny Machado jersey. Manny also ran into the stands to make sure fans were safe. “I already thought really highly of those two, but it really showed in times of crisis what they’re made of,” O’Brien said.

It took a while to sort things out, but police discovered the shooting actually took place between two cars right outside the ballpark. Two people in one of those cars were shot – along with an innocent bystander. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

As for Joe, well, he was back at the ballpark Sunday to cheer his Padres on. “I’m a San Diegan and I got tickets for all three games… and it’s worth it. The Padres are that good and that exciting to watch.”

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Family accused of forcing waitresses at Houston bar to perform sex acts

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston family is being accused of coordinating a sex trafficking operation in which waitresses working at a bar were forced to perform sex acts on customers.The U.S. Attorney’s office said 54-year-old Maria Botello and her children — 28-year-old Edgar Botello and 31-year-old Yudy Lucatero — along with her nephew, 23-year-old Arian Botello, coerced waitresses working at Puerto Alegre in southwest Houston to engage in commercial sex acts.

According to a criminal complaint filed on March 30, the family members were allegedly doing this for 13 years, from 2007 to 2020.The complaint states Maria would coordinate dates with clients who paid $ 70 for every 15 minutes with the waitresses. Her son and nephew were “the enforcers” who used weapons, threats and intimidation to keep the women compliant, according to the complaint.

“The investigation also revealed Lucatero and Maria Botello discussed the rules and procedures in relation to the sex trafficking,” read a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office[1] on Thursday.

The victims allegedly included adults and at least one minor.

Authorities also identified another victim who was brought to the U.S. specifically to work at the bar when she was 17, according to the complaint. While she was there, she was allegedly forced to engage in commercial sex.

All four family members are expected to make their initial court appearances before a judge at 2 p.m. on Friday.If convicted, the family members each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says anyone who may have been victimized by suspected traffickers, or who has information about potential victims, is urged to contact the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Victims Services[2] office at 713-494-5869 to file a report.

Spanish speakers may contact Homeland Security Investigations[3] at 1-866-347-2423.

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References

  1. ^ read a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office (www.justice.gov)
  2. ^ Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Victims Services (www.tabc.texas.gov)
  3. ^ Homeland Security Investigations (www.ice.gov)
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