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Sherry Smith/iStock(SUNLAND PARK, N.M.) -- The leader of a militia operating along the southern border has been arrested by the FBI days after the armed group detained over 200 migrants who had just illegally crossed into New Mexico.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was arrested Saturday on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI Albuquerque office said.

Hopkins was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which lies right on the border with Mexico and is just 8 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.

 "This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families," New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement. "Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, and not armed vigilantes."

The spokesperson for the group attacked Balderas and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for the arrest.

"I am confident that Mr. Hopkins will get though this, will fare well," the militia's spokesperson, Jim Benvie, told El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA-TV, while wearing a red "Trump 2020" hat. "The [New Mexico] AG has declared war on American citizens at the order of the ACLU, instructing the governor, in a sense, to effectively find a reason to remove private citizens from assisting and documenting a crisis on the border. It's really sad that she can't use the resources of the National Guard or even the FBI, if they had to, to help protect the border. Instead, they had to infiltrate and set up our camp, and we're confident about our position with this.

"We're not worried about it. It doesn't change anything," he added.

Hopkins was convicted of impersonating an officer and felony gun possession in 2006, according to The Daily Beast.

He leads a group called The United Constitutional Patriots, which states on its Facebook page that its mission is "to uphold the Constitution of The United States of America."

"We uphold this cause against all enemies both foreign and domestic which shall infringe upon the rights of the citizens given by the Constitution," it says. "We are here to serve in time of need at the local and state level and if necessary for our country."

Benvie regularly uploads videos to his Facebook page showing the group's actions detaining migrants.

The group gained attention on Tuesday when it detained over 200 migrants at gunpoint after they crossed into the U.S. near Sunland Park. The group was held by the militia until U.S. Border Patrol agents responded and took them into custody.

A spokesperson for the group told KVIA-TV that the group never points a gun at migrants and they weren't forced to stay.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately came out against the action, and blamed it on the rhetoric of the president.

"The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law," the ACLU said in a statement Friday. "This has no place in our state: we cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum."

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry released a statement on behalf of the government expressing "profound concern about the activities of intimidation and extortion of migrants by groups of militias on the New Mexico border."

The group wrote Friday on its Facebook page that Paypal had permanently suspended its fundraising account.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- An LAPD officer was shot and injured while exchanging gunfire with a suspect in South Los Angeles Saturday night.

The officer, a gang officer in the Newton area, was conducting a traffic stop near Long Beach Avenue and 52nd Street when the driver got out and fled, according to the LAPD. The officer chased the suspect up to 150 yards before "another man appeared" and began shooting, police said.

Both the officer and that suspect were struck by gunfire, police said.

The injured officer, who was not identified, was out of surgery by Sunday morning, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported. He is in stable condition, police said.

The condition of the suspect, who was transported to a local hospital, is unknown.

Police initially thought there were two occupants in the car that was stopped and set up a perimeter around the scene. They later discontinued the search after determining that the suspect who was injured, the one who appeared during the foot pursuit, was the one who shot the officer.

Investigators are still trying to identify the driver of the car.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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iStock/Chalabala(MESQUITE, Texas) -- A 26-year-old Mesquite, Texas, mom was scheduled to pick up her child from the babysitter on Wednesday night, but she never showed up.

Prisma Denisse Peralta Reyes was reported missing to the police after friends and family made several attempts to reach her by phone.

Reyes' 2017 Jeep Wrangler was found abandoned by the Mesquite Police Department on Thursday morning in the 3500 block of Roseland Avenue in Dallas, Texas. ABC affiliate WFAA obtained surveillance video of the last-known sighting of Reyes near an apartment complex where her car was found.

Reyes' child is being cared for by relatives until she is located, Mesquite Police said in a statement.

Reyes was last seen in the video footage talking on a cell phone and wearing a red polo and light blue jeans.

Reyes' stepfather, Dan Fuchs, told WFAA that she recently became a U.S. citizen and is originally from Veracruz, Mexico. He said Reyes also works as a paralegal and was a member of the National Guard.

Police are asking anyone with information on Reyes' whereabouts to call the Mesquite Police Department at (972) 285-6336.

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iStock/Nastasic(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- An anonymous tipster led California police to uncover one of the largest marijuana farms ever found in the city of Riverside, officials said on Friday.

Authorities in Riverside, California, were called to a 10-acre property on McAllister Street in the Greenbelt neighborhood on Thursday where they found more than 40,000 marijuana plants growing inside a large greenhouse.

Scott Albertsons, a neighbor to the grow operation, told Los Angeles ABC station KABC that the land was sold about six months ago and that the buyers "came in and put up this new fence, which you couldn't see through."

The neighbor said the farm began to produce a strong odor.

"We didn't call in," Albertsons told KABC. "We figured a policeman would drive by and smell it because you could smell it, especially in the evening and early morning."

The Riverside Police Department estimated that the street value of the plants to be $20 million. No arrests were made.

It took officers 24 hours to remove the cannabis plants along with thousands of pounds of fertilizer and pesticides.

Although it's unclear if the farm was licensed by the state as a cultivation site, marijuana laws in California liimit private residences to growing only six cannabis plants or less.

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iStock/aijohn784(LOS ANGELES) --  Police found a car near the Mexican border on Friday that had been connected to a missing teen and a Los Angeles-area homicide investigation.

The 2013 white BMW with Nevada plates was recovered unoccupied on Friday by San Diego Police near the San Ysidro border of Mexico, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tweeted.

The drivers, Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado, are suspects in the murder of a 32-year old man in the city of Carson in Los Angeles County, the Sheriff's Department said. Mercado is the mother of 15-year-old Alora Benitez, for whom an Amber Alert was issued on Thursday.

Benitez was last seen around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Torrance, California, with Mercado, 40, and Cerratos, 39, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The homicide victim, Jeffrey Appel, was found dead in a white Audi in Carson at around 7 a.m. on April 16, authorities said.

The two suspects are considered "armed and dangerous, " according to the Amber Alert poster. "The adults left the South Bay area with the child, Alora Benitez, and could possibly be in the San Diego area."

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Gwinnett County Police Department(ATLANTA) -- Two men allegedly used a hammer to smash through a glass display inside a Georgia jewelry store and got away with $200,000 worth of diamond rings, according to police reports.

On April 15, one of the suspects walked into the Crescent Jewelers inside the Sugarloaf Mills Mall and expressed interest to an employee in necklaces. The man then left the store and returned with the second alleged suspect inquiring about diamond rings, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

In less than 30 seconds, one of the men allegedly brandished a hammer from his waistband and broke the display case with the diamond rings.

"The witness stated the suspects who had on back packs grabbed several trays containing diamond rings and placed them inside the bags," according the police report.

The store's owner told ABC affiliate WSBTV that the thieves dropped several of the rings as they were leaving the store.

The robbers — described as black, between 25- to 35-years-old with tattoos on their faces — allegedly walked out of the Lawrenceville, Georgia, mall into the parking lot where they fled in a black Mitsubishi SUV.

The police are asking for the public with any information about the suspects to please contact their case detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit their website.

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iStock/Yurikr(TOPEKA, Kansas) -- A tiger attacked a zookeeper Saturday morning at a zoo in Topeka, Kansas, officials said.

The tiger, a 7-year-old Sumatran named Sanjiv, and the zookeeper were in an outdoor tiger habitat Saturday when about 9:15 a.m. he attacked her, said Molly Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the City of Topeka.

Once the keeper went into the space, he "tackled her," said Brendan Wiley, the zoo's director.

"A few people did see the attack," Hadfield said.

The keeper, the primary tiger keeper, was not identified. She suffered cuts to the back of her head, neck and back and arm, Wiley said.

She was taken to a local hospital, Hadfield said, but appeared to be alert, awake and was in stable condition.

No one else was injured.

Other workers lured Sanjiv back into an enclosed space in the zoo with his daily diet, Wiley said.

Wiley said had it not been for three heroes, "this could have been a very different outcome."

Sanjiv, who recently fathered four cubs recently, will not be euthanized because, Wiley said, the tiger was just acting naturally.

"While this incident is very unfortunate, he did what a wild tiger does," Wiley said.

The incident lasted about 10 minutes, he said.

The other tigers at the zoo were kept in holding, where they will be for the rest of the day, Hadfield said.

The zoo, which closed for 45 minutes, has since been reopened, she said.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, Wiley said. The officials are hoping to speak to the zookeeper to find out what happened.

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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- The search for a 5-year-old boy from Illinois who went missing on Wednesday continued into the weekend as police re-focused the investigation on the boy's family home.

Andrew “AJ” Freund, a blond boy who is approximately 3 feet, 5 inches tall, was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants in his home at around 9 p.m. — his bedtime — on Wednesday, according to Crystal Lake Police Department detectives.

"In reviewing all investigative information thus far, there is no indication that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place," A Crystal Lake Police Department statement said. "At this point, the police department has no reason to believe there is a threat to the community."

The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also investigating Freund's disappearance.

Jassen Strokosch, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, confirmed to ABC News that the agency has been in contact with Freund's family since AJ was born in 2013. He added that AJ’s younger brother has been placed in a different home.

In front of media gathered outside the family home on Friday, Andrew Freund, AJ's father, said, "AJ, please come home. You're not in any trouble, we're just worried to death."

Separately, Freund's mother, Joanne Cunningham, sobbed in front of reporters during a press conference outside the family home on Friday afternoon but did not speak. In her hand, she held a plastic Goodwill bag that contained pictures of her children.

George C. Kililis, her defense lawyer, spoke during the press conference, saying, "Ms. Cunningham doesn't know what happened to AJ and has nothing to do with the disappearance of AJ. Ms. Cunningham is worried sick, she's devastated."

He added that he does not know AJ's father, Andrew Freund and is only representing Cunningham.

"Ms. Cunningham cooperated with the police extensively yesterday,” Kililis said. “Until at some point, we got the impression that she may be considered a suspect. I don’t know if she is or not and I don’t know how serious that consideration is. As an attorney, once I realized that, I advised Ms. Cunningham to remain silent from that point on."

Kililis did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News early Saturday.

By Thursday, an exhaustive search, including 15 police departments and four drones, covered hundreds of acres of public areas and yielded nothing. A sonar search of Crystal Lake also turned up nothing.

Police canine teams "only picked up Andrews 'scent' within his home, "indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot," the Crystal Lake Police Department statement said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Three days of severe storms in the South and Southeast are about to give way to a nice holiday weekend for much of the country.

There were 31 reported tornadoes in the South -- from Texas to Virginia -- since Wednesday, including 13 on Friday. The highest reported wind gust was 90 mph in Avon Pier, North Carolina, Saturday morning.

Dangerous wind gusts brought down a tree in Woodville, Florida, on Friday that landed on a home and killed an 8-year-old girl.

There's better weather on the horizon as we head into the holiday weekend.

The last of the heavy rain is pushing through the Northeast on Saturday. Flash flood watches are in effect Saturday morning in the Northeast from Washington to Maine.

The storm threat has decreased and the primary concern is the heavy rain coming down across the region. These conditions could potentially trigger inland flash flooding as well as some minor coastal flooding.

Aside from scattered showers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, some areas could even see peeks of sunshine by Saturday evening.

Conditions should remain fairly calm across much of the country from Sunday to Monday.

Showers will pass along the Interstate 80 corridor out west with snow showers in the higher elevations of Wyoming from Sunday into Monday.

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Carroll County Sheriff's Office(CARROLLTON, Ohio) -- The body of a missing boy from rural Ohio was found buried in a shallow grave on a farm Friday morning, bringing a sad end to a desperate search for the 14-year-old who disappeared on April 13.

Jonathon Minard was found dead, buried in the grave on a farm in Washington Township just after 10 a.m., according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. The body was found not far from where the boy went missing a week earlier in Carrollton, Ohio.

An autopsy will be performed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, with results not expected for a few weeks.

Authorities announced on Wednesday, two days before the discovery of the body, that they were questioning a person of interest in the case and said they were refusing to take a polygraph test. Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams would not answer Friday whether the person was still in custody or still considered a person of interest.

No one has been arrested in the teen's death and the investigation is ongoing, the sheriff's office said.

"Jonathon’s discovery is just the first step in gathering evidence to answer many unanswered questions that we have that have led us to this moment," Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Barnett told Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS. "Investigations like this take time, and this case is no exception."

Minard had been doing work on a farm in New Harrisburg, Ohio, on Friday before being taken to a family friend's home in Carrollton. He spent the night there, authorities said, before he complained of a toothache, was left alone at the residence and had disappeared when the family friend returned.

The boy wasn't reported missing until April 14, the sheriff said.

Family and friends spent Tuesday combing the area, a rural region about an hour south of Akron, for signs of the missing boy, but nothing turned up.

"I have met with the family and as you might imagine this is an unimaginable grief -- epic levels that can't be put into words," Mandal Haas, the Carroll County coroner, said at a Friday press conference.

Even prior to the discovery of the teen's body, Minard's aunt, Jo Hepner, said his parents were "devastated."

"His mom is ready to have a breakdown, his dad is too and they feel helpless because they can't do anything," Hepner told WEWS.

Authorities would provide few details at a press conference Friday, preferring to wait until after the investigation was complete.

"The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will continue to gather evidence until the investigation is complete," it said in a statement. "We ask that the public and media respect the Minard family’s space and privacy at this time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(DEPLHI, Indiana) -- One of the nation's most recent infamous unsolved murder investigations is heading in a "new direction."

Indiana State Police said in a statement Friday that new information in their inquest into the murder of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana, in February 2017 will be shared at a press conference on Monday.

The update will be held "to share information with the media and public about the new direction of the Delphi homicide investigation."

Police shared no further information into what the new evidence might be, or why they were changing directions in the investigation.

Friends Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, both middle schoolers, vanished on a hiking trail near Delphi on Feb. 13, 2017. Their bodies were found one day later about a mile from where they were last known to be on the trail.

Authorities have not released information about how the girls died.

The murders have also been called the "Snapchat murders" -- named as such due to a photo shared by German of Williams walking on an old railroad bridge during their hike on the day they disappeared.

"We're all frustrated," Abby's mother, Anna Williams, told ABC News in February, just before the second anniversary of the children's deaths. "It might still feel like we're in the same place, but I think of how many tips we've gone through, how many are still out there, still coming in, and I still have hope that we are on the right track."

Authorities released a grainy photo of a man they believe could be a suspect in the girls' killings and an audio recording found on Libby's phone with a man saying "down the hill" in the days following the murders. Police later released a composite sketch of the man they believe to be in the photo.

No definitive match for the suspect has ever been found, despite thousands of tips and over $200,000 in reward money being offered.

Just before the one-year anniversary of the teens' murders, a sheriff's office in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, wrote on Facebook that the "FBI has extended the search" for Abby and Libby's killer or killers into southeastern Tennessee. The report was almost immediately shot down by the Indiana State Police, saying the search was still "nation wide." Bledsoe County authorities blamed the post on a "misunderstanding."

Police arrested an Indiana man in September 2017 that authorities initially said could be related to the Delphi killings. Daniel Nations, 31, was taken into custody in Colorado after threatening people near a hiking trail with a hatchet, police said.

Indiana State Police nonetheless downplayed the arrest at the time, simply saying they were treating it like any other possible tip. In a press conference on the one-year anniversary of the killings, state police conceded, despite their interviewing Nations, he was not someone "they care a whole lot about" in relation to the crime.

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WFTS(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A pair of 14-year-old Florida middle school girls are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder after being arrested this week in what authorities described as a plot to kidnap and kill 9 people.

Court records reviewed by ABC News Tampa affiliate WFTS indicate that a teacher told police she observed the girls acting “hysterical” while searching for a folder at school, and heard one say that “I’m just going to tell them it’s a prank if they call me or if they find it.”

ABC News is withholding the identity of the girls due to their age.

The teacher located the folder, which allegedly contained eight handwritten notes detailing the kidnapping and murder plot, and notified authorities, according to WFTS. The letters outlined plans to obtain guns and discussed the transportation and disposal of bodies. One contained plans about what the two youngsters would wear during the kidnappings and murders.

The folder was labeled “Private info,” “Do not open” and “Project 11/9,” according to the TV station.

The teenagers were taken into custody and each face nine counts of criminal attempt to conspire capital felony (premeditated homicide), and three counts of criminal attempt to conspire third-degree felony (kidnapping), WFTS reported.

Officials said they are treating the plot seriously.

"It doesn’t matter if they thought it was a joke,” Highlands County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) spokesman Scott Dressel told WFTS. “It's not a joke. There's no joking about something like this. You don’t make a joke about killing people. It's not a joke.”

Highlands County Schools Deputy Superintendent Andrew Lethbridge said in a statement to WFTS that the school’s safety protocols were effective.

“We would like to remind students (and everyone) that we are all held accountable for the information that we communicate,” he said in the statement.

“The [district] takes threats very seriously and we work closely with the HCSO to investigate them. We have stressed the concept that if staff or students hear or see something that concerns them, to please share that information with someone that can do something about it. In this situation, we witnessed this concept in action. This enables us to be proactive and respond to situations prior to an incident taking place."

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iStock/xijian(NEW YORK) --  A social media influencer from Iowa is facing 20 years in prison for planning a violent home invasion to hijack an internet domain name for his company.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence on Thursday, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Iowa.

According to the statement, Adams founded the social media company “State Snaps” and at one point had more than a million followers on his social media sites. These sites mostly contained images and videos of young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness and nudity. Adams’ followers often used the slogan: “Do It For State!”

When Adams tried to purchase an internet domain named after the slogan — "doitforstate.com" — he discovered that it belonged to a Cedar Rapids resident who had registered it on GoDaddy.com, the statement said. When the owner rejected Adams repeated offers to buy the domain between 2015 and 2017, Adams became aggressive, in one instance threatening one of the domain owner’s friends with “gun emojis” after the friend used the domain to promote concerts, according to the statement.

When that didn’t convince the domain owner to sell the website, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins, Jr., to help. On June 21, 2017, Adams and Hopkins drove to the domain owner's home. Adams then gave his cousin a note containing instructions for the domain owner to transfer the domain name to Adams' GoDaddy account, the statement said. Hopkins, a convicted felon who lived in a homeless shelter at the time, then broke into the home and forced the domain owner at gunpoint to transfer ownership of the domain to Adams.

Hopkins then pistol whipped the victim in the head multiple times, according to the statement. The victim managed to gain control of the gun, but during the struggle, he was shot in the leg. The victim shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest before calling the police, the statement said.

Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in June 2018.

Adams was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned and will remain in custody pending sentencing. In addition to a possible 20 years in prison, Adams faces a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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iStock/Fedorovekb(CAMDEN, N.J.) --  Police in Camden, New Jersey, have released new body camera video from a dramatic rescue of passengers inside two burning cars on the interstate.

Just moments after the 2:30 a.m. April 7 accident on I-676, four police officers are seen struggling to rescue two drivers and two passengers trapped inside.

"Come here. Give me your hand!" an officer is heard shouting in the video.

The car and SUV were quickly engulfed in flames. Officer Vincent Russomano even caught fire himself.

Those officers were honored by Camden police for their heroism by being named “Officers of the Week.”

Officer Joseph Mair was first on the scene, after hearing the call while on patrol nearby. He was joined by Russomano and Officers Vaughn Edwards and Brian McCline.

Four good Samaritans helped in the blaze. All four passengers were saved, though two victims were badly burned.

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iStock/aijohn784(WOODVILLE, Fla.) -- An 8-year-old girl in Florida was killed after a morning storm caused a tree to crash through her house, fatally injuring her and another child in the home, police said.

Officers responded to a 911 call from the home just after 8 a.m. Friday, the Leon County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A storm, which had struck the area Friday morning, caused the tree to go through the Woodville home where the 8-year-old and a 12-year-old boy were inside.

Both children were transported to the hospital with injuries, police said.

The 8-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to officials.

The 12-year-old, who is now with family members, suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The deceased child's identity has not been released.

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