October 10th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

People Engrossed in Phones Miss Murder on Train

If somebody pulled out a gun on a crowded train you were riding on, would you notice? These people didn't.

Why? They were too into their smartphones, a San Francisco prosecutor says.

The September killing of 20-year-old Justin Valdez on that busy train was shocking enough. The shooter, apparently picking the victim at random, shot the San Francisco State University student in the back.

Also shocking, the prosecutor says, was the initial actions of bystanders. Or inaction.

"Some are no more than two to three feet to him," said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon "We're seeing people that are so disconnected to their surroundings. This is not unique. People are being robbed, people are being hurt, people are being run over by cars because they're so disconnected because of these phones."

A suspect has been arrested for the killing and pleaded not guilty, authorities said. But the phenomenon of witnesses being distracted by technology may continue, Gascon said. CNN's Kyung Lah reports the latest.


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October 10th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Prosecutor: Off-Duty Officer 'Terrorized' Family As SUV Driver Was Beaten

Did a New York undercover detective join fellow motorcyclists in chasing and catching an SUV driver, then terrorize his family as he was dragged from the vehicle and beaten?

That's what a prosecutor argued Wednesday, when Wojciech Braszczok was charged with first-degree gang assault and first-degree assault - both felonies - and third-degree criminal mischief in connection with a September 29 incident on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"(What happened) can only be described as a brutal and brazen attack on the driver and his family, in which the defendant is an active participant," Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino said in court.

Saying much of what transpired is captured on video, Turino put Braszczok, who was off-duty and riding with his motorcycle club at the time, among what she called a "mob of motorcyclists" who pursued Alexian Lien, dragged him from his Range Rover, then "stomped on, kicked and hit (him) with helmets until he appeared to lose consciousness."


October 10th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Hannah Anderson: DiMaggio Handcuffed Me, Wanted Me To Play Russian Roulette

Months after a nationwide manhunt helped authorities track down kidnapped California teen Hannah Anderson, she's revealing new details about her conversations with the man who allegedly held her hostage.

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show set to be broadcast Thursday morning, Anderson describes the time she spent with alleged kidnapper James DiMaggio in his house about an hour east of San Diego.

Anderson says DiMaggio sat her down on a couch, handcuffed her, zip-tied her feet and revealed his plan to kidnap her and take her to Idaho. The day quickly took an even darker turn, Anderson told "Today," describing how DiMaggio encouraged her to play Russian roulette with him, using a real gun.

Anderson says the experience doesn't seem real and Psychotherapist Robi Ludwig speaks with "New Day's" Michaela Pereira about this perception.

Ludwig says, "It's something so traumatic and so unimaginable, you're in denial. And the body breaks down in a way to deal with it psychologically, so I think we see the real 16-year-old girl here, who's struggling, understandably so, because what she went through was horrible but also her trust was betrayed."


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October 10th, 2013
09:46 AM ET

Woman Found Dead In Hospital Stairwell Believed To Be Missing Patient

She checked herself into a hospital weeks ago for a bladder infection. But nobody could've predicted it would end like this.

When Lynne Spalding went missing from San Francisco General Hospital, her friends frantically searched and left messages on a Facebook page to keep each other hopeful. On Tuesday, the messages on the "Find Lynne" Facebook pageturned from hope to anger.

A body was found in an exterior stairwell of the hospital, and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department says it is believed to be Spaldingalso known as Lynne Ford.

"While the medical examiner will make the final determination of identity, we have enough information at this time to conclude it is Ms. Spalding Ford," according to a joint statement released by the sheriff's department and the hospital.

"... Her disappearance has ended tragically and at this time we do not know what happened."


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