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Watch: Would-Be Robbers Run for Cover When Their Target Opens Fire in Fairfax District

A brazen robbery attempt turns into a violent shooting and it all happened just steps away from busy Melrose Avenue. It’s the latest in a string of robberies concerning residents and police.

Security cameras near Melrose Avenue and Vista Stre…

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Riverside Detectives Search for Peeping Tom Who’s Been Peeking Into Windows for 3 Decades

Detectives are searching for a man in Riverside whom they’re calling a habitual peeping Tom because police say he’s been peeking into people’s windows for nearly three decades!

Delores Roberts says the man actually returned to her window a second time in the middle of the night.

She says she had no idea until her neighbor showed her the security video. 

“He came over and showed me and said, ‘I’m worried about you Delores, he said look.’”

What her neighbor showed her, she says, sent chills down her spine.

A man — peeking through her bedroom window at the Creekside Senior apartment complex. 

“It was very frightening to see a man at three in the morning, and he puts his hands like this, so he can get a better view or whatever he was doing — and he just stands there,” Roberts added.

Riverside detectives identified the man as a transient, 54-year-old Charles Lee McKay, whom they call a “habitual peeping Tom.”

They say they’ve been chasing the registered sex offender for decades.

“Very creepy, he is 54 years old, and you would think someone would grow out of this because like I said, he was doing this in his twenties. As a brand-new cop, we were chasing after him,” Riverside Police spokesman, Ryan Railsback said.

Detectives say McKay has been convicted three prior times for indecent exposure dating back to 1995, but that clearly hasn’t stopped him.

He’s struck several times since March near Riverside’s Eastside, and then he returned to Roberts’ window after he was arrested the first time.

“What if he could have gotten in, somebody could’ve been dead, raped, beaten up,” Roberts said.  

Neighbor Claudia Green, who used to be the neighborhood watch captain, is keeping an eye out once again. 

“Get them the hell out of my neighborhood. I don’t want you here. I don’t want to go through anything like that,” Green said.

Roberts doesn’t want the man to return again either, and she’s afraid not enough is being done to keep him away.

“Just looking through someone’s window should be a felony, I think,” Roberts said.

Under California law, peeking through someone’s window is a misdemeanor, no matter how many times someone does it.

If you see McKay, please call Riverside police.

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Glendora Soccer Star Killed by Suspected DUI Driver

Father Albert Welsh smiles with pride every time he talks about his daughter and best friend, Kerry Welsh.

“She was just an absolute darling of a girl,” Albert Welsh said.

The 18-year-old soccer star and salutatorian at Glendora High…

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6-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot on Freeway Was on His Way to Kindergarten, Mourning Family Asks for Public’s Help

The family of the little boy who was shot and killed after an apparent road rage incident on an Orange County freeway is pleading for the public’s help to find the shooter.

We’re learning much more about the 6-year-old boy, little Aiden Leos. …

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Rise in Hate Incidents Toward Asian Americans Leads to Solidarity

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in 2021, comes on the heels of an increase in hate incidents nationwide, as many Asian Americans find themselves unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The attacks are often verbal, though some turn violent, and even deadly. In several cases, the Asian American victims are told to go back to their own country, even when their country is the United States.

“This is literally my hometown,” said one woman, Jackie, who received a profanity-laced letter in March telling her to “get out” of the United States.

“I literally was born and raised here,” she added, choking back tears. “For you to tell me I don’t belong here? That’s kind of messed up.”

The incidents keep occurring. Last month in Santa Cruz, a Japanese American woman says someone left a cup of what appears to be urine on the windshield of her vehicle, along with the words “die China.”

And in Seal Beach, a grieving Korean American widow received a letter telling her that her husband’s death makes “one less Asian to put up with.”

According to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, between March of 2020 and February 2021, there have been nearly 3,800 hate incidents nationwide. A Cal State University San Bernardino report found that such hate crimes surged nearly 170% in the last year.

But that rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans has lead to a new movement, of Asian Americans speaking out in solidarity.

Vietnamese American filmmaker Bao Nguyen, whose documentary about Bruce Lee “Be Water” aired on ESPNN’s “30 for 30” before the pandemic began, has been on the front lines fighting against Asian hate.

The documentary tells how Lee was as much a civil rights leader as he was a martial artist, speaking out against the racism he experienced in the 1960s and 70s.

“Bruce Lee’s presence on screen was his protest,” Nguyen said. “I think that’s really telling of how we feel like we’re not seen as Asian Americans and we’re not heard.”

Nguyen’s new short film, “Together,” features celebrities such as Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong discussing present and past hate incidents.

“It’s not just passing the torch of tragedy,” Nguyen said, “but also passing the torch of solidarity in many ways.”

With rallies and marches, that solidarity is becoming more visible. Some chaperones are even patrolling the streets to protect seniors from violence.

Among those chaperones is Hong Lee, a victim of a hate incident herself. Once shy and soft-spoken, she now serves as a powerful advocate for the AAPI community.

“I want to make sure that our elderly, our vulnerable population don’t get judged and attacked just because the color of their skin,” Lee said. “My overall message is to remind people to have the strength and courage to speak up and to report, because chances are you may not be the only victim.”

Tune in to NBC4 on Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. for a 30-minute special, “Celebrating AAPI Heritage in Southern California,” with an up close look at the many traditions, foods, and people in the community.

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Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz Files For Unemployment While Still Getting Paid by City

Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz is under fire after the city confirmed that he filed a claim with the state’s Employment Development Department seeing unemployment benefits, while still getting paid by the city.

Ortiz, a former UFC …

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children Expected to Begin Arriving in Long Beach This Week

The Long Beach Convention Center, which was quiet Wednesday night, will soon be the focus of a much anticipated humanitarian effort housing hundreds of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

The Convention Center, which sat empty for months due to COVID-19, will be home to about a thousand migrant children, ranging from ages 3 to 17 years old, and those children could begin arriving in the next day or two.

Inside the massive structure, meeting rooms will serve as classrooms for the kids. They’ll have beds, food and clothing, with many of the resources provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

But donations have also come in from community members wanting to help.

“We immediately reached out to the city and mayor’s office to see what we could do,” said Luis Navarro, who owns Lola’s Mexican Cuisine.

The owner of the local favorite pledged 100% of his online sales to feed the children.

Said Navarro, “My immediate thought was, ‘how can we provide hot meals to these children?’”

Long Beach city officials said since launching an online portal for volunteers, the response is overwhelming. They say they’ve heard from 2,500 people.

City officials say the children will arrive in groups of 150 to 200 at a time, and that could happen in the next day or two. So, they are still accepting volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, click here.

Long Beach city officials expect to provide an update Thursday after they have been working around the clock to prepare for the arrival of the children.

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Riverside Cheerleaders Say They Are Athletes and State’s COVID Rules Banning Them Are Unfair

As COVID numbers improve, many are cheering the return of high school sports — except cheerleaders themselves.

The state canceled sideline cheer, saying it’s just not safe during the pandemic and spread of COVID-19.

Students and parents in Riverside are rallying over the discrepancy, saying it’s just not fair.

New guidance from the state this week said “sideline cheer, band, drumline or other supporting groups are not allowed.”

In the little time left during the school year, students and parents in Riverside gathered, shouting “let us cheer!”

“I’ve been in cheer since 7th grade and to not be able to do it my senior year while other sports get to continue. It’s frustrating,” cheerleader Jaiden Pekar said.

Mater Dei High School’s cheer team planned to root on its football players Friday, the first game back.

“I just think its not fair because we can totally be on the sidelines there’s plenty of room,” said cheerleader Bailee Cuenca.

The state is not only limiting who’s on the sidelines, but also in the stands. Spectators for youth sports are now limited to just one adult per participant.

“This was maybe the second time they put on their uniforms — it was going to be the first time in front of a crowd —really first time to do anything as a team, aside from practice,” Katie Bowers, cheerleading head coach, said.

Parents say all of it is unfair, especially for their cheerleaders, who are absolutely athletes.

“These girls work so hard. I don’t see any other athlete out there throwing 100-pound plus girls in the air with precision and technique to catch them,” cheer mom Leann Cuenca said.

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Attack on Asian American Air Force Veteran in Koreatown Being Treated as Hate Crime

Knocked to the ground and berated with racial slurs and anti-Asian threats, a U.S. Air Force veteran spoke out about his attack in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, which police are now investigating as a hate crime.

Denny Kim said he’s still shaken up…

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Vaccine Rollout Confusion Leaves Thousands of Vaccines Unused at Dodger Stadium

The shortage of COVID-19 vaccines continues to make booking an appointment very difficult, so people thought it must have been a mistake when thousands of appointments became available at Dodger Stadium Tuesday.

The usual long lines at the Dodger Stadium vaccination site were non-existent Tuesday afternoon and a mix-up in messaging may be to blame.

So what was behind the confusion?

Los Angeles County-run sites are only administering second doses at this time and county officials believe many people thought that was also the case at Dodger Stadium. Not so, because it’s run by the city, not the county.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office said that LA City administered nearly 6,000 doses at the stadium on Tuesday, but thousands of appointments were still available at 5 p.m.

“My friend told me tonight, ‘Quick, get down to Dodger Stadium,’” said Janis R. Knot, who showed up a breezed through the site for her vaccination.

That’s why many people raced down to the site, pleasantly surprised to breeze right through.

“It’s important that people read because if they book an appointment at a site that’s only processing second vaccination appointments, their appointment’s going to be canceled,” said spokesman for the LA County Fire Department Manuel Martinez.

It’s worth a reminder so there’s no more confusion — county-run sites include the Pomona Fairplex, The Forum, Cal State Northridge, Six Flax Magic Mountain, and the LA County of Education Building in the city of Downey.

Operations appeared to return to normal Wednesday morning when 98 percent of appointments at the site were booked.

On Tuesday, about 4,800 vaccines were administered at Dodger Stadium. It’s daily capacity is 12,000.