A California man was beaten and robbed of his entire life savings of $200,000 last month, just moments after withdrawing the money from a Huntington Park Chase bank.
Francisco Cornejo was assailed and beaten on camera in the parking lot of the bank, with a thug stealing a satchel purse that he had placed his money in. The thug then entered a getaway car and fled from the scene. The assault occurred last week.
“Within 30 seconds of just getting to his car, he was grabbed, beaten, robbed, and they took everything from him,” Cornejo’s attorney, Nathan Soleimani, told KLTA-TV. “He was literally fighting for his life savings,” said the lawyer. “And when he was being beaten he was doing his best to try and retain the bag that he brought with him.”
Cornejo recounts parking as close as possible to the bank, trying to avoid any unnecessary risk in withdrawing his life savings.
Cornejo suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruising in the attack, but the loss of $200k probably stings much harder than his physical injuries. It’s still unclear if authorities will recoup what was stolen from him.
The sudden timing of the robbery may suggest that the thug, who remains at large, may have had help from within the bank. Cornejo had also just sold his house, suggesting the possibility of alternate coordination. The FBI is currently investigating the robbery. Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Huntington Park police.
Gray Wolves Spotted in Central California for the First Time in a Century
Wolves are traveling from Oregon to Central California.
A gray wolf (canis lupus) has been observed in counties of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the animal returning to territory from which it’s been absent from for nearly a century. The GPS-tracked wolf, designated OR-93, has traveled south from Oregon, passing through Modoc County and Alpine County. Most recently, the wolf entered Mono County.
The journey of the young male wolf represents new territorial range from the species. Biologists believe it’s possible the wolf’s presence could result in the formation of new wolf packs in the Sierra Nevada region, should the animal prove successful in returning to the area with a mate. The wolf broke off from Oregon’s White River Pack southeast of Mt. Hood sometime within the past few months. Previously, wolves that ventured into California from Oregon didn’t travel south of Lake Tahoe, the single largest alpine lake in North America, that straddles the California-Nevada border.
“OR-93’s historic trek so far south into California’s central Sierra Nevada is thrilling news for wolf recovery throughout the West,” said Pamela Flick, director of the California preservation group Defenders of Wildlife. “OR-93 also importantly brings the potential for increased genetic diversity to our state.”
Wolves were dealt with as pestilence during the American settlement of the western United States, and the animals still pose a threat to the livestock of ranchers to this day. The animals were eliminated from the state of California entirely sometime in the 1920’s, and a gray wolf was seen in California for the first time in almost a century in 2011.
Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare, although if the population is restored in Eastern California, farmers and ranchers will have to find deterrents for threats to their livestock. The presence of wolves in the region can serve as a benefit to the local ecosystem, assisting to keep the population levels of destructive animals in check.
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