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Jose and Vanessa Go For a Ride

Sheriffs investigators in the Florence-Firestone, Calif., area said two suspects drove up to an intersection. Crossing guard Shirley Mayberry, 59, raised her stop sign higher in the air and told the driver, “You have to stop, the children come first.” The driver, a man, yelled that he was not going to stop, and then his passenger, a woman, got out and approached Mayberry. Investigators said Martinez began hitting the crossing guard with her fists, knocking her to the ground. Then the driver got out, walked over to the victim, and stole her stop sign, while his passenger pulled the lanyard holding the victim’s whistle and ID card from around her neck. Witnesses provided the car’s plate number to deputies, who traced the car to a home where Jose Hernandez, 27, and Vanessa Del Pilar Martinez, 20, were arrested and held on $50,000 bail. The victim’s stop sign was found in their apartment. Mayberry was not seriously injured in the attack. (JW/Los Angeles Times) ...Still, the kids she protects need to go buy Shirley a get-well-soon Taser.
Original Publication Date: 26 December 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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