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David Enrique Meza and Taylor Marie Langston are accused of stabbing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino to death image www.crimefiles.net

David Enrique Meza and Taylor Marie Langston are accused of stabbing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino to death. Picture: Facebook

A YOUNG couple allegedly lured a wealthy retiree into a gay relationship and made him sign away his fortune before killing him and dumping his body.

Fox reports that David Enrique Meza, 25, and Taylor Marie Langston, 20, from San Diego, were arrested yesterday with killing 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino and dumping his body in a Mexican ravine.

Police allege that Meza and Merendino met online in 2013 while they were both living in Houston. However by the time of the killing, Meza was living with his girlfriend, Taylor Langston, who was pregnant.

Merendino had a large inheritance left to him from his parents and earned good money flipping houses.

 

Wealthy … Jake Clyde Merendino was killed a dumped in a ravine.

The FBI claims that Meza and Merendino crossed the border into Mexico on April 29 to finalise a deal on a $300,000 property. Meza rode behind Merendino’s Range Rover on his motorbike, a 2014 Christmas present from his lover.

The checked into a hotel on May 1 and Merendino was seen in the lobby between 7pm and 8pm asking for a bottle opener.

At 10:30pm guests say they heard a motorbike leave the hotel. Staff say Meza was the only guest with a motorbike.

Meza was spotted at the Mexico-US border half an hour later.

However, Merendino was not dead at that point. At 1pm police say he told a security guard at the hotel that he had to go help a friend who was stranded on the road.

His body was found at 3:30am that morning in a ravine five minutes from the hotel.

While no CCTV footage shows Meza entering Mexico again — he can be seen crossing the border back into the US just before 4am with Langston’s SUV crossing the border into the US 25 minutes later.

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Story doesn’t add up … David Enrique Meza has denied killing Jake Merendino. Picture: Facebook

By 7pm that night they were back at the Mexican hotel where Meza told staff he needed to get something from the room.

Merendino’s Rolex watch, iPhone, iPad and laptop were all later found to be missing.

Meza also contested Merendino’s will, producing a handwritten version that said he was the sole heir to Merendino’s fortune.

While Meza has denied killing Merendino, he did admit that he and Langston had planned on robbing him but got cold feet.

When Langston was interviewed she claimed to be spending time with Meza’s friend ‘Joe’.

The FBI interviewed the friend who told them that Meza had called him a week before pleading with him to lie to police

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19-year-old Alexandra Martinez, who’s been charged with grand larceny.image www.crimefiles.net

A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after allegedly preying on wealthy men in New York.

Sources claim 19-year-old Alexandra Martinez made a killing in the Big Apple by getting picked up at bars and then ripping off her marks at their homes or hotels.

Martinez targeted at least five men in Brooklyn and Manhattan for a total haul of $58,000 in cash and pricey watches, the sources said. She allegedly slipped Mickeys into cocktails she stirred for at least two victims.

Martinez had an accomplice in the Brooklyn jobs and picked her victims based on the value of their watches, prosecutors said.

“They typically meet the male victims at clubs or restaurants. The victims are usually wearing Rolex watches,” prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said.

After working their way into the men’s luxury apartments, Martinez allegedly mixed drinks that knocked out the victims, who would later “awake to find their property missing,” Cotto said.

In one case, Martinez and her accomplice allegedly made off with four watches — three Rolexes and a Breitling, worth more than $38,500 — and $4,500 from an apartment.

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Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches.

The victim, 24, told cops he met the women at an Artichoke Pizza outlet before bringing them home at around 3am. Sept. 4, the sources said.

In another case, Martinez and a crony allegedly pulled the same stunt on a 44-year-old man at around 4am. Thanksgiving Day.

That victim told cops he invited the women up to his pad at 111 Lawrence St., where they swiped a $10,000-plus Rolex and about $800, according to court records.

Martinez allegedly worked alone in two of the Manhattan cases, including one in which a 34-year-old victim chased her down and caught her in a cab with his credit cards after she allegedly swiped his wallet while he was in the bathroom in his apartment at 52 Greenwich Ave. on July 22.

Martinez, who is charged with five counts of grand larceny, was released on $50,000 bond.

Defence lawyer Marianne Bertuna said Martinez would “vehemently” fight the charges.

The New York Post has previously reported on an alarming rise in watch thefts in New York this year, including at least 31 Rolexes that have been taken by women going after men in bars and clubs.

Most notably, a Beverly Hills watch dealer, Steven Rostovsky, told cops he lost a $590,000, limited-edition Greubel Forsey watch and $6,000 to two women he brought from a Midtown strip club to The Baccarat hotel in the predawn hours of Dec. 7.

Also, two women stole $750,000 in watches and jewellery from the Tribeca pad of basketball star Derrick Williams, who brought them home after meeting them in a nightclub.

Martinez is not a suspect in either of those crimes.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission.

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THE Islamic State has beheaded 10 of its own fanatics in public after they abandoned their posts, it has been reported.

A Sharia court is said to have found the militants guilty of “high treason” after they fled a battlefront in the north western Iraq city of Mosul.

The troops deserted as clashes took place between the jihadis and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, ARA News claimed.

On Sunday they were beheaded in a public square in the town of Baa’j to the west of the city as hundreds of fighters looked on, it has been reported.

Media activist Abdullah al-Mallah told the news agency: “The militants were found guilty for evacuating a post at the battlefront, where clashes took place between them and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

 “The Sharia Court of Mosul decided to behead them in front of hundreds of ISIS members in order to prevent others from taking such a move without the permission of their military leadership.”

Six of those beheaded were identified as Syrian nationals, while the rest were Western jihadis, according to sources on the ground.

It is not the first time ISIS has used public beheadings as a warning to others to obey orders. Last month the “death cult” executed 73 militant fighters for fleeing from battles with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Sinjar to the north of Baa’j.

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Teen murders mother after watching IS videos

Danish teenager Lisa Borch will spend 9 years in prison after stabbing her mother to death after allegedly becoming obsessed with radical Islam.

Malmo: A Danish teenager stabbed her own mother to death after becoming radicalised by watching Islamic State videos of beheadings with an Islamist boyfriend twice her age.

Lisa Borch, then 15, attacked Tina Römer Holtegaard while she slept in her bed in her home in Kvissel, a tiny village near the northern tip of Jutland last October.

She stabbed her victim 20 times after spending hours on YouTube watching footage of the decapitations of the Islamic State victims David Haines and Alan Henning.

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Danish teenager Lisa Borch,  Photo: @lisaborch from Instagram

A Danish court heard how Ms Borch and Iraqi Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, 39, the radical Muslim boyfriend sentenced for carrying out the murder with her, relaxed in the evenings by watching bloody IS executions on YouTube.

After the murder, Ms Borch rang the police to report the crime.

She told police: “I heard my mother scream and I looked out the window and saw a white man running away. Please come here, there is blood everywhere.” Then she calmly waited, the court heard.

When the police arrived, they discovered her calmly playing watching videos on her iPhone. When they asked where her mother was, she pointed upstairs without even pausing what she was watching.

The court heard how she had been radicalised by an unnamed Muslim man, who had broken off the relationship to return to Sweden. She reportedly then met Mr Abdulla at a refugee centre near her home.

Jens Holtegaard, Ms Borch’s stepfather, said that his stepdaughter remained a strong supporter of IS,and said he feared she would become more radicalised during her nine-year sentence.

“Lisa is completely uncritically enthusiastic about everything related to the immigrant community. She loves to talk about IS and their brutal behaviour in the Middle East,” he said. “I dare not imagine what she can develop into during imprisonment.”

Prosecutors told the court that Ms Borch had planned to travel to Syria to flight alongside IS.

A forensic analysis of Ms Borch’s computer revealed that she had watched videos of the beheadings carried out by Mohammed Emwazi or the British IS fighter Jihadi John.

It also emerged in the trial that Ms Borch had showed her twin sister the knife she was going to use to kill their mother, something her sister tragically dismissed as a joke.

During the trial, Ms Borch claimed that Mr Abdulla carried out the murder.

He in turn claimed that he was innocent, and had arrived at the house when Ms Holtegaard was already dead.

As the court could not establish who had carried out the stabbing, both were found guilty.

The court heard that Ms Borch had fought so frequently with her mother over her obsession with militant Islam and her relationship with Mr Abdullah that her twin sister had felt compelled to leave the house.

Mr Holtegaard told Denmark’s BT newspaper that he believed Abdullah had radicalised her.

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“There is no doubt that she was in very bad company when she began to hang out with him. He affected her negatively,” her stepfather told the newspaper. “It was when she was with him, that she began to take an interest in IS. He has somehow radicalised her, and I think that’s where you have to find a large part of the explanation of why we are where we are today.”

He said that there was little sign of the psychopathic tendencies found by the court psychologists

“I never in my wildest dreams imagined that she could think of doing such a thing. She had a mother who loved her and did everything she could to help her,” he said.

Telegraph, London

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