tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC September 11, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> and for all of us here, we appreciate your time. we'll see you again in half an hour. breaking news, the new video. the police takedown by mistake. the famous athlete standing there, tackled by a plain-clothes police officer. they thought he was a suspect. now, apologies and questions. also breaking, authorities now zeroing in on a possible serial shooter. 11 shootings along the highway. a mother and son brought in. what they have now seized. the emotional stop today. and joe biden, at a new york city firehouse. what he's now saying about a run for president. and also breaking, the first big republican to drop out. the abc news exclusive tonight. the tapes. a case making national headlines. and the young woman charged with murder after her fiance drowns on a kayak trip. what the medical examiner discovered. and the serena stunner, and and the unknown tonight who won.
her surprising words afterwards. good evening. great to have you with us on a friday as we remember 9/11. the american workers that helped to rebuild, that's a bit later. but we begin with the breaking news. that new video in the police takedown, the mistaken identity. the moment we have not seen before. the famous sports star, tackled by an officer, slammed to the ground and handcuffed. police say it was all a mistake. coming after new york city's top cop was forced to apologize. and gio benitez, leading us off. >> reporter: james blake, standing outside his new york city hotel when a plain clothes officer rushes up to him and tackles him. the nypd releasing this video tonight, showing the officer kneeling on top of him as he handcuffs him. people walking by. after about 40 seconds, he's led away. blake, once one of the world's top tennis players, telling our
robin roberts about that incident. >> picked me up, body slammed me. put me on the ground, told me to turn over, shut my mouth, and put the cuffs on me. >> reporter: that officer, james frascatore. abc news learning that he's had four misconduct complaints. but an official says, only one was partially substantiated. >> i said, i'm scared. if i say something wrong, i'm sorry. but i think you have the wrong person. >> reporter: the nypd said it stems from a case of mistaken identity. in a credit card fraud investigation. police say blake looked like this man, seen on tmz sports. that man also turned out to be innocent, wrongly identified in that same investigation. >> you see the two photos together, the similarities are remarkable. >> reporter: new york city's police commissioner and mayor both personally apologizing. for the incident, saying those errors are being investigated. and, david, tonight, blake tells us what happened to him is not uncommon. and he's determined to use his voice as a catalyst for change in the relationship between
police and the public, david. >> gio benitez, gio, thanks. we'll turn to a possible break in the case in phoenix. where there have been fears of a seer sniper a week and a half now of worry for drivers there. this evening, a major development, inside the suv, a mother and son. now that son, we're told, is a person of interest. 11 shootings in 12 days along this eight-mile stretch of hiway. chilling images of the aftermath, the windshield shattered. the cross still dangling from the rear view mirror. abc's kayna whitworth is there where authorities are still warning, do not let your guard down. >> reporter: tonight, investigators are questioning a person of interest in those freeway shootings. authorities telling abc news it was a mother and son taken into custody in a dramatic scene just two miles from i-10, the site of 8 of the 11 shootings. >> all we could see was cops coming in. cops right there. >> reporter: witnesses telling us that several police cars surrounded a white tahoe, but this truck was one of them. police saying there were several undercover officers involved in
this operation. the white tahoe driven away from the scene by a trooper. the mother, quickly released. >> freeway shootings in phoenix along i-10. >> reporter: this community under siege for almost two weeks. even with round the clock patrols, people taking alternate routes, school bus drivers under orders to avoid highways. you had to do a field trip yesterday and take all side streets. how much longer did that take you than normal? >> probably another half hour to 40 minutes. it's making this whole town in chaos right now. >> reporter: a former fbi agent telling us it's likely the shooter lives nearby. >> the reason they commit these acts is it is power. it is a power grab and control over others because they feel powerless in their life. >> reporter: tonight, police still telling people here not to let their guard down. >> all we can say is, keep the tips coming in. make sure you're doing your best to keep vigilant. >> reporter: that mother and son being taken into custody right here at this gas station. there's still caution tape. the clerk inside saying the man being questioned is a regular.
and david, behind that shopping center, witnesses say police were staging this scene for three hours before they moved in. >> kayna whitworth tonight, thank you. from phoenix to california now. to a massive wildfire, exploding in size. dramatic new images coming in. a wall of flames outside sacramento. this house engulfed. the roof, porch ablaze. 6,000 homes we're told are threatened as we head into this weekend. firefighters in this video along highway 26, driving into the smoke, trees on fire there. and police are going door to door telling families they have to go. abc's aditi roy is there on the front lines. >> tonight, a towering inferno, exploding over this northern california community. the butte fire, doubling overnight. now burning more than 50,000 acres. 100 degree temperatures making the task difficult for the firefighters wrestling with burning brush on the ground. as the flames close in on 6,000
homes. this one, overtaken. this couple only had minutes to get out. what do you focus on? >> at this point, i've got a few things, medicine i need for my grandmother. and we're going to get out of here. >> reporter: another wildfire, 200 miles south. threatening california's historic sequoias. firefighters standing guard over 2,000-plus-year-old trees, some of the tallest in the world. the biggest challenge, the steep terrain. watch the flames behind me cascading down the hill. tonight, the winds have died down, but the extreme heat rages on. david? >> stunning images tonight, aditi. thank you. and more heat on the way in the west. in the east, flash floods and powerful storms. look at this. a taxi, under water with lights still on. that's from new london, connecticut. here in new york, sunken meadow parkway in long island, completely underwater tonight. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano starting with the severe weather in the east. >> another front slicing across the east through louisville,
cleveland, ohio, back through texas. this will push off to the east. the heaviest and steadiest rains late tomorrow and tomorrow night. the heaviest will be across upstate new york. most of it moves out by sunday afternoon. 2 to 3 inch plus through pennsylvania and through parts of new york. very cool behind this. 50s and 40s by monday morning. that will feel like fall. they could stand a cooldown out west, but one more day of heat in l.a. 96 degrees expected in sacramento. good 20 to 25 degrees cooler on monday. firefighters will welcome that but two more days they have to deal with hot, dry conditions. >> we'll be watching this weekend, thank you. now to the race for 2016. an emotional 24 hours for vice president joe biden and unannounced visit today to a firehouse here in new york city where they lost half their ranks on 9/11. it comes after that candid conversation on late night tv last night, talk ing about the loss of his son beau. his every word under the microscope now for signs, will he run? tonight, you'll hear from biden in his own words and late today word of someone else who is now not running, dropping out.
the first key republican to bow out, rick perry. abc's cecilia vega covering the campaign. >> reporter: today, joe biden offering condolences and hugs to 9/11 first responders and their families, grief he knows all too well. >> the people don't understand anniversaries are bittersweet. it all comes back. >> reporter: a vice president, a father, still mourning his son beau, who died in may of brain cancer. >> we have what most people long for, a love and a memory that is so cherished and so profound that it makes every other thing in our life worth doing. >> reporter: even as he considers a run for the white house, his own sadness on full display last night on "the late show with stephen colbert". >> he had this enormous sense of empathy and i'm not making this up, i maybe sound like a father, i hope i -- anyway, but it is true.
>> sounds like you love him, sir. >> oh, geez, i -- >> reporter: a sharp contrast from just days earlier, biden looking like a candidate. but now he's not so sure. >> i would be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> vice president joe biden not ready yet either way. in the meantime, rick perry late today saying no longer in. >> a campaign that lasted just 97 days. he struggled from the beginning with polling and fund-raising, just last month he ran out of money and stopped paying his campaign staff. that republican field now down to 16 people. perry is the first person in the race for 2016 to drop out so far. >> all right, we'll be watching you anchor this broadcast this weekend, thank you. a deadly crane crash toppling over here at the grand mosque in the holy city of mecca. at least 107 people killed. more than 238 injured, raising safety concerns just as millions prepare to make an annual pilgrimage to that mosque.
we're back tonight here in new york after being on the scene covering the worst refugee crisis in europe since world war ii. as we showed you last night, right there from the hungarian/serbian bord, families fleeing the violence. you see down the tracks there, so many making that dangerous journey. many of the families by boat, train and by foot. last night we showed you the images, the first images from inside one of those camps. you can see the authorities there tossing food at the families filling those camps. the other image making fwloee i headlines, a camerawoman kicking a young girl, that camerawoman now apologizing saying she acted in a panic. terry moran now with the families describing firsthand what it is like inside those camps. >> reporter: those scenes in hungary sparked global outrage, keeping refugees in overcrowded pens and cells, behind bars and fences. no medical care. today we learned what it was
really like in those hungarian camps for one family. a family we know well. >> welcome! >> reporter: we met them as they crossed the border into austria, cursing the hungarians. it was mohammed hilel and his family, including baby fahed, who won our hearts when we met them all last month in turkey. they made that dangerous crossing to greece. and then disappeared for a week in hungary, herded into a camp. they took these photos of the filthy conditions, of the dark, damp cells. you have one loaf of bread. and look at this. the food ration -- one roll of bread like this per day. that's all they got, and a bit of cheese or butter. no milk for fahed or the other kids. mohammed tells me when his brother asked for more food for the children, he was beaten. they put you in prison? "yes, prison," he says. but now they are out of hungary. tired, the little ones struggling. but all now able to see at last the end of their long journey. tonight, this family will go to vienna. and then on to germany, their
new home. there are so many more behind them. david? >> terry moran has been covering this for weeks. terry, thank you for joining us again tonight. and one more image. we showed you that girl we met one year ago, hadijah. 10 years old when we met her. her unforgettable smile, living in a camp near the syrian border. boarding the truck in the fields, picking potatoes to help support her family. look, she's growing up one year later. smiling as she watched that report from her one year ago. holding on to hope until this day. listen to this. and unicef telling us tonight, more than $20,000 was raised. viewers, many of you at home, calling in after seeing the reporting last night. if you want to help get the children into class rooms and public schools, go to abcnews.com, click on "world news tonight." and we thank you at home. we move on the to the major health headline tonight. from federal health officials about your blood pressure. stopping a new trial early they say because the results were so dramatic, and listen to
this, lowering your top blood pressure number from 140 down to 120, they say, could cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by almost a third. cutting the overall risk of death by nearly a quarter. these are big numbers. so let's get right to dr. richard besser. they're still studying. in the meantime, this appears to be big news. >> this is an excitementing announcement. the full study out this winter. we can look and see what the side effects and the medications were. and who it is right to lower it this far. but look at these numbers. one out of three adults have high blood pressure. half of those who have it, it is not well controlled. there are millions of americans who have high blood pressure who haven't been tested or treated. they can -- they need to be tested now and then later the experts can decide how low the blood pressure should go. >> and you're going to stay on this and keep track of it, rich. thank you. speaking of heart rate, watching the u.s. open, the shocker, serena williams, the agony of defeat written all over her face. two games shy of the grand slam, losing to a relatively unknown player, underdog. look at the so-called serena
effect. before the upset, the average ticket price for the women's finals, more than $1400. within 20 minutes of the loss, deal now, $680. still kind of expensive. david wright, though, on the stunner. >> reporter: today, serena williams stumbled, number one seed run ragged on center court by an unseeded challenger, italian roberta vinci. vinci, apologized for winning. >> american people, for serena, for the grand slam and everything, but today is my day. sorry, guys! >> reporter: williams was on a 33-game winning streak. today, her grand slam dream was crushed. >> i don't want to talk about how disappointing it is for me. if you have any other questions, i'm open for that. >> reporter: tomorrow, an all italian final, a new star who didn't expect to get past serena. >> i wake up, i say, okay, i am in semifinal today. try to enjoy. don't think about serena. play, enjoy it.
i didn't expect it. >> reporter: roberta vinci. as in "veni, vidi, vici"-- julius caesar's most famous quote. "i came, i saw, i conquered." today she did, too. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thanks. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the abc news exclusive tonight. a case making national headlines. now, the interrogation tapes right here. the woman accused of killing her fiance on a kayak trip. but what does she say in the tapes? and what the medical examiners discovered. elizabeth vargas standing by tonight. and salmonella in a major restaurant chain. the mystery ingredient making dozens of people sick. and the rescue dog, brought back to new york city on this 9/11 anniversary. and the story behind this dog. you will want to stay tuned for it. you tuck there. if you're a toe tucker... because of toenail fungus, ask your doctor now about prescription kerydin. used daily, kerydin drops may kill the fungus at the site of infection and get to the root of your toe tucking.
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>> 911, what is your emergency? >> my fiance fell in the water. can you please call anybody? >> reporter: angelika graswald was kayaking with her fiance, vincent viafore, north of new york city on the hudson river. >> he's getting further and further away from me. he's going to drown. >> reporter: with no life jacket, viafore, who had been drinking, sinks into the cold water. his body not resurfacing until weeks later. but police are suspicious. they question graswald for nearly 12 hours. the video obtained by abc news, airing here for the first time. it shows graswald cooped up overnight, stretching in various yoga poses. prosecutors say eventually she admits to tampering with viafore's paddle and removing the drain plug on top of his kayak. >> why didn't he have that plug in there? >> he didn't have it because i guess i had it. >> reporter: in the video, she never says she was trying to kill viafore.
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a salmonella outbreak in the midwest. 45 people sick, now linked to 17 chipotle restaurants in minnesota. investigators not revealing which ingredient was contaminated, but they say the food is now safe to eat. we have more on our website tonight. i mentioned the new images of pluto that have nasa reeling. they show mountains, plains, even dunes, they say. scientists say they don't know how they got there, but they'll continue to study now that they have the new images. when we come back on this powerful 9/11 anniversary, the story behind this dog right here, brought back all the way to new york city. it moved us all today.
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at ground zero. her owner, denise corliss from texas. >> we were there to try to find survivors and when our task force arrived at ground ste zer just couldn't believe the magnitude of it. then i looked down to her, she seemed stoic and ready work. >> reporter: tonight, brought back to new york to mark the anniversary. and her 16th birthday. a dog-friendly birthday cake. as america remembers what we lost, who we lost, and everyone, every dog that worked in the hours, the days, the weeks afterward. as we all remember tonight. we'll see you monday. good night. a south bay inmate recovers from a beating. and linebacker alden smith hired by the raiders. the latest on this explosive
forest fire now spreading in every direction. and urban shield. a chance for police agencies from throughout the bay area to get up to speed on tactics for fighting terrorism. >> you can't discount these peoples' story. there are too many of emthis. >> new complaints from an inmate who is recovering from a beating. good evening. >> i'm dan ashley. more inmates coming forward with allegations of the santa clara county jail after three deputies were charged with murder in an inmate's death. an attorney representing one of those inmates spoke with abc7 news reporter melanie woodrow today. >> reporter: we reported another inmate being treated for a broken jaw blamed it on two
correctional deputies. one was accused of killing michael tryee. the attorney says he was beaten owe badly he couldn't see who was beating him. >> they're beating hip, they say if you want to stop, you have to say i am a [ bleep ]. >> powell is representing reuben garcia. he says two correctional deputies beat him up in july. he was in an interview he complained. >> reporter: powell says this is not what garcia looked like directly after the beating. these photos were taken after his recent jaw surgery. he had a