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a department lifted the gate and rescued four ducks. you can see their mom watching closely and giving critique. all was tonight, the epstein suicide mystery deepens. jail guards were supposed to check on the accused sex trafficker every 30 minutes. why didn't that happen the night he died. and what happens now for the accusers who are seeking justice. breaking news in tennessee. cornered and captured. escaped inmate accused of killing a prison official. what we learn about his arrest. tonight, the interview with his daughter. a suspected terrorist attack. new video of the police rushing in after a gunman attacked a mosque. poli
police in norway say the shooter may have been inspired by other mosque attacks. neighborhood rocked. a blast shattering a home. the new clue in the hunt for a mother of three who vanished nearly a month ago. her mother now speaking out. >> it's very hard. the electric car explosion. the tesla on partial autopilot turning into a fire ball after hitting a tow truck on a busy highway. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the growing mystery over the death of accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein who died by suicide. tonight, we learn that jail guards were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes. epstein's body was carried away right there headed for the medical examiner's office. the department of justice and the fbi has launched an investigation into the death that was supposed to be a high
security jail. tonight the security lapses are fueling outrage for epstein's accusers who feel they will not get justice. abc's stephanie ramos here in manhattan. >> reporter: tonight, investigators poring over evidence and surveillance footage to figure out the major breakdown that allowed jeffrey epstein's apparent suicide in his jail cell. abc news has learned guards were supposed to check on the alleged sex trafficker every 30 minutes. sources saying that protocol was not followed in the hours before he was discovered. >> it really is an insane system on so many levels. >> reporter: attorney bruce barket represents epstein's former cell mate, who roomed with epstein less than three weeks ago, when he was found unresponsive with marks on his neck. >> what the guards do and what they're supposed to do are almost always two different things. so one has to wonder how it is that this man who just tried to take his own life by hanging himself a few weeks ago was in a position to successfully hang himself. >> reporter: just six days after
that first incident, epstein was taken off suicide watch. saturday morning at 6:39 the multimillionaire was found hanging inside of his cell. >> there are just a lot of people that are, yes, angry and livid. >> reporter: michelle licata says epstein sexually assaulted her when she was just 16. she and other accusers are outraged he will not face a criminal trial. >> i really wanted justice. i really wanted him to take up for what he did and to be put in jail or prison and have to sit there and think about what it is he exactly did to so many people. >> reporter: tonight, authorities are pledging to continue the investigation. epstein's death comes less than 24 hours after 2,000 pages of new documents were made public. >> you're screaming on the inside, and you don't know how to let it come out. all you do is obey. >> reporter: virginia roberts guiffre's 2015 defamation suit was unsealed against ghislaie maxwell, a long time epstein associate. in deposition testimony, giuffre says that maxwell recruited her
to be a teenage sex slave to epstein. >> give jeffrey what he wants. a lot of this training came from ghislaine herself. >> reporter: maxwell has not been charged with any crimes. she has consistently denied the allegations. tonight, accusers are calling for those who enabled epstein to be held accountable. >> the people who really have to be concerned are the ones who worked with jeffrey epstein, are the ones who may have helped facilitate what he was doing. >> stephanie ramos now from outside the jail where epstein took his life. on the last point you just heard from dan, prosecutors say there are active investigations in mexico where he had an asate and in new york. they are making it clear they are looking into conspiracy surrounding the sex crimes. >> that's exactly right, tom. federal prosecutors in new york are investigating the alleged sex trafficking conspiracy and asking accusers to come forward. so it's still possible that others may be charged.
there are two federal investigations in the suicide and how it happened. tom? reporting in the suicide new investigation. thank you. now to the breaking news in tennessee. the escaped inmate suspected of killing a prison official is behind bars tonight. is overnight, family alerting police of their surveillance video. that is a suspect rummaging in a refrigerator outside the home. police flooding the area, taking him in custody without incident. thousands of people are resting easier tonight, including the inmate's daughter. in an interview with abc news, she says she was terrified he was coming for her. here is abc's will reeve. >> reporter: tonight, a fugitive -- convicted kidnapper and accused murderer -- caught in tennessee after a tense five-day manhunt. >> officers from t dot, tbi spotted watson coming out of a soybean field. he surrendered without incident, >> reporter: earlier this
morning, home owners spotting curtis ray watson on their doorbell camera wearing camouflage. rummaging through an outdoor refrigerator, the first sighting of him since his wednesday escape. >> she said "that's him, that's him." so i prepared if he tried to come inside and then we called 911. >> reporter: watson, still looking very much like his mug shot, his appearance unchanged. also seen here in the hospital after he was captured. and tonight, watson's daughter speaking exclusively to abc news. >> this has always been a childhood nightmare of mine. that he was gonna come out, because i'm one daughter that he hasn't hurt. and i was just always scared he's gonna come out, he's gonna finally hurt me. >> reporter: watson had been serving a 15-year term for kidnapping his then wife. considered a minimum security prisoner, he was out on lawn-mowing duty on wednesday morning. at 8:30, he's seen near the home of corrections administrator debra johnson, who lived on prison grounds. it was there that officials say watson sexually assaulted and murdered her.
watson then making his getaway on a tractor, not seen again until 3:30 this morning at that home. watson apparently not getting very far. the home in henning, tennessee just 10 miles from the prison. i can assure you our office will be resolved to see that he is put back where he can never escape again and harm anybody in our communities. we are looking at maybe the death penalty in this case. >> will reeve joins us now. state investigators have promised an award of $60,000 in this case. and watson's daughter says she knows where the money should go. >> that's right, tom, she believes at least some of that reward money should go towards paying for the funeral cost of the prison phone debra johnson. >> thank you. next to the sweeping crackdown by i.c.e. workers in mississippi. more than 600 workers suspected of being undocumented immigrants taken into custody. children coming home after one of their first days back at school learning a parent was taken away.
the operation as president trump was visiting el paso and dayton. one administration official says the timing of the incident is unfortunate. here's abc's tara palmieri. >> reporter: tonight, the trump administration on defense after a mass immigration crackdown in mississippi, the same day the president visited el paso, a border community in mourning. the acting director of homeland security saying the operation was already in motion. >> the timing was unfortunate. something like this was planned for a year. this is a criminal investigation with 14 federal warrants issued by a judge. and i.c.e. had to follow through. >> reporter: wednesday, i.c.e. stormed six food processing plants in mississippi. detaining 67 377 remain in custody. court documents say they willfully and unlawfully employee who are not working in the country.
>> most cases, they they pay them reduced wagers, exploit them further on the bottom line. >> many children, including this young girl, coming home from school to find their parents were arrested. >> my dad, he's not a criminal >> reporter: abc's will carr showing thinterview this week. >> what would you say to the little girl? >> obviously the impact is devastating for a family. what i would say that i.c.e. will go through a case by case process. >> reporter: 2020 presidential hopeful senator kamala harris saying the employers should be punished, not the employees. >> this administration has directed dhs to conduct these raids as part of what i believe is this administration's campaign of terror. >> reporter: the acting head of customs and border protection, pushing back. >> i think words matter. these aren't raids. these are targeted law enforcement operations. >> tara palmieri traveling with the president, joins live in new
jersey near the president's golf club. the president defended the operation saying, it's a very good deterrent? >> before the president left the white house friday, he said crackdowns serve as a warning to undocumented workers and other migrants that come to this country. he said, they know they're not staying here. tom? >> thank you. we head overseas to an attack on a mosque investigated as an act of terror. it happened in norway. new video showing police running into a mosque after a gunman shot and wounded one person. invest garretters say the suspect expressed right wing and anti-immigrant views online and was inspired by another mosque attack. here is julia mcfarlane. >> reporter: tonight, police are investigating the attack on a norway mosque as an attempted terrorist attack. as new details emerge about the heroic bystanders who helped thwart a gunman when he opened fire at the al noor islamic center. >> he started to fire -- >> explaining how he grabbed the
gunman, throwing him so that the gun fell out of the suspect's hand. >> he was wearing this brown leather belt with a lot of bullets on it. he came very fully prepared. >> reporter: police describing the suspect as a white norwegian citizen, around 20 years old, he had expressed extreme right wing views, and "hostile attitudes" towards immigrants. authorities later visited his residence where they found his 17-year-old step-sister dead. he is now suspected in that death. there are reports that the suspect praised the gunman that killed people in new zealand in march. there is no doubt the swift and firm response of people inside stopped the aggressor and prevented more casualties. tom? the missing mother of three >> thank you. back here at home now to the hunt for a missing mother of three from sacramento. she was last seen three weeks ago last seen driving away in her quar.
police have found the car and they are looking for clues. tonight, we are hearing from family and friends. here is kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, a break in the case in the search for a married mother of three in california, missing for nearly a month. >> her children miss her terribly, and it's been a very painful thing for my family every day. >> reporter: police recovering 33-year-old heather gumina's black infiniti coupe, abandoned in el dorado county -- the same county where she lives and where she was last seen. the vehicle now being forensically processed for evidence. >> always loving her mom, always there and i just miss her. >> reporter: this, the first break in a mystery that's stumped investigators for weeks. investigators say gumina was released from the hospital july 15th, after being treated for a broken collarbone. the next day, police say she left her home in her car, and then vanished. her disappearance sending family, friends and community members on a desperate search through the vast area outside of sacramento. but turning up nothing. >> just imagine how distraught a mother can be looking for her missing child.
>> reporter: tonight, police are being very tight-lipped about the investigation. and whether or not they have any leads. tom? >> thank you. now to the neighborhood rocked by an explosion on what was supposed to be a quiet sunday morning. the powerful blast destroyed a home in wisconsin, killing one person inside. abc's marcy gonzalez with the details coming in. >> reporter: tonight, the theme once stood here leveled. emergency responders in wisconsin rushing to the scene. >> a fire and ambulance are requested to county highway and [ inaudible ] for a house that exploded. >> reporter: officials in the town of lebanon say that explosion around 8:45 this morning killed a man they believe was asleep inside the home. >> manawa ambulance and fire you are requested [ inaudible ] for a house that exploded. >> reporter: the blast so powerful, witnesses say it shook the entire neighborhood and sent debris flying hundreds of feet from the scene. right now, investigators out
there trying to figure out what led this to deadly explosion. tom? >> thank you. now to the severe weather and flash flood threat in the center of the country and heading east to start the week. heavy rain and flash flooding washing out roads in tucson, arizona, record rainfall swamping drivers in little rock, arkansas. and a funnel cloud part of severe storms in washington state. the storms stretching to the east coast by tuesday. and triple digit heat indexes scorch the south where rob marciano is live in florida in orlando. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the front that is on the move finally breaks sfwhch here it is on the radar. the tornado watches that are posted for billings, rapid city, and eastern parts of colorado, and goodland, kansas, and neb neb. a lot of activity and the cluster of forms in the rush hour, and the greatest threat will be central illinois and
irn. tuesday, eastern kentucky, d.c. and the mid-atlantic for damaging weather. the heat on for at least another day. heat advisory, tulsa, little rock, memphis. 110, 110 in dallas. the heat continues through midweek. tom? >> rob, thanks so much. there is more ahead on sunday. the accident caught on camera. and an eerie mystery involved in a dream home. and the letter watching. and a family in a tesla crashed on a highway. barely escaping the flames. what the driver is saying tonight. stay with us. bell rings) it's open! hey. this is amazing. with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, are you okay? even when i was there, i never knew when my symptoms would keep us apart. so i talked to my doctor about humira. i learned humira can help get, and keep uc under control
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tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, back in service. a transbay transit center's reopening months after shutting down when cracks were found in support beams. plus discrimination against the disabled? one woman shares her experience trying to use ride share with a service dog. waiting for a verdict in the deadly ghost ship warehouse trial. abc news at 6:00 starts now. >> now news to build a better bay area. >> ten months ago, the $2 billion transbay transit center was closed for safety reasons. today, things are moving again. good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. dion lim has the night off. some services have already resumed but today's reopening is the first time buses can come in
and out of the terminal. kate larson is live at the terminal right now with what the changes mean for you. kate? >> reporter: good evening, eric. the third floor bus deck is open. and it is sort of the last transportation component of the transit center that needed to reopen after it of course, closed last september. you'll remember this. six weeks after opening a worker discovered cracks in a steel beam in the transit center. the evacuated and then discovered another cracked beam the next day. it has been at least part of it has been closed ever since. this is a big deal to have the third floor bus deck reopen finally. take a look today for the first time in ten months, buses are running on the third floor bus deck. ac transit operates 26 transit lines from the bus deck, plus four early bird express lines for b.a.r.t. and sf muni has one like on the third f