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no don't break it this is "nightline." tonight, carjacked. every 45 seconds, car thieves somewhere making a strike. our investigation reveals how these criminals choose their targets and the surprising ways you could be putting yourself at risk. deflategate. the new england patriots now responding to the firestorm of criticism for allegedly underinflating their footballs in a championship game against the colts. it's not their first cheating scandal and with accusations flying, this winning team has a lot to lose. and royal sex scandal. the snapshot a 17-year-old girl with prince andrew. and the picture it's painting is not pretty. tonight, new details emerging from the woman claiming she is a victim of sex trafficking and accusing some of the world's
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♪ ♪ ♪ turn around ♪ ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing really good around ♪ ♪ turn around ♪ ♪ every now and then i get a little bit tired ♪ ♪ of living off the taste of the air ♪ ♪ turn around, barry ♪ ♪ finally, i have a manly chocolatey snack ♪ ♪ and fiber so my wife won't give me any more flack ♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪ ♪ good evening. thanks for joining us. tonight the story of one courageous college student who died trying to protect his loved ones from thieves.
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it's the nightmare scenario for drivers, criminals targeting you while you're in your car. but there are ways to protect yourself. >> reporter: it was an act of heroism with a tranl i guess endingare reserve college sophomore bobby chrisman parked outside a nightclub with his little brother and friend jen when the unimaginable happened. >> great kid. everybody ka knew him happened. >> reporter: an attacker forcing open the door grabbing his friend jen's purse. bobby sitting in the front passenger seat tried to protect her and intervened. the suspect shot bobby in the head. tonight, police still looking for bobby's killer as his family mourns his loss. >> bobby's the bravest. he has the most courage. he's fearless. he's the hero. >> reporter: his friend jen lovingly praises bobby as her guardian angel, saying i love him so much for everything he did for me and sean that night. >> it's unfortunate that this case ended like this. >> reporter: yet veteran
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detectives like joe jackalone say while his actions were courageous, we can all learn lessons from the tragic outcome. >> dying for property is never the way to go. let it go and replace it. >> reporter: after 20 years with the nypd joe says he's learned most of us don't realize how vulnerable we are while approaching our cars. whether the crooks are after our wallets or the car itself. almost 700,000 cars were stolen in 2013. that's roughly one car every 45 seconds. >> anybody could be hiding from you. >> reporter: joe agreed to show us ways to be smart and stay alert. >> what mistakes do people make? >> just right now you could have both hands full. you don't have a way -- >> that's bad? >> you don't have a way to defend yourself if you had to. at least if you had one hand available or at the least your keys in your other hand ready to enter your car. >> i'm always fumbling for my keys. >> which is bad, especially at nighttime, dark area you're not paying attention to what's going on behind you and someone can
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easily attack you. >> reporter: your cell phone might be your biggest enemy. >> the phone is probably going to be the biggest distraction that people have. and it's probably the number one reason why people become victims of crimes. >> reporter: joe warns someone with their eyes on their phone might get between a car jacker and their target. >> as the technology has gotten better, cars are less likely to be stolen. especially high-end cars. and those are the ones thieves are targeting. if they can't steal one that's sitting in a parking lot they're going to take it when it's running. that's the problem. >> there is a big market for high-end cars? >> sure especially overseas. even if they keep it here they go to chop shops because the parts are worth more than the car itself. >> reporter: "grand theft auto" can have deadly consequences. dustin freeland was murdered in front of his wife in a parking lot of the short hills mall in new jersey just days before christmas 2013. targeted, say investigators, because he was driving a range rover. surveillance tape revealing freedland's alleged killers may have scouted the mall, hunting for the right car and the right
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victim. >> they were looking for a specific target a car that they wanted. so this place, it probably was a range recoverier. >> reporter: yuck see the suspect's dark suv three days before carjacking cruising the mall's parking lot. watch as it follows this white range rover right past the entrance and then, on the night dustin freedland was killed notice that same suv lurking in the lot before driving to the freedlands' car. minutes later, that suv speeding off with the freedlands' stole be range rover behind it. >> this was a group of guys not just one individual. you have to be mindful of, they're coming in threes and fours. >> reporter: it's not just people with snazzy cars at risk. turns out the most stolen cars are not luxury vehicles. number one, the practical honda accord. then the humble civic. followed by chevys and fords full-sized pickups. no matter how fancy your ride you can protect yourself by thinking the safest place to
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park. >> try to find a spot closest to the doors. look for where there's a lot of light. there's spots on our right, on our left. if possible what they call combat parking. >> what's that? >> combat parking, you see cars here, they back into the spot. so it's difficult, if you're an american, to drive backwards if you had to. >> reporter: being aware of surroundings might not be enough. last week this woman, increase sin increase sin was robbed in arlington while at the drive-up. the carjacker forced her into her own trunk. >> after he pulled out his gun he told me to get in the trunk. >> robbed at the wells fargo atm, put in the vehicle. >> reporter: her attack captured on surveillance tape. police say the suspect right there, looking directly at this security camera drove off. driving around for several hours with kristin trapped in the trunk. >> i thought maybe i'll have a chance of getting out of here.
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i found the unlock for the trunk on the inside. i popped it up. >> luckily because of things that happen like this in the past, manufacturers have made it easier for a person to get out of the trunk. years ago the cars, when you got into a trunk, there was no way of getting out. now there's levers inside. if you get stuck inside, all you have to do is move it. it glows in the dark. >> reporter: kristin managed to open her trunk and escape. joe says the next time you head to the atm, don't be paranoid just be prepared. >> have your atm card ready, take it out ahead of time. pull up as close as you can to the atm machine. because this also prevents somebody from being able to shied in between you. put your card in ready to go. use your rear-view mirror. make sure nobody's walking up to you. >> reporter: another tip, always leave your car in "drive." keep your foot on the brake. >> you're getting ready to get the money? it's coming. take the money. put it on the side. now here's what you're most vulnerable. the guy waiting for you is
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knowing you're ready to go. you still have to retrieve your atm card it's still in the machine. foot off the gas make sure you don't hit anybody who's walking, and you are gone. >> reporter: once you're on the road, remember carjacking is a crime of opportunity and criminals sometimes create those opportunities in order to grab your car with its engine on. if you're parked eded along the road inventive crooks have been known to use a trick using a 20 dollar bill on your windshield. >> some person sit in their car they're not looking up. they start their car, they're doing their thing, putting their seat belt on. they go, what's that? that looks like money. so they go, all right. oh, geez, money. now the car's running, mind you. they go like this. they go get the money off the windshield weiner. by the time it takes them to do that, they're already inside your car driving away. >> that's incredible. >> what most people try to do is get in the way, that's how you get run over. >> reporter: which goes to show
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did they or didn't they? it's the alleged cheating scandal launching a thousand headlines. deflategate. tonight the new england patriots are fighting back against accusations of unsportsmanlike
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conduct. did they deflate footballs during their championship game to gain a strategic advantage? with their coach coming under fire again, here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: it's the latest nfl scandal and it's dominating the airwaves. >> deflategate. >> deflategate. >> deflategate. >> reporter: from morning shows to talk radio, instead of talking about the super bowl all eyes are on the ball. this ball. and the claim that the patriots used underinflated footballs last weekend to help them win a crucial game. >> we're going to begin with that breaking news overnight. the so-called deflategate. nfl sources revealing to espn that the patriots did use underinflated footballs. >> reporter: sources telling our sister network espn this is the play that led to the discovery of what is being dubbed deflategate. this second-quarter play has led to many questioning the integrity of the afc champs. d'qwell jackson, a linebacker for the colts, intercepted a
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pass by tom brady and allegedly felt the ball was lighter than normal. but it turned out it wasn't just one ball in question. >> they probably don't know how they became underinflated but the fact that they were 11 out of the 12 balls discovered to be underinflated was certainly a big disappointment. >> reporter: nfl sources telling our sister network espn 11 of the 12 balls the team used to beat the indianapolis colts were inflated significantly below league requirements. and at the start of the third quarter, referees had the patriots' game balls reinflated to regulation size. but if they were in fact affecting the game was it too late? by this time the patriots were already winning by 10 points. >> the patriots were going to win that football game. they had the colts' number. and were the better football team. i don't believe the conditions of the footballs affected the outcome of that game whatsoever. >> reporter: but former nfl quarterback mark brunell says there are significant advantages to using a deflated ball. >> it really comes down to the
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grip of the football. with a deflated football it's easier to dig your fingers into the football. it's easier to dig your hand into the football and simply hold on to it. >> reporter: sources revealing to espn the balls were underinflated two pounds per square inch less than league standards, making them easier to grasp and catch. so what about the colts player who says i caught this during an interception, i ran with it, and i noticed something was wrong with the ball? >> i think it would be hard to do. maybe someone with that much strength and grip on the ball there's a possibility. but the difference is minimal. >> i would find it hard to believe that the officials in measuring the footballs measured them incorrectly. >> reporter: scott green, a recently retired nfl referee, explains to us the process before the game. >> each team will bring 12 balls and the home team is to provide some additional balls in case of bad weather. all of those balls are checked in the locker room ten minutes before the game. the ball boys pick them up. but during the game there is no
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one monitoring the balls. >> reporter: once the balls are handed off to the ball boys which are hired by the teams, not the league that's where some say the problem allegedly began. >> how the ball boys could manipulate the balls, you know they're pretty busy too, but presumably something in this situation did occur. >> reporter: but whoever did this, for scott, this was a first in his 23 years. >> i can't recall any time in my career where we had the balls brought into the locker ram and rechecked all the balls. >> reporter: both brady and belichick responding to the allegations on local radio shows. >> i think i've heard it all at this point. it's ridiculous. >> obviously whatever we need to do to cooperate with them we'll do. >> so you're not deflating footballs? >> can't imagine. >> reporter: in 2007 the nfl fined him for videotaping the jets' sideline defensive signals during a game so that they could have an advantage. while the patriots were fined
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$250,000 for spying belichick was ordered to pay $500,000 for his role in the scandal. >> it's over. and we're moving on. >> it's in the past. we're done with it. >> reporter: turns out they are far from done with controversy. the patriots are back again under scrutiny. and this time the public and their peers are divided. ex-49ers quarterback now football analyst, steve young, doesn't feel this is a big deal. >> this is one of those dumb things that really doesn't matter. bill belichick obviously looks for every angle. he does it from game to game. he does a great job finding out weaknesses and exploiting them. >> reporter: many feel belichick isn't playing fair. high school coaches across the country will now have to explain to their players why a team that many feel have cheated will get a chance to play in the super bowl. >> whoever made the decision to do that, it's taking away from
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what they did on the field and it's kind of become a distraction. >> reporter: just yesterday the nfl posted this picture on their instagram, a bunch of deflated super bowl footballs. what some critics are saying is symbolic of deflated expectations of an entire nation. for "nightline," i'm ryan smith in foxborough, massachusetts. up next, the alleged second trafficking victim making bombshell accusations against prince andrew. and what the royal family is saying about it. our eyes they have a 200-degree range of sight. which is good for me. hey! and bad for the barkley twins. your brain can send information to the rest of your body at 268 mph. three times the speed of a fastball. take care of your most important parts with centrum. multivitamins expertly designed with nutrients people don't get enough of from food alone. centrum.
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scandalous new details emerging tonight from a former prostitute who claims she was just 17 when she allegedly had sexual relations with prince an andrew andrew. >> reporter: tonight a royal mess. unfolding far from the gold-trimmed gates and courtyards of buckingham palace in the drab courtrooms of florida. tonight, this woman claiming she was trafficked as a teen going toe to toe with some of the world's most powerful men. in a just-posted 220-page court filing virginia roberts, seen here when she was 17 with prince andrew andrew, alleges in an affidavit she engaged in sexual activities with the queen's middle son. fergie fergie's ex-husband on three occasions. she knew him as andy she says. she says he correctly guessed her age when they met. prince andrew guessed 17. the age of consent in the uk is
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16. she claims to have been prostituted out to andrew by jeffrey epstein, a billionaire convicted in 2008 of soliciting a minor for prostitution. she claims epstein paid her $15,000 to be with the prince. and before that big night in 2001, epstein allegedly emphasized, whatever prince andrew wanted, i was to make sure he got, she says. buckingham palace has repeatedly denied prince andrew had any sexual contact with her saying tonight it has nothing further to add from its earlier comments strenuously denying the allegations. >> the palace don't usually comment on matters of their private life. in this case they didn't just hide behind a no comment. if they did it would look bad. >> reporter: but the court findings get specific. the public relations policemen for the people named in the affidavit, she's talking about number of times, she's talking about places she's saying there were other people there.
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and seeing that in the affidavit makes it that much more concrete. >> reporter: but sarah ferguson aka fergie she's come to prince andrew's defense. fergie told reporters, the york family are a tight unit. he is the greatest man there is." this picture of a 15-year-old virginia roberts was included in the filing. she claims she was also trafficked to many other powerful men. one of them including lawyer alan dershowitz who she alleges she had sex with on six occasions. dershowitz denied the allegations to me when they originally surfaced last month. >> you're saying at no time was it possible for you to have been alone with this young woman and have had sex with her? >> absolutely. the story is completely and totally made up. >> reporter: he even filed a motion to have her case thrown out. in the face of dur show withes's denials, roberts' claims under oath that he's lying by denying he had sex with me." tonight alan dershowitz doubling
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down. >> every single word in her affidavit about me is a deliberate and categorical lie. i don't know her. i was never with her. i never touched her. >> reporter: der show withes would later become the lawyer for jeffrey epstein, the approximately fair roberts says trafficked her to prince andrew and dershowitz. and it was dershowitz among others who negotiated epstein's plea deal shortly after epstein's release from jail. he was visited in new york by prince andrew. that's them strolling in central park. it wasn't long after that epstein allegedly helped sarah ferguson pay off some debts. >> in 1992 fergie and prince andrew split. queen elizabeth called it -- >> amicus >> reporter: matt gutman in miami. "world news now" coming up soon with overnight breaking news. tune into good morning america tomorrow. as always we're online at
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