tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC September 15, 2016 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
thank you for all of us here. we'll see you again in half an hour. >> bye-bye. tonight, breaking news. the scare here in new york city a short time ago involving police officers. the suspect with a meat cleaver. police rush to the scene. officers injured. gunshots fired. and we are on the scene. also breaking, the massive recall just in tonight. the smartphones now officially recalled because of fires. and the concern over those phones on planes and subways. hillary clinton, back on the trail, and what she says tonight about her absence. and taking aim at donald trump, after that moment at a flint church, when the pastor stops him. meanwhile, trump tonight, and the full interview with dr. oz. what trump now reveals. police investigating a possible serial killer, and tonight here, the 911 call. the woman inside the home. the suspect inside, too. and the stunning scene. workers running for cover as a
team of bandits smashes through everything. millions gone in seconds. good evening. and we begin tonight with those breaking developments, an alarming scene playing out during rush hour, right here in new york city. police spotting the suspect, a man with a meat cleaver. as they respond, it turns dangerous. gunfire erupting. authorities saying at least two officers injured. and we are just now hearing from eyewitnesses. abc's gio benitez is in midtown manhattan, and he leads us off. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. just look behind me, very much an active crime scene near midtown manhattan. and you said it, that unusual weapon tonight, a meat cleaver. tonight, that terrifying scene in the heart of new york city's tourist midtown area, leaving two officers injured. three officers injured. police swarming to this area just after 5:00 p.m. during rush hour. sirens blaring. >> the suspect identified as
akram, joudah. >> reporter: after that suspect, armed with a meat cleaver, was seen on 32nd street, just blocks from penn station. officers telling a man to drop a weapon. the officers first discharging their tasers, then opening fire. the suspect struck. the police surrounding this ambulance and placing someone on a stretcher. the aerials show a usually bustling street brought to a total standstill. tourists, commuters stopped by police barricades on all sides while officers investigate. one officer suffering a laceration to the head, another officer grazed. three officers were taken to the hospital, and are expected to be okay. tonight, the suspect was also taken to the hospital, and we've learned he is in critical condition. >> let's get back live to gio benitez live in new york. and we're learning more about the suspect's record? >> reporter: that's right, david. we know that he's been arrested at least a dozen times, but no
doubt, this is just the start of this investigation, david. >> all right, gio benitez leading us off with the breaking news in midtown manhattan. that suspect, taken down by police. to the other breaking headline late today, growing concerns over smartphones, and their batteries catching fire. tonight, we have now learned samsung is giving in. there is now officially a recall. nearly 100 reports of galaxy not 7s overheating. some even catching fire. authorities say the problem has been traced to its battery. so, what now, if you have one of those phones? and the concern for everyone else, if those phones are brought on planes or the subway, if people ignore the recall? here's abc's david kerley tonight. >> reporter: tonight, after nearly 100 exploding or burning phones in the u.s. alone -- >> it sounded like it burst and then there was smoke everywhere. >> reporter: -- samsung, which for two weeks tried to handle the problem on its own, made a deal with the u.s. government. >> today, we are announcing the official recall. >> reporter: nearly a million phones in the u.s. are affected, after 92 reports of overheating,
26 people burned, 55 pieces of property damaged, including cars and a garage. as part of the official recall, samsung has now agreed to offer a refund, after first offering only an exchange. only 130,000 of the note 7s in the u.s. have been exchanged, which means there are more than 800,000 still in circulation. and tonight, the federal government, worried about dangerous lithium ion batteries on aircraft, says that the only way one can be taken aboard is if it is shut off, disconnected from a charger. but airlines could decide to ban them entirely, and subway systems are warning against them, too. samsung says it was only the note 7 with a defective battery, but reports of other galaxy phones overheating, smoking and burning will now be investigated, too. but the company was adamant that the batteries are only in the note 7. >> we'll see. i hope they're right, but we'll see. >> reporter: the south korean company apologized in major newspapers earlier this week in south korea. tonight, the american subsidiary
provided a prepared statement. >> we did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve. for that, we apologize. >> reporter: samsung also providing pictures of it shipping new phones, which it says will be available in stores next wednesday. >> david kerley has been covering this from the start, and david, the big change today, consumers now have a choice, instead of waiting for a replacement, they can now get a refund? >> reporter: that was key for the consumer product safety commission, that people could go in, you could take one of these old notes in tonight, get a refund, get your money back, wait until the new one shows up and go buy it if you want to, david. >> david kerley on the case again tonight. david, thanks. we turn now to the race for president. hillary clinton, back on the campaign trail, coming out to the james brown song "i feel good." clinton taking the stage in north carolina, and what she revealed today about what she's not good at. and clinton knows full well, this race in recent days has tightened dramatically. a new national poll out just as
we come on tonight showing clinton up by just one point, 41/40, within the margin of error. and our cecilia vega, asking clinton tonight about a race where she had the lead, now a dead heat. ♪ i feel good >> reporter: her first appearance back on the campaign trail today, and hillary clinton walked out to that new song. ♪ i feel good >> reporter: james brown's "i feel good." just about every move she made today -- >> good morning! >> reporter: designed to show just how good she's feeling. before she boarded her plane bound for north carolina -- >> thank you! >> reporter: a smile and a thumb's up. onboard? >> hey, guys. hi. welcome back to stronger together. >> reporter: in north carolina, clinton telling supporters, she's glad to be back. >> it turns out, having a few days to myself was actually a gift.
i did some thinking. you know, the campaign trail doesn't really encourage reflection. >> reporter: the race clinton returns to, tighter than ever. when you were home reflecting over these last three days, i wonder if you did any soul searching about these new poll numbers that show this race tightening. >> i've always said that this was going to be a tight race. i feel like we are in a strong position going into these last weeks. what matters is who registers to vote and who is motivated and mobilized to turn out to vote. >> reporter: she never mentioned donald trump by name. she didn't have to. >> my opponent keeps running us down, saying we're weak, a disaster, an embarrassment. >> reporter: but she admits, campaigning is not her strength. >> when it comes to public service, i'm better at the service part than the public part. now, i confess, i'll never be the showman my opponent is. and that's okay with me. >> cecilia vega with us tonight from greensboro, north carolina,
and cecilia, we all know that important first debate, the crucial debate, just 11 days now. we heard you ask clinton about the polls. i gather she spent some time in her downtime preparing for that debate? >> reporter: she did. she's honing that message for the debate, david, and her aides say that she is not looking to go into that debate ready to provoke donald trump, she wants the rest of this campaign to be less about him, less about fighting. david? >> all right, cecilia vega, we'll see. 11 days from now. hillary clinton saying in her words today, as you heard there, she is not a showman like donald trump, taking aim at trump's appearance on "dr. oz." so, what did we learn from trump today in that tv moment? and trump with words tonight about that flint, michigan, pastor who stopped him in the middle of an attack on hillary clinton. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: today, we're learning new details about donald trump's health, something he turned into a made for tv moment. trump's campaign releasing a one-page letter with the results of his latest physical.
dr. harold bornstein, who once described trump's health as "astonishingly excellent," leaving out the superlatives this time, describing trump's health as, quote, "normal." but according to lab results, trump is overweight. >> do your doctors or family ever give you a hard time about your weight? >> yeah. i think i could lose a little weight. i've always been a little bit this way. you know? i've sort of always been that. >> reporter: his primary exercise? >> well, it's a lot of work when i'm speaking in front of 15,000, 20,000 people, and i'm up there, using a lot of motion. a lot of times, these rooms are very hot, like saunas. and i guess that's a form of exercise. >> reporter: and trump says when he looks in the mirror, he doesn't feel 70. >> i would say i see a person that's 35 years old. no, i mean -- i feel the same. i feel the same. you know, tom brady's a friend of mine, we play golf, and i'm with him, and i feel the same age as him. it's crazy. >> reporter: trump's positive talk show checkup, a stark contrast to his reception at a church in flint, michigan.
the candidate put in a political time-out by reverend faith timmons-green as he attacked hillary clinton. >> everything she touched didn't work out. nothing. now hillary clinton -- >> mr. trump, i invited you here to thank us for what we've done in flint, not give a political speech. >> okay. that's good. then i'm going to go back onto flint, okay. >> reporter: today, trump lashing out at the reverend. >> she was so nervous. she was like a nervous mess. >> reporter: the republican nominee describes walking into a trap. >> something was up. when she got up to introduce me, she was so nervous, she was shaking. and i said, "wow, this is sort of strange." and then, she came up. so, she had that in mind. no question about it. >> reporter: on facebook, reverend green-timmons posting this message -- "had he stuck to what his camp claimed he came to do, we would not have had a problem." tonight, clinton sounding off. >> reverend faith green-timmons is not a nervous mess, she is a rock for her community in trying times. >> reporter: and tonight,
another trump under fire. the candidate's son, don jr., facing criticism for this attack on the media. >> they've let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every dnc game trying to get bernie sanders out of this thing. if republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now. >> and tom llamas live tonight from outside trump tower. those comments right there making headlines, tom? >> reporter: david, the anti-defamation league tweeting to donald trump jr., writing, "we hope you understand the sensitivity and hurt of making holocaust jokes." tonight, the trump campaign responding, saying trump was not talking about the holocaust, he was clearly referring to capital punishment. david? >> tom llamas with us again tonight. tom, thanks. as always. and one more headline in the race for president. tonight, republican house speaker paul ryan putting pressure of his own on donald trump to release his taxes. ryan was asked about it today, answering, he released his taxes, adding, he thinks trump should, too. but speaker ryan did say, he
knows trump is being audited. ryan saying the timing of any release is up to trump. next, to that desperate call for help from a woman being held captive. she had managed to untie herself, and then call 911 as her captor slept beside her. when police finally arrived, they arrested her abductor, but they also found the bodies of two other women. they say he then led them to a third. and tonight, police are now investigating whether they have a serial killer on their hands. abc's mara schiavocampo with the chilling call for help. >> reporter: tonight, a cry for help -- >> i've been abducted. >> reporter: through a whisper. >> are you tied up now? >> yeah, but i kind of freed myself. >> reporter: an ohio woman calling 911, saying she's been kidnapped by this man, 40-year-old shawn grate, a possible serial killer. and was trapped in an abandoned home, whispering so she wouldn't wake her captor, who was in the same room, sleeping. >> does he have a weapon? >> he's got a taser.
>> if you think you can get out, you need to get out. >> not unless they were right here. he would hear me, catch me and he's strong. >> reporter: when officers arrive, they rescue the woman. >> where is he? >> that's him sleeping. >> he's still sleeping? >> reporter: police discovered two bodies in the house. one identified as 43-year-old stacey stanley. >> this guy that did this to her, and to these other women -- he's a monster. >> reporter: grate was taken into custody and officials say he later led them to a third body behind this burned-out home. now, grate is charged with kidnapping and murder. officials say that more charges could be added as the investigation unfolds. david? >> thank you, mara. and in columbus, ohio, tonight, police responding to a reported armed robbery, confronting three teens, one of them reportedly drawing what looked like a gun. an officer firing his own weapon and killing him. the boy was 13, and his weapon, according to the police chief now, turned out to be a bb gun. abc's alex perez is in columbus.
>> reporter: tonight, in columbus, ohio, growing questions surrounding the police shooting death of 13-year-old tyre king. it all started with a 911 call for an armed robbery. >> this man just had a gun on this white dude on the street. >> reporter: when officers respond, the suspects, including the 13-year-old, police say, take off. >> they may be trying to cut through one of the side street, which would be oak street. >> reporter: with police on the chase, authorities say the teenager pulled a gun from his waistband. that's when officer bryan mason fired his weapon, killing him. >> oh, he's shooting him. oh, my god. >> reporter: afterwards, police discovering the weapon the teen was carrying was a bb gun like this, but with a laser sight. >> as you can see, it looks like a firearm that could kill you. >> reporter: the case, similar to the incident two years ago, when an officer at this cleveland park shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice, seconds after arriving on the scene. investigators later determined rice was carrying a realistic
looking pellet gun. and david, back here in columbus the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. none of the officers that chased the 13-year-old boy down this alley were wearing body cameras. attorneys for the boy's family now calling for an independent investigation. david? >> alex perez reporting in for us. alex, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the school bus and the tractor trailer, and the stunning road rage. the bus driver trying to pass the tractor trailer here, both drivers, authorities say, then engaging with one another. what's now happened tonight, and the outrage. you'll see the pictures coming up. also, the workers running for cover when a team of bandits smashes its way through this mall store, making off with millions in just seconds. and later tonight, we needed this tonight. america strong. the outpouring from so many of you at home after the story we reported on earlier this week. what's now happened with that ice pop vendor who has made children smile for generations.
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next tonight here, millions of dollars in jewels gone in a matter of seconds. masked men smashing their way through a store in a texas mall. employees taking cover. and authorities believe they have struck before. abc's phillip mena is in texas. >> reporter: it happens in an instant. the calm of this houston jewelry store turns to chaos, when thieves dressed in all black with hoodies rush the store, using hammers to shatter the glass cases filled with expensive jewelry. in broad daylight, the four
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he can't play, he has cerebral palsy. when the time comes to crown the homecoming king, the crown goes to the quarterback, but the new king abdicates, crowning k.l. instead. >> that is so cute! >> it was absolutely, absolutely terrific. >> i think it should have gone to the person who positively uplifts the school and everybody around him the most, and that person's k.l. for sure. >> reporter: it takes a great quarterback to know when to pass. and a receiver to bring it home. >> we salute both of them. that's high school royalty. i'm david muir. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.