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October 7, 2013
Gang beating of teen in Florida caught on video

The brutal beating of a teenage boy by several gang members on a porch in Daytona Beach, Fla., is caught by a surveillance camera.

August 4, 2013
Raw videos show chaos as driver plows into Venice Beach boardwalk crowd

Security camera footage caught beachgoers scrambling across the Venice Beach boardwalk on Saturday in an attempt to get away from a speeding car that killed one person and injured 11.

Read more: Police arrest suspect in deadly driving attack

This security video shows a young man parking a car next to the Venice Beach boardwalk. After walking around for several minutes, he gets back in and the car accelerates across a sidewalk, running down vendors and other people before fleeing.

July 19, 2013
Police photos show accused marathon bomber just before his capture

A Boston police photographer, incensed by Rolling Stone magazine's publication of its latest edition featuring a large picture of accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has provided photographs of the suspect just before his arrest. They are intense images, far from what Rolling Stone critics consider a glamorous representation of Tsarnaev. The photos appear in Boston Magazine.

July 17, 2013
Ohio judge reads Cleveland kidnapping suspect his rights

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, July 17, on an expanded indictment charging him with 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape, among other crimes. Here, the judge reads a sleepy-eyed Castro his rights.

July 9, 2013
Wife caught on video offering $50,000 to murder her husband

Julia Merfeld offers a hitman (actually an undercover Michigan police officer) $50,000 to kill her husband because, she says, it's easier than a divorce. The whole thing is on tape in this video from Time.

Time reports that Merfled pled guilty to solicitation of murder in June and is set to be sentenced on July 30, with a minimum of six years, according to WOOD TV 8 in Michigan.

April 11, 2013
Shop owner uses bat to fight off robber who is shooting at him

A Chicago shop owner used a bat to fight off a gunman who tried to rob his store. The thief shot at the shop owner nine times. The shop owner owner was only hit once. It was all caught on surveillance tape.

First the news report on the event, then the raw version.

Here's the raw tape of the incident.

April 3, 2013
Restored video: Martin Luther King Jr.'s killer apprehended, returned to Memphis

Newly restored video shows James Earl Ray, the man who murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., being returned to Memphis, Tenn. after his arrest, along with his interaction with authorities as he is read his rights and taken to jail.

April 2, 2013
Pastor tackles burglar, holds him for sheriff's deputies

Steve Kihlthau may be a pastor, but the events of the past week at his church off of Hammer Lane in Stockton required some action, he says.

March 28, 2013
Dumb-crook department: Redding man flubs break-in attempt

Redding police are looking for a suspect who, first, showed his face (and sweet, sweet trousers) to the security camera, then weak-armed a rock into the window before tripping over a parking obstacle, falling on his face then galumphing off into what can only be guessed is either oblivion or, more likely, eventual incarceration.

February 7, 2013
Fresno hitchhiker armed with hatchet stops crazed man attacking bystanders

The suspect, identified as Jett McBride, is being charged with attempted murder, battery and assault with a deadly weapon. McBride reportedly stands over six feet tall, and weighs over 300 pounds. And nobody describes the incident like hitchhiker Kai.

Here's the Fresno Bee story.

February 6, 2013
How the FBI ended Ala. bunker hostage situation

The FBI ended the standoff with Jimmy Lee Dykes, who was holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. As Mark Strassmann reports, agents exploited a supply delivery routine they developed over a week of negotiations.

Read a related story here.

December 8, 2012
Video released in NFL player murder-suicide

Police released video Friday night that shows officers finding Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher asleep in his car just hours before he killed his girlfriend and later shot himself.

December 5, 2012
Teen busted after showing off robbery loot on YouTube

A Nebraska 19-year-old lands behind bars after posting a YouTube video bragging about robbing a bank and showing off the cash. Jen Markham explains why the young woman probably should have changed her clothes before shooting the video.

Here's the full YouTube video she posted.

October 11, 2012
Been there, haven't done this: Woman sets vending machine ablaze after it eats her dollar

She sticks newspaper in the machine and sets it on fire. Of course, it gets caught on tape.

September 5, 2012
On the beat: 1) Naked Seattle man evades police in lake; 2) cop clings to roof of speeding vehicle

It's hard to catch a naked person. Seattle police have arrested a man accused of knocking a young brother and sister to the ground at a park, then stripping off his clothes and jumping naked into a nearby lake where he eluded police boats and divers for more than two hours. Here's the raw video:

Now something out of the movies. A tough cops clings to the roof of a speeding vehicle to make an arrest.

August 24, 2012
The Martini Shot: Fla. police collar car chase suspects in raw video

The Martini Shot is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot of the day before it's a wrap. Let's end the day with this:

Florida police ended a high speed chase through Miami-Dade county with what appears to be the capture of at least three suspects. There's nothing like a good car chase, especially when the bad guys get caught.

August 24, 2012
Graphic raw video: Victims outside Empire State Building shooting

Warning: Graphic elements in this video. Passersby try to help victims shot outside the Empire State Building on Friday.

August 8, 2012
Store owner takes on robber with broom, display rack

A convenience store owner in New Bedford, Mass., takes on a knife-wielding robber, first with a broomstick, and then with a display race in an incident caught on video tape.

About Video Break

David Caraccio is a Sacramento native and online news editor with over 23 years of journalism experience. A graduate of San Diego State University, he enjoys finding and viewing videos worth watching. Email: On Twitter: @DavidCaraccio. Phone: (916) 321-1125.

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