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that's "abc7 news" at 5:00. >> for all of us here at "abc7 is for all of us here at "abc7 tonight, the brewing storm threat and arctic blast. two systems are colliding just in time for new year's. a big chill is on the way. wind and snow alerts across the northwest and heads up for millions headed to a soggy times square. no end in sight. washington is shut for an eighth day. the halls of congress empty. no negotiations. and it seems, no way out. hiding a killer. friends and relatives suspected of helping him evade capture. the new arrest and what investigators are now saying. tinder date terror. the investigation. screams coming from inside a home. police arriving to see a man attacking his date with a knife. tasing him and what happened next.
saudi flees justice. a new call for the trump administration to confront saudi arabia over an exchange student accused of killing an oregon teenager in a deadly hit and run. the backlash after a black hotel guest is confronted with security. two workers have now by fired. what the hotel is now saying. good evening and thank you for joining us this saturday. i'm jonathan karl in for tom llamas. we begin with a storm threat, coming on the heels of record breaking rains in the south, you see the drone images of high water in georgia, and blowing snow on slick roads causing treacherous travel conditions in eastern new mexico and the texas panhandle. and now two systems team up to ring in a soggy new year in the northeast. rob marciano starts us off.
>> reporter: the new storm coming together and heading east, just as millions are digging out or drying out from a massive storm that prompted dozens of water rescues, like this one in north carolina. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: watch this suv being swallowed by flood water. its driver trapped inside after plunging head first into a retention pond. >> he's still in the car! >> reporter: a bystander jumping in to save him. the driver narrowly escaping through the rear window of the car. similar scenes in georgia. a half a foot of rain there forcing drivers to take their chances on flooded roads. first responders using a ladder to carry this stranded motorist to safety. that storm leaving six dead, tormenting the north with ice and snow. dumping up to a foot of snow on the dakotas and nearly two feet in minnesota. but in the southwest, that new system bringing blizzard conditions and dropping up to 30 inches of snow in new mexico. this camper overturning on its
side on a slick road as the system takes aim at the east coast. >> and rob joins us now with the forecast. rob, any silver lining out there for the millions coming to times square to ring in the new year? >> it will be a lot warmer than last year. one of the coldest new year's on record last year. this year, much milder. but the two systems, there they are. and portland, seattle, you are hit tonight. the left over from new mexico, over texas tomorrow with more rain there and through a saw. they combine in the day on monday, a mostly rain event. chicago, detroit, columbus, indianapolis, d.c. and baltimore in the evening and new york city, could be one of the mildest new year's eves on record. but also on the wet side. >> all right, rob, thank you. now to washington and the eerie quiet in the halls of congress, and the partial government shut down now in its 8th day. visitors were lining up today at
the smithsonian which will close its doors on january 2nd if there is no resolution. as some 380,000 federal employees are out of work and more than 400,000 are being asked to work without pay, the president and the democratic leaders are far apart and there is no resolution in sight. hire is abc's white house correspondent tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, on day eight of the government shutdown with no end in sight, negotiations at a standstill. the president tweeting, "i am in the white house waiting for the democrats to come on over and make a deal on border security." >> we're in this for the long haul. >> reporter: with congress out of town until the new year, 800,000 federal employees either working without pay or furloughed are bracing for the worst. new mom angela kabana says her husband is among 53,000 tsa employees at work with no paycheck. >> he's the sole bread winner. and we've got two young kids. and it's pretty scary not knowing when you are going to be paid. >> reporter: now she's battling with her credit card company to defer her payments. >> our income has gone to zero.
so i can't pay anything now. >> reporter: tourists feeling the shutdown too. the smithsonian museums are set to close on january 2nd. and national parks are seeing massive trash pileups and maintenance issues. >> i am proud to shutdown the government over border security. >> reporter: the showdown is over funding for the president's wall on the southern border where homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen has been examining detention centers. this is her motorcade in el paso, texas. her visit has been closed to the press. a filing published by "the arizona republic" paints a grim picture inside those centers where two children have died in the past month. one filing from august 2018 stated "the children would vomit on their clothing. and the officials would not give us new clothing. there was never enough soap to wash anything." another said, "my daughter was sick the whole time. she kept vomiting. i told an official that she was sick. he said, why did you come from
your country? they did not bring a doctor or any medicine." tonight, the president blaming the democrats for the deaths of those migrant children, tweeting, "their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. they can't. if we had a wall, they wouldn't even try." >> tara joins us now from the white house. there doesn't appear be serious negotiations going on. do you know, what is the last time the president even spoke to nancy pelosi or chuck schumer? >> the last time the president spoke to either of them was 18 days ago in the tense oval office argument over who would own the shutdown. and the white house is warning that this battle could continue for weeks. jon? >> thank you. now the police officer in california gunned down on a traffic stop on christmas night. officials say the suspected killer was trying to escape back to mexico, getting help from family and friends along the way. at least seven people have been
charged with helping him evade authorities. and more arrests might be coming. here is marcy gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, two more suspects behind bars, accused of helping this cop killer evade police. authorities in california find him more than two days after the alleged gun down the corporal in a traffic stop. killing the beloved officer just hours after his wife posted this photo on facebook of their family celebrating christmas. suspect surrendered wearing handcuffs. >> it was awful for it to happen. i want to thank you for working day and night. >> reporter: police say in all, seven people are in custody accused of assisting him evade police, including two of his
bloer brothers and a girlfriend. authorities telling abc news all of them as well as arriaga are in the u.s. illegally. >> this is an illegal criminal al yen with prior criminal activity. >> reporter: they say he had gang affiliations and two prior arrests for a dui and an open warrant for his arrest. thoughts say california laws kept law enforcement from reporting him to immigration officials. >> when you tie our hands and don't allow us to communicate to our federal partners about people who are in the country illegally, we will have problems like this. >> reporter: his wife and son and canine partner joining a crowd of thousands to bring the focus back to singh's life of service. >> he loved his friends. he loved his family. he loved his community. he loved this country. and he loved his job. >> reporter: tonight, more arrests are still possible. he is expected in court wednesday. jon? >> thank you. next to the developments in a criminal case involving an
exchange student from saudi arabia. one lawmaker is demanding the trump administration bring that student to justice. here is stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, a call for action after saudi national abdulrahman noorah fled the country before his trial for allegedly killing a teen girl. an oregon senator is now asking the trump administration for answers. in august 2016, 15-year-old fallon smart was crossing the street when she was hit by noorah's speeding car. her mother just a few feet away, >> i didn't tell her i loved her. >> reporter: noorah was later accused of manslaughter. his passport was confiscated and while awaiting trail, he was put on house arrest while the sa government paid his bond. federal investigators said in june of 2017 he cut off his ankle monitor bracelet and jumped in this awaiting suv.
captured by surveillance. "the oregonian" newspaper reports the feds believe noorah left the u.s. in a private plane with an illegal passport headed to saudi arabia with the help of saudi officials. the u.s. marshals office tells abc news they believe noorah is still there. in a recent letter addressed to the trump administration, senator ron wyden of oregon demands answers, writing, "these are shocking claims in any event. but with the barbaric murder of u.s. resident jamal khashoggi, they suggest a brazen pattern of disregard for the law and abuse of diplomatic privileges. adding these claims must be thoroughly investigated." wyden has given the administration until the end of january to respond. the smart family's attorney tonight is thanking police for their efforts and the saudi embassy has not commented. jon? a disturbing incident in an oregon hotel.
a black hotel guest confronted by security. now two workers have been fired. zachary kiesch has the story. >> reporter: tonight, the two double tree employees at the center of this viral video that sparked outrage out of a job. >> i was racially profiled. >> reporter: jermaine massey, a guest at the portland hotel, started recording when he says he was approached by hotel security, telling him he's loitering while he was on the phone with his mom. >> he is calling the cops on me. because i'm taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel. >> reporter: in the video, you can see him showing his room key. >> portland police will be here in a minute. >> thank you. call them. i'm waiting. they're coming why? why are they coming? >> to escort you off the property. >> because why, and i'm staying here? >> not anymore. >> reporter: massey telling abc news he thinks he was kicked out because of his race. >> when i left that hotel, i remember seeing the faces of the people in that lobby. and i felt like a criminal. >> reporter: tonight the double tree apologizing, tweeting the former employees' "actions were
inconsistent with our standards and values." >> these situations hurt people. >> reporter: the hotel telling abc news, the security guard and manager were fired following an internal review. and they are now working with an outside advisor to ensure this does not happen again, jon. >> thank you. we head overseas now to the attack on tourists at one of the wonders of the world. sightseers in egypt are back at the pyramids today despite a deadly roadside bomb that just killed three visitors from vietnam. they have taken out at least 40 militants in raids following the attacks. jennifer eccleston has more. >> reporter: tonight, terror crack down in egypt. security forces fighting back after a bomb tore through this tourist bus near the giza pyramids outside of cairo, killing three vietnamese tourists and a local guide on their way to a light show at the pyramids, friday night. 11 others, wounded.
the explosive device, crude and hidden in a wall, detonating as the bus drove by. there's been no claim of responsibility for the brazen attack. but, tonight, authorities releasing images of a raid on alleged terrorist hideouts, killing 40 militants. egyptian officials say they received a tip indicating the suspects were planning more deadly attacks. this attack another blow to that nations tourism industry still recovering from years of political instability and extremist violence. militants taking down a russian airliner killing hundreds in 2015. the bus bombing is the first deadly attack against foreigners in over a year. but egyptian officials are beefing up security amid fears of more violence, jon. >> thank you, jennifer. next to the last minute bid here at home to keep sears alive. once the nation's largest retailer and struggling to stay afloat. we learned today that chairman
eddie lampert is offering a $4.4 billion deal to keep sears in business and 50,000 employees on the payroll across the country. the outcome is up to a bankruptcy judge. there is more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. the stunning crash. a chopper near the world's longest zip line. the disaster caught on camera. the dramatic rescue. the officer trapped inside his cruiser as it catches fire. what happens just seconds later. and tinder date terror. screams coming from inside a home and what police found when they got there. stay with us. when we were dating, we used to get excited about things like concert tickets or a new snowboard. matt: whoo! whoo! jen: but that all changed when we bought a house. matt: voilà! jen: matt started turning into his dad. matt: mm. that's some good mulch. ♪ i'm awake.
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abc's erielle reshep has the story. >> reporter: tonight, shocking new details of a massachusetts tinder date turned terrifying. family of 24 year old veterinary assistant maegan tapley tell abc news she met 25 year old prolific youtube body builder eric stelzer on the dating app. >> what's up guys? erich stelzer here! >> reporter: the two ending up in stelzer's home where he allegedly began stabbing tapley in the face with a knife. her mother saying she tried desperately to escape through a door and a window. neighbors hearing screams, calling 911. officers forcing their way inside the bedroom where stelzer reportedly claimed he was god lice using sn ns on . stelzer four times to try im subdue h. the 6'7" body builder unresponsive soon after. he died at the hospital.
his father now demanding answers. >> he's my son. i want to find out what happened. >> reporter: tapley seriously injured, possibly losing an eye. the police chief commending officers for saving her life. >> no word on what led to the violent encounter. the three officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the d.a.'s investigation. we have reached out to tinder for comment, so far, no comment. >> thank you. when we come back, the urgent warning from a major american airport. if you are traveling this christmas, you want to hear this. i have to wear a giant hot dog suit. what? where's that coming from? i don't know. i started my 401k early, i diversified... i'm not a big spender. sounds like you're doing a lot. but i still feel like i'm not gonna have enough for retirement. like there's something else i should be doing. with the right conversation, you might find you're doing okay. so, no hot dog suit? not unless you want to. no. schedule a complimentary goal planning session today with td ameritrade®.
time now for the index. and the fiery car rescue in north philadelphia. take a look at this. a police officer crashed against a bridge, trapped in his own cruiser when it goes up in flames. one bystander catching it on camera. >> yo, the car's on fire! get him out. get him out! >> fire. >> fellow officers rush in and seconds later -- pulling him to safety just in time. turning overseas, a rescue helicopter crashing down in the united arab emirates. diving in a tail spin and bursting in flames, right near
the world's longest zip line. all four crew members on board killed. the crash is under investigation. back home, an urgent warning in a major airport. if you passed through newark airport this christmas eve, you may have been exposed to measles. authorities say that someone arriving from brussels was infected with that extremely contagio contagious disease. they urge everyone who isn't vaccinated to get checked. when we come back, get ready for tomatoes. rotten tomatoes. and critics are calling it perhaps the worst movie ever made.
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finally tonight, it's been a blockbuster year at the box office. but this movie is getting talked about for a different reason. >> reporter: fueled by massive hits like "black panther" and "avengers," 2018 is on track to be top grossing movie year ever, over $11 billion in the u.s. alone. "enter holmes and watson," a new comedy just hit theaters and has been panned so thoroughly, it might just be the worst movie ever. the movie features comedy-duo will ferrell and john reilly in a sherlock holmes parody. for a while, it scored a zero v look. an epic pile of cinematic disgrace. an insult to both sherlock holmes and christmas. and it's not as bad as they say. it's worse. could it be that bad? we went to theater today to ask people who just watched it. >> it was terrible. it was so bad.
>> reporter: it's not for lack of talent. ferrell and reilly have struck comedy gold before in "step brothers." in "talladega nights." but now they may claim a piece of movie history, a film to rival such famed bombs as john travolta's "gotti," j lo and ben affleck in "gigli." and remember "glitter"? we didn't either. but as ron burgundy surely would know -- >> i'm kind of a big deal. people know me. >> reporter: being mediocre is easy. the absolute worst? that's immortality. the only real mystery in the spoof, who thought any of this was funny? it can't be that bad. thanks for watching. i'm jonathan karl in new york. i will see you tomorrow night. have great evening. good night. atching. i'm jonathan karl in new york. i will see you tomorrow night. have great evening. good night.
tonight on abc news at 6:00, captured, the manhunt for a san quentin prisoner is over. they saw him moments before officers swore him down. >> a woman with bay area ties takes in a tie to an accused killer. the mom is explaining the choice. >> and then there were three. two college foot ball super fans booted tonight from atop a san jose billboard. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> right away let's get to those new developments in the search for that escaped inmate men doze is is now headed behind bars. police say a tip to the public led to his arrest. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm dion lim. >> i'm eric thomas. the search for mendoza began wednesday after he walked away from a san quentin work crew.
he car jacked a woman in nearby san rafael. >> the car was spotted some 190 miles away from the central coast city of paso robles with the sighting reported yesterday in san miguel before he was captured back in paso robles. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard has a look at how police caught up with mendoza. >> reporter: >> i went to my table i was sitting at and i recognized this gentleman who had a tattoo right above his eyebrow. >> reporter: crystal thought the man having lunch inside this taco bell in paso robles looked strangely familiar. she had no clue how close she prison escapee. >> there is a booth i was sitting in and he was in this booth. >> reporter: minutes later police came in and arrested 21-year-old san quentin escapee, shalom mendoza. >> he said his name was andrew. an officer goes, no, i know your name is not andrew. don't thereby me about your