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November 17, 2000
Police are looking for two suspected gang members thought to be part of a group that crashed a Halloween party in Tustin and attacked partygoers with clubs and hammers before pulling out handguns and firing into the crowd, authorities said. Chuong Nguyen, 20, of Aliso Viejo, and Paul Nguyen, 19, of Tustin, are sought on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attacks, police said. No serious injuries were reported in the Oct. 31 incident.
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November 7, 2000 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A La Habra man who doused his wife with gasoline and set her on fire was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Monday. Guy Leslie Baker, 46, was convicted in September of arson and torture after the Feb. 17 attack in the family's La Habra apartment. Jasmine Espinoza Baker, 37, was left with permanent scars from second- and third-degree burns on her neck, arms and hands. The victim's 62-year-old mother was also injured while trying to put out the blaze.
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October 27, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police have arrested a Buena Park man on suspicion of severely beating another player over a foul call during a pickup basketball game at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center, authorities said. Willis Ray Williams, 39, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home, said Fountain Valley police Sgt. Jim Perry. Williams was booked on one count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily harm. Police accuse him of smashing his fist without warning into player James Hundley's face on Oct. 8.
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October 23, 2000 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A bicyclist was injured in Seal Beach when he was hit by a pumpkin thrown from the window of a moving car, authorities said Sunday. Peter Prado, 40, of Bellflower was hit on the leg by a pumpkin about the size of a grapefruit as he rode south on Seal Beach Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Prado was knocked off his bicycle near the Seal Beach police station and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Prado never saw the assailant's car, Seal Beach Police Cpl. Raul Ahumada said.
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October 20, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men suspected in a string of violent robberies in which victims were kicked, beaten and, in one case, left for dead in a dumpster have been arrested, police announced Thursday. Police said they tracked down the men using fingerprints and a cache of lottery tickets they stole and later tried to redeem.
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October 16, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mentally ill man was arrested in the death of his brother's neighbor in Santa Ana after an apparently unprovoked stabbing early Sunday. The victim, 34-year-old Ignacio Pillado Ortega, had no warning before the butcher knife-wielding attacker shattered the glass of the front door in the 2200 block of South Towner Street and charged into the living room, said Santa Ana Police Sgt. Raul Luna. The assailant repeatedly stabbed Ortega, leaving the victim to die on the floor, Luna said.
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October 14, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A pickup basketball game at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center turned violent when one player severely beat another over a disputed foul call, police said Friday. James Hundley, 36, of Garden Grove suffered a skull fracture that may result in permanent brain damage when he was punched by another man, said Fountain Valley police spokesman Sgt. Jim Perry. The man remains at large. "It's totally senseless," Perry said. "This all stems from a basketball game." The beating occurred about 1 p.m.
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October 14, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge sentenced two members of a "bully" gang that targeted an affluent area of south Orange County to two years in prison Friday for a 1998 stabbing, paving the way for their release from jail. Kurtis Pinedo of Laguna Hills and Steven Crader of Aliso Viejo, both 18, were among five youths convicted of attempted murder for a knife-and-bottle assault. Judge Robert R.
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October 14, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge sentenced two members of a "bully" gang that targeted an affluent area of South County to two years in prison Friday for a 1998 stabbing, paving the way for their release from jail. Kurtis Pinedo of Laguna Hills and Steven Crader of Aliso Viejo, both 18, were among five youths from the "Slick 50s" group convicted of attempted murder for a knife-and-bottle assault. Judge Robert R.
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