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January 9, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first thing Mitchell Hirai did when he finally made his way home was to take a shower. The second was to mix a vodka and tonic. He had endured a terrifying 1,000-mile, mad-dash ride with a mailman who was in the midst of what police described as a whirlwind rampage of rapes, armed robberies and carjackings. The 65-year-old retired sheet-metal worker was swept into a cloud of criminal activity early Saturday as he padded out of his Gardena house in his bedroom slippers to buy a newspaper.
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December 4, 1996
A Burbank teenager is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of carjacking Vice Mayor Bob Kramer's daughter at gunpoint outside the family home last month, police said Tuesday. Steven Navarro, 19, of N. Maple Street, was being held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment in Burbank Municipal Court, said Police Lt. Larry Koch. Koch said Navarro was accused of pointing a gun at Julie Kramer, 22, and then stealing her new Honda Civic, a purse, jewelry and about $70 at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3.
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July 31, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the "Huck Finn Bandit" or "Bicycle Bandit" who committed 21 bank robberies in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of the Los Angeles area, authorities said. James Arthur Pugh was taken into custody at a North Hollywood motel about 10 a.m., said Lt. James Razukas of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division.
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July 31, 1996
A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the "Huck Finn Bandit" or "Bicycle Bandit" who committed 21 bank robberies in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of the Los Angeles area, authorities said. James Arthur Pugh was taken into custody at a North Hollywood motel about 10 a.m., said Lt. James Razukas of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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July 25, 1996
A noontime chase that began in Burbank ended with an arrest in an industrial area of Carson, police said Wednesday. Burbank police responding to reports of a man using an invalid credit card at an Office Depot store, arrived to see Hai Tan Tran, 46, of Long Beach, drive away in an allegedly stolen car, almost hitting several pedestrians as he fled, Police Lt. Larry Koch said.
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June 5, 1996 | JOHN M. GONZALES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three men who broke into a car at a shopping center in Westlake Village on Tuesday were trailed by police cruisers and a helicopter until they were arrested at an intersection in Canoga Park, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. The suspects appeared to realize they were being followed but made no attempt to escape, said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Santander. "They did not want to play their hand and neither did we," Santander said.
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April 21, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK
Dave Wilder, who was fired Thursday as Westlake High baseball coach for misstating his employment history, has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft property, police said Saturday. Wilder, 53, was being held Saturday night at L.A. County Men's Central Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arrested by district attorney investigators. A warrant for Wilder's arrest had been outstanding since April 1994, according to court records.
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April 12, 1996
The Alhambra Police Department became the latest law enforcement agency to become embroiled in the debate over high-speed pursuits Wednesday after one of its patrol cars crashed on a Baldwin Park off-ramp as officers chased a stolen vehicle on the San Bernardino Freeway. The officer lost control of his vehicle and slid into a guardrail on an off-ramp of eastbound Interstate 10 about 2 p.m., said Alhambra police Sgt. Dennis Hamby. He was not hurt.
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April 6, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 46-year-old Toluca Lake man was ordered Friday to stand trial in the slaying of a car burglar shot in the back while fleeing. If convicted, Daniel Bernard McDonald could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison for the Dec. 7 shooting death of Henry Lemus, 23. Outside court, McDonald complained that car burglary remains a problem at his apartment complex five months after he allegedly fatally shot Lemus.
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February 15, 1996 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gunman hijacked a car from a woman at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Wednesday, then eluded a force of Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles police searching the 400-acre cemetery. An unidentified woman notified Forest Lawn administrators that her 1993 Lexus had been stolen at gunpoint around 3:45 p.m. The only exit gates were immediately closed, police said.
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