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June 7, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER
With their red berets, red-and-white T-shirts and paramilitary demeanor, the New York City-spawned Guardian Angels arrived in Los Angeles nearly seven years ago amid a cascade of publicity. The band of mostly young male volunteers, the self-described "extra eyes and ears" for the police, has patrolled crime-ridden streets, on the lookout for criminal activity.
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July 26, 2004 | Nikki Usher, Times Staff Writer
They were wearing their trademark red berets, white shirts and combat boots. But on Hollywood Boulevard, amid the throngs of tourists and street performers impersonating Marilyn Monroe, Superman and Batman, they barely stood out. "I want a picture of you guys!" said Mike Cow, a tourist from San Diego. He turned to a bystander and added: "They're weird. I've never seen them before."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2004 | Nikki Usher, Times Staff Writer
They were wearing their trademark red berets, white shirts and combat boots. But on Hollywood Boulevard, amid the throngs of tourists and street performers impersonating Marilyn Monroe, Superman and Batman, they barely stood out. "I want a picture of you guys!" said Mike Cow, a tourist from San Diego. He turned to a bystander and added: "They're weird. I've never seen them before."
NEWS
July 20, 1997
Perhaps you've seen them on the streets in red berets and T-shirts that bear their insignia--a watchful eye and a pair of wings. They're the Guardian Angels, watching over communities worldwide. A new Venice chapter has begun sending out volunteer safety patrols--on foot, bicycle and roller-blade--to deter crime, gangs and drugs, and to serve as role models.
NEWS
August 17, 1987
A 15-car caravan of Guardian Angels left Los Angeles for Sacramento on a mission to persuade the state Legislature to adopt a law imposing a 25-year prison sentence on those convicted of highway or drive-by shootings. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the urban self-defense group, said the proposed law would exclude probation, parole or plea bargaining in such cases. Sliwa said the group gathered 100,000 names on petitions for the law and planned to present them today to state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1987 | MATHIS CHAZANOV and STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writers
Leaders of the Guardian Angels said Sunday that the self-styled crime fighters will think twice before appearing again at late-night disco parties like the one where two of their red-bereted members were shot during the weekend. "Sometimes you have to let those people take care of their own," said Sandra Hess, a coordinator for the group. "These disco groups attract a certain kind of element. From now on, any invitation to run by will be scrutinized more carefully."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994
Saying they have been inundated by calls from residents frightened by crime, the Guardian Angels this week returned to the San Fernando Valley, opening a local headquarters and launching patrols on Sepulveda Boulevard. The Angels set up shop in the Valley once before, in 1982, but pulled out three years later to consolidate operations in Hollywood.
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May 5, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
A 64-year-old Guardian Angel wants to establish a foot patrol to chase away the prostitutes and drug dealers who have permeated Sepulveda Boulevard for decades. The idea, said G.C. "Brodie" Broderson, is to ease some of the burden on motels and other businesses on the boulevard that were recently ordered by the city to hire security to rid their premises of prostitutes. In exchange, the Angels want a rent-free headquarters. So far, Broderson's efforts have not met with much success.
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August 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Guardian Angel shot to death last weekend killed himself playing Russian roulette with two other members, one of them 14, authorities in this Washington suburb said Friday. Police said Dorian Brown, 19, apparently initiated the game and was the first to pull the trigger on the .357 magnum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ivar Hawks Neighborhood Watch group recently invited the Guardian Angels into their Hollywood community to help fight crime. But for at least one evening this week, it was the street-wise vigilantes with the red berets who were the crime victims. Burglars--allegedly led by a former member of the group--broke into the Angels' Ivar Avenue headquarters Monday night and stole two two-way radios, battery chargers and clothes worth about $2,000, said Sergio Terrazas, head of the group's L.A.
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August 13, 1996 | MICHAEL STROH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 2 a.m., and four young Guardian Angels trot in tight formation through the deserted streets of a Tokyo neighborhood wearing combat boots, military fatigues and the group's trademark red berets. Suddenly, the screeching of wheels breaks the silence. Then--bang!--something explodes, and the jittery crime fighters dive for cover. Was that a gunshot? A bomb? Seconds later, after a few more sharp bursts accompanied by the titters of teenagers, the Angels relax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
At first they were called the Rock Brigade--a handful of guys who picked up rocks from the streets to beautify the Big Apple. A year later the movement went underground where they were known as the Magnificent 13 for sweeping crime from New York City subways. For the past 15 years they have been known as the Guardian Angels, recognized by their bright red berets and white T-shirts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994
Saying they have been inundated by calls from residents frightened by crime, the Guardian Angels this week returned to the San Fernando Valley, opening a local headquarters and launching patrols on Sepulveda Boulevard. The Angels set up shop in the Valley once before, in 1982, but pulled out three years later to consolidate operations in Hollywood.
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June 9, 1994 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying they have been inundated by calls from residents frightened by crime, the Guardian Angels on Wednesday returned to the San Fernando Valley, opening a local headquarters and launching patrols on Sepulveda Boulevard. "People are realizing there is just not going to be a police officer on every corner," said Guardian Angels Southern California director Weston Conwell. "The budget is just not there and the money is not going to be there."
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May 5, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
A 64-year-old Guardian Angel wants to establish a foot patrol to chase away the prostitutes and drug dealers who have permeated Sepulveda Boulevard for decades. The idea, said G.C. "Brodie" Broderson, is to ease some of the burden on motels and other businesses on the boulevard that were recently ordered by the city to hire security to rid their premises of prostitutes. In exchange, the Angels want a rent-free headquarters. So far, Broderson's efforts have not met with much success.
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March 22, 1993 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Guardian Angels on Sunday asked residents for help in identifying the killer of Glenn Doser, a member of the crime-fighting group who was murdered early Thursday morning in Hollywood. A spokesman for the group said the Guardian Angels have been keeping a vigil on Hollywood Boulevard between Mariposa and Alexandria avenues, the site of the murder, to pay respect to Doser and encourage people to come forward with information.
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June 22, 1990 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five members of the Guardian Angels were arrested Thursday in the alleged kidnap and assault of a would-be member whom they suspected of burglarizing their Hollywood offices, authorities said. When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies stopped a Volkswagen van at Imperial Highway and Firestone Boulevard in the Norwalk area early Thursday morning, they found the victim, Michael Hathaway, shirtless, with his head shaved and a handcuff dangling from his wrist.
NEWS
November 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday that he faked his 1980 kidnaping and five other exploits to help the Guardian Angels survive its early years as a volunteer crime-fighting group. "I was wrong, but we were in a sprint for survival," Sliwa said. "We were just little people trying to get recognition for doing good work. In a sense it was like being Don Quixote." But he admitted that the constant media attention played a part in the deception. "It became like an intoxicant, a narcotic," he said.
NEWS
June 20, 1992 | Associated Press
Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder who has said he made enemies after "13 years of busting lots of guys," was ambushed in a cab and shot Friday, authorities said. Sliwa was shot in both legs and lower abdomen, but survived after diving out a window of the cab and summoning help, authorities said. After a five-hour operation, Dr. Leon Pachter said he expected Sliwa to make a full recovery. Sliwa's wife, Lisa, and Mayor David N.
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