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May 14, 1993 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance residents, left jittery by a series of high-profile killings, had cause to relax a bit this week with the capture of an Oregon man in a brutal home invasion and slaying of a local data processor. The arrest of Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, in Oregon seemed to allay some of the fear that has swept parts of Torrance since the killing of Joseph Raymond Finzel last weekend.
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January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A $75,000 reward was offered Friday for information in the fatal shooting last year of an 80-year-old man in his Encino home, officials said.  The city of Los Angeles is offering $50,000 for information leading to the identity and arrest of suspects in the Sept. 19 killing of Harvey Cohen, 80. The victim's family added $25,000 to the reward. “Someone came into our home and murdered my 80-year-old defenseless husband. What kind of person would do such a thing?” Sandra Cohen said Friday in a news conference.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three gunmen held a household of five adults and 11 children hostage for hours in an apparent home invasion robbery that went awry late Wednesday, authorities said Thursday. A police SWAT team arrested Alfredo Venegas Ramos Jr., 22, of South Gate; Christian Raymond Arguello, 22, of Huntington Beach, and Sergio Meza, 22, of Maywood, at about 11 p.m. They were being held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping, kidnapping for robbery, and residential burglary, said Lt. Robert Gonzales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Four suspects have been arrested after a bizarre, early-morning home invasion in Lincoln Heights on Saturday that ended with a resident tying up two of the armed men. The suspects, armed with a shotgun and three handguns, allegedly entered a house on the 2600 block of Alta Street in Lincoln Heights, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. The resident, who was the only person home at the time, saw the suspects on a home surveillance system and called 911 about 2:40 a.m., she said.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A Hofstra University student being held hostage during a home invasion was shot dead and her captor was also killed as police arrived at the scene of the break-in early Friday, just two days before commencement ceremonies at the college on Long Island. Police in Nassau County were investigating who fired the shots that killed the 21-year-old captive, who was a junior at the university, and her captor.  The horror began unfolding at about 2:20 a.m., according to Inspector Kenneth Lack of the Nassau County Police Department.
OPINION
October 24, 2008
Re "Floored by code dispute," Oct. 18 I don't know anything about La Quinta. But, considering the violent crimes occurring everywhere, all the time, it's amazing that the city and its law enforcement contingent could spare the three inspectors and two police officers who barged into the Camargo home to prove that they were right about tearing down something that was put together more than 30 years ago -- before the present owner moved in. I didn't...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators have arrested a suspect in the months-old home invasion beating death of an 84-year-old woman, authorities said Thursday. Freddie Weston, 33, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder and residential burglary, according to the sheriff's department.  In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, deputies were dispatched to the home of Lorna Gable in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino after the woman had called 911 to report that there was a man in her house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A top Los Angeles County district attorney's official said prosecutors could have done a better job determining the bail of a suspected thief who, while out of custody, allegedly killed four people in a series of home invasion robberies. Asst. Dist. Atty. Jacquelyn Lacey described the case as a "prosecutor's nightmare" and said her office planned to encourage prosecutors to follow the court's recommended bail for defendants unless there is a good reason to allow them to stay free.
SPORTS
October 25, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC already had proved that it could win close games, on the road at no less than Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Trojans' midseason resume also included a rout at California. On Saturday against Oregon State, USC for the first time found itself in a shootout at home. With the help of tailback Allen Bradford and another big punt return from Damian Williams, the fourth-ranked Trojans outlasted Oregon State, 42-36, before 89,718 at the Coliseum. "This was a different game than we hoped to have," USC Coach Pete Carroll said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1991
Two armed men tied up two children and a housekeeper on Tuesday in a home invasion while the parents were away, police said. Police said the attack occurred at 3 p.m. in the 10700 block of Beacon Avenue. Police are seeking the robbers, who wore masks. They are described as Vietnamese men between 18 and 20 years old. Neither of the children, whose ages were not available, nor the housekeeper was injured.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Armed assailants posing as police officers forced their way into home in Diamond Bar on Sunday night, tied up the residents and fled, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded about 8:45 to a report of a home invasion  in the 400 block of Charmingdale Road, Lt. Edward Wells said. Wells said multiple suspects wearing police windbreakers entered the home, but he had no information about the victims or the whereabouts of the suspects. ALSO: At Paul Walker funeral, family and celebrities bid him farewell Crash on 60 Freeway leaves woman dead; DUI suspect arrested 14-year-old girl slain in Compton in possible gang-related shooting Julie.cart@latimes.com Twitter: @julie_cart
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police are looking for a 22-year-old man who disappeared Tuesday night while walking his dog, which returned to his South L.A. home dragging a bloody leash, the man's fiance said. Darwin Vela, 22, left his home in the 2900 block of South Redondo Boulevard about 9 p.m., police said. His fiance, Kelly McLaren, said she skipped their usual walk so she could shower. "When I came out, I heard the dog crying," McLaren said. "He was outside alone and Darwin wasn't there.
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November 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators have arrested a suspect in the months-old home invasion beating death of an 84-year-old woman, authorities said Thursday. Freddie Weston, 33, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder and residential burglary, according to the sheriff's department.  In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, deputies were dispatched to the home of Lorna Gable in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino after the woman had called 911 to report that there was a man in her house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
An elderly man was shot and killed early Thursday morning during a home invasion in upscale Encino, authorities said. The victim, believed to be in his 80s, confronted the suspect who had entered his home about 2:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of Andasol Avenue, Los Angles Police Department Officer Cleon Joseph said. The suspect then shot the victim. Police arrived shortly afterward and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
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September 18, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Georgia teen kidnapped from her home at gunpoint has been found alive and two suspects are in custody in connection with the case, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Police said 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez was found Wednesday in Conyers, about 25 miles from her home, where two gunmen allegedly broke in and abducted her after in an apparent home invasion. “This is a good day,” said County Police Chief Gregory Porter in a press conference. “She is safe.… She's in good health, and she's being evaluated as we speak.” More than 100 personnel had been involved in the search for Ayvani, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A man and a woman were beaten and robbed in their San Pedro home early Wednesday, authorities said. Two people entered the home in the 300 block of N. Mesa Street at about 2 a.m. and stole money and other items, according to Los Angeles police officials. The victims suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. A description of the robbers was not immediately available, with the investigation still in its early stages. It was L.A.'s second home-invasion robbery in as many days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1999
Three men and a woman forced their way into a North Hollywood residence Thursday night in what Los Angeles police called a home-invasion robbery. The attack, in which at least one of the suspects was armed, took place about 8 p.m. in the 4900 block of Placidia Avenue, according to LAPD spokesman Don Cox. Police said they could not immediately provide details on the invaders but said they got away in a stolen Ford Mustang. It was not clear late Thursday whether anyone was hurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A thief who police believe targets the homes of elderly Westside women struck again, slipping through the window of an 84-year-old woman's home. The burglary was reported about 3:20 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Pelham Avenue in West Los Angeles, said Los Angeles Police Officer Kate Lopez. The thief broke in through a kitchen window before fleeing with some property, she said. The resident was not injured, Lopez said. Investigators believe the thief is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and 25 to 35 years old, wearing dark clothing and gloves.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The new thriller "The Purge" imagines a compromised but revitalized American future in which a yearly night of government-sanctioned law-breaking - murder even - gives a brutal-minded national soul therapeutic catharsis. Or, more accurately, it conveniently rids the populace of undesirables who can't defend themselves as well as the moneyed classes. But that's an awfully big concept for the dreary exploitation slog that writer-director James DeMonaco serves up, a routine home invasion movie more interested in B-horror tropes and bloodletting than a thought-provoking look at "Hunger Games"-ish class warfare.
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