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February 25, 1994 | ELAINE TASSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities summoned deputies to Juvenile Hall early Wednesday to confront a teen-ager who apparently had taken another inmate hostage, officials said Thursday. After a four-hour standoff--during which the youth demanded hamburgers for himself, the apparent hostage and another inmate--he surrendered. No one was hurt and the fast-food delivery was never made. Authorities suggested the incident may have been a prank, with one of the inmates playing the role of hostage.
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April 22, 2001 | JACK LEONARD
A man fleeing police over a minor traffic violation burst into a Huntington Beach home Saturday night and took a couple hostage for more than an hour before escaping into the night, authorities said. Robert Darling, 41, is suspected of holding the couple prisoner as police officers nearby unsuccessfully scoured the neighborhood for him, said Huntington Beach police Lt. JB Hume. No one was hurt in the ordeal, he said. Officers first tried to stop Darling's car around 5:30 p.m.
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November 25, 1998 | NANCY WRIDE and GREG HERNANDEZ and MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For nearly a decade, Michael P. Generakos had raised his children as a single father, tailoring his life to their needs. But for all his effort to build a stable world for his son and daughter, he seemed to be losing a grip on his own. By Monday, he apparently felt he had lost everything dear to him, everything he had worked years to protect. He had changed teaching jobs repeatedly to accommodate his children's school needs, scrimping by at times.
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September 7, 2000 | MONTE MORIN and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A harried and tearful gunman who said he was desperate to repay student loans held more than 20 people hostage inside a Westminster bank Wednesday before surrendering to police, according to witnesses and authorities. The incident was the most dramatic of three bank robberies across Orange County on Wednesday and was the fifth in two days.
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April 19, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 9-year-old boy was grabbed from an Orange County school playground by a woman with a gun and held hostage for about 20 minutes Wednesday before he calmly negotiated his own release, authorities said. Police arrested Sheila Faye Reed, 30, of Yorba Linda, who had walked onto the campus of Van Buren Elementary School in Placentia and grabbed the youngster as he played catch with a friend.
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May 5, 1989
A Yorba Linda man claiming to have AIDS and with "nothing to lose" was arrested after a tense standoff at a Dana Point bank where he took three people hostage at knifepoint during a foiled robbery, authorities said. David Clyde Sweeton, 34, a salesman who recently moved to Yorba Linda from San Juan Capistrano, surrendered to FBI agents and Orange County sheriff's deputies after the 30-minute incident at a First Interstate Bank branch, officials said. His hostages, two female employees and a female customer, were released shaken but unharmed, an FBI official said.
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January 1, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a dramatic New Year's Eve standoff, police SWAT teams and bomb squads late Tuesday rescued 29 Bank of America employees and customers held hostage for 6 1/2 hours after a botched robbery. The strange, televised drama began about 4 p.m. and intensified about 8:45 when a bare-chested man--thought to be a suspect but later described by a fellow hostage as "an idiot who endangered our lives" by confusing police--emerged from the bank with his hands high.
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October 11, 1989 | DAN WEIKEL
Cordell L. Robb, the Loara High School student accused of shooting a boy in the face and holding a drama class hostage, was deemed too dangerous to release Tuesday and will remain in Orange County Juvenile Hall during his criminal case. At a hearing to determine whether Robb should be turned over to his parents, Juvenile Court Judge C. Robert Jameson ruled that the 15-year-old represented a threat to himself and others and must be detained indefinitely. Gary L.
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April 22, 2001 | JACK LEONARD
A man fleeing police over a minor traffic violation burst into a Huntington Beach home Saturday night and took a couple hostage for more than an hour before escaping into the night, authorities said. Robert Darling, 41, is suspected of holding the couple prisoner as police officers nearby unsuccessfully scoured the neighborhood for him, said Huntington Beach police Lt. JB Hume. No one was hurt in the ordeal, he said. Officers first tried to stop Darling's car around 5:30 p.m.
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April 12, 1998
After police interrupted an attempted robbery at a grocery store, a man fled into a nearby residential area, where he took a family of four hostage and held a SWAT team at bay for more than three hours Saturday evening, police said. Edward Carmona, 32, of Garden Grove, surrendered about 8:20 p.m., and there were no injuries, police spokesman Lt. Robert Burnett said. Burnett said police responded to a call of a robbery at the Orange Farm Market on Westminster Boulevard about 4:15 p.m.
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November 28, 1998
An angry father who held two Orange County school board officials hostage this week was armed with a pellet gun when he was shot to death by police, the district attorney's office confirmed Friday. "It was a very realistic-looking pellet gun," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans. The prosecutor would not say whether Michael P. Generakos' pellet gun was loaded.
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November 25, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN and LIZ SEYMOUR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Monday's shooting of Michael Generakos, a father distraught over the education of his deaf son, highlights bitter conflicts that increasingly arise in the world of special education. Extreme as his case may be, the pressures of raising a disabled child and an increasingly litigious climate in schools fuel combative relations between families and schools, said parents and education experts.
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November 25, 1998 | H.G. REZA and PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two Orange County school board officials held hostage by a Lakewood father angry over his deaf son's education said Tuesday that the gunman never intended to harm them and seemed intent on dying in a gun battle with police. One hostage quoted Michael P. Generakos as saying Monday: "I came here today to get myself killed because I don't have the guts to kill myself."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1998
After police interrupted an attempted robbery at a grocery store, a man fled into a nearby residential area, where he took a family of four hostage and held a SWAT team at bay for more than three hours Saturday evening, police said. Edward Carmona, 32, of Garden Grove, surrendered about 8:20 p.m., and there were no injuries, police spokesman Lt. Robert Burnett said. Burnett said police responded to a call of a robbery at the Orange Farm Market on Westminster Boulevard about 4:15 p.m.
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January 16, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON and MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two employees at a Vons in La Verne were shot Thursday morning during a botched robbery only hours after a failed supermarket heist in Orange County in which 20 employees were taken hostage. The standoff at an Albertson's in Anaheim ended peacefully when police arrested both gunmen 5 1/2 hours after they burst into the store, while the La Verne robbers escaped after shooting the two employees in their stomachs. Supermarket workers said robberies are a grim reality in their line of work.
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May 22, 1996
Police are looking for four men who robbed a clothing store Tuesday while holding two employees hostage, then drove the employees to Seal Beach before releasing them unharmed, police said. The incident began about 11 a.m. Tuesday, when four men with shaved heads entered Basic Clothing, in the 11900 block of Valley View Street, Garden Grove Police Lt. John Woods said. One of the men held the employees in a back room, while the others "cleaned out the store," Woods said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996
Police are looking for four men who robbed a clothing store Tuesday while holding two employees hostage, then drove the employees to Seal Beach before releasing them unharmed, police said. The incident began about 11 a.m. Tuesday, when four men with shaved heads entered Basic Clothing, in the 11900 block of Valley View Street, Garden Grove Police Lt. John Woods said. One of the men held the employees in a back room, while the others "cleaned out the store," Woods said.
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August 29, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 29-year-old man threatened Monday to kill his ex-girlfriend at the dentist's office where she works, but surrendered the gun and himself after she pleaded for her life, police said. No one was injured in the hourlong ordeal at the office in the 700 block of East Chapman Avenue, Police Sgt. Barry Weinstein said. Five people, including two children, were in the office about 10 a.m. when the assailant walked up to the front desk and asked to see a dental assistant working there, Weinstein said.
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August 29, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 29-year-old man threatened Monday to kill his ex-girlfriend at the dentist's office where she works, but surrendered the gun and himself after she pleaded for her life, police said. No one was injured in the hourlong ordeal at the office in the 700 block of East Chapman Avenue, Police Sgt. Barry Weinstein said. Five people, including two children, were in the office about 10 a.m. when the assailant walked up to the front desk and asked to see a dental assistant working there, Weinstein said.
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