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May 24, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Former Harvard University student Jose Razo on Tuesday identified a childhood friend as the real Ski Mask Bandit accused of a string of holdups that Razo is charged with committing while home in Orange County on break. Razo's revelation, which came as he took the stand for the second day in an attempt to repudiate earlier confessions to the crimes, drew skepticism from the trial prosecutor, who said Razo was doing nothing more than "reaching out and naming a scapegoat." On Monday, Razo testified that a friend from his hometown of La Habra was the actual criminal, whom police had dubbed the Ski Mask Bandit.
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November 14, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal from convicted armed-robber Jose Luis Razo Jr., dealing another legal setback to the one-time Harvard University student/athlete. Razo, whose rise from a modest La Habra barrio made him a symbol of hope for youth in his community, had argued that two Latinos were unfairly excluded as jurors on racial grounds at his 1989 trial in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
The Harvard University sophomore suspected of committing a string of armed robberies in Los Angeles and Orange counties over the last two years described himself in a Friday interview as "very confused" and torn between a rarefied academic life and the streets of his lower-middle-class neighborhood in La Habra. "I needed the money, man, and that was a way to get it," said Jose Luis Razo Jr. at the Orange County Jail. "I did 15 robberies, averaged $2,000 each, and I gave most of the money away."
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August 26, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A former Harvard student from La Habra convicted of committing a series of armed robberies back in Orange County during vacation breaks from his studies was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years and 4 months in prison. Jose Luis Razo Jr., 22, convicted in Santa Ana in June of six robberies and an attempted escape from police, had been a star athlete and scholar at Servite High School in Anaheim, leading to scholarship offers from several colleges.
NEWS
November 14, 1987
After hearing hours of testimony and arguments during a monthlong preliminary hearing, an Orange County judge Friday ordered former Harvard University student Jose Luis Razo bound over for trial on 10 counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted escape. Razo's attorney, Deputy Public Defender James S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Jose Razo, who emerged from a modest La Habra neighborhood to win an academic scholarship at Harvard University, denied Monday that he was the Ski Mask Bandit and testified that he was high on drugs and thought he was God when he confessed to a string of holdups. Razo, 22, told Orange County Superior Court jurors in Santa Ana that the confessions he gave to both police and reporters in 1987 were based on the exploits of a real armed robber who had been a friend. He also testified that his Harvard studies intensified his interest in crime, but he refused to divulge the alleged real robber's name.
NEWS
August 26, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A former Harvard student from La Habra convicted of committing a series of armed robberies back in Orange County during vacation breaks from his studies was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years and 4 months in prison. Jose Luis Razo Jr., 22, convicted in Santa Ana in June of six robberies and an attempted escape from police, had been a star athlete and scholar at Servite High School in Anaheim, leading to scholarship offers from several colleges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal from convicted armed-robber Jose Luis Razo Jr., dealing another legal setback to the one-time Harvard University student/athlete. Razo, whose rise from a modest La Habra barrio made him a symbol of hope for youth in his community, had argued that two Latinos were unfairly excluded as jurors on racial grounds at his 1989 trial in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.
NEWS
March 5, 1989 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
It has been more than 3 years since Jose Luis Razo crouched in a trash bin outside a La Habra dairy and made a decision that changed the course of his life. The Harvard University freshman had just returned home from Cambridge to spend the holidays with his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
A Harvard University basketball player testified Wednesday that Jose Razo, his former roommate, was on the Cambridge, Mass., campus the day that one of the 10 Orange County holdups that Razo is accused of committing occurred. However, under cross-examination, Neil Patrick Phillips acknowledged that he could not be positive that Razo, the alleged Ski Mask Bandit, was at Harvard on Feb. 1, 1987. Phillips testified in Superior Court in Santa Ana that to "his best recollection," Razo was still in Massachusetts on the date in question.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
A Harvard University basketball player testified Wednesday that Jose Razo, his former roommate, was on the Cambridge, Mass., campus the day that one of the 10 Orange County holdups that Razo is accused of committing occurred. However, under cross-examination, Neil Patrick Phillips acknowledged that he could not be positive that Razo, the alleged Ski Mask Bandit, was at Harvard on Feb. 1, 1987. Phillips testified in Superior Court in Santa Ana that to "his best recollection," Razo was still in Massachusetts on the date in question.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Former Harvard University student Jose Razo maintained Tuesday that a childhood friend was the real "ski mask bandit" who carried out a string of holdups that Razo is charged with committing while home in Orange County on school breaks. Razo's claim, which came as he took the stand for the second day at his trial in an attempt to repudiate an earlier confession, drew skepticism from the prosecutor, who said Razo was doing nothing more than "reaching out and naming a scapegoat." On Monday, Razo had testified that a friend from his hometown of La Habra, whom he refused to name, was the actual criminal whom police had dubbed the "ski mask bandit."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Former Harvard University student Jose Razo on Tuesday identified a childhood friend as the real Ski Mask Bandit accused of a string of holdups that Razo is charged with committing while home in Orange County on break. Razo's revelation, which came as he took the stand for the second day in an attempt to repudiate earlier confessions to the crimes, drew skepticism from the trial prosecutor, who said Razo was doing nothing more than "reaching out and naming a scapegoat." On Monday, Razo testified that a friend from his hometown of La Habra was the actual criminal, whom police had dubbed the Ski Mask Bandit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Jose Razo, who emerged from a modest La Habra neighborhood to win an academic scholarship at Harvard University, denied Monday that he was the Ski Mask Bandit and testified that he was high on drugs and thought he was God when he confessed to a string of holdups. Razo, 22, told Orange County Superior Court jurors in Santa Ana that the confessions he gave to both police and reporters in 1987 were based on the exploits of a real armed robber who had been a friend. He also testified that his Harvard studies intensified his interest in crime, but he refused to divulge the alleged real robber's name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1989
A judge Wednesday threw out some of Jose Luis Razo's confessions to a series of armed robberies but said that she would allow the former Harvard College student's most damaging statements to be used as evidence in his trial next week. The ruling by Orange County Superior Court Judge Jean Rheinheimer ended a week of pretrial testimony in which Razo's attorney, John D. Barnett, attempted to suppress his client's 1987 confessions to 13 armed robberies in five cities. Deputy Dist.
NEWS
March 5, 1989 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
It has been more than 3 years since Jose Luis Razo crouched in a trash bin outside a La Habra dairy and made a decision that changed the course of his life. The Harvard University freshman had just returned home from Cambridge to spend the holidays with his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1989
A judge Wednesday threw out some of Jose Luis Razo's confessions to a series of armed robberies but said that she would allow the former Harvard College student's most damaging statements to be used as evidence in his trial next week. The ruling by Orange County Superior Court Judge Jean Rheinheimer ended a week of pretrial testimony in which Razo's attorney, John D. Barnett, attempted to suppress his client's 1987 confessions to 13 armed robberies in five cities. Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Former Harvard University student Jose Razo maintained Tuesday that a childhood friend was the real "ski mask bandit" who carried out a string of holdups that Razo is charged with committing while home in Orange County on school breaks. Razo's claim, which came as he took the stand for the second day at his trial in an attempt to repudiate an earlier confession, drew skepticism from the prosecutor, who said Razo was doing nothing more than "reaching out and naming a scapegoat." On Monday, Razo had testified that a friend from his hometown of La Habra, whom he refused to name, was the actual criminal whom police had dubbed the "ski mask bandit."
NEWS
November 14, 1987
After hearing hours of testimony and arguments during a monthlong preliminary hearing, an Orange County judge Friday ordered former Harvard University student Jose Luis Razo bound over for trial on 10 counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted escape. Razo's attorney, Deputy Public Defender James S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
The Harvard University sophomore suspected of committing a string of armed robberies in Los Angeles and Orange counties over the last two years described himself in a Friday interview as "very confused" and torn between a rarefied academic life and the streets of his lower-middle-class neighborhood in La Habra. "I needed the money, man, and that was a way to get it," said Jose Luis Razo Jr. at the Orange County Jail. "I did 15 robberies, averaged $2,000 each, and I gave most of the money away."
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