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April 27, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What started out as the brazen kidnapping of a Santa Ana contractor known to carry large sums of cash ended with a wild police pursuit through Long Beach during which one of the suspects, a 14-year-old gang member, fired dozens of shots at officers with an AK-47 rifle, authorities said Thursday.
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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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March 12, 1998 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men were injured Wednesday after a California Highway Patrol officer opened fire on a sport utility vehicle whose driver apparently tried to back over the officer during a traffic stop in Long Beach, authorities said. The incident began at 4:53 p.m. when the patrolman, identified as Officer Lance Wells, 35, stopped the truck for driving in excess of 90 mph on the San Diego Freeway, Sgt. Ernest Garcia said.
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November 13, 2000 | ALEX KATZ
A driver who had been fleeing Santa Ana police died early Sunday when his car struck the pillar of a Costa Mesa Freeway overpass, authorities said. Officers had tried to pull him over for reckless driving just before 1 a.m. Sunday, authorities said, but he refused to stop. Officers chased the man south on Main Street in Santa Ana. They had lost sight of the man's vehicle when they saw smoke billowing from beneath the overpass, then discovered that he had crashed.
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September 6, 2000 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three bank robbery suspects fleeing police collided with another vehicle Tuesday, blocking a busy intersection as rescue teams extracted them from their car and officers stood by with guns drawn. The suspects' Cadillac struck a pickup truck at Knott and Chapman avenues about 10:45 a.m., demolishing both vehicles, police and witnesses said. "It was very bad," said Tom Le, 29, who witnessed the collision from the gas station where he works. "I saw parts going everywhere."
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April 8, 1997
Sheriff's deputies captured a 17-year-old driver Monday after he led them on a dangerous chase, at one point driving through the courtyard of Aliso Elementary School, authorities said. No one was injured in the chase, which began about 11:30 a.m. near Ridge Route Drive and Muirlands Boulevard after officers spotted a two-door sports car with a minor equipment violation, Lt. Ron Wilkerson said.
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April 25, 1996
Relatives of Hong Il Kim, the Orange man killed by police in a televised Valentine's Day shooting, reacted in disbelief Wednesday to press reports that the 27-year-old man was on cocaine at the time of the chase. Press reports quoting law enforcement officials said significant levels of cocaine were detected in Kim's bloodstream. "I don't believe any of that is true," said brother Hong Ki Kim. "I don't understand why it was publicly released and no one told the family about it."
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December 25, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Christmas tree in Lizett Quinonez's living room glistened with lights Tuesday as relatives mourned her death and that of her 16-year-old sister, Claudia, killed hours earlier when their car was struck by a stolen vehicle pursued by police. "It's so hard, especially on Christmas Eve," said Mario Zavala, Lizett's fiance. The couple were expecting a child in June. "It is still a shock to know what has happened," he said. "I just know she is not suffering."
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November 7, 1996 | THAO HUA
Two men who police said had stolen a laptop computer in Irvine were arrested Wednesday after leading officers on a high-speed pursuit that ended on the San Diego Freeway, where the men abandoned their car and ran across the freeway into a residential neighborhood. A police officer responding to a bank robbery in the 18600 block of MacArthur Boulevard about 11:20 a.m. tried to question two men in the area, Lt. Tom Hume said.
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November 7, 1996 | BONNIE HAYES
A man suspected of robbing a Lake Forest bank Wednesday morning didn't stop when police began chasing him on the freeway, or when they sent a helicopter and half a dozen more patrol cars to tail him into Los Angeles County and back. He didn't stop when the front right tire of his car blew out, finally causing it to stall in a lopsided, smoky heap on the Santa Ana Freeway in Anaheim.
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