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August 12, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his arrest last month, more details have emerged about Simi Valley serial rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez that show a man with a nearly decade-old criminal history who authorities believe became increasingly violent. His estranged girlfriend, as recently as January, accused Sanchez, 30, of making death threats, according to court documents. He had been in trouble long before that, however.
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December 10, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a routine capture of a bail jumper facing drug charges. Instead, prosecutors allege, a pair of gun-toting bail agents went from law enforcers to law breakers. And now the duo, Donald Webber and Brian Walsh, are the ones out on bail, of $1 million and $220,000, respectively. Both men are accused of kidnapping, and Webber faces an additional charge of rape.
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December 12, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Model Linda Sobek was sexually assaulted before she was killed by asphyxiation, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday. A spokesman for the coroner also said the former Raider cheerleader was legally drunk--with a blood-alcohol level of 0.13%--when she died. Scott Carrier declined to be specific about how Sobek was slain, other than to say that the asphyxiation was caused by "neck and body compression."
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December 1, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling his crimes unthinkable, a Los Angeles judge Friday sentenced convicted rapist Richard Minsky to spend the rest of his life in state prison. "Thankfully, there aren't many Mr. Minskys in the world," said Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel. "This is just pure evilness and sadisticness." Revel, who sentenced Minsky to 146 years to life in prison, said the former used car salesman was a clever actor who had perfected his scam of convincing women to trust him.
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June 14, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Los Angeles police officer assigned to the Foothill Division surrendered to authorities Thursday on charges that he raped a woman last month in Old Pasadena. The officer, Mark Mireles, 29, of Pasadena, is scheduled to be arraigned July 5 on charges stemming from the May 18 attack on the woman, a former baby-sitter for Mireles' children. The charges stirred fears among some fellow officers that the case will renew the Foothill Division's image problems. Pasadena Police Cmdr.
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March 20, 1993 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were pals, exceptional athletes and good-looking. At Lakewood High School, a well-tended campus with a "Father Knows Best" freshness about it, they were the BMOC--Big Men on Campus. And, undeniably, they had a way with young women. "We got all the girls," boasted Dana Belman, 20, a former varsity football linebacker who initiated the clique three years ago, when it consisted of 14 teen-agers who played basketball after school and wore San Antonio Spurs caps.
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December 18, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At dawn on the eve of her high school graduation, the battered body of 18-year-old Teak Dyer was found on the floor of a Pacific Palisades bathroom. Before day's end, a security guard who told police he had "stumbled upon" the bloody scene was arrested and later charged with the murder of the young woman.
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June 18, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica Superior Court jury convicted twin 41-year-old brothers Wednesday of using the so-called date rape drug Rohypnol to anesthetize five women and sexually assault them. Nearly a dozen women who said they were victims of George "Gino" and Stefan "Julian" Spitzer listened in court, some weeping quietly, as the brothers were found guilty of a combined 15 felony counts.
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January 28, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury Friday recommended that Randy Eugene Garcia be put to death for the 1993 home-invasion murder of a Torrance man, sparking an emotional display of gratitude by the man's wife, who was shot and assaulted in the attack. Alternately smiling and sobbing, Lynn Finzel embraced the jurors Friday morning, offering thanks after they returned the death sentence for Garcia, 24. "Thank you," Finzel told jurors over and over outside the Downtown courtroom. "Thank you very much."
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December 19, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Investigators searching for clues in the violent rape and murder of a young woman abducted from a Carson drive-in theater appealed Monday to witnesses for help in finding the men who also brutally beat the woman's boyfriend and then burned the couple's car. In Mexico on Monday, Roberto Franco, father of the slain woman, was recovering from a mild heart attack he suffered when he was told of the murder.
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November 10, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating whether a 34-year-old Altadena man being held Friday on $1-million bail for the alleged rape of a woman in La Crescenta is responsible for three similar sexual assaults in Pasadena. Clifton Hutchins is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in the Oct. 16 rape of a 61-year-old woman, police said. The assailant wore a ski mask and broke into the home late at night through a side window, said Sgt. Bruce Fox of the Glendale Police Department.
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August 23, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly six years, the Inglewood Police Department's investigation of the rape and assault of a 14-year-old girl was virtually dormant. Detectives followed all their leads and collected DNA evidence, yet they could not make any arrests, Lt. Eve R. Irvine said. But earlier this week, a new $50-million state program produced a breakthrough in the case, she said. Using the new funds, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's forensic lab found a match with a registered sex offender.
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August 12, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his arrest last month, more details have emerged about Simi Valley serial rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez that show a man with a nearly decade-old criminal history who authorities believe became increasingly violent. His estranged girlfriend, as recently as January, accused Sanchez, 30, of making death threats, according to court documents. He had been in trouble long before that, however.
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August 2, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michelle Ballina hadn't slept worry-free in years knowing a serial rapist was on the loose. The 19-year-old Simi Valley woman took a self-defense class, bought pepper spray and triple-locked her doors and windows. Jan Trerise, 59, feared so much for her daughter that she installed motion sensors at their house. Vicki Fernelius, a mother of three children, put her faith in her two guard dogs and the local police and just waited for authorities to catch the man.
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July 31, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 30-year-old Simi Valley man has been arrested in connection with 14 sexual assaults committed over the last five years in this quiet, suburban community that routinely ranks as one of the safest in the nation. Vincent Henry Sanchez, a part-time studio employee, was arrested Sunday night after police received a tip from his roommate. Sanchez is expected to be charged today with multiple felony counts of burglary, sexual assault and kidnapping. He remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.
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July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles Police Department detectives are seeking information in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The girl was walking with her grandparents about 4 p.m. near West 27th Street and Arlington Avenue when she was abducted by six males in ski masks in a lime-green minivan. She told police she was raped and dropped off at Jefferson Park, said Officer Jason Lee.
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August 14, 1992 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Long Beach police sergeant was acquitted Thursday of raping one woman and attacking a second by jurors who said there was insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict in either case. Robert L. Ballew, 45, who was fired from the Long Beach Police Department after his second arrest, hugged his wife and sister-in-law after the verdict and said: "Let's go home."
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January 5, 1996
A 13-year-old girl fabricated a story of a vicious rape to hide from her mother the fact she had gotten drunk, a sheriff's deputy in Lancaster said Thursday. News programs and newspapers widely reported the teenager's story that she had been forced into a car, driven to the desert and raped a few weeks before Christmas. A composite sketch of a suspected rapist was circulated. Tips flowed in.
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July 19, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN and DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sheriff's deputies scoured a Palmdale neighborhood Wednesday for a suspect in the vicious sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl, who was attacked while running after her puppy. "This person threatened to kill her if she told," the girl's distraught mother said. "She's very, very scared." The second-grader was assaulted between 6 and 8 p.m.
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June 9, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A male college student who went out with a female classmate the night she was allegedly raped by cosmetics heir Andrew Luster testified Friday that he suspected the Mussel Shoals millionaire may have slipped drugs to both of them before the attack. The man, identified in court only as David Doe, said Luster retrieved a cup of water for him, and that after drinking it, he felt extremely drunk and began to black out. "I just felt heavily drunk after that," Doe said. "It seemed almost immediately."
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