June 10, 1999 |
Citing new DNA evidence, police arrested a man for a second time in the shooting deaths of three armored car guards during a botched 1991 robbery. Asad Shadeed Abdul Muhammad, 39, was being held without bail Wednesday. He faces three counts of homicide, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. DNA evidence linking Muhammad to the murders was found in bodily fluids taken from clothing at the scene of the crime, Police Lt. JoAnn West said.
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March 8, 1999 |
A ring of jewelry thieves that for decades has terrorized the jewelry industry throughout the country is resurfacing locally, police say. "It's rearing its ugly head again," said Det. Mike Woodings of the Los Angeles Police Department. Woodings, who has been tracking the ring since 1988, said the holdup of an Encino jewelry manufacturer last week appears to be the work of the national syndicate.
December 8, 1998 |
The third suspect wanted in a string of carjackings and kidnappings in California and Nevada was being held on $4 million bond in Pine Bluff, Ark., police said Monday. Joseph O'Neal, 30, was arrested Saturday by Pine Bluff police and the FBI after authorities received a tip that he was staying in Arkansas with a relative. Police believe O'Neal is one of three assailants who took part in at least four carjackings and kidnappings in the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas.
March 18, 1998 |
Avondre Jones and Kenny Brunner, members of the Fresno State basketball team from Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly threatening a man with a handgun, beating him with samurai swords and stealing his money and camera. Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian immediately kicked Jones off the team and suspended Brunner indefinitely.
March 2, 1998 |
The timing of the heist couldn't have been more perfect. Three hours past midnight, in between milking sessions at the Vanderwerff dairy in this small San Joaquin Valley farm town, thieves struck. They walked past the dairy's prized Holsteins and headed straight for the locked closet, bolt cutters in hand. Inside metal canisters suspended in 350-degree-below-zero nitrogen was the object of their desire: some of the finest bull semen west of the Mississippi.
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December 2, 1997 |
An armored car driver accused of killing his partner and stealing $300,000 waived extradition Monday and will be returned to California where he faces a possible death penalty. Thomas Wheelock, shackled and unshaven, appeared before a Utah judge just long enough to sign the extradition papers. Wheelock, 20, of San Ramon, is charged with robbing $300,000 from an armored car he was hired to guard, killing his partner in the process.