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June 6, 1992 |
FBI agents on Friday arrested a Huntington Beach man wanted in Florida on charges of grand theft auto, strong-arm robbery and writing bad checks, authorities said. Randall Arthur Leighton, 29, surrendered to agents who went to his Stanley Walk home, said Charlie J. Parson, special agent in charge in Los Angeles. Leighton was arrested on a felony charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, authorities said. After an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald W.
April 7, 1992 |
Robbers held Miami Dolphin running back Sammie Smith at gunpoint and stole money he and six other football players raised over the weekend to help his hometown community. Smith, 24, said Monday he hit one robber during the incident Saturday night, knocked over another and then ran away. The thieves stole Smith's Mercedes Benz convertible and $3,000 in cash, Smith said.
October 4, 1991 |
A dramatic photograph taken by a bank security camera at an automated teller machine last month resulted in charges being filed Thursday against a gunman shown robbing a customer. The photo was distributed to news media by Maitland police, who asked the public's help in identifying the gunman, shown holding a pistol against the customer's neck. "We started getting calls within 30 minutes after the picture was shown on television" Wednesday night, Maitland police spokesman Dave Robb said.
September 22, 1991 |
On the first day of their vacation, John and Rose Hayward flew in from Britain, rented a car at the airport and were promptly lured off the freeway into a crime-ridden northwest Miami neighborhood where they were shot, wounded and robbed. On the second day of their vacation, they were hospitalized, celebrity victims.
September 19, 1991 |
The prime suspect in the stabbing deaths of five Gainesville college students was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for robbing a supermarket. Danny Harold Rolling's life term as a habitual violent offender carried no minimum mandatory sentence, Assistant State Atty. Rock E. Hooker said. "It is supposed to be true life. He is not supposed to get out until he is dead," Hooker said. The sentence came a year after Rolling pleaded guilty to the Sept.
August 31, 1991 |
Hotels and other businesses that depend on tourists offered a $10,000 reward Friday for the arrest of gunmen who wounded two British tourists who refused to hand over their valuables. John Hayward, 63, and his wife, Rose, were shot Thursday after they became lost while driving their rental car. Hayward was in good condition and his wife was listed in serious condition, authorities said.
August 30, 1991 |
Danny H. Rolling, the prime suspect in the slayings of five Gainesville, Fla., college students, was convicted of the armed robbery of a Tampa grocery and assault on police officers. Prosecutors said they plan to seek a life sentence. The robbery occurred a few days after the last of the Gainesville bodies were discovered. Rolling, charged with other burglaries and robberies in Florida, is wanted for the attempted murder of his father and may be a suspect in a triple killing in Louisiana.
August 27, 1991 |
The main suspect in the slaying of five Gainesville college students may be linked to a 1989 triple murder in Louisiana, police said in an affidavit unsealed Monday. The affidavit in support of a search warrant was released as jury selection began in a robbery trial for Danny Harold Rolling. The trial began a year to the day after the first two victims were found in Gainesville. Last week, police in Shreveport, La.
June 1, 1991 |
A task force investigating last August's mutilation slayings of five college students named a prime suspect on Friday, Danny Harold Rolling, who is in jail in an unrelated grocery store robbery. John Joyce, a spokesman for the investigators, made the announcement at a news conference here before a court in Ocala, Fla., decided Rolling was competent to plead guilty to the holdup.
December 26, 1990 |
Volunteers warmed the lives of the sick, poor and homeless Tuesday as Christmas gave Americans a merry break from wallet-watching and war wariness. "I cannot change the world, but I know for a fact I can make a difference," said Iqbal Emamudeen of Orange, N. J., a publicist for a chain of drugstores. He was among about 135 volunteers serving Christmas lunch to hundreds of homeless and needy people at a church agency in downtown Newark.