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August 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the thieves seemed sophisticated. They carefully targeted fine art prints created by mainstream contemporary and modern artists, whose pieces command thousands of dollars. Yet the artwork, taken from a number of upscale galleries around Los Angeles, often ended up folded or creased, visibly damaged in the process of being hidden inside clothing during the thefts.
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October 2, 2001 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Detectives searched Monday for a suspect in the botched robbery of a Macy's store in Woodland Hills as witnesses told of a violent struggle between a jewelry counter worker and a second suspect, whom officers shot and killed, the police said. Jittery employees returned to work at the Westfield Shoppingtown Promenade, which the Los Angeles Police Department ordered evacuated Sunday evening as officers scoured the mall for the missing suspect.
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November 24, 1994 | ERROL A. COCKFIELD JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police Wednesday shot to death one of two carjackers who wounded a motorist and fled in his car on a high-speed chase through the streets of Pacoima before engaging officers in a gunfight, authorities said. The carjacking victim, whom witnesses identified as a man in his early 20s, was in good condition at Holy Cross Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police and hospital officials would not reveal the victim's name. The violent episode began about 3:30 p.m.
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August 9, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An aide to Assemblyman Tony Cardenas was carjacked in San Fernando but escaped by jumping from her moving car, police said Wednesday. Yolanda Fuentes, 26, Cardenas' district director, had left the assemblyman's office in the 1200 block of San Fernando Road between 10 and 11 p.m. and was putting items in the passenger seat of her car when a man grabbed her from behind and began choking her, San Fernando Police Det. Jeff Eley said.
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April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
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February 22, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG and ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When the first sharp cracks of gunfire erupted across the street from the West Los Angeles balloon store where he works, Monet Delapaz figured it was just a car backfiring on Santa Monica Boulevard. But when the blasts continued in a furious burst--from five to 10 to somewhere around 15--he knew what had happened. "Another one bites the dust," he thought to himself. "The watch store again." Delapaz was correct. What he heard Thursday afternoon was yet another gunfight at The Watch Co.
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July 16, 1999
A Superior Court jury Thursday found two gang members guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four men during a carwash robbery in Compton last year. Aswad Pops, 28, and Byron Paul Wilson, 22, both of Long Beach, face possible death penalties. The penalty phase of the trial will begin today. Pops' brother, Aziz Pops, 24, was sentenced last October to a year in jail after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property in connection with the crime.
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October 12, 1988 | JACK JONES
It has been nearly eight years since two men with shotguns herded nine employees and two customers into a walk-in refrigerator at Bob's Big Boy on La Cienega Boulevard, killing four and wounding four others. The scars have not yet healed. Not for the survivors. Not for the families--either those of the victims or those convicted--not even for the detectives and lawyers who got caught up in the four years of investigation, trials and legal battles that followed.
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December 5, 1991 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lance Thomas wasn't kidding when he told people that no robber would walk out of his watch store on Santa Monica Boulevard. On Aug. 19, 1989, he inflicted a bullet wound just below one gunman's nose. The man, who had tried to rob The Watch Shop, was taken to a hospital on a stretcher and has since been sentenced to prison, police said. On Nov. 27 of that year, despite wounds in his neck and shoulder, Thomas shot and killed two armed robbers at his tiny Westside shop.
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February 28, 2001 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal jury convicted two men Tuesday of taking part in one of the biggest armed robberies in Los Angeles history--the seizure of $18.9 million in cash from the Dunbar Armored truck depot in the downtown factory district. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against Allen Pace III, a former Dunbar security officer accused of masterminding the 1997 robbery, and Erik Damon Boyd, one of several accomplices in the daring holdup.
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August 4, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Police are searching for a man who worn a fake mustache and sported a tear-drop tattoo under his left eye in connection with three armed robberies that occurred within an hour on Friday, authorities said. The man, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5 feet 6 and about 160 pounds, was last seen trying to rob a restaurant in the 22200 block of Sherman Way at 9:10 a.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Eduardo Funes said.
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July 17, 2001 | DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly attempted to rob him in a deserted West Hollywood parking lot early Monday morning, authorities said. Officer Edward Stepanian, a four-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, fired his weapon five times at one of two men who approached his parked vehicle in a smaller car just before 4 a.m. in the 1300 block of Crescent Heights Boulevard, authorities said.
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July 6, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the last four weeks, at least eight men have been abducted from sidewalks in Panorama City, thrown into cars, robbed, and then released a few blocks away, police said Thursday. There may be many more victims who have not reported the attacks, police said. "Basically, they force the victim into the back seat, rob them, and drop them off a short distance away," said Lt. Joseph Eddy of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division. "We want the public to be aware of this."
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June 22, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two suspected gang members must stand trial on charges of robbing and murdering a 20-year-old Pasadena City College student as she drove into the parking garage at her Wilshire District apartment, a judge ruled Thursday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus said there is sufficient evidence to try Victor Salazar, 20, and William Hodgson, 16, for the attack on Jee Yeon Nam on Dec. 12. Police said they believe the attack was committed so they would gain prestige in their gang.
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June 19, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fired Dunbar Armored Co. security worker who masterminded what the FBI calls the largest cash armed robbery in U.S. history was sentenced Monday to 24 years and two months in federal prison for the brazen September 1997 heist. Allen Pace III, 32, also was ordered to pay back the $18.9 million that he and five accomplices stole during the takeover robbery at Dunbar's armored truck depot in downtown Los Angeles. Asked by U.S.
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June 18, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the mastermind behind what the FBI says is the largest cash armed robbery in U.S. history is sentenced in federal court today, FBI Special Agent John McEachern III and Los Angeles police Det. John Licata plan to be there, sitting quietly--and observantly--in the back of the Los Angeles courtroom. The federal agent and the street cop wouldn't miss this court appearance for the world.
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February 21, 1992 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed robbers keep gambling that they can hold up The Watch Co. in West Los Angeles. And they keep losing. Two more were shot to death Thursday at the small shop where owner Lance Thomas buys and sells expensive Rolex watches and antique pocket timepieces, police said. That brings the total to five killed and one wounded at the shop since August, 1989. Shortly after 4 p.m.
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July 24, 1994 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Elizabeth Adams, the notorious Beverly Hills madam, swore to the end that he was "one of the most honorable, decent cops I have ever met," and she had met--and tested--a lot of cops. No less than former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates called him "one of the smartest . . . most innovative detectives I've ever known . . . exactly what you'd want in a detective."
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May 25, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Antonio Almandarez did not go down without a fight. The suspected armed robber spun his 1972 Buick Riviera toward pursuing patrol cars Wednesday and engaged Los Angeles police officers in a joust-like gun battle, firing through an open window, authorities said Thursday. When it was over, the 33-year-old Almandarez lay dead on a Van Nuys street and Officer Jeff Nuttall had a slight wound to the shoulder. "It was really by sheer luck the officer was not seriously injured," said Sgt.
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April 25, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police searched Tuesday for four men who broke into a Canoga Park apartment, pistol-whipped a man and sexually assaulted a woman before robbing them, authorities said. The 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were sleeping at an acquaintance's apartment in the 2100 block of Gresham Street when they were awakened about 3:30 a.m. by four men, two of whom were armed with pistols, said Officer Eduardo Funes, of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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