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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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June 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 27-year-old Los Angeles man has been convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder in a 1997 shooting of a couple sitting in a parked car on Mulholland Drive, authorities said. Remi King was convicted Wednesday of fatally shooting Dario Torres of Burbank and attempting to kill his companion, Hazel Maroto, on Oct. 18, 1997, after King and a partner tried to rob the couple, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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May 24, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Separate police pursuits of two men believed responsible for up to 50 armed robberies ended Wednesday with one suspect being shot to death in a Van Nuys gun battle with officers and the arrest of the second after he caused a collision in Eagle Rock that killed a passing motorist, authorities said. William Tanielian, 34, was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m.
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May 16, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police issued a warning Tuesday about criminals who pose as Department of Water and Power workers to get inside homes to steal. Det. Don Perez of the Hollenbeck Division said there have been 15 reported cases in Los Angeles since October. But he added: "This is the kind of crime that often goes unreported because the victims are embarrassed that they have been taken or are reluctant because they are scared of retaliation."
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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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April 24, 2001
A man convicted of taking part in one of the biggest armed robberies in Los Angeles history--the theft of $18.9 million in cash from the Dunbar Armored truck depot--was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Lourdes Baird told Erik Damon Boyd that she considered his prior criminal record, his use of a gun and the fact that a woman was injured in the robbery.
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