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September 6, 1992 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a lot of 17-year-olds, Robert Davis was a handful for his mother and stepfather. It's not that he did anything terribly wrong, but he could not do much right either. He argued with his parents, he skipped school, he ran off. This spring, he found himself in the state-run China Springs Youth Camp. There, in April, he heard the news. In San Quentin Prison, the television reporter intoned, a murderer named Robert Alton Harris was about to be executed.
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July 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
A three-judge panel sentenced a convicted murderer to death Wednesday for the execution-style killings of four men during an August 1998 home robbery. Members of the victims' families clapped after the verdict was read. Defendant Donte Johnson showed no emotion. "We've waited a long time," said Juanita Talamantez, mother of victim Peter Talamantez, 17. "It doesn't bring my baby back, but it sure does feel good." The panel took less than an hour to reach the verdict.
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May 30, 1994 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like corporate raiders seeking new markets to exploit, Los Angeles gang members have come gunning for easy money on the high-rolling Strip. In a spree of brazen invasion-style heists--three of them in the last three months--suspected Bloods and Crips have stormed into casinos, rifled through the cashier's cages and made off with tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of seconds.
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July 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two men suspected in a series of daring casino heists pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from the June armed robbery of the Bellagio mega-resort. Oscar Cisneros Sanchez and Jose Manuel Vigoa face trial Nov. 6 on 14 charges, including robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping. Vigoa faces three additional charges for failing to stop for a police officer, child endangerment and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.
NEWS
January 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
About 75,000 customers were left without phone service for several hours Sunday when three men wearing ski masks broke into a Sprint telephone office and stole computer equipment. The men tied up two Sprint employees and a contractor, then shot them with stun guns, said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Steve Meriwether. The three were not seriously injured.
NEWS
December 25, 1988
A high-speed car chase in Barstow ended in the rescue of a flower shop clerk missing since a robbery last week in Las Vegas and the arrest of two Maryland residents, authorities said. Belinda Jane Staubs, 24, had been abducted when King's Flowers was robbed of $300. James McKay III, 20, and Dorinda White, 21, both of Leonardstown, Md.
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March 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Masked gunmen with assault rifles ambushed and killed two armored car guards in a strip mall before escaping Friday with three bags of money. At least three men were involved in the holdup. Police Capt. Richard Perkins said the robbers had arrived at the mall to wait for the armored car guards about 2 1/2 hours earlier. "It obviously was not your run-of-the-mill robbery," Chief Michael Mayberry said. "This was well-planned." He said he did not know how much money was taken.
NEWS
April 7, 1992 | From Associated Press
Armed robbers set off smoke bombs, grabbed a money bag from an armored car guard and escaped with an estimated $1 million in cash and checks Monday from a crowded casino at the Stardust hotel. "People were running through the casino yelling, 'They've got guns! They've got bombs!' " said Pat Shumaker of Chattanooga, Tenn. "People were running through the kitchen, running for the exits, hiding behind tables."
NEWS
October 18, 1988 | United Press International
A gunman who tried to steal millions of dollars worth of jewelry from the Liberace Museum was shot dead by police when he tried to escape with an elderly woman hostage and the woman broke free from his grip, police said Monday. Police said Hugh Perry, 47, entered the museum Sunday night and demanded that manager Margaret Bloomberg, 74, hand over the jewelry of the late entertainer. A cleaning woman called police. When Perry saw officers, he took Bloomberg hostage and attempted to leave.
NEWS
September 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
The story about dimwitted bandits who robbed a potato chip truck thinking it carried casino chips was a hoax, police say. Authorities believe truck driver Rodney Dwayne Bont, 30, reported the theft to help pay off gambling debts. Bont told police last week that he was accosted at knifepoint by two men who forced him to drive his Vegas Chips delivery truck into a remote area. He said the robbers beat him and robbed him of $680 when they learned his cargo was junk food rather than casino currency.
NEWS
July 12, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police shot a 19-year-old Bakersfield man at one of the city's busiest intersections minutes after he allegedly robbed a nearby bar, authorities said Tuesday. A 13-year-old runaway girl from Bakersfield, who was a passenger in the suspect's car, was injured by the gunfire and listed in fair condition. Police officers responding to a report of a robbery in progress late Monday night saw the suspect run from the business and take off in a car, said Metro Police Capt. Greg Jolley.
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March 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Masked gunmen with assault rifles ambushed and killed two armored car guards in a strip mall before escaping Friday with three bags of money. At least three men were involved in the holdup. Police Capt. Richard Perkins said the robbers had arrived at the mall to wait for the armored car guards about 2 1/2 hours earlier. "It obviously was not your run-of-the-mill robbery," Chief Michael Mayberry said. "This was well-planned." He said he did not know how much money was taken.
NEWS
June 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Gunmen wearing black clothes and carrying rifles opened fire on two armored truck security guards at the Desert Inn hotel-casino Monday, sending bullets into windows of another resort and startling tourists on the busy Strip. One guard was shot in the arm and the second guard was shot twice in the leg. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Steve Meriwether said. No one else was injured. No money was taken and no suspects were in custody.
NEWS
April 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
With helicopters hovering, police swarmed on a remote mountain hideaway and arrested two brothers in connection with a $1.6-million armed robbery in Las Vegas. Richard Alan Gonce, 59, and Fain T. Gonce, 63, were taken into custody for the Dec. 28, 1997, armed robbery of the United Coin Machine Co., said state police officer Mike Applegate.
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March 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two gunmen held a group of pawnshop employees hostage and police at bay for six hours Thursday--at one point having a pizza delivered--after a botched robbery attempt they orchestrated with another store employee, authorities said. Police were called to the strip mall 10 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip after the gunmen barged in the front door about 8:10 a.m., just as employees were opening Super Pawn.
NEWS
January 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
About 75,000 customers were left without phone service for several hours Sunday when three men wearing ski masks broke into a Sprint telephone office and stole computer equipment. The men tied up two Sprint employees and a contractor, then shot them with stun guns, said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Steve Meriwether. The three were not seriously injured.
NEWS
July 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two men suspected in a series of daring casino heists pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from the June armed robbery of the Bellagio mega-resort. Oscar Cisneros Sanchez and Jose Manuel Vigoa face trial Nov. 6 on 14 charges, including robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping. Vigoa faces three additional charges for failing to stop for a police officer, child endangerment and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.
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May 2, 1990 | JIM CARLTON
The body of a man found shot to death in the desert near Las Vegas was identified Tuesday as Charles Richter Jr., a clothing designer from Huntington Beach. Richter, 38, was apparently driving home last Wednesday when he was robbed of his car, jewelry and other valuables and then shot in the head, Las Vegas police reported. Hours later, a hiker discovered Richter's body in an abandoned water tank outside Jean, Nev., a dusty outpost about 30 miles southwest of Las Vegas.
NEWS
May 30, 1994 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like corporate raiders seeking new markets to exploit, Los Angeles gang members have come gunning for easy money on the high-rolling Strip. In a spree of brazen invasion-style heists--three of them in the last three months--suspected Bloods and Crips have stormed into casinos, rifled through the cashier's cages and made off with tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of seconds.
NEWS
April 25, 1994 | From Associated Press
Five Los Angeles gang members were arrested Sunday after an armed robbery at a casino and a high-speed chase, Las Vegas police said. The attempted holdup of Harrah's Hotel and Casino was the second at a Las Vegas casino in three days. Authorities were unsure whether the two were related, said Metropolitan Police Lt. Mike Hawkins. The five were booked for investigation of attempted murder, kidnaping, robbery and grand larceny auto, Hawkins said.
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