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March 26, 1991 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reputed underworld figure Robert (Fat Bobby) Paduano, accused of trying to take over the Newport Beach drug trade, pleaded guilty Monday to 43 felony counts of residential robberies, extortion, conspiracy to sell cocaine and false imprisonment. As part of an agreement with county prosecutors, Paduano was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Paduano's guilty plea came after a lively and unusual exchange between the defendant and Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans.
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November 20, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
In the first case of its kind in Orange County and only the second statewide, prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Friday for a robbery suspect known only by his DNA.
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September 21, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Rosie Nunez figured that the end would be a tragic one. Her husband's cocaine habit, a string of run-ins with the law over drugs and burglaries, frequent trips in and out of jail, and finally, the robbery of his own wife's store just weeks ago, all seemed to trace the downward spiral of Ernest Henry Nunez. She just never figured that the end of Nunez's 31-year life would come so suddenly, so violently and so frighteningly near to the disbelieving eyes of their own three children, she said.
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December 25, 2001
A couple who posed as police officers and targeted Latino dayworkers in more than 30 robberies were arrested over the weekend at a Stanton restaurant, sheriff's officials said Monday. Deputies said they found cash, a loaded weapon, wigs and police paraphernalia that included a fake badge and a "Police" T-shirt when they arrested David Gilmore Bingham, 27, and Amber Michelle Vanhorn, 33, both of Stanton.
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June 21, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three gunmen held a household of five adults and 11 children hostage for hours in an apparent home invasion robbery that went awry late Wednesday, authorities said Thursday. A police SWAT team arrested Alfredo Venegas Ramos Jr., 22, of South Gate; Christian Raymond Arguello, 22, of Huntington Beach, and Sergio Meza, 22, of Maywood, at about 11 p.m. They were being held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping, kidnapping for robbery, and residential burglary, said Lt. Robert Gonzales.
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March 25, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jewelry courier was robbed of a satchel of diamonds and cash Tuesday, the fourth such robbery in Orange County in two weeks. The 37-year-old Laguna Beach courier, who police did not identify, had just left the First Federal Bank in the 24000 block of Avenida de la Carlota at 12:44 p.m. and had placed the satchel of diamonds and cash in the back seat of his car when he was attacked, Sheriff's Lt. Lynn Nehring said.
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December 11, 1993 | JENNIFER BRUNDIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six gunmen robbed a computer company in Irvine of thousands of dollars' worth of computer chips, the third such robbery in Orange County since February, police said Friday. Police said they have not linked the robberies, but in each case, employees were forced to the floor and tied up by robbers, who then took all computer chips. At 5:20 p.m.
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June 29, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN and MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A midday shootout in a jewelry and fabric store Friday between robbers and an employee who surprised them Friday left one suspect dead and another in critical condition. Police spokesman Robin Kapp said two men, armed with small-caliber, semiautomatic handguns, entered the Thanh Minh store in Little Saigon around 11:40 a.m. and forced a 61-year-old employee to a back office, where they began tying her up with duct tape.
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July 13, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee of a jewelry store in the Westminster Mall was shot during a daring robbery attempt shortly before closing time Friday night, police said. Four suspects were arrested. The wounded employee was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for treatment, Westminster Police Lt. Bob Burnett said. The man's identity and his condition was not immediately available. The shooting occurred about 8:47 p.m.
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October 18, 1992
Police have arrested a man suspected of about 20 armed robberies throughout Orange County committed by a gunman nicknamed "the John Goodman bandit" for his likeness to the well-known actor. "Thanks to an alert Huntington Beach patrol officer, the streets of Orange County are much safer today," Detective Sgt. Ed Deuel said in a prepared statement announcing the arrest of Michael Angelo Powell, 31, of Costa Mesa.
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December 18, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An armored truck guard was shot to death by a robber Monday in front of employees at an Anaheim catering truck company. The Brinks guard was in a hallway when a gunman confronted him and fired once, striking him in the head, police said. The 29-year-old guard died at the scene. The gunman fled from Orange County Food Services in the 3000 block of East Mira Loma Avenue and was at large Monday night. Anaheim Police Sgt. Mike Hidalgo said investigators had not determined how much money was taken.
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October 20, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who spent 1 1/2 years in jail for a Santa Ana street robbery was released Friday night after a judge set aside his conviction in light of new evidence that someone else committed the crime. Judge Richard F. Toohey granted Richard Eddie Perez a new trial after defense attorneys presented evidence that linked the robbery to a man who is awaiting trial in a string of highly publicized rapes and robberies last year.
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September 11, 2001
Two men stole jewelry and a small amount of cash after entering a Stanton home Monday and tying up three residents at gunpoint, Orange County sheriff's authorities said. The robbers, who wore black stockings over their faces, entered the home in the 8100 block of Laguna Court through a back door at about 10 a.m., took the items and fled in a red Honda Prelude, sheriff's spokesman John Fleischman said. One of the men carried a handgun, he said.
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September 8, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge Friday ordered a Garden Grove man released from prison until a court decides whether to overturn a robbery conviction that has kept the defendant behind bars for nearly two years. Citing "substantial legal issues" raised by defense attorneys, Orange County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Didier ordered George Lopez released without bail until a hearing next month. The judge also said he no longer considers the 19-year-old a danger to society.
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September 2, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are the types of violent break-ins that often leave police confounded and victims with lasting scars. Home-invasion robbers strike fast, preying on both rich and poor, during daylight as well as after dark. Victims often refuse to report the crimes for fear of reprisals or mistrust of police. Now Orange County is launching a first-of-its-kind study that seeks to enter the minds of bandits who specialize in the violent raids.
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September 1, 2001
A 19-year-old man who allegedly tried to rob two couples at gunpoint early Friday was fatally shot after the would-be victims drew weapons of their own, police said. Juan Carlos Diaz of Santa Ana died from gunshot wounds at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Police said Diaz and another man approached two couples on Rosewood Street about 1 a.m. and asked for cigarettes. Diaz and the other suspect then pulled handguns and demanded money, said Officer Mario Carona.
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July 14, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Owners of a Westminster Mall jewelry store were cleaning up shattered glass and taking stock of their losses Saturday after a brazen robbery attempt the previous night that left one man wounded and four suspects jailed. The victim, Parounak Karadolian, 34, of Fountain Valley, a co-owner of Dekara Designs, was treated at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the left arm and released late Friday, said Westminster Police Lt. Richard Main.
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July 1, 1989 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
In another in a series of smash-and-grab jewelry store robberies, three men stormed into an Anaheim shop Friday, shattered several display cases with hammers and fled with an undetermined amount of jewelry. It was just after 11 a.m. when the men, all believed to be in their 20s and dressed in dark clothes, entered Kay Jewelers in Anaheim Plaza, 500 N. Euclid St. One of the bandits waved a small, chrome handgun at two store clerks and a customer, ordering them to lie face down on the floor.
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August 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Police said they are seeking a man who robbed at least five people withdrawing money this week at automated teller machines in Westminster, Garden Grove and Huntington Beach. Bank surveillance cameras taped the man during five incidents in less than 30 minutes Wednesday. One video showed the robber approaching a customer at the Bank of America at Bolsa Avenue and Magnolia Street about 8:30 p.m. The robber brandished a revolver and said, "Don't be stupid. I've got a gun.
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August 4, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge refused Friday to release a Garden Grove man from prison while his appeal on a robbery conviction is heard, but agreed to consider his claims of innocence next month. Attorneys sought George Lopez's release two days after The Times reported that a convicted Orange County robber admitted in a prison interview that he--not Lopez--committed the crime. Lopez's attorneys wanted him released while his appeal was heard. But Judge Daniel J.
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