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November 14, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A soft-faced teen-ager who previously was identified by a German tourist as "the swine" who murdered his wife and left him for dead at a scenic mountain viewpoint was convicted Monday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery. The jury deliberated less than two days before returning the verdicts against Thongxay Nilakout, 18.
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February 22, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Los Angeles man, recently freed after serving 12 years in prison for a sexual assault he did not commit, said Monday "there were three attempts on my life in the first three years I was in prison because I was a convicted rapist." In his first public comments since being released from Ironwood state prison near Blythe last Friday, Herman Atkins, now 34, told a news conference at a Mid-Wilshire law office, that "to be labeled a rapist is to be called one of the lowest forms of people on Earth."
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January 23, 1992 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a two-year hunt by police, a married couple who investigators said dealt in stolen Volkswagens were arraigned Wednesday on charges of murdering Jamie Michele Bowie of Van Nuys, who disappeared on Interstate 10 nearly two years ago as she returned from Arizona. Bowie, 24, was targeted because of the mint condition of her royal blue VW Beetle convertible, which was sold in Fresno two days after she disappeared on April 16, 1990, Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Sal Pina said.
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February 18, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
DNA testing by the FBI establishes that a Los Angeles man imprisoned since 1988 for rape and robbery did not commit the crimes, the Riverside County district attorney's office announced Thursday night. The FBI tests confirmed results obtained in December by a Richmond forensic scientist who conducted DNA testing on behalf of the Innocence Project at New York's Cardozo Law School, which has represented inmate Herman Atkins in recent years. Riverside Dist. Atty.
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May 17, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A German tourist was shot to death and a man thought to be her husband was seriously wounded in an apparent robbery Monday afternoon at a scenic turnout on a mountain highway seven miles north of here, Riverside County sheriff's deputies said. Despite severe bullet wounds in his face and shoulder, the man managed to stagger to his rented car and drive about half a mile to a picnic area, where he attracted the attention of passersby, deputies said.
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June 25, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-convict suspected in a string of after-hours robberies, rapes and one murder in offices from San Bernardino to Los Angeles counties has been linked to at least three of the crimes by blood tests, Rialto police said Wednesday. Among the victims was Nancy Willem, a 35-year-old rape counselor and feminist activist who was raped, robbed and beaten to death Feb. 4 in a Rialto office. Police say she probably resisted the attack, enraging the rapist.
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January 27, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Marine with a lifelong fascination for trains was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court to six years in prison for wrecking a Southern Pacific freight that derailed near Palm Springs last year, killing a man who had apparently hopped a ride. U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. noted in sentencing Pfc. Brian Andrew Banks that the case was a "sad one," and that Banks "obviously has some psychological problems."
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May 18, 1994 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attack on two German tourists in California was widely reported in the news media here, but the tone of the reports was moderate. The television news show "Heute" remarked Tuesday that just last week a group of Norwegian tourists was attacked in Florida, suggesting that this sort of thing could happen to a tourist from anywhere, and that Germans should not feel singled out.
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December 6, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County man wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies surrendered to authorities Thursday a month after he walked out of a Mission Viejo hospital despite repeated requests by doctors to have him arrested. The escape of 24-year-old Anthony Garcia of Sun City had outraged doctors and hospital administrators, who charged that the Riverside County Sheriff's Department failed to arrest him because it did not want to be saddled with his $37,964 hospital bill.
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February 9, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Just moments before a Riverside judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison for rape and robbery in 1988, Herman Atkins proclaimed his innocence and said only he and God knew it. "I have no way of proving that at the present moment," Atkins lamented. Then, he wondered aloud what it would be like "when the truth has been resolved" and someone would have to apologize to him and his family "for putting you through what we did." That moment may soon arrive for Atkins.
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June 7, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
More motorists have alleged that a former Riverside County sheriff's deputy surreptitiously took money from them during freeway traffic stops, leading authorities to file four additional charges of robbery against him Thursday. Paul Davidson, 29, who is free on $500,000 bail and has resigned as a sheriff's deputy, will be arraigned Tuesday on the additional charges, said Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Bill Mitchell. Davidson now faces 12 charges of robbery with the use of a weapon.
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May 11, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Riverside County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday by his own department on suspicion of robbing eight motorists--all Latinos--after confronting them while he was in uniform, authorities said. The deputy, identified as Paul Davidson, 29, a five-year veteran of the department, was arrested after a search of his Moreno Valley home, said Sgt. Mark Lohman, spokesman for the department. Davidson, who is assigned to the department's Banning station, was being held on $500,000 bail.
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November 14, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A soft-faced teen-ager who previously was identified by a German tourist as "the swine" who murdered his wife and left him for dead at a scenic mountain viewpoint was convicted Monday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery. The jury deliberated less than two days before returning the verdicts against Thongxay Nilakout, 18.
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July 29, 1995 | Associated Press
A federal judge overturned a decision to award nearly $200,000 in punitive damages to a man shot in the buttock by Riverside police officers as he fled from the scene of a robbery. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins on Wednesday reversed a ruling to force four officers and a former Riverside police chief to pay Brian Forret, who was convicted of the 1990 robbery and later filed a lawsuit from prison.
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April 7, 1995
A convicted robber, serving a 32-year state prison term for a 1990 home invasion robbery and shooting, was awarded $104,732 in punitive damages Thursday in his lawsuit against four police officers. Brian Forrett, 34, will give a portion of the money to the victims, including a man he shot and blinded in one eye, said his lawyer, Stephen Yagman. The federal jury voted 8 to 0 to assess punitive damages of $26,183 against each of the four Riverside officers.
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January 25, 1989
A young pizza parlor manager in Riverside has died after being shot by a robber who was apparently angered because there was so little money in the cash register, police said. Witnesses told police a man entered a Domino's Pizza shop on Van Buren Boulevard, demanded money, took "a dollar and some change" from the cash register, then demanded, "Where's the rest of it?" "That's all there is," manager Shane Weeks, 24, told him.
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December 25, 1989
A Riverside man was locked in the trunk of his car for two days by two men who possibly used the car to make drug deals, Riverside police said Sunday. Luther Loatman, 36, was treated for dehydration and disorientation by paramedics after the ordeal, but declined further treatment. Police Lt. Ellis Asper said Loatman was kidnaped while loading packages in his car at a shopping center at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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March 30, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ and STEVE SCHEIBAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On Thanksgiving Day, Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez walked out of the California Institution for Men in Chino a free man. But just as he had several times before, the 25-year-old Corona man was quickly in trouble with the law--this time less than two months after completing a one-year prison sentence for possession of heroin and a firearm. Rodriguez, who is being held in connection with the shooting death of a 53-year-old Laguna Beach ice cream store owner, became a fugitive Jan.
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March 30, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police investigating last month's slaying of an ice-cream shop owner said Wednesday they will seek murder charges against an ex-convict who authorities accused of fleeing to Oregon and attempting to disguise himself by tweezing his eyebrows and gaining weight. Police announced their plans to charge Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez, 25, of Corona shortly after he appeared in a lineup in front of witnesses to the fatal armed robbery Feb.
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