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August 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Authorities released new details Monday about two teenage boys who are charged with the murder of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, in Spokane, Wash., saying the motive of the attack was robbery, and that family members helped lead police to their second suspect. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, at a news conference Monday that was streamed live online, said suspects Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man long suspected of killing a local market owner in 1990 is now in jail for the man's slaying. Marcus Lynn Perkins, 42, is being held without bail in the killing of Timoteo Pena, who was shot to death during an armed robbery at Pena's Sinaloa Meat and Grocery Market in South L.A. 23 years ago. Pena was killed in a shootout with an armed robber, Los Angeles police said in a news release. Witnesses described the suspect and vehicle that fled the scene and Perkins was questioned by detectives about the slaying later that night when he was admitted to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, but he denied any involvement.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Emily Foxhall
Three suspects have been arrested in the armed robbery of West Covina City Councilman Andrew McIntyre after they were found in possession of the council member's city badge. McIntyre pulled up outside his Fircroft Street home shortly before midnight Friday when a man approached him holding a handgun. McIntyre handed over his wallet, which contained his city council member badge. The suspect took it and ran across the street to an awaiting getaway car. The vehicle, a white Acura Integra, sped away.  The next day, San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives investigating two similar robberies in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga located and stopped the Acura in Rowland Heights.
August 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The day after one of the greatest catches in Angel Stadium history, the discussion Saturday was if it was the best ever by an Angel. Manager Mike Scioscia said no, ranking J.B. Shuck's fourth-inning robbery of Jose Bautista's home run - in which the outfielder tumbled into the stands over the left-field wall - behind Mike Trout's full-sprint, high-leaping grab of a J.J. Hardy fly over the center-field fence in Baltimore in...
August 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Lights, camera ... police action? An amateur film crew's robbery scene took a dangerous real-life turn Thursday when police, unaware the takeover at a Glendora coffee shop was staged, swarmed the building with their weapons drawn. It began just before 7:20 a.m., Glendora Police Capt. Tim Staab said, when a woman walking up to Classic Coffee saw a man inside who was wearing a bandanna covering his face and carrying what appeared to be a gun. She ran back to her car and called 911, Staab said, prompting all eight of the Police Department's on-duty officers to rush to the scene.
August 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Thursday night were seeking the public's help in tracking down three suspects who kidnapped and robbed a man in Hollywood. The victim was sitting in his parked car in the 8000 block of Carlton Way on July 23 when a white Chevy van pulled up. Three men jumped out of the vehicle and kidnapped the man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was later released at a gas station after money was exchanged with the suspects and another person, the LAPD said.
July 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein
A Los Angeles man and nine teenagers who allegedly committed criminal acts during a series of otherwise peaceful protests last week have been charged, prosecutors said Tuesday. The group was among those arrested during a series of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman acquittal in the slaying of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, and a subsequent robbery spree along Hollywood Boulevard. Shareef Abdullah, 28, was charged with attempted grand theft, robbery and making criminal threats after he allegedly accosted two news crews covering the July 13 protests in Leimert Park, the L.A. County district attorney's office said.
July 17, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber and Kate Mather
It was about 8:30 p.m. when Jose Rosales noticed several people running by his Hollywood Boulevard shop. When he went to check what was going on, he saw a teenage boy shoving a wad of T-shirts into a backpack. Rosales sensed that something was wrong and immediately started to lock up the camera and musical instrument shop for the night. "I just saw people run up and down the boulevard in groups and police followed them," he said. CRIME DATABASE: Track crime in Hollywood As he locked up the store Tuesday night, he noticed some of the teenagers peeking into his storefront - cameras, electric guitars and stereo systems line the walls.
July 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday plans to release photos taken along camera-concentrated Hollywood Boulevard in hopes of tracking down additional suspects in a two-hour robbery rampage the night before. At a Wednesday morning news conference on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said investigators hope the public can help identify and locate the fugitive suspects. A dozen people --all juveniles except one 18-year-old--were taken into custody Tuesday out of a group police said could include as many as 50 suspects.
July 17, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
Police are scouring social media in their investigation of a roving band of youths that hit Hollywood Boulevard in a two-hour robbery rampage, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Investigators are examining whether Tuesday night's events were planned or promoted via Twitter, the sources said. Police believe at least 40 people were involved in the rampage, which prompted at least eight robbery calls beginning about 8:30 p.m. Many suspects were apprehended in minutes, but others took off running down Hollywood streets, splintering into smaller groups and later regrouping.
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