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October 24, 2004 | Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
Ruben Palomares was raised in poverty, beaten by a drunken stepfather and bullied by other kids. Just before his first communion at age 12, his favorite uncle -- a man he considered his best friend -- was killed in a drug deal. These were formative forces in Palomares' early years.
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May 13, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Facing a potential life sentence in federal prison, a former Los Angeles police officer who was the admitted mastermind of a home invasion robbery gang apologized for his crimes Monday, telling a federal judge, "I became something that I despised. " In a somewhat rambling, emotional address made moments before he was sentenced, Ruben Palomares told U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess that he failed to face up to undisclosed "problems" he encountered as a young police officer and "I took a short cut. " "Instead of facing my problems, I ran from them," Palomares, 38, told the judge.
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June 21, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles police officer arrested earlier this month on federal cocaine charges also is a suspect in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man who police said was followed home and attacked after a dispute at a popular restaurant last December. Officer Ruben Palomares, 31, has been implicated in the slaying of Erick Mendoza by a co-defendant in the cocaine case--who also allegedly was at the scene of the slaying--according to police sources and confidential police documents. Lt. Kenneth E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2004 | Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
Ruben Palomares was raised in poverty, beaten by a drunken stepfather and bullied by other kids. Just before his first communion at age 12, his favorite uncle -- a man he considered his best friend -- was killed in a drug deal. These were formative forces in Palomares' early years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Facing a potential life sentence in federal prison, a former Los Angeles police officer who was the admitted mastermind of a home invasion robbery gang apologized for his crimes Monday, telling a federal judge, "I became something that I despised. " In a somewhat rambling, emotional address made moments before he was sentenced, Ruben Palomares told U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess that he failed to face up to undisclosed "problems" he encountered as a young police officer and "I took a short cut. " "Instead of facing my problems, I ran from them," Palomares, 38, told the judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2004 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
A former Los Angeles police officer has admitted to federal authorities that he and a group of fellow area law enforcement officers conducted a string of brazen armed robberies across Southern California staged to look like legitimate law enforcement raids. Ruben Palomares, 34, and his cohorts stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, cash, guns and other items over a nearly four-year period beginning in 1998, according to a plea agreement and related documents filed Tuesday.
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May 15, 2003 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Former LAPD Officer Ruben Palomares, under investigation for allegedly heading a network of thieves who committed home invasion robberies and other crimes, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. Palomares, a onetime Rampart Division officer, pleaded guilty last year to trying to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from undercover DEA agents. The drug case, however, doesn't end his legal problems.
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June 26, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer faces extortion and robbery charges for allegedly plotting with five people to steal $1 million from a Lakewood real estate broker, authorities said Monday. Melvin Boyd, 37, was the only law enforcement officer involved in the alleged scheme, according to the Sheriff's Department, which investigated the case. The others, two women and three men, were detained, then released. No charges have been filed against them.
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May 6, 2008 | Scott Glover
A former Long Beach police officer who participated in a home invasion robbery ring involving several other officers was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess. Joseph Ferguson was also ordered to undergo four years of supervised release after his prison stint, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. Ferguson was among more than a dozen defendants -- five of them law enforcement officers -- who either pleaded guilty or were found guilty of involvement in the ring headed by former LAPD Officer Ruben Palomares.
OPINION
October 22, 2004
Re "Ex-Officer Admits to Robberies," Oct. 20: I just need to know what the point is of your latest police-bashing. Ruben Palomares is in prison. Only one other LAPD officer was involved and has resigned. The incident is now 3 years old. Of course the buzzword "Rampart" is important in selling newspapers. Are there that many police-bashing people out there? Is this an attempt to erode the shaky confidence citizens have in the Police Department? This follows the articles on suspect police shootings (Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2004 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
A former Los Angeles police officer has admitted to federal authorities that he and a group of fellow area law enforcement officers conducted a string of brazen armed robberies across Southern California staged to look like legitimate law enforcement raids. Ruben Palomares, 34, and his cohorts stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, cash, guns and other items over a nearly four-year period beginning in 1998, according to a plea agreement and related documents filed Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2003 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Former LAPD Officer Ruben Palomares, under investigation for allegedly heading a network of thieves who committed home invasion robberies and other crimes, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. Palomares, a onetime Rampart Division officer, pleaded guilty last year to trying to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from undercover DEA agents. The drug case, however, doesn't end his legal problems.
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June 21, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles police officer arrested earlier this month on federal cocaine charges also is a suspect in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man who police said was followed home and attacked after a dispute at a popular restaurant last December. Officer Ruben Palomares, 31, has been implicated in the slaying of Erick Mendoza by a co-defendant in the cocaine case--who also allegedly was at the scene of the slaying--according to police sources and confidential police documents. Lt. Kenneth E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2004 | Scott Glover and Matt Lait, Times Staff Writers
A second former Los Angeles police officer has admitted he was among a group of rogue cops who committed invasion-style robberies across Southern California staged to look like legitimate law enforcement raids, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
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December 21, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Calling an investigation into allegedly rogue Los Angeles police officers "very sensitive and significant in nature," a top LAPD official said Thursday that detectives are taking a fresh look at several unsolved crimes once thought to be the work of common thugs, but now suspected to have involved some of the LAPD's own. Deputy Chief J.I. Davis said detectives also were reopening several internal affairs investigations involving officers who are now implicated in the brewing scandal.
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