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August 8, 1999 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police looking for a man responsible for at least seven sexual assaults in the West Valley since March 29 may have another clue--the color and make of his car. Officer David Ralphs said the man may have propositioned a housekeeper near the corner of Roscoe Boulevard and Valley Circle in West Hills earlier this week while driving a blue 1985 to 1989 Honda . Around 7:30 a.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2001 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man known as the Groundhog Bandit is considered one of the most dangerous bank robbers in Los Angeles. Hoping to stop him before he hits again, police sought the public's assistance Monday in catching the man suspected of 22 bank robberies that date back to Groundhog Day 1995. Police also are looking for help finding two men responsible for eight other bank robberies.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2001 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man known as the Groundhog Bandit is considered one of the most dangerous bank robbers in Los Angeles. Hoping to stop him before he hits again, police sought the public's assistance Monday in catching the man suspected of 22 bank robberies that date back to Groundhog Day 1995. Police also are looking for help finding two men responsible for eight other bank robberies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Monday they are investigating a possible connection between two kidnappings that occurred over the weekend in the northeast San Fernando Valley, including one that ended with the victim's slaying. "We are exploring all possibilities at this point," said San Fernando Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Monday they are investigating a possible connection between two kidnappings that occurred over the weekend in the northeast San Fernando Valley, including one that ended with the victim's slaying. "We are exploring all possibilities at this point," said San Fernando Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated Los Angeles police on Friday stepped up their manhunt for a serial child molester stalking San Fernando Valley schoolchildren, asking for weekend volunteers to help pass out 100,000 leaflets to homes near Valley schools. Police, who convened a meeting of department and outside experts Friday, said the investigation involves the largest deployment of officers since the Night Stalker and Hillside Strangler murder cases. "There is a full commitment to this," said Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police released a composite drawing Tuesday of the man they say is responsible for at least seven rapes across the San Fernando Valley since March, including an attack in which a woman was raped in front of her 8-year-old son. The serial rapist is believed to be Latino, African American or of mixed-race descent. He is probably in his 20s or 30s, about 5 feet 9 and 160-170 pounds, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jason Lee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1994 | THOM MROZEK
Three San Fernando Valley men were convicted Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery spree that culminated in a chase in which four police cars were damaged. The robbers, who each face at least 15 years in state prison, specialized in holding up liquor stores and small businesses, authorities said. After one day of deliberations, a Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted Ralph Nieto, Tyrone Mitchell and Julio Mancilla on a variety of charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996 | LISA LEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After she was raped by a stranger, Danielle was not supposed to go to the police. Prostitutes, junkies and convicted felons usually don't. She was all three. But what happened that Sunday morning in March was so cruel, so violating. She was on her way to see her mother and daughter, not working the street, when she accepted a ride from a clean-cut man in a blue station wagon. Within minutes, his hand was on her throat, and he was on top of her, taking what was not for sale at any price.
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November 19, 1993 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anna Measles brought her two children to the Sutter Middle School PTSA meeting Thursday night because she didn't want to leave her 11-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son home alone after dark. And her reason for coming to the meeting, in which parents launched plans for a junior neighborhood watch program and geared up for a communitywide forum tonight, was just as simple: "I have a daughter," Measles said. "It helps me to protect my child," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999
A 21-year-old man suspected of being the "teardrop rapist" was charged Tuesday with child molestation, kidnapping and rape. Prosecutors are recommending that Matthew Gonzales' bail be set at over $3 million. Gonzales, of Los Angeles, is charged with two counts of kidnap for rape, one count of child molestation of a victim under 14 and one count of rape by force. The victims identified their alleged attacker by the teardrop tattoos under both eyes, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1999 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police looking for a man responsible for at least seven sexual assaults in the West Valley since March 29 may have another clue--the color and make of his car. Officer David Ralphs said the man may have propositioned a housekeeper near the corner of Roscoe Boulevard and Valley Circle in West Hills earlier this week while driving a blue 1985 to 1989 Honda . Around 7:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police released a composite drawing Tuesday of the man they say is responsible for at least seven rapes across the San Fernando Valley since March, including an attack in which a woman was raped in front of her 8-year-old son. The serial rapist is believed to be Latino, African American or of mixed-race descent. He is probably in his 20s or 30s, about 5 feet 9 and 160-170 pounds, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jason Lee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As his victims held hands and wept, Jose Luis Zarate was convicted Wednesday of the serial rape of four women over three weeks in the San Fernando Valley. A five-man, seven-woman jury found Zarate guilty of 25 counts of rape, robbery, kidnapping and burglary, returning a verdict that authorities said ensures he will never leave prison. Deputy Dist. Atty. Margo Childress said Zarate faces a minimum of 100 years to life in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996 | LISA LEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After she was raped by a stranger, Danielle was not supposed to go to the police. Prostitutes, junkies and convicted felons usually don't. She was all three. But what happened that Sunday morning in March was so cruel, so violating. She was on her way to see her mother and daughter, not working the street, when she accepted a ride from a clean-cut man in a blue station wagon. Within minutes, his hand was on her throat, and he was on top of her, taking what was not for sale at any price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1996
Los Angeles police released a description of a possible serial rapist Wednesday who may be operating in the Sherman Oaks area. The slender, muscular, white male, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, is believed to be responsible for at least one rape last month and possibly for an attempted rape this week, police said. Police said the man broke into an apartment in the vicinity of Ventura Boulevard and Willis Avenue on Jan. 16 and raped the woman who lived there.
NEWS
December 10, 1993 | JOSH MEYER and ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Like other conscientious students, 10-year-old Antonia Ledezma tries to pay attention to her classwork. But lately her mind has been elsewhere. "Sometimes when I do my spelling words, I think about that man, and I miss a word," she said, holding her mother's hand on the way to Fullbright Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park this week. "Sometimes I have bad dreams about him too."
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December 11, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated Los Angeles police stepped up their manhunt Friday for a serial child molester stalking San Fernando Valley schoolchildren, asking for weekend volunteers to help pass out 100,000 leaflets in a door-to-door effort to find the elusive assailant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1994 | THOM MROZEK
Three San Fernando Valley men were convicted Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery spree that culminated in a chase in which four police cars were damaged. The robbers, who each face at least 15 years in state prison, specialized in holding up liquor stores and small businesses, authorities said. After one day of deliberations, a Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted Ralph Nieto, Tyrone Mitchell and Julio Mancilla on a variety of charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated Los Angeles police on Friday stepped up their manhunt for a serial child molester stalking San Fernando Valley schoolchildren, asking for weekend volunteers to help pass out 100,000 leaflets to homes near Valley schools. Police, who convened a meeting of department and outside experts Friday, said the investigation involves the largest deployment of officers since the Night Stalker and Hillside Strangler murder cases. "There is a full commitment to this," said Lt.
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