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October 18, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A notorious serial rapist was confronted by his young victims Tuesday in a tense, tearful court hearing that ended with a judge handing down one of the most severe sentences ever for someone pleading guilty to such crimes: 101 years in prison. Steven Morales, who terrorized Orange County in 1998 with seven sexual attacks on women and girls as young as 13, sat silently as victims and their families looked him in the eyes and lashed out.
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July 10, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bail was denied Monday for a man believed to be the final suspect in a group blamed for a series of violent, takeover-style bank holdups in Orange and Los Angeles counties, authorities said. Liston Oswanio David, 34, of Los Angeles had eluded police since a 1999 bank robbery in Huntington Beach, according to the FBI. Agents said David was a member of a group known as the Head Hunter Bandits, an aggressive team thought to have robbed 16 banks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999
Officers said Wednesday that they are hunting for a serial rapist who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least four teenage girls, including two sisters, in the last year. The man, believed to be in his 20s or late teens, has struck in daylight in several upscale neighborhoods across Orange County, targeting girls as young as 13. The rapist is also suspected of attacking a Seal Beach woman in her 40s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A notorious serial rapist was confronted by his young victims Tuesday in a tense, tearful court hearing that ended with a judge handing down one of the most severe sentences ever for someone pleading guilty to such crimes: 101 years in prison. Steven Morales, who terrorized Orange County in 1998 with seven sexual attacks on women and girls as young as 13, sat silently as victims and their families looked him in the eyes and lashed out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Criminals in a series of recent Orange County bank robberies have done so much repeat business that investigators have given them nicknames. The Floppy Hat Bandit is suspected of robbing at least eight banks, FBI officials said Thursday. Federal agents and local police officers also are looking for the Lean and Mean Robber and the Gaptoothed Bandit.
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December 19, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The paunchy robber vanishes for months on end, but when he hits a bank his line is always the same. "Gimme the money, and make it snappy," he orders the tellers. FBI agents have dubbed the bandit "Snappy," and he is one of a lineup of serial bank robbers who are plaguing Orange County and whose mug shots grace the walls of the bureau's Santa Ana office. Snappy is suspected of holding up three Great Western bank branches in Orange County on Dec. 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bail was denied Monday for a man believed to be the final suspect in a group blamed for a series of violent, takeover-style bank holdups in Orange and Los Angeles counties, authorities said. Liston Oswanio David, 34, of Los Angeles had eluded police since a 1999 bank robbery in Huntington Beach, according to the FBI. Agents said David was a member of a group known as the Head Hunter Bandits, an aggressive team thought to have robbed 16 banks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Moreland Redd were given their first glimpse on Wednesday into the background of a man who "snapped" and went from Medal of Valor recipient to serial bank robber and murderer. Redd, 50, was convicted last week of killing a Yorba Linda supermarket manager in 1994 as well as other crimes and faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County detectives said Wednesday that they are hunting for a serial rapist who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least four teenage girls--including two sisters--in the last year. The man, estimated to be in his late teens or 20s, has struck during daylight hours in several upscale neighborhoods across Orange County, targeting girls as young as 13. The rapist also is suspected of attacking a Seal Beach woman in her 40s who has a teenage daughter.
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April 17, 1999 | JAMES MEIER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five young men suspected of committing 31 South County burglaries in the past month were arrested early Friday in Dana Point, police said. The Orange County Sheriff's Department had assembled a 30-member multi-agency team to end a rash of break-ins of coffee shops, auto-repair businesses and vehicles parked on the street, Sheriff's Lt. Paul Ratchford said. Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, officers arrested Jayson Townsend, 21, of Dana Point, who police believe was the ring leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Criminals in a series of recent Orange County bank robberies have done so much repeat business that investigators have given them nicknames. The Floppy Hat Bandit is suspected of robbing at least eight banks, FBI officials said Thursday. Federal agents and local police officers also are looking for the Lean and Mean Robber and the Gaptoothed Bandit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999
Officers said Wednesday that they are hunting for a serial rapist who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least four teenage girls, including two sisters, in the last year. The man, believed to be in his 20s or late teens, has struck in daylight in several upscale neighborhoods across Orange County, targeting girls as young as 13. The rapist is also suspected of attacking a Seal Beach woman in her 40s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County detectives said Wednesday that they are hunting for a serial rapist who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least four teenage girls--including two sisters--in the last year. The man, estimated to be in his late teens or 20s, has struck during daylight hours in several upscale neighborhoods across Orange County, targeting girls as young as 13. The rapist also is suspected of attacking a Seal Beach woman in her 40s who has a teenage daughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1999 | JAMES MEIER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five young men suspected of committing 31 South County burglaries in the past month were arrested early Friday in Dana Point, police said. The Orange County Sheriff's Department had assembled a 30-member multi-agency team to end a rash of break-ins of coffee shops, auto-repair businesses and vehicles parked on the street, Sheriff's Lt. Paul Ratchford said. Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, officers arrested Jayson Townsend, 21, of Dana Point, who police believe was the ring leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Moreland Redd were given their first glimpse on Wednesday into the background of a man who "snapped" and went from Medal of Valor recipient to serial bank robber and murderer. Redd, 50, was convicted last week of killing a Yorba Linda supermarket manager in 1994 as well as other crimes and faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
NEWS
December 19, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The paunchy robber vanishes for months on end, but when he hits a bank his line is always the same. "Gimme the money, and make it snappy," he orders the tellers. FBI agents have dubbed the bandit "Snappy," and he is one of a lineup of serial bank robbers who are plaguing Orange County and whose mug shots grace the walls of the bureau's Santa Ana office. Snappy is suspected of holding up three Great Western bank branches in Orange County on Dec. 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mary Pantoja had always admired the short, trim woman she often saw running near their Mission Viejo neighborhood. She looked about Pantoja's age, 40. That was inspirational enough, but this woman's persistence was really amazing, Pantoja thought. She didn't seem to miss a day of exercise. Last month, admiration turned into determination and Pantoja decided to start running. It was a decision that may have saved her fellow jogger, Ellen Clinton, from sexual assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mary Pantoja had always admired the short, trim woman she often saw running near their Mission Viejo neighborhood. She looked about Pantoja's age, 40. That was inspirational enough, but this woman's persistence was really amazing, Pantoja thought. She didn't seem to miss a day of exercise. Last month, admiration turned into determination and Pantoja decided to start running. It was a decision that may have saved her fellow jogger, Ellen Clinton, from sexual assault.
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