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May 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Undercover officers shot and killed a narcotics suspect Saturday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them, authorities said. Plainclothes narcotics officers approached the man at 8:35 a.m. as he stood next to a van near 37th Street and Broadway. When the man allegedly drew a gun and pointed it at them, the officers shot him, said Officer Marjan Mobasser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mobasser said.
August 4, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
For tenants in an East Hollywood apartment building, Juan Chavez was a beloved security guard who always went out of his way to cheer them up and make them feel safe. But undercover Los Angeles police officers, patrolling a vigil in Pico-Union, say they considered the 37-year-old a threat to their lives. Earlier this month, police shot and killed Chavez after he allegedly removed a blue steel revolver from his waistband. Chavez's friends and family say they still don't understand how that could have happened.
July 22, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER
Three armed men posing as undercover police officers tied up people in an Ojai house Tuesday, told them to lie face down on the floor and robbed them of $400 and a handgun, investigators said. The three men drove in a red car to the house on East Ojai Road at 3 p.m., yelled the name of one of the victims and banged on the door, Ventura County sheriff's deputies said. The men, armed with two handguns and a machine gun, were dressed in civilian clothes, Lt. Gary Backman said.
July 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A 35-year-old Hacienda Heights man was found guilty of arson Tuesday for burning down a church in 2011. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Gregory Yusuke Shiga guilty of aggravated arson and four other related counts. Shiga faces up to life in prison in the fire that destroyed St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights. Authorities said the fire caused more than $8.5 million in damage. During the two-week trial in Pomona, investigators testified that Shiga started the blaze with toilet paper rolls soaked in an accelerant such as lighter fluid.
May 10, 1990
Undercover Los Angeles police officers posing as drug dealers on two corners in Pacoima arrested 27 people in five hours, a haul so large the officers ran out of handcuffs, police said Wednesday. Police made the arrests between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Van Nuys Boulevard and Pala Avenue and at Van Nuys and Ralston Avenue, said Capt. Valentino Paniccia.
December 28, 1989
Eleven men were arrested and charged with soliciting acts of prostitution during an undercover operation by two female Glendale police officers. The operation took place along the motel strip on East Colorado Street in southeast Glendale near the Eagle Rock border. The eleven were arrested within a period of three hours, said Sgt. Dean Durand, a spokesman for Glendale police. They were cited for the misdemeanor violation and released, Durand said.
March 3, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana courtroom was thrown into turmoil Thursday when two undercover narcotics investigators, wearing old clothes and sporting long hair, drew guns and aimed them at a defendant. Deputy marshals, not knowing what was going on, arrived and drew their own guns. The spectacle shocked the nearly 40 spectators in the busy Orange County Superior Courtroom, where no one knew the intruders were police officers.
A Los Angeles police sergeant testified Thursday that he saw the man accused of shooting to death a fellow undercover officer in Sylmar four years ago approach the officer with a gun. Sgt. Randy Garcia's testimony came on the second day of the murder trial of Louis Belvin Jr., 22, in San Fernando Superior Court. Belvin of Los Angeles is accused of killing Officer James H. Pagliotti, 28, on June 22, 1987, when Pagliotti tried to arrest Belvin for carrying a weapon on the street.
June 7, 1988 | ANTHONY PERRY, Times Staff Writer
A lot of people in North County talk about the uneasy relationship between illegal aliens and the Anglo majority, but Raul Paceno, Joe Lopez and Rudy Quinones have seen it from both sides. What they have seen is cruelty and kindness, naivete and cynicism displayed by both Anglos and aliens.
March 25, 1989 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
A stolen-property sting operation thought to be the largest ever in Orange County ended Friday morning with charges filed against 105 suspects and the recovery of nearly $1.4 million in items that were allegedly sold back to undercover Anaheim police officers. Anaheim Police Chief Joseph T. Molloy announced at a news conference that about half of the suspects had been arrested by mid-morning by eight teams of officers in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
March 20, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Johnny Ramirez got better grades during his second stint in high school. Unfortunately for him, this senior year didn't count. The undercover police officer posed as a high school student for eight months to aid a Central Valley drug bust. While he worked with investigators on the Police Department's payroll, he also did everything a student at Exeter Union High School would be required to do. "He would come into the narcotics investigations office and do homework," City Manager Randy Groom said.
October 1, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein
Two undercover Los Angeles police officers were shot and wounded late Saturday night after trying to intervene in a gang-related shooting they witnessed, sparking a gun battle and a massive manhunt through Koreatown. One officer was shot in the face, and his condition was unknown. A second suffered a graze wound to the head, and was expected to survive. Both were rushed to a local hospital. Police sources provided few details of the incident, but said the two officers were working undercover near Vermont Avenue and Leeward at about 9:15 p.m. when they witnessed some kind of gang-related shooting.
August 16, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Kevin Brown, a South Los Angeles physician and son of a former premier of Bermuda, was found guilty Monday on 21 charges related to sexual assaults on nine female patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover police officer. Brown was found guilty on counts that included sexual battery by fraud, sexual exploitation by a physician and lewd act upon a child. The jury deadlocked on eight other charges. As Los Angeles County Superior Judge Michael E. Pastor read the verdicts, Brown shook his head incredulously and looked back several times at family members seated in the second row, including his father, former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown.
June 26, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
To hear a 20-year veteran of the force tell it, the streets of Ecuador are a lot meaner for undercover cops these days. The anti-drug officer says narcotics are flooding in, a fellow detective was killed during a recent sting operation, and months of painstaking investigative work are routinely squandered by corrupt or threatened judges who let suspects go. "Many of my colleagues are extremely discouraged and worried. But we're fighting on. We're doing it for our children," said the longtime officer, who asked that his name not be published for security reasons.
May 15, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Outside the doors of the Down and Out, a divey downtown bar at the intersection of Spring and 5th streets, two very different worlds collide. There's the renovated world of upscale lofts, expensive coffee bars and artist studios. And then there's the world of day laborers waiting at bus stops, the mentally ill and homeless who wander up from skid row, and, most of all, drug dealers. "Pills are that way," bartender Matt Blackwell said as he gestured toward 5th Street. "Crack is down the other way, and heroin down Spring.
April 8, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The man suspected of robbing the Bellagio casino of $1.5 million in gambling chips and later selling some to an undercover police officer will stand trial on multiple felony counts, a Las Vegas justice of the peace ruled Friday. Anthony Carleo, 29, is accused of being the helmet-wearing "Biker Bandit" who stormed into the casino in December, brandished a gun, demanded chips from a craps dealer and zoomed off on a black motorcycle. In the weeks that followed, authorities said, Carleo returned to the Bellagio and gambled away so much money that the casino, as it typically does with high-rollers, gave him a free hotel room.
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A minister from a Dallas-area Baptist megachurch was caught in an Internet sex sting and charged with online solicitation of a minor, police said. Joe Barron, 52, of Plano, was arrested Thursday when he drove to Bryan, allegedly expecting to meet his online correspondent. Undercover officers had been posing as a 13-year-old girl. Barron, who was released on bail, is one of 40 ministers at Prestonwood Baptist Church, which has 26,000 members and is one of the largest in the U.S.
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