September 27, 1993 |
He is the last riot victim still hospitalized, a man in a coma whose beating remains an obscure counterpoint to the televised assault of trucker Reginald O. Denny. While Denny's assault was witnessed by millions, only a few dozen watched as Wallace Tope, a street evangelist, was beaten as he was preaching to looters in Hollywood. Now, as the city anxiously awaits the outcome of the Denny trial, the Tope case is largely forgotten.
July 12, 1992
Two articles (Times, June 14) dealt with Wallace Tope, a man who is unfortunately in a comatose condition as a result of a beating, the nature and severity of which should be made known in an eventual trial of two suspects being held in custody. The cover article deals with the court's denial of lesser charges against the defendants. It then begins to portray, for me, a person who virtually placed himself in "harm's way" and in defense of what? Was it in defense of human life as it was in the instance of the four young black women and men who mercifully came to the defense of Covina truck driver Reginald Denny, who was in the area with his cement/gravel truck?
June 14, 1992 |
A Los Angeles Municipal Court judge has ordered two friends to stand trial on attempted murder charges for the near-fatal beating of a Pasadena evangelist who tried to stop looting at a Hollywood shopping center during the April riots. After a daylong preliminary hearing last week, Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell rejected defense arguments that Leonard Sosa, 23, and Fidel Ortiz, 20, did not intend to kill evangelist Wallace Tope, and that the charges should be reduced.
May 28, 1992 |
Acting on a tip, police have arrested two men in the beating of a Pasadena evangelist who was trying to stop looting in Hollywood during the riots that followed the verdicts in the Rodney G. King case. Leonard Sosa, 23, and Fidel Ortiz, 20, both of Los Angeles, were each charged Wednesday with one count of attempted murder in the assault on Wallace Tope, Deputy Dist. Atty. Norman Shapiro said. Tope, 52, has been in a coma at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center since the April 30 beating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992 |
Watching images of looting on television during the second night of the Los Angeles riots, Pasadena evangelist Wallace Tope was moved to show the looters the error of their ways. After several friends refused to accompany him, Tope, 52 and white, went alone to a shopping mall at the corner of Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, where hundreds of people had gathered to watch looters ravage a Sav-on drugstore.