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June 27, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Three Santa Ana men, reputedly members of a Vietnamese gang known as the "Santa Ana Boys," were arrested late Monday for the brutal robbery of a Boise, Ida., community center, during which a woman was repeatedly pistol-whipped. Hien Thuong Nguyen, 24; Trung Quang Nguyen, 20, and Thanh Ban Nguyen, 26, who are not related, are suspects in a June 17 robbery which netted $29,000 in cash and jewelry. The three men were arrested in Santa Ana after 11 p.m. Monday by Westminster and Boise investigators, Westminster police spokesman Tom Broderson said.
August 6, 1985 | Shirish Date \f7
Burglars broke into two Westminster Mall jewelry stores early Monday and made off with more than $80,000 in jewelry, police reported. Westminster police responded to alarms received at 3:35 and 3:36 a.m. but found no suspects at the mall when they arrived at 3:38, Police Lt. Richard Main said. "They can be in and out in a minute and a half depending on how fast they break that exterior glass," he said.
A woman with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared from a relative's Westminster home 10 days ago has been found at an airport in Kansas City, Mo., police said. Doris Goodwin's journey began the afternoon of Oct. 22 when she drove away from her brother-in-law's home in Westminster with $100 in a Chevrolet Corsica belonging to Goodwin and her husband. Family members said they thought Goodwin, 64, was going to the grocery store. Instead, Goodwin vanished for days.
February 3, 1991
After a monthlong search, Westminster police found and arrested a murder suspect Friday night at a Pepperdine University basketball game on the Malibu campus. Jeffrey Blaine Roberts, 19, of West Covina was the second suspect arrested in two days in the Dec. 29 robbery-homicide at Goldport Jewelers, 15372 Beach Blvd. in Westminster, police said. "After questioning a few people," Police Lt. Andrew Hall said, "we learned he was a big Pepperdine basketball fan.
August 29, 1999
Westminster police arrested a Garden Grove man suspected of spousal rape Saturday night after he led them on a chase that ended at the Goldenwest Street exit of the Garden Grove Freeway. Alexander Navarro, 45, was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting his estranged wife in her Westminster home, police said. She immediately called police to report the 6 p.m. attack, telling police that he was headed to his mother's home in Garden Grove.
August 4, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
The family of a man shot and fatally pinned to a palm tree by a Westminster police cruiser in February filed a $40-million claim against the city and Orange County as outrage over the incident continued to simmer in Little Saigon. The death of Hoang Tan Bui, a 30-year-old father of two, has infuriated some in the Vietnamese American community who say they have had a cultural mistrust of law enforcement dating back to their experiences in Vietnam during the war.
April 23, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A man who shot and killed his 4-year-old son and injured his wife at a Long Beach intersection Thursday later died in a shootout with Westminster police, officials said Friday. An officer was wounded during the exchange of gunfire. Brian Manuel's neighbors called Westminster police after recognizing the 40-year-old in TV news reports. Shortly after 11 p.m., police arrived in the frontyard of his home in the 5100 block of Cornell Avenue.
August 9, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Police this week arrested one man and seized more than $35,000 in counterfeit traveler's checks and the computer gear used to make them at a local home, officials said Thursday. Police discovered a sophisticated "home print shop" at the home of Robert Tana, 22, in the in 8000 block of Monticello Circle, with computers and stacks of photo copies of actual documents, Westminster Police Det. Mark D. Nye said.
The family of a 19-year-old Westminster man who died a week after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession is filing a $10-million wrongful-death claim against Orange County and the city of Westminster, the family's lawyer said. Attorney Van Thai Tran said he filed the Westminster claim Thursday and will file another against the county today alleging that Tuan Tang was denied medical attention and that his civil rights were violated.
September 27, 1988
The Orange County Grand Jury, after concluding its investigation into the fatal shooting of Frank Martinez, recommended that no indictments be handed down against the officers involved, Westminster police said Monday. "The Orange County district attorney's office has informed the Westminster Police Department that the grand jury has rejected filing charges against all officers in the Martinez shooting," Westminster Police Sgt. Bill Lewis said.
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