Michael Theodore Mordaunt, Boeing IT Pro, Posed as Surfer Boy to Lure, Molest Girls: Cops

Categories: Crime-iny

See the update on police and prosecutors alleging Michael Mordaunt posed as a surfer boy online to lure 17 girls, some of whom he met and molested.

Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
Investigators are scanning all of Michael Theodore Mordaunt's electronics devices.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:08 A.M.: The occupation of a Cypress man arrested for allegedly trying to contact teen-age girls via the Internet for sex and possessing child pornography has investigators worried. That's because 45-year-old Michael Theodore Mordaunt works in information technology for Boeing in Seal Beach.

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FBI Arrests Bomb-Threatening, Wild-Note Writing Santa Ana Bank Bandit

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Blazing idiot
Southern California FBI special agents say they have solved a March bank robbery in Santa Ana that, at least temporarily, netted the note-bearing bandit $21,000.

According to the FBI, Gerald Anthony Prudholme, Jr. entered Chase Bank at North Main Street and Washington Avenue, and handed a bank employee a poorly-written note containing the following message:

"This is not a joke! Do not panic or press alarm! I am sending this NIGGER in your bank who is attached to a timed bomb (look up) he also has a small camera that I can see everything. I also have a small camera in the lobby. I want $50K in 100s + 50s. NO DYE Pack or bait money or else I blow you ALL up! Of course the NIGGER too! Yay!"

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Films, Martial Arts, and More at Fiesta Latina at Bowers Museum This Sunday

Categories: Film and TV

OC Film Fiesta
Kids take on the Buster Keaton-era of film

It's easy to forget that Bowers Museum, that not-so-tiny museum that houses rare artifacts from around the world, stays culturally relevant and fun with family events and festivals. Consider this Sunday's Fiesta Latina, a short but quirky four hours of entertainment that features various Latino-centric forms of expression, musical and otherwise. Salsa dancing lessons, a DJ set featuring tangos, rancheras, and boleros, Brazilian martial arts demonstration and a guitar performance round out the day's schedule, with a showcase of films at the center; a series of short films brought to you by the OC Film Fiesta shown at Bowers' Kershaw Auditorium.

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Garden Grove and Santa Ana Hold Checkpoints SATURDAY NIGHT!

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Sign of the times (the times being 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday)

The police departments of Garden Grove and Santa Ana hold separate DUI/drivers license checkpoints from 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

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Orange County Man Charged With Selling Fake Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

U.S. Department of Justice officials revealed this week they filed a copyright infringement case against an Orange County man for illegally reproducing and selling popular electronic games.

Paul Trinh spent at least a 180-day period in 2010 selling the fake versions of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii for "the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain," according to federal officials.

The charging document claims Trinh, who was born in 1978, sold at least 10 copies of the games with a retail value of more than $2,500.

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Macy's MainPlace Pepper Spray Robber Sought by Police

Categories: Crime-iny

All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
The woman is white, in her mid 30s, with dark red hair and sporting tattoos on both arms.

Images pulled from surveillance video show a woman wanted for walking out of the MainPlace Santa Ana Macy's with $400 worth of clothing she did not buy, being confronted by security and pepper spraying the officer to make her getaway, according to police.

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Santa Ana Pot Crackdown Begins Anew

Eric Hood/OC Weekly
Dabz a make her dance

According to a Santa Ana Police Department investigator who spoke with the Weekly, 17 medical marijuana dispensaries were visited by police in the past week. 42 tickets were issued to dispensaries operating in violation of the city's 2007 ban on pot clubs, three of which--Wax City, Emerald, and Wax-R-Us--have now closed. The operation came in the wake of a July 15 city council meeting in which councilmembers voted to appropriate $500,000 for ongoing anti-pot enforcement actions.

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Creepy Dolls Appear on Doorsteps in San Clemente: What Does it Mean?

Categories: Bat Shit Nuts

Orange County Sheriffs' Department
Why is this happening?! Why is this happening?!
Before reading this story you might want to lower the lights a little, and maybe even crawl into bed. Wait, no--this isn't a ghost story. This is real life! Over the last several days, 11 families in the San Clemente community of Talega opened their front doors to find a single, porcelain doll on the porch. Each family has at least one young daughter around 10 years old. Eerily, they said the doll dropped at each porch shares a resemblance with that daughter.

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Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

Courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department
Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

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Magdi Faiz Girgis Murder Plot Against Wife in 2004 Featured on NBC's Dateline TONIGHT

Ryan Girgis is shown after the then-17-year-old broke out of his ties on Sept. 29, 2004. He'd been bound by killers of his mother who had been hired by his father.

A cold-case murder plotted by a Westminster respiratory therapist who did not want to pay for his divorce from his wife in 2004 gets the NBC Dateline treatment tonight.

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