Crime Time: Ho' Attacker, Hammer Head, Bushman Packing Heat, Monkey Off the Market and Ryan Seacrest
|Center photo by Melinda Nagy/Dreamstime.com|
|BE TRUE TO YOUR CRIME-RIDDEN SCHOOL: Ah, a new school year is upon us. And so is schoolyard mayhem. A former security officer at Irvine's Beckman High School (top left) has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a minor. Juan Armando Candela, 26, of Tustin, allegedly had an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student at Beckman. Suspected gang member Richard Robert Rodriguez, 17, was charged as an adult in the Sept. 8 stabbing of a male student at Sonora High School (bottom left). Rodriguez, who is not a student at the La Habra campus, faces one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of street terrorism, and sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and great bodily injury. Across town at La Habra High School (top right), another 16-year-old girl was attacked walking to school on Sept. 16 by a man who grabbed her butt and bear-hugged her before her screams caused him to release her. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, with a stocky build, short hair and wearing a black, long-sleeved jacket, blue jeans and black athletic shoes. An 11-year-old girl in the sixth grade at Golden Hill Elementary School (bottom right) was using a laptop computer to access hard-core porn, says her mom, who complained to the Fullerton School District. Why? Because they provided the MacBook under their Laptops for Learning Program. The district, of course, blames bad parenting. This, incidentally, is the same program the ACLU blasted in 2006 for being unconstitutional because families were asked to pay for the computers.|
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
Cut Off, Cursed At and Tires Slashed A motorist was cut off by another vehicle in Huntington Beach just after 9 a.m. As both cars were stopped at the Newland Street and Sealrock Drive intersection, a man who had been riding as a passenger in the second car got out, produced a knife and threatened the driver of the first car. The knifeman then slashed two tires on the first motorist's car before hopping back into his ride, which sped off.
The Customer is Not Always Right A man walked into a store in the 17000 block of Newland Street in Huntington Beach about a quarter before 1 p.m., let it be known to a clerk that he had a gun and made threatening remarks. He then took $700 and ordered the clerk down on the floor before leaving. He was described as Asian, 30, 5 feet 10 with black hair.
|Photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department|
|BAD FAMILY AFFAIRS IN SANTA ANA: Manuel Hernandez Juarez (top left) apparently did not want to pay the coyotes who smuggled his son Huber Juarez Vasquez (top right) into the country in 2000. The father and son met the human smugglers at a Santa Ana Burger King in April 2000 and, instead of handing them the agreed sum of $1,400, the father handed his son a gun, the elder Juarez shot and killed one of the coyotes and his son shot and tried to kill the other, who survived, according to prosecutors. Having been released from their respective terms behind bars recently, Manuel Juarez, now 58, and Huber Vasquez, now 37, have each been charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation and a sentencing enhancement for both charges for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death or injury. They both face a maximum sentence of 67 years to life in state prison. Santa Ana twin brothers Alejandro Justin Duran and Nicolas Alex Duran (bottom left and right respectively), both 34, as well as a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested for twice stabbing in the abdomen a 38-year-old man who walked out of his house in Santa Ana on July 7 and tried to get three taggers to stop defacing a wall. The three suspects, who are known gang members, are also alleged to have punched and kicked the man repeatedly.|
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|Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr.|
Who Knew Skateboarding Could Be Violent? A 38-year-old security guard at a skate park near Sienna and Crown Valley parkways in Ladera Ranch took away a boarder's pass after 8 p.m. That led to a fight with four people which found the guard managing to pepper-spray one of the combatants. That also earned the guard a knock on the head with one of the boards. Sheriff's deputies responded and took away Michael Kenneth Dauw, 19, and Stephen Ryan Fowks, 18.
Louisville Sluggers Get Bike and Phone A man was riding his bicycle in the 2300 block of North Grand Avenue around 9:40 p.m. when two men walked up showing off a baseball bat. They threatened to beat the man unless he gave up the bike and his cell phone, so the gent did just that. The robbers then fled, and police had not description of them, not even if they batted left or right-handed.
There's a Knife Fight in the Old Park Tonight Three homeless men were drinking at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach during the nighttime hours when two of the men began fighting--with knives. Police arrived to find an unidentified 32-year-old man in the park restroom tending to six-inch cut on his left shoulder and several cuts to his right hand. He was treated at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to be treated for non-life threatening wounds. He also identified his attacker. Brian Rooney, 24, was later arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police believe he got help getting rid of his knife and clothing, so his friend Anthony Martinez, 27, was also arrested on suspicion of violating terms of his parole, destroying evidence and being an accessory to a crime.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16
Taco Hell A police officer patrolling the area around Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton saw a man trying to break the window of a Taco Bell at 4 a.m. As the cop swung his squad car around to investigate, he encountered the man again walking across the street. Kyle Algarin, 23, of Fullerton, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Seeks Dog, Gets Hog A dog apparently dug under a fence and got into the back yard of a home near the 23000 block of Calle Hogar in Mission Viejo about 9 a.m. That caused the dog's owner to try to retrieve her pet, who approached a gardener working on a hillside. As the woman tried to get her dog, the worker allegedly exposed himself to her. She went back to her home and told her husband, who held the gardener until sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest 27-year-old Miguel Delgado-Hernandez.
Get Shorty A man who later fled in a black Jeep Cherokee robbed the Bank of the West branch at 11051 Beach Blvd., Stanton, shortly before 1 p.m. He was described as white, 5 feet 4, wearing a goatee, large sunglasses, a white shirt and a baseball cap with the letter C.
Beware of Late Night Visitors Two men rooming together at the Haven Hill Apartment Homes at 3100 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Fullerton heard a knock on their door around 10:30 p.m. Peering outside, they saw a woman at the door even though neither roomie was expecting company. As one opened the door, two other men armed with handguns pushed their way in, ordered one of the roommates to the floor and the other to sit on the couch. The victim on the floor was pistol-whipped during the ordeal which involved the robbers tearing apart the apartment in search of valuables. They made off with cell phones, a Mac laptop, an Xbox 360, iPods and the victims' wallets. One robber was described as black, 18-21, 5 feet 11, 175 pounds with a goatee. The second was black, 18-21, 6 feet 2, 175 pounds and wearing a ski mask. Both wore black sweatshirts, baggy blue jeans and were armed with handguns. No description of the woman was provided.