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

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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

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

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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

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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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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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BREAKING: Vanesa Zavala, Candace Brito Found Not Guilty of Murdering Kim Pham, Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter

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Pham: RIP

See the bottom of this post for any updates.

Weekly reporter Charles Lam is at the Central Courthouse and just texted that Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala have been found not guilty of the second-degree murder of Kim Pham, who died outside a nightclub in Santa Ana earlier this year. The two defendants, however, were both found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

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Rebecca Lee McLaughlin Pleads Guilty to Trying to Run Over Cop on Bike at John Wayne Airport

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Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Rebecca Lee McLaughlin is due back in court Sept. 12 for sentencing.

Remember Rebecca Lee McLaughlin, who tried to run over a sheriff's special officer on bike patrol in the John Wayne Airport parking garage last year? The 49-year-old Newport Beach resident, who was originally charged with attempted murder and a sentencing
enhancement for attempted premeditated murder, copped to assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury on Tuesday.

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Nam Hoag Nguyen, Schizophrenic Assisted Care Patient, Held in Assaults on Two Police Officers

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Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
Nam Hoag Nguyen faces felony assault on a police officer with great bodily injury.

A schizophrenic patient went from an assisted-living home to a hospital to jail after an altercation Tuesday night escalated into assaults on two police officers in Garden Grove, according to authorities.

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Daniel Gilbert Becerril II Gets 15 Years for Defrauding 2 Clients and Slaying One of Them

AP Financial
Daniel Gilbert Becerril II defrauded two of his AP Financial clients and slayed one of them.

An Orange County financial consultant--who had been held for the murder of an artist/Russian immigrant/Los Angeles school teacher as part of a complex theft and money laundering scheme--pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and other counts last week and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in state prison.

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