Articles Tagged with Los Angeles

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Two men reportedly refusing to wear face coverings while vising a Los Angeles Target store allegedly assaulted one of the security guards as they were being ejected from the premises.

On May 1, at a Target in Van Nuys, two men were reported as walking into the store without anything covering their faces, which is against the current store policy put in place in compliance with the mayor’s Safer at Home order.

According to the Los Angeles’ “Safer at Home Emergency Order,” the places that are currently open can refuse service to those without coverings who enter their establishments since the order specifies that all visitors “must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths.”

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A man in Los Angeles allegedly tried to scam people out of financial investments by asking them to endorse a drug he reportedly claimed he created that was successful for curing COVID-19, and he is facing federal charges for the accusation.

53-year-old Keith Lawrence Middlebrook has a large online presence on social media under the name “The Real Iron Man.”

Middlebrook reportedly had an Instagram account as well as a YouTube channel where he marketed items such as a product claiming to reverse the aging process, in addition to having an acting career with small roles in several well-known television shows and movies.

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The girlfriend of a convicted felon in Jurupa Valley was allegedly kidnapped by her boyfriend and held captive for almost a week.

On the morning of January 25, 46-year-old Robert Stephen Lopez Jr. reportedly showed up at his girlfriend’s home in Jurupa Valley, allegedly without an invitation.

When Lopez arrived at the dwelling he allegedly strong-armed his way inside and grabbed the woman. The suspect, who was reported as being significantly larger in stature than his girlfriend, allegedly violently forced her to accompany him out of her home although she was reportedly unwilling and resistant.

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A woman who was suspected of two separate incidents involving the abductions of toddlers in Los Angeles last week has been arrested as the perpetrator of one of the alleged kidnappings.

On Tuesday, the surveillance camera at a downtown Los Angeles McDonald’s recorded a 4-year-old child standing by himself near one of the tables. A woman can be seen approaching the boy before she picked him up and carried him towards the door of the restaurant. The woman was chased away when an onlooker intervened as the woman was allegedly trying to place the child inside a vehicle.

The following day, a toddler was walking with a relative when a woman reportedly tried to snatch the child. It was reported that she was unsuccessful in the alleged incident when the person with the child became suspicious of her behavior chased her away.

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Two Los Angeles County residents have been charged for their alleged involvement in an immigration scheme allowing them to illegally obtain $1.5 million from Chinese nationals with the false promise of visas.

34-year-old West Covina resident Nianfei Bu, and 37-year-old Hourong Zhang, from Rowland Heights, were taken into custody on Thursday after purportedly pilfering cash from Chinese nationals in 2015 and 2016.

Bu and Zhang allegedly told seven people that if they invested money in one of several five restaurants of which Bu is the proprietor they would be given visas. The money was allegedly taken from the unknowing investors by Bu and Zhang, but the visas were never produced.

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Three women who run Los Angeles County stores are the main focus of an investigation that led to charges against 17 people who allegedly took part in the misuse of food stamp benefits.

Maria Teresa Ramirez, 37, her 54-year-old mother Maria Magdalena Salgado, and 37-year-old Yessica Raquel Garay each reportedly run different locations of three convenience stores owned by the mother and daughter.

Over a 6-year period beginning in 2011, the three women allegedly afforded some of their customers with cards containing SNAP funds the ability get cash instead of food if they agreed to give some of the money obtained to the store as a fee for the service.

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A woman from Inglewood was taken into custody after the authorities allegedly discovered that she may be a part of a fencing scheme involving merchandise that had been reported as stolen from several stores.

While investigating a report from Macy’s at the Glendale Galleria, 36-year-old Tiffany Mathis caught the attention of the police as a suspect in what is believed to be a fencing operation involving goods that were stolen from several stores around the Los Angeles area.

A fence is someone who obtains stolen goods for a low price from the people who initially stole them, and then finds buyers that will pay close to market value and usually don’t know that the products were illegally procured. Mathis is suspected of acting in this capacity.

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On Thursday night an alleged robbery took place at the spot that hosts Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and the person suspected of the crime turned himself in on the following afternoon.

On July 26 near 10:00 pm two men were reportedly involved in a physical altercation resulting in one of the men having his camera stolen by the suspected perpetrator of the incident. The theft took place where Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is placed.

19-year-old Julio Gomez, a young man who has a reputation for spending a lot of time around the area that the robbery happened, is the person that the authorities believe was responsible for the heist.

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A man who worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has been accused of having a collection of files on a computer, of which he is the purported owner, that contained several hundreds of digital images of pornography depicting children.

Last month, 54-year-old Carlos Enrique Castillo, a man who had a job with the LA DCFS, was allegedly found with more than 600 images in the form of digital pictures and videos on his PC that showed youngsters in a sexual manner.

An investigation into the situation reportedly uncovered details leading to the suspicion that Castillo not only had the pornographic materials but also had participated in sharing them online. The alleged activity has been reported as taking place over a period of approximately 120 days.

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A 7-year-old boy was found by himself at Union Station on the 4th of July after his mother allegedly abandoned him for nearly 24 hours. The child was not verbally responsive when the authorities tried to talk with him which led them to believe he might be deaf or have a developmental disability.

Employees at Union Station reported that they saw a woman and the child sitting together while having a meal, and the boy came into the kitchen area of the café unattended. When they searched for the woman that was with him, who was later suspected to be his mother, they were not able to locate her so they alerted the authorities.

The boy was believed to have a developmental or medical problem because he was not verbally expressive when the officers tried to ask him questions about why he was alone, and the Los Angeles Police Department Transit Services Division released the youngster into the custody of the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. Members of the child’s family were located the following day and they are now providing care for him in his mother’s absence.

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