Crime in the OC is no different than what
we see on television

I’ll admit it – I can’t get enough of the Law and Order shows, Cold Case and the CSI programs. Every night, you can watch hours of such programs on cable and it usually doesn’t matter to me if I’ve seen an episode a year or two before. That said I am able to also say with certainty that many others in Laguna, male and female, young and old, have told me they’re hooked as well.

Long before cable TV, the “whodunit” was always a top selling genre of books, magazines
and movies.

Most readers know that I have been covering the cops, fire and courts relating to Laguna Beach far longer than anyone else doing so in town. Before that, the law was second only to baseball as my passionate hobby.

OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ Public Affairs Counsel provides press releases filled with the details about important cases that have been or are being prosecuted by his office. I have always read them but only when they have a direct bearing on Laguna Beach have I written anything.

What always stood out is how the OC has crimes of all types that mirror the whole country – and cable TV. And, many of the crimes are closer to home than I believe most Lagunans realize.

Press releases from the DA’s officer will be printed here without much editing and without comment – just for readers’ knowledge awareness and entertainment with the caveat that the DA’s office isn’t interested in presenting the side of the accused.

Stu Saffer

This week from the OC DA’s office…


Two men to appear in court for illegally importing $2 million in counterfeit Disney pins from china to sell over the Internet

May 12 – Two defendants will be in court tomorrow for illegally importing $2 million in counterfeit collectable Disney pins from China and selling them over the Internet.

Robert Edward Smyrak, 52, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of manufacturing and sale of counterfeit mark and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. Smyrak is out of custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Co-defendant Larry James Allred, 57, Walnut, is charged with one felony count of manufacturing and sale of counterfeit mark and sentencing enhancements for two prior strike convictions for rape in 1975 and kidnapping in 1978. Based on his two prior strike convictions, Allred faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. He is out of custody on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing tomorrow, Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3.

Smyrak is accused of masterminding a fraudulent operation and selling counterfeit Disney pins over the Internet while passing them off as collectibles. Allred is accused of working with Smyrak and assisting in the scheme. The defendants are accused of sending legitimate collectible pins to a manufacturer in China to be replicated and having the fake pins shipped back to them. During the course of the scheme, Smyrak and Allred are accused of receiving approximately 80 shipments of counterfeit pins from China with an approximately value of $2 million.

The fraudulent operation was discovered in February 2011 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists intercepted a parcel at Los Angeles International Airport addressed to Smyrak containing more than 150 pounds of counterfeit Disney pins.

Smyrak and Allred were arrested April 14, 2011, by the Anaheim Police Department (APD). At the time of his arrest, Smyrak is accused of being in possession of more than 100,000 counterfeit pins. Defendant Cynthia Lynn Pratt Vedder, 43, Smyrak’s former girlfriend, was also arrested at that time and charged with one felony count of manufacturing and sale of counterfeit mark (Case # 11NF1478) for independently engaging in the same type of scheme.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) and APD.

“American businesses and American brands are under assault from counterfeiters,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE HSI in Los Angeles. “The sale of counterfeit products robs Americans of jobs, stifles American innovation, promotes crime and introduces substandard and sometimes harmful products into commerce. The only ones who benefit from schemes like this are the counterfeiters and they’re getting rich at America’s expense.

“Collaboration with agencies such as ICE, the Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney is essential to successfully combat crimes involving counterfeiting and piratical goods,” said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations Los Angeles, Carlos Martel. “Our cooperative efforts serve as a force multiplier in thwarting the attempts of those who try to enter illegal goods into the commerce of the United States. Through these partnerships, we work to protect America’s innovation based economy and the health and safety of its consumers.”

DUI driver to be arraigned for killing passenger by crashing into tree and electrical pole after speeding over 100 mph

May 12 – A drunken driver will be arraigned tomorrow for killing his passenger by crashing into a tree and electrical pole after driving at speeds over 100 mph.

James Ralph Huff, 46, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, May 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. on March 29, 2009, Huff is accused of driving while intoxicated at speeds over 100 mph in a 1996 Porsche. He is accused of having a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08 percent while driving. Huff’s friend, 28-year-old Miguel Barahona, was riding in the passenger seat. The defendant is accused of losing control of his vehicle on Valley View Street in Buena Park and colliding with the curb. He is accused of crashing into a tree, causing it to uproot, and then hitting an electrical pole.

The defendant’s vehicle caught on fire and bystanders called 911 and attempted to put out the fire with extinguishers. Witnesses were able to remove Huff from the burning vehicle. The defendant was transported to the hospital to be treated for internal injuries and third degree burns.

As a result of the crash, Huff is accused of killing Barahona, who was still in the passenger seat of the burning vehicle when paramedics arrived. Barahona died at the scene due to multiple traumatic and thermal injuries.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Susan Price of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Newport Beach man charged with raping and threatening to kill woman before initiating 7-hour standoff with police

May 11 – A man has been charged with raping, sexually assaulting, and threatening to kill a 29-year-old woman in his home before engaging police in a 7-hour standoff.

David Charles Wilson, 48, Newport Beach, is charged with one felony count each of aggravated assault, criminal threats, forcible oral copulation, false imprisonment by violence, three felony counts each of forcible rape and sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 58 years in state prison.

At approximately 10 p.m. on May 9, 2011, 29-year-old Jane Doe went to Wilson’s Newport Beach home at his invitation after meeting him a few months earlier and speaking with him several times on the phone. As soon as Jane Doe entered the house, Wilson is accused of choking her and threatening to kill her if she did not cooperate.

Wilson is accused of raping Jane Doe in his bedroom and other rooms of the house. He is accused of forcing her to orally copulate him and sexually penetrating her with his fingers, a pen, and a toothbrush. Wilson is accused of refusing to let Jane Doe leave and keeping her in his home against her will.

Prior to going to meet the defendant, Jane Doe told a friend that she was going to meet Wilson. Beginning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Jane Doe’s friend tried calling the victim but was unable to reach her. At approximately 3 a.m., after several failed attempted to reach Jane Doe and becoming concerned for Jane Doe’s safety, the victim’s friend drove to Wilson’s house and called out for her friend from outside. Jane Doe was able to escape through a window and run to her friend’s car.

A neighbor heard yelling and called 911. The Newport Beach Police Department, who investigated this case, responded to the defendant’s home. Wilson is accused of barricading himself inside his house and refusing to comply with the officers’ orders to come out. After an almost 7-hour standoff, Wilson is accused of finally coming out of his home at 9:40 a.m.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

Woman charged with shooting-murder of husband and attempted murder of 16-year-old son

May 9 – A woman has been charged with murdering her husband and attempting to murder her 16-year-old son by shooting them in the family’s Tustin Ranch home.

Annamaria Magno Gana, 41, unincorporated Tustin, is charged with one felony count each of murder and attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 82 years to life in state prison. Gana is being held on $1 million bail.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on May 8, 2011, Gana is accused of arming herself with a firearm and shooting a bullet into the ceiling of a bedroom in her Tustin Ranch home. When her 72-year-old husband Antonio Potenciano Gana and their 16-year-old son ran into the bedroom in response to the gunshot, Gana is accused of turning the firearm toward her husband and murdering him by shooting him in the chest.

She is also accused of then shooting at John Doe as he turned and attempted to escape. The victim was shot in the arm but was able to get out of the home and call 911 on his cell phone. Gana’s other son, age 9, witnessed his mother holding the firearm and was able to wrestle it away from her and take it outside.

The OC Sheriff’s department, who investigated this case, arrived at the scene and arrested Gana. She was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained while shooting the firearm.

The defendant’s two sons are in protective custody. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.


Masseur arrested for attempted rape at spa

Mark Peregil Valenzon, 35 of Lake Forest, was arrested on a charge of attempted rape Sunday afternoon at his workplace, Massage Envy Spa, in North Laguna. Valenzon works at the spa as a masseur, police Sgt. Louise Callus said.

According to the police log, an unidentified woman called 9-1-1 at 5:22 p.m. from a nearby parking lot to report that while she was receiving a massage while laying on her stomach, the suspect allegedly pulled down her underwear. The dispatch police log stated: “…when she turned around, he had his pants down.”

Officers interviewed the woman at the parking lot before making contact with the suspect. After interviewing Valenzon, he was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Sgt. Callus said this week that no other such reports at spas in town have been made in the past.


Boy, 14, injured while skateboarding near Riddle Field

An unidentified 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy broke his collarbone, a hand and suffered a collapsed lung when he crashed into the rear end of a stopped pickup last Tuesday just before dusk.

Witnesses told Stu News Laguna that five boys were started their skate run on High Drive. One boy was ahead of the others and, a witness said, passed the pickup as he turned off High Dr onto Hillcrest Dr next to Riddle Field where a Little League game was being played.

The witness added that the truck stopped when the boy passed him crossing over to the oncoming lane. The 14-year-old victim smashed into the back of the truck. He was taken to Mission Hospital trauma center in Mission Viejo. Police said he is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

No charges were made against the driver according to police.

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Unintended advantage: raising speed limit to use radar leads to arrest of three on multiple charges

Complaints about speeding on Bluebird Canyon Drive over the past few years created an unlikely scenario for Laguna Beach police. When they ticketed several motorists for exceeding the posted 25 mph limit in 2009, the court threw the tickets out because the street was considered an arterial roadway and no average speed survey was on record.

When that survey was completed, it was learned that the average speed was about 35 mph. The City Council then did the unthinkable – it raised the speed limit to 30 mph this year, which allows the police department to use radar.

 

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This was apparently a Match.com mismatch

When an unidentified man found his match on Match.com, the Internet singles connection site, he probably felt confident based upon the ads for the site and its mission of matching people on so many fronts. After all, there have been thousands of successful relationships started through Match.com.

In his wildest imagination about his first date with Kristen James, 30, from Newport Beach, it is a pretty safe bet he never saw this scenario coming.

At 9:20 Friday night Laguna police received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a hit and run traffic crash had just occurred on South Coast Hwy at Bluebird Canyon Drive. Police found the suspect vehicle driven by James about a block away.

“She stopped when she crashed then took off leaving her date at Bluebird. He was a very good witness,” said LBPD Sgt. Louise Callus, who didn’t identify the witness.

James was subsequently arrested for DUI and driver in possession of marijuana. Sgt. Callus said she became “physical with officers at the station” and had to be physically restrained. A charge of resisting arrest was added.

“When she sobered up, she was very cooperative and we were able to book her,” Callus explained.

No one was injured in the traffic crash.

LBPD reports 10% downturn in major crimes for 2010

The Laguna Beach Police Department announced that crime stats for 2010 show a 10% decrease in major crimes and a 14% decrease in other crimes.

The announcement said:

“While this downward trend is not unique to Laguna Beach and has been occurring across the nation, some locally implemented measures are believed to have contributed to the decline.  Factors impacting the crime figures likely include:

•Three Strikes law in California and other states.

•Proliferation of state laws requiring DNA samples from criminals and efforts by the Police Department to utilize available DNA information to solve recent and past crimes.

•Petty criminal behavior moving from traditional property crimes to Internet fraud, identity theft and mail order fraud, all of which are less likely to be reported to law enforcement.

“In the areas of officer-initiated activity, citations issued and warrant arrests, decreases are noted and are likely due to the programs provided or supported by the City to address matters associated with homelessness.  Those numbers have dropped back in line with the historical average for those categories.

“DUI arrests have steadily increased over the past four years due to the focus of programs in this area and state funded DUI grant programs.”

The causes of the decreases in rape, assaults, threats, vandalism and juvenile crime are not clearly identifiable.  Changes in the economy, alcohol consumption, bad weather and other unknown factors likely all play a part.

“A 59% increase in the number of written animal services warnings was due to a policy change during our annual licensing campaign.  An enforcement officer was assigned to contact individuals who had not renewed their dog licenses, which resulted in an increase in these warnings.”

Download a PDFLBPD Annual Report 2010


Crime in the OC is no different than what
we see on television

I’ll admit it – I can’t get enough of the Law and Order shows, Cold Case and the CSI programs. Every night, you can watch hours of such programs on cable and it usually doesn’t matter to me if I’ve seen an episode a year or two before. That said I am able to also say with certainty that many others in Laguna, male and female, young and old, have told me they’re hooked as well.

Long before cable TV, the “whodunit” was always a top selling genre of books, magazines
and movies.

Most readers know that I have been covering the cops, fire and courts relating to Laguna Beach far longer than anyone else doing so in town. Before that, the law was second only to baseball as my passionate hobby.

OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ Public Affairs Counsel provides press releases filled with the details about important cases that have been or are being prosecuted by his office. I have always read them but only when they have a direct bearing on Laguna Beach have I written anything.

What always stood out is how the OC has crimes of all types that mirror the whole country – and cable TV. And, many of the crimes are closer to home than I believe most Lagunans realize.

Press releases from the DA’s officer will be printed here without much editing and without comment – just for readers’ knowledge awareness and entertainment with the caveat that the DA’s office isn’t interested in presenting the side of the accused.

Stu Saffer

This week from the OC DA’s office…


Man charged with impregnating 11-year-old female relative and sexually assaulting her for nine years

April 21 – A man was charged today with sexually abusing a female relative for nine years and impregnating her at the age of 11.

Mariano Antonio Castro, 56, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and inflicting great bodily injury.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison. Castro is being held on $1 million bail.

Between October 2000 and October 2008, Castro is accused of sexually assaulting a female relative on a regular basis in his Santa Ana home when the victim was 8 to 17 years old. He is accused of engaging in oral copulation and sexual intercourse with the victim.

When Jane Doe was 11 years old, Castro is accused of impregnating her. Jane Doe gave birth to a baby girl at the age of 12 and kept the baby. Despite the pregnancy, the ongoing sexual abuse of Jane Doe was never reported to law enforcement.

Jane Doe recently began going to a new church and confided in her pastor that Castro had impregnated her as a child. The pastor encouraged Jane Doe to report the sexual assault to the police, and Jane Doe came forward to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) on April 19, 2011.

The investigation by SAPD is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

Man to be arraigned for breaking into home and masturbating in front of grandmother and two young granddaughters

The OCDA is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims

April 19 – A man has been charged with breaking into the home of a grandmother and her two grandchildren, masturbating in front of the three victims, and assaulting the adult victim by punching her in the vagina.

Ozro Robert Lee, 45, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of first degree residential burglary of an inhabited dwelling, indecent exposure after unlawful entry, aggravated assault, and two felony counts of child annoyance after trespass, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. The People will be requesting Lee be held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment today, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 1:30 p. m. in Department W-15, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At approximately 8 p.m. on April 15, 2011, Lee is accused of breaking into a Garden Grove home by prying at the front door using a screwdriver or tool. Two little girls, ages 7 and 9 years old, were inside watching television while their 59-year-old grandmother, Jane Doe, was in her bedroom. Jane Doe is the sole caretaker of her granddaughters and suffers from impaired speech and limited mobility due to partial paralysis caused by a recent stroke. The victims do not know the defendant.

Lee is accused of entering the home and walking into a bathroom as the children screamed. Jane Doe heard the screams and came out of her bedroom to find Lee in the house. As Jane Doe yelled for the defendant to get out of the home, Lee is accused of turning toward the three victims, dropping his pants, and masturbating. All three victims continued to scream and Lee is accused of punching Jane Doe multiple times in the vagina with a closed fist. He is accused of then fleeing the scene.

Lee was arrested shortly thereafter outside the residence by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case.

The Orange County District Attorney is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Carl Waddell at (714) 834-7538.

OCDA filed charges against man for abusing 45-year-old female roommate with Down syndrome

April 18 – The Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office filed charges against a man for abusing his 45- year-old roommate with Down syndrome.

Richard Vu Nguyen, 44, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of dependent adult abuse. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. Nguyen is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing April 24, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.

In March 2011, Jane Doe’s family suspected she was being abused and set up a surveillance camera in her bedroom. The victim’s Down Syndrome results in a profound disability including an inability to verbally communicate, making her a vulnerable member of the community.

On one occasion between March 31, 2011, and April 9, 2011, Nguyen is accused of entering Jane Doe’s room, jumping onto her bed, and kicking her in the head and upper torso. He is accused of then fleeing the scene. The abuse was reported to the Garden Grove Police Department by Jane Doe’s relatives, who looked at the video from the surveillance camera.

Deputy District Attorney Barrie Pink of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.

Self-proclaimed psychic to be arraigned for stealing $200,000 from victim under false pretense of cleansing a curse

April 18 – A woman will be arraigned today for stealing over $200,000 from an Irvine victim by claiming to be a psychic working to rid the victim of a curse inherited while in her mother’s womb.

Lisa Debbie Adams, 35, Los Angeles, is charged with 32 felony counts of second degree commercial burglary, two felony counts of credit fraud, one felony count of grand theft, and one felony count of dissuading a witness with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property loss over $200,000. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 30 years and four months in state prison. Adams is being held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond.

In June 2008, Adams is accused of approaching 37-year-old Jane Doe, who was walking in West Hollywood with her friends and carrying an advertisement for a psychic. Adams is accused of identifying herself as a psychic and instructing the victim to make an appointment for a “cleansing” to get rid of her “darkness.”

After learning from Jane Doe that the victim had $100,000 in an IRA, the defendant is accused of meeting on several occasions with the victim in Adams’ West Hollywood apartment and Jane Doe’s Irvine workplace. Between June 2008 and August 2009, the defendant is accused of telling Jane Doe that she suffered a curse that had been placed on her mother’s womb. She is accused of instructing the victim to withdraw various amounts of money, as much as $96,000 at one time, in order to “cleanse” Jane Doe of the curse. Adams is accused of claiming to Jane Doe that she was working and performing meditations and rituals to rid the victim of her “evil.”

When Jane Doe informed Adams that she no longer wanted to work together, Adams is accused of telling the victim that they couldn’t stop now that they had started and the victim and victim’s family would be in danger of the curse if she didn’t follow the defendant’s instructions. The victim continued to comply for fear that her family would be in danger.

In addition to the cash withdrawals, Adams is accused of having Jane Doe buy $30,000 in gold bars to make a “shield” for protection and open several credit card accounts to purchase over $100,000 in luxury items and gifts to “ward off evil” including clothing, furniture, electronics, accessories, and jewelry. Adams is also accused of convincing Jane Doe to purchase a Mercedes convertible, for which she could not afford the payments and had to sell back to the dealership at a $5,000 loss.

In August 2009, Jane Doe reported the defendant to the Irvine Police Department (IPD), who investigated this case. Adams was arrested by IPD April 15, 2011, at her residence.

Deputy DA Matt Lockhart of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.


Three Arch Bay hit by crime spree this week

An alert security guard inside Three Arch Bay Monday night observed teenagers breaking into a residence on S. La Senda at 10:29. The guard called Laguna Beach police and a total of four juveniles were taken into custody.

Police said that two of the boys were apprehended outside of the home where they had been acting as lookouts. They apparently didn’t see the police until the home had been secured outside for officers to make entry.

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested and charged with felony residential burglary and later released to their parents. The other two boys were detained at the scene where their parents came to take them home.

On Tuesday, as residents began stirring after a night’s sleep, police took 15 reports of incidents including theft from unlocked vehicles, vehicle burglary and residential burglary when cars parked in garages were entered.

Items taken, police said, were all in plain sight inside the vehicles parked in the gated community in South Laguna.

Police have not commented as to a definite connection between the arrests on Monday night and the Tuesday crime reports except to say the investigation is ongoing.

Police also have not released the hometown of the four boys.


Larry Bammer named Police Officer of the Year – 2010

The Laguna Beach Police Department and the Laguna Beach Exchange Club hosted the Annual Police Awards Banquet at Tivoli Too! in late March. The banquet recognizes both sworn and civilian employees of LBPD for their service.

Narcotics detective Larry Bammer, who first joined the department when a student at Laguna Beach High School as a police explorer in 2003, was named the 2010 Police Officer of the Year.

Bammer and his partner, Detective Darin Germaine were both awarded the Medal of Merit. Police Chief Paul Workman acknowledged that as a team, the two “…made 107 narcotics arrests, seized over $135,000 in drug money…” They were instrumental in developing the case against the suspects in the 2009 murder of Damon Nicholson and were honored by the California Narcotics Officers Association as the “Street Level Team of the Year” for taking down an ecstacy ring and seizing 9,200 pills that had been earmarked for sales at a rave party.

Command Staff photo

Photos By LBPD Sgt John Falk

Parking services officer Mary Spease (foreground) was named Civilian Employee of the Year and received the Medal of Lifesaving for her July 4 rescue of two children at Aliso Beach. She is shown with the LBPD Command Staff – (left to right) Civilian Supervisor Jim Beres, Lt. Jason Kravetz, Chief Paul Workman, Lt. Darin Lenyi and Lt. Jeff Calvert. Community Services Officer Coleen Walloch is in the background.

Also receiving the Medal of Lifesaving was Sgt. John Falk who, along with Officer Schmidt, used the Automatic Electronic Defibrillator on a man who had fallen inside his home and had become unresponsive and suffered cardiac arrest. The quick actions by the two officers revived the man who survived the event.

Spring Sendele Photo

Motor Officer Spring Sendele (left above) received a Ribbon of Commendation for volunteering to work undercover for the OCDA’s office investigating a ten-year-old cold case homicide. She obtained additional evidence in the case resulting in the arrest and full confession from the killer.



FBI arrests “Ho Hum Bandit” suspected of twice robbing US Bank downtown last summer

 

DENVER –The FBI arrested Adam Lynch, 34, also known as the “Ho Hum Bandit”, late Monday in Denver. He has been indicted there for suspicion of robbing a Colorado bank on March 16. Lynch, of Marin County, is suspected of robbing the US Bank here on both June 23 and July 24 of last year, three banks in Newport Beach and several other banks in Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. Additionally, the FBI is investigating him in connection with other bank robberies in Washington and Wyoming.

He will remain in Denver where he was scheduled for a Federal Court appearance yesterday.

The FBI gave Lynch his moniker for the casual approach he demonstrated when approaching tellers with a note informing them of the robbery.

 

A video from the June 23, 2010 robbery courtesy of the LBPD:

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