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July 9, 2015

ATF Increases Reward In Armed Robbery Of Federal Firearms Licensee to $10,000.00

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — fayarfa @ 5:54 am

ATF and Azusa Police Department Looking for Three Suspects

Los Angeles — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Azusa Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the persons responsible for the May 24, 2015, armed robbery of Azusa Pawn, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), located in the 1000 block of West Gladstone Street in Azusa, Calif. There is a $10,000.00 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects captured on store video surveillance footage.

According to witness reports and surveillance footage, on May 24, 2015, at approximately 1:50 p.m., one black male adult suspect entered Azusa pawn and spent 15-20 minutes looking at jewelry and firearms displayed for sale then exited the store. At approximately 2:35 p.m., three black male adult suspects entered the location and ordered the employees to lie facedown on the floor. The suspects ransacked the location and ordered an employee to open the safe at gunpoint. Another employee was kicked in the face during the robbery, suffering a broken nose. Investigators believe the male who entered the store at 1:50 p.m. is possibly associated with, or one of, the three males who committed the armed robbery.

While the robbery was being committed, a father and his young son entered the business. The father and child were ordered onto the ground by the suspects. The suspects stole an iPod the child was carrying with him. The suspects got away with a large amount of jewelry and eight firearms. They were seen entering a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Saturn. The SUV narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian outside the pawn shop, then fled east on Gladstone Street.

The Azusa Police Department and ATF are concerned that these criminals may still be on the street, able to commit additional acts of violence. This was a dangerous robbery that unlawfully placed additional firearms into our community. We are asking that anyone who recalls the events of that day or recognizes the individuals, even if only by nickname, address, school or workplace, contact us immediately.

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Rowland Heights Man Sentenced to Prison for Fatally Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:49 am

A 28-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 26 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-boyfriend in 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On June 2, a jury found Andres Aguirre of Rowland Heights guilty of first-degree murder in case KA104697. Additionally, jurors found true a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Lauren Guber, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crime Aguirre and the victim, Joseph Chacon, 27, were friends even though they had a previous relationship with one another.

On Feb. 12, 2014, Aguirre provided Chacon with a large amount of alcohol and drove the victim to an isolated industrial area in La Puente, the prosecutor said.

At one point, the victim exited the car to urinate and Aguirre followed. As the victim attempted to return to the car, Aguirre fatally stabbed Chacon in the chest and back, the prosecutor added. (more…)

Man Pleads to Road Rage Assault of Elderly Victim on the 105 Freeway

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:45 am

A Baldwin Village man has entered a no contest plea for assaulting an 83-year-old victim during a road rage incident that began on the 105 Freeway, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Philip Norris said Gordon Cornelius Fritz, 19, pleaded no contest yesterday to one felony count of elder abuse in case YA092248.

Fritz was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail, five years formal probation and a year of anger management classes.

On March 31, the defendant’s vehicle crashed against the elderly victim’s car leading to some yelling and honking, the prosecutor said. After both parties pulled over to the side of the road, Fritz began punching the victim in the face, the prosecutor added.

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July 8, 2015

Glendale Man Charged with Killing Grandparents

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:45 am

A 34-year-old man was charged today with two counts of capital murder after his grandparents were found dead in the Glendale home they shared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Tamu Usher said Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern (dob 5/28/81) of Glendale faces two counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Case GA096622 also alleges Scheiern used an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon in the murders.

Arraignment for the defendant is scheduled today in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch.

According to the criminal complaint Verna Scheiern, 82, and William Sheiern, 77, were allegedly killed by their grandson on or between June 24 and June 25. Their bodies were discovered by police on June 28.

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INMATE DENIED PAROLE FOR 10 YEARS FOR 1991 STABBING-MURDER OF UNARMED TEEN AT HOUSE PARTY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:42 am

SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings (Panel), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, denied parole for 10 years today for an inmate convicted of the 1991 stabbing murder of an unarmed teenager after getting into an argument with him at a house party. Robert Aguirre Jr., 42, is currently being held at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano. Aguirre was found guilty at a court trial on May 24, 1993, of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. He was sentenced on July 22, 1993, to 16 years to life in state prison. This case was originally prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mark Sevigny.

Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera of the Gang Unit attended the hearing at the prison today to oppose Aguirre’s parole.

Before denying the inmate’s parole, the Panel took into consideration Aguirre’s recent prison rules violations and his lack of insight and remorse for the crime, citing his continued gang association, minimal self-help, minimal programming and vocational training and incomplete parole plans. Aguirre will be eligible for his next parole hearing in 2025.

Murder of Emanuel Macklin

On the evening of Oct. 15, 1991, Aguirre then 19 years old, went to a party at a home in La Habra. Aguirre was an associate of a criminal street gang. Also attending the party was 16-year-old Emanuel Macklin, who was not a member of any criminal street gang. During the course of the evening, people at the party asked Macklin about his gang affiliation, to which he denied having any membership. The victim, who was unarmed, was later attacked by several people, striking and kicking him. Aguirre then stabbed Macklin a total of five times with a knife while the victim was being held down. Macklin died as a result of a stab wound to his right abdomen.

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TWO MEN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING TEENAGE WOMAN IN SANTA ANA

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:39 am

SANTA ANA – Two men have been charged with trafficking, pimping, and pandering a teenage woman in Santa Ana. Caine Alexander Herrera, 18, and Emari Litrell Johnson, 18, both of Fresno, are each charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping, and one felony count of pandering. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. Both defendants are being held on $250,000 and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The defendants were both arraigned yesterday and are scheduled for pre-trial on July 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of the Case
Herrera and Johnson are accused of being human traffickers/pimps who exploit women for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow which include setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in physical and/or emotional abuse.

Between May 1, 2015, and July 1, 2015, Herrera is accused of recruiting Jane Doe to work for the defendant as a commercial sex worker in exchange for extra money and support for the victim’s son. Herrera and Johnson are accused of trafficking 19-year-old Jane Doe from Fresno to Orange County to perform commercial sex.

Johnson is accused of posting a sexually explicit advertisement of Jane Doe on a website known for prostitution. Herrera is accused of instructing the victim on how much to charge for commercial sex. The defendants are accused of collecting all the money Jane Doe received from sex purchasers and instilling fear in the victim to prevent her from leaving.

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July 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR THREATENING AND ASSAULTING WOMAN INCLUDING LIGHTING HER HAIR ON FIRE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

FULLERTON – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputy is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for threatening and assaulting a woman including lighting her hair on fire. Alejandro Flores, 33, Buena Park, is charged with three felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, two felony counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of criminal threats, one felony count of dissuading a witness by force or threat, and one felony count of false imprisonment by menace or violence with sentencing enhancement allegations for great bodily injury inflicted during domestic violence and the personal use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and eight months in state prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, July 7, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

At the time of the crime the defendant was a LASD deputy and was in a romantic relationship with Jane Doe. The defendant lived with the victim and a child relative under two years old in Buena Park.

Around Oct. 22, 2014, the defendant is accused of hitting Jane Doe in the face resulting in the victim suffering a broken nose. The incident went unreported.

On June 28, 2015, Flores is accused of arguing with the victim about the child’s pacifier and pushing the victim into a wall in the Buena Park home. The defendant is accused of hitting Jane Doe on the top of her head with his fist and grabbing her neck, causing the victim to fall to the ground.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING MORE THAN $100,000 FROM NEIGHBORS AND ACQUAINTANCES THROUGH FALSE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) are seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a defendant charged with defrauding more than $100,000 from neighbors and acquaintances through false investment opportunities. Angelo Castelo, 60, Yorba Linda, is charged with six felony counts of fraudulently defrauding another, one felony count of first degree burglary, one felony count of first degree robbery, one felony count of criminal threats, two felony counts of extortion by force or threat, one felony count of criminal threats, and one felony count of theft with one prior conviction, the defendant was previously convicted of grand theft of personal property in 1997 in San Diego County. The defendant also faces sentencing enhancement allegations for being a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary, committing a crime against a vulnerable victim, crime-bail-crime, aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, and property damage or loss over $65,000. If convicted, Castello faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and four months in state prison. He is being held on $250,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Castello was arraigned today and is scheduled for pre-trial on July 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Between July 14, 2012, and July 30, 2012, Castello is accused of posing as a day trader and approaching a couple at a yard sale. Castello is accused of telling the couple that he would teach them how to invest in stocks and collected over $10,000 from the victims and never made contact with the victims again or investing the money.

Between Oct. 3, 2013, and Oct. 6, 2013, Castello is accused of approaching a sales employee at a car dealership while looking for a car to purchase. The defendant is accused is of offering a fraudulent investment deal to the employee where he could receive a $12,000 return on an investment. Castello is accused of collecting $3,800 from the employee and never investing the money.

On Feb. 15, 2014, Castello is accused of accompanying his girlfriend to a rental car company and befriending a rental car agent. He is accused of offering the agent an opportunity to invest in an oil company and receiving a substantial return on the investment. The defendant is accused of collecting $7,100 from the victim and never investing the money.

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July 6, 2015

LA Kings Defenseman Enters Plea in Domestic Violence Case

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:38 am

A Los Angeles Kings defenseman pleaded no contest today in connection with an attack on his wife and was immediately sentenced to 90 days in local jail, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Viatcheslav Leonidovich “Slava” Voynov, 25, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of corporal injury to spouse. Case YA091588 also was amended to reflect his true date of birth 1/15/90.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor of the Torrance Branch also sentenced Voynov to three years summary probation, ordered him to attend a 52-week domestic violence prevention program and serve eight hours of community service.

On Oct. 19, 2014, Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck during an argument at their Redondo Beach home, prosecutors said. The injuries required medical attention at a local hospital where the defendant was arrested, prosecutors added.

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Woodland Hills Woman Sentenced for Mother’s Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:34 am

A 27-year-old woman was sentenced today to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life in state prison for the fatal shooting of her mother in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Sharon Ransom said Laura L. Purviance pleaded no contest on June 30 to one count of first-degree murder and admitted using a handgun in case LA073342.

On Feb. 13, 2013, Purviance lured her 61-year-old mother, Caroline Purviance, into her bedroom and then shot her in the back of the head, according to evidence presented in court. The defendant then took the victim’s car and fled to Oregon where she was arrested two days later, the prosecutor said.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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