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July 6, 2016

Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Sexual Assault of Elderly Woman in Hollywood

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

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting and trying to kill an 80-year-old woman in her Hollywood apartment last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Marcus Datwione Peete (dob 11/12/82) was charged in case BA448034 with one count each of attempted murder, assault, sexual penetration by a foreign object and first-degree burglary, person present. Peete is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson of the Elder Abuse Section is prosecuting the case.

On June 18, the victim answered her front door in the 1700 block of North Ivar Avenue and Peete is accused of forcing himself inside. He allegedly pushed the woman into her bedroom and began beating her.

Peete is accused of sexually assaulting the woman as she fought back. He again punched the victim several times and fled on foot. The woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive the attack.

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July 5, 2016

Illinois Man Charged with Hacking Apple iCloud and Gmail Accounts Belonging to More Than 300 People, including Many Celebrities

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:13 am

LOS ANGELES – An Illinois man was charged today with felony computer hacking related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 300 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

Edward Majerczyk, 28, who resides in Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, was named in a criminal information filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Majerczyk has signed a plea agreement in which he agrees to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, specifically, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Although Majerczyk has been charged in Los Angeles, the parties have agreed to transfer the case to the Northern District of Illinois for the entry of his guilty plea and sentencing. Once he enters the guilty plea, Majerczyk will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

“Hacking of online accounts to steal personal information is not merely an intrusion of an individual’s privacy but is a serious violation of federal law,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Defendant’s conduct was a profound intrusion into the privacy of his victims and created vulnerabilities at multiple online service providers.”

Majerczyk’s plea agreement was lodged today in United States District Court for the Central District of California and will be executed upon transfer of the case to the Northern District of Illinois. According to the factual basis in the plea agreement, from November 23, 2013 through August 2014, Majerczyk engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for his victims. He sent e-mails to victims that appeared to be from security accounts of internet service providers that directed the victims to a website that would collect the victims’ usernames and passwords. After victims responded by entering information at that website, Majerczyk had access to victims’ usernames and passwords. After illegally accessing the iCloud and Gmail accounts, Majerczyk obtained personal information including sensitive and private photographs and videos, according to his plea agreement.

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Man Charged with Burglary, Assault, Sexual Battery in South Pasadena

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:07 am

A 22-year-old man accused of exposing himself, assaulting a teen and breaking into several homes on Wednesday was charged today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Michael David Brownlee (dob 8/21/93) of Los Angeles has been charged in case GA099173 with: two counts of first-degree burglary with a person present, one count of first-degree residential burglary, one count each of assault with intent to commit rape and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

The charging document includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime. Additionally, the felony complaint alleges that Brownlee was previously convicted of first-degree burglary, person present in 2014.

Brownlee is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alhambra Branch. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $380,000.

Prosecutors said on June 29, Brownlee allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl near South Pasadena High School but she managed to free herself and run away. Shortly after that, he is suspected of exposing himself to a mother and her son near the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Rollin Street.

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July 1, 2016

SEVEN COUNTERPROTESTERS CHARGED FOR ATTACKING MEMBERS OF WHITE SUPREMACIST ORGANIZATION DURING RALLY IN ANAHEIM

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:46 am

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) has charged seven counter protesters for attacking members of a white supremacist organization during a protest rally in Pearson Park in Anaheim, after an extensive and thorough review of the evidence submitted by the Anaheim Police Department (APD). APD conducted an extensive and thorough investigation and provided videos and hundreds of photographs to the OCDA.

There is still one counter protester suspect in a blue shirt that has yet to be identified and is being sought for kicking one of the victims in the head. Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in identifying that suspect and photos of him are below.

“This case is not about who was holding the protest rally, their racist message, or who was counter protesting. This is about the mob mentality turning violent, which shut down neighboring streets, access to the park, and endangered the community as a whole,” said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Our office does not condone any message of hate, mob violence, or vigilante justice.”

Charges

The seven defendants were charged today, June 30, 2016, with the following:

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Transient Sentenced For Attacking Boy Outside Walt Disney Concert Hall

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:40 am

A homeless man was sentenced today to six years in state prison after pleading no contest to attacking an 11-year-old boy outside a downtown Los Angeles concert hall last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Raul Villalba Ocampo, 33, entered his plea to one count of child abuse before being sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Veals.

Deputy District Attorney Irene Lee prosecuted the case.

On Dec. 10, 2015, the boy was on a field trip and standing outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall when Ocampo assaulted him. He placed the boy in a chokehold and punctured the victim’s neck with a sharpened key and continued to hold onto the boy until security personnel were able to intervene.

Case BA442175 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Former Santa Clarita Basketball Coach Sentenced for Sexually Molesting Students

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:38 am

A former basketball coach at the Albert Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita was sentenced today to 17 years, eight months in state prison after pleading no contest to sexually molesting six boys, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Randolph Jackson, 29, also was ordered to register as a sex offender for life by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller with the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted case BA433664.

In May, Jackson admitted molesting six boys between the ages of 13 and 17 at various locations in Los Angeles, the prosecutor said. The incidents occurred between November 2010 and January 2015. He met the victims while working as a basketball coach at two separate schools.

Jackson pleaded no contest to a total of nine counts, including one felony count each of continuous sexual abuse, oral copulation of a person under 16 and lewd act on a child. In addition, he pleaded to six misdemeanor charges, including four counts of indecent exposure and two counts of child molesting.

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June 30, 2016

MAN TO FACE TRIAL FOR 1988 COLD CASE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER FOR STRANGLING WOMAN TO DEATH DURING RAPE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to face trial tomorrow for the 1988 cold case special circumstances murder for strangling a woman to death during the commission of a rape. Daniel Edward McDermott, 47, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a rape. Opening statements are scheduled to begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Circumstances of 1988 Murder
At the time of the crime, McDermott During the early morning hours on Jan. 11, 1988, McDermott, then 19 years old, is accused of entering the home of 18-year-old Gehmine Chandler and forcibly raping the victim. During the rape, McDermott is accused of strangling Chandler to death. At approximately 5:30 a.m., the victim’s father discovered Chandler’s body and called the Buena Park Police Department (BPPD), who investigated the murder. Forensic investigators collected swabs from the victim and the crime scene and booked them into evidence. The swabs were examined for DNA and uploaded into a DNA index system but the case went cold.

Re-opening of Cold Case
On Feb. 16, 2009, BPPD and Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Investigators reopened the case and re-interviewed family members and friends who had been named in previous police reports from 1998 in the Buena Park area.

On March 29, 2010, OCDA Investigators conducted a phone interview with McDermott. At the time, McDermott was residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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PAROLEE STRIKER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR FALSE IMPERSONATION AND PANDERING FICTITIOUS MINOR GIRL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A parolee striker was sentenced today to six years in state prison for false impersonation and the pandering of a fictitious minor girl on social media. Roger Lee Perryman, 30, Gardena, pleaded guilty today, June 29, 2016, to one felony count of pandering by receiving or giving money, one felony count of false personation, and one misdemeanor count of false representation to a peace officer with sentencing enhancements for a prior strike conviction for attempted robbery in 2010 and prior convictions which resulted in prison sentences for attempted robbery in 2010 and transportation of a controlled substance for sale in 2014 in Los Angeles County.

Circumstances of the Case

Perryman is a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. With the rise in popularity of social media and ease of meeting people on the Internet, many pimps and human traffickers utilize a variety of social media to locate potential victims. The victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.

At the time of the crime, Perryman was out of custody on parole.

Between Feb. 29, 2016, and March 28, 2016, Perryman contacted an undercover officer whom he believed to be a minor on a social media website. The defendant communicated extensively with the officer and attempted to persuade the officer to engage in commercial sex acts in Orange County and Las Vegas for his benefit.

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Burbank Man Charged with Attempted Murder Of Ten Sheriff’s Deputies

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

A Burbank man was charged today with the attempted murder of 10 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies followed by an eight-hour standoff in Bellflower late Thursday night, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Juan Manuel Martinez (dob 7/19/76) is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 2 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Bellflower. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $11 million in case VA142260.

Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section is prosecuting the case.

Martinez is suspected of shooting and wounding a motorcycle deputy who pulled him over during a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard. After abandoning his vehicle, Martinez allegedly fired on four other deputies who arrived to assist the downed deputy.

Martinez then allegedly wounded a second deputy as he fled the scene, firing at a second set of deputies before hiding in a small structure for nearly eight hours. He was arrested after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure. (more…)

June 29, 2016

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, California Air Resources Board Announce $14.7 Billion Agreement Holding Volkswagen Accountable for Its Use of Diesel Emissions “Defeat Devices”

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:14 am

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced a landmark $14.7 billion national settlement with Volkswagen over allegations that the company violated environmental and consumer protection laws by installing “defeat device” software to bypass emissions controls in its 2.0 liter diesel vehicles.

As part of the national agreement, which is subject to approval by the court, Volkswagen will spend approximately $10 billion to buy back or modify these vehicles, as well as pay $2.7 billion into a trust to support environmental programs and reduce emissions and an additional $2 billion on investments and promotion of zero emissions vehicles.  The agreement preserves the Attorney General’s and CARB’s claims for civil penalties and prospective injunctive relief, as well as their claims related to 3.0 liter diesel vehicles.

In addition to providing consumer relief funding, California will receive $1.18 billion, representing more than one-quarter of the funding VW must provide for environmental projects in states injured by the company’s conduct and investments it must make in zero emission technology.

“Our state and national environmental protection laws exist to protect public health and to preserve our planet for future generations.  Volkswagen undermined these objectives by deceiving California consumers and flagrantly violating California environmental and consumer protection laws by manipulating its diesel vehicles to produce false results when undergoing emissions testing,” said Attorney General Kamala Harris. “This landmark agreement not only ensures that consumers who were deceived are fairly compensated, but also requires Volkswagen to make unprecedented investments in protecting our environment and advancing zero emission technology.”

As part of the agreement, VW will offer compensation to those who own or lease a VW or Audi 2.0 liter vehicle as of September 18, 2015.  Owners have the option of having Volkswagen buy back their vehicle or, if approved by CARB and EPA, having VW modify their vehicle to reduce its emissions.  Owners who opt for a buyback or modification will also receive an additional cash payment of at least $5,100.  Some owners may receive as much as $10,000.

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