• Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Victor Esteves, Melissa Marie Iglesias, Julian Gabriel Iglesias Held for 2 Gas Mart Robberies

    When two Santa Ana police officers rolled up to a mini mart on North Grand Avenue late one night recently, they thought they'd stumbled upon a minor crime pulled by underage drinkers everywhere: a beer grab and run. But by the time the smoke cleared, a trio of alleged armed robbers of businesses in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Ladera Ranch AM/PM Armed Robbery Monday Night Produces Two Videos of Suspects

    The Orange County Sheriff's Department has released video they hope will lead to the arrest of two men involved in the armed robbery of an Arco AM/PM gas station in Ladera Ranch late Monday night.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Justin Qunnaphonh Phabmixay, Michael Tran Nguyen Held in Robbery/Carjacking/Chase

    See the update at the end of this post identifying the two men in the pick-up truck after a police chase that started in Santa Ana and ended with an officer-involved shooting in Garden Grove. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 13, 12:33 P.M.: The Garden Grove Police Department asked the local media this afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    James Christopher Corr of "F--- the Police" Tat Fame Guilty of Wild Child Abduction Car Chase

    A 35-year-old Mission Viejo man has been convicted of stealing a woman's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant mom's foot as he drove off. Jurors, who deliberated for about 2 1/2 days, split 6-6 on a child stealing charge, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Carjacker Wins Federal Appeal That Defense Lawyer Botched His Case

    At the age of 16, Orange County's Robert John Goliath experienced the glorious benefits of methamphetamine: For the rest of his life, he may received free housing, free food, free medical care, free--albeit less than fashionable, state-issued--clothing, and an entertaining bunch of neighbors. In t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Fullerton's Caught Red Handed Bank Bandit Faces Punishment

    A homeless man, who robbed a Fullerton bank in March 2012 and literally got caught red handed, is scheduled to be punished today in Orange County's federal courthouse. Fullerton police officers caught Jason Eugene Archuleta just feet away from the front door of Opus Bank, but not just because the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Leticia and Noel Carrasco, Mother and Son Robber-Murderers, Draw Life Sentences

    Mother and son tag-teamers Leticia and Noel Carrasco received life sentences today for robbing and murdering a man in a Buena Park motel room after momma picked the fellow up in a Stanton bar with promises of sex.Leticia Carrasco, the stunner at right, can apply for parole from prison in 25 years wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Santa Ana Police Seek Radio Shack and Home Depot Gunman Who Claims Wife is Sick

    Earlier we had the Santa Ana Police Department releasing images from surveillance video of three men stealing a church safe. Someone's got the photo bug over at the PD because they have also publicized shots of a reluctant robber of a Home Depot and Radio Shack in town.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    San Juan Capistrano Home Invasion Robber Wants Easier Punishment

    In California criminal cases, judges have three basic sentencing options: midterm, lowterm and upper term.Judges most commonly hand guilty defendants the midterm unless there are valid factors in mitigation or aggravation that deserve the raising or lowering of the punishment.Robert Cande Rodriguez, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Orange County Serial Bank Bandit Wanted Sentence Reduction For Tanning Salon Robbery

    Gabriel Omar Martinez grew up with horrible parents, dropped out of high school, lived on the streets as a teenager and turned to drugs and alcohol.In 2009, a tireless Martinez robbed seven Orange County banks in a three-month period while he was on parole from a tanning salon robbery conviction.Mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Carjacking Leads to Police Chase, Arrest!

    So you know how all the hip kids now say "YOLO"? Turns out there's a Yolo Bypass in Arkansas--and that was the place where a group of idiots were caught after carjacking a car from Taco Bell.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Meet Today's Stupid Bank Robber: Kenneth Lyle Spangle

    Poor, dumb Kenneth Lyle Spangle.Spangle dreamed of being a successful bank robber.But he's terrible at the crime and should have found another line of work to screw up.Nabbed within minutes of his August 12, BB-gun robbery by on-the-ball Placentia cop Jason Reger, Spangle planned the Bank of America ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    2 Teens Held in 2010 Murder of Artists Village Bar Patron Jeffrey Lee Chung

    ​Police have made arrests in October 2010's murder of Jeffrey Lee Chung, an Irvine 23-year-old who was shot to death outside a bar in the Artists Village area of Santa Ana that civic leaders have tried for years to turn into a safe and popular mecca for nightlife.Two teenagers who were 14 and 15 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2012

    [UPDATE: With Suspect Details] Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Converge on La Habra

    ​UPDATED, FEB. 13, 6:35 A.M.: It appears 20 police officers from at least four agencies, with two canines and a helicopter didn't get their man Friday night. That's according to the Orange County Register. At 10 p.m., officers from La Habra, Placentia, Brea and Fullerton had surrounded a neig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    James Robert Anderson Accused of Posing as DEA Agent to Rip Off Man and His Family

    ​A South Dakota man who allegedly posed as a DEA agent, robbed a Tustin man and then stole from the victim's family earlier this month was traced by police to an Anaheim Motel 6, where he was busted.James Robert Anderson, 35, was held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and burglary, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    James Christopher Corr, 1st Ballot Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame Entry, Proudly Wears Hatred for Cops

    ​James Christopher Corr is bypassing the Weekly's piddly Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week "honors" and rocketing straight to the Weekly's Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame. First ballot. Case closed. It's not the empty eyes, hard-living face and piss-off smirk that propels the Mission Viejo 34-year- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Curtis James Hill Convicted of Murdering World War II Vet Cecil "Lucky" Warren on Veterans Day

    Courtesy of OCDACurstis James Hill​Curtis James Hill was convicted today for the beating-murder of a World War II veteran on Veterans Day 2003.The 81-year-old victim did not actually die until three years later.And Hill had been scheduled to be released from prison in August for the robbery and as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    [UPDATED with Choice Chatter:] 3 Old Folks Hospitalized for Unwittingly Eating Pot Brownies at Surf City Funeral

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Was James "Whitey" Bulger an Active Senior in Orange County Before His Capture?

    ​Before James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in Santa Monica Wednesday night, the 81-year-old South Boston mobster may have spent some of his 16 years on the run in Orange County.Before last night, the only FBI-acknowledged, California sightings of Bulger and his companion Catherine Greig, 60, were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    [UPDATED] Martin Bravo Cervantes, 2010 OC Homicide No. 17: Robbed, Beaten with Stick in Alley

    Courtesy of Santa Ana Police DepartmentRicardo Valdovinos​UPDATE, FEB. 16, 11:57 A.M.: A second teen has been arrested in the murder and robbery of a 41-year-old man who was beaten to death with a stick in a Santa Ana alley in the spring of 2010.Ricardo Valdovinos was charged Monday with murder an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    [UPDATED] Lior Bitton, LA Jeweler Who Filed False Report of Diamond Theft, Ordered to Pay $99,000

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 4, 4:30 P.M.: Do you spell that name "Lior" or "Liar"?Lior Bitton, who owns a Westminster jewelry store, accepted a plea deal today that had him declaring his guilt to falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond had been stolen and fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Hilbert Pineil Thomas Faces Death Penalty in Double Murder at Stanton Sales Office

    ​Hilbert Pineil Thomas, a 39-year-old Garden Grove resident accused of killing a mobile home salesman and his secretary in Stanton in 2009, will face the death penalty, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced today.Thomas, who is being held without bail on two felony counts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Megan Miko Wachi Due in Court Today for Sex-Trick Scam Gone Very Bad

    ​A Huntington Beach woman is due in court this morning for a pre-trial hearing tied to charges leveled against her in alleged sex-trick scam gone bad.Very, very bad.Megan Miko Wachi, 22, allegedly planned to rob a man who'd hired her for sex the night of Dec. 8 via text messaging. She left her enc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Fake Robbery!

    ​"Man Bites Dog" is the classic, guaranteed news story. "Fake Taco Bell Robbery" should join it in the halls of journalism school as a tale that rises from the churn of dozens of weekly Taco Bell robberies and becomes something rather bizarre.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Getaway Car Smashes into Restaurant!

    ​Geez, not only do you have to worry about Taco Bell's food rampaging its way through your digestive tract, but imagine having to worry about a car crashing into a Taco Bell at the same time. It happens, you know. 

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: Banks Robbed in Buena Park and FullertonComment by C5INLA: What you are seeing lately is a bunch of hit & run robberies being committed by our gang banging neighbors from Compton and Long Beach.Comment by GWESTLIE: Illegal Aliens and Watts gang members. nuff said.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    "Pop the Lock Crew" Strikes Again!

    ​The Pop the Lock Crew has struck again!The three masked men tied to recent bank heists in Dana Point, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch are believed to be behind Tuesday's 5:40 p.m. robbery of the Wells Fargo at 28211 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Chi Ngoc Bui, OC Homicide No. 40: Run Over for His Casino Winnings

    ​UPDATE: The third murder suspect is arrested south of Bullhead City, Arizona (see end of post) . . .Chi Ngoc Bui won big the night of Sept. 2 at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino next to the 605 freeway. Little did the 55-year-old Westminster resident know that he was being watched, later followed or t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    The Ho-Hum Bandit Strikes Again! (Yawn)

    Courtesy of Laguna Beach Police Department ​The so-called "Ho-Hum Bandit" has had a busy weekend of ripping off Orange County banks. Friday, he robbed a CitiBank branch in Newport Beach after hitting up the same location less than a month earlier. On Saturday, he was right back to work revisiting ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    Los Ladrones Viejos

    Museum of Latin American Art

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Vo Duong Tran, Ex-FBI Agent Who Staged Home-Invasion Robbery, Gets 30 Years

    ​United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford in Santa Ana sentenced 42-year-old former FBI special agent Vo Duong Tran to 30 years in federal prison for scheming to commit a home-invasion robbery at a Fountain Valley residence he mistakenly thought was a drug "stash house."

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Grower is Victim and Suspect

    ​After responding to an armed robbery Friday, Irvine Police indicated the city may shut down the victimized business: a medical marijuana dispensary.After responding to a robbery in Santa Ana Monday in which the homeowner was beaten by two men, Orange County sheriff's deputies seized items from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2010

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​I think my column comes out in Greenville, North Carolina. Can't say much about the place other that either the reporter who wrote this is lazy, the police not forthcoming with info, or something else is up. I choose the middle option. How can you take a report on a robbery and not reveal how man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​Criminologists note that criminals usually return to the scene of the crime, but what recently happened in Dayton, Ohio borders on the pathological. Also, Irvine corporate headquarters of Taco Bell? Pay for some security in your stores that get robbed THRICE in the same week!Police are looking fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    Okay, there's no logic among people who want to rob Taco Bells. But, come on: if you were to do that, why leave with nothing? And if you do leave with nothing, why return home--especially if you live in a no-name town like Neosho. Neosho? Wasn't that a Japanese game console from the early 1990s? App ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Crime Time: Creepy Toys, Slick Bank Robbers, Egged On Victims, Dog-Beating Dipshits and At Least [Alleged] Criminals Still Read Newspapers

    It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" ​"I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​What's really the bigger crime here: the robbery, the Taco Bell in West Virginia, or a man named Brenya? From West Virginia: A Charleston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a Taco Bell manager of more than $4,000 as he was on his way to make a bank deposit. Brenya Bever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Crime Time: Fight Clubs, Stray Bullets, Car Bashings, Cop Gun Theft, 4 Jewelry Heists

      Jewelry heist fever spreads across Orange CountyIt's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more street fights, bullets flying, dudes getting jumped, cops losing service revolvers and jewelry heists in towns with "Laguna" in the name across the county.   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    ​What deranged criminal would call in a fake 911 call claiming a fake shooting at a Taco Bell so their pal could rob a Wendy's? It happened in Florida: Altamonte Springs authorities say a woman called 911 early Sunday about a fictional shooting at a Taco Bell to distract officials as a male accomp ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Crime Time: Small Fries, Bad Tenants and the Church Lady

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . . MONDAY, JULY 20Artist's rendering of Bank of America robber. He may belong to that notorious street gang, the Lollipop Kids.​Watch Those Kids at the Playground A 3-year-old boy was at the playground in Ponderosa Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Crime Time: Move Over, Trendzilla!

    The must-have fashion accessory of the season for robbers in Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . . TUESDAY, JUNE 16Forest Firebug is a Pot Farm Exposer to Boot: Seven fires were ignited within a short distance of each other in Trabuco Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Anaheim PD Says It Has "Clean-Cut/Clean-Freak Bandit"

    For Navel Gazing's inaugural Crime Time collection of weekly police calls (don't miss the thrilling follow-up and more in weeks to come), we gave prominent placement to the photo you see here. It's a man robbing a Chase Bank branch in Fullerton on June 4 and, according to Johnny Law, the "Clean-cut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    Wake Up And Suck The Orange 1.22.08

    What you get to read this morning: SOBER-LIVING HOME DEBATE: LA Times - Balboa Peninsula's plethora of sober-living homes faces the wrath of the Newport Beach City Council as well as the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach. One wonders whether these Citizens are related to the Cannery Village Conce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    17th Time ain't a charm

    This morning, we noted that the man known as the "Irreconcilable Differences" bandit robbed his 16th bank out in Newport Beach. Now, CBS reports that a guy who matched his description was arrested in Glendale shortly after robbing a Wells Fargo. They got him in the parking lot of the local McDonald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    Far ahead of the Times (Miscarriage of Justice edition)

    Only one year after R. Scott Moxley broke the story of the railroading of an innocent man, James Ochoa, by the Orange County DA's office, eleven months after the conviction of Ochoa on the basis of evidence that didn't point to him and a confession coerced by the unprofessional behavior of an OC ju ... More >>

  • News

    August 10, 2006

    The Homecoming

    One terrifying night in Nairobi, UCI professor Ngugi wa Thiongo proved that changing the world means you might have to scream

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Youre Guilty

    Now a free man, Big J-Mo reveals lessons of life inside the OC criminal-justice system

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Bad Rap, Vol. II

    Big J-Mos best friend says hes ready to testify for the defense

  • News

    May 27, 1999

    Danas Point

    Can a Times columnist save Arthur Carmona?

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