Former San Gabriel Mayor Huang gets a pass

Albert Y.M. Huang won’t be in criminal court anytime soon as prosecutors in the domestic violence unit declined to press battery and robbery charges

The main reason?
The alleged victim massage parlor owner Lu Chen is out of the country and won’t testify, officials said. 
I have some questions.
Can somebody explain why San Gabriel PD didn’t interview her when the whole thing went down? Or get a statement on videotape? 
Huang proclaimed his innocence in the case. One has to wonder what would have happened if he had not resigned as mayor?
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Pasadena smash and grab yields arrests and possible tie-in to Glendale

Here’s a link to our excellent photo gallery.

Richard Ghoogasian, the store manager, said he saw five to seven men when he came out from the back of the store.

“I wasn’t going to get physically involved until I saw one of them take a swing at one of the girls. I threw a phone at them and missed,” he said.

An ambulance was dispatched to treat a female employee injured in the break-in. Police did not release the names of those arrested Wednesday.

According to Ghoogasian, the suspects didn’t take much – “they did more damage than anything,” he said.

Compare that to this Glendale PD video release – then judge for yourself:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9bb_1290022174

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PD can’t find former Mayor’s alleged victim, no charges filed

So here’s the scoop, San Gabriel PD can’t find the woman they need to make a case against former Mayor Albert Y.M. Huang.

Two questions…
1) didn’t they get a statement from her at the scene?
2) what happened to the witnesses?
Something might smell here.
Side note: Checkout Adolfo Flores’ story this morning in the PSN. Huang voted to exempt the g/f’s massage parlor from a citywide moratorium. There’s more to this story…stay tuned
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Pot clinic shootings leave two dead

From NBC 4 Los Angeles:

Two people were shot and killed in two separate medical marijuana clinic robberies Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police Robbery-Homicide detectives early Friday were at  Hollywood Holistic in the 1600 block of North El Centro Avenue, where someone  was killed shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.

At Higher Path Holistic in the 1300 block of Sunset Boulevard, near  Dodger Stadium, another person was fatally shot about 4:10 p.m. Thursday. A  second person was critically wounded.

The names of the victims were being withheld. No arrests were  made in either killing. Los Angeles police Robbery-Homicide Division  detectives were handling the investigations.

On North El Centro, “the sole employee in the store was found dead by  the owner of the store,” Sgt. Don Lawrence of the Hollywood Station said.


East LA Insider has more about the Echo Park homicide here.

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FBI seeks 20 Questions Bandits

Press release from Laura Eimiller at the FBI:

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FBI Agents and detectives with multiple law enforcement agencies in three counties are seeking the public’s assistance in learning the identity of the “20 Questions Bandits,” a group of at least four unidentified men believed to be responsible for eleven takeover bank robberies in Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

U.S. Bank, East West Bank, Cathay Bank and several Bank of America locations were targeted by the bandits. Bank of America is offering a reward of up to $100,000* in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for these robberies.

During the various robberies, the bandits were extremely violent and, in some cases, displayed weapons. Witnesses have described four black males, in some cases armed with guns, who have forced bank employees and customers inside the bank to comply with their demands for cash and to follow their instructions.

In some cases, the bandits also robbed victims of personal belongings. During the initial robberies linked to this group, the suspects asked several questions while inside the bank, according towitnesses and were, therefore, nicknamed the “20 Questions Bandits.”

The most recent robbery attributed to the “20 Questions Bandits” occurred on April 2, 2010 at a Bank of America in the city of Newport Beach.

The group is also believed responsible for robberies in El Monte and Rowland Heights, Eimiller said.

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Suspected white bank robber fools cops with black face mask

From Newser

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Ohio police say they’ve apprehended a wily white bank robber who threw them off the trail by disguising himself as a black person. Authorities say 30-year-old Conrad Zdzierak would rob the banks in a high-quality mask, then take it off as he drove to his next robbery target, confounding police on the lookout for a black man. He allegedly managed to hit four banks and a CVS within just three hours, ABC reports. 

His mistake? He never disguised his car.

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