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

OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ Public Affairs Counsel provides press releases containing details about important cases that have been or are being prosecuted by his office.

What always stands 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 office 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.

Recently from the OC DA’s office…


g>Man indicted for stabbing and murdering one and injuring another after New Year’s Eve hotel party

Feb 10 – A man was indicted today for murdering one man and injuring his friend by stabbing the victims after a New Year’s Eve hotel party.

Adam Randy Baker, 23, Dana Point, was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury on one felony count of murder, one felony count of attempted murder, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 23 years to life in state prison. Baker is out of custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Feb. 28.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office released a press release on Jan. 4, 2011, with the following information:

At approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011, Baker is accused of sitting on a bench near the valet parking area at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa after attending a New Year’s Eve party at the hotel. When a group of men exited the hotel, Baker is accused of flicking his cigarette at them and starting a verbal argument with 27-year-old Robert Sickles.

The defendant is accused of approaching Sickles and starting a physical fight by pushing the victim. Baker is accused of pulling out a knife, slashing the victim across the chest, and stabbing him one time in the chest. Sickles’ friend, 26-year-old Brian McTeigue, attempted to intervene to protect his friend and Baker is accused of stabbing McTeigue one time in the back.

The victims’ friends became involved in the physical fight to defend Sickles and McTeigue and detained Baker. The Costa Mesa Police Department, who were already at the hotel responding to unrelated disturbances, responded immediately.

Sickles and McTeigue were transported to Western Medical Center, where Sickles was pronounced dead on arrival as a result of his stab wound to the chest. McTeigue was treated for a non-fatal stab wound to the back and was later released. Baker was transported to Mission Hospital to be treated for facial fractures sustained after the stabbing.

Senior Deputy DA Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

OCDA seeks help in identifying any additional victims of Dana Point man charged with defrauding investors in fake clothing line scheme

Feb 7 – The Orange County District Attorney is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims of a man charged with defrauding investors in a fake clothing line scheme.

Shaine Joseph LaVoie, 41, Dana Point, was indicted on four felony counts of grand theft, two felony counts of theft from an elder, two felony counts of using an untrue statement in purchase or sale of a security, and one felony count of writing non-sufficient funds check. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing May 6.

In a separate case (Case # 06CF0973), LaVoie is charged with 11 felony counts of grand theft, 10 felony counts of misrepresentation in the offer or sale of a security, and one felony count of forgery.

Circumstances of Case # 11ZF0100

In 2007, LaVoie is accused of approaching two separate victims and convincing them to invest in a fake, non-existent clothing line called Agnus with the promise of high returns. La Voie is accused of stealing $10,000 from William H. and $4,200 from Brandon W. and never paying the victims back for their “investment.” He is also accused of writing a bad check from a closed account for $15,000 to Brandon W.

Circumstances of Case # 06HF0973

In 1992, the defendant co-founded Ezekial, a skateboarding clothing company. He left the company in 2003. Between February and October 2004, LaVoie is accused of approaching his friends and acquaintances to invest in a new business. He is accused of convincing them to invest in a fraudulent $1 million scheme that he claimed involved a large shipment of designer jeans being sold to a Japanese buyer. La Voie is accused of claiming the deal would close in under three months with up to a 100 percent profit.

When investors began to contact LaVoie for payment on their investments, the defendant is accused of lying that the shipment had been delayed due to customs problems. He is accused of creating a Ponzi scheme to pay back early investors with new investor’s money. A “Ponzi” scheme is when investors are offered high, short-term returns on investments, but instead of the investments generating actual income and legitimate profits, the money from the investors is kept for the benefit of the defendant or used to repay earlier investors.

LaVoie is accused of eventually cutting off all contact and failing to return calls from his 12 victims. He is accused of failing to pay back over $800,000 in stolen “investments.” He is accused of spending the stolen money on rent, expensive gifts, and luxury items for him and his girlfriend.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Eric Akerlind at (714) 347-8691.

Deputy DA Yvette Patko of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting these cases.

Man sentenced to 54 years to life in prison for attempted murder of marijuana dispensary owner during armed robbery

Feb 4 – A man was sentenced today to 54 years to life in state prison for attempting to murder the owner of a marijuana dispensary during an armed robbery.

Arsenio Lamonte Collins, 21, Los Angeles, was convicted by a jury Oct. 4, 2010, of two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, two felony counts of attempted robbery, and two felony counts of assault with a firearm with a sentencing enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm.

Co-defendants Miles York, 21, and Michael Munroe, 22, both of Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty May 27, 2009, to two felony counts of attempted murder and two felony counts of second degree attempted robbery. Dennis Chaisson, 22, Los Angeles, pleaded guilty May 13, 2010, to two felony counts of attempted murder and one felony count of second degree attempted robbery. All three defendants were sentenced to seven years in state prison. A fourth co-defendant is as-of-yet unidentified.

In September 2008, Collins and his four co-defendants plotted to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Laguna Niguel. When Collins and his co-defendants arrived at the dispensary, the suspicious owner allowed Collins to enter the store and then quickly locked the door to prevent the others from entering. The co-defendants remained outside.

Once inside, Collins pulled out a firearm, pointed it at the owner and two employees, and announced, “This is a robbery.” The dispensary owner began to struggle with Collins, who fired his firearm twice in an effort to shoot the victim. Both shots went through a window and no one was hit.

Collins attempted to fire his weapon several more times as he fought with the victim, but the firearm failed to discharge and the employees were able to pry it away from the defendant. Collins was arrested at the scene.

The three co-defendants were subsequently arrested and the fourth suspect remains unidentified. Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the outstanding defendant is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Jaime Joyce at (714) 834-5649.

Deputy District Attorney Mena Guirguis of the Felony Panel prosecuted this case.

Third-striker arraigned for robbing two Bank of America employees using gun and fake bomb and stealing $30,000

Feb 3 – A third-striker will be arraigned tomorrow for robbing two employees of an Orange Bank of America branch and stealing $30,000 in cash by threatening staff and occupants with a firearm and fake bomb.

Gary Allen Reeder, 48, Santa Fe Springs, is charged with two felony counts of second degree robbery, one felony count of false bomb delivery, and one felony count of second degree commercial burglary, with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, the personal use of a firearm, and four federal prior convictions for 1992 Los Angeles bank robberies. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison.

Reeder, called the “Scanner Bandit” in four prior bank robberies by the FBI, is being held on $1 million bail.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011, Reeder is accused of entering a Bank of America branch in Orange under the pretense of opening a checking account. He is accused of sitting down at a desk with a bank employee and opening a day planner containing what appeared to be a bomb. The bomb was later determined to be fake. Reeder is accused of threatening two employees that they had 30 seconds to provide him $30,000 in cash. As the employees went to the bank’s vault, Reeder is accused of lifting his shirt and showing a firearm to bank bystanders to dissuade them from moving. He is accused of stealing $30,000 by using force and fear, leaving the fake bomb on a desk, and fleeing on foot. Bank employees called 911.

The Orange County Bomb Squad, Orange Police Department (OPD), and Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and investigated the case. Reeder was apprehended on Jan. 7, 2011, by OPD at a hotel in Corona. At the time of his arrest, Reeder is accused of being in possession of $19,000 in marked bills. Reeder is accused of spending the stolen $11,000 on hotel rooms, rental cars, and other personal expenses.

Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

OCSD deputy charged with domestic violence and violating protective order by attempting to obtain firearm while out on bail

Feb 3 – An Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) deputy has been charged with committing domestic violence against his wife and then violating a protective order by attempting to obtain a firearm while out of custody on bail.

Travis Christopher Unholz, 36, Trabuco Canyon, is charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury, one felony count of attempted possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order, two misdemeanor counts of child abuse, one misdemeanor count of the violation of a protective order, and a sentencing enhancement for crime-bail-crime. The term “crime-bail-crime” indicates that the defendant committed a crime while out of custody on bail for another criminal offense. If convicted on all counts, Unholz faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison.

The People will be requesting Unholz be held without bail at his arraignment tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. The time and Department are to be determined.

Sometime after 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2011, Unholz is accused of arguing with his wife, Jane Doe, and committing domestic violence by pushing her to the floor and causing her to hit her head. The defendant’s two children were in the home at the time. Jane Doe called a friend, who reported the abuse to OCSD. OCSD investigated this case and deputies arrested the defendant that night. He was booked into the Orange County Jail.

On Jan. 31, 2011, Unholz is accused of posting $50,000 bail and was released from custody. A protective order was served on the defendant barring him from having any direct or indirect contact through a non-attorney third party with the victim. The order also barred the defendant from possessing or attempting to acquire any firearms.

On Feb. 2, 2011, Unholz is accused of contacting a friend, and requesting that his friend assist him in acquiring an automatic weapon and survival kit. He is also accused of violating the protective order by asking his friend to contact his wife. The friend reported the conversation to OCSD, who arrested Unholz that evening.

Deputy DA Cyril Yu of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.

Caretaker charged with stealing $610,000 from 85-year-old victim and spending money on personal expenses including a “dog whisperer”

Feb 3 – An in-home caretaker will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of stealing approximately $610,000 from an 85-year-old woman and using the stolen money for personal purchases.

Norma Ruth Casini, 51, Laguna Niguel, is charged with 34 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, 24 felony counts of forgery, one felony count of caretaker theft from an elder, and sentencing enhancements for loss over $100,000, property loss over $200,000, and white collar crime over $500,000. If convicted of all counts, Casini faces a maximum sentence of 49 years and eight months in state prison. The defendant is in custody on $610,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond.

Victim Nancy W., 85, has required 24-hour in-home care in her Laguna Woods home since 2002. The victim has no family support and hired a caregiver service, LivHOME, to provide for her needs and basic care. LivHOME caregivers are paid by the company and are not to accept money directly from their client.

Casini was employed by LivHOME and is accused of being entrusted to care for Nancy W. from Nov 2006 to March 2009. Without the knowledge or permission of the victim, Casini is accused of stealing approximately $610,000 from Nancy W.’s bank accounts and credit cards for personal use. Casini is accused of using the stolen money to pay for her home lease, dog day care and a “dog whisperer,” orthodontic work, laser eye treatment, shopping, concerts, travel, and other personal items.

In March 2009, Casini was terminated by LivHOME after the company determined that the defendant was not in Nancy W.’s home during her shift. A subsequent review of the victim’s bank accounts revealed that her savings had been depleted from over $700,000 in June 2008 to less than $5,000 in April 2009.

The Orange County Public Guardian filed a conservator action to protect the victim and take control of her care. The OC Sheriff’s Department investigated the case and arrested Casini on Feb. 2, 2011.

Deputy DA Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

Mt. Shasta woman charged with hate crime

A Mt. Shasta woman was arrested by Laguna police under the hate crimes section of the California penal code Monday afternoon. Amy Pembrook Walker, 50, was charged with two felonies: making terrorist threats of great bodily harm and making those threats based on a racial motivation.

Officers went to the Laguna Beach County Library branch on Glenneyre at 1:32 Monday afternoon when library staff members requested their assistance in removing a woman (Walker) who refused to leave and had been causing a disturbance inside.

As police were escorting Walker outside, an African American woman and witnesses told the officers that Walker had threatened to physically harm the other woman and she’d used the “n” word frequently during her tirade.

After interviews and a field investigation, Walker was arrested on felony counts of terrorist threats and an enhancement “based upon race”.

Bail was set on each count at $50,000. After booking at the city jail and being unable to post bond, she was transported to Orange County Jail.


San Bernardino County jails are overcrowded – LBPD directed to cite and release man with $100K warrant

 

Jail overcrowding in Southern California is a problem but nowhere is it as serious as in San Bernardino County. News reports have been frequent over the last five years with stories about the Board of Supervisors there trying to solve the problem albeit only with band aids.

Those who are regular Police Beat readers will recall that many warrant arrests with bail amounts of as little as $500 result in a night spent in jail if they are unable to post bail after being arrested.

Bail amounts for warrants are established by statute or by the courts and local agencies such as Laguna Beach PD have no discrepancy to alter the amounts.

When a computer check turns up a warrant for a person contacted by officers, the validity and status of the warrant is checked with the issuing agency so that no one is taken into custody when a warrant is invalid. Issuing agencies verify the warrant and usually direct the police to take the individual to county jail to be held there for pickup if bail isn’t posted.

Unless, that is, the warrant is from San Bernardino County.

Last Thursday night, LBPD officers went to the 200 block of Ocean Avenue when a bouncer there reported that two men were involved in a physical altercation, i.e., they were fighting. The two men were arrested.

Orange resident Robert Roy Steele, 47, was held on a warrant out of OC West Court with a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The court had set bail at $15,000.

The other guy, Wayne Adam Davis, 26 of Anaheim, was arrested for assault and battery – both misdemeanors – with bail set at $500. He also had a San Bernardino County felony warrant with $100,000 bail.

When authorities there were contacted, they instructed LBPD to issue Davis a citation for the warrant and then release him on his written promise to appear. Odds are that he was on the street long before Mr. Davis.

According to police, San Bernardino’s current policy is to follow that protocol as long as the warrant’s bail is $500,000 or less!


Probation search turns up unusual weapon

State law mandates that anyone on formal probation is subject to a search of their person, vehicle and home at anytime without notice or a search warrant.

This Wednesday evening at about six o’clock, Laguna Beach police and the OC Probation Dept made a probation search at the South Laguna residence of 63-year-old Joseph Nicoletti on Ocean Vista.

In the course of the search, authorities found a .22LR pen gun along with 150 rounds of .380 ammunition – a larger caliber than the pen gun uses.

Pen Gun Photo

Stinger pen pistols from Pengun.com website

Pen gun IllustrationThis graphic explanation of how a pen pistol breaks down for use was also on the Pengun.com website. It fires a single round then has to be completely reassembled to fire again or there is a possibility of “shooting yourself” according to the explanation!

These Stinger pen pistols, made of stainless steel, aren’t cheap with a cost of $200 plus. Accessories include a flare launcher.

Under the terms of Nicoletti’s probation, police said, he is not allowed to own either a gun or ammunition of any type. He was taken into custody for violation of probation, which is a no bail offense, and felony charges of a felon in possession of the firearm and ammunition.


Man grabbed woman and attempted to force her into car at a Laguna Canyon Rd bus stop last Wednesday

 

A 55-year-old woman reported that a man got out of his silver Honda two-door and grabbed her arm in an effort to get her to go with him.

The report was logged in at 11:02 last Wednesday morning after the woman had left a bus bench in the 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Road across from Laguna College of Art and Design and gone to a “neighbor’s home.”

She told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that a Middle Eastern-looking man with a strong accent had stopped his car, lowered the passenger side window and asked her if she wanted a ride and said he would taker her “…wherever she wanted to go.” She said no thank you only to have the man ask her again and again. She had said she was going to Irvine.

The woman then said the man got out of his car and came around to the bus bench and grabbed her arm saying, “I know exactly where you want to go and I will take you there.” She left the location and went to where he called a “neighbor’s house.”

It isn’t known if she is a student at LCAD or a resident or both.

The woman described her assailant as being in his mid twenties, about 5’8” with a think build, clean shaven and wearing a light blue shirt with a collar and jeans. He was last seen driving away eastbound in the silver Honda.


Arrest in credit card skimming at N. Laguna Shell

LBPD detectives arrested Akop Tadevosovich Changryan, 27, at his home in Glendale last Thursday night in connection with a credit cards skimming scam at the Shell station in North Laguna last summer.

Police allege that Changryan placed camouflaged skimming devices on the station’s gas pumps that allowed him to return after the station closed and retrieve credit card account information, which he would then use to create fake credit cards.

Police said only that several “…unauthorized charges on the cards occurred without the victim’s knowledge… The nine known victims had thousands of dollars worth of merchandise charged to their accounts.”

According to Lt. Jason Kravetz, Commander of the LBPD Investigations Division, crime scene investigation at the Shell station turned up physical evidence that allowed detectives to identify Changryan “…after a long investigation…”

Changryan is in custody after being “…charged with multiple counts of using unauthorized credit card information to purchase items at locations in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, New Mexico, and Arizona,” Kravetz said.

Police learned that the suspect was on felony probation for “use of account information without consent”, and his bail was set at $100,000.


Forgery suspect arrested at Bank of America

 

Kevin Leroy James, Jr., was arrested and charged with three felonies when he attempted to deposit a $6,000 check that authorities say had been forged.

Police said that a Bank of America teller became suspicious last Friday when James tried to deposit the check into his B of A savings account and said he needed a new ATM card after explaining, for no apparent reason, that he hadn’t been able to obtain cash from his account when using his ATM. B of A does not allow cash to be withdrawn from a savings account with an ATM card. The teller alerted a supervisor.

The account holders of the check that James, 21, had presented were called and they informed B of A that they hadn’t written a check to him and that neither husband nor wife knew the suspect.

Police were called and took James (who gave a Long Beach address) into custody late Friday afternoon without incident. He was charged with commercial burglary, forgery and knowingly passing a fraudulent check. Each charge carried $20,000 bail.

Laguna Beach police Sgt Bob Rahaeuser said, “The victims had ordered new checks, which they never received.

“It’s important to let people know that if new checks they order don’t show up in ten days or so that they need to notify their bank.”


Driver in Coast Hwy standoff last Friday night charged with DUI & evading by Newport Beach PD

Newport Beach identified the woman who drove the Ford Expedition involved in the standoff on Friday night, Jan 14, on S. Coast Hwy here as Kelly Sheree Taylor, 48, of Bellflower. She was taken into custody four and a half hours after driving into town from Newport. She was charged with evading and driving under the influence of drugs. A Newport police statement did not identify the drug.

Taylor’s SUV had been the subject of 9-1-1 callers on PCH in Newport Beach at about 6:45 p.m. for erratic driving. Police attempted to stop her on PCH in the Crystal Cove area but she refused to yield and continued southbound at slow speeds toward Laguna Beach.

She drove into the north end of Laguna at 6:52 with her lights off at about 20 mph. Five minutes later a police radio report said she was, “…all over the road…no lights…10 mph at Legion Street…” After running a red light at Thalia St, the SUV pulled over and made a futile effort to park along the curb on the ocean side of Coast Hwy between Pearl and Diamond Streets at ten minutes after entering the city.

Additional police units from Newport Beach and Laguna along with a police helicopter arrived in the area within two minutes and the standoff began.

The situation escalated when an officer in the copter told ground units that the driver – alone in the car – had reached under the passenger seat and put what appeared to be a small caliber handgun next to her right leg. Later, the copter said she was holding a handgun in her left hand and had her right hand down her waistband.

Newport officers immediately began treating the situation as an armed and barricaded suspect. The immediate area’s businesses and residences were evacuated and Coast Hwy was closed to traffic in both directions.

SWAT teams were called in from Newport, Irvine and the OC Sheriff’s Dept along with a long rifle team and an Irvine K-9 unit. SWAT attempted to make contact with Taylor for about two hours after the scene had been secured for that scenario. Taylor never responded.

A flash-bang charge was used at the right rear of the SUV at 10:53 and Taylor calmly exited and walked onto the southbound lanes of Coast Hwy before turning around and getting back into her car. Newport Beach police said they used “non-lethal measures” to remove Taylor and added that she had refused medical treatment at 11:27 p.m. While unconfirmed, that would be consistent with the use of a taser.

A police source not authorized to officially comment on the situation said that no handgun was located.

There were no injuries.


The most unsuccessful serial robber ever?

48-year-old David Brian Mattson is either the least successful, the weirdest or the dumbest “armed robber” you’ve ever heard about.

Over a period of a month or so, Mattson is alleged to have been the suspect in 30 armed robbery investigations in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. All of the crimes were at fast food restaurants.

Mattson would enter a drive through and place an order for food. When he pulled up to the window, he would have a plastic bag over his head and a gun in his hand pointed at the employee. He would demand money.

In 29 of the 30 robberies, the employees closed the window and ducked or ran out of the way. The robber would then take off.

In just one did he leave the drive through with any money. It isn’t known if he also got his food order.

At one-for-thirty, he has a batting average lower than Brandon Wood.

Mattson’s luck was worse than usual Wednesday evening. At 8 p.m., employees of Jack-in-the-Box called “911” to report an armed robbery, which had just occurred. They reported that the suspect had pulled through the drive through and pointed a handgun at the employees while demanding money from the cash register. Scared employees slammed the window shut and ran to the back of the business. The suspect left in a dark colored vehicle without obtaining any money or his order from the business.

While patrol officers responded to Jack-in-the-Box, Sergeant Eric Lee, the duty watch commander, drove into the Village Mart gas station at Broadway and Coast Hwy to have a good vantage point should the suspect leave town that way.

As Sgt. Lee parked, well, Mattson was inside Village Mart trying to rob the clerk. He had a plastic bag over his head and brandished the handgun. Then, according to police, Mattson saw the police car occupied by Lee and decided to make his escape via a route that would require him to walk past Lee.

As Mattson headed toward where he’d parked his black 2006 Chevy Malibu, the clerk he’d tried to rob ran outside and yelled, “He has a gun!” In a flash, Sgt. Lee leapt from his vehicle with gun drawn and ordered Mattson to the ground. He took the suspect into custody without incident.

Mattson, described by police as having no fixed address although his car is registered in Lake Forest, was booked on one count of commercial burglary and booked at the city jail.

Lieutenant Jason Kravetz said Mattson was still in custody here as of late Thursday afternoon while investigators from the several other police agencies where he tried to pull off his crimes began the process of photo lineups with the victims/witnesses in their jurisdictions. He will eventually be taken to Orange County Jail and arraigned at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

Kravetz added that Mattson tried to rob just about every fast food chain but did not say which one he got money from.

Mattson’s photo cannot be released until the photo lineups are complete.


Musician Anthony Jasso pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography

 

Anthony Jasso, a well known singer/musician in Laguna Beach and south OC pleaded guilty in May of this year to federal charges of participating in an international Internet bulletin board club where images and videos of child pornography.

In a press release this week from the FBI in Los Angeles Jasso was also named as being a member of an exclusive male club known as “Boy Lovers”. That group, the release said, was based in Southern California and its members gathered to watch child pornography and meet with kids.

Jasso, 46, used the code name of “Bottles & Cans” to keep his identity a secret. He is one of 16 male defendants from the US who have been accused of publishing a handbook about how adults can find and “groom” young boys for sex, the FBI said.

He is one of five defendants to have entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to advertise child pornography. According to federal prosecutors, that charge carries a minimum 15-year sentence in federal prison.

He will be in federal court for sentencing on March 7, 2011.

Jasso has appeared solo and with various groups in this area at clubs and festivals since the 1980s. In 2009, he appeared with his teenage daughter at one of the Third Thursday Street Faires on Forest Avenue downtown.

He lived in Laguna Beach for years and also in Redlands according to the FBI press release.

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