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Friday, October 29, 2010

"CALL ME SENATOR": This is the funniest spot this campaign season.

Pass this around. Boxer works hard for a title.
Now, she is being totally mocked on line from "funster" David Zucker.
I love EVERYTHING about CAMPAIGN 2010. I have had a TOTAL BLAST these past nine months...and now the finish line in right in front of us ALL.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ANNA NICOLE SMITH TRIAL: Khristine Eroshevich, Howard K. Stern found guilty two counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes of obtaining a controlled substance by false name or address. Both face 3 years in jail!

Anna Nicole Smith at the 2003 E3Image via Wikipedia

LOS ANGELES Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist and her companion, an attorney, were convicted today of conspiracy in connection with obtaining drugs for the reality star and Playboy model before her death in 2007. A third defendant, also a doctor, was acquitted.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury was in its 13th day of deliberations when it announced it had reached verdicts on most of the charges in the case. It failed to reached verdicts on two counts against the psychiatrist and some of the charges in two of the conspiracy counts. Trial Judge Robert J. Perry declared mistrials on those counts.

“I am pleased that the jury reached guilty verdicts in this case,” said District Attorney Steve Cooley in a written statement.

“This case illustrates the problem of the overuse of prescription medicine in today’s society,” he added. “Medical professionals have a responsibility to ensure that the strict ethical guidelines of their profession are followed in prescribing medicine as part of the care of their patients.”

The jury convicted Khristine Eroshevich, 62, the psychiatrist, and Howard K. Stern, 41, Smith’s companion, of two counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes of obtaining a controlled substance by false name or address, and issuing a prescription that is false or fictitious. The time period covered by the counts was from June 2004 until February 2007 when Smith died in Florida of a drug overdose. The jury failed to reach a consensus on the other allegations in the conspiracy counts, including prescribing, administering and dispensing controlled substances to an addict; unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance; issuing a prescription that is false or fictitious; and violating the state Business and Professions Code.

Eroshevich also was convicted of one count each of obtaining a prescription of opiates by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, and obtaining a prescription for opiates by giving a false name or address. The jury was evenly split between guilty and not guilty on two additional counts against Eroshevich – unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances to “Anna Nicole Smith, an addict.”

Stern was found not guilty of a third conspiracy count that also named the acquitted doctor, Sandeep
Kapoor, 42. In addition, Stern was found not guilty of six additional counts involving obtaining and furnishing drugs for Smith. Besides the conspiracy count, Kapoor was found not guilty of another conspiracy charge and four additional counts involving furnishing the drugs.

Perry scheduled Jan. 6 for a hearing on defense motions for a new trial and sentencing, should those motions not be successful. Prosecutors Renee Rose and David Barkhurst of the Major Narcotics Division are expected to announce whether to seek a new trial on the unresolved charges.

Eroshevich and Stern each face possible maximum terms of at least three years in state prison. They remain free on bond. Kapoor’s bond was exonerated after his acquittal.
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COUNCILMAN REX GUTIERREZ: Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman convicted of conspiracy, theft and fraud. Wins my "Political Crook of the Day Award!" W2G Rex!

Gee-Rex?  Councilman from the IE wins POLITICAL PIRATE AWARD!
By Randy Economy

October 28, 2010
2:40 p.m.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Bell. Vernon. Huntington Park. Maywood. Irwindale. Compton. Rancho Cucamonga. Bell Gardens. Temple City. Compton. Inglewood. What?  Wait a minute.  "RANCHO CUCAMONGA?"

Yep.  Another local seedy city councilman was convicted of a crime against the people on Wednesday.

Meet good ol' Rex Gutierrez.  Councilman from Rancho and now convicted of conspiracy, theft and fraud.

He was found guilty of taking a salary in a San Bernardino County government job allegedly arranged by a politically connected developer in which he did little work.

Prosecutors charged that instead of doing his job, Gutierrez took trips to Las Vegas and Monterey, Calif., representing the city of Rancho Cucamonga, and also that he informed his colleagues that he worked for developer Jeff Burum and not the county.

Gutierrez faces up to three years in prison for each of the four counts.

He will be back in court Dec. 15 for sentencing. This was his second trial. A first trial, in June, ended with a hung juryGee. My previous idea of producing the "Real Life Political Pirates" reality show could be moving ahead after all.

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ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Teen Driver Charged in tragic bus accident. Victim who died was Eduardo Gaytan, 70. Share your thoughts.....

Theodore Roosevelt High School crestImage via WikipediaNote:  If you are a student from Roosevelt High School and were involved in this crash, please feel free to share you thoughts on my comment section.

My heart goes out to everyone who has been touched by this event, and my Prayers go out to the family of Eduardo Gaytan who perished in this accident.

The below information was provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.


LOS ANGELES – The 17-year-old suspected driver of a BMW that rammed a school bus after fatally striking a pedestrian is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The male teenager (dob 12-31-92), whose name is being withheld because of his age, was charged Wednesday as a juvenile in case FJ48094. Prosecutors are asking a judge to find that he should be tried as an adult, said Deputy District Attorney Christina Buckley, head deputy of Eastlake Juvenile unit.

Monday’s crash occurred at 3:22 p.m. at 2235 E. First St. when the driver of a black BMW ran a red light and hit 70-year-old Eduardo Gaytan, who was in the intersection. Officials said Gaytan died at the scene. The vehicle then broadsided the bus, which overturned and landed on its side near the Metro Gold Line Soto Station.

Officials said the bus driver was hospitalized in serious condition. Eighteen Roosevelt High School students
 also were hospitalized.

The driver and a 14-year-old boy allegedly ran from the scene but were detained by a construction worker until police arrived. No charges have been filed against the 14-year-old or a third male who was in the car.

An investigation is ongoing.  The teen is scheduled to be arraigned sometime after 8:30 a.m. at Eastlake Juvenile Court

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


John Muir on the California commemorative quar...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
October 27, 2010

8:30 p.m.

Cerritos, CA

Time for you to sound off on who you are going to be voting for in three additional statewide campaigns here in California during next Tuesday's election.

For Secretary of State, do you favor the incumbent Debra Bowen or are you hot for Republican Damon Dunn or Green Party pick Ann Menashce?

For Controller, does Democratic Party incumbent John Chiang get your vote, or are you going for Republican Tony Strickland instead?

For California State Treasurer....are you locked in with incumbent Bill Lockyer, or are you in the mood for Mimi Walters from the OC?

Take my on line poll.  Pass it around.  Tell your friends to vote here, then cast your REAL BALLOT on next TUESDAY here in California!

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VIDEO: TSUNAMI KILLS HUNDREDS IN INDONESIA after 7.7 mega earthquake hits island country on Monday. VOLCANO ALSO ERUPTS


It is literally hell on earth in the island nation of Indonesia today.

Helicopters with emergency supplies finally landed Wednesday on the remote Indonesian islands slammed by a tsunami that killed more than 300 people, while elsewhere in the archipelago the toll from a volcanic eruption rose to 30, including the mountain's spiritual caretaker.

Call it "Mother's Nature Triple Threat."  Earthquake. Tsunami. Volcano.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono cut short a state visit to Vietnam to deal with the dual disasters that struck Indonesia in one 24-hour period, straining the country's ability to respond.

The first aerial surveys of the region hit by the 10-foot (three-meter) tsunami revealed huge swaths of land underwater and the crumbled rubble of homes torn apart by the wave. One house lay tilted, resting on the edge of its red roof, with tires and slabs of concrete piled up on the surrounding sand.
Scary, scary, scary times in that part of the world....
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MIGUEL GONZALEZ: Whittier man ided as the victim in that horrific high speed crash yesterday over on Beach Boulveard in Buena Park

2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R on display at the 20...Image via Wikipedia
Above: A  Kawasaki Ninja
By Randy Economy
October 27, 2010
3:35 p.m.

Buena Park, CA

We now know the name of the person who was killed in our community yesterday in that high speed motorcycle crash over on Beach Boulevard...

The victim who was killed was Miguel Gonzalez of Whittier.  He was 21 years old.

Gonzales died Tuesday afternoon after his Kawasaki Ninja sideswiped a passenger vehicle on Beach Boulevard in front of the  Medieval Times restaurant.

Gonzalez was knocked off his motorcycle and struck an oncoming vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Law enforcement is estimating that Gonzalez was traveling over 100 miles per hour on Beach Boulevard when the impact took place.

His body and bike soared hundreds of feet after the accident took place.  The occupants of the other vehicles involved were not hurt.

Beach Boulevard and the 91 Freeway off ramp at Beach was closed down for hours on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening as investigators combed the scene for evidence.

If you would like to share any additional information about the situation, please feel free to hit my comment section below.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the many family and friends of Mr. Gonzalez.  
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New York City, USA: Winter Garden Theater, 163...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
OCTOBER 27, 2010
1:10 p.m.


Move over Bell 8, and meet the "Irwindale 4!"

Yep. Rack up four more local city officials on felony corruption charges today.

Four Irwindale city officials, including a current council member, have been charged with misappropriation of public funds after they allegedly attended Broadway shows and baseball games during trips to New York to get a better bond rating for the city.

Charged in case BA377327 are Councilman Mark Breceda, 50; retired city manager Steve Blancarte, 56; finance director Abe De Dios, 65; and former councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez, 49, said Deputy District Attorney Nipa Cook with the Public Integrity Division.

Defendants Breceda, Blancarte and Ramirez are scheduled to appear this morning in Department 30 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center for arraignment. De Dios, who is out of town, is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

Between 2001 and 2005, the officials traveled to New York for up to six days at a time allegedly in an effort to get a higher bond rating for the city. However, prosecutors allege that during each trip, the officials bought tickets to Broadway shows and sporting events that had nothing to do with city business.

On various trips, the four attended plays such as “Aida,” “The Producers,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Mamma Mia,” along with attending Yankees and Mets games. Estimated loss is about $14,000.

BTW.  If your local city councilman takes taxpayer trips and party's like a rock star, do all of us a favor and call Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division and turn em' in.  Enough is ENOUGH!

What city hall will be next.....?

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Main short-term somatic (bodily) effects of ca...Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
October 26, 2010

12:08 a.m.

Cerritos, CA

Refer madness. Give me our "bud?"  Keep California Green?  Whatever.

Time to vote on the Pot Law here in the Golden State

How are you going to vote on Proposition 19...the legalization of "marijuana" in next Tuesday's California General Election?

I want to hear what my very smart, talented, and WELL educated readers think about Prop. 19.  

I will keep my mouth shut on this one.  Pass this poll around....

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Sunday, October 24, 2010


By Randy Economy
October 24, 2010
11 p.m.


Our very own local Lowe's Hardware Store...right up the street at Carmenita Road and the 5 Freeway... was hit by two robbers at the crack of dawn Sunday morning...just before the store opened.

Thank goodness no one was hurt. Here are the details.

Around 6 a.m. two men entered the Lowe's Hardware Store and ordered an employee to open a safe at gunpoint. One of the robbers was armed with a handgun.

Law enforcement said robbers forced the manager to open a safe before locking him and another employee in internal office inside the store that is located at 14873 Carmenita Road.

  • Two black males
  • Both wearing sunglasses.
Not much to go on...if you know who is responsible, please contact the Norwalk Sheriff's Department at 562 863 8711.
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By Randy Economy
October 24, 2010
3:15 p.m.


Someone needs to be held accountable in the County of Los Angeles for allowing another massive drug rave party that took place on taxpayer owned property next to the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The 13th annual Halloween Monster Massive musical festival at L.A.'s Sports Arena was billed as "America's largest Halloween dance party."

It took place last night at Exposition Park. Yep, we "the people" own Exposition Park.  It is under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles.  You and I pay for the upkeep and own the land that this "privately held" rave party took place last night.

Here are the numbers of the event:

  • 16,000 people attended the event, and you had to prove that you were 18 to get past the many guards.
  • 40 were arrested during the rave, mostly for minor offenses.37 people received medical treatment during the rave festival.
  • 16 people were taken to the hospital, most due to drugs and alcohol.
  • 150 people climbed a fence and tried to get into the concert without tickets.

The last rave held on this same property two months ago resulted in the arrest of 80 people and three were taken to hospitals with drug overdoses.

Someone on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors needs to start taking responsibility for allowing these drug raves to take place...period.

Time to start following the money....
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

"ANGELIC DUET" dedicated in Cerritos Towne Center. Iconic artist James Russell is incredible.

Cerritos Mayor Joseph Cho, Rae Coffey from Melbourne, Australia, and Rosemary Economy with the "Angelic Duet"
James Russell
By Randy Economy
October 23, 2010
7:07 p.m.
Cerritos, CA
What a great afternoon.  In between campaign stops, I attended the formal dedication ceremony for “Angelic Duet,” a 38-foot tall stainless steel sculpture by artist James Russell.   The iconic piece is located in the back (or front, your call) of the Caremore building located at the Towne Center Drive off ramp on the 91 Freeway.
The artwork is composed of two linear stainless steel structures. The taller piece is 38 feet tall, and the shorter piece is 36 feet tall. The contemporary art piece has strong, clean bold lines paired with gentle undulating curves.
James Russell is joined by members of the Cerritos City Council
Cerritos Commissioner Ken Cha. Cerritos icon in the making.....?
The artwork was originally commissioned by the State of California in 1978 as part of its Art in Public Places program, and was installed at the Junipero Serra State Office Building in Los Angeles. Subsequently the building was sold to the federal government and the artwork was removed and stored in Sacramento since 2003. Over the years, the California Arts Council was unable to find a suitable location for the piece, and decided to seek an agency with a well recognized public art program that would provide a prominent location for the sculpture.
Angelic Duet
The California Arts Council and the California Department of General Services are making the piece available to the City of Cerritos at no cost for 30 years, with options available to renegotiate the contract prior to the expiration date.
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Friday, October 22, 2010


An example of a breaking news intro graphicImage via WikipediaBreaking News
By Randy Economy

October 22, 2010

Torrance, CA

A horrific accident has resulted in ten students at North High School in Torrance being rushed to area hospitals  with injuries when a portable cooking equipment exploded during a campus club fund raising event.

If you were on the North High School campus today, and saw what happened, or if you have and videos please send them to my email at economy4abc.blogspot.gmail.com

Here are the details:
  • Four of the teens were seriously hurt in the blast. 
  • Explosion occurred in a classroom at 12:46 p.m. on Friday.
  • The students, were members of a campus club.
The injured students were taken to  
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital 

  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center. 

North High School is a great campus, with really smart students.  So sad to see something like this happen.

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L.A. OBAMA TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE PART DOUX: Get ready to hurry up and wait today as the POTUS stumps in LA LA LAND for BOXER and DEMS.

FELIX THE CAT... THE WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL CAT.Image by OrangeCounty_Girl via Flickr
Obama will be appearing next to Felix da' Cat today!
By Randy Economy
October 22, 2010
4:33 a.m.

Los Angeles, CA

It is way too early for me to be up and outta bed, but I have to run off to LAX.

No, not going greet Obama to Los Angeles today, just picking up a dear friend at the airport. 

But, I will betcha a bunch of dollars that I will probably end up in "L.A. Obama Traffic Nightmare PART DOUX" today sooner or later, and the odds are great that you too will be caught in chaos.

Obama is here to screw up our traffic, yet again.  Sure he is avoiding Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and the Westside of LA.  Nope, he is heading to USC (next to the Felix the Cat sign by SC, stupid) for a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Barbie Boxer just south of downtown, and then he is off to an event up in the Glendale/Pasadena area.

I want EVER VOTER to remember this traffic nightmare today, then get to the polls and vote to CHANGE AMERICA...and do not support any candidate who attends these rally's today....

So, here is the drill ...the "official" traffic plan from the Los Angeles Police Department:
Martin Luther King Boulevard between South Figueroa Street and South Vermont Avenue:
Soft closure 9:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Hard closure 11:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Plus ...

South Vermont Avenue between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard:
Soft closure 9:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Hard closure 11:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
South Figueroa between Martin Luther King and 39th Street:
Soft closure 9:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Hard closure 11:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Exposition Boulevard between Vermont and Figueroa
Hard closure 11:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Additionally, hard closures for all of the above will happen from 2:25 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

6.7 Earthquake hits Baja Mexico today. Did you feel it?

 By Randy Economy
October 21, 2010
6:48 p.m.

Baja California

So, did you feel this huge shaker this morning?  Yep, in a day that we did "earthquake" drills all over California, our neighbors to the South had a huge 6.7 quake.  Here are the details.  Let me know if you had any damage or if you even felt it....

Location24.843°N, 109.171°W
Depth10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances105 km (65 miles) S of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
125 km (75 miles) SW of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
140 km (85 miles) NE of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
1200 km (740 miles) WNW of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 6.1 km (3.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST=187, Nph=187, Dmin=842.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp=133°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Event IDus2010crbl
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ROBERT RIZZO; More Felony charges added to fat-cat ex-Bell City Manager. Rack'em up Rizzo....

Fatty Rizzo
LOS ANGELES – Additional felony charges were filed today against Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, who with several current and former council members of the small southeast community faces charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million in tax dollars.

Today’s charges – one count each of conflict of interest and one of misappropriation of public funds – allege that Rizzo took an additional $2.4 million from the city coffers.

“I promised last month when the first wave of charges were filed that the investigation of the looting of Bell was ongoing and there was more to come,” said District Attorney Steve Cooley. “Filing of the original charges was a good beginning. Today’s case is another step in the continuing process.”

The additional charges filed against Rizzo stems from a contract he allegedly influenced between the City of Bell and D&J Engineering. Rizzo and the owner of the engineering firm were partners in a horse racing business.

Rizzo, six present and former Bell City Council members, and one other city official were charged late last month in two separate cases. The former council members were charged in one case. Rizzo, two council members and another city official were charged in the other.

Most are free on bail, including Rizzo, whose bond was set by a Superior Court judge at $2 million. The prosecution had requested substantially more bond for the former city official who the District Attorney at a news conference termed “the unelected and unaccountable czar of the City of Bell.”

All appeared in Superior Court today for arraignment on the panoply of charges stemming from alleged misappropriation millions from city tax dollars for their own personal use. They were arraigned, pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing setting was scheduled for Dec. 8.

Before the arraignment, the issue of an additional $2.4 million bail for Rizzo on the new case was heard before Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Villar, who had set his bail at $2 million at an Oct. 6 hearing. She determined that Rizzo may remain free on the previously set $2 million bail.

Besides Rizzo, 56, the defendants are former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, 52; Mayor Oscar Hernandez, 63; City Council members Teresa Jacobo, 52; and George Mirabal, 60; and former council members Luis Artiga, 49; George Cole, 60, and Victor Bello, 51. Artiga resigned after charges were filed against him last month.
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SENATOR JENNY OROPEZA: Her death sends sadness and shockwave around community and political cooridors of Long Beach and Sacramento

The Passing of Jenny Oropeza
By Randy Economy
Ocotber 21, 2010
1:15 p.m.

Long Beach, CA

Sad. sad news to hear the passing of Senator Jenny Oropeza.

I admired Jenny as a person, and friend and as a passionate community leader.  Jenny had been ill for several years with cancer, and she passed away late yesterday at a hospital in Long Beach. I always had a lot of fun with Jenny.  She could talk your ear off, and her laugh always brought a smile to my face.

Jenny loved Long Beach, and loved politics.  I helped Jenny in some of her very first campaigns way back when she decided to get into the public arena. 

I will always remember when were working to get a candidate elected to Long Beach school board, and we were having a "photo shoot" in her city hall office, and she got the giggles so bad we literally ended on the floor of her office with tears coming down our cheeks. Ahh...good memories.... 

Jenny, ironically, will be on the upcoming ballot for her State Senate seat.  Her main opposition is Republican John Stammreich, his website has not posted a statement as of 1:25 p.m.  I will leave the political implications for later.  Right now, we need to all say an extra prayer for Jenny and her family!

She was 53 years old and is survived by her husband, Tom Mullins. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sick Tree meets the chainsaw on Felson Street

We lost a great friend on Felson Street today here in Cerritos. Yep, one of the best trees here in our hood had to be removed from the City of Cerritos due to being "diseased."

This tree has been in front of this house for over 40 years. I use to climb this tree as a youngster. Hate to see it go.

RIP, Mr. Tree!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


By Randy Economy
October 19, 2010
11:40 p.m.
Holy crap.  More and more of our local banks here in Cerritos and Artesia are being held up as of late.  One guy is wanted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, for the recent stick-up of two banks around our hood.
 Here is the situation.
LASD is seeking an adult male Latino suspect who recently robbed the East West Bank at 11812 South St., Cerritos.  The same dude also matches the same description from a robbery that occurred at Cathay Bank in Artesia.
Suspect Description: 
  • Male Hispanic
  • 23-28 years of age
  • 5'08 to 5'09
  • 165-170 lbs.
  • Shaved head
  • Brow eyes/goatee
  • Wearing a blue baseball cap, white t-shirt, blue shorts, & white tennis shoes.
The suspect entered the location and stood in line to speak to a bank teller
When the suspect approached the counter he said,  “This is a robbery. I have a gun.” The suspect demanded cash from the teller’s top drawer. Fearing for his safety, the bank teller complied. The suspect then said, “I know you have some more. Don’t make me hurt you.” Again fearing for his safety, the bank teller complied and gave the suspect money from the second cash drawer
The suspect exited the location and was seen walking w/b South St and out of view. The suspect matches the suspect description from the Cathay Bank 211PC (10-22247-13).
Anyone with information about this crime or the suspect is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lakewood Station at 562-623-3500.
Any questions or information for Cerritos Sheriff’s Station, contact Detective Aguirre, (562) 467-6822  [File # 910-04140-2314-036]
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