Monthly Archives: February 2012

Defendants Have a Legal Right to Bail

Los Angeles Jail

A defendant held in any jail in California has a right to bail under current law unless there is sufficient evidence or reason not to grant the bail. Any person charged or accused of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Because of this, any person charged with a crime should not be denied freedom unless there is good reason to keeping them incarcerated. The main reason for refusing bail to the defendant is if they are accused of an imprisonable offence and there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would do one of the following.

  1. Abscond: Which is to escape once the defendant has been released. This is also called skipping bail

    Right to Bail

    Right to Bail

  2. Commit additional crimes while on bail
  3. Interfere with witnesses

The court and judge also take in to account the following when dealing with bail.

  1. The nature and seriousness of the crime and the probable method of dealing with the defendant for this crime
  2. The character, family, ancestors, social background, associations, and community ties of the defendant
  3. The defendant’s bail record
  4. The strength of evidence against or for the defendant’s crime

The court or judge may refuse bail for the defendant for the following.

  1. For the defendant’s own protection. Possibly in the case of domestic violence or if the defendant might be considered as a witness or for possible testifying.
  2. Where the defendant is already serving a custodial sentence for another offence.
  3. Where the court finds that it has not been able to obtain sufficient evidence.
  4. Where the defendant has absconded or skipped bail in the past or for the current charge.
  5. Where the defendant has been convicted but the court is waiting for a pre-sentencing report or inquiry and it would be unable to complete the inquiries or make the report without keeping the defendant in jail.
  6. Where the defendant is charged with a non-imprisonable crime, has already been released on bail for the crime with which he is now accused and has been arrested for skipping bail (absconding) or breaching the bail contract.

In 1789 Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789. This Act specified which types of crimes were bailable and set bounds on the judge’s discretion in setting that said bail. The Judiciary Act states that all non-capital crimes are considered bailable. In capital cases, the decision to detain a defendant in jail, prior to trial, was to be left up to the judge’s discretion.

Bail Reform Act of 1966

In 1966, the Right to Bail changed with the Bail Reform Act of 1966. The Act states that a defendant charged with a non-capital crime is to be released, pending trial, on his personal recognizance (OR) or on personal bond, unless the judicial officer determines that such incentives (bail) will not adequately assure his appearance at trial and all subsequent trial dates thereafter. The judge must select from a list of conditions, such as restrictions on travel and others listed above. Defendants charged with a capital crime or who have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing or appeal, are to be released unless the judicial officer has reason to believe that no conditions will reasonably assure that the defendant will not flee or pose a danger to anyone. In non-capital cases, The Bail Reform Act does not permit a judge to consider a suspect’s danger to the community, this only happens in capital cases or after a conviction.

New Bail Law in 1984

In 1984 Congress replaced the old Bail Reform Act of 1966. The most significant change to the new law is that it allows pre-trial detention of individuals based upon their danger to the community; the old law statutes states that pre-trial detention was to be solely based upon the risk of flight.

Defendants Have a Legal Right to Bail

February 29, 2012



Car-Jacking Suspect Leads Police on Chase Ends in Officer Involved Shooting

Los Angeles: A man who stole two cars at gunpoint led police on a lengthy car chase, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.

On February 23, 2012, around mid-afternoon, twenty-two year-old Shonchy Thaopraseuth of San Bernardino stole a silver Acura sedan at gunpoint, two blocks from his home. Thaopraseuth drove the victim’s car for a number of hours, until he ended up at a gas station on the corner of Eastern and Valley Boulevard, where the vehicle appeared to have run out of gas.

At this point, Thaopraseuth stole a second vehicle, a 4-door blue Saturn sedan, again at gunpoint, from a customer of the gas station. A concerned citizen observed the carjacking, and phoned
9-1-1. As Thaopraseuth fled the area, he was seen by Hollenbeck Area Patrol Officers, who began to follow him. Based upon the information they received from a crime broadcast, the officers believed that Thaopraseuth was armed, extremely dangerous and requested back-up while they followed Thaopraseuth. When they tried to stop the car, Thaopraseuth fled and the officers began pursuing him. The pursuit lasted about an hour.

At the end of the pursuit, Thaopraseuth pulled into a gas station at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. As he pulled into the pumps, he drew his weapon and pointed it at the owner of the gas station. As the officers stopped behind Thaopraseuth, they saw him pointing his gun at the third victim and an officer involved shooting occurred. Multiple officers fired numerous rounds striking Thaopraseuth. Officers approached the car and took Thaopraseuth into custody.

Officers immediately requested medical assistance. LAFD Personnel responded and pronounced Thaopraseuth dead at the scene. No bystanders or officers were injured as a result of the incident.

A .38 cal handgun was recovered at the scene.

Had the defendant survived the shooting, the bail would have been set fairly high, probably around $1M. He would have been held in custody in the hospital and treated for his wounds. If he was able to leave the hospital and subsequently released on bail, most likely because of the amount of the bail, would have worked with a bail bonds company.

The cost of working with a bail bonds company is 10% and regulated by the California Department of Insurance. Any bail bonds company offering a lower percentage should be dealt with apprehensively. This is usually the first inclination of a shady (immoral, unethical) bail bonds company. 10% in this case would have been $100K and collateral would have been required to secure the bond.

The LAPD Force Investigation Division responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting and all related crimes. The original car-jacking will be investigated by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the FID at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Car-Jacking Suspect Leads Police on Chase Ends in Officer Involved Shooting



How Does the Bail Bonds Process Work?

The Bail Bonds Process Put Simply: A bail bond is a contract between 4 entities:

1. The bail bonds company
2. The court
3. The indemnitor.
4. You – The Defendant

The bail agents and the co-signers are the individuals who are responsible for you showing up for all of your court appearances. Now, you do have the option to pay the bond yourself, if you can afford it. The bail amount is set by the charges given by the police officer and this is then reviewed by the judge. If you are a flight risk or try to escape, be certain an inmate search will be performed to find you and bring you to justice and you may not receive a bond at all.

The bail bonds business offers a guarantee to the court that you will appear in court when summoned by the judge, ie; your next court date. You will also require to check in regularly with your bail agent as a condition of your release.

Cash, within the type of a bond, is required by the court as a monetary incentive to release you and keep you, the defendant, from fleeing the region, or the country for that matter. The bail bond company then charges a fee for posting your bond – this amount varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In most instances, the bond amount for a felony is normally 10% of the whole bond. So if you’re placed on $100,000 bail, your bond amount to pay the bail bonds company would only be $10,000. This saves you from getting to come up with the whole $100,000 your self as many people could not afford this. Mind you, the $10,000 fee you paid to the bonding company you will not get back.
For a misdemeanor arrest, the bail bonds business normally charges a 20% fee. So if you’re arrested on a misdemeanor and your bond has been set at $2000 then you’d only need to pay them $400. Again, you will not get this amount back – this is a fee. Even though, check with your accountant, you may have the ability to write this quantity off on your taxes for the coming year.

Collateral is usually needed on large bonds to ensure you will not skip the the case and head for Mexico. Usually a bonding business will have your co-signor sign a note (contract) stating they’ll give up collateral worth the amount of the bond and any other fees. This could be their car, boat or even their home. So if you have a bond that is $100,000 and you determine to skip town, your co-signor is on the hook for $100,000 plus any applicable fees. Any Pasadena bail bonds company would have to either hunt you down or pay the entire amount themselves.

The technique is created to help you attend the judicial case. Generally it works and frequently, you have noticed the shows, some people abscond and attempt to flee. But, once a warrant is written – that warrant by no means goes away, until you are brought in front of a judge to answer those charges. There are of course manuals and publications that describe in total detail the bail bonds process and how you can turn your self in correctly.

A great bondsman will take down all of your vitals (height, weight, date of birth, exactly where you hang out, what you drive, exactly where you work, and so on). The bondsman will also take a picture of you, any distinguishing marks and truly get to know you before they fork more than a bunch of cash to the courts. Some will even go so far as to take a picture of your co-signor and get to know them and their property prior to releasing your bond.

If you fail to check in, or totally abscond (run away) and the bail agent or the co-signer are unable to locate you in time for trial, your co-signer is immediately responsible for the full quantity of the bail. Once you’re situated and arrested by the bail agent or police department, the co-signer is responsible for all of the bail agent’s costs while searching for you. All of this may be within the contract you and the co-signor have signed and should sign.

Keep in mind, when dealing with a bondsman, do not act out or talk brash. If the bondsman does not believe you will be coming back to court they’ve the chance to say no to your bail. They do not have to bond you. There’s no law stating they have to bond you. So act accordingly.

If you’re convicted there are certain actions you are able to take to flip the bond over for your appeal, this is all dependent on your bonding business and how you treated them. While you’re waiting for your appeal in county jail or prison, keep in mind you must also protect your self, share your crime or charges with nobody.

White collar, blue collar or no collar – whenever you go to prison you all go equally. Getting a good bondsmen is important to your freedom whilst fighting your charges. If you have an active warrant or simply need some guidance before you turn yourself in, you should consult with a bail bondsmen to get all of the facts about how bail bonds function in your state.

How Does the Bail Bonds Process Work?

February 28, 2012



Three Kids Arrested for Shooting Outside Los Angeles High School

Los Angeles: Wilshire Gang Impact Team detectives are investigating a shooting incident that occurred outside of Los Angeles High School where two persons were shot.

On Friday, February 24, 2012, at around 3:30 p.m., two victims were shot across the street from Los Angeles High School. The shooting was precipitated from an ongoing conflict between two different gang members who attend Los Angeles High School. The feud escalated towards the end of the school day, where three individuals confronted two persons outside of school grounds. An adult suspect armed himself with a handgun and shot one victim in the back and another victim in the leg. Responding Wilshire officers and Los Angeles School Police officers located and stopped two juveniles who were also involved in the shooting.

The victims were transported to a local hospital where one victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and later released. The other victim was treated for a gunshot wound to his back and remains at the hospital in critical condition.

The investigation revealed that the shooting was gang related and that the suspect who fired the shots was outstanding. Wilshire Detectives responded to assume the investigation and developed information that identified the outstanding suspect. Wilshire personnel conducted a follow-up investigation to the 2700 block of San Marino, where Kevin Salazar, an 18 year-old resident of Los Angeles was arrested for attempt murder. Salazar’s bail has been set at $500,000.00.

Our Los Angeles Bail Bonds office sees bail amounts at $500K occasionally. There’s quite a bit of paperwork involved with bonds of this size. Middle income people very rarely have enough money to post cash bail in this amount. Cash Bail is when the defendant pays the total bail amount to the court, in this case, that would be $500K. When the case is over they get the entire amount back.  Most of the time the defendants will work with a bail bonds company and therefore only have to pay 10% of the total bail, but this amount is non-refundable and is a fee that is received by the bail bonds company. The fee is paid to the bail agency for securing a $500K bail bond.

In the case of a bail bond in this amount, collateral is always required. Most of the time the defendant or the indemnitor will put up their property(s) if there is enough equity in those properties. The equity would need to be close to the $500K, total bail. This is where all the paperwork comes in to play. Most people don’t have property with $500K equity and would need to put up several houses and there is separate paperwork for each property, plus the bond paperwork.

The investigation has disclosed that one of the victims and one of the suspects were students at Los Angeles High School. The others were not students at the school and were believed to have been summoned to the school after the initial conflict on the campus earlier in the school day.

The two juveniles were booked and detained at Eastlake Juvenile Hall for Attempt Murder and Conspiracy to Commit an Attempt Murder.

Detectives are continuing the investigation and are requesting any additional witnesses or information that may assist with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of the two suspects is asked to call WilshireGang Impact Team Detectivesat 213-473-0425. During non-business hours, calls may be directed 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may contact Crimestoppers by texting the number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Three Kids Arrested for Shooting Outside Los Angeles High School



Latest Internet Crimes

This report, which is based upon information from law enforcement and complaints submitted to the IC3, details recent cyber crime trends, new twists to previously-existing cyber scams, and announcements.
Mystery Shopper Scam To Evaluate Wire Transfer Services

The IC3 has recently received over 250 complaints reporting a new twist to the online employment scam. The scam involves individuals who responded to online ads or were contacted via e-mail as a result of their resume being posted on job websites. The perpetrator posed as a research company and requested participants to complete a paid survey regarding services provided at wire transfer locations to improve the effectiveness of the company’s money-transfer services.

Complainants were hired and then mailed a cashier’s check or money order. They received instructions to cash the check/money order at their local bank, keep a portion as payment, and wire the remaining amount via wire transfer to a designated recipient. Victims were then asked to immediately e-mail their employer with the transfer number, amount wired, recipient’s name and address, and the name of the wire transfer location evaluated. Upon sending the information, victims received a questionnaire form regarding their overall wire transfer experience to complete and return. Those who did not promptly follow through with the instructions received threatening e-mails stating if they did not respond within 24 hours, their information would be forwarded to the FBI and they could face 25 years in jail.

Shortly after the transactions, victims were informed by their banks that the checks were counterfeit and were held responsible for reimbursing their banks. Most victims owed their bank over $2,500.
Spam Referencing U.S. Military Members And Gaddafi

Criminals continue to explore new avenues to lure victims, most recently by claiming to be a US military contractor, who was performing reconstruction work in Libya. Fraudsters sent unsolicited e-mails claiming that several metal boxes were found in cellars of high-rise buildings built and occupied by Muammar Gaddafi. Each box purportedly contained large sums of money, in addition to guns, armor, bullets, and drugs. The e-mails requested the recipient’s assistance with transferring the money out of Libya. The fraudsters also told the e-mail recipients that they were expected to receive, secure, and protect the boxes until the overseas assignment elapsed and promised the victims a 30 percent profit.

Often times in online scams, once communication with the fraudsters begins, they will request personal information, including but not limited to bank account details, claiming funds are needed to cover various expenses.

Be wary of any unsolicited e-mail, especially those requesting personal information or soliciting the submission of money for any reason. Unsolicited e-mails should not be opened, as they often contain viruses or other malicious software.
Pox Party Online Advertisements

Recently, the IC3 received a complaint from an individual reporting an advertisement on a social media site that offered ways to obtain “natural immunity” from the chickenpox by sharing lollipops licked by children infected with the virus. Parents have been known to take their child to a “Pox Party” as an alternative to vaccinating children from varicella, otherwise known as chickenpox, but sending virus-covered lollipops through the mail is against Federal law.

One individual posted a message stating “”fresh batch of pox in Nashville shipping of suckers, spit, and Q-tips available tomorrow 50 dollars.”"

As a disclaimer, the social media site posted the following notice on their page:

“This page has never condoned the mailing of infectious diseases. For our members: The mailing of infectious items, such as lollipops, rags, etc, is a federal offense. This page is not private and can been seen by members and non members alike. You may post on the page that you have the pox and are willing to share in YOUR AREA but please keep your specifics in private messages between members. Again, this page can be seen by anyone and mailing is a federal offense. We are all intelligent adults but these guidelines will help protect your privacy.”

According to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website,, chickenpox is spread in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from the chickenpox blisters. The CDC also discourages chickenpox parties because the disease can be serious. Dangerous diseases like hepatitis A and strep can be transmitted via saliva according to the CDC’s website. Therefore, not only is the contaminated candy not likely to provide exposure to chickenpox, it could expose children to an entirely different disease.

Latest Internet Crimes

February 24, 2012



Distraction Burglary Suspects Arrested and Post Bail

Los Angeles: Three burglary suspects were arrested in the Mid-Wilshire area and LAPD Olympic Area Burglary detectives are seeking more victims who may have been burglarized.

On February 16, 2012, around 9:00 a.m., two women knocked on the door of an apartment in the 200 block of South Kenmore Avenue, where a 92-year-old woman answered the door. She was told by the women that they were here to check on her damaged pipes. While the two suspects distracted the victim, a third female entered the apartment and took jewelry, clothing and money. All three then fled in a grey 1996 Honda four door sedan.

About two hours later, the same three suspects went to another residence in the 200 block of South 3rd Avenue and distracted an 83-year-old woman. The suspects used the same tactic to burglarize and ransack her residence.

This information was reported to the LAPD Olympic Area station and patrol officers located the suspects as they drove off from the second location,

where they were arrested near Crenshaw and Olympic Boulevard. The officers also recovered not only property belonging to the two victim’s, but other items possibly stolen from other unidentified victims.

Over the years, the City of Los Angeles, as well as neighboring cities have experienced a rash of similar distraction burglaries involving Caucasian males and females, who target elderly victims. Detectives believe 41-year-old Debbie Riste, 22-year-old and 40-year-old Theresa Mouto may have been involved in multiple distraction burglaries around the city. The suspects were arrested and booked for Burglary (459 PC) then transported to Metropolitan Detention Center where they posted bail.

The three defendants posted bail. This means that they either paid the court the entire bail amount in cash or worked with a bail bonds company. If they worked with a bail bonds company then the scenario is as follows. For theft of this

size and multiple times the bail was probably around $50,000. Bail Bonds companies charge a 10% fee which is regulated by the Department of Insurance. (anyone charging something different are usually a bad bail bonds company) That means that the defendants would need to pay $5000 a peice to secure the $50,000 bail. Most likely the judge would order a PC1275.1. This means that the defendants would need to prove that the money used to pay for the bond was from legal sources.

Victims are encouraged to contact Olympic Burglary Detectives with any information regarding this investigation. Detectives are also in possession of jewelry and clothing and the owners of this property have yet to be identified. If you have any information call Detective McBride at 213-382-9367 or Detective Perez at 213-382-9370. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Distraction Burglary Suspects Arrested and Post Bail

February 23, 2012



Man Stabbed in Park, Dies at Local Hospital

Los Angeles: An argument at a busy park Wednesday afternoon escalated to a fistfight and quickly turned deadly when one man stabbed the other to death.

On February 21, 2012, at around 2 p.m., Olympic Area officers were called to a stabbing incident at Normandie Park located at 1550 South Normandie Avenue. When they arrived, officers found one man suffering from multiple stab wounds lying on the grass near the playground area on the west side of the park. Children had been playing in the area prior to the fight. The suspect left the area on foot and was found a short time later hiding in a yard a couple blocks from the park. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the stabbing.

The victim, whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He is a Hispanic man in his 20’s.

The suspect, 24-year-old Jesus Molina, has been arrested and booked for murder. He is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center for Murder and a parole violation. He has no bail.

In the case the bail bonds company can not do anything for the defendant. When the court and/or judge issue no bail, the defendant it detained in jail until their arraignment. At that time the judge might offer bail and if he/she does, it’ll most likely be a very large sum.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call West Bureau Homicide Detectives, Detective Jeffrey Sandefur at 213-382-9434. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Man Stabbed in Park, Dies at Local Hospital

February 22, 2012



Palmdale Fugitive Apprehended and Returned from Belize to US

A fugitive wanted for a June 2010 homicide in the city of Palmdale was returned to the U.S. today following her capture in Belize, announced Steven Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, and Sheriff Leroy Baca with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Larene Eleanor Austin, 29, of the Antelope Valley, was taken into custody without incident on January 25, 2012 in the country of Belize. Austin was returned to the United States, via Houston, Texas, earlier today.

According to investigators, Austin allegedly murdered Lanell Barsock on June 16, 2010 and reported the murder to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Palmdale, California. Investigators allege that Austin attempted to frame the victim’s boyfriend for the murder.

After further investigation by homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the focus of the investigation shifted to Austin as the main suspect in the homicide. A warrant charging Austin with one count of murder was issued by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives determined that Austin had fled the state of California, detectives requested assistance from the Los Angeles Fugitive Task Force, and publicized the case on the television program, America’s Most Wanted (AMW).

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives received a tip after the AMW program aired a story about the murder over the 2011 Christmas holiday. The tip indicated Austin was living in the Central American country of Belize. After further investigation, Sheriff’s detectives determined the tip was credible and shared it with members of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles.

A federal warrant charging Austin with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP) was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on December 29th, 2011.

The Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles contacted the FBI’s Legal Attaché in San Salvador, which covers Belize and other Central American countries, to further investigate the tip.

Officers with the Belize Police Department working with FBI agents in Central America arrested Austin yesterday in the Toledo District of Belize without incident.

Earlier today, Austin was expelled from the country of Belize and was flown to Houston, Texas, under the escort of FBI agents assigned to the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador.

In Houston, Austin was turned over to the custody of homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Austin is expected to make an initial appearance in Superior Court in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the near future.

It is anticipated that the United States government will dismiss the federal warrant charging Austin with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and Austin will remain in custody while she awaits prosecution for the state murder charges by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The successful arrest and return of Austin was based on cooperation among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; the FBI’s Legal Attaché assigned to the United States Embassy in San Salvador; the Belize Police Department; the Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles, which includes members from the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department; and agents with the FBI’s Houston Field Office.

Now that the fugitive is back in custody, the judge has to determine the bail amount. Our Palmdale Bail Bonds office believes that the judge will just rule out all bail. This is because the defendant already shows the willingness to flee the country and obviously has ties to other countries. In the rare chance that the judge allows the defendant to have bail, the amount would probably be so high that the defendant wouldn’t be able to come up with the amount. For instance in this case, $2M would sound right.

The return of Austin was funded by the United States government’s “Project Welcome Home,” which provides funding to assist in the transportation of federal fugitives to the United States, where the repatriation by the host country occurs through deportation or extradition.

The FBI continues to work with local law enforcement to apprehend violent criminals charged with state crimes who then flee the jurisdiction interstate or internationally. Photos and descriptions of many fugitives wanted by the FBI can be found at

Palmdale Fugitive Apprehended and Returned from Belize to US

February 9, 2012



Two Thiefs Enter a Home and Take Two Vintage Motorcycles

Los Angeles: During the early morning hours of Saturday, two suspects entered a west side residence and took two vintage motorcycles.

Vintage Motorcycle Stolen

Vintage Motorcycle Stolen

On February 4, 2012, at about 4:30 a.m., two males kicked open the victim’s front door in the 900 block of Linda Flora Drive, West Los Angeles area. The husband and his wife were awakened by the noise. The husband got up, went to see what the noise was about and was immediately confronted by the suspects who took him into another bedroom and tied him up. The suspects then confronted the wife and instructed her to stay in the bed. The suspects took two vintage motorcycles and left the location.
The estimated loss of both motorcycles is approximately $1,560,000 dollars.

There is no further description on both male suspects.

Vintage Motorcycle Stolen-1

Vintage Motorcycle Stolen-1

What’s the likelihood that two people enter your home and walk in and steal two motorcycles worth $1.5M? How did they know they were there? Who was the owner talking to that created this interest?

Our Van Nuys Bail Bonds office has bailed out several high dollar theifs before. The judge usually puts a PC 1275 hold on the defendants. This is when the judge determines that if the defendants are willing to bail out to prepare for their case, the moneies they use for this purpose must have the ability to show that they are from reliable and legal sources.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Los Angeles Robbery Detectives, Detective Alan Behnke at 310-444-1540. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Two Thiefs Enter a Home and Take Two Vintage Motorcycles

February 8, 2012



Civil Judgment for $250K Awarded to Sexual Assault Victim

Los Angeles: On November 30, 2011, a civil judgment was issued against Michael Mersola, in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The action was the result of a criminal investigation against Mersola in 2007, resulting in a conviction of Mersola in July 2008.

In 2007, members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Section were requested to assume investigative responsibilities in an investigation of pimping, pandering, and bribery of a witness and sexual assault. The three victims in this matter were all under the age of 18.

Immediately after the guilty conviction in criminal court, one of the victims filed a civil lawsuit against Mersola.

A jury of 12 people was impaneled and sworn to hear the civil case. After hearing the evidence and arguments of counsel, the jury was instructed by the Court and the case was submitted to the jury. The jury returned a special verdict of negligence, emotional distress, outrageous conduct and sexual battery.

Mersola was held responsible for his treatment of the victim and she was awarded $250,000.

The judgment against Mersola is one of the first of its’ kind where a victim of pimping, pandering and sexual battery was awarded a cash judgment against an assailant.

The Los Angeles Police Department Human Trafficking Section is a part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative. The task forces were formed to address the growing problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children through prostitution in the United States. Since its inception, the initiative has resulted in the development of 44 dedicated task forces and working groups throughout the United States, involving federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. To date, these groups have worked successfully to rescue more than 1,800 children.

Investigations have successfully led to the conviction of over 800 pimps, madams, and their associates who exploit children through prostitution. These convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple life sentences, as well as the seizure of real property, vehicles, and monetary assets. All of the victims in these crimes were under the age of 18. The investigation is on-going.

Our Los Angeles Bail Bonds office get’s a few calls a day regarding pimping and prostitution. They call from the Los Angeles Jail asking for bail. Its a sad world that most of them are in. Although it should be said that a majority of them are there because they want to be not because they are being forced by the big hand of a pimp. Its a true shame that there are underaged girls getting pimped out anywhere. They should be in highschool studying to be in college. They should be holding hands with their first boyfriend. Not walking the streets getting bullied by some criminal.

Anyone with further information regarding this matter is asked to call the Innocence Lost Task Force Hotline at (800) 655-4095. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800) 222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Civil Judgment for $250K Awarded to Sexual Assault Victim

February 7, 2012