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Tuesday
Nov252014

Pasadena Man Sentenced for Drugging, Raping, Spraying Woman with Caustic Gas

(LOS ANGELES) -- A 39-year-old man has been convicted of raping a woman after he drugged her and sprayed her with a refrigerant chemical at his Pasadena Home.

Piotr Igor Dudkiewicz was sentenced to 40 years and eight months to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

Prosecutors say Dudkiewicz brought the victim to his house in April and attempted to force the woman to inhale the refrigerant gas. In the struggle the Freon burned her chest, face and hands, according to court testimony. Evidence at trial also revealed that the victim was then additionally drugged with ketamine, tied, and sexually assaulted by Dudkiewicz.

The following day the victim called 911 and eventually managed to leave the home, prosecutors say.

Dudkiewicz is now registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Dramatic LA Chase, Standoff Caught on Camera

(LOS ANGELES)  -- A suspect is now in custody after a wild police chase and standoff that played out over several hours in the Los Angeles area.

For at least two tense hours on Monday, the white Ford SVU traveled at least 70 miles from Palmdale to Culver City, Calif., maneuvering around cars on multiple freeways at speeds between 90 and 100 miles-per-hour.

At one point, the SUV traveled through Hollywood, taking a tour of some of the region’s swankiest neighborhoods, and nearly struck a pedestrian in a park.

Eventually, the vehicle drove into a parking lot in Culver City, where a female passenger was taken into custody as the driver fled on foot. It was unclear if the woman would be charged.

Authorities eventually took the suspect into custody after he spent hours barricaded on the rooftop of a building.

The suspect was wanted for a drive-by shooting, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. No further information has been released.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Police Search for Man in Hollywood ATM Robbery

Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- Police are seeking the public's help with finding a man who allegedly committed a robbery at an ATM in Hollywood last month.

The robbery happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Oct. 15, at a Bank of America ATM on the 4900 block of Melrose Avenue.

"The suspect approached the victim from behind, reached into his (own) waistband and simulated a handgun. The suspect then told the victim to give him cash or he would be shot. The suspect took the victim’s money from the ATM and fled," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Police have released photos of the man being sought. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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Monday
Nov242014

Gang Member Found Guilty of Killing Barbershop Owner

(LOS ANGELES) -- A 26-year-old gang member has been found guilty of killing a well-known Pasadena barbershop owner.

Davon Westley Moore was found guilty of first degree murder on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Moore stabbed King King, 43, to death during a robbery in the parking lot of his barbershop in September 2011.

Moore faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced in December.


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Monday
Nov242014

Man Charged with Emailing Naked Pictures of Pasadena Teacher

(LOS ANGELES) -- A 38-year-old man has been charged with stealing his ex-boyfriend’s identity and sending explicit pictures to the teacher’s colleagues and students.

David Galvan is facing one felony count each of false impersonation and identity theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Galvan sent naked pictures of his ex-boyfriend from the victim’s Muir High School work email back in July. The explicit photos were sent to teachers, students and others in the ex-boyfriend’s contact list.

If convicted, Galvan faces a possible maximum penalty of six years and two months in state prison.


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