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Thursday
Jul312014

North Hollywood Man Charged with Assaulting Mother

(LOS ANGELES) -- A North Hollywood man is charged with assaulting his 60-year-old mother, Los Angeles County officials announced Wednesday.

Gerry Peter Loy, 24, allegedly knocked the woman unconscious on July 27.

Loy is charged with one felony count of assault by means likely to product great bodily injury.

Loy is currently on probation after pleading no contest to elder abuse in a previous case involving a 79-year-old.

If convicted in his mother's case and found in violation of probation, he faces a maximum of eight years in state prison.

The incident remains under investigation.


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Thursday
Jul312014

'Spiritual Healer' Gets Prison Time for Rape 

(LOS ANGELES) -- A so-called "spiritual healer" convicted of rape received a nine-year prison sentence Wednesday.

Jose Romulo Felix, 42, of Victorville advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a spiritual healer who could solve women's relationship problems, Deputy District Attorney Heba Matta said.

A woman said she was sexually assaulted when she visited Felix at his makeshift office in Downey in January 2013. When she tried to fight back, the defendant forced himself on her, according to officials.

Felix pleaded no contest on July 1 to rape and sexual battery by fraud. He is required to register as a sex offender for life.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Street Racing Suspected in North Hollywood Fatal Hit-and-Run

(LOS ANGELES) -- A hit-and-run collision in North Hollywood on Wednesday night has left a 17-year-old boy dead and his brother seriously injured.

Police said the two brothers were struck by a vehicle that was northbound on the 7000 block of Whitsett Avenue around 8 p.m.

Witnesses told investigators that the vehicle appeared to be racing another vehicle at the time.

There were no immediate arrests.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Four Teens Charged with Murder in USC Grad Student Death

(LOS ANGELES) -- Officials charged four teenagers with capital murder Tuesday in the beating death of a 24-year-old USC graduate student.

Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China, was walking home from a study group early Thursday morning when he was attacked by the suspects, who attempted to rob him. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. near the corner of 29th Street and Orchard Avenue.

Police said Ji was beaten and struck on the head with a bat, then went back to his apartment on West 30th Street where his roommate found his body hours later.

Jonathan Del Carmen, 19, Andrew Garcia, 18, Alberto Ochoa, , 17, and Alejandra Guerrero, 16, are each charged with one count of murder. Ochoa, Garcia and Guerrero are each charged with an allegation that they used a dangerous weapon.

After the USC attack, officials say the group drove to Dockweiler Beach where three of the suspects allegedly approached a man and woman and robbed one of the victims.

Prosecutors are determining whether to seek the death penalty against Garcia and Del Carmen. If convicted, the pair face life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ochoa and Guerrero are ineligible for the punishment due to their ages.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

One Dead, One Injured in Exposition Park Fire

(LOS ANGELES) -- An Exposition Park home fire claimed the life of a 90-year-old man and injured one firefighter Tuesday morning.

Crews responded to the blaze at 1588 West 36th Place around 10:45 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the one-story building.

Firefighters located the resident inside the home, which was filled floor-to-ceiling with heat and thick, black smoke, according to officials.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fifty-seven firefighters extinguished the blaze in half an hour, during which one member suffered a burn injury to his calf.

Officials said there was no evidence of functional smoke alarms inside the residence, nor were there optional fire sprinklers.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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