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April 9, 2014
A woman told Newport Beach police that she was robbed in a parking lot near Fashion Island Tuesday but was unable to give police a consistent description of her alleged assailant, an official said. The robber allegedly strong-armed a purse and watch away from the woman around 12:30 p.m. and fled in an unknown direction, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The victim came to the Police Department Tuesday to report the crime but was not cooperative, according to police.
NEWS
May 14, 2011
A man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint at her in-home daycare center in Irvine pleaded guilty Friday, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Hung Trong Do, 33, of Stanton admitted to assault with a semi-automatic weapon, robbery, burglary, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and other charges. He was charged with breaking into the woman's home through an open garage June 3, 2009, holding a gun to the back of her neck and demanding money.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
Authorities on Sunday arrested two men suspected in an armed robbery who were tracked to an Irvine church that borders Newport Beach. Timothy Lavert Bates, 25, and Albert Fletcher Brown Jr., 26, were arrested about 1 p.m. at Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, for allegedly robbing an AT&T store in Laguna Niguel half an hour earlier. A silver handgun was brandished when the pair robbed the store, in the 27000 block of La Paz Road, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department news release.
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April 10, 2014
Newport Beach police responded to a report from an upscale hotel near John Wayne Airport just after midnight Thursday that a guest had met two women in the lobby and given them cash, police said. "The females took the money, but the victim seemed to indicate they did not meet their obligation to him in exchange for the funds," Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. A caller from the hotel, the Fairmont Newport Beach on MacArthur Boulevard, reported the incident to police as a robbery.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
COSTA MESA —Police arrested a Mission Viejo man on suspicion of armed robbery at a Costa Mesa gas station early Tuesday. Officers arrested Brandon Headstrand, 25, after responding to a 911 call about 1:41 a.m. from an Arco station in the 2600 block of Newport Avenue, Costa Mesa Lt. Rob Sharpnack said. When officers arrived, they were told that a man in the company of two women tried to steal a pair of sunglasses. As a store clerk tried to stop him, the suspect pulled out a knife, police were told.
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August 3, 2011
COSTA MESA — Police on Wednesday continued to search for suspects related to a watch store robbery where thieves made off with 40 watches. One man who police believe may be connected to the crime was arrested for outstanding warrants Tuesday, but no one has been charged with the robbery, said Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Two masked men robbed Watch Connection store at 3033 Bristol St. at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday before taking off in what witnesses described as a white Honda Accord, according to police.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
A Stanton man convicted of his third strike for the armed robbery of an Irvine in-home daycare was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in state prison. Hung Trong Do, 34, pleaded guilty in May to robbing a woman at gunpoint while she was caring for six children, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Do pleaded guilty to felony first-degree robbery, first-degree residential burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
COSTA MESA - Police continued the search Monday for two men they say robbed a cell phone store at gunpoint. The men covered their faces with hooded sweatshirts when they robbed a Verizon Wireless store at 2300 Harbor Blvd. 9 a.m. Saturday, police said in a news release. The two took an unknown amount of cash and phones. Police said the suspects are black, in their early 20s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Ed Everett at (714)
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By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2014
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County.   Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery.   Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
This post has been updated with surveillance images of two of the suspects. Costa Mesa police continued to search for suspects believed to have injured a jewelry store owner during a robbery Monday. About four men fled in a red Jeep after robbing a jewelry store in the 1800 block of Newport Boulevard about 9:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Phil Myers. The suspects restrained the owner and his son with zip ties after distracting another employee by requesting to have a ring cleaned, he said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 23, 2014
Two robbery suspects were arrested Saturday after one of them appeared to try to jump a college student depositing money at an ATM in the early-morning hours, Costa Mesa police said. The 25-year-old woman had just finished the transaction at a Chase Bank near Harbor Boulevard and Baker Street around 2 a.m. when a man wearing a black beanie over his face ran toward her, police said. The woman quickly locked herself in her car and started the engine, but the man ran up to her window pointing what looked like a black handgun at her, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
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NEWS
April 10, 2014
Newport Beach police responded to a report from an upscale hotel near John Wayne Airport just after midnight Thursday that a guest had met two women in the lobby and given them cash, police said. "The females took the money, but the victim seemed to indicate they did not meet their obligation to him in exchange for the funds," Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. A caller from the hotel, the Fairmont Newport Beach on MacArthur Boulevard, reported the incident to police as a robbery.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
A woman told Newport Beach police that she was robbed in a parking lot near Fashion Island Tuesday but was unable to give police a consistent description of her alleged assailant, an official said. The robber allegedly strong-armed a purse and watch away from the woman around 12:30 p.m. and fled in an unknown direction, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The victim came to the Police Department Tuesday to report the crime but was not cooperative, according to police.
NEWS
March 18, 2014
Costa Mesa police are looking for three men suspected of robbing two men - after pepper spraying one of them - near The Triangle on Sunday evening. The two victims - a 21-year-old Norco resident and a 24-year-old from Anaheim - were sitting on a bench facing Harbor Boulevard just outside the shopping center when they were approached by the three men at about 6 p.m., authorities said. Two of the aggressors demanded a cellphone that one of the victims was holding and then one of the bunch grabbed it, a Costa Mesa Police Department news release said.
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By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2014
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County.   Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery.   Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Costa Mesa police are looking for a man who strong-armed his way into a motel room Tuesday morning and stole electronics from inside. The victim, a 49-year-old man from Riverside, was staying at the Harbor Bay Motel at 2026 Harbor Blvd. when there was a knock at his room's door about 10:45 a.m., according to police. A man asked for a cigarette before forcing his way into the room and pushing the victim to the ground, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said. Police said the robber took a laptop, cell phone and credit card that were nearby in the room.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 17, 2014
Crime in Costa Mesa dropped by more than 12% in 2013 with steep declines in thefts and burglaries leading the way, according to statistics provided by the Costa Mesa Police Department this week. However, moderate increases in rapes and robberies were recorded. Overall violent crime remained relatively flat compared with 2012, but property crimes as a whole dropped 13% with declines in every category. Burglaries dropped by almost 25% - to 512 in 2013 compared with 668 in 2012.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 9, 2014
Following the same trend as the last two years, crime in Newport Beach declined in 2013, according to preliminary numbers from police. Combined, violent crimes and property crimes dropped exactly 1% — although property crimes increased very slightly, the department's brass announced at a monthly statistics meeting that reporters were invited to attend Thursday. "We're safer today in Newport Beach than we've ever been in the history of the city," Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jay Johnson said.
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By Hannah Fry | November 8, 2013
Authorities this week took three people into custody in connection with the kidnapping, torture and genital mutilation of a Newport Beach man last year, prosecutors announced. Newport Beach police detectives arrested Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, in Fresno Friday. FBI agents arrested Hossein Nayeri, 34, Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is facing extradition, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Police first arrested Kyle Shirakawa Handley of Fountain Valley in October 2012 in connection with the crime after his name was linked to a suspicious car parked outside the victim's home on the day of the alleged kidnapping.
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