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October 18, 2013
Police are searching for a man they suspect robbed a sandwich shop and attempted to rob a salon at gunpoint in Costa Mesa on Thursday evening, authorities said. Shortly before 5:30 p.m., the owner of the Lovely Lashes salon at 115 Broadway reported that a man wearing a light-colored baseball cap and dark sunglasses entered the salon, pointed a handgun at her and demanded cash. When the owner did not immediately provide the money, the suspect fled on foot heading northbound, police said.
By Hannah Fry | October 8, 2013
Police have arrested a Santa Ana man suspected of robbing two Costa Mesa stores at gunpoint. Authorities believe Dennis Adamson, 24, may have also robbed an Independence Bank in Fountain Valley in August and a Subway sandwich shop and Mobil gas station in Santa Ana in September, as well as 10 locations in central California beginning in March. Santa Ana police stopped Adamson about 11 p.m. Sunday as he was riding a bike in the 100 block of East Dyer Road. Officers said they found a handgun and two black ski masks in his backpack.
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.
September 17, 2013
Westminster police arrested a Newport Beach man Monday on suspicion of stealing a watch worth almost $10,000. Travis Lambright, 32, allegedly took the watch Friday from Tick Tock jewelers in the Asian Garden Mall on Bolsa Avenue. The store's owner chased Lambright into the parking lot, where an altercation ensued and the jeweler fired several gunshots, police said in a news release. Lambright drove off with the watch, leaving the shop owner with minor injuries, police said. Officers arrested Lambright when he allegedly tried to sell the $9,400 Omega watch at a store in Tustin.
By Lauren Williams | April 3, 2013
Costa Mesa police have arrested three men suspected of robbing a Rexall drugstore, including one man who allegedly threatened the store's employees with a knife and demanded cash and drugs. Roger B. Jones, 48, and Derek Lloyd, 30, both of Perris, and Marquis T. Blunt, 27, of Sun City, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing fewer than 800 painkillers, other medication and less than $100 in cash from the Ramsay Rexall drugstore at 2246 Newport Blvd. about 9:30 a.m., according to the Costa Mesa Police Department.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 2, 2013
Irvine police have arrested a Costa Mesa couple who detectives suspect worked as a robbery and getaway team. Tyler Kovacs, 27, would try to steal something while his wife Karen Kovacs, 26, waited in a car idling nearby, police alleged Tuesday. Tyler Kovacs asked to borrow someone's iPhone in a coffee shop at Alton Parkway and Jeffrey Road in Irvine about 5 p.m. Monday, police said. When he tried to leave with the phone, the victim chased him and tried to physically stop him, but the husband reached his wife's waiting car and escaped, police said.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 19, 2013
Costa Mesa police arrested a man suspected of robbing a Huntington Beach resident at gunpoint Saturday as he deposited money into an ATM. After being chased by the mace-wielding victim and searched for by a helicopter and K9 units, the suspect turned himself in, according to police. Brian Gonzalez, 18, of Fontana, approached a 29-year-old man who was depositing money at a Wescom Credit Union ATM on Baker Street near Fairview Road about 11:10 p.m., police said. Gonzalez, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, brandished a short-barreled shotgun and told the victim to withdraw cash, according to police.
By Lauren Williams | March 5, 2013
Costa Mesa police arrested a 26-year-old parolee early Monday on suspicion of shooting and injuring another man, police said. Kenneth Albert St. Sauver of Costa Mesa allegedly shot a 27-year-old man during an attempted robbery near Victoria and Miner streets about 2 a.m., according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. The victim was shot in the upper back and the bullet exited through his neck, police said. He was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with nonlife-threatening injuries after he went to the Costa Mesa Motor Inn, 2277 Harbor Blvd., looking for help from an acquaintance.
From the Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot staff | February 4, 2013
Police detectives said robbery does not appear to be a motive in the slaying of a young Irvine couple who were found shot to death late Sunday in a parked car at the upscale condominium complex where they lived. “They could tell by physical evidence,” Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. “The car wasn't rummaged through.” Engen said there is no clear motive in the deaths of Monica Quan, 28, and her boyfriend, Keith Lawrence, 27. The two were engaged to be married, according to reports.
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