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FBI releases composite sketches of 'Snowboarder Bandit' of Orange County


Composite sketches of the Snowboarder Bandit

The FBI released several composite sketches Monday of the man who is suspected of holding up 10 Southern California banks, including a Wells Fargo last week in Irvine.

Known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" due to his affinity for wearing ski clothes and a knit cap, he has also sported a motorcycle helmet during one trip to a Citibank in March, says the FBI.

Witnessed have described him as a tall man, about 6' 2", and between 25 and 32 years old.

Two banks are each offering a $5,000 reward for his arrest and conviction, meaning $10,000 could go to someone who turns in one of Orange County's most-wanted bandits.

The FBI can be reached at their Santa Ana office at (714) 542-8825 for people who may know of his identity or location.





Woman jumps in moving van during post-bank robbery police chase

West Covina police chase

Screenshot from KTLA

Yvoanne Jeanette Franco clings to a van being chased by police after a bank robbery

Jerry Lee Franklin had allegedly just robbed a West Covina bank. He had several police cars chasing him and a news copter overhead following his every move.

Franklin, a parolee-at-large, steered a white mini van to a residential neighborhood and slowed down when he saw a woman on a cell phone, later identified by police as Yvoanne Jeanette Franco.

In a move KTLA anchor Jessica Holmes said she had never seen before, Franco jumped onto the slow moving vehicle and clung to it as it sped up. Eventually she worked her way up to the roof of the van and then slid inside.

Within minutes police successfully stopped the vehicle and arrested Franco. But Franklin hesitated until a police dog was released into the van. A shirtless Franklin quickly exited as the K-9 bit in to the suspect's jeans.

Cash money spilled out of the van as Franklin was arrested. According to the West Covina Police Department Franklin was charged  on suspicion of robbery, resisting arrest and felony evading. Franco was charged on suspicion of obstruction of justice and conspiracy.


Lenny Dykstra gets 90 days for forcing massages — once at knifepoint


Lenny Dykstra being cuffed in March after he pled no contest to grand theft auto.

Lenny Dykstra, the former All-Star outfielder who has become no stranger to criminal behavior, plead no contest Wednesday to lewd conduct and assault.

Dykstra, 48, in essence plead guilty to using Craigslist to lure women to his home between 2009-2011 under the guise that he had work for them as his personal assistant or housekeeper. Once they arrived at his home, the Los Angeles city attorney said, "he would allegedly inform the women that the job also required them to give a massage and would expose himself to them. During one incident in July 2010, Defendant Dyskstra held a knife and forced the victim to massage his body."

The World Series champ from Garden Grove was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

In March "Nails" was sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.


Rape, pimping and pandering: Moreno Valley school board member facing charges

Mike Rios

Riverside Co Sheriff’s Dept

A mug shot of Mike Rios taken after his arrest for attempted murder in February 2012

A Moreno Valley school board member, already charged with attempted murder for shooting at people, is now facing a slew of other charges, including rape, pandering and pimping.  At least two of the alleged victims are underage girls.

Authorities say Mike Rios used promises of jobs and favors to lure several women into prostitution. In one case, the 42 year-old school board member allegedly promised two underage girls the use of his home and vehicle if they worked for him as prostitutes.

Rios, who was elected to the board in 2010, faces multiple counts of rape, pandering and pimping. Prosecutors say he did not meet the victims through his school board duties. But Rios would apparently tell them he worked for the school district and asked if they needed jobs.  He’s currently being jailed on a $500,000 bail.


NoHo personal trainer nicknamed 'Danger' suspected of abusing at least 5 women

Danger's Angels


Dejon 'Danger' Miller's Facebook page features photos of 'Danger's Angels'

Dejon Alan Miller

LA County Jail

Booking photo of Dejon Alan Miller

Dejon Alan Miller


A Facebook photo of Dejon Alan Miller

Dejon Alan Miller was arrested a week before Christmas last year for a brutal beating that left his ex-girlfriend unconcious. But police suspect that the 35-year-old North Hollywood personal trainer may have abused more women in the San Fernando Valley and are inviting possible victims to come forward.

Police say at least five women have been victims of domestic violence at his hands. Authorities say some of the acts he have committed could qualify as torture.

Nicknamed "Danger", Miller is currently behind bars on a $1.3 million bail, awaiting his day in court on attempted murder and kidnapping charges. But at a press conference yesterday police wanted to get the message out that if there are any victims who haven't stepped forward, now would be a safe time to communicate with authorities.