Crime & Justice

LAPD seeks info on counterfeiting suspect who rented downtown penthouse

In the downtown penthouse rented by a counterfeiting suspect is a gigantic replica of a Central Intelligence Agency seal in the floor and framed portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the wall, it was reported today.

The suspect, who eluded Los Angeles police by bounding down a fire escape with two duffel bags, leaving behind stacks of freshly printed $100 bills, is known to police as Brian Alexik, a 33-year-old man of Russian descent who has lived in New Jersey.

He also spent a night in jail after a Feb. 4 arrest, the Downtown News reported. Sheriff's deputies who police buses and trains arrested him, but it was unclear for what.

The mosaic CIA seal is about 5 feet in diameter and set in the floor, the newspaper reported.

On April 19, firefighters sent to the $3,400-per-month penthouse he rented in the 400 block of West Olympic Avenue to check out a noxious odor were denied entry.

By the time police broke down the door, the mystery man was gone down a fire escape.

Detectives noted that the penthouse looks over the U.S. Federal Reserve building on Grand Avenue.

Police say Alexik also goes by the names Ken Shurin and Briane Alexia.

Photographs found in the apartment show he can adopt different looks. One shows him clean-cut, with a scar across his forehead. Another image shows him with longer hair.

On Thursday, police arrested an associate named Gregory Charles Koller, 32, in a raid carried out by SWAT officers near 38th Street and Grand Avenue. Koller was booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and his bail was set at $10,000, police said.

Anyone with more information about Alexik should call Detective Daniel Logan at (213) 486-7386 or Detective Angel Vega at (213) 216-7340 or (213) 486-7280.