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Man Sets Woman on Fire, Kills Her–AT LARGE

Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, is being sought by the Pomona Police Department after a 41-year-old woman was set alight on Friday around 1:45 p.m. PT.

Police were called to the area after neighbors saw the woman run from a house engulfed in flames.

After collapsing on the street, she was treated for severe burns and taken to hospital, where she died.

“Preliminary information suggests that the suspect and victim became involved in a heated argument that escalated to physical violence,” police said in a statement.

“It appears that during a domestic dispute, the suspect chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline,” police said. “The suspect then ignited the victim, possibly with a lit cigarette.”

Authorities say Dear fled the scene and has not been seen since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Woman Was Set Ablaze And Killed In L.A. On Christmas Day. BuzzFeed News, 12/26/2015.

Officer Gone Bad?: Rookie Cop Gone Missing after Fatal Shooitng

Henry Solis was off-duty on Friday morning when gunfire killed 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez, Jr. in Pomona, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the Pomona Police Department said in a statement on Sunday.

A 27-year-old probationary officer assigned to the Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley, Solis later failed to show up for work on Saturday following the shooting, and his car was found on Sunday abandoned near the scene.

“Solis’ whereabouts is unknown, and we have reason to believe that he knows the police are looking to talk with him,” the statement said.

A preliminary investigation found that Rodriguez and another man “were engaged in a physical altercation” just before the shooting,” the police said in the statement. “It is unknown if the suspect and the victim knew each other.”

Rookie LAPD officer’s whereabouts unknown after deadly shooting. Reuters/The Raw Story, 3/16/2015.

“felony stupid”: Home Invasion Gone Stupid

The suspects, armed with a shotgun and three handguns, allegedly entered a house on the 2600 block of Alta Street in Lincoln Heights, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. The resident, who was the only person home at the time, saw the suspects on a home surveillance system and called 911 about 2:40 a.m., she said.

As police and SWAT units arrived, one suspect was seen fleeing the scene, and was immediately apprehended by officers.

… The two men inside then allegedly told the resident to identify them to police as victims too, and convinced the resident to tie them up in the home, according to police.

The resident obliged, and fled the home, telling the police what had happened while the two suspects remained tied up inside.

Police did not immediately enter the residence, Eisenman said. After some time the suspects “got tired of waiting” and emerged.

They were arrested shortly thereafter, and the fourth suspect was found hiding in the backyard by a canine unit.

Officers recovered a shotgun and three handguns, Eisenman said, but it is unclear whether they were loaded.

…“They came out, still tied up, thinking that we were going to believe they were victims also,” Eisenman said. “That’s what you call felony stupid.”

Four suspects arrested in bizarre home invasion robbery. L.A. Times, 12/28/2013.

“pop, pop, pop”—Man in Camouflage Kills TSA Officer at LAX [UPDATES]

CBS News’ John Miller said the unidentified suspect entered the terminal wearing camouflage and opened fire around 9:30 a.m., wounding at least three people.

Preliminary indications show that he was targeting TSA employees and that one may have been killed, according to Miller.

…A large box of ammunition has been recovered on LAX property, Miller said. The LAPD Bomb Squad was also on scene.

Passenger Robert Perez told CBS2 that TSA agents came through the terminal and yelled that a man had a gun.

…Passenger Rodrigo Jara told KNX1070 NEWSRADIO he was waiting in line to go through the security line in Terminal 3 when he heard a loud sound.

“I heard ‘pop, pop, pop,’ and then we fell down, and little did I know, I looked to the side, and this guy’s going up the stairs with the rifle,” Jara said.

Jara described the shooter he saw as a white male with blonde/dirty blonde hair possibly wearing khakis, clean-cut, and “walking like he was going to buy tea.”

Suspect In Custody After Shooting Prompts Evacuation At Terminal 3 At LAX. CBS L.A., 11/1/2013.

Brian Adamick, an accountant who was waiting for a flight to Chicago, said he saw a bunch of people running and one of them shouted, “There’s shooting!”

He said he boarded an evacuation bus minutes later and saw a TSA agent get on, limping.

“His right ankle is injured and he gets on and sits in the seat next to me, and I said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘I’m fine. I got shot. Don’t worry, I’ve been shot before,’” Adamick told NBC News in a telephone interview.

“I said, let me take a look, and he pulls up the pant leg and there’s a flesh wound — 3 to 4 inches — looks like it’s straight out of Hollywood, maybe a drop of blood or two,” he said.

Shooter opens fire at Los Angeles International Airport. NBCNews.com, 11/1/2013.

Updates:

LAX shooting: Gunman targeted TSA officers, wrote anti-government note. L. A. Times, 11/1/2013.

The gunman was identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, a 23-year-old New Jersey native who lived most recently in Los Angeles.

Authorities declined to discuss the gunman’s motivation publicly. But a law enforcement official told The Times that a note was found on the gunman expressing “disappointment in the government” and saying that he had no interest in hurting “innocent people.” Ciancia also sent a sibling a text message last week suggesting that he was prepared to die, officials said.

It appears the gunman targeted unarmed Transportation Security Administration agents. Another law enforcement official told The Times that investigators were looking into the possibility that the shooter “wasn’t a fan of the TSA.”

Authorities said he approached several people cowering in the airport terminal, pointed his gun at them, asked if they “were TSA,” and then moved on without pulling the trigger if the answer was no. And a witness told The Times that the gunman cursed the TSA repeatedly as he moved through the terminal.

 

That’s about when [Demetrius] Trammel said he saw a man emerge from the crowd with what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle in a shoulder holster.

The gunman calmly walked through the lobby with the gun pointed at an angle toward the ground, Trammel recalled.

“He was looking around,” Trammel said. “He was calm, pacing, scanning the crowd, like he was looking for somebody specifically.”

Trammel said he made brief eye contact with the gunman, then he saw three men in helmets and face masks crouching along the wall, making their way toward the gunman.

Trammel turned around and cut off the lights inside the restaurant so that the gunman could not see inside. He heard five to six shots. Then silence.

When he looked up the gunman was face down and bleeding from his upper body and leg. The officers kicked the rifle away from him.

LAX shooter was ‘calm, pacing, scanning the crowd’ during rampage. L. A. Times, 11/2/2013.

Man in Black Dodge Kills 1, Injures 11 at Venice Beach

The driver fled the scene and about an hour later, just as police were circulating word that they were seeking a black Dodge with a driver in his 20s, a man walked into a police station in neighboring Santa Monica, told officers he was involved in the boardwalk incident, Neiman said.

Police then found a car nearby that they believe belonged to the man, Neiman said.

Hours later detectives were questioning the man, calling him a person of interest and attempting to determine whether he was the driver, Neiman said.

… According to the security video and witness accounts, the man with a baseball cap, gray shirt and white pants parked next to the Cadillac Hotel, twice walking out to the boardwalk before getting into the Dodge Avenger and accelerating, swerving around yellow poles meant to prevent cars from getting into the pedestrian-only area and onto the boardwalk.

… The man knocked over two mannequins then started hitting people, swerving from side to side and often running straight into them.

The crowd of hundreds of couples, families and children who had been sitting at cafes, shopping and walking lazily along in shorts and sandals were sent on a mad scramble to get themselves and others out of the way and to rush to help those who were hit.

The car hit at least three vendors who were sitting at their sales booths, video showed.

It hit two women who appeared to be in their 60s, Hagan said.

Many ran after the car, screaming and cursing as it sped away, he said.

Venice Beach Crash Video Shows Accident That Killed 1, Injured 11. HuffPo Crime, 8/3/2013.

1 Dead, 3 Wounded at Post-Baptism Party

The violence broke out at a party attended by 200 people around 11 p.m. at a home at 127th and Hoover streets, said LAPD Sgt. James Linder.

Two rival gangs were inadvertently invited and girlfriends from each side were involved in an argument, according to Sgt. Wes Lin of the Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Station.

Male gang members stepped in and one of them pulled out a knife then stabbed another man, Lin said.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

Afterwards, one person was killed and three others were wounded when another gang member opened fire.

1 Killed, 4 Wounded at Baptismal Party in Suspected Gang Violence. NBC Los Angeles, 7/8/2013.

Argument Gone BAD: 3 Killed, Survivor Found Block Away Covered in Blood

Police received a 911 call about 5:35 a.m. from a resident who reported hearing eight or nine gunshots in an apartment building in the 1600 block of West 205th Street. When officers arrived, they found three victims.

About a block away, police found a fourth shooting victim, covered in blood, walking near Del Amo Boulevard and Western Avenue, said Officer Christopher No. That person was listed in serious condition at a hospital, Lauer said.

Authorities said a red Dodge Charger and a gray Ford Explorer were seen speeding from the scene.

“We have a number of leads,” Lauer said.

The attack did not appear to be random, police said.

“This is not gang-related, this is not race-related,” Sgt. Rudy Lopez said. “It appears all the individuals knew each other. It was an argument gone wrong.”

3 killed, 1 seriously injured in Harbor Gateway shooting. Los Angeles Times, 5/10/2013.

“I just be in the wrong place at the wrong time with people”: Is Samuel Little a Serial Killer?

Little’s name came up, police said, after DNA evidence collected at old crime scenes matched samples of his stored in a criminal database. After detectives say they found yet another match, a third murder charge was soon added against Little.

Now, as the 72-year-old former boxer and transient awaits trial in Los Angeles, authorities in numerous jurisdictions in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio are scouring their own cold case files for possible ties to Little. One old murder case, in Pascagoula, Miss., already has been reopened. DNA results are pending in some others. Little’s more than 100-page rap sheet details crimes in 24 states spread over 56 years — mostly assault, burglary, armed robbery, shoplifting and drug violations. In that time, authorities say incredulously, he served less than 10 years in prison.

But Los Angeles detectives allege he was also a serial killer, who traveled the country preying on prostitutes, drug addicts and troubled women.

They assert Little often delivered a knockout punch to women and then proceeded to strangle them while masturbating, dumping the bodies and soon after leaving town. Their investigation has turned up a number of cases in which he was a suspect or convicted. [emphasis added]

How did he “slip through the cracks” with a 100+-page “rap sheet”?:

Then came the 911 call of Sept. 11, 1976, in Sunset Hills, Mo.

Pamela Kay Smith was banging on the back door of a home, crying for help, naked below the waist with her hands bound behind her back with electrical cord and cloth. Smith, who was a drug addict, told officers that she was picked up by Little in St. Louis. She said he choked her from behind with electrical cord, forced her into his car, beat her unconscious, then drove to Sunset Hills and raped her.

Officers found Little, then 36, still seated in his car near the home where Smith sought refuge, with her jewelry and clothing inside. Little denied raping Smith, telling officers: “I only beat her.” The case summary was recalled in court papers filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Little was found guilty of assault with the intent to ravish-rape and was sentenced to three months in county jail. Pascagoula Detective Versiga, who reviewed the Smith case, believes Little may have pleaded to a lesser charge and received a shorter sentence because of the victim’s lifestyle. The case file refers to Smith as a heroin addict who often failed to appear in court.

After that, the charges against Little grew more serious. In Pascagoula, [22-year-old prostitute Melinda] LaPree went missing in September 1982 after getting into a wood-paneled station wagon with a man witnesses later identified as Little. A month later her remains were found, and Little was arrested in her killing and the assault of two other prostitutes. Versiga believes grand jurors failed to indict in part because of the difficulty in determining a precise time of death but also because of credibility problems due to the victim and witnesses working as prostitutes.

Little, nevertheless, remained in custody and was extradited to Florida to be tried in the case of another slain woman.

Patricia Ann Mount, 26 and mentally disabled, was found dead in the fall of 1982 in rural Forest Grove, Fla., near Gainesville. Eyewitnesses described last seeing her leaving a beer tavern with a man identified as Little in a wood-paneled station wagon.

According to The Gainesville Sun’s coverage of the trial, a fiber analyst testified that hairs found on Mount’s clothes “had the same characteristics as head hairs taken from” Little. But when cross-examined the analyst said “it was also possible for hairs to be transferred if two people bumped together.”

A jury acquitted Little in January 1984.

By October 1984, Little was back in custody — this time in San Diego, accused in the attempted murder of two prostitutes who were kidnapped a month apart, driven to the same abandoned dirt lot, assaulted and choked. The first woman was left unconscious on a pile of trash but survived, according to court records. Patrol officers discovered Little in a car with the second woman and arrested him.

The two cases were tried jointly, but the jury failed to reach a verdict. Little later pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault with great bodily injury and false imprisonment. He served about 2.5 years on a four-year sentence and, in February 1987, he was released on parole. [emphasis added]

Because of their “lifestyles,” Little got off lightly and/or completely for years. And what about the women not reported missing? Or assumed to have gone off on a drug binge or just skipped town?

You should not have to be The Madonna to be taken seriously as a crime victim.

Damn!

Cold case arrest prompts cross-country probe. Yahoo! News/Associated Press, 4/8/2013.

Ex-Police Officer Gone BAD! [UPDATE? & FINAL UPDATE]

“I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” to Los Angeles Police Department officers, on or off duty, said the manifesto. It also asserted: “Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name.”

Dorner, 33, had several weapons including an assault rifle, said police Chief Charlie Beck, who urged him to surrender at a news conference held amid heightened security in an underground room at police headquarters.

“Of course he knows what he’s doing; we trained him. He was also a member of the Armed Forces,” he said. “It is extremely worrisome and scary.”

The nearly 10,000-member LAPD dispatched officers to protect more than 40 potential targets, including police officers and their families. The department also pulled officers from motorcycle duty, fearing they would make for easy targets.

“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” the manifesto said.

At one point, officers guarding one location mistakenly opened fire on a pickup truck, believing it matched the description of Dorner’s dark-colored 2005 Nissan Titan. Two occupants were injured.

The chief said there had been a “night of extreme tragedy in the Los Angeles area” and that the department was taking measures to ensure the safety of officers.

The search for Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, began after he was linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during his disciplinary hearing. Thursday was the anniversary of his first day on the job at the department eight years ago.

Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found shot in their car at a parking structure at their condominium on Sunday in Irvine. Quan, 28, was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Lawrence, 27, was a public safety officer at the University of Southern California.

Police said Dorner implicated himself in the couple’s killings in the manifesto posted on Facebook. They believe he was the one who wrote it because there were details in it only he would know.

In the post, Dorner wrote that he knew he would be vilified by the LAPD and the news media, but that “unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”

Dorner was with the LAPD from 2005 until 2008.

According to documents from a court of appeals hearing, Dorner was fired from the LAPD after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. Dorner said that in the course of an arrest, Evans kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.

Richard Gettler, the schizophrenic man’s father, gave testimony that supported Dorner’s claim. After his son was returned home on July 28, 2007, Richard Gettler asked “if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy” and his son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.

Quan’s father, a former LAPD captain who became a lawyer in retirement, represented Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner, police said. Randal Quan retired in 2002 and later served as chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona before he started practicing law. Quan did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Dorner said in his online rant that after his dismissal that he lost everything, including his relationships with his mother, sister and close friends.

“Self-preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago,” the manifesto said. “I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.”

Dorner said he would use all of his training to avoid capture and track his targets.

Dorner also had served in the Naval Reserves, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records, and took a leave from the LAPD and deployed to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.

“I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordinance and survival training I’ve been given,” the manifesto read. “You have misjudged a sleeping giant.”

Los Angeles Cop Killing Timeline: Key Events In Hunt For Christopher Dorner. HuffPo Crime, 2/7/2013.

Christopher Dorner Manhunt: Police Search For Ex-Los Angeles Officer In Alleged Murder, Cop Killing. HuffPo Crime, 2/7/2013.

More:

Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto: Los Angeles Cop Killing Suspect Leaves Disturbing Writings On Facebook. HuffPo Crime, 2/7/2013.

LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher Dorner. HuffPo Crime, 2/7/2013.

Christopher Dorner’s Anderson Cooper Package: Los Angeles Shooting Suspect Mailed Parcel To CNN Host (VIDEO). HuffPo Crime, 2/7/2013.

Manhunt manifesto. Los Angeles Times, 2/7/2013.

Big Bear locked down amid manhunt. Los Angeles Times, 2/8/2013.

 

UPDATE?

Dorner is still at-large. His manifesto shows no mental illness or delusional thinking, which is, partly, why he has developed a fan base:

“This is an intelligent man who has stared into the dark heart of corruption,” Ruth Iorio, a 33-year-old LA screenwriter, wrote to HuffPost in a Facebook message. “Now he’s taking vengeance upon it, trying to turn the LAPD into the victims they have persecuted, including Kendrec McDade, Alisia Thomas and Kelly Thomas.”

Edward D., 25, told HuffPost that he started the Facebook fan page “Christopher Dorner” to “wake up the citizens and force police departments to change their ways. If they learn from this, it shouldn’t happen again.” He continued, quoting President Kennedy, in a Facebook message, “‘Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable.’ -JFK”

The individual behind the Facebook page “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner” explained to HuffPost that he started the page to steer the conversation away from Dorner’s mental health.

“I knew that the media was going to turn this into just another ‘He’s a psycho ex-cop ex-military that went insane’ story, and wanted to show that there was more to what was going on than that,” the individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote in a Facebook message. “There is a huge underlying story of police corruption and the plight of a man that tried his best to do good but was relentlessly punished for it.”

The page has over 2,000 likes as of Friday afternoon.

Christopher Dorner Fans On Facebook, Twitter Call Alleged Cop Killer A ‘Hero,’ Citing Police Brutality. HuffPo Crime, 2/8/2013.

FINAL UPDATE:

The search ended abruptly Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames.

He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found inside.

Rogue Ex-LAPD Officer Believed Dead After Standoff. Associated Press, 2/13/2013.

Teen Murders Homeless with 1989 Mercedes-Benz

Police allege that Carmen Elena Chavez of Los Angeles was drunk when her 1989 Mercedes-Benz careened onto the sidewalk where the two were sleeping.

Chavez had been speeding and attempted to navigate a turn when the vehicle spun out of control, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cleon Joseph said.

The two people, a man and woman, died at the scene, Joseph said. They have not yet been identified.

Teenage drunk driver kills two homeless people as they sleep on sidewalk, police say. NBCNews.com, 10/29/12.

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