Category: Dumb Moves

Calif. gangster’s tattoo of crime scene helps solve murder


Anthony Garcia

(Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

(CBS/AP) NORWALK, Calif. – When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was routinely looking through snapshots of tattooed gang members, he saw something that caught his eye – a crime scene he was familiar with.

Anthony Garcia, a member of the Rivera-13 gang, had a tattoo that resembled the scene of the liquor store killing of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004, reports the Los Angeles Times.

There were numerous details the murder inked on the gang member. The paper reports that the tattoo included the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where Juarez was shot and killed, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign. Above everything read the title, "RIVERA KILLS", a reference to the gang. A helicopter was also placed above the scene raining down bullets,  a nod to Garcia’s alias "Chopper."

When police discovered the evidence on Garcia’s chest in 2008, they launched an investigation, which was followed by the arrest of Garcia, reports the paper.

This week, an undercover policeman placed in Garcia’s cell got a confession from the suspect. That yielded a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had initially given up hope on, the paper reports.

"Think about it. He tattooed his confession on his chest. You have a degree of fate with this," Capt. Mike Parker told the Times.

Garcia faces 65 years to life when he is sentenced on May 19 in a Norwalk court.

Pico Rivera is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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NEWARK, OH – An Ohio man has been charged by police with operating a home-made, mechanized bar stool on wheels while intoxicated, the Associated Press reports.

According to an Ohio police report, Kile Wygle, 28, called 911 after crashing his bar stool near his Newark home and sustaining injuries.

“I wrecked my bar stool,” he told the police officer who answered the call. He also acknowledged drinking 15 beers and was charged with two misdemeanors: DUI and driving with a suspended license, the AP says.

Wygle also told police that his stool on wheels, which was is powered by a lawn mower engine, can reach 38 mph.

Man snuck into game with assault rifles

A man posing as a member of the color guard snuck into Michigan Stadium with two M16 assault rifles as the University of Michigan took on Michigan State Oct. 9 with more than 113,000 fans sitting in the stands, reported Thursday.

"There wasn’t anything that we believe was done incorrectly or improperly by police in any of the checkpoints there," said Diane Brown with the university’s Department of Public Safety.

U of M Police did clear the military man and allowed him into the stadium because when they checked his M16s they did not find any ammunition in the guns. They also did not find any ammunition on him, so they did not consider him a threat.

He did not just get into the stadium. The man, who is a full-time member of the National Guard, made his way onto the field with his M16s.

It was a member of the authorized color guard who noticed the man was not with them and reported the impostor to U of M Police.

"Then we escorted him out. He was very compliant, and he just continued to explain that he wanted to come to the game, (but) couldn’t get a hold of a ticket and thought he’d use his uniform to be able to do that," Brown said.

It is not that he got into the stadium that troubles people, especially students who attended that game at the Big House, but that he did with two assault weapons. Loaded or not, police bought his story.

"Whether it was for good or bad, in a stadium filled with 113,000 plus, I don’t think that’s the way to handle such a situation," said Alex Mandel.

To make sure no one else slips through the security cracks, U of M Police and the athletic staff are working together and going over checkpoint protocols.

As for the desperate fan caught with those M16s, he’s been arrested and now released pending further investigation.

The case has now been handed over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, which has requested additional information. A decision on charges is expected by next week.

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Police: Denim thief left wallet in dressing room

Police: Denim thief left wallet in dressing room

The Associated Press

Posted: 10/19/2010 01:53:07 PM PDT

GALLATIN, Tenn.—Police in Tennessee say it wasn’t too difficult to find a man accused of walking out of a Walmart store wearing stolen jeans. He left his old denim behind—along with his wallet.

Officers in Gallatin said 20-year-old Dustin Matthew Marshall tried on the jeans and left without paying for them, but employees found his old jeans and wallet in a dressing room.

WTVF-TV reported police caught up with Marshall and a 19-year-old woman who was with him on Saturday night after a couple ducked out of a Longhorn Steakhouse without paying their bill.

A search of their home turned up evidence of other crimes.

Marshall and his companion were booked into the Sumner County Jail on charges of theft, burglary and other counts. Court officials said Tuesday that neither has an attorney.


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