Thomas Chandler Parsons Charged Receiving Stolen Property

At 4 a.m., Redondo Beach Police Officer Nelson responded to a call to investigate a subterranean parking lot below an apartment building. After arrival, the officer saw Thomas Chandler Parsons behind some shrubbery. Thomas Chandler Parsons was wearing swimming trunks with a screwdriver in his waistband. Officer Nelson ordered Thomas Chandler Parsons to come forward with his hands on his head. As Thomas Chandler Parsons complied, another officer arrived for assistance. Thomas Chandler Parsons was placed in the assisting officer’s custody as Continue reading “Thomas Chandler Parsons Charged Receiving Stolen Property”

Ruben Acosta Charged with Theft of Taxicab and Manslaughter

The events which resulted in this prosecution occurred on April 3. Ruben Corrales Acosta, a Mexican agricultural worker legally in the United States, could not speak English. He had been in this country since March 19. On April 3 Ruben Acosta went with fellow workers to a cafe in Torrance. Ruben Acosta drank five or six bottles of beer. He and an acquaintance then went to a cafe in Redondo Beach. There Ruben Acosta drank no more. He began to dance by himself. The proprietor, who spoke Spanish, led him out of the cafe. Ruben Acosta left politely. However, he returned and again danced by himself. A waitress called the police and the proprietor called a cab for Ruben Corrales Acosta. The proprietor interpreted for the police and Ruben Acosta. When the cab arrived the police directed the cab driver to take Ruben Acosta to the ranch where Ruben Acosta was employed Continue reading “Ruben Acosta Charged with Theft of Taxicab and Manslaughter”

Steven Bruce Miller Charged with Bank Crime (Robbery)

On the morning of October 29, Steven Bruce Miller rushed into One West Bank in Redondo Beach, wearing a bandana over his face and holding a handgun. After announcing he was committing a robbery, Steven Bruce Miller demanded money from four different bank employees at gunpoint, repeatedly yelled profanities and threatened to kill them. The employees surrendered approximately $9,000 in cash, and Steven Miller fled. He was arrested after dropping a pillow case at the scene, which contained his DNA.

Steven Bruce Miller was charged by amended information with four counts of second degree robbery, with special allegations he had personally used a firearm to commit the offenses. Steven Bruce Miller was also alleged to have suffered three prior serious or violent felony convictions within the meaning of the “Three Strikes law” and to have previously served two separate prison terms for felonies. Continue reading “Steven Bruce Miller Charged with Bank Crime (Robbery)”

Adam Ramirez, Willie Ramirez Charged After Fictitious 1.5 Million Wire Transfer

Adam Ramirez and Willie Ramirez duped Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Diego into crediting Adam Ramirez’s $10 savings account at the Redondo Beach branch with $1.5 million, based upon a fictitious “wire transfer” of funds.

On February 6 Adam Salas Ramirez approached Gloria Dias, branch manager of the Redondo Beach branch of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Diego, indicating that he would like to establish a savings account so that a large amount of money could be “wire transferred” into it. He indicated he and his associates were in the process of buying the Cockatoo Inn in Hawthorne, that he expected a wire transfer of $1.5 million, that he would probably immediately withdraw $900,000 of the money, but might Continue reading “Adam Ramirez, Willie Ramirez Charged After Fictitious 1.5 Million Wire Transfer”

David Knowles Charged with Robbery in Redondo Beach

At about 6:30 p.m., David Knowles and Caryl Chessman entered a clothing store in Redondo Beach. There was no one in the store except the owner Melvin Waisler and Joe Lesher, a clerk. David Knowles asked to look at overcoats and Joe Lesher showed him several while Caryl Chessman sat nearby and Melvin Waisler walked around the store. The accused stood in a well-lighted area, and Melvin Waisler and Joe Lesher testified that they were able to get a good look at them. Shortly thereafter, David Knowles and Caryl Chessman displayed guns, saying “this is a stick-up, put up your hands.” Continue reading “David Knowles Charged with Robbery in Redondo Beach”