NEWS of the Day - July 23, 2012
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day - July 23, 2012
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

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From the L.A. Daily News

Seven fugitives nabbed at L.A., Orange County airports

LOS ANGELES -- Seven fugitives nabbed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in the span of 72 hours at airports in Los Angeles and Orange County were in custody today.

Six of the suspects were caught at Los Angeles International Airport and one was collared at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jaime Ruiz said.

The suspects were wanted in California, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio for sexual assault, child neglect, burglary, trademark counterfeiting, traffic violations, drug possession and drug trafficking, he said.

Joshua Chase, 30, who had warrants for traffic violations in Nevada and missing court dates in California, was arrested at John Wayne Airport on Monday, as he arrived from Los Cabos, Mexico, Ruiz said.

Bryan Benjamin Lalezari, 28, who had a warrant for drug possession, was caught at LAX as he arrived from Panama on Tuesday.

Less than an hour later, Kim Minsoo, 63, who had a warrant from the Bergen County, N.J., for violating his probation after a counterfeiting violation, was arrested as he arrived from South Korea, he said.

Wesley Henry Thomason, 39, wanted by Virginia authorities for drug and child sexual abuse allegations, was arrested Wednesday morning at LAX as he arrived from Guadalajara, Mexico. Less than three hours later, agents arrested 33-year-old Ricardo Estrada, who was wanted in San Fernando on drug charges, as he arrived from Guadalajara, Ruiz said.

Later Wednesday, Safiullah Tokh, 18, wanted by New York police for burglary, was arrested at LAX as he arrived from London, he said.

On Thursday, Jeffrey Lynn Bullock, 46, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Ohio for child neglect, was taken into custody as he arrived at LAX from Bangkok, Ruiz said.

All but Minsoo, a South Korean, are U.S. citizens, he said.

"The men and women of CBP work extremely hard every day behind the scenes, securing our nation's borders," said Todd C. Owen, CPB director of field operations in Los Angeles. "The apprehension of these fugitives highlights CPB officers' keen analysis of intelligence and their determination to safeguard our citizens."

In 2011, CPB agents in Los Angeles apprehended 499 suspects - wanted for such crimes as murder, child molestation, drug trafficking and larceny, among others, Ruiz said.