How LMNO LA Help Capture 1 Million Dollar Warrant FugitiveLMNOLA
So let's start from the beginning…
11:30 a.m. PST – St Patty's day.
My boy Greg and I are hitting golf balls before his shift as a bartender in Gardena, CA.
He tells me one of his patrons last night saw on the 11 o'clock news that a man who frequents Gardena bars had a $1 million dollar(!) warrant out for his arrest, in connection with a string of burglaries in upscale Rolling Hills, CA, 30 minutes away.
We watch a link to the story online and Greg says "Yup, that's him! I've seen him before in my bar a couple times."
12:45 p.m. PST
I drop Greg off at the bar, and the same patron who saw the news the night before tells me that the suspect frequents other bars around town and was once seen driving a Green 'Jimmy' (which you may remember from awesomely 90's commercials like this:
It suddenly dawns on me that the suspect may live around Gardena.
1:30 p.m. PST
I call the Lomita Sheriff's Office (the agency that's in charge of the case) and the woman on the phone tells me there may be a reward for info leading to his arrest – a.k.a. a great reason for me to get involved.
1:35 p.m. PST
Knowing that the suspect might skip town if he finds out about last night's news report, I realize I only have today to find him. It's time to go into paparazzi mode.
Armed with the picture of the suspect from the news report and the knowledge that, for some reason, he drives a Green 'Jimmy,' I go on the hunt. I make the rounds on a route I drew up of 4 bars and 5 main streets in the Gardena and Torrance area.
3 hours and 10 minutes later, using my finely honed pap skills — Well you know the rest…check out the video here!
When I was 14, my home was burglarized when my parents were at work and when my sister and I were at school. I remember coming home and seeing the entire home trashed, and many valuables missing. But the one thing that'll always stick with me is that the burglar or burglars (never been caught) put my 12 year old Pug 'Mickey' in the bathroom and poured orange juice on him….so this shit was a bit personal.
FYI Mickey lived another 4 years until he was 16.