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Loved ones search for woman who disappeared in North Hollywood

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Loved ones search for woman who disappeared in North Hollywood

Loved ones are searching for a woman who disappeared in North Hollywood.

The missing woman was identified as Alexis Gabi Bader, 25, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Bader who was last seen on Feb. 3 on the 6000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard at around 6 p.m.

She is described as a white female standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing around 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair, possibly in a ponytail. She also has a tattoo of several birds on her left shoulder. 

Bader’s family has not heard from her since and is concerned for her well-being. Authorities have released a photo of the woman in hopes someone may recognize her.

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Alexis Gabi Bader, 25, in a 2023 photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone who may have seen Bader or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the LASD’s Homicide Bureau – Missing Person’s Detail at 323-890-5500. 

Anonymous tips can be provided to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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Man fights off armed thieves targeting Rolex watch in West Hollywood

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Man fights off armed thieves targeting Rolex watch in West Hollywood

Surveillance video captured the moment three gunmen attacked a man who was wearing a Rolex watch while walking his dog in West Hollywood.

The victim, Rocco DiStefano, 29, who owns The Lab Athletic Club on Sunset Boulevard, said the incident happened on Tuesday in broad daylight at around 2 p.m. 

He was walking his dog on a sidewalk outside the gym when the armed suspects spotted him.

Video shows the gunmen pulling over in a black Cadillac sedan, quickly jumping out of the car and sprinting toward DiStefano. 

“When I turned around, it was three masked men running up to me,” he recalled. “One had a gun.”

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DiStefano is seen trying to run away from the trio but is quickly cornered near an elevator. The attackers kept shouting at him, “Take it off! We’re going to shoot you!”

  • Rocco DiStefano, 29, and his 4-year-old dog, Hercules in West Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2024. (KTLA)
  • Surveillance image of the suspects' black Cadillac sedan. (@thelabsunset)
  • The Rolex watch three armed men attempted to steal from Rocco DiStefano in West Hollywood on Feb. 27, 2024. (KTLA)
  • Three gunmen cornering the victim outside his West Hollywood gym on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • Three gunmen cornering and beating the victim outside his West Hollywood gym on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • The suspects running back to their getaway car on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • Rocco DiStefano, 29, and his 4-year-old dog, Hercules in West Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2024. (KTLA)

DiStefano refused to lose his watch, clutching it tightly in his fist as the assailants knocked him down and began beating him.

“The adrenaline hit and they were on top of me, kicking me, punching me, pistol-whipping me,” DiStefano said. “I’ve never had a gun pointed to my forehead so the only thing I was thinking of was, ‘This is it.’”

DiStefano, who is also an amateur boxer, was able to put his skills to use as he began fighting back against the assailants. He eventually freed himself and ran to safety inside a nearby business. 

Empty-handed, the thieves were seen running back to their getaway car before speeding away.

The violent altercation left DiStefano with cuts and bruises on his head, but he said he escaped mostly uninjured. 

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“I don’t want to stop living my life because of these things but I’ll definitely be more cognizant of where I wear jewelry,” he said. “They’ll have to do a lot more than kick me and hit me to take me down.”

The victim’s 4-year-old dog, who was uninjured, was rescued by a passerby who witnessed the mugging take place. Reunited with his beloved dog, DiStefano said he is glad they are both unharmed. 

Authorities are investigating the assault and said a Metro bus that pulled up behind the suspects’ sedan may have captured the vehicle’s license plate and closer footage of the thieves. 

The three gunmen and the getaway driver all remain at large. Anyone with information on the assault can call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310-855-8850.

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'Farm Watch' used to bust agricultural theft crew in Southern California

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'Farm Watch' used to bust agricultural theft crew in Southern California

Two Tulare County men are facing charges of conspiracy and grand theft after investigators in Ventura County arrested them for several agricultural thefts in the area, authorities announced Wednesday.  

The first incident unfolded on Feb. 24 when Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1400 block of San Cayetano Street in Fillmore on reports of an audible alarm coming from a residence.  

At the scene, authorities discovered that an estimated $3,500 worth of agricultural equipment, specifically smudge pots or orchard heaters – used to keep frost off vegetation – had been stolen.  

During that investigation, deputies located footage from surveillance cameras that showed two unidentified suspects on the property at the time of the theft, a news release from VCSO stated.

Just a day later, deputies responded to the same residence after a report that the alarm was going off once again.

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“Utilizing remote access to surveillance cameras on the property, the ranch manager advised Sheriff’s Dispatch there was an unknown subject actively stealing agricultural equipment,” the release noted.  

Deputies were able to locate and arrest 28-year-old Juan Carlos Leon, a resident of Lindsay, who was in possession of an estimated $1,000 worth of smudge pot agricultural equipment.

Authorities say the 28-year-old also admitted to being responsible for the burglary that occurred the night before.  

Stolen smudge pots or orchard heaters recovered by investigators in Ventura County. (VCSO)

Detectives at VCSO’s Fillmore Investigations Bureau were also able to identify Leon’s co-conspirator as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Diaz, also from Lindsay. Diaz was taken into custody on Feb. 27.  

Authorities were able to recover some of the stolen agricultural equipment and return the property to the victim.  

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Both men were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on charges of conspiracy and grand theft.  

“The Fillmore Patrol Station encourages the agricultural community to utilize ‘Farm Watch,’ a partnership between the farming community and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office,” authorities said. “Farm Watch is a county-wide electronic neighborhood watch program that is distributed to more than several hundred farms, ranches, nurseries, and supply houses.” 

The program also gives ranchers the latest in agricultural crime trends and how to respond to issues in a way that preserves evidence for immediate processing by investigators.  

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Over 30 SoCal museums to offer free general admission on one day as part of 2024 'Museums Free-for-All'

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Over 30 SoCal museums to offer free general admission on one day as part of 2024 'Museums Free-for-All'

The date for the SoCal Museums “Museums Free-for-All” was announced by officials on Wednesday. 

On Saturday, March 23, more than 30 museums across Southern California will offer free general admission as part of the “Museums Free-for-all.” 

“With museums from Long Beach to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, there is so much to explore,” SoCal Museums said in a release. 

The offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. 

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A list of museums participating in the SoCal Museums “Free-for-All” can be found below: 

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (advanced reservations are recommended. Click here for more information)
  • American Museum of Ceramic Art (advanced reservations are required. Click here for more information)
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Autry Museum of the American West (advanced reservations are required. Click here for more information)
  • Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College
  • Bowers Museum
  • The Broad (advanced reservations are recommended. Click here for more information)
  • California Botanic Garden
  • California Science Center
  • Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum
  • Catalina Museum for Art & History
  • Cayton Children’s Museum (advanced reservations are required. Click here for more information)
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center
  • Craft Contemporary
  • Forest Lawn Museum
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University
  • The Getty Center and Getty Villa (timed tickets are required. Click here for more information)
  • Grammy Museum
  • Hammer Museum
  • Holocaust Museum L.A. (reservations are required. Click here for more information)
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, L.A.
  • The International Printing Museum
  • Japanese American National Museum (advance tickets strongly recommended. Click here for more information)
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits & Museum (advance tickets are required. Click here for more information)
  • L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Lincoln Memorial Shrine
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (advance tickets are required. Click here for more information)
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (advance tickets are recommended. Click here for more information)
  • Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  • Museum of Ventura County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (advanced reservations encouraged. Click here for more information)
  • Santa Monica History Museum (reservations required. Click here for more information)
  • Skirball Cultural Center (advance tickets strongly recommended. Click here for more information)
  • Wende Museum
  • Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum

In addition, the Museum of Tolerance will be participating in the event on Sunday, museum officials said.

Those looking to partake in the SoCal Museums “Free-for-All” are encouraged to consult the specific website for the museum they want to attend before going out.

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