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DEVELOPING STORY: Phillip Craig Garrido


Normally, I wouldn’t rush a blog post like I’m about to do here.  The Phillip Craig Carrido story out of California is still growing in media magnitude as details of Carrido’s arrest emerge.  I had no time to write about about the story when it first broke this morning…the unbelievable development concerning an 11-year-old girl who’d disappeared in 1991 ….now very much a grown woman who’d just “walked into to a police station” all these years later (I did post a link on this blog’s facebook page late this morning).  And it turned out she didn’t simply walk into a police station).

Then came the news conference.  And soon the unimaginable details of the Jaycee Lee Dugard case finally began to see the light of this day.

I had no time write today.  And because I’m about to go to the airport to pick up my son, little time to write now.  But I want to share a possible nugget of insight…something that might even be a tad significant.

First, if you haven’t already done so, listen to KCRA-TV’s unedited audio interview with Garrido today.  Pay particular attention to what he says about a church.  I emphasize that moment as–while it may seem benign–it seems to gel with something I’d found on the Internet this afternoon, resulting from a quick Google images search.

At this LINK, you’ll find text and documents concerning a Mr. Phillip Craig Carrido.  My hunch is that this is the same man arrested in the Dugard case.  At least one document concerns Mr. Garrido’s “invention.”  You’ll need to scroll down a ways to find that document.

You’ll also note that some of the text on that blog post concerns a “church.”

Is that blog post featuring Mr. Carrido’s name significant in any way to the Dugard investigation?  Perhaps not.  But after listening to KCRA’s exclusive interview with the suspect this evening, I have to wonder.

My apologies, in advance, for any spelling errors or poor writing here.  It’s off to the airport now.  My 12-year-old’s been away for the summer.  Can’t imagine what it would be like not see him for 18-years.

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Judge throws out lawsuit against LAPD’s Special Order 40

Long before an illegal immigrant was charged with murdering a star high school athlete named Jamiel Shaw II earlier this year, Los Angeles resident Harold Sturgeon had filed a lawsuit aimed at repealing LAPD’s Special Order 40.   Today, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge threw out the lawsuit.

Special Order 40 took effect in 1979 and, among other things, says “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.”

Sturgeon, who filed his lawsuit in 2006, contended that Special Order 40 conflicted with state and federal laws.

The debate surrounding Special Order 40 intensified this past March after Shaw was shot and killed.  Turned out the suspect, 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, was an illegal immigrant.  And Espinoza had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder. has followed the Jamiel Shaw II story from the beginning.  You can read all of the articles that have appeared on this blog by clicking here (the most recent stories will appear at top of page.  Please scroll down to read earlier stories).

At the following links, you can read more about a judge’s decision Wednesday to throw-out the lawsuit that had challenged Special Order 40:

“Judge throws out lawsuit challenging Special Order 40” –LA Times

“Judge Rejects Bid to Let Police Check Immigration Status” –NY Times

“Lawsuit Dismissed in LAPD Immigration Status Questions Case” –KNBC (includes video)

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Dramatic testimony emerges in Jamiel Shaw II murder case

Pedro Espinoza


Update (June 20)LA Times, Defense lawyer seeks to link slain L.A. student to gang
Update (June 19)
Associated Press, Man, 19, to stand trial in LA athlete murder case
Update (June 19):  KNBC, Suspect in Jamiel Shaw slaying to stand trial
Update (June 19):  KABC, Judge orders Espinoza to stand trial for murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr.

(Los Angeles) More than three months after 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighbhorhood, dramatic testimony from the victim’s girlfriend and an eyewitness came during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Two witnesses gave dramatic accounts Wednesday of how a high school football star was gunned down earlier this year near his Los Angeles home, opening a tense courtroom hearing packed with relatives of the victim and the alleged gunman.

Jamiel Shaw II, 17, was talking to his girlfriend on a cellphone when she overheard a voice ask him “Where are you from?” the teenage girl testified. There was no response and then the line went dead, she said.

Another witness testified that she watched a lone, hooded gunman approach Shaw on the street near his Arlington Heights home and fire a single shot. When Shaw fell, the gunman walked around him and delivered a final close-range shot to his head, she said.

“I saw the sparks from the gun,” said Tiffiney Johnson, a neighbor of Shaw who at one point broke down and cried on the witness stand. “I froze and was in total shock.”

-Story from Associated Press, L.A. woman says she drove alleged killer

-Here are links to videos of Wednesday’s story in court:

KNBC-TV story

KABC-TV story

-Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet

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Photos offer closer look at condo rented by Redding

Nearly 20 pictures appearing on a Los Angeles-area real estate Web site offer a closer look at the SantaCondo livingroom Monica condo rented by the late Juliana Redding.

Juliana Redding high school golf photo

Redding, an aspiring actress and model from Tucson, was found murdered in the condo March 16 after her concerned mother called police.

No arrests have been made. No suspects have been named.

According to Los Angeles media reports, Redding died as a result of blunt force trauma. However, the autopsy report has not been released.

Shortly after the murder, a police spokesperson told the Santa Monica Daily Press that a security hold had been requested (regarding the autopsy results)
because detectives did not want to release any information that could compromise their investigation.

(VIDEO: 17 condo pictures)

The condo is located on the 1500 block of S. Centinela Avenue.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310-458-8451.

Thank you to reader “Miss Conduct” (nickname) for her tip on this story.

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Santa Monica’s third homicide of 2008

(Santa Monica, California) A Santa Monica man who’d been hospitalized following an assault in a crime-ridden neighborhood earlier this month has died. Word of the death came today in a Santa Monica Police Department news release .

According to police, Preston Brumfield had been found lying unconscious on the sidewalk May 11 on the 1900 block of 20th Street.

According to the news release, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office determined Brumfield’s cause of death is “homicide”.

Police have no suspects in custody and are appealing to the public for help.

At this time, there is nothing to indicate that Brumfield’s death is connected to two other Santa Monica murders earlier this year.

On March 16, 21-year-old Juliana Redding was found dead in her apartment on the 1500 block of Centinela Avenue. Media reports stated the aspiring model and actress had been assaulted. The autopsy report has not been released.

On March 19, 35-year-old Alexander “Sasha” Merman was found dead in his condominium on the 500 block of Montana Avenue. According to media reports, Merman had been beaten and stabbed.

Investigators have said the Redding and Merman murders appear unrelated.

Anyone with information concerning these three unsolved murders can call the Santa Monica Police Department Detectives at:

  • (310) 458-8451 (Monday thrugh Friday, 8am – 5pm)
  • (310) 458-8427 (line is to the Watch Commander and is open 24/7) Watch Commander
  • 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) (this number is best for people wishing to remain anonymous.  It’s also referred to as the “WeTip hotline”)
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Shaw’s father to those alleging gang ties: “Shut the hell up!”

It’s an extremely sensitive claim not addressed–to my knowledge–in the mainstream media. But it’s been rumbling on the Web for more than two months now.

Some suspect it’s politically motivated and aimed at protecting illegal immigrants by diffusing support for a proposed amendment to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40.

The allegation is that murder victim Jamiel Shaw II was involved in a gang (it’s an assertion that’s also been made by some readers of this blog in a comment section concerning one of my past stories on this case).

It’s a notion that runs severely to the contrary of the media’s account of the high-profile shooting that unfolded in Los Angeles March 2, 2008.

The well-chronicled storyline concerning Jamiel Shaw II goes something like this: Great kid, just 17. Football star. Had stayed true to his father’s “18 year plan.” When shot and killed on the way home from the mall, his mother was overseas fighting in Iraq. Suspect Pedro Espinoza turns out to be an illegal immigrant and is alleged to be a member of the 18th Street Gang. Espinoza had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

Four days ago, the claim that Jamiel Shaw II had gang ties grew even louder and appears to be largely based on a myspace page. The argument for the claim is outlined in a May 9, 2008 article appearing beneath the headline Jamiel Shaw’s gang association made him a target for murder, not race.

Here is an excerpt from the article written by Alex Alonso:

Jamiel wasn’t a bad kid, but he did have relationships with gang members in his community that led to Espinoza’s fatal assault on him. Jamiel lived in a community occupied by Bloods that have been at war with 18th Street for 12 years.

In response to the claim made by Alex Alonso and others, Jamiel Shaw Sr. recently came out swinging.

In a letter that appeared yesterday on LA mayoral candidate Walter Moore’s Web site, Mr. Shaw insists that his son was never a gang member, doesn’t appear in any police department’s gang database, and was never even arrested for a single crime.

Mr. Shaw also questions the motive of people claiming his son was connected to a gang, asking, “Why are people trying so hard to make my son a gang banger? This is an important question.”

Here is the entire text of Mr. Shaw’s letter:

To the Person or Persons trying to smear my son:

My son Jamiel A. Shaw, II, (Jas) was a SuperStar Destined for Greatness! The Mayor of Los Angeles spoke these exact words at his last State of the City speech. He was right! My Son was destined for greatness and he is, “A SuperStar”!

It’s a shame, that an American Citizen youth, can be gunned down by an illegal alien gang banger, while his mother is fighting a war to defend all of us, and some people have the nerve to try and destroy my son? This makes me angry. My son is the victim! For every person that want to label my son as a hard core gang banger, I can get 100 more that will show that he was not.

Why would some people want to label my son as a gang banger? Why are some people willing to do almost anything to bring my son down? Where is the evidence to support that my son is a gang banger? Michelle Hansee didn’t have evidence to prove that he was a gang banger. A spiderman back pack and a belt? I’m not even a lawyer and I know you need more then this.

So where is the evidence?! A Myspace page? I see a picture of my son on myspace making the peace sign…and some words that you say…he said? Please, give me a damn break. Now my son is a hardcore gang banger? Because of a myspace page? Are you kidding me? This is similar to the picture when Obama was oversees and had on a certain garment. Some people tried to label him as a Muslim. Some people are protecting illegal alien gang bangers and they need my son to be a gang member in order to help their case. But he wasn’t! He was and is, innocent!

The person arrested for killing my son is an illegal alien gang banger. A Documented illegal alien, and a documented gang banger. So where is the evidence? Well let’s see, “he was release from jail on March 1, 2008 on gun charges. He had prior arrests before March 1, 2008. It is a known fact that he was not born in the United States and he’s in the gang database”. We all know he wasn’t a boy scout. Why doesn’t this make you angry? Why would this make you want to smear my son? Are you out killing people too? Are you an illegal alien gang banger? What’s up with you?

Twenty eight hours after Pedro Espinoza was released from jail, he’s seen in my neighborhood and now my son is dead. Even if my son wrote the words on myspace, where is the proof that Pedro Espinosa saw this? All he saw was a black kid walking. I continue to repeat, why are you trying to convict my son? Why are you defending illegal alien gang bangers? Could it be that you are illegal. Could it be that you are trying to smear my son because you support Special Order 40? Could it be that you are trying to smear my son because you don’t want to see Jamiel’s law passed? Could it be that you are a gang banger or a gang banger wannabe?

There are people that want to classify all black kids as gang bangers. We’re not going to let this happen! The Community will not let this happen! To any parent reading this, if anyone tries to make your child out to be a gang banger and you know that they are not, please speak up! Don’t let the system or anyone else try and smear your child! Especially when you child is not able to defend themselves. We will always defend the honor of my beloved son, Jamiel Andre’ Shaw, II!

The fact is, my son was born at California Hospital. He was an American Citizen. He was raised in Los Angeles, California. He went to school in the neighborhood. He played sports all over the State. He is a documented athlete. His mother was in the Army fighting a war! I was home taking care of him. His brother loves him very much! His family love and miss him dearly! He was loved by many! My son was gunned down and shot to death! He is an INNOCENT VICTIM. He was gunned down three doors from home. He played on the very street where an illegal gang banger killed him. He was murdered!

This was a HATE CRIME! Anyone trying to bring my son down is someone that is not ready for the facts or the truth. The evidence will prove this and the facts will come out.

There are people that support Special Order 40 and some people don’t want Jamiel’s Law to pass. Is this why they want to discredit my son? Could this be why they attacked Walter Moore and Michael Higby and all of the other people that speak out against illegal immigration? Why are people trying so hard to make my son a gang banger? This is an important question.

Whoever want’s to find evidence on my son should talk with the Gang Intervention Unit at LAPD. You should talk with Gang Intervention Specialists. My son was not in a gang database. My son was never arrested. My son was killed while he was on his way home. He was walking and talking on the telephone. He is innocent!

If you have the evidence to prove that my son was a gang banger, then call Pedro Espinoza’s defense team and see if they will hire you. Until then, shut the hell up!

Jamiel Sr.

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