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  • 'Give us that phone and wallet': Court papers detail alleged crimes by former USC, LSU players

    'Give us that phone and wallet': Court papers detail alleged crimes by former USC, LSU players

    A Los Angeles man had a knife held to his throat outside his home, police say. A woman in a Camarillo parking lot had her purse and phone snatched at knifepoint, according to investigators. And a man was allegedly punched in the face before his car was stolen and crashed into a parked car. These...

  • Man dies in shooting near USC; gunman, 18, in police custody

    Man dies in shooting near USC; gunman, 18, in police custody

    Los Angeles police are investigating a midday shooting near a park across the street from USC that left one man dead. At least four or five shots were heard about 4:15 p.m. near Vermont Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. One man was struck...

  • Man shot by police near USC tried to take officer's gun, LAPD says

    Man shot by police near USC tried to take officer's gun, LAPD says

    A man shot and wounded by Los Angeles police last week near USC had tried to take an officer's holstered gun, the LAPD said Wednesday. Police offered new details about the Oct. 27 shooting, saying preliminary information indicated that a struggle broke out between the 30-year-old man and two officers...

  • Man shot by LAPD near USC charged with assaulting the officers

    Man shot by LAPD near USC charged with assaulting the officers

    A man shot and critically wounded by Los Angeles police near USC this week was charged with assaulting the officers during a struggle in which he is accused of cutting them with a knife, prosecutors said Thursday. Oscar Ovidio Diaz, 30, was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer...

  • Man with knife shot, critically wounded by LAPD near USC

    Man with knife shot, critically wounded by LAPD near USC

    Los Angeles police shot and critically injured a man armed with a knife Tuesday near USC’s South Los Angeles campus, authorities said. About 4:45 p.m., two LAPD officers assigned to the LAPD's Southwest Division conducted a traffic stop near Magnolia Avenue and 27th Street, about four blocks north...

  • USC investigating report of alleged 2013 sexual assault at fraternity

    USC investigating report of alleged 2013 sexual assault at fraternity

    USC is investigating a recent report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a fraternity party nearly 18 months ago, officials said Thursday. The incident allegedly occurred at a Greek Row fraternity house in late October 2013 and may have involved the use of a date rape drug, according...

  • Missing UC Berkeley soccer player Eloi Vasquez was killed on 10 Freeway
    Missing UC Berkeley soccer player Eloi Vasquez was killed on 10 Freeway

    A 19-year-old UC Berkeley student who went missing early Saturday near USC was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, authorities said Monday after linking the two incidents.

    Eloi Vasquez -- whose disappearance spawned a citywide search as his family pleaded for the public's help -- was last seen...

  • Imprisoned gang leader's daughter sentenced in racketeering case

    The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member who relayed information between her father and various South Los Angeles gangs was sentenced to prison Monday on racketeering charges.

    Vianna Roman was sentenced to 15 years by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner after pleading guilty in May to...

  • Cameras captured fatal hit-and-run near USC campus
    Cameras captured fatal hit-and-run near USC campus

    Police are searching for the driver of a black sedan that struck and killed a pedestrian near USC on Tuesday night and then fled the scene.

    The pedestrian, who has been identified only as a 58-year-old man by the Los Angeles County coroner pending notification of next of kin, was hit in a marked...

  • Police pursuit for armed man near USC campus ends; at least 1 in custody
    Police pursuit for armed man near USC campus ends; at least 1 in custody

    An armed man was arrested Tuesday night following a pursuit near USC's South Los Angeles campus that lasted more than an hour, police said.

    About 6:35 p.m., officers requested backup after encountering a man -- described only as an 18- to 21-year-old -- in the 2600 block of Vermont Avenue, said...

  • Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight
    Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight

    Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning before his scheduled court hearing after suffering from stomach-related medical issues, his attorney said.

    Knight was scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer to a robbery charge stemming from his run-in with an independent...

  • Vigil held in Los Angeles for slain Muslim students in North Carolina
    Vigil held in Los Angeles for slain Muslim students in North Carolina

    Solemnity marked a peace and prayer vigil held Wednesday night on USC’s campus, one day after three Muslim students in North Carolina were shot and killed inside their apartment.

    Outside the university’s religious center, the crowd of about 75 people gathered after nightfall, among them students,...

  • Three teens to stand trial in USC student's killing
    Three teens to stand trial in USC student's killing

    Three teenagers accused of killing a USC graduate student near the campus should stand trial on murder and robbery charges, a judge ruled Thursday, citing overwhelming evidence against them.

    Alejandra Guerrero, Alberto Ochoa and Jonathan DelCarmen sat silently in court as Los Angeles County Superior...

  • Judge: 'Overwhelming evidence' against 3 accused of killing USC student
    Judge: 'Overwhelming evidence' against 3 accused of killing USC student

    Three teenagers accused of killing a USC graduate student near campus should stand trial on murder and robbery charges, a judge ruled Thursday, citing "overwhelming evidence" against them.

    Alejandra Guerrero, Alberto Ochoa and Jonathan DelCarmen sat silently in court as Los Angeles County Superior...

  • Detective says suspects admitted singling out Chinese student near USC
    Detective says suspects admitted singling out Chinese student near USC

    Four teenagers accused of murdering a USC student gave various accounts of the attack in police interviews, but all admitted to singling out a target near the college campus and taking a bat to rob him, according to court testimony.

    LAPD Det. Paul Shearholdt testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday...

  • 3 teens accused of killing USC student appear at preliminary hearing
    3 teens accused of killing USC student appear at preliminary hearing

    Xinran Ji ran from his attackers, tearing along a residential street near USC when he was suddenly hit from behind.

    A figure wielding what looked like a bat struck Ji in the head several times. Others joined in the beating, leaving the USC graduate student crumpled on the ground.

    The attack, captured...

  • Ex-USC professor and FBI fugitive gets 5 years in prison for child sex
    Ex-USC professor and FBI fugitive gets 5 years in prison for child sex

    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he had met online.

    In addition to the sentence, Walter Lee Williams, 66, of Palm Springs, will be required...

  • Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters
    Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters

    A man was handcuffed by Los Angeles police during an early morning protest outside LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

    About 100 protesters had gathered on 1st Street in front of the headquarters in a largely peaceful protest when a shoving match broke out between a wall of police officers...

  • Man convicted of killing two USC students gets life in prison
    Man convicted of killing two USC students gets life in prison

    Anger and sorrow flooded Wanzhi Qu's life two years ago after his son's killing. The feelings haven't gone away, and he doubts they ever will. But he thinks maybe an apology from one of the men convicted of the murder would help.

    In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday, he got the chance to...

  • USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early
    USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early

    UCLA and USC students have been pulling pranks on each other for what seems like forever. UCLA dumped manure from a helicopter on the USC campus more than a half-century ago, and USC fans set 20,000 crickets free in a UCLA library. But for the last 30 years, the primary targets of the rivalry-week...

  • Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students
    Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students

    A jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of graduate students near USC two years ago, in a case that rocked the campus and became international news.

    Javier Bolden stroked his chin and laughed quietly after the verdict was announced. His mother gasped,...

  • Man found guilty in slaying of 2 USC graduate students
    Man found guilty in slaying of 2 USC graduate students

    A jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of two graduate students who were killed while sitting in a parked car near USC.UPDATE: Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students 

    Javier Bolden was the second defendant charged in the...

  • USC postpones event with 'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts
    USC postpones event with 'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts

    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts was set to discuss race, sexual expression and civil rights at USC on Wednesday, but school officials postponed the event a day after she was charged with lewd conduct.

    A university official said the event was put on hold because demand for seats far exceeded...

  • Jurors see video of USC slaying suspect boasting about the crime
    Jurors see video of USC slaying suspect boasting about the crime

    Within hours of arriving in jail, Javier Bolden began to brag to a cellmate that he had shot a man during a fight in South L.A.

    "Boom, popped him," Bolden said.

    ------------FOR THE RECORD: Grad student killings: In the Oct. 17 LATExtra section, a story about the trial of a man accused of killing...

  • Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application
    Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application

    A former USC professor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal fraud charge of lying on a U.S. Department of Energy research grant application, authorities said.

    Alexander Tartakovsky, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on an application he submitted to the Energy Department...

  • Ex-USC professor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting boys overseas
    Ex-USC professor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting boys overseas

    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list pleaded guilty Friday to flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he groomed online.

    Walter Lee Williams, 65, admitted engaging in illegal sexual contact with minors in foreign places, entering the plea...

  • After violence, USC tries to soothe anxious parents in China
    After violence, USC tries to soothe anxious parents in China

    In the wake of this summer’s slaying of a Chinese USC graduate student near campus, dozens of Chinese parents who have children at the school packed a hotel conference room in Beijing this week seeking answers about university security as the academic year gets underway.

    For USC, which has the...

  • Josh Shaw's attorney represented Rihanna, Snoop Dogg
    Josh Shaw's attorney represented Rihanna, Snoop Dogg

    He has represented Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.

    Now attorney Donald Etra has a new client: Suspended USC cornerback Josh Shaw.

    Shaw retained the high-profile Los Angeles lawyer this week.

    Etra was present Wednesday when Shaw admitted to USC officials that he lied about how he suffered ankle injuries....

  • 4 teens plead not guilty to murder in USC student's beating death
    4 teens plead not guilty to murder in USC student's beating death

    More than 150 students, friends and supporters, many of Chinese descent, flooded a downtown Los Angeles courthouse Tuesday as four teenagers pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the beating death of a USC graduate student.

    A deputy stood on a bench outside the courtroom, shouting warnings about...

  • After three killings, USC tries to better protect foreign students
    After three killings, USC tries to better protect foreign students

    New security measures announced Friday by USC after the slayings of three Chinese graduate students in the last two years are receiving a mixed reception on campus and in the Chinese community.

    Some students see the moves as important steps in the right direction while others wonder if they will...

  • USC students react to security measures being added after beating death
    USC students react to security measures being added after beating death

    USC students on Friday welcomed the latest round of additional safety measures announced in reaction to the beating death of a graduate student near campus last month, but differed on whether it was too little, too late.

    The university said in a statement Friday it was increasing security staffing...

  • USC launches major security upgrades after grad student killed
    USC launches major security upgrades after grad student killed

    USC on Friday announced a series of significant new security measures after a graduate student from China was fatally beaten near the campus last month.

    The university said in a statement Friday it was increasing security staffing in and around the campus, upgrading camera systems and enhancing...

  • Teen girl detained after USC student's death charged with 7 felonies
    Teen girl detained after USC student's death charged with 7 felonies

    The 14-year-old arrested with four other teens after a USC student was beaten near campus has been charged with seven felonies in connection with a Dockweiler Beach robbery following the deadly assault, officials said.

    The girl, who was not named by prosecutors because of her age, was charged with...

  • Teen girl detained after USC student's death charged with 7 felonies
    Teen girl detained after USC student's death charged with 7 felonies

    The 14-year-old arrested with four other teens after a USC student was beaten near campus has been charged with seven felonies in connection with a Dockweiler Beach robbery following the deadly assault, officials said.

    The girl, who was not named by prosecutors because of her age, was charged with...

  • LAPD's Beck says community partnerships vital to school campus safety
    LAPD's Beck says community partnerships vital to school campus safety

    LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called Friday for an investment in community partnerships to keep school campuses safe at an event of educators, university security officials, professors and others.

    Addressing a sold-out crowd of the Campus Safety Conference at the Radisson Hotel near USC, Beck emphasized...

  • Memorial today for USC grad student slain near campus
    Memorial today for USC grad student slain near campus

    USC will host a public memorial today for a 24-year-old graduate student from China who was slain last week near the campus.

    The service at USC’s Newman Hall comes a day after Xinran Ji's grief-stricken parents visited a funeral home in Alhambra after arriving from China.

    Prosecutors say Ji was...

  • Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally, feds say
    Suspect in fatal USC attack entered country illegally, feds say

    A 19-year-old charged with murder in connection with last week's fatal assault on a USC graduate student told immigration officials that he entered the country illegally about seven years ago, a federal official said.

    The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Jonathan...

  • Emotions run high as accused killers of USC student appear in court
    Emotions run high as accused killers of USC student appear in court

    Two minors fought back tears during an emotional court hearing in downtown Los Angeles as they and two adults faced capital murder charges in the beating death of a USC graduate student.

    Emotions ran high at Tuesday's hearing as relatives of the group of four, age 19 to 16, sat in the audience...

  • Parents of slain USC student unable to enter U.S. for almost a week
    Parents of slain USC student unable to enter U.S. for almost a week

    The parents of a slain USC student from China are expected to arrive in Los Angeles late Wednesday, their trip delayed for almost a week because the U.S. visa system crashed, according to a family friend.

    Xianren Kong, the family friend, said in a statement on the couple’s behalf that their biggest...

  • 4 teens charged with murder in beating death of USC graduate student
    4 teens charged with murder in beating death of USC graduate student

    Four teenagers were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a USC graduate student, who law enforcement sources said may have tried to escape his attackers only to be assaulted again.

    More details about Xinran Ji's death emerged as prosecutors filed charges against the suspects, identified...

  • Sources: USC student killed near campus may have been attacked twice
    Sources: USC student killed near campus may have been attacked twice

    Investigators believe the USC graduate student killed near campus last week may have tried to get away from his attackers after the beating began but was assaulted a second time, law enforcement sources said.

    The sources, who were familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly,...

  • 4 teens to be charged as adults in killing of USC student, sources say
    4 teens to be charged as adults in killing of USC student, sources say

    All four teenagers arrested in connection with the fatal beating of a USC graduate student will be charged with murder as adults despite two of them being minors, sources said.

    Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old engineering student from China, was beaten with a baseball bat as he walked home from a study...

  • USC student fatally beaten with baseball bat; 4 teens arrested in case
    USC student fatally beaten with baseball bat; 4 teens arrested in case

    Four teenagers were arrested in Thursday's deadly attack on a USC graduate student as he walked home from a study group, with police saying the incident was one of at least two robberies the group attempted that day.

    Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old graduate student from China, was allegedly hit on the...

  • LAPD: 5 arrests made in connection with deadly assault of USC student
    LAPD: 5 arrests made in connection with deadly assault of USC student

    Five people are in custody in connection with the deadly assault on a USC graduate student whose body was found in his apartment near campus last week, Los Angeles police said. 

    Los Angeles police said they believe Xinran Ji, 24, staggered into his 30th Street apartment Thursday morning after being...

  • Slain USC student left trail of blood that police followed
    Slain USC student left trail of blood that police followed

    Detectives determined that a USC graduate student found dead in his apartment Thursday morning had been attacked earlier just blocks away in part because of a “significant amount of blood” leading to the apartment from the crime scene, an LAPD official familiar with the investigation said.

    "The...

  • USC says grad student found dead was attacked near campus
    USC says grad student found dead was attacked near campus

    A Chinese graduate student at USC who was discovered dead in his apartment was the victim of an assault a few blocks from campus, the university said Thursday.

    The assault occurred while engineering student Xinran Ji was walking near 29th Street and Orchard Avenue, USC said. Ji’s family in China...

  • Death of USC student again shakes confidence in security
    Death of USC student again shakes confidence in security

    The discovery Thursday of a dead Chinese USC graduate student inside his apartment served as a grim reminder of previous deaths on or near the campus in recent years that prompted officials to invest heavily in new security measures.

    Los Angeles police said the 24-year-old student, who was not...

  • Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women
    Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women

    A Lancaster man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female college student was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting three other women dating to 2009.

    James Smith, 35, was charged with two counts of forcible rape and one count of forcible oral copulation,...

  • Property crimes drop after USC implements new safety measures
    Property crimes drop after USC implements new safety measures

    USC officials are attributing a drop in property crimes at the university to security measures put in place following an on-campus Halloween night shooting that left four teenagers wounded two years ago.

    The biggest factor in the reduction, officials say, was limiting public access to the university...

  • Government investigates 55 colleges over handling of sex assault cases
    Government investigates 55 colleges over handling of sex assault cases

    Aiming to reduce sexual assault on campus, the federal government Thursday disclosed that 55 colleges and universities, including four in California, are under investigation for possibly violating the law in their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

    The unprecedented naming of...

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