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Five face felony charges in beating of two loan officers

October 26, 2009 |  3:32 pm

Five people face multiple felony charges in connection with the beating and torture of two loan modification agents, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced today.

Daniel Weston, 52, of La Cañada and Gustavo Canez, 36, of Los Angeles were charged today with two counts of torture, two counts of false imprisonment by violence and two counts of second-degree robbery in the alleged attacks against Lamond Dean and Luis Garcia.

Weston and Canez also allegedly used a handgun during the assault, the complaint states.

Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, 52, were living in a foreclosed home and sought mortgage assistance from Dean and Garcia. The complaint alleges Weston and Parmelee were unsatisfied with the loan officers' efforts and wanted their money back.

At a meeting arranged last Tuesday to discuss the issue, Weston and Canez allegedly beat and robbed Dean and Garcia in front of Parmelee and Mario Soloman Gonzalez, 47, of Glendale and Marissa Parker, 49, of Sylmar, the complaint states. Gonzalez and Parker work with Parmelee, a real estate agent, to refer loan cases to Dean and Garcia, officials said.

Dean and Garcia suffered minor injuries and have been released from the hospital, officials said.

Parmelee, Gonzalez and Parker face two counts of torture, two counts of false imprisonment by violence and two counts of second-degree robbery. Gonzales also faces one count of possession of a deadly weapon because he was allegedly carrying wooden knuckles, the complaint states.

All three pleaded not guilty Friday. Weston and Canez were to be arraigned this afternoon at the county courthouse in Glendale. Bail was recommended at $2.1 million for Weston and $2.8 million for Canez, who was convicted in 2000 of assault with a firearm.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Norma Serna, who filed the case, declined to comment.

-- Baxter Holmes