Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Trial opens for man accused of robbing men he met via Craigslist

Photo: Angel Pena Ayala. Credit: Hermosa Beach Police Department A man accused of robbing men he met through Craigslist personals ads is on trial in Torrance.

Angel Pena Ayala, 25, was arrested last year on suspicion of committing several crimes, including kidnapping for carjacking, residential robbery and carjacking with the use of a firearm, authorities said.

According to the Daily Breeze, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ethan Milius told jurors in his opening statement Monday that two of Ayala's alleged victims had responded to an ad Ayala allegedly placed on Craigslist.

A West Hollywood resident who met up with Ayala believing they had arranged a sexual encounter through Craigslist testified Monday that Ayala pulled a gun and robbed him, the Breeze reported.

Another victim was a Hermosa Beach resident looking for sex online.

In one incident, Ayala allegedly ordered a victim to drive to an automated teller machine and forced him to withdraw money.

The victim was released and Ayala allegedly drove off in the man's car, prosecutors said.

Ayala was identified as a suspect through fingerprints from the recovered vehicle, authorities said.


Michelle Le's remains identified

South Gate motorist shot to death

Deputies search for man they call prolific bus tagger

-- Abby Sewell

Photo: Angel Pena Ayala. Credit: Hermosa Beach Police Department

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: