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10 arrested at Academy Awards; most tried to sneak in, LAPD says

February 27, 2012 |  4:43 pm

Most arrested at Academy Awards had false credentials
The 10 people police arrested at the Academy Awards included actress Sean Young, two sisters with phony credentials and a purse snatcher, authorities said Monday.

Most of the arrests, which include misdemeanors and felonies, were for fraudulent, lapsed or nonexistent credentials, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

The LAPD, SIS security and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been "very serious" about enforcing the law "to the letter" at the Oscars, Smith said.

"There are no warnings, there are no second chances," said Smith. "You break the law, you go to jail."

Among those hauled in and arrested were an Israeli journalist who went onto the red carpet about 11 p.m., after his temporary press pass had expired. Ran Monkaz was booked on suspicion of trespassing, the LAPD said.

Two sisters who were sold phony credentials were booked for attempting to gain entrance to the theater using false or fraudulent credentials. A man, Jamiah Anderson, was also arrested for using false credentials and forgery.

Police later determined that the sisters, Maria and Beatriz Aguirre, had been sold their credentials by Anderson.

In addition, two men identified as Joseph Hobbs and Jason Roberts were booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing after they were able to gain entry to the theater using fraudulent credentials. Dontrell Williams didn't make it that far. Police detained him on the red carpet, and he was also booked on suspicion of trespassing.

In perhaps the most notable arrest of the night, actress Sean Young was detained and booked Sunday night after being involved in an altercation as she tried to enter an Academy Awards after-party, police said Monday.

Young, 52, whose credits include “Blade Runner,” “Ace Ventura” and “Wall Street,” was placed under citizen’s arrest and taken to the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Officer Wendy Reyes.

Young was involved in “some type of physical altercation” and taken into custody by the person she was fighting with, police said.

Police sources said it was a security guard at the ball who arrested Young. Young was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released on $20,000 bail about 3 a.m., according to jail records. She is to appear in court March 19.

Rounding out the Oscars-related arrests, Kenneth Wilburn was booked on suspicion of robbery after allegedly using force to snatch a woman's purse. Information on the 10th arrest was not immediately available.


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Photo: The 10 people police arrested at the Academy Awards included actress Sean Young, two sisters with phony credentials and a purse snatcher, authorities said. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times