'Jason Bourne' suspect makes like Perry Mason, avoids prison
Once compared to the superspy Jason Bourne for his ability to elude capture at his downtown Los Angeles loft, a 35-year-old year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to multiple drug-related felonies and was sentenced to a suspended seven-year prison sentence and five years’ probation.
Brian Alexik, who acted as his own lawyer, entered his plea to two counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of concentrated cannabis, forgery and possession for sale of a controlled substance while armed, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Alexik and gave him credit for time served since his capture in June 2010 after two months on the lam.
Despite police reports of sophisticated counterfeit bills and weapons inside the apartment, prosecutors did not pursue those charges.
The case began unfolding April 19, 2010, when Alexik's neighbors called firefighters after smelling fumes emanating from his penthouse in the 400 block of West Olympic Boulevard. Police broke down the door of the penthouse just as the man inside was escaping through a back window and down a fire escape carrying duffel bags.
The $3,400-a-month loft, which Alexik had leased by paying in cash a year in advance, contained sophisticated counterfeiting equipment as well as a cache of weapons, including an AK-47.
Investigators also found stacks of counterfeit $100 bills totaling $15,000, a camera tripod, the formula for a Molotov cocktail written on a wall and a mosaic of the Central Intelligence Agency seal on the floor.
Counterfeiting equipment and freshly printed $100 bills were found in his penthouse unit, which overlooked the U.S. Federal Reserve building on Grand Avenue, according to police.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Brian Alexik. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department