Crime

Stan Smith / June 16,2020

US actor, Danny Masterson, arrested on rape charges in Los Angeles

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Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his role on “That ’70s Show,” was charged with three counts of rape, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Wednesday.

Masterson was arrested at 11:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday and released shortly before 3 p.m. PT on a $3.3 million bail, according to information available on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department website.

Masterson is charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003, a press release from the District Attorney’s Office said.

His arraignment is scheduled for September 18.

In a statement to CNN, Masterson’s attorney Tom Mesereau said, “Mr Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.”

The statement added: “Obviously, Mr Masterson and his wife are in complete shock considering that these nearly 20-year old allegations are suddenly resulting in charges being filed, but they and their family are comforted knowing that ultimately the truth will come out. The people who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false.”

Authorities say Masterson, who is charged by his full name Daniel Peter Masterson, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman between January and December 2001. He also allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman in April 2003 and a 23-year-old woman sometime between October and December of that year, according to the press release.

All of the alleged crimes took place at Masterson’s Hollywood Hills home, authorities said.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

Stan Smith / June 02,2020

Man With Rifle Barricaded In Oakland Home With 2 Children Surrenders Peacefully

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Police in Oakland confirmed Wednesday evening that a 13-hour standoff at the home of man armed with a rifle who had two children with him has ended peacefully.

Police said that the man let the two children go and surrendered shortly afterwards. The scene was being cleared by about 6:30 p.m.

Police and SWAT officers had surrounded the home in an East Oakland neighborhood since early Wednesday morning.

Oakland police spokesman Johnna Watson emailed that officers responded at 5:33 a.m. to 5700 block of Harmon Ave. in the city’s Seminary neighborhood near Mills College after their shotspotter alert system detected shots being fired.

“When officers arrived on scene they observed a man shooting a rifle from a window of a residence,” Watson said. “No injuries reported at this time.”

The unidentified gunman’s wife managed to escape from the home, but two children, six and eight years old, remained inside, police said.

Residents were warned to remain sheltered in place and the area had been cordoned off by police. A hostage negotiation team was talking to the gunman around noon Wednesday, more than six hours into the standoff.

Police have sent in a robot to get a better look at what was happening in the house as well as a drone.

Neighbors interviewed by police told KPIX 5 “some fool woke up shooting.”

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