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Attempted Kidnap and Extortion At South LA Elementary School

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This is a story first brought to us by my colleague Susan Hirasuna. It's a case of attempted kidnapping-extortion I'm following up on this morning. But, I wanted to share with you a personal observation. Something I do sometimes. When there isn't video of an actual crime, or enough aftermath to draw a picture, I'll sometimes stand at the scene and try to imagine it in my mind. I guess that's what detectives do and reporters are like detectives. We dig up facts.

This morning I stood in front of Vermont Avenue Elementary School and tried to imagine Candido Mijangos and his 4 year old grandson Manny walking out of the school only to be confronted by 3 men who forced the two into a blue car and drove them to a bank to withdraw money. The street is narrow. Cars line both sides. "The blue sedan must have been here .. or here" I thought. "The grandpa and grandson forced into a car over there?"

I was able to draw some images, but I couldn't imagine how horrible that feeling must be of being overpowered, forced into a car, made - under the fear Manny would be kidnapped - to take a thousand dollars out of the bank. Grandpa and grandson are both very lucky. Yes, they were emotionally hurt. Physically, no injuries. Now, police would like to find the trio. They say that particular attempted kidnapping/extortion plot isn't something they've seen before

Hal Eisner

 

Candido mijangos walked to Vermont Avenue Elementary to pick up his grandson from the Pre-k program. He's approached by a strange man who doesn't immediately seem threatening. The man follows him into the school and waits as Mr. Mijangos waits for his grandson Manny.

The four year old, the grandfather and the strange man now exit the school.  He grabs Manny by the hand when a second man appears and they demand $5000.  Mijangos says, i don't have that kind of money.

The boy and his grandfather are forced into a car and a third man drives them to a bank near USC. While the first man holds onto Manny, the three walk into the bank so Mr. Mijangos can withdraw money. The two discuss how much and the grandfather says, i have about $1000.  He withdraws the money. The three walk out of the bank and are driven to a third location and let go.

Frankly, i had never heard of this kind of shake down.  I called three watch commanders to ask if they were familiar with the scenario.  Were there other cases?  All three said no. Mr. Mijangos insist he had never seen these men.  He could describe them only as latino men in their mid fifties, driving a blue sedan.

Please call the LAPD we tip hotline if you have any information.

Susan Hirasuna

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