CA police booked on suspicion of kidnapping homeless man FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 11:21:20 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.latimes.com:80/CNS_DAYS/980424/t000038623.html
FWD  Friday, April 24, 1998 - Los Angeles Times


  CHP OFFICERS ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING

  By Eric Malnic, LA Times Staff Writer
                    
   
     Two California Highway Patrol officers who are suspected of picking up
a homeless man on four occasions, dousing him with pepper spray and leaving
him more than 15 miles away, were arrested and booked on suspicion of
kidnapping and weapons violations Thursday.
     Wade Allen and Temujin Jones are accused of four counts of kidnapping,
exhibiting a deadly or great bodily injury. Jones also was booked on
suspicion of illegal use of a tear gas weapon.
     The officers, who were released on bail Thursday, both joined the
department in August 1995 and worked out of the West Los Angeles station.
They are currently on administrative leave, and the department is
attempting to dismiss them, said Chief Ed Gomez, commander of the CHP's
southern division.
     The investigation of the two officers began when a 52-year-old
homeless man, who requested anonymity, approached a CHP motorcycle officer
and said he wanted to file a complaint against Allen and Jones, Gomez said.
The homeless man claimed the two officers had harassed and threatened him.
     The man had been "hanging out" in the Culver City area, Gomez said,
when he was approached, on four occasions, by Allen and Jones. The two
officers reportedly placed the man in their vehicle and "drove him 15 to 20
miles away and dropped him off."
     The only reason Gomez gave was "harassment."
     "They threatened him, they brandished their weapons and, on at least
one occasion, used pepper spray," Gomez said.
     On April 15, the men were placed on administrative leave and relieved
of duty, Gomez said. Both lost their peace officer powers and had their
weapons confiscated.
     The CHP, Gomez said, "has begun the process of dismissing them."
     "The good news is, this is unusual," Gomez said. "I've never faced a
situation like this. We've taken it very seriously."

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