Where there's a Willesden there's a way

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Just saw this on the newswires.


LA- Officers from the LAPD were last night appealing for information about the whereabouts of four men following the death of a 48-year-old man in a bizarre traffic accident.

Police report that the man was killed instantly when his car overturned several times after being hit by an improvised explosive whilst driving through a large empty building site, causing severe head and neck injuries and burns to 80% of his body. The explosive device was thrown by a man described as wearing a baseball cap and an 80's style leather jacket. He escaped from the scene with three associates in a distinctive black van with a red trim motif. The driver of the van is described as a heavily built black male wearing a large amount of gold jewellery.

Eyewitnesses described that the dead man, who has not been named, had worked as part of an extortion racket targeting fearful members of the local community. A local shopkeeper who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals told reporters that the wanted men had apparently been held prisoner for several hours by members of the gang before escaping and luring them into a deadly ambush. "I knew he was dead the moment the car overturned and burst into flames", the shopkeeper told NBC news, adding, "The whole thing seemed to happen in slow motion."

Police warn that the four men are highly dangerous and believed to be armed. The spokesman would not comment on whether the incident is linked to a number of violent deaths which have occurred throughout the state including the slaying of four men in a shootout at the derelict dockside, and an incident in a remote community in May when five members of the same family were killed when an improvised bulldozer crashed through the only gas station in town.


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