San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan via America Newscape

San Diego, California - America and San Diego Newscape present weekly updates from San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Monday February 1, 2021.

FBI Requests Public Assistance to Identify Scripps Ranch Bank Robber

San Diego, California - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individual believed to be responsible for a bank robbery in San Diego, California.

Loanshark Who Targeted, Threatened Several in the Latino Community Arrested

San Diego, California - A loan shark who primarily preyed on the Latino community, was arrested on suspicion of extortion and making criminal threats in connection with cash loans he made to multiple victims in San Diego County. Hamze Mohamad Karnib, a.k.a. Alex Karnib, 35, demanded repayment well in excess of the amounts borrowed by his victims, then intimidated and threatened borrowers who found themselves unable to meet Karnib’s payment demands.

San Diego Man Admits to Robbing Bank Teller at Knifepoint

San Diego, California - Rafeek Omar Karamat of San Diego pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to bank robbery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford.

Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley, Selling COVID-19 “Cure” Charged With Lying to U.S. Customs, Stealing Employee’s Identity

San Diego, California - Dr. Jennings Ryan Staley, previously charged with one count of mail fraud, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for additional crimes arising from his business venture selling COVID-19 “treatment kits,” which he advertised to one potential customer as a “miracle cure.”  Staley is a licensed physician and the former operator of Skinny Beach Med Spas in and around San Diego.

Federal Jury Convicts Man for Pointing Laser at San Diego Police Helicopter

San Diego, California - Rudy Alvarez of Lemon Grove was convicted by a federal jury late Wednesday for knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a San Diego Police helicopter as the aircraft flew over a protest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.