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Former Officer Arrested in Gang Murder Investigation

Long Beach Police believe the former investigator, who was fired in March, was leaking information about a murder investigation to gang members.

A former Long Beach police detective was arrested along with a suspected gang member for allegedly leaking details of a murder investigation to suspects involved in the case, police said today.

The ex-officer, 42-year-old Yvonne Robinson, was arrested Thursday in Carson, according to Long Beach police. The alleged gang member, 24-year-old Prentice Jones, was arrested Thursday in Long Beach, police said.

Jones is the brother of Robinson's brother-in-law, according to police.

Robinson and Jones were both charged by the District Attorney's Office with a felony count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The charge includes an allegation that the crime was committed "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang."

Both are free on $60,000 bail.

The case stemmed from the June 13, 2012, arrests of 16 gang members on suspicion of a variety of charges. Two of those arrested were suspected in the November 2009 killing of 19-year-old Frank Castro, according to police.

Detectives learned that details of the investigation were apparently being leaked by a member of the police department to someone in the gang in an effort to aid the suspects, police said.

In May of 2012, they identified Robinson, a detective in the Youth Services Section of the department's Investigations Bureau, as the alleged mole and placed her under surveillance, police said. After several months, investigators determined that Robinson was leaking case information to Jones, who passed it on to gang leaders, police said.

According to court papers, Robinson allegedly called Jones and talked to him for 10 minutes after the Long Beach Police Department sent out a March 26, 2012, news release about a murder investigation.

Prosecutors also allege in court documents that Robinson told Jones on May 16, 2012, that homicide detectives knew the identity of the five murder suspects, including the two shooters, and that she told Jones the detectives wanted to question the three non-shooters to have them testify against the two shooters.

Prosecutors also allege Robinson told Jones she knew the identity of all of the suspects but did not tell Long Beach Police Department homicide detectives.

The criminal complaint also alleges that Robinson confirmed to Jones that he was being followed by a surveillance unit.

Robinson was placed on administrative leave in July 2012 and stripped of her police powers pending the conclusion of a department administrative investigation. She was fired March 7.

"Police department employees are held accountable to the highest standards, and the department takes immediate action to address employee misconduct," Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said. "It is extremely disappointing when the behavior of one individual undermines the public trust that this department works so hard to uphold.

"We will not tolerate actions that dishonor the badge that we wear so proudly. The men and women of our department work diligently every day to do the right thing and to provide excellent service to our community. The acts of the one shouldn't outweigh the acts of the many."   

-- City News Service

Mike Ruehle December 06, 2013 at 10:39 PM
This is the same Long Beach Police Officer who was awarded the 2012 “Homer L. Garrott Community Service Award” by the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (“NOBLE”). Only two other LBPD officers had received this award before her. __________________________________________________ http://lbpost.com/news/1309300206-lbpd-detective-to-be-honored-for-community-service#.UqKWv02A2M8 __________________________________________________ Just another one of LBPD's finest in an out of control department.
John B. Greet December 06, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Congrats to LBPD for demonstrating the integrity and transparency required to investigate, arrest, and charge one of its own. All police officer misconduct is wrong and unacceptable and, where proven, should be punished to the fullest extent that law and policy allow.
Mike Ruehle December 06, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I wonder if it was "paid" administrative leave for 8 months: "In July 2012, she was placed on administrative leave, stripped of her police powers and removed from her position as a police officer while the department conducted an administrative investigation, McDonnell said. When the investigation was completed, she was fired on March 7, 2013."
John B. Greet December 07, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Good question, Ruehle. While it is reasonable to carry an employee on paid leave until misconduct can be proven, as soon as it *has* been proven, the person should not receive another penny in taxpayer compensation. They are welcome to sue if they think their pay was cut prematurely and if they can convince a judge that it was, they may receive some back pay. Until then, however, they should be entirely off the books.
John B. Greet December 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Ruehle said: "This is the same Long Beach Police Officer who was awarded the 2012 'Homer L. Garrott Community Service Award' by the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives ('NOBLE'). Only two other LBPD officers had received this award before her. another one of LBPD's finest in an out of control department." The award mentioned was not bestowed by LBPD but by the regional chapter of a national professional law enforcement group. Must Ruehle impugn LBPD for awards conferred by organizations over which LBPD has no control? ~~~ Can Ruehle not even read the stories he, himself, cites or, in reading them, can he not make better efforts to fully comprehend them?
Mike Ruehle December 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Not only did the LBPD publicize the award in a press release, the Long Beach Police Officers Association dedicated a full page to Detective Robinson's award in their 2nd Quarter 2012 "Rap Sheet" newsletter. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (see individual page 16 attached - from link listed below) http://lbpoa.org/files/docs/rs-2012%20Second%20Quarter.pdf
John B. Greet December 08, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Again: The award mentioned was not bestowed by LBPD but by the regional chapter of a national professional law enforcement group. Must Ruehle impugn LBPD for awards conferred by organizations over which LBPD has no control? ~~~ Can Ruehle not even read the stories he, himself, cites or, in reading them, can he not make better efforts to fully comprehend them?
Mike Ruehle December 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Is Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell going to fire himself????? __________________________________________________ It's McDonnell who now loudly proclaims, “We will not tolerate the actions that dishonor the badge we wear so proudly.” __________________________________________________ Yet it was the same McDonnell who dishonored the department for multiple public statements he made defending his officer’s murder of Douglas Zerby that were later proven in court to be lies. When's his last day?
Mike Ruehle December 10, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Maybe someone can point to where I said this award was "bestowed by LBPD."
John B. Greet December 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Ruehle habitually claims that Chief McDonnell "dishonored the department for multiple public statements he made defending his officer’s murder of Douglas Zerby that were later proven in court to be lies." Yet Ruehle will never offer a single, citable source that proves this allegation. Ruehle will not do so because he cannot. He cannot because no court has ever ruled that Chief McDonnell has ever lied, about anything, in any matter before it.~~~This is the typically dishonest and misleading manner in which Ruehle tends to debate and discuss such issues, just as when he claims "LBPD misconduct highest in nation" and posts a map that denotes nothing of the kind, stripped from a report that doesn't even mention Long Beach, let alone LBPD.~~~ Ruehle is *never* content to let the facts speak for themselves and allow people to evaluate those facts and draw their own reasonable conclusions. Instead, Ruehle feels compelled to lie, mislead, misstate, deflect, and obfuscate in order to try to convince people to his point of view.~~~Maybe someone can point to where I said that Ruehle said that Robinson's award was bestowed by LBPD. This is another of Ruehle's typically dishonest rhetorical tactics. He implies that I claim he said something, when I never made such a claim. He does this in an attempt to deflect from my *actual* rebuttal of his inference that LBPD is somehow "out of control" because an outside group chose to bestow an award upon Robinson and LBPD and the POA choose to announce that. Is there any evidence that LBPD or the POA knew anything about Robinson's alleged criminal acts at the time NOBLE bestowed its award? No. The award was bestowed in March. LBPD became aware of the criminal allegations in May. So how is this award information even pertinent? Quite simply, it is not. It is just another vehicle for Ruehle's fraudulent and childish approach to public commentary.
Mike Ruehle December 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Greet's arguement is destroyed by his own timeline. ______________________________________________________ According to Greet: "Is there any evidence LBPD or the POA knew anything about Robinson's alleged criminal acts at the time NOBLE bestowed its award? No. The award was bestowed in March. LBPD became aware of the criminal allegations in May." ______________________________________________________ However, the LBPOA "Rapsheet" was published sometime AFTER June 5, 2012. This is evident because Union President Steve James wrote about the June election results in the "Rapsheet." Therefore, the POA chose to dedicate a full page of their newsletter to Detective Robinson's award AFTER becoming aware of the the alleged criminal allegations in May.
John B. Greet December 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
What part of "The award was bestowed in March. LBPD became aware of the criminal allegations in May", does Ruehle not understand? LBPD did not become aware of the allegations against Robinson until May. The NOBLE award pre-dated the allegations by two months. Where is Ruehle's proof that the POA was aware of the allegations against Robinson before going to press with the Rap Sheet? Put simply, he has none, but when has not having any proof ever stopped him from lodging allegations or impugning any person or organization against whom he has a personal grudge?~~~Readers will notice that Ruehle still offers no proof that any court has ruled that Chief McDonnell has ever lied in any matter before it. Readers will also be waiting indefinitely for proof that the POA was aware of the allegations against Robinson before going to press with its 2nd Quarter Rap Sheet. Ruehle has no such proof. If he does, let him present it.
Mike Ruehle December 12, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Greet statement: "... LBPD became aware of the criminal allegations in May." ___________________________________________________ Followed by Greet question: "Where is Ruehle's proof that the POA was aware of the allegations against Robinson before going to press with the [June] Rap Sheet?" _____________________________________________________ Is Greet questioning the validity of his own statement or alledging the POA is completely out of touch with the department whose officers it represents?
John B. Greet December 12, 2013 at 07:53 AM
More deflection from Ruehle to avoid supporting his comments with facts. Readers will notice that Ruehle *still* offers no proof that any court has ruled that Chief McDonnell has ever lied in any matter before it. Readers also continue to wait indefinitely for proof that the POA was aware of the allegations against Robinson before going to press with its 2nd Quarter Rap Sheet. Ruehle has no such proof. If he does, let him present it. The more he continues to deflect, the more readers can know Ruehle for the utter and shameless fraud that he is.
Mike Ruehle December 12, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Deflection????
John B. Greet December 12, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Yes, Ruehle, deflection. You will say anything to attempt to deflect readers' attention from the fact that you *still* offer no proof that any court has ruled that Chief McDonnell has ever lied in any matter before it. You will say anything to attempt to deflect readers' attention from the fact that you will offer not proof that the POA was aware of the allegations against Robinson before going to press with its 2nd Quarter Rap Sheet. I believe it is because you have no proof. If you do, present it. The more you continue to deflect, the more readers can know you for the utter and shameless fraud that you are.

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