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All right, so we are back for another crime.
Yeah, very exciting. Very excited about about this one.
This one in particular. Yeah.
It's very interesting. We have not visited anything like this before.
Now we have not. And this is a very recent crime, as of Sunday, Superbowl Sunday, but we'll get into it. And today, we're breaking down the true crime story of the man arrested three times in one day in 2022.
Yeah. And you know what, when I first found out about this, I started cracking up. I did now and that's the truth, there is some humor, but it also opens up a whole can of worms about our justice system about jail overcrowding, about mental health, about just the law in general. So there's a lot to talk about here. But offhand, a person getting arrested three times in one day, I think has humor to it.
I felt the same way. It caught my eye. I had to read it. And then I got into it's like, yeah, there are definitely some talking points justice system. The DA is office the lot of things we can you know, speculate on and this the overall issues that lead to this type of thing. But first take funny, right, right out of the gate. like who is this Neanderthal who is doing this but before we get into it before we break down this crime sow a word from our sponsor, let's do it. Support for that's a crime is brought to you by manscaped, who is the best and men's below the waist grooming and offers precision engineered tools for your family jewels. Join over 4 million men worldwide who trust manscaped. And with his exclusive offer, you'll get
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Fantastic. So back to the screen. On February 13 2022 Superbowl Sunday, which was just a few days ago, people in Los Angeles were cheering for the hometown rams. And spoiler alert, who actually won the game 23 to 20 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Oh, and by the way, the game was actually played in Los Angeles. And so that's only the second time ever that the home team hosted the Super Bowl because it's this random. They just choose cities. way in advance. Oh, wow. I
didn't know they did that. Yeah, that's how they do it.
So this was like a lottery almost. And it was funny. It was only second time ever, but it's a second time. Back to back years. Last year Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted but it's predetermined. We already know Baba Baba, who's gonna have the next one. And some cold weather teams, you know who play in cold weather who don't have domes they're never gonna get a super Green Bay is not going to host the Super Bowl. They're not going to do it. If it was a dome, they might be able to because Detroit Lions have, you know, Super Bowls. And so that's how it works. So it was kind of a special thing. It was just coincidence that they made it but sound did you actually watch the game?
No, I didn't watch the game. I'm sorry. I'm sorry to say you're in the one percenter. Well, look, I'm in a play right now. I'm in a local theater production. So I don't know if it emasculates me. But instead of watching the game, I was running to my lines from my theater role.
I'm a nerd.
I'm just Scavenger. But I did watch the game and I Well, you're a big football fan. I'm a huge fan. You are and it was really good. But while myself and all Angelenos everyone living in Los Angeles was celebrating the game. You know, the anticipation? Sure.
Dreaded to trash the city at the end of the day. I just if they wind anarchy. Oh, I did watch the halftime show, Jake. Okay. I definitely watched a snoop D O Double G
while ignoring the game was 47 year old James Langdon, who instead went on a 16 hour long crime spree that got him arrested. three separate times out.
Yeah, I don't know if that's kind of misleading that he went on a 16 hour crime spree as much as he just did three things in 16 hours. Okay. I mean, because he literally was committing crimes for 16 hours straight. I don't know
why it was in and out. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but that's what the article said. So, but I'm not sure if you saw langtons photo, but he has a striking resemblance to Barack that's funny, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. That photo in particular, I was like that kind of reminds
me of that's funny. I didn't notice that. Let's check it out. Again. I love Sacha Baron Cohen. I think he's one of the greatest comedians that ever lived.
Yeah, well more as the Borak character like him to
okay Sacha Baron Cohen is Borat? Yeah,
that's funny. Langdon also had to chip front teeth so that might have happened in the aftermath on one of these crimes, but not a good day. Or maybe a good day. If you look at another way for for Langdon, but it all started at Colorado and Luis Street in Glendale, California. And so I used to live in Glendale and why don't you give us shed some light on the geography here?
Well, right now I'm in North Hollywood. So if you were to go behind me you would head up past. Burbank past Glendale and wind up in. Oh, I'm sorry. There's because Colorado. Yes, that's where I got confused. Colorado goes all the way through Glendale into Pasadena. Yep. In this instance, Colorado, going through Glendale and Luis Street. Yeah. Very familiar with that. I've driven that route. Many, many times. It's just, you know, run of the mill neighborhood. I think there's like a Best Buy around the corner or Trader Joe's, you know, one of those neighborhoods. Nothing really spectacular about it. Pleasant, but just an ordinary town.
Yeah, well, I actually liked it. I lived at Adams Hill, which is real close to La it was just I mean, it's the same thing. LA County.
Always and you weren't you didn't live in Glendale? I did. Oh, you lived in Glendale, but you were you near Colorado and Louise.
Not too far. I ride my bike. I was there before the Americana was there. And then after the Americana, but my gym was down the street from the fire fitness and I was on Colorado a lot brand. It's one of the main streets there as well, that runs right through with all the car dealerships. And yeah, I lived in Adams Hill. And then when I moved to that had the house and Mount Washington, you're still just five, two minutes from Glendale. So you go to the Americana. You're right.
I think of Glendale is kind of distinct from those other areas. But you're right. There's
also parts of Glendale that go up in the hills. So it's really nice and near right. It's right next to Pasadena, which I love Pasadena, but I'm very familiar with this section right here. And I also have to say that the police and Glendale are quite strict. I know ever have run ins with police, but I got pulled over for having tinted windows and they just do it was an excuse to pull me over and like okay, you're okay, they profile a lot. It's a tighter ship there.
So I'm gonna say it's because it's not part of the city of Los Angeles. Exactly. Right. And these towns like Glendale or Burbank they have their own police force. Yeah, yeah. It's the same way. Yeah, they are a lot more strict there. And you know what? I've been called soft on crime. But if the police are more strict, does that mean the area's a little nicer? I don't know. It depends on how you think about it. But you might say that, you might say that.
But back to this story. Now the officers in Glendale, they spotted Langdon pacing around a parking lot at 3am and darting through a crosswalk against a red light. So so this is strange behavior. And I believe that would be jaywalking. Right?
I think jaywalking is just anytime you break the rules of the walk. And if if you don't have the right away, because you have a walk sign or you just you're not at the intersection, you're like in the middle of that get cut in a lane. Yeah, yeah, I think those are always I used to have a friend that used to get jaywalking tickets. I've never gotten a jaywalking ticket. Maybe sure luck, maybe I think we all have jaywalk. We all have like all the corners. Why should I walk to the corner over there? When I came across here, you know, it's normal for people to do that. And you probably
just get a warning, but it's 3am. And this guy's poking around a parking lot and then running around. So it's a strange behavior. It's strange
behavior at 3am. You would think that would probably be drug induced behavior. So Glendale
PD said he ran from the officers and struggled with them, which was when he was arrested for obstructing. And during the arrest. Laindon claimed he was hurt and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was later released in order to appear in court at a later date. So Sal, that's arrest
number one. Yeah. So he's arrested for obstructing the arrest. Not arrested for jaywalking.
He was definitely obstructed. So maybe they upped the charge from jaywalking has to be kind of low, right? Like, yeah, what do you poke around? And it was like his behavior led to a worse crime.
Yeah, well, jaywalking is what is falls under the category of infraction, which is even less than a misdemeanor. Exactly, yeah. Which means that you don't get arrested for infractions.
I mean, say he ran. Okay, there
you go. That was it. Yeah. It goes into the resisting arrest type scenario.
Yeah. Well, it doesn't stop there. But Glendale police sergeant Christian hoptman Stay states a couple of hours after that. We get another call and sound the last name may sound familiar to you as Richard Hoffman. I'm assuming no relation was convicted sentenced to death and the trial of the century oh wow, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping 1932 That sounds familiar. Also, Episode 10 of that's a crime.
That's why sounds familiar. We have covered the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Yeah,
I saw that name. And I was like Hoffman. Exactly the same
Well, that's like what was a German name right? Yeah. Yeah. So I'm wondering if he's part of the if it's the same lineage
could be I said no relation I could be wrong. I made an assumption. Yeah, we don't
know. Interesting. Do you not know that also good way to plug season one episode 10 of that's a crime.
Well, you know, you have to do that every once in a while. A classic, our longest episode to date. It was a lot to unpack by now this time this call Hartman got an employee of an auto body shop found LinkedIn creepy guy likes to creep his creeper crew have been around the inside of the business, not on the outside walking around. Sergeant Hartman added that they found him in the office trying to access a room that was locked with a screwdriver in his hand. So I believe he would say he got caught red handed.
Yeah, while he was an auto body, there could have been some red paint there, he would have been red red handed.
Right handed? Well, when I had this little note here, right handed, I was like, you know, what, what does that even come from? Do you know? Because I know we say that term. Do you have in the know? Oh,
the old phrase caught red handed? Yeah, where that came from the origin. I do not know the origin of Red Handed but I couldn't make one up if you give me a few minutes. Well, I think you
were close what you just said actually, which is funny. The red hands and what the paint. But the most commonly cited origin of the phrase Red Handed dates back to Scotland in the 15th century, which notes it most likely originated as a reference to someone having blood on their hands. Oh,
there you go. Red Hat.
You're caught red handed. Here we are at the murder scene. And there you are with blood in your hands. You already had an interesting it makes sense. Yeah. Like
yeah, it makes sense. Yeah. You weren't too far off there. But while police arrested lane that again, but this time for trespassing. But because of the zero bail policies implemented by district attorney, George Gascogne. He was released three hours later.
Yeah, so zero bail. So once upon a time, he would have had to have posted bail, and would have needed at least 500 or 1000 bucks to do so. Yeah. And you know, otherwise, you gotta get somebody to put their house on the line and all that bail bondsman. Yeah, they come more complex. So he appears to be I would imagine he's maybe transient. I would imagine he may be without a residence. I would imagine that by his crimes, I would imagine by the picture, rough guess. And yeah,
well, I remember our sort of remember when the pandemic hit, I was still in Los Angeles. And then we got hit with those riots and the curfews and all this was going on. And so I kind of remember this zero bail policy. And I wasn't I've since moved, and I wasn't sure what was going on. But I did put some stuff in here for us to kind of go over and shed light on a little bit. So we'll kind of go back and forth on a few of these things.
So normally, the idea is, if you have to pay to get out of jail, then you're going to pay to get out of jail and most likely not commit another crime, or you cannot afford to bail yourself out, therefore, you're stuck in jail. Right. So the idea is, were it not for the zero bail, this guy would have still been in jail from the dock in
jail, that absolutely yes. But go ahead and read the terms we have Sure.
Zero bail means that the individual is released without posting any bail and is released on his or her own recognizance without any supervision or conditions of release.
And California instituted a temporary zero bail policy at the beginning of the pandemic, while it's no longer in place statewide, many counties still follow it or some version of it. So yeah, I definitely heard of it. But you know, I'd lost track of where we are with the thing, but and we have one last piece here, which really sheds more light on why it went into play. And I do remember this because when the pandemic first hit sell gels was one of those things, rest homes, it was like, Oh, hang on a second, if you get someone in there, who's sick, it's just spreading like wildfire. And a lot of people who weren't even going to jail, they were getting home jailed or home arrest and they didn't want to describe the system.
But that's a whole problem in and of itself. You give somebody a home arrest, but they have no home. Well, that's exactly true. There you go. So last one here says it works within the existing statutory framework, reducing bail for certain offenses in a manner intended to reduce the local jail population to safe levels, given the reported higher risk of transmission and illness in that confined environment, while balancing public safety outside the jail. See, this is a whole nother thing too, because, you know, they tried to build a brand new I think it was on the ballot, where they wanted to build some brand new jail in LA. And you know, there's all these people, these advocates or activist who pushed against it, so I don't think that they are maybe it's on hold, but this is the whole thing right now. It's the jails are overcrowded. Well, we want to build another one. Why No, you can't build another one. So it's, it's a conundrum. And I myself, I don't know if I mentioned this in other episodes of that's a crime. I have sat down with members of the Los Angeles City Council and talk to them about this status of Los Angeles. And I think it's a little hopeless, honestly. And I say that as a person born and raised in Los Angeles, I love LA, I think it's a little hopeless as far as the jail population, the crime, the the homeless population, the mental health issue, and all these things that feed into each other drug addiction, they all feed into each other. And it's this whole glob of a mess. I don't see a lot of hope. Unfortunately.
It is unfortunate. And I know again, this episodes light in a lot of ways, but it sheds a light on these bigger problems because this guy's already well this is his second or arrest.
Second arrest of the day. Yes. Press number two. And by the way, I'm not here to criticize this guy because you know what? I have a past, ladies and gentlemen, the humor is that this guy didn't learn his lesson after the first arrest and maybe be like, You know what, maybe I shouldn't go. Maybe I should chill out for a few days. No, he learned no lesson. Whatever his problem is, he went out and got in trouble again, and we're only on arrest number two. Yep,
exactly. So back to Langdon, whose crimes were indeed escalating as he saved the biggest and strangest one for last around 7pm part of his 16 hour window so officers responded to reports of a break in at an apartment and found Langdon in the hallway outside of an apartment where the resident said the door was left ajar and things had been moved around. So it's a little hazy. Okay. Well, when Laindon saw officers arrive again, he allegedly ran back in the apartment and barricaded himself inside. Sal, I'm assuming he doesn't live in this apartment. But Glendale PD then set up a parameter and were eventually able to enter the apartment and negotiate Landon's exit.
That's very lucky for the actual resident because just imagine if they weren't able to negotiate his exit and might have shot him. Yeah. And the police shoot some guy in your apartment
and what the heck. This is insane.
i There's more. You know what, though? That's a way to get out of the lease for sure.
Oh, you would hope. So, Sergeant Hartman stated that Langdon had actually gone in and put their clothes on their being the rightful tenants or owners of the apartment, was drinking alcohol in their apartment making a mess destroying things? Yeah. Police say in all Langdon caused around $6,000 in damages to the apartment and the building collectively. And he was arrested again. But this time for felony vandalism and burglary and remained in jail on $150,000 bail, Sal. That's arrest number three.
So now though, he has the bail. So now we stuck.
It has caused some real damage. The first time he's poking around, he resisted arrest a little bit. The second time he's trying to break into something now he's caused real damages. He's crossed over lines and $6,000 worth of damages in apartment. What the heck yeah. Is he breaking everything that they own? Is he hitting the walls? Like something's not right with this guy. And we already knew that but it's illuminated here.
Yeah, cuz he's not just none of his crimes make any sense? And they're kind of pointless. Yeah, what's the motive? What's the agenda? I'm thinking this guy is just out to lunch mentally. I think there's a mental health issue here.
Sounds like it. We could have easily done three episodes on James Landon each crime that's a crime. Yeah. But yeah, very disturbing. What's wrong? Like if you wanted to break into apartment and steal something? It sounds like he had adequate time he decided to stay and make a mess and draw attention to himself and then bring the cops and then resist arrest again and then negotiate. Like they don't even know what they're dealing with. Like, where they call him back to hot men. The sergeant saying hey, we got Langdon again here. He's already been arrested twice. He's barricaded himself in here everyone's probably gone. This isn't good. This could go really bad.
Remember on the Andy Griffith Show? Wasn't there like a town drunk that was always in jail. Oh, yeah. Yeah, he was probably like a very sympathetic character on the show. But yeah, in this instance you have these people it's really sad I mean it when you look deeper into it, I mean, this guy obviously has some serious problems because again, it's not like he robbed a store here then robbed a store there then robbed a store. What is this guy doing? It makes no sense at all.
Yeah, I think Don Nazis to leave it on lock for that drunk. He just come and slip it off.
He went just let himself into the show. It sounds good. It sounds good.
So Los Angeles, deputy DA John Hatami had some insightful comments on the case and will kind of say these as well share these as well, because it's yeah, some of the things we're talking about. And maybe some of it doesn't agree with gas guns, you know, policy.
Yeah. These are the words of John Hatami. These are his opinions. I guess you can say, Yeah, nobody's getting prosecuted for lower level crimes. And what happens is then they commit higher level crimes. Case in point here. This is a commercial for throwing the book at people this is a commercial for locking people up with throwing away the key unfortunately, and I wouldn't be on board if we didn't have a person I think here who this is not Bonnie and Clyde. This guy has mental problems. He obviously has.
This situation was a perfect example of why guess guns controversial directives like not even charging people like Langdon for crimes like obstruction or trespassing allows criminals to keep doing what they're doing until something really bad happens.
Yeah. And the last thing he said, if you're allowing someone to commit three crimes and a 16 hour span, and you know, basically terrorize people in Glendale without any public safety concern, and I don't think George Gascon cares. Now, here's where I got confused, because these are quotes from the deputy DA. And the person who's criticizing is the DA, which would be his
boss. Yes. Yeah. It's interesting. I'm not sure. I
don't know how that dynamic works. But I would imagine that they've should be on the same page and teammates and you know, colleagues, but maybe not. They don't agree on this policy. That's yeah, sure. No, this is big. And yeah, things like this have been going on now for a while. Right. This is the first time we're talking about it on this show. But this whole thing about letting people off and then they come back and let people off. The interesting thing about this one, is it three times in one day, but you would I'm sure I've read articles and see news stories of people arrested maybe a few times in a month, right? Maybe even a couple times a week. But yeah, three times in one day, this guy may hold the record as far as I'm concerned.
Yeah, I mean, the second one, he was in a place he shouldn't have been and he had a screwdriver in his hand, and he's trying to get into a room that can get you thrown in jail for at least a day. So I'm shocked. He got out of jail that time the first time. Sure. Okay. It nighttime creeping around, runs across, you know, jaywalked a little bit, but kind of resisted arrest obstruction. That one, okay, in and out few hours. But the second one? Yeah, if I did something like that, the second one, I'd expect to be in jail for a minute, right? Or someone's gonna come bail me out and have a hearing. The third one? Yeah, he upped the ante. And it's scary. I mean, someone could have been hurt. And that third one, really, I mean, a neighbor, neighbors are probably freaked out. They probably interacted with him. It's like, who are you? And who are the people? How did he choose this apartment, which is also kind of scary. You know, he just chose an apartment goes in and makes a mess. And people don't want to deal with him. Very scary. And the cops could have come in and you're right. He could have been blown away.
He could have been blown away by the police. Or by the resident by a rat. Yeah, by the residence. Oh, exactly. Yeah, this could have ended even worse. Imagine if it would have been to arrested and then killed. Yeah, actually, he got off lucky. That is three arrests versus two arrests, and then death by cop one of those deaths?
Yes. Well, it started off on a great day with the rams and the Super Bowl. And when their first Super Bowl in Los Angeles, they actually won one in St. Louis years prior restaurant turf, recently talked about on my review of American underdog, but I enjoyed it. But then it just goes dark. And I like this story because it does shine a light on the problem. And it's probably happening quite often with this kind of policy and play. And there's a lot of smart criminals out there who might be doing more of the you know, thievery and they have a plan or real motive. And if they know they're gonna slap on the wrist and and out, what's the harm? What's the barrier, right? If you're not worried about court time or being in trouble, it's less fear to do it.
There was an issue with petty theft. So petty theft, I think it used to be 1500. Exactly. I think they raised it. So like, you can go and commit 1500 now and it's no longer petty theft,
as some people are gonna steal like, you know, 1499
Yeah, there you go. Or whatever it
is exactly like, Oh, I'll do that. But what's the worst? It's a petty theft, and I'm in and out. And, yeah, it's not good. I am happy that they did keep him in jail. I don't know where he's at. Now, I don't know if someone like this, like Langdon has the means. Do you know someone's in a hurry to hurry up and get him out of jail? The $150,000 bail. So what will happen if that's not paid? He'll just be there all the way up until he's sentenced and then we'll see what happens. Right?
Well, I think in this case, what's most likely going to happen is that he's going to have to probably stay in jail. He will be charged he will most likely be convicted. He will then get another sentence. And then guess what? He'll be out again. At some point, he will be out because a person like this most likely belongs in a mental institution, but we don't have those anymore.
Well, hopefully he's reviewed treated in some respect that might be the best place for him. Right now with this type of behavior.
I'm not one of these guys that wants to go around locking people up I don't but what happens is when you are officially a danger to people a danger to society you can't function Yeah, you can't function then you know what that's what's scary here. Yeah, something's got to be done. And I would say that yeah, based on going into someone else's residence I would say at this point he got off easy because think about what could have happened
so what if it was your apartment that he broke into this would have been meta we would have covered it on that's a crime.
Imagine if somebody's broken right now.
During the wrecking my
background, and then yeah, we would have to do an episode that would be meant it would be a school come full circle. Oh my gosh. So yeah, like I said, this crime. Definitely humor when you first think about it, but then when you dig deeper and you get into all this really sad and scary Yeah, there is some sad things here because Again, I don't have the answers. I don't claim to have the answers. And when I've talked to local officials, guess what? They don't have the answers either. Nobody has the answers. It's tough.
Yeah. Well, that covers the man arrested three times in one day and 2022. We don't do very many updates. We always anticipate our plan. And we actually had one recently of all things ironically, we did an update of the DB Cooper hijack heist in 1971, because it was some new information, quote unquote, yes, but there are some other crimes in our past in our library that we are waiting for updates on some certain scene that we're waiting for. So if this somehow pops back up, if James Langdon somehow gets back on our radar, he did more crimes or it's a story worth revisiting. We will do so but let's hope he finds the help he needs and does less crime sprees.
Yes, yes. I don't wish harm on anybody. Even him I hope he's okay. Hope he can get help. I hope that he you know, not harm himself or others. That's what I really hope.
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