PASADENA (CNS) — A Pacoima boy who wrote down the license plate number of a car belonging to a 78-year-old man he saw committing a lewd act on a 10-year-old girl in Burbank was among three people honored today with Courageous Citizen Awards by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Leo Richard Anicua, who was 12 at the time and is now 15, was lauded on Wednesday, April 4, for telling his mother what he saw happen in a parked car outside a Burbank supermarket and going with her to a police station to report the crime on Oct. 4, 2015.
Based on information the boy provided, including a description of the girl’s clothing, police officers located and arrested Guillermo Rincon Lugo, according to the District Attorney’s Office Lugo, who’s now 80, pleaded no contest last September to a felony count of committing a lewd act on a child and is scheduled to be sentenced April 23 in Pasadena.
The victim was a 10-year-old female relative.
Also honored were:
— Tracy Richardson, 55, of Los Angeles, who called 911 after seeing a man yelling and cursing at his dog and then using a chain wrapped around the animal’s neck to lift the dog and slam it against a metal gate in Silver Lake on June 2, 2016. She followed the man, saw him punch and slam the canine against a tree, a metal traffic light pole and other objects before tying up
the animal and walking away.
Richardson ran to check on the dog as police arrived and arrested
Martin Baduna, who pleaded no contest to two felony counts of cruelty to an animal. He was sentenced last April to 270 days in jail and three years probation, and was ordered to undergo anger management classes and banned from owning any animals, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— Frank Banuelos, a 48-year-old off-duty Los Angeles police officer who chased after a pickup truck that had been stolen a few weeks earlier from his gardener. Banuelos — whose gardener told him that he saw someone drive by in his stolen truck — stayed on the phone with Pasadena police officers and notified them of the suspect’s location in January. Mario Nunez pleaded no contest four days later to one felony count of taking or driving a vehicle without consent and was immediately sentenced to two years in state prison.
The district attorney — who presented the awards in Pasadena at a ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Pasadena — said the honorees all had “bravery in common.”
“Their actions were instrumental in making our communities safer by getting three criminals off the streets,” Lacey said.