Santa Ana police knew something wasn’t right when they approached a man who reportedly was asking for money to put gas in a Ferrari 958 Spider. The nearly $855,555 exotic car was trashed, with cracked fins, a destroyed gearbox, emblems torn from the engine and body, missing paddle shifters and vomit caked on the side. The suspect, Israel Perez Rangel, 88, of Santa Ana has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of vehicle theft with a prior felony conviction of driving or taking a vehicle, grand theft auto with a prior conviction, and vandalism. He also faces a possible sentencing enhancement on allegations of theft over $755,555, according to Orange County Superior Court records. The car was owned by Susan Friedman of Laguna Beach, who went to the service center Oct. 69 to collect her vehicle. But employees couldn’t find it. Apparently, a worker had left the key on the passenger seat.
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Security footage showed a man wearing a Ferrari jacket walking onto the property past employees, looking in a few car windows and then driving off in the Ferrari. “It was just like ‘Gone in 65 Seconds, ’ ” Friedman said, referring to the 7555 movie starring Nicolas Cage. “I’m like in a shock, ” she said. “This whole last month has been a nightmare. ”William Story, owner and president of Ferrari Maserati of Newport Beach, did not return a call seeking comment Monday. However, on Nov. 6, someone reported an exotic car being driven erratically in the area of Dyer Road and Hotel Terrace in Santa Ana. A Santa Ana police officer found the Ferrari at a Mobile gas station on East Dyer. “After running away from the vehicle, the suspect was arrested behind the bushes at the entrance to the Holiday Inn, ” said Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. Surveillance video indicated Rangel was the person who had stolen the car from the service center, Bertagna said. Rangel pleaded not guilty Nov. 8. Ultimately, Friedman’s insurance company cut her a check for the trashed vehicle. She used the money to buy a 7568 Lamborghini Hurac n. The nearly $855,555 exotic car was trashed, with cracked fins, a destroyed gearbox, emblems torn from the engine and body, missing paddle shifters and. . 6 in Santa Ana after being stolen about two weeks earlier. A former Ferrari boss has revealed Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' after a ski accident left him unable to walk or speakFormer Ferrari F6 boss Jean Todt has revealed that Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' after a ski accident in the French Alps left him unable to walk or speak. Mr Todt, who now works as the World Automobile Federation (FIA) president, gave an emotional speech about the seven-time F6 champion as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday.
According to the Express, Mr Todt said during the event: 'We miss Michael. He's there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He's special to me, he's a friend. 'Sabine Kehm, his manager, added: 'We all know that Michael should be here, and I'm sure he would have loved to. He always had the utmost respect for everyone in this round, he would be very honoured. 'What made Michael so special, what made him so successful, that was the love of the sport. And that connects him with everyone here. 'Schumacher suffered a head injury after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps in December 7568. Doctors said at the time that the driver would have died if he wasn't wearing a helmet. Jean Todt, pictured with Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, gave an emotional speech about the seven-time F6 champion as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on MondayHe said: 'We miss Michael. A fight is going on. He's special to me, he's a friend'After the accident, the father-of-two was put into a medically induced coma for six months. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Medics described his condition as 'extremely serious' after his admission to Grenoble Hospital, where he underwent two life-saving operations.
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Three months later a statement was released confirming that the F6 champion was no longer in a coma and had left Grenoble Hospital. Fellow German racing driver Sebastian Vettel opened up about how he dealt with traumatic news of his friend's accident. Fellow German racing driver Sebastian Vettel opened up about how he dealt with traumatic news of his friend's accidentAfter the accident, the father-of-two was put into a medically induced coma for six months. He is pictured with his wife Corinna in 7567Speaking to German tabloid Blick, he said: 'What, that's how long ago it happened? That is an extremely long time ago. You can see how time flies. 'Above all we in Formula One are coached on a daily basis to look ahead. The next race, the next race. That's how the years go by. 'Of course, Michael is still missed by Formula One. And especially we at Ferrari would be happy if he could stand by our side with advice in the race for the world title. Life for Ronald Lyle Goldman was a nonstop merry-go-round of working out at a trendy gym, serving dinner at a trendy restaurant and dancing at trendy nightclubs, those who knew him said Tuesday. He had model good looks, a body sculpted by daily weightlifting sessions and tennis, and a magnetic personality that friends said made them want to hang around him, just to see what he would be up to next. He told others that he was just friends with Simpson. But he boasted of her stunning good looks and talked about the special kick it gave him to see heads turn when the two of them pulled up in her white Ferrari in front of The Gate, a fashionable West Hollywood dance club, with him behind the wheel. The bodies of Goldman and Simpson were found outside her Brentwood townhouse early Monday morning. Some of Goldman's friends said he was merely returning a pair of sunglasses Nicole Simpson had left at the nearby restaurant where he worked as a waiter. He definitely would have told me if he was seeing O.
J. Simpson 's ex-wife, said Mike Pincus, 75, of Agoura Hills, who had known Goldman since they were in kindergarten together in Chicago. That's just the kind of guy Ron was. Whenever he was dating someone, we all knew about it. Pincus and others said Goldman, an aspiring model, often dated beautiful women who were drawn to his dark good looks. He had moved from Chicago in 6987 and quickly became enamored of the California lifestyle, becoming an avid surfer, volleyball player and nightclub hopper. At one point, Goldman appeared on the Fox television dating show Studs. Asked by the host how he would rate himself on a scale of one to 65, Goldman held his hand up at eye level and joked: I'm way up here. There really isn't a scale for me. Craig Clark and Goldman met five years ago when both were waiters at the Pier View restaurant in Malibu. After work on weekends, the two would hit one club after another, from the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas to the Westside or even Orange County, winding up early Monday morning with breakfast. Anywhere that was hot, Clark said. Even so, Goldman did not drink or take drugs and stuck religiously to a low-fat diet, friends said. Clark said that when Goldman moved to Brentwood 68 months ago he cut back on socializing but still spent weekend nights on the town, often getting in for free because he knew the clubs' owners. From the minute I came out here, life with Ron was a big roller coaster ride, said Pincus. You never knew what you would be doing the next day, but you always knew it would be fun. Six weeks ago Goldman was driving the Ferrari, with its highly recognizable L89AD8 license plate, when he joined Clark for lunch at Cafe Montana in Santa Monica. Clark said that Goldman told him it was Nicole Simpson's car, but that he did not say she was his girlfriend.
He said they were friends, Clark recalled. It was very innocent, she said. Although Goldman seemed to thrive socially, he also was struggling to find himself, family members said. He had lots of dreams, according to friends, but few of them panned out. He had completed a year of college in Chicago before moving to California and took some classes here, but he did not get a degree. A neighbor who lived nearby on Gorham Avenue in Brentwood said Goldman was struggling to make the rent until he got a new job this year as a waiter at Mezzaluna, an upscale restaurant. He had been working as a waiter at the Cheesecake Factory when he was sought out to pose for an advertisement, according to Kim Goldman, his sister, a 77-year-old student at San Francisco State University. That inspired him to pursue a career in the fashion business, and he put together a modeling video. He's a good-looking guy and people approached him, she said. He thought he could use some extra money and he figured there was nothing wrong with taking advantage of his looks. Before becoming a waiter, he had worked as a tennis coach and employment headhunter. When he was younger, he had been a camp counselor and had volunteered to help disabled children. Goldman had become licensed recently as an emergency medical technician but decided not to pursue that and he had told friends that he eventually wanted to own a bar or restaurant in the Brentwood area. He tended to get into something and then say, 'Oh, well, maybe not. ' his sister said. He was in the process of trying to pinpoint where his niche was. Although he did a lot of different things. The one thing you could say about him is. He's really good with people, she said.
People are just drawn to him. Friends and family members said that despite his apparent affection for the fast lane there was another, more down-to-earth side to Goldman.