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Man Believed to Be Escaped Convict Killed by Police

April 14, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man charged with threatening to kill rock star David Lee Roth’s father was fatally shot by police Tuesday, a day after he escaped in shackles from a courthouse.

Daniel Angel Vega, 23, pulled a gun on a sheriff’s deputy in the Pasadena courthouse Monday and then fled in a waiting pickup truck, authorities said. It wasn’t known how Vega got the gun or who was driving the truck, authorities said.

When he escaped, Vega, already sentenced to four life terms for convictions including armed robbery and kidnapping, was awaiting a hearing on charges of threatening to kill Roth’s father unless he was paid $25,000.

On Tuesday morning a man overpowered a residential guard in Mount Washington and stole his gun. The security guard had been summoned by a resident who reported seeing a man sleeping in a pickup truck, Lt. Dan Cooke said.

Police sealed off the area, Officer Bill Frio said.

A police dog found the man in the crawl space under a Victorian house, Cooke said. The shooting by police occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Cooke said it appeared Vega never fired his weapon.

″We don’t know if anyone was in the house at the time,″ Cooke said.

″Vega is truly a one-man crime wave,″ county probation officer David Solin wrote in a May 1986 sentencing report. ″He has acted as a predator who regards society as his hunting grounds.″

In 1985, Vega allegedly posed as a hit man who threatened to kill his victim unless he was paid $25,000, Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Semow said. The intended victim was Dr. Nathan H. Roth of San Marino, who notified police, Semow said.

Because of his record, Vega was considered an escape risk and was put in leg shackles and kept in an isolation cell at the courthouse. He had been in the county jail since August 1985.

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