City Treasurer's Alleged Massage Turns into Arrests

A man and a woman who were allegedly invited to the Hermosa Beach city treasurer's home to give him a massage are now embroiled in a legal matter arising out of the incident, say police.

Correction: The two individuals who were arrested are a male and a female, not two men as was written in the informational brief above. We apologize for the error and any associated inconvenience.

Two people allegedly invited to Hermosa Beach City Treasurer David Cohn's house to give him a massage are facing attempted extortion charges, it was reported Friday.

Gustavo Ceron, 29, and Yuritsi M. Garcia, 26, were arrested Tuesday and charged with trying to extort money from Cohn, according to Sandi Gibbons of the District Attorney's Office.

Cohn apparently called the couple about a massage and invited them to his Hermosa Beach house, the Los Angeles Times reported. She said Ceron or Garcia stole an iPad and both tried to extort money from him.

Ceron and Garcia were arrested in Maywood, where they live, and booked on suspicion of theft and attempted extortion, said Steve Johnson, interim Hermosa police chief, declining to say what the pair wanted from Cohn.

Ceron and Garcia pleaded not guilty to the charges and remain jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each.

Joel Cooper November 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
"Cohn apparently called the couple about a massage and invited them to his house" This is the guy looking after our money? What a fool,get this idiot out of office now.
H. Schwartz November 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
For an elected official to put oneself in a blackmail situation such as this is absolutely unacceptable. I agree, stupidity should be punished, he has to go. Step down now Mr. Cohn, do us all a favor.
Murray Karl November 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
What an embarrassment this City has become,corruption,mismanagement,meter maids @ 100K fire captains @ 230K annually, multi million dollar on going ( 20+years) lawsuits, on and on. Resign?,step down? Don't hold your breath,this narcissist probably doesn't think he did anything wrong. After all the, article didn't mention anything about anyone smoking.
Mary Ellen Workman November 27, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I hope the people who voted for Cohn are really proud of him now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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