LAPD: "Jason Bourne" Suspect May Have Fled Country
Police found stacks of counterfeit $100 bills inside a downtown L.A. penthouse apartment belonging to 33-year-old Brian Alexik.
33 year old Brian Alexik (Photo: LAPD)
The investigation began on April 19th when police and fire units responded to a tenant's report of a gasoline smell coming from 33-year-old Brian Alexik's seventh floor apartment at the Reserve Lofts at 409 West Olympic Blvd. in downtown L.A.
Officials used a battering ram to break down the door. Once inside, they saw him escape through a back window and down the fire escape with several duffel bags over his shoulder.
"He escaped like Jason Bourne," LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing of the Counter-terrorism Bureau said, referring to the movie spy character.
Inside the apartment they found sophisticated counterfeiting equipment as well as a cache of weapons, including an AK 47. They also found stacks of counterfeit $100 bills, a camera tripod, and a gas powered electric generator.
The case intensified when detectives looked outside the window and saw that the penthouse balcony had a direct view of the U.S. Federal Reserve building on Grand Avenue.
Detectives now are searching for Alexik, of New Jersey, but they aren't sure if that's his real name since they also uncovered an array of fake identification documents, including multiple passports with different aliases inside the apartment.
He is believed to be 5 foot 10, and weigh about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, police said.
The apartment manager says Alexik leased the $3,400-a-month penthouse, and paid in advance with stacks of cash.
"The curiosity in this case is the strategic location in which he [Alexik] chose to operate," Downing told the Times. Photos found at his apartment show Alexik with significantly different looks.
In one photo, he's clean-shaven, holding up a glass of wine and smiling. Another photo shows him somewhat heavier, with a beard and bandanna covering his forehead. Police are now working with the U.S. Secret Service.
Experts who have reviewed the counterfeit money say it's of extremely high quality.
Alexik is considered armed and dangerous, according to police. He is wanted on three felony warrants for possession of an AK-47 assault weapon, possession of a short barrel "sawed off" shotgun and being a convicted felon with a firearm. He is also accused of manufacturing weapon parts and narcotics possession.
A man who is believed to be an "associate" of Alexik was arrested two weeks ago.
Gregory Koller, 32, was booked on suspicion of narcotics possession.
Anyone with information about Alexik's whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately and make no attempt to confront him directly. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Major Crimes Division Det. Daniel Logan at (213) 486-7386.