November 22, 2013 4:08 pm -

charlie-sheen-facts-190x300It’s not every day that the Guardian carries a story so chock-full of juicy tabloidiness:

A key witness failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage’s ex-girlfriend because he vanished earlier this week after going on a walk with his dog, authorities said Friday. The animal returned home without his owner — but with a leash smeared with blood.

Darwin Vela, 22, was last seen around 9pm Tuesday when he took his three-year-old chocolate Labrador Koco for a walk in South Los Angeles.

Vela was ordered to appear in court Thursday to testify at a preliminary hearing for Ricardo Orozco, who has been charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. Orozco is accused of breaking into the home of Christina Fulton, the former girlfriend of Nicolas Cage, in August and taking a computer and other items.

A police detective testified at a 40-minute hearing Thursday, saying that Orozco, Vela and the missing man’s fiance, Kelly McLaren, met with an attorney who represents Charlie Sheen at some point before the burglary and claimed there was a sex tape involving the Anger Management star, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office.

Sheen’s attorney, Martin Singer, told the detective he wouldn’t talk further to the trio because they hadn’t produced the recording, Robison added.

At this point, “there’s no evidence a recording exists”, Robison said.

D.B. Hirsch
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