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The CIA mosaic, depicting the white, starred shield with an eagle's head on a blue background, measured about 5 feet across and investigators were impressed with the quality of the tile work. They initially thought Alexik was obsessed with the spy agency.
"But there was no other evidence in there linking the CIA or his infatuation with the CIA," Severino said. "I don't know why he would do that."
One bedroom had been converted into a makeshift machine shop, with tools scattered around. It appeared Alexik had been manufacturing the parts of assault rifles that ammunition magazines are slotted into, said Detective Mark Severino from the Los Angeles Police Department's major crimes unit...
A pair of binoculars was found by a tripod at the back window overlooking the Federal Reserve, but police don't know what Alexik had been watching....
Police said Alexik appeared to move comfortably in social circles and most of his friends were in the cosmetics and clothing industries. Investigators found designer clothes and European shoes in his apartment, along with a photo of Alexik mugging next to U2 frontman Bono.
"He could easily fool a lot of people, he could be very charming and carries himself very well," Severino said. "There was something about him that attracted these people to him."
"He got caught," Detective Dan Logan said. "When I interviewed him, he didn't knock me out, take my gun and take my recorder like in the movies. He's not as smart or resourceful as the Jason Bourne character."
Currently, the 33-year-old of Russian descent is at the center of an investigation that involves methamphetamines, arms trading and counterfeiting.
It was the smell of chemical fumes that alerted the residents at the Reserve Lofts on Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles on April 19, 2010. When the fire department arrived and tried to enter, Alexik told them that the only way they were getting in was with a search warrant.
When SWAT raided Koller's place, they found pieces of an AK-47 assault rifle. Koller was charged with methamphetamine possession. As investigators began interviewing Alexki's other acquaintances, they soon realized that their mystery man was tied to the crystal meth trade.
I don't think that a highly trained CIA operative would be dumb enough to have that type of setup in a condo. Why didn't he rent a place with a garage? Weirder stuff has happened.