AZUSA — An Azusa woman was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of stabbing and seriously injuring her boyfriend during an argument at a motel, police said.
Officers arrested Julie Ann Helm, 46, of Azusa for assault with a deadly weapon following the stabbing, which took place about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday at the Arrow Inn Motel, 469 E. Arrow Highway, according to Azusa police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police responded to a 9-1-1 call to discover a 43-year-old Azusa man suffering from “multiple stab wounds to his upper body,” Azusa police Acting Sgt. Andy Rodriguez said in a written statement.
“The wounds were serious, but he is expected to survive,” Rodriguez said.
Helm, who was still at the scene when officers arrived, was arrested without a struggle, he said.
According to booking records, she was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Thursday in West Covina Superior Court.
LA HABRA — A man wearing a mask and armed with a handgun robbed a local bank of an undisclosed amount Tuesday.
La Habra Police Sgt. Dan Henderson said no one was injured during the 3:12 p.m. robbery at the Bank of the West, 1330 S. Beach Blvd.
The robber entered the bank, jumped the counter, took money and ran out, Henderson said.
He fled in an unknown direction.
“He was in and out quick,” Henderson said.
The suspect was described as a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds. He wore a blue shirt and tan shorts.
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SOUTH EL MONTE — A gunman dressed in black and wearing a blue baseball cap got away with cash after robbing a liquor store Tuesday night.
Deputies didn’t say how much money the culprit took.
Mike’s Liquor at 2003 Rosemead Boulevard was robbed around 8:45 p.m.
Lt. Ignacio Somoano of the sheriff’s Temple station said the suspect approached a store employee, displayed a gun and demanded money.
He left with the money and was last seen in a white vehicle, Somoano said.
The suspect was described as a Latino. 25 to 30, and 5 feet 6 inches tall.
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SOUTH EL MONTE – A man was shot and killed Tuesday morning and his body found in the driveway of a silk-screen company, officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Coroner’s officials identified the man as 27-year-old William Gilbert Ruesga of El Monte. The autopsy is pending.
He was found with gunshot wounds to his upper torso in the 10700 block of Weaver Avenue, Lt. Dave Coleman said.
Coleman said the shooting is believed to have occurred around 7:45 a.m. near residences a few doors down from where the man’s body was found.
Witnesses reported hearing an argument nearby then numerous gunshots, Coleman said.
Deputies didn’t know the motive behind the shooting. Detectives didn’t say if it was gang-related…
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PASADENA — Four robbers with a handgun fled with a woman’s purse after robbing her and attempting to rob another woman in a parking lot early Sunday, officials said.
The crime took place about 12:15 a.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and State Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.
A San Gabriel woman and a Los Angeles woman, both 28 years old, were walking to their vehicle in a parking lot when they were approached by the four robbers, Clawson said.
One of the robbers, “produced a handgun and ordered the victims to drop their purses,” the lieutenant said. Only one of the women complied.
“The suspects grabbed it and fled to a vehicle that was parked in the area,” Clawson said. The getaway car was described as a black Toyota Scion or Honda Civic.
Police described the robber clutching the handgun as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans. He was accompanied by a Latino man in his 20s wearing a tan T-shirt and two other robbers described only as male and black.
The women were not harmed in the crime.
PASADENA — Three men suffered stab wounds and another had several teeth punched out during a fight between neighbors on Marengo Avenue early Sunday, police said.
The melee took place about 1 a.m. in the 900 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
It began as a dispute between neighbors who share a common driveway, he said.
“There was an ongoing dispute. It resulted in a physical altercation,” the lieutenant said. During the fight, the alleged attacker pulled an unknown sharp object.
During the fight, a 23-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his buttocks, an 18-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back, a 32-year-old man was slashed on the cheek and a 37-year old was punched repeatedly in the face, knocking out several teeth, Clawson said.
Investigators identified a 34-year-old man as a suspect in the stabbings, but withheld his name Sunday as they continued searching for him, he said.
All of the people involved in the fight were Pasadena residents, he added.
PASADENA — The investigation continued Sunday into a collision between a car and bicyclist in front of Cal Tech that fatally injured the 25-year-old rider.
The name of the bicyclist killed in Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. crash on Del Mar Boulevard between Michigan and Wilson avenues was not released pending confirmation that his family had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. He was listed as a resident of Los Angeles.
He was riding with another cyclist west along Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“As he was riding, the vehicle struck him from behind,” the lieutenant said. “It launched him into another vehicle, a parked vehicle.”
The second bicyclist who accompanied the man was not struck, he said.
Paramedics took the badly injured rider to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where he was pronounced dead a short time later, officials said.
Clawson said the cause of the collision had not been determined Sunday.
The Pasadena man who was driving the compact car that struck the bicyclist remained at the scene and, “cooperated with the investigation, which is still pending,” Clawson said. No arrests were initially made.
AZUSA — Police screened more than 1,000 cars that passed through an Azusa Avenue sobriety and driver license checkpoint late Saturday, yielding two unlicensed drivers but no intoxicated ones, officials said.
The checkpoint was was held beginning at 7 a.m. in the 800 block of South Azusa Avenue, just north of Arrow Highway, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said.
Officers screened 1,029 of the 1,123 motorists who passed through the checkpoint, he said.
One driver was cited for driving without a license, officers cited and impounded the car of another driver for both being unlicensed and vehicle code violations approaching the checkpoint.
Several drivers were given field sobriety tests, but all passed, Sutcliffe said.
PASADENA — A man died Saturday after being stuck by a car while riding his bicycle, police said.
The fatal collision took place about 5:30 p.m at Del Mar Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Cheryl Moody said.
The bicyclist, initially described as a man in his 30s, was taken to Huntington Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the lieutenant said.
The driver of the compact car involved in the crash remained at the scene and was cooperating with officers, Moody said.
No arrests were immediately made following the collision, she said. The investigation remained in it’s early stages.
WALNUT — A Chino man suffered major injuries and is suspected of drunken driving after rear-ending a big rig on the 60 Freeway, which then fled the scene early Saturday, authorities said.
Christopher Oviedo, 20, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hospitalized in stable condition following the 6 a.m. crash on the westbound 60 Freeway, just east of Fairway Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Christopher said in a written statement.
He was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee at an unknown speed in the No. 3 lane prior to the crash, the officer said. A big rig was traveling ahead of Oviedo in the No. 4 lane.
“For an unknown reason, Mr. Oviedo turned his car to the right and entered the No. 4 lane where it collided with the rear of the big rig,” Christopher said.
The Jeep spun out of control and ended up crashing into the metal guardrail along the north side of the freeway, he said. He became trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed from the wreckage by Los Angeles County firefighters.
Oviedo, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered “major facial injuries,” in the crash.
A description of the big rig was not available.
Witnesses were encouraged to contact the Baldwin Park office of the CHP during normal business hours at 626-338-1164. After hours, the CHP can be reached at 323-982-4900.