WEST COVINA >> A man fled with cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets after robbing a West Covina gas station Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 5:25 p.m. at a 76 station at 123 N. Grand Ave., just north of the 10 Freeway, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
The robber pointed a silver semi-automatic pistol at a woman working behind the register and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
He also helped himself to two cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets before running from the store.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 to 150 pounds, wearing a black hat, a black shirt and black-and-white checkered shorts.
WHITTIER >> Police arrested two men and sought a woman after a short pursuit of a stolen car ended in a crash in Whittier Sunday.
Officers tried to stop a reportedly stolen Toyota Prius about 4:20 p.m. in the area of Broadway and Western Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said. It was being driven by a woman, with two men riding as passengers.
The car sped away, beginning a chase that lasted about 30 seconds, he said.
The Prius then collided with a Honda Odyssey at El Rancho Drive and Howard Street, police said.
A man and woman inside the minivan suffered apparently minor injuries.
All three occupants of the Honda ran, Ruiz said
Officers quickly apprehended the suspected passengers, but the female driver of the Honda was not found.
Juan Carlos Pizano, 27, and Steven Magdaleno, 31, were expected to be booked on suspicion of taking a car without the owner’s permission after being examined at a hospital, according to police and county booking records.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A 23-year-old hiker died Sunday after falling from a 180-foot cliff in the Chantry Flats area of the Angeles National Forest, officials said.
Passers-by first called authorities about 2 p.m. to report finding the body, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The man had been hiking near Sturtevant Falls when he fell from the cliff, according to Sgt. Steve Ruiz.
Another hiker witnessed the fall and was working his way down the mountain to get help when the other group of hikers came upon the victim while hiking on a trail below, Lt. Ron Daily said.
Paramedics and members of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene, Ruiz said.
The investigation remained in its early stages Sunday night.
Coroner’s officials and sheriff’s homicide detectives planned to pause their investigation in the remote forest area overnight and resume Monday morning.
GLENDORA >> Police used a newly-obtained anti-overdose nasal spray for the first time Saturday to revive a man overdosing on heroin in Glendora, officials said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 11 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of East Route 66, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said in a written statement.
Officers responding to a report that a 31-year-old man had overdosed on heroin found the patient unconscious in an bathroom “in respiratory distress,” Lamborghini said.
“His breathing was very shallow and slow and his pulse was weak and slow,” he said. “Other signs of an opiate overdose were observed by the officers, two of whom are trained emergency medical technicians.”
The officers administered a dose of nasal naloxone, or Narcan, just as paramedics arrived at the scene.
The drug, which was first obtained by the department six months ago, is used to help reverse respiratory arrest caused by opiate drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers.
“Within a minute and a half he was breathing more normally and his pulse rate rose significantly. He was treated by paramedics and was taken to Glendora Community Hospital where he regained consciousness and fully recovered,” Lamborghini said.
The Glendora Police Department became the first Los Angeles County law enforcement agency to be authorized to use the anti-overdose drug — known as nasal nolaxone, or Narcan — in April.
Five Glendora police officers and one community service officer, who are also trained as EMTs, carry the spray, officials said. They also carry oxygen, which, in conjunction with Narcan, can be very effective in reviving overdose victims.
The program was introduces after police noticed a significant increase in both incidents of heroin possession and overdoses in recent years, officials said at the time.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have noted a national “epidemic” of increasing heroin use nationwide.
“Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013,” according to a CDC statement.
Glendora police have long been at the forefront of marrying new medical technology with law enforcement duties.
In 1997, the department first in Southern California to issue portable defibrillators to all of its officers, officials said.
PHOTO: A dose of nasal naloxone, or Narcan, phorographed on Sept. 2, 2015. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press)
ALHAMBRA >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a man along Main Street in Alhambra early Sunday.
Patrol officers were flagged down about 2 a.m. by a group of people along Main Street, near First Street, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
They directed officers to man who was bleeding from “numerous” stab wounds to his upper body, police officials said in a written statement. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, and the circumstances of the stabbing remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alhambra police detectives at 626-570-5157.
COVINA >> A man who reported being carjacked at gunpoint in Covina early Sunday ended up behind bars himself after police determined he made up the story, officials said.
Edward Romero, 30, of Azusa called police about 1:40 a.m. and reported he had been carjacked a little over an hour earlier while stopped at a red light at Azusa Avenue and Grondahl Street, Covina police Sgt. Tony Zavala said.
Romero told investigators two men were crossing the street and asked him for directions before pulling a gun and demanding his 1998 Honda Civic, Zavala said.
But as the investigation continued, the story fell apart, he said.
Romero ultimately admitted that he had lent his car to a friend, who had failed to return it, Zavala said.
Police arrested Romero on suspicion of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor. He was released with a citation, booking records show.
The car remained missing Sunday afternoon and was being treated as a stolen vehicle, he said.
ARCADIA >> A Pasadena woman suffering from schizophrenia who went missing in Arcadia Thursday turned up safe Sunday morning, officials said.
Linda Lee, 61, was found in San Bernardino County, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said. Further details regarding her discovery or how she ended up in San Bernardino County, were not available.
Loved ones reported the Pasadena resident missing Friday after she vanished during a visit to family in Arcadia on Thursday, police said.
PASADENA >> Police made 34 arrests at the Rose Bowl during Saturday night’s soccer match between the United States and Mexico Friday night but reported no major incidents.
The sold-out CONCACAF Cup match between the rival teams drew more than 93,000 fans to the stadium, where Mexico ultimately defeated the U.S. 3-2 inn extra time.
Police arrested 16 people for drunk and disorderly conduct, six for illegal vending, five for ticket scalping, two for interfering with police duties, one for a drug violation, one for grand theft, one for battery, one for assault and one on an outstanding warrant, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
Twelve of the arrests took place inside the Rose Bowl, while the other 22 occurred around the outside.
Another 17 unruly fans were ejected from the stadium by police, Carrillo added.
The game was the first at the Rose Bowl between the U.S. and Mexican teams since June 25, 2011 when there were 26 arrests, primarily for suspicion of public intoxication, and the announced attendance was 93,420.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
SAN DIMAS >> A man used a knife to rob a San Dimas tobacco shop Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at the Club Smoke Shop, 633 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, the lieutenant said.
He was described asa Latino man of about 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black-and-white plaid shorts.
Based on similar suspect descriptions and tactics, detectives were looking into the possibility the smoke shop robbery was carried out by the same man who robbed a Shell gas station Friday about two miles to the west at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Covina, Edwards said.
COVINA >> A knife-wielding man robbed a gas station Friday along Arrow Highway in an unincorporated county area near Covina Friday, officials said.
The robber entered a Shell gas station at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue about 11:40 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Nicole Davis said.
He walked behind the counter brandishing a folding knife and demanded money from the attendant, she said.
The clerk complied, and the robber fled with about $200 in cash, Davis said. The robber also took the receiver of the station’s cordless telephone, presumably to prevent the victim from calling for help.
Davis said the robber ordered the employee to lie on the ground and count to 20 as he fled from the gas station. He was last seen running north.
The robber was described as a Latino man in his early- to mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, clean-shaven, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a blue L.A. Dodgers baseball cap, a black T-shirt, beige shorts and black tennis shoes. He was armed with a silver folding knife with a blade of 3 to 4 inches long.
Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700.