Officer-involved shooting in BP

Busy week for Baldwin Park police and the sheriff’s detectives who are handling two cases out of the 80,000-population city this week.

Aside from the triple homicide Monday, authorities this morning are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving BP officers and a man. It happened about 5 a.m. in the 5000 block of Maine Street. The man’s condition is unknown at this point, though preliminary wire reports say he is “critically” wounded.

Sheriff’s deputies are still out at the scene, and one deputy told me the officers were conducting a search warrant when it happened.

Here’s what I just put up on our Web site:

BALDWIN PARK – Police officers conducting a search warrant shot and wounded a man this morning in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
The incident occurred about 5:10 a.m. in the 5000 block of Maine Avenue, said Ed Hernandez, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.
No officers were injured.
Hernandez did not know the condition of the man and had no details as to what prompted the shooting, except that officers had been serving a search warrant.
The sheriffs department was at the scene this morning investigating.
When something like this happens, Hernandez said, its probably because the officers fear they are in safety of their life.

 

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Sex offender clown house protested in Altadena

A bunch of angry residents gathered in Altadena to complain about a group home for sex offenders that appeared in their neighborhood, almost overnight.

The gathering Tuesday night was attended by several hundred who want something done. They were told by state and local officials that not much can be done… it’s too late.

Here’ s an excerpt from a story by Elise Kleeman that will appear in tomorrow’s Star-News:

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The six men living in a single-family home on Risinghill Road range in age from 28 to 56. Four of them were convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, including one man who used force and another who sodomized his victim. The others were found guilty of rape by force or fear, with one also convicted of sexual battery.

All are parolees, released early from their terms in state prison and placed in the home by the Pasadena parole office, said Los Angeles County sheriffs Detective Ruby Munshi. They are wearing GPS tracking ankle bracelets, she said.

Theres so many children in that area, its just terrifying, said Dennis Bridwell, who lives four houses away. Ive spoken to so many people that have taken their kids drawings out of the windows. Anything that shows there are children there, theyve hidden them.

One neighbor who lives about a block and a half down the road said Monday that she longer walks to her friends house two blocks away.

To us, this is just a disaster, said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous because she feared for her safety. We just feel really put upon, just that they haven’t given us any warning. This is horribly negligent.

At the meeting, one husband talked of being afraid to his their wife home alone, a tearful mother said she was no longer able to sleep at night because of her concern for her child and another resident decried the facility as a revolving door for parolees, making them difficult to keep track of.

The community learned of their new neighbors when one Meadows resident happened to check the state-run Megans Law Web-site. Neither nearby Loma Alta Park nor Odyssey Charter School officials were notified of the new group home, the neighbors said.

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Shooting in Duarte

Police report a man was shot in the Monrovia Arcadia Duarte area Tuesday night. Very little is currently known. The man was described as a male hispanic. He apparently drove himself to the hospital after being shot.

The wounds were described as “non-life” threatening. This story is developing it’s unclear where the shooting occurred. Police are at an undisclosed location searching for evidence.

We will update this as soon as we have more information from the Temple City sheriff’s station.

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Anonymous comments

These come from reporter Brian Day:

 

“All I know is two families are devastated. Two good families.”

- Anonymous 20-year resident of the street

 

Several neighbors did not recall ever seeing police at the house, or even on the block. (including above “20-year resident.”

 

“There’s never been trouble. No gangs, no activity like that.”

-Anonymous resident

 

Roy Perez was “pretty quiet,” and “kept to himself.” “He never had any friends.”

-Anonymous resident

“He’s a little off.”(Roy Perez) But the resident added that they had not seen anything that would lead him to believe Roy was capable of this kind of violence.

-Anonymous resident

END BRIAN”S CONTRIBUTION

Comment: I find it interesting that some of these people asked to be anonymous even though they were on television for most of the day.

 

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Street racers bound over for trial in triple murder

The two guys who held a street race in El Monte that ended in a fiery crash and killed a woman and her two children will be tried on murder charges, officials said.

Pomona Superior Court Judge Charles Horan found sufficient evidence to require Martin Morones, 21, and Robert Canizalez, 19, to proceed to trial on three counts of murder.

Canizalez also is charged with a felony count of witness intimidation.

Both men, who remain jailed, are due back in court for arraignment March 11.

The charges stem from a crash last Oct. 8 that killed 41-year-old Dora Groce and her children, Robert, 8, and Catherine, 4.

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Aftermath

4744-BPbody2-15-08(small)-thumb-300x245.jpgI returned Tuesday morning to the Baldwin Park neighborhood where three people were killed, including an infant were killed Monday.

A man accused in the shooting, Roy Perez, 28, of Baldwin Park, is in custody.

The neighborhood was swarming with media, including Univision, Telemundo, Azteca America, KCBS, KCAL, KNBC, and KABC. The FOX 11 van carting Nichelle Turner was already packing their gear to head for the next story.

There are widely varying accounts of what happened. And no one can quite explain the sequence of events that ked to the killings and Perez’s arrest.

Brian Day and I listened to the incident as it unfolded on the newsroom scanner. Brian’s first words were, “I think this is going to get big. He bolted for the scene and arrived before backup units or the fire department. He reported that upon arrival he saw a man sitting on a porch wailing about his house his neighbors and begging the fire department for help.

Neighbors told a Univision reporter and our Bethania Palma that the man was in fact Perez. We are still trackign that down.

I also heard the story of a man named “Mario.” Mario was appraently moving from a house next door to where the shootings occurred. A relative said “Mario” witnessed much of the incident and saw Perez run from home to home in the neighborhood.

“Mario” apparently stayed outside the whole time the incident unfolded. “Mario’s” relatives said he wasn’t interviewed by the police and was allowed to leave before the investigation had been completed.

As you can see from the picture by Leo Jarzomb, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner arrived roughly 12 hours after the killings. They are removing one of the three victims.

Perez was booked for murder and held without bail. Fatally wounded were Perezs mother, Alicia Rivera Perez, 47; along with Dalmy Perez De Mata, 31, and her daughter Briana Mata, said Craig Harvey of the coroners office.

 

 

  

 

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Coroner arrives more than 12 hours later

Trib Photographer Leo Jarzomb was out at the Baldwin Park crime scene this morning. He got photos of the coroner taking the victims away.

Our question here in the newsroom: We understand the nature of crime scenes, but doesn’t 15 hours for the coroner to arrive on scene at a triple homicide seem like a long delay? I can’t even imagine what that must have been like for family, friends and neighbors overnight.

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Children among the dead

THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN CORRECTED 2-25-08 11:18 P.M. and again at 11:32 p.m.

 

[BYNAME]By Brian Day and<QA0>
Frank C. Girardot
<MC>Staff Writers
[BODY]BALDWIN PARK Police arrested a man after a shooting incident Monday night that left two women and a 4-year-old child dead and two other children wounded in two homes in the 14500 block of Rockenbach Street.
The <NO1>man who was arrested <NO>suspect was not identified. The surviving victims were taken to a local hospital, but their conditions were not known, authorities said.
They were described as a 9-year-old and a 14-year-old.
Police responded to a report of shots fired about 7:30 p.m., said Baldwin Park police Capt. Michael Taylor<NO1><NO>. The officers discovered a total of three people fatally wounded and two others who had been shot, Taylor said.
<NO1>Both of the dead children were very young, Taylor said.
<NO>The shooter, who was armed with a handgun, apparently went from one house to the other during the rampage, said Los Angeles County sheriffs Lt. Dan Rosenberg.
<NO1>This was a tragic event in a quiet neighborhood, Taylor said.
<NO>A dispatcher at the Baldwin Park Police Department said all available units had been dispatched to the scene.
The shootings may have stemmed from a family dispute, officials said.
<NO1>The son shot the mom, said a man who identified himself as the son-in-law of one shooting victim.
<NO>A call to the Baldwin Park Police Department at 7:28 p.m. indicated that a man had shot his mother.
The suspect got into an argument with his mom, Rosenberg said. He then went next door and shot the neighbors.
<NO1>Other family members were apparently talking to police detectives following the shooting, authorities said.
<NO>Several officers from the Irwindale Police Department were dispatched to the scene. Additional units from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department were called in to handle crowd and media control.
Immediately after the shootings, a man, who appeared to be in his 20s, sat outside the home where the incident took place and cried out:
In my house. In my house. My neighbor, the man said, pointing arriving firefighters in the direction of the victims. Please hurry up. Hurry, he said. There might be time to save them.
Police with automatic rifles patrolled the working class neighborhood in the moments after the shooting as multiple reports of shots fired flooded in from other homes in the neighborhood.
Family members tried to force their way in at the crime scene, but detectives held them back. More than one broke through crime scene tape.
In the aftermath, family members consoled one another.
<NO1>Several had questions that police were unable to immediately answer.
<NO>Wheres my dad? one man asked.
[TAG1]brian.day@sgvn.com
frank.girardot@sgvn.com
<MC>(626) 962-8811 Ext. 2718, 2717
http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime

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What we know in Baldwin Park

By Brian Day and
Frank C. Girardot
Staff Writers
BALDWIN PARK Police arrested a man after a shooting incident Monday night that left three people dead and two others wounded in the 14500 block of Rockenbach.
The man who was arrested was not identified. The conditions of the surviving victims was not known. At least one victim was taken to a local hospital, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher Andrea Hawkins told the Associated Press that someone called 911 shortly to report the five gunshot victims.
When authorities arrived at the house, they found three dead at the scene. Hawkins told the AP that a fourth person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and the fifth had minor injuries.
A dispatcher at the Baldwin Park police department said all available units had been dispatched to the scene.
The shootings may have stemmed from a family dispute, officials said.
The son shot the mom, said a man who identified himself as the son-in-law of one shooting victim.
A call to the Baldwin Park Police Department at 7:28 p.m. indicated a man had shot his mother.
Other family members were apparently talking to police detectives following the shooting, authorities said.
Several police officers from the Irwindale police department were dispatched to the scene. Additional units from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department were called in to handle crowd and media control at the crime scene.
Immediately after the shootings, a man, who appeared to be in his 20s, sat outside the home where the incident took place and cried out:
In my house. In my house. My neighbor, he pointed arriving firefighters in the direction of the victims. Hurry, hurry. They are in here. There might be time to save them.
Police with automatic rifles patroled the working class neighborhood in the moments after the shooting as multiple reports of shots fired flooded in from other homes in the neighborhood.
One of those who received gunshot wounds was reportedly a 9-year-old. No information about the victims condition was known late Monday.
Family members tried to force their way in to the crime scene as detectives held them back, more than one broke through crime scene tape.
In the aftermath, family members consoled one another with hugs. Several had questions that police were unable to immediately answer.
Wheres my dad? Asked one man.
Others wanted to know which hospital the surviving victims were taken.

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