ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Three people were injured — one of them critically — in a two-car crash on Pathfinder Road Thursday, officials said.
The two-car crash was reported about 9 p.m. on at Pathfinder Road and Gallio Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman said.
One person was flown to a trauma center with critical injuries, and two more were hospitalized with moderate injuries, Pittman said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin said it initial reports indicated two people were trapped inside the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters.
No further details were available late Thursday.
WHITTIER — Two men tried to rob a credit union vault Thursday, but fled with only an employees keys after the crime was interrupted, police said.
The robbery was reported about 7:20 a.m. at the Whittier Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union, Whittier police Lt. Wyatt Powell said.
A lone employee was arriving for work when two robbers confronted him, pointed a handgun at him and demanded his keys, Powell said.
The robbers used the keys to get into the credit union, then ordered the employee to lead them to the vault, the lieutenant said.
Due to a mechanical problem, the vault door could not be opened, Powell said.
A technician arrived at the credit union to work on the broken vault door and interrupted the crime, he added.
The robbers fled in a GMC Jimmy SUV with only the employee’s keys.
Police found the SUV abandoned in a nearby neighborhood, Powell said. It had been reported stolen.
One of the robbers was described as a Latino man in his late 20s, officials said, and the other was described only as a man in his mid-20s.
The credit union employee was not hurt in the incident.
SOUTH PASADENA – For the third time in less than two years, sewage oozed out of a manhole cover at a South Pasadena intersection, authorities said.
The leak was first reported shortly before 6 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and State Street, South Pasadena police Cpl. Matt Petersen said.
Fire and city officials worked to fix the problem late Thursday, he said. It was unclear how much sewage had spilled, but the corporal described the flow as a “pretty steady stream.”
Similar spills have occurred twice at the same intersection in the past year and half, Petersen said.
In the other spills, thousands of gallons of sewage were leaked, forcing the closure of beaches in the Long Beach area when the sewage made it to storm drains.
In March, a similar spill released about 18,000 gallons of sewage.
El Monte City School board president Bobby Salcedo was executed in Mexico according to friends and family.
Salcedo was an assistant principal at El Monte High School. he had previously worked at South El Monte and Mountain View highs
This from Mileno in Gomez Palacio:
Gomez Palacio, Durango .- The bodies of six males that had bullet wounds caliber in the chest and in the cranial region, were found today at 08:30 am at the side of Sacramento versus channel to the colony 11.
Spokesmen for the State Attorney of Justice report, which was based on a telephone call that was captured in Central Radio C-4, the Expert Services staff and the public prosecutor of crimes against life and health of people, moved to the site to attest to the fact.
It was reported that the bodies were found on the floor next to the channel from Sacramento, where they were raised and subsequently concentrated in the Amphitheater Facilities for practice of the autopsy of Law
In the place where the bodies were located was said, were found about thirty-caliber spent shell casings, which is why it is assumed that there were people killed.
* One of the dead is possibly Bobby Salcedo, an El Monte school board member, picture added above.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A man left empty-handed Wednesday after trying to hold up a bank, authorities said.
The crime occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Bank of America, 1501 Nogales Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
The would-be robber was described as an Asian man of about 40 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 180 pounds, officials said.
He wore a white baseball cap, a white t-shirt and a gray sweat shirt during the failed robbery.
Saleeby said the man entered the bank and demanded money from a teller, but apparently got nervous and left empty-handed. No getaway car was seen, and the robber did not show a weapon.
PHOTO taken from bank security camera, courtesy of the FBI.
This amusing tale about the arrest of some alleged inept car burglars Sunday comes from the Arcadia Police Officer’s Association Blog:
Sloppy work on the part of two suspects landed them in jail on Sunday evening, booked on suspicion of auto burglary. At about 6:30 PM, the victim returned to his parked car at the Westfield Shoppingtown, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, to find his stereo yanked from the dash. Along with the theft, the victim recovered a set of keys and a remote that were left inside the his car. The victim saw two suspicious males parked next to his vehicle and left the scene feeling that they may be involved in the theft. A short time later, the two suspects ventured into the mall security office looking for a set of lost keys. Needless to say, the incidents were all linked and two 18 year old males from Los Angeles went to jail. The stereo was later recovered.
DUARTE — Deputies evacuated the patrons and employees of a pharmacy Wednesday after police received a report that someone in the store had a gun, authorities said.
Officials received a phone call about 5:10 p.m. reporting there was a man with a handgun tucked into his waistband inside the CVS/pharmacy, 2315 East Huntington Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Glatt said.
Deputies surrounded the store and told the 14 patrons and seven employees inside to come out with their hand up, the lieutenant said.
A man who the tipster said had the gun was detained along with three companions while officials used gun-sniffing dogs to search the store, Glatt said.
About four hours later no gun had been found and the search was called off, officials said. The four people being detained during the search were released.
MONTEBELLO — A man and woman kidnapped a motel worker Wednesday and unsuccessfully tried to hold her for ransom before releasing her, police said.
The crime occurred shortly before 1 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 7709 Telegraph Road, as a female motel employee was showing a banquet room at the motel to another woman who claimed to be interested in renting it, Montebello police said in a written statement.
The woman told the employee, who was in her 50s, she wanted to see the parking lot, Montebello police Sgt. Luis Lopez said.
“When the victim and suspect went outside to the parking lot, the victim was pushed into the suspect vehicle,” according to the police statement. “Once in the vehicle, the victim was bound and blindfolded.”
The vehicle — a gray or green minivan — had a man waiting behind the wheel.
A short time later, the kidnapped employee called co-workers, told them what had happened and asked them to retrieve her personal checkbook and cash a check for a “large amount” of money for ransom, Lopez said. The co-workers then called police.
The woman was released by her captors in Inglewood with minor injuries to her face about three hours later, Lopez said. The kidnappers received no money.
The female kidnapper was described as a Latino woman in her 30s, about 5 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The driver was described only as a Latino man.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Montebello Police Department Crimes Against Persons Bureau at (323) 887-1262.
SOUTH PASADENA — Everything appeared normal between the two friends on their last night together — they went to a baby shower, then met up with friends for drinks at a restaurant.
“Everything seemed to be fine,” sheriff’s Detective Karen Shonka said, when the two left a Los Angeles restaurant shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 22.
But at about 4:20 a.m., a South Pasadena police officer noticed a car parked in the 1000 block of Arroyo Drive with the windows fogged, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lilian Peck said.
A man in the driver’s side rolled down the window and spoke briefly with the officer in a thick Spanish accent that was difficult to follow, saying something about a girlfriend, Shonka said.
That’s when the man suddenly got out and ran away. He wasn’t found after a search of the area, she said.
Inside the car, police found the body of 35-year-old Noe Martinez-Quinone of Los Angeles. He had been shot in the head, Shonka said.
“We don’t know what the motive was,” she said. “We don’t know exactly where he was shot or when, but it was inside the vehicle.”
Now police have identified the man seen with Martinez-Quinone that night at the baby shower and the restaurant as the main suspect in his death. An arrests warrant has been issued for Juan Carlos Perez, 33, of Los Angeles, authorities said.
Investigators sought the public’s help Wednesday in tracking Perez down, releasing a photograph of the suspect.
The car with the body in it was registered to Perez, and police dogs were able to track the trail of the fleeing suspect, Shonka said.
“We trailed him for almost three miles, not knowing where the suspect lived at the time, right to the block where he lived,” Shonka said.
Martinez-Quinone was a Guatemalan national who had been living in the United States for more than a year, Shonka said.
Perez is a Mexican national with ties in Guatemala, Mexico and border towns throughout California, Arizona and Texas, authorities said. He is also believed to have ties to human smuggling.
He is considered “armed and dangerous,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Anyone who sees him should call 9-1-1 immediately, officials said, and anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
*PHOTO of Juan Carlos Perez courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.