DUI crash, robbery reported in West Covina

West Covina police kept busy overnight with these two unrelated incidents:

WEST COVINA — Police arrested a man Saturday who allegedly fled the scene of an injury car crash while drunk.
Miguel Alcaraz, 40, of La Puente was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and felony hit-and-run in connection with the crash, which was witnessed by a police officer, West Covina police said in a written statement.
Alcaraz allegedly ran a red light on Lark Ellen Avenue at Puente Avenue before crashing into a Honda minivan that was westbound on Puente Avenue, police said. He then drove away without stopping.
A West Covina police officer who saw the crash stopped Alcaraz several blocks away and arrested him, officials said.
The driver of the minivan, a man in his 40s, suffered minor injuries in the crash, police said, possibly including a broken hand.
Alcaraz was was being held at the West Covina Police Department jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to sheriff’s booking records. He was due for arraingment in West Covina Superior Court Tuesday.


WEST COVINA — Three men and a woman robbed a woman of her cell phone early Sunday, police said.
The crime occurred about 1 a.m. at Ranchero Street and La Sena Avenue, West Covina police Lt. Marty Sevilla said in a written statement.
The 23-year-old woman was dropped off in the area by her friends and had just finished calling her father when she was approached by a 2-door compact car, the lieutenant said.
A woman with a knife got out of the passenger side of the car and demanded the woman’s cell phone, which she handed over, Sevilla said.
The robber was a Latino woman, estimated to be 18 or 19, about 5 feet 1 inch tall and 140 to 160 pounds, police said. She had thin eyebrows.
The victim also saw three men with the appearance of gang members inside the car, police added.
Anyone with information is asked to call the West Covina Police Department.



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