A man who police shot and critically wounded at a Monterey Park hotel Thursday was wanted on suspicion of a one-man crime spree spanning Los Angeles County, authorities said.
Alfred Pete Pouliot, 27, of West Covina was wanted on suspicion of home-invasion robberies in Pico Rivera and Culver City, a carjacking and an attempted carjacking in Covina and a burglary in La Palma, Covina police Sgt. David Foster said in a written statement.
Three Covina police officers who were working with a multi-agency task force shot and wounded Pouliot on Thursday after he allegedly rammed his car into a police vehicle and pointed a gun at officers at a Monterey Park hotel.
“This guy has been victimizing people in Southern California for several months,” Covina Police Chief Kim Raney said. “He won’t be able to victimize anyone else.”
Authorities had been investigating Pouliot since a Dec. 29, 2009 home invasion robbery in Culver City, in which he allegedly beat an elderly man, Foster said in a written statement.
Culver City officials found him at a West Covina home Feb. 11, but he allegedly left the home with his girlfriend, Jasmine Santana, 18, of Baldwin Park and led Culver City police on a car chase before eluding them, Foster said.
Pouliot allegedly rammed two undercover police cars during the chase before abandoning his car near San Bernardino Road and Vincent Avenue, Foster said.
He then tried to carjack a man, but failed, before successfully carjacking a woman, the sergeant said.
He was not seen again until police confronted him Thursday in Monterey Park, Foster said.
“(Pouliot) had made statements to family members that he will not go back to prison and will initiate a violent encounter with the police if it facilitates his ability to escape,” Foster said.
A break in the case came Wednesday, when authorities arrested Pouliot’s girlfriend, Santana, his mother, 58-year-old Teresa Ward of Baldwin Park, and parolee Jose Gutierrez, 39, of La Puente at a Buena Park hotel, police said.
They found guns, ammunition and stolen property inside the motel room.
Ward, Santana and Gutierrez were jailed on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and being an accessory to Pouliot. Gutierrez was also charged with a parole violation, and Ward was charged with violating her probation.
The stolen property found in the Buena Park motel room was linked to a Pico Rivera home-invasion robbery and a La Palma burglary, which both occurred Wednesday, police said.
Pouliot and Gutierrez have been identified as suspects in the Pico Rivera home-invasion.
They allegedly tied up a mother and daughter in the 8000 block of Masoncrest Drive and ransacked their home for valuables, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Moss said the day of the crime.
Following the arrest of Santana, Ward and Gutierrez, authorities carried out search warrants that led them to Pouliot on Thursday at the Best Western Markland Hotel, 434 Potrero Grande Drive in Monterey Park, Covina police said.
Officials spotted Pouliot in a BMW sedan, and he allegedly rammed an unmarked police vehicle as officers converged on him, Lt. David Coleman of the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Pouliot is then accused of drawing a gun and pointing it at police, at which time three Covina police officers shot him, Coleman said. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Raney said he believed his officers acted appropriately.
“The officers did an outstanding job in a dangerous situation,” he said.
One officer suffered minor injuries when Pouliot allegedly rammed their car Friday, but the officer was expected to be fine, Raney said.
He declined to name the involved officers Friday. Two of the involved officers work undercover, he said.
In keeping with department policy, the involved officers will be given three days of administrative leave and were given psychological counseling, the chief said.
As is common practice when dealing with officer-involved shootings done by Los Angeles County police agencies, the sheriff’s department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Pouliot was being held in lieu of $1.46 million dollars at the jail ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He was scheduled to appear in Alhambra Superior Court on Monday.
He was booked on suspicion of the Covina carjacking and the Culver City home-invasion robbery, Foster said, though more charges will likely be added.
According to court records, his previous criminal convictions include burglary in 2001 and weapons charges in 2004 and 2009.
*PHOTO of Alfred Pouliot couresy of the Covina Police Department.