LOS ANGELES — A body found shot and burned in Los Angeles was identified Wednesday as that of a 20-year-old South Pasadena man, authorities said.
Leeban Hassan Adan was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said.
A passerby called police about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to report finding the body in Hermon Park, in the 5500 block of Via Marisol, Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera said.
“Police received a radio call and discovered a male black, burned, with a gunshot wound to the upper torso,” she said.
Information about a motive or suspect description was not available Wednesday, Herrera said.
An autopsy will likely be carried out by Friday, Bale said.
The park where the body was found is just over two miles from Adan’s hometown of South Pasadena, just off the 110 Freeway.
This from the Pasadena Police Department:
PASADENA, CA – On Monday, May 25, 2010, at 10:22 p.m. officers responded to the area of Lincoln Avenue and Zanja Street on reports of shots fired. Approximately five minutes later, a local hospital notified the police department of the arrival of two gun shot victims, Emilo Landaverde, 22, and Oscar Mendez, 19, both Pasadena residents. Victim Landaverde later died from his injury. Victim Mendez was treated and remains in stable condition. The suspect was described as a Male Hispanic wearing a white t-shirt.
“The motive for this shooting is unknown,” says Interim Chief of Police Christopher Vicino. “Our detectives responded to the scene last night and are still investigating this senseless crime. It is our intent to find out who did this, bring them to justice and provide the families with some sense of closure.”
Police are asking anyone having information about this incident to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or Detectives at (626) 744-4522.
BASSETT — A man was robbed and carjacked Sunday in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, authorities said.
The crime occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the 13200 block of Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Carlos Herrera said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was pulled from his car by two carjackers who demanded money from him before fleeing in his car, the sergeant said.
The crooks fled with the victim’s white, 4-door Chevrolet Malibu with license plate number BL8N148 and about $300 in cash, Herrera said.
They were described only as two Latino men between 18 and 23 years old, of medium height and build, he added.
No weapon was seen during the incident,officials said, and the carjackers were last seen driving west on Valley Boulevard toward the 605 Freeway.
The incident was the second time in two days someone was carjacked in the same Bassett neighborhood, though the suspect descriptions and methods used in the crimes varied greatly.
A man was carjacked of his Chevrolet Tahoe SUV about 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Valley Boulevard and Orange Blossom Avenue, sheriff’s officials said, just over 1,000 feet away from the scene of Sunday’s carjacking.
In that case, the carjackers were described as three black men with a red Chevrolet Camaro, Sgt. Chris Romash said. They used a handgun to steal the victim’s black and gray SUV with a license plate number of 4TPW762.
Authorities said anyone who spots either stolen vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.
PASADENA — Police and coroner’s officials are investigating the death of Jose Lima, a 37-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who died of unknown causes at his Pasadena home Sunday, authorities said.
Lima, a right-hander, was a 20-game winner and an All-Star during a 13-year major league career, the Dodgers said.
Lima, who won 13 games with the Dodgers in 2004, died of an apparent heart attack, according to the Aguilas Cibaenas, a winter ball team that Lima had played for in the Dominican Republic.
“Lima was an exceptional man. This is a great loss for Dominican baseball and the country,” Winston Llenas, president of Aguilas Cibaenas, said.
Paramedics responded to Lima’s Pasadena home, where he had moved earlier this month, just after 6:08 a.m. after family members reported finding him unresponsive, police and fire officials said.
Lima was in full cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, and he was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Because the cause of death was undetermined, police and coroner’s investigators will be investigating, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.
“Preliminary investigation did not reveal anything unusual,” Russ said, but added that detectives will look into the death to rule out foul play.
An autopsy was expected to be performed by Tuesday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Kelli Blanchard said.
In a written statement, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt spoke of Lima and his contributions to the Dodgers during his brief time with the team.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Jose Lima,” McCourt said. “Though he was taken from us way too soon, he truly lived his life to the fullest and his personality was simply unforgettable.
“His memorable contributions to the Dodgers in 2004 and throughout baseball will always be remembered,” McCourt added.
Lima had rejoined the team in the past month as a member of the Dodger Alumni Association, the Dodgers organization said in a written statement.
Lima received a “rousing” ovation when he was introduced between innings at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, according to the team.
Referring to his often colorful outings as “Lima Time,” Lima posted his best season in 1999 when he was selected to the All-Star game as a Houston Astro. He went 21-10 in 35 starts with a 3.58 ERA for the NL Central champion Astros.
In 13 major league seasons, the native of the Dominican Republic was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. He hadn’t pitched in the major leagues since a four-game stint with the New York Mets in 2006.
“He was a man full of life, without apparent physical problems and with many plans and projects on the agenda,” Dorca Astacio, his wife, said.
Lima went 46-42 with the Astros between 1997-2001, and he was a 20-game winner and an All-Star with the Houston team.
With the Dodgers in 2004, Lima had a record of 13-5with a 4.07 ERA. In the National League playoffs, Lima pitched a 5-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in front of a sell-out crowd at Dodger Stadium. It was the Dodgers’ first postseason win since the 1988 World Series.
“He was a good baseball player and a good friend,” Mariano Duncan, Dodgers coach and former major league infielder, said. “Nobody enjoyed the game more than him.”
He also spent two stints with Detroit and Kansas City.
“This is a shock for us because Lima was a young man who seemed healthy and nobody imagined this,” said Tomas Jimenez, manager of the Aguilas Cibaenas.
PASADENA — A fire caused nearly $100,000 worth of damage to a Pasadena duplex Sunday, officials said.
The fire was reported about 12:35 p.m. in the 1800 block of Queensberry Road, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The fire ignited in a bedroom and mainly scorched the west half of the duplex, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.
About two-dozen fire personnel extinguished the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 to the structure and another $20,000 worth of damage to the contents of the home, fire officials said.
It initially appeared the fire was caused by too many electrical appliances being plugged into a single outlet, police and fire officials said.
No injuries were reported.
INDUSTRY — Deputies arrested a La Puente man late on suspicion of fleeing the scene of a Saturday night crash that left a motorcyclist badly injured, authorities said.
Mario Dominguez, 39, was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said in a written statement.
The crash occurred just before midnight at Hacienda and Valley boulevards in Industry, sheriff’s officials said.
Dominguez allegedly collided with a motorcyclist while making a left turn in the intersection, then drove away, Cacheiro said.
Deputies searched the area and found Dominguez and his car, he added.
The injured motorcyclist was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment of injuries including a punctured lung, broken ribs and liver damage, officials said. He was listen in stable condition Sunday.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Dominguez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Information on his initial court date was not available.
WEST COVINA — Four people were displaced early Sunday after a fire broke out in the attic of their home, authorities said.
Firefighters responded to the call shortly before 8 a.m. and ushered four residents out of the burning home, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Cory Cisneros said. Officials also rescued two dogs from the house at 1326 East Idahome Street.
One firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury while battling the blaze, the captain added.
The blaze spread through the attic of the house and caused about $36,000 worth of damage, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
VALINDA — An overheating flood light is blamed for a fire that destroyed the garage of a Valinda home late Saturday, officials said.
The blaze was reported about 10:30 p.m. in the 16200 of Fellowship Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said in a written statement.
Officials found the attached garage of a home fully engulfed in flames, the lieutenant said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused an estimated $30,000 worth of damage to the home, he added. No injuries were reported.
“The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical flood light that overheated and ignited a dry cypress tree, which ignited the front wood frame wall of the garage,” Cacheiro said.
BASSETT — Three carjackers stole a man’s SUV at gunpoint in Bassett Saturday, officials said.
The crime occurred about 1 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Orange Blossom Avenue in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Romash said.
The victim was approached by three robbers, described only as black men in a red Chevrolet Camaro. At least one of the carjackers was armed with a handgun.
The men stole the victim’s black and gray Chevrolet Tahoe at gunpoint before fleeing in both vehicles, the sergeant said.
The license plate number of the stolen SUV is 4TPW762, Romash added.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Industry Station.
BALDWIN PARK — Sheriff’s officials sought the public’s help Saturday in their investigation into the fatal shooting of a new husband and soon-to-be father in the backyard of his Baldwin Park home.
Arturo “Artie” Palomera, 25, died in the shooting, said his parents, Luis and Armida Palomera.
Another man was also wounded in the shooting, which took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the backyard of a home on Earl Avenue near Ramona Boulevard, sheriff’s officials said. He was hospitalized in unknown condition.
Friends and family members said Palomera was married in April and expecting his first child, a son.
“He had a baby on the way next month,” Armida Palomera said.
Peter Diaz, a friend of Palomera, said he couldn’t understand why someone would shoot his friend.
“It’s a shocker,” he said. “He was a brand new husband and going to be a father. He wasn’t involved in gangs either.”
Sheriff’s officials released few details about the shooting, but said it may have stemmed from a prior argument nearby.
The shooting appeared to be gang-related, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Guillermina Saldana said in a written statement.
No description of attacker or attackers was available.
A gun was found at the scene, according to an investigator.
Armida Palomera said she and her husband were returning from a long trip when they were informed their son had been fatally shot.
She said she spoke to him less than two hours before the shooting, and that he told her to drive carefully and call him back as soon as she got a chance.
“I never got to call him,” she said through tears.
“He was a lovely son,” she added.
Arturo Palomera grew up in the Los Angeles area before moving to Baldwin Park with his family six years ago, his mother said.
“He was a good guy,” Diaz said.
Diaz added that Arturo Palomera worked installing car stereos and specialized in making custom speaker cabinets and customizing cars with electronics.
“He was an expert at that,” Diaz said.
Friday’s shooting was the first homicide reported in Baldwin Park in 2010. The city saw three homicides in 2009.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau at (323) 890-5500.