Teenage girl stabs other teen, woman, at Norwalk house party

NORWALK — Deputies sought a teenage girl who stabbed another teenage girl and a woman who tried to intervene outside a house party late Friday.
The stabbing was reported about 11:35 p.m. in the 13000 block of Graystone Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Dana Chemnitzer said.
The teenage victim became involved in an argument with the assailant during a house party and the two began to fight in front of the home, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect ended up producing a 6-inch kitchen knife with wooden handle,” he said. “She stabbed the juvenile in the torso and left arm.”
When a woman in her 20s tried to stop the attack, she herself was stabbed in the thigh, officials said.
Both young women were hospitalized with wounded not believed to be life-threatening, Chemnitzer said.
The attacker fled the area on foot and was not immediately found, he said.
She was described as a Latino girl of about 17 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black shoulder length hair. She was wearing blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station.

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Car theft suspect jailed after chase through La Verne, San Dimas

LA VERNE — Police and sheriff’s officials arrested a Redlands man Saturday after he led them on a brief pursuit in a stolen car, authorities said.
Daniel Meininger, 31, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, evading police and reckless driving, La Verne police Sgt. Carlton Williams said.
An officer tried to pull Meininger over for a traffic violation about 10:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Arrow Highway, Williams said.
Meininger refused to pull over and led officials on a chase into San Dimas, the sergeant said, ultimately crashing into a retaining wall in the 900 block of S. Walnut Avenue and continuing to flee on foot.
Officers and deputies set up a search perimeter, he said. Meininger made his way back into La Verne and was spotted in a flood control channel near the 1400 block of Arrow Highway.
Meininger surrendered without a struggle, Williams said.
It was determined that the car Meininger was driving had been reported stolen in Fontana.

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Ant-gang task force arrests 11 in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK – A multi-agency task force arrested 11 people Friday during an operation targeted at fighting gang activity.
Thirty-two personnel from the Baldwin Park, San Gabriel, Irwindale and Baldwin Park School police departments took part in the gang enforcement detail, along with officials from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and the Los Angeles County Probation Department, authorities said.
“The purpose of this deployment was to reduce gang activity by identifying gang members, gaining intelligence in regards to gang activity, reducing gang-related crime and maintaining high visibility in the city,” Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said in a written statement.
The task force also assisted regular patrol officers with with regular patrols, officials said. One parole compliance check and two probation compliance checks were also carried out by the task force Friday.
Those arrested were:
Jesus Reyes, 24, of West Covina, on suspicion of drug possession; Linda Milleman, 20, of Covina, on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, Alberto Hernandez, 22, of Baldwin Park, on suspicion of driving under the influence; Jose Ramos, 19, of Baldwin Park on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia; Miguel Ruiz, 29, of Baldwin Park on suspicion of DUI; and Christopher Kukta, 31, of La Verne on suspicion of drug possession, police said.
Michael Arce, 43, of Baldwin Park; Mario Hernandez, 41, of Baldwin Park; Ulises Gutierrez, 18, of Baldwin Park, Daniel Covarrubias, 21, of Baldwin Park; and Christian Pompa, 23, of La Puente were jailed during the operation due to outstanding arrest warrants, Reynoso said.

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Man punches, robs woman during South El Monte home-invasion

SOUTH EL MONTE — A man forced his way into a woman’s home late Friday, punched her in the face and stole a ring from her, authorities said.
The home-invasion was reported about 10:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Lerma Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Stacy Morgan said.
The victim, described by authorities as a 50-year-old woman, answered at her door to find a black man, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and wearing a black jacket, the sergeant said.
“When the victim answered, he forced his way in and struck her in the face with his fist,” Morgan said.
He then stole a ring from the woman, she added. The extent of the woman’s injuries wasn’t clear.
The robber fled, Morgan said, and a deputies searched the area but were unable to find him.

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Officials identify body of man found buried in Pico Rivera backyard: determine man died from gunshot wound

PICO RIVERA — Coroner’s officials Saturday released the name of a 19-year-old Pico Rivera man found buried in a backyard earlier this week, and determined he was shot to death.
Joseph Rubalcaba was found buried in a shallow grave behind a home in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Following an autopsy Saturday, coroner’s investigators concluded that Rubalcaba died from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
Even before investigators excavated the remains from the ground or officially identified the victim, family members gathered near the scene said they believed they knew his identity. They could not be reached for comment Saturday.
According to the sheriff’s department, a loved one and acquaintances of a man went to the home on Pico Vista Road, where they knew the man to frequent, after he had gone missing for several days.
They went to the backyard of the home, where they discovered human remains buried in a shallow grave and called authorities, officials said.
Coroner’s officials removed the body from the ground Thursday afternoon. It was initially estimated that the body had been buried within the previous week.
Handling detectives could not be reached for comment.
No suspects in the slaying have been arrested or identified, sheriff’s officials said, and no possible motive was available.

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La Puente gang member admits to vandalizing cars with graffiti

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LA PUENTE — An admitted gang was sentenced to a year in jail this week for spray-painting graffiti on three cars parked in front of La Puente homes, authorities said.
Eduardo Escobar, 18, of La Puente — an admitted “Puente 13” gang member — pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of felony vandalism in connection with the June 15 vandalism spree in the 15600 block of Loukelton Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Luis Trejo said.
The value of the damage was estimated at up to $1,000 per car, he added.
“Graffiti’s just such an ugly thing (anywhere,)” Trejo said. “But when you walk out of your house and you see it on your car, and you have to drive around…I would just hate for that to happen to me.”
“(Escobar) spray-painted in large letters: “Downer” and “PX3″ on the three cars,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “PX3” represents the Puente 13 street gang.
After several weeks of investigation headed by Detective Robert Chism, deputies ran across Escobar while on patrol, identified him as a Puente 13 gang member and began the process of serving him with the local gang injunction, officials said.
During interviews with Valinda Town Sheriff Deputy Jaime Moran, Escobar said he used the moniker of “Downer,” officials said.
Recalling conversations with Chism regarding the “Downer” graffiti, Moran passed the information along, officials said. Chism then secured an arrest warrant for Escobar and a search warrant for his home.
Evidence of Puente 13 gang membership was found at his home, including the use of his moniker, “Downer,” according to the written statement.
Once in custody, Escobar admitted 
scrawling the graffiti on the cars out of boredom, Trejo said.
In addition to the jail sentence, officials said, Escobar will be on formal probation for three years upon his release.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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UPDATE: “Security hold” placed on case of Pico Rivera body discovery

PICO RIVERA — Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have blocked coroner’s officials from releasing information regarding the discovery of a body buried in a Pico Rivera backyard earlier this week.
The identity, and any other information regarding the male body found about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road, was not available Friday due to a “security hold” placed on the case by the sheriff’s department, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
According to sheriff’s Capt. Michael Parker, a loved one and acquaintances went to the home looking for a person who had been missing for several days.
They found a human remains buried in a shallow grave and called authorities, he said.
People at the scene Thursday who identified themselves as family members of the 19-year-old missing man said they strongly believed the body was his, though sheriff’s and coroner’s officials had not officially identified the remains.
It was unclear Friday whether the security hold prevented family members of the person found buried in the backyard from receiving official notification of his death.
Under a security hold, “We can’t give any information to anybody,” Winter said, including family members of the decedent.
Sheriff’s investigators, however, may notify the family members if they choose, Winter added.
The handling detective could not be reached for comment Friday.

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Body found in shallow grave in Pico Rivera backyard

PICO RIVERA — Sheriff’s investigators and coroner’s officials recovered a body Thursday that was found buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of a Pico Vista Road home, authorities said.
The body was initially described only as male, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. His age, identity and cause of death all remained under investigation.
Deputies were called to the scene in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after someone reported finding the body, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Michael Parker said.
“A loved one and acquaintances were looking for a person who hadn’t been seen for a few days,” Parker said. “When they got to the residence, where they knew the missing person frequents, they found human remains in the backyard and called sheriff’s deputies.”
Winter said that contrary to previous news reports, the body was not dismembered.
“The body is intact,” he said.
He said investigators estimated the body had been in the backyard for not more than a week, Winter said. It was fully clothed and buried in a shallow grave.
“I’m not going to make any other comments on the condition of the body, other than it’s not dismembered,” Winter said.
“The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Special Operations Response Team arrived and excavated the site (Thursday) and recovered an intact human body,” Parker said.
Detectives have interviewed several people, including those who found the body, Parker added. No suspects had been arrested or identified as of press time.
A group of distraught people gathered near the scene identified themselves as family members of the missing person, but declined to comment further.
A cadaver dog was brought to the scene to search for any possible additional remains, but none was found.
Longtime resident Betty Lounsberry, 74, said the neighborhood is usually very quiet.
“I’ve lived here some 50-odd years and it’s the quietest neighborhood you’d ever want to live in. I can’t believe it. It’s beyond my comprehension.”
Deputy Lillian Peck said anyone with information about the incident should contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Anonymous callers can phone Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or text the letters TIPLA to CRIMES (274637) or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

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Convicted sex offender suspected of child annoyance at Sorenson Library

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WHITTIER — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a previously convicted sex offender Wednesday on suspicion of child annoyance after he tried to convince a 16-year-old boy to go home with him, authorities said.
Michael Pappas, 48, of Whittier, was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
A deputy patrolling Sorenson Park near Broadway and Rose Hedge Drive shortly before noon noticed, “an older male suspiciously standing over a young boy outside of the Sorenson Library,” Deputy Paul Schrader said in a written statement. “As the deputy got closer, it appeared the boy was nervous and appeared upset.”
When asked, “The 16-year-old boy told the deputy that the older male offered to pay him $25 if he would go home with him and help him inject his diabetic medication,” Schrader said. When they boy refused, the man persistently continued trying to persuade him.
The deputy immediately detained Pappas and discovered he has previously been convicted of  lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14, as well as annoyance of a child under 16, officials said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Pappas was due for arraignment Friday in Whittier Superior Court.
Anyone with information regarding Pappas was asked to contact Sgt. Al Leyva at 310-877-7498.
PHOTO of Michael Pappas courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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Motorcycle stolen from Citrus College

GLENDORA — A student found his motorcycle stolen from the Citrus College parking lot while he attended classes early Wednesday, police said.
The student arrived at the school, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd, shortly before 8 a.m. and returned to the parking lot about 10 a.m., Glendora police Lt. Joe Ward said.
His blue, 2010 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was missing, the lieutenant said. The motorcycle had a U.S. Marines sticker on the windshield.

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