SOUTH EL MONTE — A man was wounded in a shooting along the Rio Hondo Bike Path Sunday, officials said.The attack was reported just before 4 p.m. on the bike path near San Gabriel Boulevard and the Rio Hondo, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Loy McBride said.The man hearing gunshots, but not seeing where they came from, before realizing he had been struck twice, the lieutenant said.He was treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening, McBride added.Further details were not immediately available. The shooting was being investigated by deputies from the Sheriff’s Parks Bureau.
COVINA – Bomb squad officials responded to a Covina shopping center Sunday after a woman detained for shoplifting inside a Walmart store claimed to have a suitcase containing a bomb, authorities said.
Officials blasted the suitcase with a high-pressure stream of water and ultimately discovered it contained only clothing, Covina police Sgt. Ray Marquez said.
The incident unfolded about 2 p.m. at a shopping center in the 1200 block of Azusa Avenue, the sergeant said.
Walmart security guards detained a woman for shoplifting and called the police, Marquez said.
When officers arrived, the woman threatened that there was a suitcase outside the store, “and it had explosives in it.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson-Explosives Detail responded to the scene and determined the suitcase posed no threat.
The name of the woman was not available as she was being taken for psychiatric treatment, Marquez said. She was described as a transient appearing to be in her mid-40s.
Officials cordoned off the area as the bomb squad carried out their work, he said, and southbound Azusa Avenue was shut down in the area for about 20 minutes.
POMONA – Three people were hospitalized, one of them via helicopter, following a head-on crash between to SUVs Sunday, authorities said.
The collision took place about 10:45 a.m. on at Towne Avenue, between Harrison and Bonita avenues, according to Pomona police and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
Initial investigation indicated a woman was driving southbound on Towne Avenue when she lost control of the vehicle, Pomona police Lt. Ron McDonald said.
The woman’s son, who firefighters estimated to be between 10 and 14 years old, grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to maintain control of the SUV, the lieutenant said. But the car sideswiped another vehicle before crossing over the center median and into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a northbound vehicle.
Firefighters cut open the SUV that had been heading north on Towne to free the driver, a man estimated to be in his late 30s, from the wreckage, fire Engineer Gary Schiaretti said. Rescuers flew the injured man to a trauma center by helicopter.
The woman driving the southbound SUV was taken to a trauma center by ambulance, Schiaretti said. The boy suffered apparently minor injuries, but was taken to the same trauma center as his mother to prevent them from being separated.
All of the patients were conscious and breathing when transported, and none of the injuries initially appeared to be life-threatening, Schiaretti said.
The Pomona Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team was handling the investigation.
WEST COVINA — A West Covina man is believed to have been high on PCP when he fled the scene of a minor traffic collision late Saturday, authorities said.
Morgan Hernandez, 42, was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, driving under the influence of PCP and possession of PCP following the 9:-04 p.m. crash at
Osborne and Eckerman avenues, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A woman reported Hernandez had crashed into her vehicle with his own and driven off, the lieutenant said. She was not hurt.
Officers found Hernandez and his car a short time later nearby at Vincent and Puente avenues, Patton said.
“The suspect displayed symptoms consistent with PCP intoxication,” he said. A small vial containing suspected PCP was also recovered.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Hernandez remained jailed Sunday in lieu of $25,000 bail at the West Covina Police Department’s jail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
POMONA – Police arrested two San Gabriel Valley men Saturday on suspicion of operating a chop shop in Pomona and seized stolen property including a stolen handgun, authorities said.
Gabriel Mejia, 33, of Covina and Hijinio Arroyo, 37, of Glendora were each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail Sunday at the Pomona Police Department’s jail, according to Pomona police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers acting on a tip from a confidential informant discovered the alleged chop shop about 1:45 p.m. at 1124 Price Street, Pomona police officials said in a written statement.
“When they arrived, several male subjects fled from the building,” according to the police statement. One attempted to flee police by climbing onto the building’s roof.
Officers detained two of the men — later identified as Mejia and Arroyo — then obtained consent to search the building, police said.
Inside, officers found several vehicles being dismantled and car parts scattered throughout the building, officials said. Three of the cars were determined to have been stolen.
In addition to the stolen vehicles and parts, officers also recovered a handgun that had been reported stolen, the police statement said.
According to county booking records, Mejia and Arroyo were scheduled to appear for arraignment Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court.
PASADENA — Police arrested two Pasadena teens Saturday after shooting at and vandalizing the pickup truck of a group of men they were fighting with along Summit Avenue, officials said.
A 17-year-old Pasadena boy, whose name as not released due to his age, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. Cesar Antonio Angeles, 19, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of vandalism, according to police and county booking records.
The incident was reported about 6:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Summit Avenue, Clawson said.
Three victims, described only as male, exited a pickup truck and became involved in a fight with the two suspects, who were walking in the area, the lieutenant said.
The juvenile suspect pulled a handgun and began shooting at the three victims, who ran off, he said.
Clawson said the victims left their pickup truck behind as they fled, and Angeles proceeded to use an object to smash out the windows.
Police found the victims’ truck and evidence of a shooting in the area, Clawson said. Officers also found and arrested the two suspects in the neighborhood, thought he gun used in the shooting was not located.
Police were not initially able to locate the victims, he said. The investigation was ongoing.
WHITTIER — Deputies are seeking three young men who stabbed two other young men late Friday after the victims tried to stop the assailants from bringing a tank of laughing gas into a party in an unincorporated county area west of Whittier, authorities said.
The stabbing was reported shortly after 10 p.m. at a house party in the 7600 block of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
Deputies first received a call reporting a large party, but as they were en route, a second call reported a fight had broken out, the lieutenant said.
Two 18-year-old men, both believed to be local residents, had been stabbed in their torsos, Meyer said. They were hospitalized in stable condition.
The fight erupted when the attackers showed up at the family party and tried to bring in a tank of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, Meyer said.
The two victims confronted the men and told them they could not bring the tank into the party, which led to the fight and stabbing, Meyer said.
The attackers fled the scene before deputies arrived, however detectives were following up on solid leads to track them down, Meyer said. They were believed to have ties to a local “tagging crew.”
They were described as three Latino men in their early 20s, officials said. One was between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds. The second about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, and the third attacker as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 195 pounds.
PASADENA – A man’s car was struck by gunfire in a shooting early Saturday,though the driver was not injured, police said.
The shooting took place about 4:25 a.m. in the 200 block of East Washington Boulevard, just west of Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A man was driving west on Washington when he saw someone standing along the side of the road firing gunshots in his direction, the lieutenant said. The hood of the victim’s vehicle was struck by a bullet, as well as a nearby apartment.
Police searching the area did not find the shooter, and the victim was unable to provide a description, he said.
SAN GABRIEL — A man shot and wounded by El Monte police at the end of a pursuit in San Gabriel was backing a stolen delivery truck toward officers when they opened fire, authorities said Saturday.
The name of the suspect wounded in Friday’s 4:40 a.m. shooting on Leslie Drive, just west of San Marino Avenue in San San Gabriel, was not released by investigators. A second suspect not identified by authorities was also arrested in connection with the alleged truck theft.
Prior to the officer-involved shooting, officials said the two suspects stole a large box truck that was making a delivery to a 7-Eleven store in the 12100 block of Ramona Boulevard in El Monte, officials said.
El Monte police spotted the truck on the 10 Freeway and began a pursuit when it failed to pull over, Deputy Peter Gomez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. The truck exited the freeway at Temple City Boulevard and crashed into several parked cars as the chase continued through Rosemead.
The truck briefly came to a stop on Guess Street, at which point one of the suspects got out and surrendered to police, Gomez said. But the other suspect then continued driving, leading officers into San Gabriel.
“When the suspect turned onto West Leslie Drive in San Gabriel, he stopped the stolen truck when he saw spike strips had been deployed,” according to Gomez. “The officers ordered the suspect to turn the vehicle off numerous times. The suspect did not comply and instead put the truck in reverse and started backing toward the officers, trying to hit them. At that time an officer-involved shooting took place.”
The wounded suspect was hospitalized in stable condition, while the other suspect was booked at the El Monte Police Department.
No officers were injured, officials said.
El Monte police shot and wounded a suspect in San Gabriele arly Friday after he led them on a pursuit in a stolen delivery truck, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting took place about 4:40 a.m. at San Marino Avenue and Leslie Drive, Deputy Don Walker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
The suspect was hospitalized and expected to survive, officials said.
No officers were injured in the incident, Walker said.
The suspect had allegedly stolen a large box truck from a 7-Eleven store in the 12100 block of Ramona Boulevard in El Monte, officials said. Officers spotted the truck on the 10 Freeway, initiating a pursuit that ended at the scene of the shooting in San Gabriel.
Information regarding what prompted police to open fire was not available early Friday as the investigation continued.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were spearheading the investigation, as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings involving Los Angeles County police agencies.