Woman badly beaten inside West Covina liquor store

WEST COVINA — A woman was flown to the hospital with major head injuries after being attacked by three male assailants inside an Amar Road liquor store, authorities said.
Rescuers flew the injured woman, who was in her 50s, to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center by helicopter following the incident, which was reported at 1:37 p.m. at Chantry’s Pantry Liquor, 1005 Amar Road, according to West Covina police and fire officials.
Though the woman’s condition initially appeared critical, she was ultimately listed in stable condition at the hospital, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Officials first responded to what was reported as a vehicle striking a pedestrian at 1:37 p.m. in the 1000 block of Amar Road, near Valinda Avenue, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Mike Fountain said.
But on arrival, they found the woman inside a liquor store with a head injury more consistent with “a possibly assault with a blunt object of some sort,” the captain said. She was found just inside the door of the business.
Though conscious when firefighters first arrives, her condition appeared to be deteriorating and she was slipping in and out of consciousness, officials said.
Investigation revealed the woman had been assaulted by three attackers, initially described only as male and Latino, Patton said.
“Apparently, a verbal confrontation took place between the victim and the suspects, which escalated into the physical assault,” Patton said. It was unclear what the woman was struck with.
The investigation was ongoing, he added, and it was not immediately clear if the liquor store was equipped with surveillance cameras which may prove useful to detectives.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500.

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