SAN DIMAS >> A man armed with both a knife and pepper spray robbed a San Dimas gas station Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The hold-up took place about 3:40 p.m. at a Shell Station, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
The robber entered the store and approached the cler, “with a knife in one hand and pepper spray in the other,” the sergeant said. The robber demanded the money from the register, and the cashier handed over between $150 and $200 before running off. He was last seen heading east on Bonita Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 23 and 25 years old, of medium build, with a shaved head. He wore a light-colored, possible gray, T-shirt and black pants.
WEST COVINA >> Two men in a burgundy car snatched a purse from a pregnant woman in front of a West Covina Target store Saturday, police said.
The woman, who was nine months pregnant, was walking about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the store, 2370 S. Azusa Ave., when the robbers approached, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A burgundy car drove past, and a passenger leaned out the window and grabbed the victim’s purse before the car sped off, the lieutenant said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
The woman appeared unhurt, however paramedics examined her at the scene as a precaution, Patton said.
POMONA >> An Upland man punched and robbed a pregnant woman before the victim’s screamed attracted the attention of police, who arrested the suspect late Saturday, officials said.
Najune Taevon Hudson was booked on suspicion of robbery, false impersonation and resisting or obstructing arrest, Pomona police officials said in a written statement.
The crime took place about 11:30 p.m. in an alley running just to the south of the 900 block of East Holt Avenue.
An officer heard a woman screaming and spotted the victim, a 22-year-old Hemet resident, emerge from the alley, police said. She told the officer she had been robbed.
“The victim was pregnant and had been punched in the head by the suspect,” according to the police statement. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, but not before she pointed out the fleeing suspect, officials said.
Police chased the fleeing suspect and ultimately found him hiding in the yard of a nearby business.
Officers found a cell phone and purse stolen from the woman discarded in the area.
PASADENA >> A robber pepper-sprayed a cashier during a late-night heist Friday along Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, police said.
The crime took place about 11:20 p.m. at a business in the 2800 block of East Foothill Boulevard, just east of Daisy Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber entered the store and demanded money from the cash business’ cash register, he said.
“The clerk initially refused. “The suspect sprayed him with pepper spray,” the lieutenant said.
Police said the victim then opened the register, and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash. He was last seen running north along Daisy Avenue.
Officials described the suspect as a Latino man in his 20s, with a light complexion, of about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He wore a black baseball cap with white lettering on the front, a black short-sleeve shirt, gray shorts and gray gloves.
Mercado said the victim, an El Monte man in his 20s, suffered irritation from the pepper spray but declined to be taken to a hospital.
ARCADIA >> Police and worried family members are seeking a schizophrenic Arcadia woman who’s been missing for more than three weeks.
Huong Tuyet Vu, 40, was last seen by family at a court hearing in Santa Ana on Aug. 4, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement.
“Since that time she has not been seen by any of her family and her cellular phone has been disconnected,” he said. Several family members have tried to reach the woman without success.
“According to the reporting party, Ms. Vu was diagnosed with schizophrenia but does not take medication,” Crowther said.
She’s described as Vietnamese, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.
PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
LA HABRA >> Police plan to check motorists for sobriety and valid driver licenses during a checkpoint in La Habra this Friday, official said.
The checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, DUI-related crashes in La Habra have left five people dead and 73 others injured,” according to Sgt. Jim Tigner.
Funding for this weekend’s checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
MONTEBELLO >> An autistic teenager who ran away from home in Montebello Friday night returned home safe and sound Saturday afternoon, police said.
Jose Arellano, 15, was discovered missing from his home in the area of Beverly Boulevard and Garfield Avenue on Saturday morning, Montebello police said. He is described as high-functioning autistic.
His mother awoke Saturday to find a note from the boy saying he had run away, police said in a written statement.
But after police reached out to the public for help in finding the boy Saturday, he returned home unharmed, officials said.
GLENDORA >> Police jailed one alleged drunken driver and arrested or cited 46 other motorists during an overnight checkpoint in Glendora, police said Saturday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on Grand Avenue at Mauna Loa Avenue, Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
A total of 4,769 cars passed through the checkpoint, police said. In addition to the on driver suspected of DUI, police arrested another eight drivers for driving without licenses or with suspended or revoked licenses and two people for “other criminal charges.”
Officers wrote 36 tickets at the checkpoint and impounded 22 vehicles, police said.
SOUTH WHITTIER >> Hundreds of loved ones, friends and community members marched through South Whittier Friday in a call for justice for the murder of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scout Cesar Rodriguez, who was gunned down four years ago along with a friend in a double-slaying that remains unsolved.
Led by a young relatives of Rodriguez carrying his picture and a banner stating, “We want justice,” the group met at Laurel Avenue and Beaty Street before marching through the neighborhood, past the scene of the shooting, and heading to Amelia Mayberry Park for a candlelight vigil.
Rodriguez, 19, was shot to death along with friend Larry Villegas, 24, on Aug. 28, 2011, as they left the home of a friend in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue.
Rodriguez’s loved ones have held the march each year since the double-slaying.
“We’ll be here every year until that person, or persons, come to justice,” Rodriguez’s mother Lupe Rodriguez said. “Cesar will never be forgotten.”
Also marching was Rodriguez’s father, Jorge Rodriguez, as well as brothers George and Hector, along with numerous other family members.
The group came to a stop and stood in silence when the procession reached the driveway where Rodriguez and Villegas were shot. Immediate family members laid flowers and candles at the spot, as dozens of sheriff’s Explorer Scouts stood in a stoic salute.
All along the march route, Explorers handed out fliers seeking information on the unsolved killings, with messages in both English and Spanish.
Lupe Rodriguez said she looks forward to the day when her son’s killer is arrested and the march will no longer be necessary.
But in the meantime, she said she felt encouraged by the strong show of community support.
“I think it gets bigger every year,” she said, adding that she was grateful to the community.
Homicide detectives have been left with few clues to work with, and the case remains unsolved, said Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The sergeant took part in the march, as he has done each year since the shooting.
“As you can see, the support for Cesar and this investigation has not waned,” he said.
Sgt. Rodriguez said he remains optimistic that he and his fellow investigators will ultimately bring Cesar Rodriguez’s killer or killers to justice.
“This case ha not gone cold,” he said.
Both the investigator and Lupe Garcia said they believe there are people who know who killed Cesar Rodriguez and Villegas, but have yet to come forward. They both implored any such witnesses to do so.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
EL MONTE >> Police in El Monte are planning to field extra officers Monday to in a traffic crackdown aimed at improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation will take place Monday throughout the city, El Monte police officials said in a written statement.
The campaign will focus on areas where auto collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrian tend to occur, police said.
Officers will be on the lookout for violations committed by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists that can lead to injury collisions.
Over the past three years, police in El Monte have investigated 305 crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists involving injury or death, officials said.
Funding for Monday’s campaign is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.