POMONA >> A Pomona man died following a shooting that erupted during a family party at his home on Friday night, authorities said.
Joseph Ellis Aguilar, 23, died at a hospital shortly after the 11:45 p.m. shooting at the corner of McKinley and Towne avenues, according to Pomona police Sgt. Bert Sanchez.
“A family party was interrupted when a fight broke out,” Sanchez said in a written statement. “During the fight, person(s) unknown produced a firearm and shot victim Aguilar fatally wounding him.”
Paramedics treated Aguilar and took him to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds shortly after arriving, officials said.
Public records indicated Aguilar lived at the home where the shooting took place.
“Homicide Investigators responded to the scene and are currently conducting the investigation,” Sanchez said. “Little is known at this time.”
Anyone with information was urged to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2085. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
WHITTIER >> Police arrested one suspected drunken driver and issued 16 citations during a checkpoint in Whittier late Friday and early Saturday, police said.
The checkpoint was held along Mulberry Drive, just east of Santa Fe Springs Road, at the southwest edge of the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
Officers arrested on driver on suspicion of DUI, police said. Sixteen more were “arrested and released on citations” for driving without licenses, or with suspended or revoked licenses.
DIAMOND BAR >> A Bloomington man who stopped on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar to help a disabled motorist died after being struck by another car early Sunday, authorities and his brother said.
Timothy Joseph Rios, 23, died in the crash, which took place about 2:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway at Diamond Bar Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said. He was described by California Highway Patrol officials as a Bloomington resident.
CHP logs indicated one or two vehicles were first reported disabled in the carpool and fast lanes at 2:38 a.m. A secondary collision was reported four minutes later.
A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stalled in the fast lane following a minor collision just prior to the fatal crash, CHP Officer J. Chumacero said in a written statement.
Rios was standing in the fast lane, officials said. It was not clear whether he had been a passenger in the pickup truck or another vehicle.
A 2007 Honda Civic being driven by a 49-year-old Covina man then approached the crash scene, according to Chumacero.
“Due to (the Honda Driver) driving his Honda Civic at an unsafe speed for changing traffic conditions, the front of the Honda Civic collided into the rear of the Chevrolet Silverado,” Chumacero said.
“The Honda Civic continued traveling out-of-control in a westerly direction, causing the front of the Honda Civic to collide into Rios,” he said.
Paramedics pronounce Rios dead at the scene.
Rios worked as a security guard and was working toward becoming a corrections officer, his younger brother, Michael Estrada, said. Rios had just gotten married earlier this year.
Estrada said his brother had spotted the Chevy Silverado pickup truck while driving in his patrol car, and stopped to help the woman at the wheel of the disabled truck when he was struck.
The driver of the Honda Civic was not arrested, according to the CHP.
Officers arrested the driver of the Silverado, described as a 28-year-old Anaheim woman, who Rios initially stopped to help, according to officials and Estrada. But it was not clear Saturday exactly what crime the driver was suspected of.
But county booking records indicated the arrested driver was booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor offense and released on $5,000 bail late Saturday morning.
Estrada said helping a stranded motorist was consistent with Rios’ charitable personality.
“That’s him. He just wanted to help,” the brother said. “He was really selfless, easy to get along with, adventurous.”
Rios is survived by his wife, his brother, three sisters and his mother, Estrada said.
The crash is being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office. No further information was available Saturday afternoon.
Fund to help Rios’ family are being collected online at www.paypal.me/melissavrios.
PHOTOS: Timothy Joseph Rios (Courtesy)
IRWINDALE >> Irwindale city officials have selected a new top cop to head the Irwindale Police Department.
Capt. Ty Henshaw will begin his tenure as Irwindale Police Chief on Tuesday. He replaces outgoing Chief Anthony Miranda, who is leaving the department serve as Chief of Police in Vernon.
Henshaw has been a captain at the Irwindale Police Department since 2014, officials said. He began his law enforcement career with the Bell Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to ultimately become interim police chief, according to Sgt. Rudy Gatto.
“I would like to thank the Irwindale City Council, City Manager, staff and community for placing their trust in me,” Henshaw said. “I am both honored and excited as this opportunity and will continue to put our community first, ensuring we are proving the best possible service as chief.”
The new chief said law enforcement has become a family business.
“My two older brothers were police officers,” he said. Henshaw said he became hooked on the profession after going on ride-alongs with them and soon joined the Police Explorer program in Orange County as a teenager.
He said he’s enjoyed his career in law enforcement.
“I love it because it’s different every day. You never know what you’re going to walk into,” Henshaw said. “Serving the community has been really great, very rewarding.”
From detective work to administration, Henshaw has worked nearly every law enforcement assignment, city officials said.
“I’ve done just about everything except riding a motorcycle,” he said.
Henshaw, 45, lives in Chino Hills with his family.
The incoming chief earned a Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration fro California State University, Long Beach, as well as Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
He is a state boar member for the California Peace Officers’ Association and formerly serves as the Region Chair for the CPOA’s Los Angeles Chapter, Gatto said.
Henshaw also serves as a professor at Cerritos College in Norwalk, where he teaches in the Administration of Justice Department, Gatto said.
In taking the help of the Irwindale PD, Henshaw said he was reminded of an old adage that says the best way to predict ones future is to create it.
“I’m really excited to be in a position now where we can create,” he said.
PHOTO: Irwindale police Capt. Ty Henshaw will take charge of the Irwindale Police Department as Chief of Police on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (Courtesy, Irwindale Police Department)
MONTEREY PARK >> A two-vehicle crash sent one car careening into a Monterey Park apartment building on Thursday afternoon, but resulted in no significant injuries, authorities said.
The collision took place just after 2:40 p.m. at the corner of Ridgecrest and Brightwood streets, Monterey Park police Sgt. Bob Hung said.
“One vehicle was traveling north on Ridgecrest Street, at the intersection of Brightwood Street, when it collided with another vehicle which was traveling west on Brightwood Street,” the sergeant said. “The collision caused the vehicle traveling west on Brightwood Street to leave the roadway and collided into an apartment building located on Ridgecrest Street.”
The car ended up plowing into the apartment, Hung said. No injuries were reported inside the building. It was unclear whether anyone was inside the affected apartment at the time.
A passenger in one of the cars was treated for apparently minor injuries, Hung said. Both drivers were unhurt.
Officials helped the displaced residents of the damaged apartment find temporary lodging, he said. Inspectors were summoned to check on the safety of the rest of the structure.
“Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to have played a factor in the collision which is still under investigation,” he said.
INDUSTRY >> A fire broke out in a commercial building in Industry on Friday afternoon.
The fire was first reported at 1:34 p.m. as a machine on fire inside a commercial structure in the 200 block of Puente Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The fire soon spread to the building itself, and firefighters declared a second-alarm fire, calling in reinforcements and assuming a defensive stance against the fire, which sent a thick, black plume of smoke into the sky above the San Gabriel Valley.
The flames were all but extinguished by 3 p.m., with firefighters working to douse lingering “hot spots” in the scorched 50-foot by 150-foot bulding, Inspector Joey Marron said.
Officials declared the fire “knocked down” at 3:42 p.m., according to Dipatch Supervisor Cheryl Simms.
One firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of a minor injury, she said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
PHOTO by Sarah Reingewirtz
IRWINDALE >> Police are seeking a crew of robbers caught on video smashing their way into an Irwindale seafood restaurant early Thursday before making off with two safes and a cash register, officials said.
The break-in involved “as many as six suspects” and took place about 2:50 a.m. at Mariscos Uruapan, 16034 Arrow Highway, Irwindale police officials said in a written statement.
“The suspects made entry to the location by smashing the front glass,” according to the statement. “Once inside the restaurant, the suspects stole two safes containing an unknown amount of cash. The suspects then fled the location in two separate vehicles.
The burglary was over in a matter of minutes, Sgt. Rudy Gatto said. “They were in and out really fast.”
He said the burglars first forced their way into a separate nearby storefront also owned by the restaurant and used for overflow storage. They then turned their attention to the main restaurant, which contained the safes and cash register.
Surveillance video released by police in hopes of generating tips from the public shows the suspect head directly for the restaurant’s office and kick in the door. They then forced two seemingly bolted-down safes free from the floor and carried them away. The burglars also stopped to grab the cash drawer portion of the business’s cash register.
All of the burglars wore dark clothing, including masks and gloves. One wore a red hooded sweat shirt with the words “The Label 400” written on the back.
The two cars used in the crime were described as newer-model, dark-colored sedans.
Authorities had yet to determined how much money was obtained in the crime.
Anyone with information, or who recognizes the burglars, is urged ton contact Irwindale police Cpl. Armando Lopez at 626-430-2290, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
VIDEO, PHOTOS courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department
PASADENA >> A man with a handgun carried out a robbery at an In-N-Out Burger on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place just after 1:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 2114 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
The robber approached a worker while brandishing a handgun tucked into his waistband, according to the lieutenant. He demanded cash, which the employee handed over.
Grisafe said the bandit was last seen running east toward Craig Avenue. No getaway car was seen.
Police described the gunman as a Latino man, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build. He wore a baseball cap and a bandana.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
LA MIRADA >> A sheriff’s patrol car responding to a report of a collision became involved in an collision of its own on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crash occurred about 5:20 p.m. at Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Manuel Flores said.
The deputy was heading north on La Mirada Boulevard with emergency lights and sirens activated when the patrol car collided with another motorist driving through the intersection on Imperial Highway, the sergeant said. The deputy was responding to another reported car crash when the collision took place.
Officials said the deputy suffered injuries to his chest and ankle, possibly amounting to fractures, but suffered no apparent major injuries, Flores said.
A passenger in the second car involved in the collision complained of pain but declined to be taken to a hospital, he said. The driver of the second car was apparently unhurt.
PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
SAN MARINO >> Three men confronted and robbed a San Marino man at gunpoint as he arrived home early Wednesday, then forced their way into his home, where a family members was sleeping inside, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 12:20 a.m. in the 2000 block of Melville Drive, according to San Marino police Sgt. Tim Tebbetts.
Three robbers confronted the victim as he pulled into his driveway, he said. One of them brandished a handgun.
“(The gunman) pointed the firearm at the victim and demanded his wallet, keys and watch,” the sergeant said in a written statement.
Once the man handed the items over to the robbers, they ordered him to stay in his car.
“The suspects then used the victim’s keys to enter his residence,” Tebbetts said. “The victim used his cellphone to call 911 to report the incident, and stated his adult son was asleep in an upstairs bedroom.”
Police arrived within a minute and set up a search perimeter around the involved home, with help from neighboring police agencies, he said.
San Marino firefighters brought a ladder to the scene, which police used to rescue the adult son through a second story window, Tebbetts said.
After safely removing the resident from the home, officers searched the home but did not find the robbers.
Police described all three robbers as black men of about 20 years old, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. One wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and carried a black, semi-automatic handgun. The other two wore black hooded sweatshirts.
No vehicle was seen or heard in connection with the crime.
Anyone with information is urged to contact San Marino police Detective Garcia at 626-300-0726. Tips may also be sumbmitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.