Car crashes through South El Monte house; occupants flee

SOUTH EL MONTE >> A young man and woman fled Sunday after plowing a car through ha South El Monte house, officials said.
The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. in the 11200 block of Michael Hunt Drive, just east of Maxson Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ignacio Somoano said.
The Honda smashed into and through the home, nearly exiting the other side, the lieutenant said.
“Luckily, it looks like it was unoccupied, possibly under renovation,” he said.
At least two occupants ran from the wrecked Honda, Somoano said. They were described as a man and woman in their 20s, both wearing leather jackets.
They hit-and-run suspects were last seen just west of the crash seen, running in the area of Michael Hunt Drive and Maxson Road, Somoano said.
Officials were looking into who owned the car as the search for the suspects continued.

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Crash shears fire hydrant, damages power pole in El Monte

EL MONTE >> An unlicensed SUV driver sheared off a fire hydrant and damaged a power pole in El Monte after falling asleep at the wheel, police said.
The crash took place about 12:50 a.m. in the 12100 block of Lower Azusa Road, El Monte police Lt. Richard Kano said.
“It appears that (the driver) fell asleep,” the lieutenant said. “He ran into an electrical pole and a fire hydrant.”
Police found the driver on foot near the crashed 1998 Ford Explorer, Kano said.
He was cited for driving without a valid license and released, he added.
Police shut down both directions of Lower Azusa Road for several hours as repairs were made.

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2-year-old falls from 2nd-floor window in San Dimas

SAN DIMAS >> Paramedics rushed a 2-year-old girl to a hospital Sunday after she fell from the second-story window of a San Dimas home, authorities said.
The incident was reported shortly before noon in the 2200 block of Terrebone Avenue, according to Los Angeles County fire and sheriff’s officials.
The toddler was in stable condition as rescuers flew by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, fire Capt. Patrick Carter said.
Deputies determined the fall was accidental, and no foul play was suspected, sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
No further details were available.

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Alhambra man killed in Pasadena solo-car crash

PASADENA >> An Alhambra man died after being thrown from his SUV in a solo-vehicle crash in Pasadena early Sunday.
The victim, initially described as a man in his 20s, died at Huntington Hospital shortly after the 1:15 a.m. rollover crash on Oak Knoll Avenue just north of Old Mill Road, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man’s name was not available Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corrall said.
The lone older-model, mid-size SUV involved in the crash overturned, ejecting the driver, Mercado said. The vehicle did not strike any other vehicles or objects.
Paramedics rushed the badly injured man to the hospital.
“He underwent emergency surgery,” Mercado said. “Due to massive internal injuries he did not survive surgery.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by Pasadena police.

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Man fatally shot inside his own home in Valinda

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VALINDA >> A man died at the scene of a shooting inside his own home in Valinda home early Sunday, authorities said.
The shooting took place just before 4 a.m. at a house in the 16000 block of Garrett Court, in the unincorporated county area of Valinda, Deputy Jeffrey Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
0223_NWS_SGT-L-VASHOOTING3A man gathered with family members at the corner of the small cul-de-sac said the home was that of his brother. The man said he did not know what had happened and he was waiting for information from the sheriff’s department. He did not wish to comment further.
The street was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape as investigators continued gathering clues inside the well-kept, beige, two-story home.
Detectives, coroner officials and forensic investigators continued working at the home through Sunday afternoon.
Nearby neighbors said they did not hear any gunshots, or anything else unusual in the early-morning hours.
0223_NWS_SGT-L-VASHOOTING2Tony Hoke was sleeping at the home a friend next to the shooting scene.
“What woke us up was the sirens,” he said.
Deputies knocked on his door a short time later to ask if he’d heard or seen anything regarding the shooting, he said.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting or any possible suspects was released.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man struck, dragged by party bus in Norwalk hit-and-run

NORWALK >> Detectives are seeking a party bus that struck a Norwalk man and dragged him more than 200 feet before fleeing the scene early Saturday, officials said.
Efren Virgen, 26, was crossing Fairford Avenue, just south of Ratcliffe Street, about 2:30 a.m. when he was struck by southbound bus, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“The victim was dragged by the vehicle for over 200 feet and suffered major injuries,” Detective Carl Anna said in a written statement.
Rescuers took Virgen to a hospital, where he was in critical-but-stable condition in an intensive care unit Saturday afternoon, Lt. Eric Smitson said.
A witnesses described the bus as a black party bus of the type rented out by groups for special occasions, the detective said. “As the suspect’s vehicle drove past the witnesses, he saw that the interior neon lights were flashing, and heard music coming from inside.”
The bus was last seen heading west on Foster Road, Anna said.
“We are looking for witnesses to come forward that were either on the above ‘party bus,’ or have knowledge of any similar vehicle that may have been in the Norwalk area at or near the indicated time,” Anna said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Car smashes into CHP cruiser in hit-and-run crash on the 10 Freeway in El Monte


EL MONTE >> The driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse fled the scene of a crash that sent another car careening into a stopped California Highway Patrol car on the 10 Freeway in El Monte early Saturday, authorities said.
Two CHP officers were outside of their patrol car, which was parked along the right shoulder of the eastbound 10 Freeway just east of Peck Road, when the series of crashes occurred about 2 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.
“The CHP officers observed a rear-end traffic collision between two vehicles, just west of their location,” CHP officials said in a written statement.
“One of the vehicles traveled to the right, struck the sound wall, and traveled toward the patrol vehicle where it struck the patrol vehicle at the right rear and overturned onto its roof,” the statement said.
The second car involved in the crash, described as a dark-colored Mitsubishi Eclipse, sped away from the scene, CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.
Two people inside the overturned vehicle, a Scion xB, suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment, officials said. The CHP officers were not hurt.
Officers from the East Los Angeles office of the CHP are handling the investigation.

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UPDATED: Man beats and stabs 77-year-old grandmother in Altadena, officials say

ALTADENA >> A 22-year-old man beat and repeatedly stabbed his 77-year-old grandmother at an Altadena home late Friday, leaving her severely wounded at a hospital, officials said.
Deputies arrested Alexander Touloudjian at the scene without a struggle and booked him on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
Juliet Touloudjian was rushed into emergency surgery at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Lt. Cruz Solis said.
The attack took place about 7:45 p.m. at a home in the 1700 block of N. Allen Avenue, just south of New York Drive, the lieutenant said. The woman was beaten in the head with an ax handle and stabbed multiple times in the torso.
Deputies recovered the ax handle, he said, but the knife used in the attack had not been found.
Though seriously injured, the woman was able to escape the attack and seek help.
“She managed to go to a neighbor’s house,” Solis said. “She was covered in blood. The neighbor called 9-1-1.”
Responding deputies took the grandson into custody at the scene, Solis said. It appeared he made no attempt to flee.
The grandmother lives at the home where the stabbing took place, he said. It was not clear if her grandson lived with her.
Investigators had not determined a motive in the attack.
A man at the Touloudjian home Saturday declined to comment.
Neighbors said they had never known Alexander Touloudjian to be violent and they were stunned to learn of the alleged attack on his grandmother.
The young man, who had lived at the home with his grandmother and sister for more than a decade, took care of his grandmother, said a neighbor who did asked that her name be withheld. She described him as a “very, very nice man,” who studied nutrition at Pasadena City College and worked two jobs washing dishes at local restaurants.
“Everybody liked him. He helped everybody,” the neighbor said. “I’m trying to understand. I can’t.”
She added that the grandson and grandmother seemingly had a close relationship, though Juliet Touloudjian tended to be “very strict” with her grandchildren.
But Alexander Touloudjian did display some odd behavior, the neighbor said. She would sometimes hear him shout out to Jesus in the middle of the night, and had told her more than once that he believed someone was climbing on the roof.
Over the past three weeks or so, however, the neighbor said she noticed a change in Alexander Touloudjian, “Like he was not in this world.”
He would sit and stare for long periods of time, and acted as if he didn’t recognize her, the neighbor said. But when asked if he needed help, he always responded that he was okay.
The neighbor said she hoped Alex Touloudjian would receive treatment, rather than a prison sentence.
“I couldn’t help him. That’s why I’m very said,” she said.
Though she only knew Alexander Touloudjian from brief greetings in passing, “He’s always very nice,” neighbor Marina Kilzi said.
“I still can’t believe it,” neighbor Marina Kilzi said. “I don’t know what happened.”
Alexander Touloudjian was arrested three days prior to the alleged attack on his grandmother on suspicion of being drunk in public, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said.
He spent a little more than five hours sobering up in jail before he was ultimately released without charges, according to police and booking records.
Alexander Touloudjian’s has no prior violent convictions, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. He was convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent in July of 2012, and of trespassing in March of 2012.
Alexander Touloudjian was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, records show.

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Woman accused of stealing elderly woman’s bingo prize in Monterey Park


MONTEREY PARK – Police arrested a woman Thursday for allegedly stealing about $250 from an 86-year-old fellow bingo player at the senior center two weeks ago.
BINGO stillMaricela Bracamontes, 53, of Bell Gardens was booked on suspicion of felony elder abuse. Police didn’t recover the money.
“She was arrested for elder abuse because she targeted a senior,” said Lt. Tina Montoya of the Monterey Park Police Department.
Police said the crime was caught on camera…

FULL STORY by Ruby Gonzales in the Pasadena Star-News

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Off-duty Whittier police officer shoots at intruder in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES >> An off-duty Whittier police officer fired a shotgun at an intruder at his Los Angeles home late Thursday, though it was unclear if the suspect, who fled, was struck, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting took place in the 3200 block of Military Avenue about 10 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. John Marquez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.
“The officer was in his home, sitting in the living room when he saw a male black about 20 years old wearing dark clothing standing in his kitchen,” Marquez said.
The officer ran to another room and armed himself with a shotgun, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.
“Once he was armed, he exited the side door of his residence,” the sergeant said.
The officer encountered the intruder behind the house, near the back door, he said.
“It was at that point that am officer-involved shooting occurred,” Montgomery said. It was unclear exactly what promted the officer to open fire.
The suspect ran off, officials said.
Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect, Montgomery said.
It was unclear if the suspect was struck by the gunfire.
“No one has turned up at a hospital or medical facility with a gunshot wound as far we know,” Marquez said. “So we have no idea where the suspect is at this point.”
Immediately following the shooting, the officer checked to make sure his two roommates were okay, then dialed 9-1-1, Montgomery said.
Whittier police officials deferred comment to the LAPD.

- Staff and wire report

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