La Habra man wounded in shooting


LA HABRA >> A man showed up at an emergency room after being shot in a residential neighborhood in La Habra early Sunday, police said.
The victim, a La Habra man, arrived at an area hospital about 3:20 a.m., La Habra police Sgt. Daniel Barnes said.
He was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening and listed in stable condition, the sergeant said.
“The shooting is believed to have occurred in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue and is believed to be gang-related,” Barnes said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via text message by sending the tip, plus “LHPD,” to TIP411 at 847411.

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Wanted parolee jailed after West Whittier standoff

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WEST WHITTIER >> A SWAT team found an arrested a wanted parolee hiding in the attic of a West Whittier home Saturday, officials said.
Deputies had already been seeking Whittier-area gang member Ismael Alvarez, 37, on two outstanding warrants when he violated a restraining order about 10:30 a.m. at the home of his girlfriend in the 10800 block of Bexley Drive, in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
Alvarez, who had a lengthy criminal history and has run from deputies several times in recent weeks, fled following the disturbance at his girlfriend’s house and ran into the home of a neighboring family, Lt. Noe Garcia said.
Deputies evacuated the family from the home, but Alvarez refused to come out, the lieutenant said.
A SWAT team and sheriff’s K-9 team happened to be conducting training nearby, so they responded to the scene of the standoff, he said.
After nearly two hours, SWAT team members searched the home and found evidence that Alvarez was hiding in the attic, Garcia said. When the suspect continued to refuse to come out, deputies sprayed aerosolized pepper spray into the attic. Alvarez then surrendered without further struggle.
Alvarez was booked on suspicion of burglary and violating a restraining order, and was also being held on two “no bail” warrants pending his initial court appearance, Garcia said.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau.

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Man attacked, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who attacked and robbed another man in a Pasadena neighborhood early Friday.
The crime took place about 9:20 a.m. as the victim, an 18-year-old Pasadena man, was getting into his car in the 1300 block of N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“He was approached from behind by the suspect,” he said.
“The suspect pushed a hard object into his back,” Goodman said. The victim did not get a look at the object.
“The suspect demanded money and then rifled through the victim’s pockets,” the lieutenant said.
After obtaining about $600 in cash, the robber tripped the man, then kicked him in the upper body once he fell to the ground before fleeing, Goodman said. The robber was last seen running south along Raymond Avenue.
Goodman said the victim declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police described the robber as a black man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black tennis shoes.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Man killed by off-duty LAPD officer during alleged robbery attempt at Covina Carl’s Jr. identified

Covina police and detectives investigating shooting that happened inside Carl Jr. and Green Burrito building in Covina. An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer fatally shot a man who tried to rob him at gunpoint inside a fast-food restaurant, officials said.The shooting occurred Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Carl’s Jr., 573 N. Azusa Ave., Covina police and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said. The off-duty reserve officer had stopped in for lunch when a suspected gunman approached and apparently tried to rob him, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said. “The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect brandished a weapon at the off-duty officer, who then shot the suspect in the upper torso,” Peterson said. The sergeant said the suspect was struck multiple times.Paramedics pronounced the wounded man dead at the scene, according to fire department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores.His identity was not available pending positive identification and notification of family members, authorities said.Covina police are handling the investigation into the incident. The name of the involved off-duty LAPD officer was not released Wednesday.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

COVINA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by an off-duty reserve Los Angeles police officer during an alleged armed robbery attempt at a Covina Carl’s Jr. restaurant last week.
Victor Vidal Sigala died at the scene of the shooting, which took place just before 3:15 p.m. on July 6 at the restaurant at 573 N. Azusa Ave., Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Mario Sainz said. His city of residence was unclear.
The off-duty LAPD officer was having lunch when Sigala approached him and brandished a handgun an apparent robbery attempt, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
The officer drew his own weapon and shot Sigala, mortally wounding him, police said.
The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene, LAPD officials said. The identity of the involved officer was not released.
There was no indication the officer and Sigala knew one another prior to the shooting, Peterson said.
Covina and Los Angeles police are working together to investigate the shooting.
Anyone with information can reach the Covina Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 626-384-5628.

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Police: Three arrested with stolen car, documents in San Marino


SAN MARINO >> A report of suspicious activity from a San Marino resident Friday afternoon led police to arrest three people — including a mother and son — caught sitting in a stolen car with stolen mail, stolen and altered financial documents and burglary tools, police said.
Dillon Richard Parks, 20, his mother Renee Eileen Parks, 51, and Jeannifer Marie Espinoza, 23, were arrested shortly after noon in the 1400 block of San Gabriel Boulevard, San Marino police Detective Brian Wong said in a written statement.
A witness called police to report seeing a “suspicious vehicle” parked in the driveway of a home, Wong said. All were described as Rosemead residents.
“Officers quickly arrived on scene and observed a white passenger van parked in the driveway, the detective said. “All three occupants were ordered out of the vehicle and later taken into custody without incident.”
Police determined the suspects had no reason to be on the property, he said. “The vehicle was previously reported stolen out of Pasadena.”
A search of the vehicle turned up stolen mail, stolen and altered checks and credit cards and burglary tools.
Officer arrested Dillon Parks on suspicion of auto theft, theft of identity information, possession of burglary tools and trespassing, Wong said. Dillon Parks, who has two warrants for auto theft, was being held without bail.
Renee Parks was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and trespassing, while Espinoza is accused of receiving stolen property and trespassing, officials said. Renee Parks and Espinoza were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, records show.

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Two young men killed in Pasadena multi-vehicle wreck

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PASADENA >> A violent five-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena initially thought to have killed one person Friday afternoon left two Northern California men dead, officials said Saturday.
Authorities initially pronounced Tristan Lee Witte, 20, of San Rafael dead at the scene immediately following the 4:50 p.m. crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Sierra Madre Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Marion Sainz said. He was the driver of a 2004 Buick sedan that was mangled into an unrecognizable mass of metal after being crushed between two trucks, officials said.
But firefighters continued working to access what had been the passenger compartment of the Buick, ultimately discovering the body of a passenger several hours later, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Palmer described the passenger as a 20-year-old Novato man. Coroner’s officials were yet to identify the passenger Saturday, Sainz said.
The chain-reaction collision was initiated when a 2007 Nissan box truck collided with 2012 Jeep Cherokee in the carpool lane, Officer T. Palmer of the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena area office said in a written statement.
“The Jeep was pushed into a red Buick, driven by (Witte),” Palmer said. “The box truck continued in an easterly direction, where it collided with a Chevy GMC (pickup truck).”
“This impact caused the Buick to fold in half, causing fatal injuries to the driver and passenger,” Palmer said.
The Chevy pickup rolled onto its side in the fast lane and was broad-sided by a 2015 Hyundai sedan, he said.
The four drivers of the involved vehicles other than the Buick were treated for minor injuries, officials said. All had been treated at local hospitals and released by Saturday morning.
“At this time, DUI is not a factor in this collision,” Palmer said.
The crash briefly prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway. A Sig Alert remained in affect for some lanes through nearly 11 p.m., causing a backup for miles.
The cause of the deadly crash remained under investigation.
Any witnesses can reach the CHP’s Altadena area office at 626-296-8100.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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Woman sought in theft of package from Covina porch

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COVINA >> Police are seeking a woman caught on camera pilfering a package from a porch in Covina earlier this week.
The theft took place about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at a house in the 1300 block of East Puente Street, Covina police Sgt. Trevor Gaumer said.
A resident had been awaiting the delivery of a package, valued at about $150, but it seemingly never arrived, the sergeant said.
The woman reviewed her home surveillance camera footage, which had captured video of a woman walking up to the porch and taking the package immediately after it was delivered, Gaumer said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Covina police at 626-384-5995.

PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department

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Suspect identified in slaying of San Dimas sandwich shop owner

"LASD Lieutenant David Coleman of the Homicide Bureau speaks during a press conference seeking the publicÕs assistance in locating the suspect involved in the murder of San Dimas Quiznos sandwich shop proprietor Pravin Patel that occurred on Tuesday, June 2 at 3:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Arrow Highway. Patel, was shot after being robbed at gunpoint in his restaurant. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune) "

“LASD Lieutenant David Coleman of the Homicide Bureau speaks during a press conference seeking the publicÕs assistance in locating the suspect involved in the murder of San Dimas Quiznos sandwich shop proprietor Pravin Patel that occurred on Tuesday, June 2 at 3:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Arrow Highway. Patel, was shot after being robbed at gunpoint in his restaurant. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

SAN DIMAS >> Homicide detectives have identified a man already in custody for a custody in connection with armored car robberies and the shooting of an armored car driver as the alleged gunman in the fatal shooting of a San Dimas sandwich shop owner in San Dimas last year, authorities announced Friday.
Sergey Gutsu, 24, is suspected in the June 2, 2015, slaying of Pravin “Peter” Patel during a robbery at the Quiznos shop Patel owned and operated at 1034 W. Arrow Highway in San Dimas, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
He is already in custody in Sonoma County, where he and alleged accomplice Ivan Morales, 24, are accused of shooting an armored car driver during a robbery in Windsor on Tuesday, then fired shots at deputies during a chase that preceded their ultimate arrests, according to Sonoma and Los Angeles county sheriff’s officials.
“During the course of the investigation, “(Violent Crimes Investigation Unit) detectives developed information that Gutsu and Morales were likely involved in other crimes throughout the state,” Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said in a written statement.
“Although we cannot divulge specific details of the investigations, we are confident that one or both are responsible for an armored car robbery in Granada Hills and a robbery/homicide in San Dimas.”
Los Angeles County homicide detectives met with Gutsu in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, officials said.
“During the interview, the suspect admitted to being involved in the murder of victim Patel,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Morales had not been linked to the San Dimas slaying, Corina said.
Q2In the San Dimas case, Patel was working behind the counter when a gunman robbed the sandwich shop, Lt. David Coleman of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said at the time.
Patel turned over the money from the register, amounting to no more than a few hundred dollars, when the robber threatened to shoot two customers inside the store, officials said.
But once the robber left, Patel followed him outside and became involved in a struggle with the robber, Corina said. The gunman opened fire, mortally wounding Patel.
Patel, 62, described by Coleman as a “loving, kind man,” worked alongside his wife at the family restaurant.
Authorities released a composite sketch of the killer and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Patel’s killer. But the gunman remained elusive, and unidentified, until he implicated himself in the slaying on Tuesday, Corina said.
A gun seized from Gutsu at the time of his arrest in Sonoma County is of the same caliber used in Patel’s killing, Corina said. Forensic testing was pending to determined whether the weapons were one and the same.
Gutsu grew up in Arcadia, and more recently split his time between southern and northern California, Corina said.
According to Sonoma County booking records, Gutsu remains in custody without bail on charges of robbery attempted murder, along with special allegations that he personally used a gun.
The investigation into his alleged crimes in Los Angeles County and elsewhere remained ongoing, officials said.
“We’re still working our case and putting it together,” Corina said.

PHOTO of victim Pravin Patel, below (courtesy)

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UPDATED: Fatal crash reported on 210 Freeway in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> One person died and two others suffered injuries in a multi-car crash that shut down the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crash, which involved at least five vehicles, was first reported at 4:57 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of Sierra Madre Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol and Pasadena Fire Department officials.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP Officer Jennifer Bond said. No description was available.
The vehicle in which the person was traveling was “crushed” an unrecognizable, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Two other victims were treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, she said.
Another couple of people were treated by paramedics for issues such as heat exhaustion and chest pain while stuck in traffic behind the crash scene, Derderian added.
Authorities initially shut down all eastbound lanes of the freeway to allow ambulances to access the scene, Bond said.
“(Eastbound) traffic was shut down completely for probably half approximately half and hour,”Derderian said.
Officials gradually reopened lanes through the afternoon, causing a major backup during the rush-hour commute.
Traffic on the Metro Gold Line tracks was reduced to one track as officials inspected the track closest to the crash for damage or debris. Buses were used to help passenger travel between the Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Stations, according to Metro.
The crash was being investigated by the CHP’s Altadena area office. Anyone with information can reach the office at 626-296-8100.

PHOTO courtesy of L.A. Metro

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Woman charged with South El Monte carjacking, wild police chase

•VIDEO: Raw CBS footage of pursuit

SOUTH EL MONTE >> Prosecutors filed four felony charges against a woman they say carjacked another woman at knifepoint in South El Monte, then led police on a televised chase to Bell Gardens
The suspect, Kelsey Woods, also listed as Britany Woods, 26, rammed a CHP car during the chase. Woods was previously convicted of leading police on a chase and driving against traffic in 2015 when she embarked on the alleged series of crimes on Wednesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
“Woods allegedly approached a woman with a knife in South El Monte and then took the victim’s truck,” Ardalani said.
The suspect was not immediately found following the morning carjacking, however deputies spotted the stolen truck later in the day, officials said. It was still being driven by the suspect, later identified as Woods.
Woods refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit, Ardalani said.
News helicopters broadcast live at the fleeing truck ran over a spike strip, but continued speeding. Sparks flew from the exposed tire rim as the suspect fled.
“During the pursuit, the defendant reportedly drove into oncoming traffic and did not stop at numerous stop lights,” according to Ardalani. “At one point, the defendant allegedly stopped the vehicle, went into reverse and hit the patrol vehicle before she fled the scene again.”
•Video: Raw CBS footage of pursuit
Prosectors charged Woods Friday with carjacking, two counts of assault on a peace officer and recklessly fleeing police, officials said.
Woods is also accused of the special allegation that she personally used a knife in the carjacking.
A scheduled arraignment hearing Friday in the El Monte branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court was continued to Monday, Ardalani said.
If convicted as charged, Ardalani said Woods could face up to 16 years and four months in state prison. Her hometown was unclear.
According to county booking records, Woods was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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