LA VERNE >> Police arrested five suspects they say kidnapped, robbed and pistol-whipped another man at Heritage Park in La Verne early Friday.
The crime took place about 12:40 a.m. at the park, 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne police officials said in a written statement.
A 19-year-old man was approached by a group of five people in a car who tried to rob him, but he initially managed to flee, Lt. Tom Frayeh said.
But the group caught up with the young man, pistol-whipped him and forced him into their car, the lieutenant said. They then drove the victim back to the park and stole several chains the man was wearing before releasing him.
Police were first summoned to the scene by a neighborhood resident who reported an unknown person was knocking on the front window of a home, according to the police statement.
They soon learned the person knocking on windows was the robbery victim, seeking help.
Officers found one of the suspects on foot in the area and took him into custody, officials said. The other four were found sitting in a Toyota Prius parked near Heritage Park.
Tyler Strickland, 19, of La Verne; Darius Kennedy, 19, of Azusa, Julius Sims, 41, of La Verne; Jazmyn Tyus, 22, of Twentynine Palms; and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping, Frayeh said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, the four adult suspects were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.
LA PUENTE >> Detectives arrested a man in La Puente who was being sought in connection with a home-invasion robbery and attempted murder in northern California, authorities said.
The arrest took place about 11 a.m. in the area of Main Street and Chatterton Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Tim Murakami said.
Detectives assigned to the Industry Station were notified by Clearlake Police Department investigators that a suspect in a home-invasion robbery and attempted murder case they were investigating was believed to be in La Puente, the captain said.
Officials conducted a stake-out at a home where the suspect was expected to visit, he said. They spotted the suspect and took him into custody without incident about 11 a.m.
Inside a bag carried by the suspect was a handgun believed to have been used in the Clearlake crime, as well as items believed to have been stolen, including two bags and a jar filled with marijuana, Murakami said.
The suspect was being held on a warrant and was expected to be sent back to Lake County to face charges, the captain added. His identity was not available Friday.
Representatives of the Clearlake Police Department, a 21-officer department serving a community of about 15,000 people, were not available to discuss the crime in their jurisdiction.
Clearlake police are investigating the shooting of a woman that took place at a home on Thursday, according to a statement issued on the department’s Facebook page.
Few details were released regarding the shooting, and officials said on Friday that they could not confirm whether that was the crime for which the suspect arrested Friday in La Puente was being sought.
No further details were available.
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PASADENA >> Police have released a composite sketch of a man who tried to kidnap a woman from a Pasadena street before being scared away by a good Samaritan last weekend, authorities said.
The attempted abduction took place just after 8 p.m. along Maple Street, just west of Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
The woman, who was in her late-teens, suffered minor injuries to her elbows and knees from being dragged by the would-be kidnapper, but was not seriously hurt, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said at the time.
She was walking down the street when she noticed a man standing on the sidewalk ne to the opened passenger-side door of a white pickup truck, Pasadena police said in a written statement.
“Once the victim walked past the suspect, the suspect pulled her by the hair causing her to turn and fall to the ground,” according to the statement. “The suspect managed to drag the victim a short distance despite her physical efforts to resist.”
A passing motorist noticed the struggle and came to a stop, officials said.
“This action by the witness caught the attention of the suspect, who then released the victim,” the statement said.
The attacker got into the driver-side of the pickup truck and was last seen driving West on Maple Street, then entering the 134 Freeway.
Officers searched the area for the suspect, as well as witnesses, officials said. He remained at-large Friday.
Police described him as a Latino man in his 20s, with a light complexion, of thin build, clean-shaven, with light brown hair.
He drove a white, late-1990s- or early-2000s-model pickup truck, possibly a Dodge Ram with an extended cab. It was missing its front bumper.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
LA MIRADA >> Deputies arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of robbing the same La Mirada gas station twice over the past two weeks, officials said.
Ryan Patrick Reynolds, 22, was booked on suspicion of robbery hours after the most recent heist, which took place on Thursday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
Reynolds entered the store at Beach Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue about 8:30 a.m. brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, according to the lieutenant. He obtained several hundred dollars and was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
The same suspect is also accused of a similar robbery reported at the same gas station at about 7:30 p.m. on July 25, Limon said.
Detectives following up on the investigation identified Reynolds as a suspect in the crimes and took him into custody Thursday afternoon, she said.
Further details of the arrest were not immediately available.
Anyone with information can reach 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.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Firefighters are working to contain 25-acre brush fire burning near the San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area in the forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
The fire was first reported at 4:21 p.m. along San Gabriel Canyon Road, near the north end of the San Gabriel Reservoir, Angeles National Forest spokesman Andrew Mitchell said.
Officials evacuated the nearby Burro Canyon Shooting Range, 22100 East Fork Road, he said.
Firefighters were making good progress early on, with good hose lines being laid down an numerous water-dropping aircraft quickly brought to the scene, according to Mitchell.
“They’re catching it quickly,” he said.
The fire was burning through fuels described as grass and brush.
The fire’s rate of spread had been completely stopped by 820 p.m., officials said.
Officials initially reported the fire had grown to 30 acres in size, but later estimated put it closer to 25 acres, USFS officials announced via Twitter.
Calfire firefighters were assisting their U.S. Forest Service counterparts in fighting the fire.
The cause of the wildfire, which officials called the Rincon fire, was yet to be determined.
Several other small fires were sparked in the forest by lightning strikes Thursday, but it was not yet clear if lightning was to blame for the Rincon fire, Mitchell said.
The fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest was designated “very high” on Thursday.
INDUSTRY >> Deputies seized more than 16,000 marijuana plants, valued at more than $50 million, and arrested eight men while raiding two warehouses in Industry on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The bust took place about 9:30 a.m. at two separate warehouses in the 1100 block of Fullerton Road, just north of the 60 Freeway, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Deputies began an investigation about two months ago based on a tip of possible illegal activity going on inside the warehouses, Schrader said.
Investigators from the sheriff’ Special Assignment Team obtained a two-location search warrant for the two warehouses. They showed up to serve the warrants Thursday morning.
“A sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation was discovered at both locations,” Schrader said.
“There were over 16,000 marijuana plants seized,” she said. “The street value of the marijuana seized is over $50 million.”
Eight men were arrested during the raids on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, officials said.
They were described as residents of San Gabriel and Rowland Heights between 35 and 50 years old, according to Schrader. Detectives withheld their identities Thursday as they continued following investigative leads.
No money or weapons were seized during the raid, Schrader added.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322. Tups may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
The raid was the second high-value marijuana bust reported in the central San Gabriel Valley since Tuesday.
El Monte police investigators, originally seeking a stolen Lexus, discovered a concentrated marijuana, or “honey oil” lab on Tuesday in the 14700 block of Horticultural Drive in neighboring Hacienda Heights. Investigators seized $1.8 million worth of marijuana and concentrated marijuana products and arrested five men.
The two busts occurred about 7 miles away from one another. Sheriff’s officials released no information regarding whether the two investigations may be related.
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PASADENA >> Three men beat and stabbed another man after an argument escalated into a fight outside a Pasadena convenience store early Thursday, officials said.
The stabbing was first reported to police about 3 a.m. after the victim arrived at a hospital for treatment, but was believed to have taken place about 2 a.m. in front of a 7-Eleven store at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
A 29-year-old Pasadena man arrived at the store with his wife, the lieutenant said. Three other men who were standing outside the door as the man and wife entered the convenience store made derogatory comments and called the man, “white boy.”
As the victim and his wife exited the store, the men continued with their insults and slurs, Aguilar said. The victim confronted the men, and a fight ensued.
At some point during the melee, the man was stabbed with an unseen knife or other sharp object, according to Aguilar. He sustained gashes to his head and arm.
The man’s wife drove him to a hospital, where he was being treated for injuries described as serious but not life-threatening, Aguilar said. The three attackers fled, Aguilar said.
They were described as three Latino men of about 25 years old wearing T-shirts. Two of them stood about 6 feet tall and weighed 180 to 190 pounds, while the third was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds.
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.
SAN DIMAS >> A fight between roommates as a San Dimas apartment escalated into a stabbing on Wednesday, sending one of the men to a hospital and the other to jail, authorities said.
Jorge Albert Lara, 19, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 6:35 p.m. stabbing in the 200 block of West 5th Street, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
The alleged victim, also a 19-year-old man, was hospitalized with stab wounds to his face, back and arms, sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Investigators learned that the roommates had become involved in an argument over missing money, Reid said.
Lara ultimately pulled a knife and stabbed his roommate, he said.
The suspect remained at the scene and surrendered to deputies when they arrived, the lieutenant said. A small pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was found at the scene.
Lara was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a 74-year-old Pasadena man on Wednesday after he struck another man with a stick in a fit of road range following a minor traffic accident, officials said.
The suspect and the alleged victim, a 37-year-old Pasadena man, were involved in a minor, non-injury fender bender shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
“Both subjects began arguing about the accident,” Aguilar said. “The suspect pushed the victim several times.”
The senior citizen then retrieved a wooden stick from his business nearby, the lieutenant said. He struck the other man on the side of his body and one of his legs.
Police arrived and took Isaac Mereshian into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Aguilar said.
The victim suffered minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital, he added.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mereshian was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Pasadena City Jail pending his initial court appearance.
Police and sheriff’s deputies are seeking robbers in two separate, but possibly related, robbers at Whittier-area donut shops early Tuesday, officials said.
Both crimes involved two robbers and took place during the early-morning hours at businesses along the 605 Freeway. They were reported at 12:40 a.m. outside Cherri’s Donuts, 10017 Orr and Day Road in Santa Fe Springs, and at 2:34 a.m. at Yum Yum Donuts at 10426 Whittier Blvd. in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and Whittier police officials.
During the first crime in Santa Fe Springs, two robbers approached four men as they stood in front of the donut shop, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said. At least one of the men gestures as if he was armed with a handgun, though none was seen.
The robbers demanded property from the four men, who handed over their wallets and cellphones, Ruiz said. They were last seen running north on Orr and Day Road.
Police described both robbers as Latino men in their late-20s. One was about 6 feet tall, of heavyset and wore a fedora-style hat. The second robber was thin, of dark complexion, wearing a gray-and-blue hooded sweatshirt.
The second robbery targeted the business itself, officials said.
Two robbers showed up at the West Whittier Yum Yum Donuts location and one of them pointed a silver-colored handgun at an employee, Sgt. Janine Hanson of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said.
The men demanded money, ultimately escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the sergeant. They were described only as Latino men who fled the scene in a white sedan.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the two similar robberies were linked, Hanson said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421, or the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.