MONTEREY PARK >> A man arrested Wednesday on suspicion of beating his roommate to death was released from jail Friday without charged, records show.
Yao Zhong Shi, 59, was released from custody about 1:20 p.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles County booking records. His booking sheet indicated he was released due to insufficient evidence.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau jailed Shi Wednesday afternoon, about 12 hours after the body of his 51-year-old roommate was found about 4:10 a.m.
Police had responded to a report of a fight at the home when they came encountered the badly beaten man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man’s name was not released Saturday pending notification of his family member, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Detectives investigated for much of the day before arresting Shi on suspicion of murder. He was held in lieu of $1 million bail prior to his release from custody Friday.
Prior to Wednesday’s death, police had responded to four reported disturbance calls at the home since December, Monterey Park police officials said.
A Rowland Heights man was charged Tuesday with fatally stabbing another man whose body was found behind a La Puente business.
The District Attorney’s Office filed one count of murder against 27-year-old Andres Aguirre Garcia, according to DA spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani.
She said the charge comes with the allegation that the suspect personally used a knife to commit the crime.
Garcia’s arraignment was continued to March 11 at Pomona Superior Court.
The victim, 28-year-old Jose Chacon of El Monte, was found lying in a parking lot behind a business in the 15900 block of Old Valley Road in La Puente about 2:45 a.m. Feb. 12. He sustained multiple stab wounds to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Steve Jauch of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Garcia and Chacon were acquaintances. The two had a disagreement which resulted in the stabbing, he said.
But Jauch didn’t say what the disagreement was about or what led deputies to Garcia on Feb. 14. He was arrested that night.
“He confessed and he produced the knife,” Jauch said.
Booking records show Garcia is being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — A judge sentenced a San Gabriel man to 26 years to life in prison Wednesday for fatally stabbing a man more than 30 times near his Burbank home, officials said.
Jorge Ernesto Villalobos, 47, received his sentence from Pasadena Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
A jury convicted him Dec. 19 of the first-degree murder of 47-year-old Glenn Giles, which took place Feb. 26, 2008, near Giles’ home in the 3000 block of Joaqin Drive in Burbank, officials said.
“Testimony during the trial revealed Villalobos had been keeping track of Giles before finally killing him because he was dating his former girlfriend,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
Giles was stabbed 32 times, officials said.
“Giles was stabbed at his house, but managed to make it to his neighbor’s house before collapsing and dying,” the district attorney’s office statement said.
Villalobos was additionally ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution.
PASADENA — Police sought a “person of interest” Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young woman inside a Raymond Avenue apartment, authorities said.
The fatal shooting was first reported about 8:45 a.m. at a home in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire and encountered the wounded victim, a woman estimated to be 19 years old, Clawson said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There’s a person of interest we’re looking for,” Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said. “We can’t label that person a suspect at this time.”
Police withheld the identity of the person they were seeking as a SWAT team, with help from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, scoured the area.
“They are doing a comprehensive search of the outlying neighborhood,” Gourdikian said.
Meanwhile, forensic investigators combed over the homicide scene for clues.
Neighbor William Hernandez said a young man and his teenage brother lived at the apartment and that the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the older brother and his girlfriend.
Police declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, and would not describe the relationship between the dead woman and the person of interest.
Another neighbor, who asked that her name be withheld, said she heard three gunshots followed by female voices yelling, “Why did you do it?”
Police placed a teenage boy into a squad car and questioned him at the scene, however he was not placed in handcuffs.
Family members gathered at the scene did not wish to comment.
The homicide is the first reported in Pasadena this year. The city saw three homicides in 2013, according to department records.
LA MIRADA — Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in a residential neighborhood early Sunday.
The shooting was first reported just after 12:40 a.m. in the 13400 block of Bona Vista Lane, Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Pope said.
Deputies initially responded to a report of a shooting in which bullets penetrated a family’s home, Lt. Eric Smitson of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station said.
As deputies were talking to residents and checking the area for possible suspects, they were notified by Whittier police that a man had arrived at the emergency room of PIH Health Hospital in Whittier, Smitson said.
The man, whose identity was not available, died at the hospital a short time later, officials said. It was unclear who brought him to the hospital. Coroner’s officials described him as a man appearing to be in his 20s.
No information regarding the shooter or shooters was available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
LA PUENTE — Detectives Sunday announced an arrest in connection with the slaying of an El Monte man who was found stabbed to death behind a La Puente business Wednesday.
Andres Aguirre Garcia, 27, of Rowland Heights was arrested late Friday on suspicion of murder in connection with the stabbing, which was discovered about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in a parking lot behind a business in the 15900 block of Old Valley Road in La Puente, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said in a written statement.
“Garcia has confessed to the crime and the murder weapon was recovered by homicide detectives,” Jauch said.
Lieutenant Pete Cacheiro of the sheriff’s Industry Station described the arrest was the result of, “a bunch of leads.”
“This was a collaboration of Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, the La Puente Special Assignment Team and the community,Cacheiro said.
No information regarding the motive in the alleged slaying was released.
Jose Chacon, 28, was discovered suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper body in the parking lot to the rear of Alert Insulation Co. Inc., which is owned by La Puente Mayor Charlie Klinakis.
Earlier in the week, the mayor expressed sorrow over the slaying and said she did not know the victim.
Garcia was booked at the sheriff’s Industry Station’s jail, where he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his scheduled arraignment Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court, according to county booking records.
- Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales
BALDWIN PARK — Coroner’s officials have identified a 43-year-old Temple City man found fatally shot on a Baldwin Park sidewalk over the weekend.
Steven Contreras was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after he was found wounded by a passer-by about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Whitesell Street and Virginia Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
He had been shot several times in the upper torso, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
No information regarding a motive or a suspect was available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Hernandez at the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
BALDWIN PARK — A man died following a shooting in Baldwin Park late Saturday, however little information was available.
The shooting was reported about 7:30 p.m. in at Whitesell Street and Virginia Avenue, in a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood, Deputy Crystal Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
Police received calls reporting both “shots fired” and a “man down” when they came upon the wounded man lying outdoors, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joe Meister said.
No information regarding a possible suspect was available.
The victim, described initially only as a man, was taken to a hospital where he died from his wounds, Hernandez said.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting was released Sunday, and coroner’s officials were yet to identify the dead man.
MONTEREY PARK — Detectives continued seeking clues Thursday in the death of a A 51-year-old man who was found slain inside his Monterey Park bedroom.
Yanan Wang was found bleeding from the head just before 1 p.m. Wednesday inside his bedroom in a back house in the 700 block of Hellman Avenue, between New and Orange Avenues, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Dolson said.
His landlord, who lives in the front house, discovered the man bleeding from the head and called 9-1-1, Monterey Park police Lt. Bill Cuevas said.
“He has a single gunshot wound to the head,” Cuevas said.
Police and Monterey Park Fire Department paramedics rushed to the scene, where Wang was pronounced dead, officials said.
An autopsy had not been carried out Thursday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Information regarding when Wang was last seen alive was not available.
Wang was believed to have rented a room in the back house for the past three months or so, Cuevas said. He lived alone.
No arrests had been made as of Thursday, and suspect description was available.
There were no signs the home had been broken into, Cuevas said.
Neighbors did not report hearing any gunshots or other commotion, investigators added.
An area resident who asked his name be withheld said he saw a large Chinese man he did not recognize leaving the property about 12:20 p.m. Saturday.
The man, who stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds, carried a box and appeared to be in a hurry as he walked west along the sidewalk away from the home, the witness said.
Investigators said they had no information regarding any visitors to the home prior to the discovery of Wang’s body.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives, who are spearheading the investigation, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
PHOTO investigators search for clues by flashlight following the fatal shooting of a man at a home int he 700 block of East Hellman Avenue in Monterey Park on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
DUARTE — A restaurant where an 18-year-old father had just finished his shift before being fatally gunned down Sunday is planning a fundraiser next month to benefit his family.
Twenty percent of all proceeds from sales Jan. 4 at Sonic Drive-In, 1070 E. Huntington Drive, will be given to the family of Malcom Mency, who was shot to death just after midnight as he was walking home less than a mile away after working the night shift at the eatery, according to family members and Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators.
No description of Mency’s killer or killers was known, nor was an official motive. Many in the neighborhood said they suspected Mency got caught in the middle of gang violence.
He is survived by an infant son.
In addition to next month’s fundraiser at Sonic, an online fund has been established to aid the family with the cost of Mency’s services.