Two dead, two injured in Rowland Heights shooting


ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Two people died and another two suffered injuries in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Rowland Heights on New Year’s Eve, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported just after 8:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Batson Avenue, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Paramedics pronounced two people dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Reynold Dong said. Another two gunshot victims were treated for injuries.
A suspect was in custody, Schrader said. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was among the wounded or dead.
No further details were available late Thursday as the investigation remained in its early stages.

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UPDATED: Pomona man sought in Christmas Day slaying of wife arrested in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> A Pomona man sought on suspicion of killing his wife by setting her on fire on Christmas Day is in custody after police found and arrested him on a bus in Pasadena Sunday morning, authorities said.
Clarence Durell Dear, also described by police as Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, has been sought as a fugitive since Christmas Day, when he doused his wife in gasoline and set her on fire during a domestic dispute at their Pomona home, according to Pomona police Sgt. Bert Sanchez.
Pasadena police officers and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies tracked Dear down on a Metro bus at Foothill Boulevard and Halstead Street in Pasadena shortly after 10 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.
“Information was received that Clarence Duwell Dear had boarded a bus in the City of Altadena,” Pomona police officials said in a written statement. “Pasadena Police, along with Los Angels County sheriff’s deputies, responded and located the bus and took suspect Dear into custody without incident.”
Pasadena police turned Dear over to Pomona police, where he was booked on suspicion of murder.
Police in Pasadena deferred comment to their counterparts in Pomona. Pomona police released no further details regarding the case or the arrest Sunday.
Dawn Hensley, 41, died following the alleged attack, which took place about 1:45 p.m. Friday at the home the victim and suspect shared in the 1500 block of Cordova Street in Pomona, officials said.
Neighbors reported she fled from her home engulfed in flames and collapsed in the street, Sanchez said.
She was taken to a hospital where she soon succumbed to her injuries.
An autopsy was yet to be carried out Sunday, coroner’s officials said.
Dear has no criminal convictions listed in Los Angeles Superior Court records.
He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Pomona Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court, records show.

 

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UPDATED — Police: Woman fatally burned in Pomona Christmas Day attack, suspect sought

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POMONA >> Police are seeking a man they say killed his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire at their Pomona home on Christmas Day.
Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, of Pomona remained at large and was considered “extremely dangerous” Friday night, according to Pomona police Sgt. Bert Sanchez.
Dawn Hensley, 41, died in the alleged attack, police officials said.
The alleged attack took place about 1:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of Cordova Street, police said.
“It appears that during a domestic dispute, (Dear) chased the victim from their residence and was able to douse the victim with gasoline,” Sanchez said in a written statement. “The suspect then ignited the victim, possibly with a lit cigarette.”
“Neighbors who saw the victim run from the residence engulfed in flames rendered assistance as she collapsed on the street and remained with her until LA County Fire personnel arrived,” the sergeant said.
Paramedics took Hensley to a hospital with severe burns, officials said. She died a short time later.
Dear fled from the scene and hasn’t been found, Sanchez said. It was unclear whether he fled on foot, or had access to another form of transportation.
Dear is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with black and gray hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who sees Dear, or anyone with information, is asked to contact their local police agency or Pomona police at 909-622-1241.
Tips may also be submitted anonymously through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477.

PHOTO of Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, of Pomona courtesy of the Pomona Police Department.

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Officials to canvass Irwindale neighborhood in search of clues in fatal shooting

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IRWINDALE >> Deputies plan to canvass a stretch of Foothill Boulevard early Monday in search of witnesses or anyone who may have information to help solve the mysterious slaying of a Duarte man found shot to death in his bullet-riddled car nearly a month ago.
Martin Diaz, 48,  was found fatally shot about 5:40 p.m. Nov. 25 in his car, which was stopped in the 15900 block of Foothill Boulevard, just west of Irwindale Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials said. The shooting is believed to have occurred between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., as Diaz was on his way to work at an Azusa sprinkler company.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, the motive or a suspect description have been released.
In hopes of generating new leads, “Deputies and officers will be contacting drivers (and) passengers in an effort to obtain information from possible witnesses who may have seen anything related to the murder of 48-year-old Martin Diaz,” according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting Irwindale police in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 888-222-8477.

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PHOTO of Martin Diaz courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Crime scene photo by Walt Mancini.

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UPDATED: Woman shot during Pasadena vigil for homicide victim


PASADENA >> A woman was wounded but expected to survive after gunfire erupted Saturday night at a Pasadena vigil for a man shot to death the night before, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 11:15 p.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A large group had gathered to memorialize Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, of Altadena, who was gunned down Friday night less than two miles away in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, officials said.
An attacker opened fire, striking a woman in the arm and abdomen, Mercado said. The woman, a Pasadena resident in her mid-20s, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Bullet casings recovered at the scene indicate at lease one additional person returned fire, Mercado said.
It was unclear whether the gunman targeted a particular person in the group, or the group as a whole, the lieutenant said.
Witnesses did not cooperate with police to provide information about the shooting, Mercado said. No detailed suspect description was available.
Calderon’s fatal shooting late Friday also remained shrouded in mystery Sunday, and no suspects were in custody.
Police responded to numerous reports of gunfire before finding Calderon lying on the roadside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He died at the scene.
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.

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Altadena man fatally shot in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Friday left an Altadena man dead, authorities said.
Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, died in the 10:45 p.m. shooting in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Police received several call reporting “shots fired” before discovering Calderon lying wounded on a grass parkway along the sidewalk, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado. The victim had been shot several times.
No suspects were in custody, and no further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were released Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas at 626-744-4517, or the on-duty watch commander at 626-744-4620. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Suspect charged with 1988 Pasadena cold case slaying

PASADENA >> Prosecutors filed a murder charge Wednesday against a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man in Pasadena more than 27 years ago, authorities said.
A U.S. Marshals task force arrested Albert Ahmad Clark, 53, on Monday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of the Feb. 27, 1988, shooting death of Leroy Galloway, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Previously labeled a “cold case,” advances in forensic technology, along with tenacity of family members of Galloway who have never given up the pursuit of justice for him, led to recent, new developments in the case.
Police initially arrested Clark shortly after the shooting at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
“Due to the limitations of forensic science at the time, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Albert Clark for homicide and he was released without any charges in February of 1989,” according to the police statement.
But family members of the victim approached detectives in 2013 and asked them to take a fresh look at the case, police said.
“An extensive examination of the case file by Pasadena Police Homicide Detectives identified items of evidence that were suitable for modern forensic analysis. The ultimate test results by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab implicated Albert Clark in the crime.”
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Clark Wednesday, along with the special allegation that he personally used a gun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He said Clark’s arraignment was continued to Dec. 23 at Pasadena Superior Court.
Clark was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, police added.
A motive or other further details regarding the 1988 slaying were not available Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

  • Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report.
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Man arrested for attack on Whittier police linked to ‘senseless’ beating death of man in Montebello

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MONTEBELLO >> A man jailed on suspicion of attacking two police officers in Whittier over the weekend is the same man sought in connection with the “senseless” and “unprovoked” beating death of a homeless man in Montebello last month, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Eric Daniel Deleon, 28, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and other charges in connection with Saturday’s attack on two Whittier police officers, which sent the lawmen to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
At the time of the Whittier incident, Deleon was being sought on an arrest warrant in connection with the Nov. 23 beating death of 54-year-old Fabian Ramirez, who body was discovered in a parking lot behind the 300 block of South Vail Avenue, according to Montebello police and Los Angeles County coroner officials.
Detectives arrested a second suspect in the Montebello slaying — 33-year-old Martin Bautista of Pico Rivera — the day after it occurred. He’s scheduled to appear at an arraignment hearing Dec. 16 to answer to a murder charge.
No motive was known in the fatal beating, Montebello police Sgt. Julio Calleros said.
“It appears to be a totally unprovoked incident. Quite honestly, it’s really alarming how senseless it is,” Calleros said.
Ramirez was sitting in the parking lot when, without a word, two men began beating him for no apparent reason, he said.
An autopsy determined Ramirez died from blunt force trauma to his head, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. The death was ruled a homicide.
Authorities were already hunting Deleon in connection with the Montebello case when Whittier officers responded to a report of a suspicious person Saturday afternoon in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue.
As the first arriving officer approached Deleon, “the suspect violently attacked the officer. A significant physical altercation took place, during which the suspect threw a metal barbecue set on top of the officer and struck the officer with a chair,” Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
A second officer who arrived a short time later to assist was also injured as officers wrestled DeLeon into custody, officials said.
Deleon was yet to be charged in connection with the Montebello homicide case. He was being held in lieu of $1.07 million bail pending a Dec. 15 hearing on the Whittier case.
Montebello detectives planned to continue building their case before presenting their findings to prosecutors for consideration of charges in the Montebello slaying.
Bautista was being held in lieu of $1.02 million bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Dec. 16, records show.

PHOTOS: Martin Baustista, 33, of Pico Rivera (left) and Eric Daniel Deleon, 28, of Pico Rivera have been arrested in connection with the allegedly unprovoked beating death of a homeless man Montebello parking lot on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (Courtesy of the Montebello Police Department)

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Man killed in San Gabriel shooting; suspect sought


SAN GABRIEL >> A man died Sunday after he was shot in a residential neighborhood in San Gabriel, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported about 7:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Brighton Street, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, she said.
The shooter, described only as a man, was last seen running east, according to Deputy Trina Schrader,
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting the San Gabriel Police Department in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Feds raid home of former neighbor of San Bernardino shooter in Riverside

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Heavily armed federal law enforcement officials raided a Riverside home neighboring the former home of one of the two San Bernardino terrorist attackers as part of the ongoing, feverish investigation into the dead couple responsible for Wednesday’s mass killing at the Inland Regional Center, authorities said.
A SWAT team descended on the Tomlinson Avenue home shortly after 1 a.m., FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
“A a federal search warrant was served,” she said.
“Tactical entry was made utilizing SWAT as a precaution, based on information developed in our investigation,” Eimiller said.
No arrests were made. Eimiller declined to comment on whether any evidence was seized from the home.
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Syed’s accomplice and wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, immigrated to the U.S. after marrying Farook in Aug. of 2014, officials said. A native of Pakistan, she was living in Saudi Arabia when she met Farook online.
“The search warrant is under seal,” she said. “I am prohibited from commenting about the details of the search.
But sources with knowledge of the investigation said the raid was part of investigation into a person believed to have purchased some of the firearms used in the mass shooting, which left 14 people dead and 21 others injured.
The warrant did not target a specific person, but rather the residence, Eimiller explained.
People were home at the time of the raid, however Eimiller declined to comment further on who was contacted. No injuries or incidents of violence were reported.
RAID3Maria Gutierrez says she was told to leave her house further down the street at 1:30 a.m. Saturday for safety reasons as authorities swept in with guns drawn.
She says authorities used a megaphone to tell whoever was in the house to come out.
Another neighbor, Lorena Aguirre, says law enforcement broke windows and used a torch to get in the garage.
The garage door appeared ripped open and the garage itself was piled high boxes above window-level. Curtains were drawn closed on the main house, and a sign jotted on a piece of drywall stated, “Please keep off the property. Thank you.”
Neighbor Adolfo Agoncillo said he didn’t even notice the raid was taking place until he received a phone call from his daughter, who told him that the street had been blocked off.
Agoncillo said that during the year-and-a-half he’s lived in the neighborhood, he’d only seen the family who lives at the raided home once, while taking a bike ride.
Memorials and tributes to the victims continued unfolding throughout the Southland.
At the Sante Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, home of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, loved ones celebrated the life of Larry Daniel Kaufman, 42, of Rialto. They remembered good times with the self-described nerd and Rennaisance Pleasure Faire aficionado. Representatives of a San Bernardino mosque also stopped by to pay their respects.
Another memorial was planned Saturday night in North Hollywood for victim Bennetta BetBadal, 46, of Rialto.
And an interfaith service to foster healing was held Saturday afternoon at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire in Rancho Cucamonga.
Despite still reeling from the shocking attack that rocked the region and the nation, some signs of normalcy can be seen returning to San Bernardino.
Hundreds of locals gathered to support the San Bernardino’s YMCA holiday parade Saturday morning. Some said they turned out despite fear, others said they were not afraid.
President Barack Obama dedicated his weekly address on Saturday to the “act of terror” in San Bernardino, declaring Americans are resilient and will not be terrorized.
Obama began by saluting first responders and saying he was praying for the wounded.
“Most of all,” he said, “we stand with 14 families whose hearts are broken.”
Investigators are continuing to look into what led up to the attack by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, on Wednesday, Obama said.
“It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror,” Obama said. “And if so, it would underscore a threat we’ve been focused on for years: the danger of people succumbing to violent, extremist ideologies.”
The president also reiterated his support for gun control, saying it was too easy for dangerous people to obtain firearms — even those who are on the “no-fly list.”
“That’s insane,” Obama said. “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I’m calling on Congress right now to close this loophole.”

PHOTOS by Ryan Hagen

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