ROSEMEAD — Deputies jailed a San Gabriel man Sunday on suspicion of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old boy from a Rosemead sidewalk last month, officials said.
Bin Zhang, 44, was booked on suspicion of attempted kidnapping following his arrest, which took place about 10 a.m. in the 2700 block of Del Mar Avenue in Rosemead, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Phillip Marquez said in a written statement.
The alleged kidnapping attempt took place in January, but went unreported until after sheriff’s officials issued a public alert Feb. 12 regarding a separate Jan. 30 incident in which a man grabbed onto a young girl on the campus of Arlene Bitely Elementary School, on Fern Avenue just west of Jackson Street.
“As a result of the press release, Temple Sheriff’s Station investigators learned that in early January, an 11-year-old male was accosted near Del Mar Avenue and Emerson Place, Rosemead, and the incident went unreported. An investigation was launched,” Marquez said. “It is alleged the suspect attempted to kidnap the 11-year-old male from a public sidewalk in January of 2014.”
Deputies Sunday morning spotted a man matching the description of the man who tried to kidnap the boy and arrested him without a struggle, Marquez said.
According to county booking records, Zhang was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled for Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court.
The investigation was ongoing, Marquez said, and it was not clear Sunday if the suspect arrested for attempting to kidnap the boy was the same man who accosted the young girl.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective S. Gibson of the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.
WALNUT — A woman escaped a parolee who carjacked and kidnapped her from the parking lot of a Walnut store late Thursday, though his ultimate intentions remained a mystery, authorities said.
The strange and brazen crime took place about 2 p.m. as Walnut woman was carjacked and abducted in the parking lot of T.J. Maxx at Grand Avenue and Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
The woman, a Walnut resident in her late-30s who was a stranger to the suspect, left the store and was getting into her car when she was confronted by a man holding what was later found to be a realistic-looking BB gun, Detective Joseph Sanchez said. The man blocked her from closing her car door once she got in, Detective Joseph Sanchez said.
“He forced himself into her car,” the detective said. “He climbed over her, got into the passenger seat and told her to just drive.”
The woman resisted at first, but ultimately relented to the man’s demand, he said.
“He had her basically drive around aimlessly for an hour and a half,” Sanchez said.
As the suspect forced the woman to drive through South Los Angeles, she spotted a police car along Wall Street in South Los Angeles and saw an opportunity to escape, officials said.
“She saw a black-and-white and decided to get out of the car and run and ask for help,” Sanchez said.
Los Angeles police detained the suspect without a struggle and turned him over to sheriff’s deputies, he added. A BB gun that resembled a Beretta 9mm handgun was seized from the suspect during his arrest.
Deputies first responded to the Walnut T.J. Maxx store after witnesses reported seeing the alleged abduction, Lt. John Saleeby said.
“A woman was heard saying she needed help and witnesses said her and a male drove off in a car,” Saleeby said. “The impression was he forced her to drive off.”
Investigators withheld the alleged kidnapper’s name Friday as they continued seeking witnesses, as well as any other potential victims who may have had suspicious encounter with the suspect, Lt. Anthony Tachias said. He was described as a San Gabriel Valley man in his mid-30s.
The suspect was already on parole for carjacking and was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in Pomona Superior Court, officials said.
The motive in the kidnapping and carjacking, as well as the suspect’s ultimate intentions, were unclear, investigators said. Nothing was stolen from the woman, and she was not assaulted while in the suspect’s custody
“That’s an unknown factor here,” Tachias said. “He won’t talk to us. He never any indication to the victim as to what his intentions were.”
“He committed this act with no rhyme or reason,” the lieutenant added. “I’m just glad we got her back safely.”
ROSEMEAD — Authorities Thursday sought the public’s help in tracking down a man who exposed himself and tried to kidnap a woman earlier this week.
The attack occurred shortly after midnight Tuesday as the woman, was walking at San Gabriel Boulevard and Fern Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ignacio Somoano said in a written statement.
“She saw a male suspect masturbating while standing next to a vehicle,” the lieutenant said.
The woman, whose age was not available, continued walking along Fern Avenue and the suspect began following her, he said.
“Subsequently, the suspect ran up to her and grabbed her and tried to pull her away,” Somoano said. “The victim struggled with the suspect while telling for help. The suspect fled on foot and the victim escaped his grasp uninjured.”
Investigators described the attacker as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had dark hair and wore black shorts and a gray shirt. His vehicles was described as a gray sedan.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by calling L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or online at www.lacrimestoppers.com.
WALNUT — A woman was found safe and a man was in custody Thursday after witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be an armed kidnapping and carjacking, officials said.
The incident was first reported about 2 p.m. in a parking lot outside a T.J. Maxx store at Grand Avenue and Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
“A woman was heard saying she needed help and witnesses said her and a male drove off in a car,” the lieutenant said.
Witnesses reported the man was armed with a handgun, he said.
“The impression was he forced her to drive off,” Saleeby said.
The man was described only as Latino and wearing dark clothes, and the vehicle the man and woman were seen in was described only as a dark-colored car.
Officials at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station, which was handling the investigation, notified other area law enforcement agencies of the possible kidnapping and carjacking.
The man and woman were found shortly after 7 p.m. within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, sheriff’s Sgt. William Sanders said. The woman was unharmed and the man was being taken to the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station for questioning and potential booking.
Detectives continued investigating the incident late Thursday, and officials released no further details.
ROSEMEAD — A knife-wielding man grabbed a hold of a 5-year-old child and demanded money before fleeing empty-handed from a Rosemead beauty salon Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The brazen crime took place about 2:45 p.m. at a salon in the 3100 block of San Gabriel Boulevard, just north of Garvey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Long said.
The suspect entered the store armed with a knife, Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
“He demanded money and then grabbed the child by the arm,” Chavez said. “As he reached and retrieved a knife from his pocket, the (child’s) uncle intervened and grabbed the child from him and pulled him away.”
The would-be robber then ran from the store empty handed, the lieutenant said. He was last seen headed south on San Gabriel Boulevard.
The child was shaken but not injured, officials said.
Deputies described the suspect as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of thin build, with a tattoo on his left forearm. He had brown hair and brown eyes and wore dark blue jeans, as well as a black and white bandana over his face.
Deputies searched the area with help from witnesses who pointed out where the man had run, but he was not found, Long said. Deputies continued hunting for him late Sunday.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.
UPDATE: Investigators determined the report of a kidnapping was false. The involved person may have psychiatric trouble, per officials.
A man was rescued from the trunk of his car near Crystal Lake early Sunday after being carjacked and kidnapped in Chino, authorities said.
U.S. Forest Service officials discovered the man, estimated to be about 30 years old, about 9:30 a.m. in the trunk of his car which was parked along San Gabriel Canyon Road near Crystal Lake, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Rob Upham said. He was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, though he was conscious and able to speak with investigators.
The investigation into the incident remained in it’s early stages, however the man indicated he was carjacked in the area of Riverside Drive and Central Avenue some time after 8 p.m. Saturday night, Upham said.
Sheriff’s deputies secured the scene in the forest and turned over the investigation to Chino police.
A convicted sex offender cut off his GPS ankle bracelet just before attempting to kidnap a woman at gunpoint in a coffee shop parking lot Thursday, police said.
The victim, an Alhambra woman in her 20s, escaped with the help of a good Samaritan who interrupted the 9:30 a.m. attempted abduction outside Starbucks, 1131 S. Fremont Avenue, Alhambra police Sgt. Edward Rodriguez said.
Frank Hernandez, 64, of Rosemead was arrested about an hour later on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, police said.
According to the California Department of Justice sex offender registry, Hernandez was released from prison in 2011 after serving a sentence for kidnapping with intent to commit a sex offense, rape by force or fear, rape by force and oral copulation.
“Mr. Hernandez is required to wear an ankle bracelet as part of his conditions of parole,” Sgt. Jerry Johnson said in a written statement. “However, evidence showed that he cut the ankle bracelet off shortly before committing the crime.”
The victim went to the Starbucks to meet with Hernandez, whom she was acquainted with through church, Rodriguez said.
“When she arrived, (Hernandez) approached her before she could exit her car,” Johnson said. “The victim said he pulled a handgun and threatened to kill her if she did not let him in her car.”
The frightened woman called out for help, catching the attention of another woman who was passing by, officials said.
“This witness approached (Hernandez) and told him to leave the woman alone. The suspect then fled to his nearby car and drove away,” Johnson said.
But the quick-thinking good Samaritan “was astute enough to take a picture of the suspect’s car,” Alhambra police Detective Sgt. Joe Flannagan said. The photo included the car’s license plate.
It was unclear if the woman who intervened was aware the suspect was armed.
In addition the good Samaritan, Flannagan also credited the victim for creating attention to aid in her own escape.
“That was very brave on the part of the victim,” he said.
Los Angeles County Superior Court electronic records regarding Hernandez previous case were incomplete, however they indicated he was ordered to stand trial on charges of rape and kidnapping in Alhambra Superior Court in August of 1990.
Hernandez’s profile in the DOJ registry indicates he uses numerous aliases, including: Edward Davilla, Robert Diaz, Manuel Frank Flores, Manuel Hernandez, Gary Sole Lopez, Gary Lopez Sole, Carlos Ruiz Martinez and Carlos Martinez Ruiz.
According to county booking records, Hernandez was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Booking photo of Frank Hernandez courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department
WEST VALINDA — Deputies arrested a driver for allegedly trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl near a continuation school Thursday.
The incident was reported at 5:12 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Willow Avenue.
Lt. Arthur Scott of the sheriff’s Industry station said the teen was in front of Nueva Vista Continuation High School when a man in a Honda Civic pulled up.
Scott said the man asked if the teen needed a ride. She refused the offer.
“He got out of the car, opened the passenger door, told her to get in,” the lieutenant said.
The teen told the driver, “No.” The man then took a step toward the girl and tried to grab her arm, according to Scott.
The teen ran.
Scott said a relative of the girl confronted the driver as the man drove away. The suspect apologized, he added.
Brandon Sandoval, 21, was arrested late Thursday night in West Covina on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, Detective Alfredo Gomez said.
The West Covina man is being held at the sheriff’s Industry station jail on a $130,000 bail. Sandoval will be arraigned Tuesday at El Monte Superior Court.
BALDWIN PARK — Two armed men in a tow truck carjacked, kidnapped and robbed a Covina man this weekend as he was driving along Baldwin Park Boulevard, authorities said.
The crime took place about 1 p.m. Friday at Baldwin Park Boulevard and Merced Avenue, but was not reported to police until Saturday afternoon, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
A 36-year-old Covina man was driving at Baldwin Park Boulevard and Francisquito Avenue when a white, older-model tow truck pulled up next to him, the sergeant said.
“The driver of the tow truck points a gun at him and tells him not to move,” Hofford said. “The passenger of the tow truck enters the victim’s vehicle and takes the driver’s seat.”
Also armed with a handgun, the carjacker blindfolded the victim and began driving with the kidnapped man as a passenger.
After driving for about 10 minutes, Hofford said, the carjacker abandoned the car and victim at Puente and Francisquito avenues, a little under a mile away. The carjacker fled after robbing the man of his wallet and cell phone. The victim was no hurt.
Police described the driver of the tow truck as a Latino man in his mid-30s, about 6 feet tall and 300 pounds. He was armed with a black pistol.
The second suspect, who drove around with the victim, was a white man, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, officials said. He was armed with a chrome handgun.
The investigation was ongoing.
WHITTIER — Police are investigating a report of yet another child abduction in Whittier late Thursday, though few details were initially available.
A 17-year-old girl made the report about 10 p.m., Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
The alleged incident took place about 5 p.m. on the El Rancho Drive side of Palm Park.
No further details regarding the abduction were available Friday.
“The department is currently investigating this complaint, but at this time we have not independently confirmed that the crime occurred nor the identity of the alleged perpetrator,” according to the police statement. “There does not appear to be any relationship between this alleged offense and the other recent crimes in Whittier.”
Police have investigated five additional reports of attempted kidnapping, kidnapping or child annoyance within Whittier since early February.