Ontario man arrested in Covina with three guns, ski mask, cash

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COVINA >> Police arrested a probationer found with three handguns, a ski mask and cash in Covina Saturday afternoon, police said.
Police pulled over a car in which Thomas Michael Mulero, 28, of Ontario was riding as a passenger in just before 5 p.m. at Citrus Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said. Officers stopped the car after noticing Mulero drinking beer.
A search of Mulero’s backpack turned up two semi-automatic pistols and one revolver, the lieutenant said. Police also seized a ski mask from the car and cash from Mulero’s person.
Mulero was jailed on suspicion of weapons violations, investigation of robbery and investigation of receiving stolen property as detectives continued looking into where the guns and cash came from, Walczak said.
The woman driving the car, as well as a second woman riding as a passenger, were not arrested.
Walczak said Mulero is already on Post Release Community Supervision, or felony probation, under AB 109 guidelines for a previous assault conviction.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mulero was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department.

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FedEx delivery men beaten, robbed in Covina Hills


COVINA HILLS >> A group of three robbers used a rock to attack two FedEx delivery men and steal several packages from them Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 3:40 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 20600 block of Via Verde Street, in the unincorporated county area of Covina Hills, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The three attackers approached the two delivery men and attacked them with fists, feet and rock, the lieutenant said. The robbers then fled with several packages.
One of the delivery men was taken to a hospital for treatment of a 3- to 4-inch gash on his head, Edwards said. The other delivery man suffered apparently minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital.
The robbers were described as three Latino men in their early-20s, of average height and weight. They fled the area in a blue minivan.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Shotgun-wielding bandit sought in El Monte gas station robbery

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EL MONTE >> Police Wednesday released photos of a shotgun-wielding robber sought for holding up an El Monte gas station last week, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:50 a.m. Jan. 28 at an ARCO gas station, 9824 Flair Drive, near the 10 Freeway, El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said in a written statement.
“A male, 25 to 30 years old, entered the location, brandished a blue steel shotgun and the store clerk and demanded cash,” Luna said.
The gunman obtained about $60 and fled in a 1998- to 2000-model, four-door Nissan Altima, described as possibly gold in color, police said.
Police Wednesday released surveillance camera images depicting the robber and 0204_NWS_SGT-L-EMROB3his car in hopes of generating tips from the public, Luna said.
He was described as Latino, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 170 pounds, of medium build, with black hair. He wore sunglasses, a white polo shirt with tan stripes, blue jeans with cuffs and black tennis shoes with white soles.
Anyone with information is asked to contact El Monte police at 626-590-2114. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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PHOTOS of robber, getaway car courtesy of the El Monte Police Department.

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Man sought in armed robbery of woman at Hacienda Heights park

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HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Investigators Thursday released a sketch of a man who robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint inside the women’s restroom at a Hacienda Heights park last week.
The crime took place about 3:35 p.m. Jan. 22 at Countrywood Park, 16817 Copper Hill Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The victim was exiting the restroom stall when she was confronted by the suspect, who was holding a black handgun and demanded her purse,” according to the statement.
The woman handed over her purse, and the robber fled in an older-model, tan or brown, four-door Toyota Camry. He was described as a Latino man between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pound, with black hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He wore a gray shirt and dark blue pants.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Steven Lanigan of the sheriff’s Parks Services Bureau at 661-294-3544.

SKETCH courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Would-be robber pulls gun on gardeners in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who pulled a handgun on two gardeners in Pasadena during a failed robbery Thursday.
The two victims, a 51-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, were sitting on a curb in the 2400 block of Lambert Drive eating their lunch about 11:30 a.m. when the would-be robber approached in a white compact car, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“He drove up beside them and he pointed a chrome semi-auto handgun at them and demanded their money,” Goodman said. The gardeners replied that they had no money.
The robber again demanded cash, and the victims again told him they had none, before the gunman drove off empty-handed, Goodman said. He was described as a Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, with a mustache.

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Teen accused of robbing woman of cell phone in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested a teenage boy Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of robbing a woman of her cell phone on a Pasadena sidewalk, officials said.
The strong-arm robbery unfolded about 12:20 p.m. as the victim, a 36-year-old woman, was standing in the 600 block of Mar Vista Avenue when a group of four young men passed by, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. As the group passed her by, one of them grabbed the woman’s Samsung Galaxy cell phone from her hand.
The group ran to nearby McDonald Park, where police soon found them, Goodman said.
The suspect was found to still be in possession of the victim’s cellular telephone, and was positively IDd by the victim,” the lieutenant said.
The 17-year-old Los Angeles boy was booked on suspicion of robbery and taken to a juvenile hall, Goodman said.

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Man flees with computer following Craigslist transaction-turned-robbery in Arcadia

ARCADIA >> A man trying to sell his laptop computer online ended up getting robbed when he met the purported buyer in Arcadia Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The victim had arranged to sell his laptop on Craigslist.com and went to meet another person who had responded to the advertisement about 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a business in the 100 block of East Huntington Drive, near 1st Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. Tony Juarez said.
“As the victim approached the suspect with laptop in hand, the suspect struck the victim and took the laptop,” Juarez said in a written statement. “The suspect then entered a newer red Ford Mustang with paper plates and fled the area.”
The victim suffered a minor injury from the punch but declined to be taken to a hospital, officials said. Officers searched the area but did not find the robber, described as a Latino man of 25 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and of heavy build. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt during the crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5150. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man with horn tattoos robs West Whittier market


WEST WHITTIER >> A man with horn tattoos on his head and neck used a knife to hold up the clerk Saturday at a market in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, authorities said.
The robber walked into the Pisco Sour Market, 10424 Whittier Blvd., about 11:10 a.m. and asked to buy some cigarettes, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Wilson Wong said.
When the clerk turned back around after retrieving the cigarettes, the customer was pointing a knife at him and demanded money, the sergeant said.
The clerk handed over an unknown amount of cash, he said. The robber also fled with cigarettes and beer.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man of unknown age, about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, of thin build, with horn tattoos on his head and neck. He wore a black jacket and gray shorts.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station are investigating the crime.

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Good Samaritan helps police chase down robbery suspect in San Marino


SAN MARINO >> Police, aided by a good Samaritan, arrested a man they say robbed an elderly woman of her cell phone on a bus Wednesday afternoon.
Officers jailed Kenneth Raymond Collins, 18, of Los Angeles on suspicion of robbery following the alleged heist, which unfolded about 4:45 p.m. at Huntington Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard, San Marino police Sgt. Tim Tebbetts said in a written statement.
As Collins was exiting a Metro bus, he grabbed a cell phone from an elderly woman also riding the bus, police said. He ran down an alley and headed west on Huntington Drive.
“A Good Samaritan saw Collins flee from the bus, followed by the elderly lady who was yelling for help,” Tebbetts said. “The Good Samaritan followed Collins in his vehicle on Huntington Drive, then chased Collins on foot until officers arrived.”
Police found Collins hiding in a residential backyard along Van Dyke Road and took him into custody without a struggle, officials said.
He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in Alhambra Superior Court.
No further details were available Thursday.

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Downey man accused of robbing woman with toddler in Alhambra

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ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested a Downey man Wednesday after he robbed a woman while she was with her toddler outside an Alhambra market, authorities said.
Gabriel Jesse Acuna, 25, is accused of armed robbery following the 2 p.m. crime, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
He approached a woman in her 30s from behind as she was placing her 2-year-old child into her car outside a market a market at Valley Boulevard and 9th Street, Johnson said.
The suspect — later identified as Acuna — brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded the woman’s property, the sergeant said. She turned over her purse, and the robber ran off.
A Monterey Park police officer who happened to be in the area spotted the suspect running through the parking lot with the purse, police said.
The Monterey Park officer detained the fleeing suspect without a struggle until Alhambra police arrived to take custody of the alleged robber. Officers recovered the woman’s purse, as well as a realistic-looking airsoft pistol, designed to shoot plastic BBs.
Acuna was taken to a hospital following his arrest after he complained of a pre-existing medical condition, Johnson said.
He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Friday in Alhambra Superior Court, records show.

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