Parolee accused of attempting to carjack car with children inside in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested a parolee on suspicion of attempted carjacking after he entered a parked car with two children sitting inside on Saturday morning, authorities said.
Donnie Jake Gutierrez, a 26-year-old transient, was jailed following the 8:30 a.m. incident in the 100 block of North Oak Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A woman left her two children, ages 1 and 7, in the back seat of her car as she stopped in at a business, he said.
As the children waited for their mother to return, Gutierrez opened the driver-side door and began peering around inside the car.
The older child asked the man what he wanted, and he closed the door and walked away, Goodman said.
The child reported the encounter to his mother, who called police, according to the lieutenant. Officer found and arrested Gutierrez in the area without a struggle.
Based on “the totality of the circumstances,” police arrested Gutierrez on suspicion of attempted carjacking, Goodman said.
Gutierrez, who is on parole due to a previous conviction, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, was expected to be held without bail pending his initial court appearance, Goodman said.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, Gutierrez was charged with the same crime — attempted carjacking — in January, but the case was ultimately dismissed.
Gutierrez was convicted of making criminal threats and providing false identification to police in August, records show.
He was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine and petty theft in 2014, as well as robbery in 2009.

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Elderly man carjacked in Whittier

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WHITTIER >> Police are seeking a trio of carjackers who made off with an elderly man’s car following a minor traffic collision in Whittier on Tuesday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 10:30 a.m. as the victim was driving in the 15700 block of Mar Vista Street, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“The victim was followed by and older model green (Ford) Explorer,” according to the statement. “The explorer rear-ended the victim vehicle, causing the victim to exit his vehicle to exchange information. Two male subjects exited the rear of the Ford explorer and drove off with the victim’s vehicle.”
The driver of the Ford SUV sped away as well, police said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available. They were riding in a green, older-model Ford Explorer with gray bumpers and oxidation on the hood and roof.
Police obtained images of the suspects’ SUV.
The stolen car — a gray, four-door, 2012 Toyota Avalon with a California license plate of 6VPU334 and a missing rear bumper — remained missing Thursday, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police Detective Jose Bolanos at 562-567-9281, or the Whittier Police Department’s crime tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Whittier Police Department.

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Two men sought in carjacking in forest north of Glendora


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Two men with a handgun carjacked two other men along Glendora Mountain Road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Two men in their 20s were standing near their gray, 2013 Hyundai Genesis about 3:30 a.m. along a turnout of Glendora Mountain Road at Glendora Ridge Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
The two carjackers approached in a dark-colored, newer-model Honda Civic, Reid said.
“The suspects approached (the victims) and complimented them on their car,” the lieutenant said.
One of the then brandished a handgun and drove away in the victims’ car, he said.
Deputies described the carjackers as two Latino men between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Both wore dark clothing, and one of the carjackers had a mustache.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2709. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded in Rosemead stabbing


ROSEMEAD >> A man was found suffering from stab wounds outside a Rosemead convenience store on Saturday afternoon but refused to tell investigators what had happened, officials said.
Deputies responded to reports of a bleeding man about 4:35 p.m. outside a 7-Eleven store on San Gabriel Boulevard, just south of Hellman Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Ruiz said.
The victim had stab wounds to his shoulder and hand, the lieutenant said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
But the victim, a man in his 30s who was believed to be intoxicated, would not cooperate with deputies, he said. The circumstances surrounding how the man ended up wounded remained unclear, an no information regarding a suspect was available.

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Man beaten and carjacked in Norwalk


NORWALK >> Deputies are seeking two men who beat and carjacked another man in Norwalk over the weekend, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 5:35 a.m. Sunday at Clarkdale Avenue and Pine Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Ortega said.
A man estimated to be in his late-20s was sitting in his car, with the engine running, as he waited for a friend, the sergeant said.
Two men walking down the street approached the victim, opened a door of his car and began fighting with him.
The victim got out of his car during the struggle, with the vehicle still running, Ortega said. He managed to break free from his attackers and ran to a nearby gas station to seek help.
The carjackers then got into the victim’s charcoal gray, 2003 Infiniti G35 and drove away.
Both attackers were described as Latino men between 20 and 25 years old. One wore a black shirt, black shorts and a mustache. The other wore a white shirt. One of the two suspects wore a baseball cap, but it was not clear which one.
Ortega said the victim suffered apparently minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital.
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.

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West Covina police officer wounded in gunfight returns to duty

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WEST COVINA >> A West Covina police officer wounded in a gunfight with a suspect returned to duty this week after recovering from his injuries.
Officer Kenny Benitez was allegedly shot by 47-year-old Jose Luis Chavez during a May 20 confrontation on Yaleton Avenue, just north of Badillo Street, according to West Covina police and Los Angeles Count sheriff’s officials. Chavez, who was also wounded in the encounter, was captured in nearby Valinda following a six-day manhunt, faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer with a semi-automatic firearm and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
The West Covina Police Department’s briefing room was extra crowded Thursday night as fellow officer and other colleagues attended the briefing to welcome Benitez back to his first shift after three months of recovery, West Covina Police Chief David Faulkner said.
“Ken was severely injured when he was shot in May and his quick recovery is nothing short of miraculous under the circumstances,” the chief said.
0820_NWS_SGT-L-OFFICER2“Officer Benitez is a strong young man and was driven to return back to work in support of his fellow officers in the field,” Faulkner said. “We are very proud of Officer Benitez and how he handled this injury. Ken has set a solid example for our personnel for many years to come.”
Benitez has been a police officer for nine years, and had worked with the West Covina Police Department of a little over a year at the time of the shooting.
Benitez approached Chavez as he walked with a woman, pushing a bicycle, when Chavez pulled a handgun and opened fire multiple times, officials said. Benitez was wounded but returned fire.
The alleged shooter, later identified as Chavez, initially escaped the scene but was captured by a sheriff’s SWAT team the following week in the unincorporated county area of Valinda. He was found to have a days-old gunshot wound to his arm.
Chavez has yet to enter a plea to his charges in connection with the shooting of Benitez.
His arraignment hearing has been postponed four times, and his now scheduled to take place Sept. 6 in West Covina Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
Chavez is also scheduled to be sentenced for another criminal case on Sept. 6, she said. He pleaded “no contest” in April to possession of drugs for sale, bringing contraband into a jail and possession of a switchblade knife. That case was first filed in December of 2015.

PHOTOS: [ABOVE] West Covina Police Chief David Faulkner, left, welcomed Officer Kenny Benitez back to duty on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, on his first night of patrol following after being wounded in a gunfight with a suspect three months ago. [BELOW] Jose Luis Chavez (Courtesy, West Covina Police Department)

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Man wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A Norwalk man was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition after he was shot multiple times during an argument outside a Norwalk strip mall Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting took place about 1:55 p.m. in the 15000 block of Pioneer Boulevard, just south of Excelsior Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
The victim, a man in his mid-30s, became involved in an argument with another man, the lieutenant said. It was unclear what the dispute was about.
The argument escalated into a fight, and the attacker pulled a handgun and fired 10 rounds from a 9mm handgun, she said. The victim was struck multiple times in the torso and legs.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was expected to survive his injuries.
The shooter was described as a Latino man in his 30s, last seen driving north on Pioneer Boulevard in a tan, four-door sedan, Limon said.
The motive was not immediately clear, however sheriff’s gang investigators were spearheading the investigation.
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.

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One suspect jailed and two more sought following Azusa carjacking, pursuit

AZUSA >> Police jailed one suspect and sought two more following an armed carjacking and pursuit in Azusa early Saturday, officials said.
Jesus Mora, 18, of La Puente was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and robbery following the incident, which began about 2:45 a.m. with a carjacking in a residential neighborhood in the 1300 block of North Dalton Avenue, according to Azusa police Sgt. Robert Landeros.
At least two men used a handgun to carjack a driver, the sergeant said in a written statement. The carjackers fled in the victim’s Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
Within minutes, Azusa police officers then spotted the stolen truck driving in the 800 block of North San Gabriel Avenue, Landeros said.
“The suspects in the vehicle fled from officers and a vehicle pursuit was initiated,” he said. “The stolen vehicle spun out of control and collided into fence in the area of Fourth Street and Barbara Ave. Three adult male suspects fled from the stolen vehicle.”
With help from neighboring police agencies, police found and arrested Mora in the area, Landeros said.
The other two suspects were not found, he said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mora was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Azusa police detectives at 626-812-3200.

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Man carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A carjacker apparently knocked a man unconscious before driving off in the victim’s car Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The carjacking took place about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 20-year-old Pasadena man arrived in the neighborhood to visit a friend and left his vehicle parked, unattended with the keys in the ignition, he said.
Upon returning to his late-model Nissan sedan, the victim was confronted by the carjacker, who had the car keys, the lieutenant said.
The victim demanded the keys back, and the carjacker threatened to assault him, Luna said.
The next thing the victim knew, he awoke on the ground with a cut on his forehead, Luna said. The victim believed the suspect had attacked him.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
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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