PASADENA — Three men suffered stab wounds and another had several teeth punched out during a fight between neighbors on Marengo Avenue early Sunday, police said.
The melee took place about 1 a.m. in the 900 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
It began as a dispute between neighbors who share a common driveway, he said.
“There was an ongoing dispute. It resulted in a physical altercation,” the lieutenant said. During the fight, the alleged attacker pulled an unknown sharp object.
During the fight, a 23-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his buttocks, an 18-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back, a 32-year-old man was slashed on the cheek and a 37-year old was punched repeatedly in the face, knocking out several teeth, Clawson said.
Investigators identified a 34-year-old man as a suspect in the stabbings, but withheld his name Sunday as they continued searching for him, he said.
All of the people involved in the fight were Pasadena residents, he added.
Investigators Thursday found and arrested a parolee in Rosemead suspected of shooting another man in the neck at a Covina mobile home park over the weekend, authorities said.
Jerry Joe Guerrero, 29, of Covina was arrested without a struggle and booked on suspicion of attempted murder after he was found shortly after 10 a.m. at the Palm Motel, 8463 Garvey Avenue, in Rosemead according to Covina police Lt. John Curley and Los Angeles County booking records. He was also being held on suspicion of violating parole.
The 23-year-old shooting victim, an El Monte resident, was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive following Sunday’s 10:50 p.m. shooting in the 1300 block of N. Citrus Avenue, police said. Investigators described him as an acquaintance of Guerrero.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation, Curley said. Though Guerrero is a gang member, the victim is not, and the shooting was not believed to have been gang-related, Curley said.
Police had been seeking Guerrero since Sunday and had sent wanted flyers to other nearby law enforcement agencies, Curley said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station spotted Guerrero’s 1999 BMW parked outside the Palm Motel, he said.
“They immediately recognized that car as being associated with Jerry Guerrero, Curley said.
Officials learned Guerrero was staying in a room at the motel and took him into custody without a fight.
According to booking records, Guerrero, who was already on parole for a firearms offense, was being held without bail pending his initial appearance Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO of Jerry Guerrero courtesy of the Covina Police Department
Deputies responding to calls about shots fired Tuesday found shell
casings and blood but no victim or shooter.
Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said callers reported hearing six to seven shots
on Stonehurst Drive and Lincoln Avenue at 11:25 p.m.
A white car was seen leaving the location, she added.
Sachs said deputies discovered three shell casings and a small amount
of blood on the street.
They also checked local hospitals and no gunshot victim has turned up, she said.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — Police responding to reports of a shooting Sunday found a car with a bullet hole in it, but no shooting victims, officials said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” just after 2:50 p.m. in the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
They found no one injured, but a parked car had been struck by gunfire, the lieutenant said. Investigators initially suspected the car was not the target of the shooting, but was struck by a stray bullet.
No injured people were discovered in the area or at hospitals an hour after the shooting, he added.
A beige, full-size, possibly 1990s-model Chrysler sedan was being sought as a possible suspect vehicle, Clawson said. The investigation remained in its early stages.
AZUSA — Police arrested an Azusa woman Saturday on suspicion of stabbing her boyfriend, who also ended up going to jail after receiving treatment due to a pre-existing domestic violence warrant, officials said.Valerie Ortega, 19, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 7:30 a.m. stabbing in the 500 block of East 8th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said.Though he was also arrested, authorities withheld the name of the alleged stabbing victim because he was considered a victim of the stabbing, the sergeant said. He was described as a 19-year-old Azusa resident. He was treated for a minor stab wound to his chest and a “more serious” injury to his left hand,” he added.Officers received a report that a woman had stabbed her boyfriend and was leaving the scene in a white Honda Accord, Sutcliffe said.“Responding officers stopped the Honda a short distance away and found Valerie Ortega riding in the back seat with blood stained clothes and shoes,” Sutcliffe said. “She also carried a folding knife in her pocket.”Meanwhile, other officers searching for the stabbing victim found him at a nearby apartment, police said.“When officers arrived, a bleeding 19-year-old male fled from the door of his apartment and led officers on a short foot pursuit before being detained,” Sutcliffe said. It was then learned he had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.“Officers believe the reason he ran from officers was to avoid being arrested for the warrant,” Sutcliffe said.After being treated for his injuries, the man was booked into jail, where he was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.Ortega was released from jail Saturday afternoon pending her initial court appearance after posting $30,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
PASADENA — Police Friday continued seeking a man who pistol-whipped, robbed and carjacked another man on Penn Street earlier this week, officials said.
The crime took place about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Penn Street, though it was not reported to police until Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
The victim, a 46-year-old Pasadena man, went to a home to meet with suspect the lieutenant said. The purpose of the visit was not clear.
“During their meeting, a fight ensues between the two for unknown reasons,” Gourdikian said. “During the fight, the suspect in this case produces a handgun and strikes the victim across the head while demanding his wallet.”
The pistol-whipped man was knocked unconscious briefly, Gourdikian said. When the man awoke, his car was gone, along with other personal items including his wallet.
The victim did not know his attacker’s name, the lieutenant said, but he was believed to live in the San Fernando Valley. Police described him as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He had tattoos on both arms.
The stolen car, which remained missing Friday, is a black, 4-door 2001 BMW 325, Gourdikian said.
PASADENA — A man was wounded late Wednesday in a car-to-car shooting, police said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Prescott Street, near Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena man, was sitting in a parked car prior to the shooting, Clawson said.
“Another vehicle pulled up alongside him and a suspect only described as a male Hispanic fired shots at the victim’s vehicle,” the lieutenant said.
The victim was struck in the leg or legs and was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Clawson said. He refused to cooperate with investigators.
The shooter’s car was described only as a Honda, he added. A motive was not clear, however the attack was being investigated as possibly gang-related.
NORWALK — A young woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in a shooting at Hermosillo park early Wednesday, officials said.
The shooting was believed to have taken place shortly after midnight at the park, 11959 162nd Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said.
Deputies learned of the shooting when they received a call from a Downey hospital reporting a gunshot victim had arrived in the emergency room, the lieutenant said.
Little information was available as the wounded woman, 18, refused to cooperate with deputies, he said.
MONTEREY PARK — A fight inside a barbershop escalated into a shooting Saturday, however both the shooter and victim fled the area before police arrived, officials said.
The incident was reported about 1 p.m. at a barbershop in the 2300 block of South Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said.
“Two people inside got into an argument, then a fight,” the lieutenant said. “One of the two pulled out a gun.”
Several shots were fired, Kim said, however there was no evidence found that the other man had been struck by the gunfire.
Both combatants had left when police arrived, and both the attacker and victim were described only as men.
WEST COVINA — A woman was flown to the hospital with major head injuries after being attacked by three male assailants inside an Amar Road liquor store, authorities said.
Rescuers flew the injured woman, who was in her 50s, to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center by helicopter following the incident, which was reported at 1:37 p.m. at Chantry’s Pantry Liquor, 1005 Amar Road, according to West Covina police and fire officials.
Though the woman’s condition initially appeared critical, she was ultimately listed in stable condition at the hospital, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Officials first responded to what was reported as a vehicle striking a pedestrian at 1:37 p.m. in the 1000 block of Amar Road, near Valinda Avenue, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Mike Fountain said.
But on arrival, they found the woman inside a liquor store with a head injury more consistent with “a possibly assault with a blunt object of some sort,” the captain said. She was found just inside the door of the business.
Though conscious when firefighters first arrives, her condition appeared to be deteriorating and she was slipping in and out of consciousness, officials said.
Investigation revealed the woman had been assaulted by three attackers, initially described only as male and Latino, Patton said.
“Apparently, a verbal confrontation took place between the victim and the suspects, which escalated into the physical assault,” Patton said. It was unclear what the woman was struck with.
The investigation was ongoing, he added, and it was not immediately clear if the liquor store was equipped with surveillance cameras which may prove useful to detectives.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500.