Man shot while driving in Baldwin Park


BALDWIN PARK >> A man suffered a wound to his shoulder in a shooting when was driving through Baldwin Park on Sunday evening, police said.
The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. as the victim, a man in his mid-20s, was driving an SUV at Ramona Boulevard and Harlan Avenue, according to Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joe Meister.
A bullet flew through an open window and struck the victim in the shoulder, the sergeant said. He did not see his attacker.
“He thought he heard a “pop,” then he felt the pain,” Meister said.
The victim was not believed to have gang ties, and the motive was unknown, he said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Baldwin Park police at 626-960-1955. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man stabbed in head during fight at Pasadena park; suspect jailed


A fight between two homeless men early Sunday ended with one of them hospitalized with stab wounds to his head and the other behind bars, authorities said.
Lewis Divens, 52, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The violence took place about 7 a.m. at Central Park, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
Divens and the victim, a 47-year-old man, became involved in an argument over territory at the park, he said.
The victim swung a leg brace at the other during the dispute, Hettema said. Divens allegedly pulled a knife, stabbed the victim in the back of the head and slashed his face.
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police found and arrested Divens within minutes, records show.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
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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Driver sought after brief pursuit, crash in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who they say rammed another car while fleeing from officers on Friday.
The incident began about 7:20 p.m. when an officer tried to pull over a car for a traffic violation at Lake Avenue and Boylston Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe.
The driver fled from police, he said. He rammed another occupied car as he fled through the parking lot of a business in the 700 block of Lake Avenue in what was believed to be an intentional act.
Police said the driver abandoned the crashed car and ran, leaving a woman who was riding as a passenger behind in the car.
Officers searched the area but did not find the driver, Grisafe said. They did, however, recover a handgun that had been discarded in the area.
A detailed description of the driver was not available as police continued working to determine his identity on Saturday.
The passenger was arrested due to outstanding warrants, he added.
The man driving the car struck by the fleeing suspect’s vehicle complained of pain but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries, Grisafe said.

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Man accused of attacking security guards at Pasadena library


PASADENA >> Two security guards fought with, disarmed and ultimately subdued a knife wielding man who became violent after be asked to leave the Pasadena Public Library at closing time on Friday, police said.
One of the security guards suffered a cut to his hand, and the other sustained bumps and bruises, but no one was seriously injured in the incident, which unfolded about 6 p.m. at the library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
The incident began when a security guard asked Aristotle Williams Edwards, 18, of Pasadena to leave the library because it was closing, but he refused, the lieutenant said.
“The security guards attempted to escort the suspect out, at which time the suspect displayed a weapon, a knife, and threatened the security guard,” Grisafe said.
The two men became involved in a fight, and a second security guard rushed to help.
Grisafe said the security guards managed to wrestle the knife away from Edwards and hold him until police arrived. Edwards was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
One of the security guards, a man in his 30s, suffered a cut to his hand, police said. The other guard, a man in his 50s, suffered bruises and abrasions.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Edwards was being held on $76,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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5 suspected in robbery, kidnapping of man at La Verne park


LA VERNE >> Police arrested five suspects they say kidnapped, robbed and pistol-whipped another man at Heritage Park in La Verne early Friday.
The crime took place about 12:40 a.m. at the park, 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne police officials said in a written statement.
A 19-year-old man was approached by a group of five people in a car who tried to rob him, but he initially managed to flee, Lt. Tom Frayeh said.
But the group caught up with the young man, pistol-whipped him and forced him into their car, the lieutenant said. They then drove the victim back to the park and stole several chains the man was wearing before releasing him.
Police were first summoned to the scene by a neighborhood resident who reported an unknown person was knocking on the front window of a home, according to the police statement.
They soon learned the person knocking on windows was the robbery victim, seeking help.
Officers found one of the suspects on foot in the area and took him into custody, officials said. The other four were found sitting in a Toyota Prius parked near Heritage Park.
Tyler Strickland, 19, of La Verne; Darius Kennedy, 19, of Azusa, Julius Sims, 41, of La Verne; Jazmyn Tyus, 22, of Twentynine Palms; and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping, Frayeh said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, the four adult suspects were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.

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Suspect in NorCal home-invasion robbery, attempted murder arrested in La Puente

LA PUENTE >> Detectives arrested a man in La Puente who was being sought in connection with a home-invasion robbery and attempted murder in northern California, authorities said.
The arrest took place about 11 a.m. in the area of Main Street and Chatterton Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Tim Murakami said.
Detectives assigned to the Industry Station were notified by Clearlake Police Department investigators that a suspect in a home-invasion robbery and attempted murder case they were investigating was believed to be in La Puente, the captain said.
Officials conducted a stake-out at a home where the suspect was expected to visit, he said. They spotted the suspect and took him into custody without incident about 11 a.m.
Inside a bag carried by the suspect was a handgun believed to have been used in the Clearlake crime, as well as items believed to have been stolen, including two bags and a jar filled with marijuana, Murakami said.
The suspect was being held on a warrant and was expected to be sent back to Lake County to face charges, the captain added. His identity was not available Friday.
Representatives of the Clearlake Police Department, a 21-officer department serving a community of about 15,000 people, were not available to discuss the crime in their jurisdiction.
Clearlake police are investigating the shooting of a woman that took place at a home on Thursday, according to a statement issued on the department’s Facebook page.
Few details were released regarding the shooting, and officials said on Friday that they could not confirm whether that was the crime for which the suspect arrested Friday in La Puente was being sought.
No further details were available.

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Man stabbed during fight outside Pasadena convenience store


PASADENA >> Three men beat and stabbed another man after an argument escalated into a fight outside a Pasadena convenience store early Thursday, officials said.
The stabbing was first reported to police about 3 a.m. after the victim arrived at a hospital for treatment, but was believed to have taken place about 2 a.m. in front of a 7-Eleven store at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
A 29-year-old Pasadena man arrived at the store with his wife, the lieutenant said. Three other men who were standing outside the door as the man and wife entered the convenience store made derogatory comments and called the man, “white boy.”
As the victim and his wife exited the store, the men continued with their insults and slurs, Aguilar said. The victim confronted the men, and a fight ensued.
At some point during the melee, the man was stabbed with an unseen knife or other sharp object, according to Aguilar. He sustained gashes to his head and arm.
The man’s wife drove him to a hospital, where he was being treated for injuries described as serious but not life-threatening, Aguilar said. The three attackers fled, Aguilar said.
They were described as three Latino men of about 25 years old wearing T-shirts. Two of them stood about 6 feet tall and weighed 180 to 190 pounds, while the third was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds.
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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UPDATED: Man accused of stabbing roommate during argument in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> A fight between roommates as a San Dimas apartment escalated into a stabbing on Wednesday, sending one of the men to a hospital and the other to jail, authorities said.
Jorge Albert Lara, 19, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 6:35 p.m. stabbing in the 200 block of West 5th Street, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
The alleged victim, also a 19-year-old man, was hospitalized with stab wounds to his face, back and arms, sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Investigators learned that the roommates had become involved in an argument over missing money, Reid said.
Lara ultimately pulled a knife and stabbed his roommate, he said.
The suspect remained at the scene and surrendered to deputies when they arrived, the lieutenant said. A small pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was found at the scene.
Lara was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.

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74-year-old Pasadena man accused of road rage attack


PASADENA >> Police arrested a 74-year-old Pasadena man on Wednesday after he struck another man with a stick in a fit of road range following a minor traffic accident, officials said.
The suspect and the alleged victim, a 37-year-old Pasadena man, were involved in a minor, non-injury fender bender shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
“Both subjects began arguing about the accident,” Aguilar said. “The suspect pushed the victim several times.”
The senior citizen then retrieved a wooden stick from his business nearby, the lieutenant said. He struck the other man on the side of his body and one of his legs.
Police arrived and took Isaac Mereshian into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Aguilar said.
The victim suffered minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital, he added.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mereshian was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Pasadena City Jail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man struck in face with beer bottle during quinceanera party in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who struck another man in the face with a beer bottle during a quinceanera celebration in Pasadena on Saturday night, authorities said.
The alleged attack was reported just after 11:30 p.m. during a 15-year-old girl’s birthday party at a banquet hall in the 700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
Officers responded to a report of an assault and encountered a man in his 30s who had been bashed in the face with a beer bottle, according to the lieutenant. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The alleged attacker had fled before officers arrived, he said.
The suspect had been a guest at the party and was acquainted with others in attendance, however, police were still working to determine his identity on Sunday, Grisafe said.
He was described as a Latino man in his 30s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds.
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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