PASADENA >> A Pasadena man used pepper spray to defend himself after a family member attacked him with a knife amid a psychotic episode Sunday, police said.
The incident took place about 10 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of El Sereno Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 23-year-old Pasadena man attacked a 34-year-old family member, the lieutenant said.
“He was having a psychotic episode when he threatened to kill the victim with a knife he was holding in his hand,” Luna said. “He advanced toward the victim, at which point the victim pepper-sprayed the suspect in the face, thwarting the attack.”
The victim was unharmed, Luna said. The suspect was treated by paramedics for exposure to pepper spray and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Criminal charges were likely to follow.
NORWALK >> A man shot another man multiple times during an argument between the two men in a Norwalk neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooter remained at large following the 1 p.m. shooting along Liggett Street, just east of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Few details were available as the victim, a 21-year-old man, refused to cooperate with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He got into an argument with another man before the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the chest, abdomen and legs, Smitson said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A detailed suspect description was not available, officials said. A dark-colored sedan seen driving away from the area may have been involved.
WEST COVINA >> A man showed up at a West Covina hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg early Sunday, but refused to tell police when and where he had been shot, authorities said.
Police were notified about 1 a.m. that a wounded man had arrived at Citrus Valley Health Partners – Queen of the Valley Campus, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, would only tell investigators he was shot while walking to a party, the lieutenant said. He refused to say when or where it occurred.
Police were looking into the possibility the shooting was related to another shooting reported late Saturday at a West Valinda house party that left a teenager dead and a man wounded, Patton said.
No concrete link between the two incidents had been established Sunday afternoon as the investigation continued.
PICO RIVERA >> Road rage sparked a car-to-car shooting in Pico Rivera late Saturday, leaving one teen wounded in the face and another in the leg, authorities said.
The gunfire erupted about 11:30 p.m. along eastbound Whittier Boulevard, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Harvey Crosthwaite said.
The victims, described as three men in their late-teens, passed a slower moving car, the lieutenant said.
Crosthwaite said the maneuver apparently angered the occupants of the other car, who made hand gestures before opening fire on the victims’ car. It was unclear whether the gestures were gang-related.
A bullet passed through a window and headrest of the victims’ car, ultimately striking the driver in the jaw, Crosthwaite said. A rear passenger in the car suffered a grazing wound to his leg, while a third passenger in the car was unhurt.
Following the shooting, the victims pulled into a gas station at Whittier Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, along the border between Pico Rivera and Whittier, to seek help, officials said. Both wounded men were hospitalized in stable condition.
Deputies described the suspects as a man in his late-20s or early-30s, who was driving the dark-colored sedan, and a woman with black hair, who was riding as a passenger.
PASADENA >> A man stabbed another man in the back in an unprovoked attack as the victim walked down the street in northwest Pasadena early Wednesday, officials said.
A 41-year-old Pasadena man was walking down Los Robles Avenue, just south of Woodbury Road, about 5 a.m. and felt a sharp pain in his back, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“He saw man running south on Los Robles, then he discovered he was stabbed with an unknown object,” Luna said. No further description of the attacker was available.
The man was treated at hospital for a small stab wound that did not appear to be serious, the lieutenant said.
PASADENA >> Police sought a Pasadena woman Saturday who they say attacked a neighbor with a box cutter the previous afternoon.
Maria Herrera, 27, was considered armed and dangerous, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
She slashed a man in his 30s with a box cutter about 2:20 p.m. Friday at the apartment complex where both live in the 400 block of North Garfield Avenue as the result of an ongoing personal dispute, according to the lieutenant. The victim was treated for slash wounds to his hand and finger.
The victim was walking into the complex from a rear parking lot when he heard someone running up behind him, Mercado said. He turned to see Herrera rushing toward him with a box cutter in-hand.
“As he begins to backpedal, he trips and falls to the ground. She slashes at him,” Mercado said. The man blocked the blows with his hand, which suffered the brunt of the alleged attack, and managed to get away from Herrera.
The victim relayed that the woman had threatened to kill him about two weeks prior, but the incident was not reported to police, Mercado said.
Herrera fled. Police described her as 4 feet 11 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored sweatshirt. Herrera was believed to be driving a gray, four-door, 1990s-model Honda Civic.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court and booking records, Herrera was released from jail Oct. 27 after serving time in county jail for possession of burglary tools
Her previous convictions also include providing a false name to police in August, brandishing a firearm in 2011; as well as auto theft, drug possession and possession of burglary tools in 2008.
Anyone who sees Herrera is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241 or call 911.
PHOTO of Maria Herrera, 27, of Pasadena. (Courtesy)
PASADENA >> A man arrived at a hospital with a stab wound early Saturday, claiming he was stabbed by a relative at a local park but refusing to cooperate further with investigators, police said.
Staff at Huntington Hospital notified police about 2 a.m. that a 54-year-old Pasadena man had just driven himself to the emergency room with a stab wound to his thigh, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man told police the stabbing took place at Brookside Park, near the Rose Bowl, and that a cousin of his had stabbed him after accusing him of having an affair with the cousin’s wife, the lieutenant said.
“He would not give us a name or description of the suspect,” Mercado said.
The injury was no considered life-threatening.
A man was found stabbed in the neck along a South Whittier street Friday, but the deaf and mute victim could not immediately tell deputies what had taken place, authorities said.
A passer-by reported finding the man suffering from a gash to his neck shortly after 1 p.m. at Meyer Road and Fidel Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cynthia Chavez said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the stabbing were available, she said. The victim, a 34-year-old deaf and mute Whittier man, could not communicate with deputies at the scene.
A sign-language interpreter was summoned to the hospital to help investigators interview the victim, but they were not immediately able to get a statement as he was quickly rushed into surgery.
PASADENA >> An unknown shooter or shooters opened fire on a group of people congregated at Villa Park early Wednesday morning, leaving one man wounded, police said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” about 6:15 a.m. in the park just north of the Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police encountered a Pasadena man in his 40s who told officers that someone had opened fire on a group of people gathered at the park, the lieutenant said. The man had not been struck by the gunfire, and the others at the park had left before police arrived.
But a hospital notified police about 15 minutes later that a 19-year-old man had arrived at an emergency room with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, Goodman said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
No description of the shooter or shooters was available.
PASADENA >> A 73-year-old Pasadena man engaged police in a standoff for more than an hour Saturday after pointing a rifle at his female roommate during an argument, authorities said.
John Fletcher was expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats following the incident, which unfolded about 11 a.m. at a house in the 1000 block of Sunset Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He was taken to a hospital prior to booking for medical examination.
The incident began when Fletcher became involved in an argument with his roommate, a woman in her early 40s, Mercado said.
“Fletcher became angry, went and retrieved a rifle from somewhere in the house, pointed it at his roommate and threatened to kill her,” Mercado said. The woman fled from the home uninjured and called police.
Officers made contact with Fletcher by telephone, but he refused to exit the home and surrender, the lieutenant said.
After more than an hour, he said, officers spotted Fletcher exit the home, unarmed, and arrested him without a struggle.
Police recovered two .22-caliber rifles from the house, Mercado said.