UPDATED: Transient accused of carjacking and kidnapping woman in Montebello

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MONTEBELLO >> Police arrested a transient Wednesday they believe kidnapped and carjacked a 19-year-old Azusa woman at knifepoint the day before.
Police, aided by a K-9, found and arrested Omar Alfaro Juarez, 23, about 7:40 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Montebello Boulevard, according to Montebello police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He’s accused of kidnapping, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a series of crimes, unfolding about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Bluff Road and Whittier Boulevard, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The woman had stopped her car in the area to rest and wait for a friend while driving home and fell asleep with car unlocked, police said.
“She was later awakened when she felt something on her neck and realized that a male was in her passenger seat holding a knife to her neck,” according to the statement.
Juarez allegedly forced the woman over to the passenger seat and drove her around for several hours, forcing her to remove $20 from an ATM at Beach Street and Greenwood Avenue, Montebello police Detective Alfred Martinez said, officials said.
The woman reported seeing a possible second suspect at the convenience store, though police were still seeking that man and trying to determine whether he was involved in the crime, Martinez said.
The woman was freed about six hours later when a parking enforcement officer called police to report what they thought to be domestic violence in the 1700 block of Bluff Road, Martinez said. Juarez fled when officers arrived and was not found.
Detectives later identified Juarez as the suspect and began surveillance in the area of Montebello Boulevard and Elm Street, where he was known to frequent. They spotted Juarez Wednesday afternoon.
“Juarez refused to surrender and was apprehended by K-9 Cody,” the police statement says. Vernon and Monterey Park police assisted in the arrest, along with a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
The woman suffered a superficial cut to her neck, but no serious injuries, Martinez said.
Juarez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

PHOTO of suspect Omar Juarez courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.

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UPDATED: Two wounded in Azusa stabbing


AZUSA >> Two men were critically injured in a stabbing after leaving church in Azusa Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 1:10 p.m., just after the victims they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The attacker was described as male, however no further description was available.
The stabbing came at the end of a violent weekend in Azusa.
A 23-year-old Azusa man was stabbed and beaten about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, Azusa police officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. No suspects were arrested.
A 17-year-old Azusa boy is hospitalized with serious injuries after being shot several times Friday night in the 800 block of West 6th Street, officials said. No arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

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Woman, children unhurt following Pasadena drive-by shooting


PASADENA >> A drive by shooting sent a bullets into a home occupied by a woman and two children late Saturday, but no injuries were reported, police said.
The shooting took place about 10:35 p.m. at Howard Street Navarro Avenue, Pasadena police L. Mark Goodman said.
A man in a passing black sedan opened fire on the home, striking the front window, the lieutenant said.
A 59-year-old woman, along well as a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl who were inside the home were unharmed, he said.
The motive for the shooting was unclear.

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UPDATED: Gun battle erupts on La Puente street


LA PUENTE >> No wounded victims were initially found after a gun battle unfolded on a residential Le Puente street between two shooters in two cars and another person at a home, officials said.
The exchange of gunfire was first reported shortly after 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Lang Avenue.
Two attackers in two passing cars, described as a gray Jeep Liberty and an older-model Nissan Maxima, opened fire with a handgun and a rifle, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. The intended target, who was not struck, returned fire.
The rear window of the Nissan Maxima’s had been shot out, but it was unclear if anyone inside the vehicle was struck by the gunfire, Sgt. Liza Vera said.
Both vehicles were last seen heading south on Lang Avenue, officials said. Initial reports from the scene indicated the suspects were five men and one woman, and they were armed with a handgun and an AR-15 rifle.
The intended shooting victim, a man in his mid- to late-20s, was believed to have former gang ties, Lt. Rick Thurlo said.
He apparently received word that attackers were coming after him, and armed himself as he awaited their arrival, the lieutenant added.
It was not clear Sunday afternoon whether the man would be arrested.
The shooting appeared to be gang-related, and sheriff’s gang detectives are handling the investigation, Vera said.

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UPDATED: Teen shot, three people stabbed during weekend violence in Azusa

AZUSA >> Weekend violence in Azusa left a teenager wounded by a gunfire and three men hospitalized with stab wounds, authorities said.
The separate incidents took place Friday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon, Azusa police officials said.
Two Azusa men were critically injured in a stabbing about 1:10 p.m. just after they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The suspect was described only as male.
Another attack took place about a mile away around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, police said.
A 23-year-old Azusa man walking down the street was confronted by three men who pulled up in a dark-colored sedan, Sutcliffe said.
“After words were exchanged, the victim was attacked by the three subjects and stabbed twice in the upper torso,” he said. “The victim was also punched and kicked several times in the head and upper body while he was on the ground.”
The three attackers, described as men in their early-20s, returned to their car and fled. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
In another incident, an unidentified attacker shot and seriously wounded a 17-year-old Azusa boy about 10:50 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of West 6th Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
The teen was standing on the south sidewalk when a dark-colored sedan pulled up, parked, and a passenger exited.
“The passenger walked within close range of the 17-year-old and opened fire with a handgun, striking the victim several times in the upper torso,” Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the teen to a hospital where he was listed in “serious but stable” condition Sunday, the sergeant said.
“No arrests have been made, and the motive for both the shooting and (Sunday morning) stabbing is actively being investigated by Azusa police detectives,” Sutcliffe said.
The attacker and driver were described as men in their early-20s.
Police had no information to indicate any of the violent incidents were related to each other, Badoni said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Caseworker attacked with caustic chemical at Santa Fe Springs child services office


SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A caseworker at Santa Fe Springs social office suffered burns to her arm after an unidentified man and woman threw an unknown caustic chemical on her Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The attack was reported about 4:25 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services office, 10355 Slusher Drive, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The suspects approached the victim in the parking lot, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.”
“They threw an unknown chemical on her,” Scoggins said.
Paramedics took the woman to a hospital for treatment of injuries to both arms described as moderate, he said. She appeared to be in her early 40s.
The woman washed off the substance and discovered it had left burns, Ellis said. It was yet to be been determined what the liquid thrown on the victim was.
The female suspect through the substance, while the man drove their car, described as a blue or gray sedan, Scoggins said.
The female attacker wore her hair in a pony tail, Scoggins added. No further description of the suspects was available.
Police searched the area but did not find the attackers, officials said.
Both suspects were initially described as male, however investigators later determined on of the suspects was a woman, Scoggins said.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the incident were not available.
It was unclear whether they knew the victim, or why they targeted her in the bizarre assault.
“At this point, I don’t know what the motive could possibly have been,” Scoggins said.
Anyone with information can reach the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9200.

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More than 20 rounds fired in Pasadena shooting, no victims found


PASADENA >> Police responding to reports of gunfire found more than 20 spent bullet casings in the street early Saturday, but no signs of any victims or suspects, officials said.
Police received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshot about 12:45 a.m. in the area of Penn Street and Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers discovered more than 20 fired “large-caliber” bullet casings in the street, the lieutenant said.
But they found no victims or suspects during a search of the area, he said.

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Police: Man accused of assault after kicking man in head during fight in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police jailed a local transient Tuesday after he allegedly kicked another man in the head during a fight Tuesday evening, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a fight involving two men about 7:40 p.m. on a sidewalk along Fair Oaks Avenue at Hurlbut Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police learned the men had become involved in a fight over an unknown subject,
After being punched, the 54-year-old victim, also transient known to frequent the area, fell backward and struck his head on a cinder block wall, Goodman said.
“While the victim was on the ground, the suspect kicked the victim once in the head,” the lieutenant said.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital in stable condition, Goodman said.
Officers found and arrested Oscar Villamil, 38, on suspicion of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Villamil was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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Man sought in stabbing of woman near Covina arrested in Los Angeles

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COVINA >> A man accused of stabbing a 23-year-old Glendora woman in an unprovoked attack last week was behind bars Sunday, authorities said.
Peter William Cooley, described as a 24-year-old transient, was arrested by LAPD Saturday afternoon, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
LAPD officers jailed him in connection with an attempted kidnapping case before realizing he was wanted for the Aug. 2 stabbing at Tri-Community Adult School, 20350 E Cienega Ave. in an unincorporated county area near Covina, sheriff’s Sgt. Nicole Davis said. Further details regarding the alleged kidnapping attempt in Los Angeles were not available.
He’s accused of stabbing the victim, a high school acquaintance, as she skateboarded with friends at the school about 12:45 P.M., according to Lt. Andy Berg.
Without uttering a word, Cooley approached the woman on a bicycle, then stabbed her four to five times in the torso and arm, Berg said. He then abandoned his bicycle and ran away.
The woman was hospitalized in fair condition following the stabbing, officials said.
According to county booking records, Cooley was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

PHOTO of stabbing suspect Peter Cooley, 24, courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Man flags down driver, then stabs him at West Whittier gas station


WEST WHITTIER >> A man suffered a slash to his wrist in a seemingly unprovoked attack at a gas station in an unincorporated county area just west of Whittier late Friday, officials said.
The victim, a man in his early-20s, told deputies he was at a gas station at Washington Boulevard and Norwalk Avenue about 11 p.m. when a man he did not know flagged him down, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Vasquez said.
When the victim rolled down the window of his car, the suspect started stabbing at him with a 6- to 7-inch long knife, the sergeant said.
The victim suffered a wound to his left wrist, Vasquez said. He drove himself to a local hospital for treatment.
Officials described the attacker as a black man, 30 to 35 years old, with braces on his teeth, about 5 feet 7 inches tall an 180 pounds.
The investigation was being handled by deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.

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