NORWALK — A man was lucky to be not only alive, but seemingly avoid serious injury after being struck in the head in a drive-by shooting early Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 8 a.m. on Lowemont Street near Elaine Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia McDaniel said.
The victim was described as a man in his late-20s.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Steven Kumasharo said.
A bullet struck the man in the head, but traveled along his skull and exited without penetrating, officials said.
He was conscious and “very stable” when taken to a hospital for treatment, the captain said.
The shots came from a passing vehicle occupied by four male attackers, McDaniel said. No further description was available.
PASADENA — A 16-year-old Pasadena boy suffered stab wounds and head injuries in an attack Saturday, but refused to cooperate with investigators, police said.
Authorities first learned of the incident about 10 a.m. when the victim was brought to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena by a family member, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He had been stabbed several times to one of his arms and legs, as well as bruising to his head, though the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police later determined the attack likely took place at the Siesta Inn in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, the lieutenant said.
The wounded young man was “very uncooperative” when interviewed by police at the hospital, he said. “He said he was stabbed on Colorado Boulevard. He wouldn’t tell us any other circumstances.”
Officers had responded to the motel about 1:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight, however they found no one injured when they arrived, Clawson said. Police interviewed several people in the area, but made no arrests.
Officers returned to the motel later in the morning after learning of the stabbing and found blood in the area, he said. The time frame of the stabbing was unclear, and police were looking into any possible connection to the reported fight.
MONTEREY PARK — Deputies sought the public’s help Friday tracking down a man who stabbed another man in the throat during an unprovoked attack on a commuter bus last month.
The stabbing, which detectives are investigating as an attempted murder, took place at 7:17 p.m. Nov. 3 on a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus as it made it’s way through Monterey Park, Officials from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau said. The attack, which was captured on surveillance video, took place as the bus was at Atlantic Boulevard and Garvey Avenue.
Both the victim and suspect boarded the bus about the same time just before the incident, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The assailant in the seemingly random attack was not believed to know his victim, officials added.
“The victim stated that the suspect got up from his seat, and thought he was exiting the bus. Instead the suspect, unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the throat with a knife or other sharp object and ran off the bus,” according to the statement. “Detectives also confirmed this via the bus video.”
Investigators described the unidentified suspect was described as a about 30 years old, Latino, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with short black or brown hair, a mustache and a goatee. He wore a light-colored shirt and dark shorts when the stabbing took place.
The stabbing victim, a 54-year-old East Los Angeles man, was initially hospitalized in serious condition, but was expected to make a full recovery, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
Detective Kyle Ynclan of the Sheriff’s Transportation Services Bureau said Metro buses and trains are generally “a very safe mode of transportation.”
“That’s why when someone commits a crime like this, he must be brought to justice,” the detective said.
With the attacker’s image captured on surveillance footage, “there are times like these when we need the public to help identify a criminal like this so that we can stop them from committing another crime.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau at 323-8563-5000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA — Police are seeking a man who struck a security guard in the head with a skateboard after being caught shoplifting at a supermarket earlier this week, authorities said.
The theft-turned-robbery occurred about 5 p.m. Monday at Vons, at Colorado Boulevard and Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena police Sgt. Victor Alaniz said.
A security guard in his 20s noticed the thief putting food items into a bag and tried to detain him outside the store, the sergeant said.
The shoplifter struck the security guard in the head with a skateboard, inflicting a cut above the victim’s eye, Alaniz said. The injured guard declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said the assailant dropped the stolen items and fled. He was described as a man of unknown race in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds.
SOUTH EL MONTE — Two teenage boys suffered injuries in baseball bat attack late Friday, authorities said.
Few details were initially available regarding the 11:59 p.m. incident in the 2000 block of Santa Anita Avenue, near Rush Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Ann Devane said. The teens did not appear to be fully cooperating with investigators.
They were with a group of four or five others when two attackers described only as Latino exited a white, 4-door, older model car and assaulted the two victims with a baseball bat, Devane said.
The teens told deputies the attack was unprovoked, and they had no idea why they were beaten, the sergeant said.
One of the boys was hospitalized with injuries including an apparent broken nose, and the other was bleeding from his head, the sergeant said. The injuries were not believed to be major.
SOUTH WHITTIER — A man was hospitalized in unknown condition after being stabbed in a residential neighborhood late Thursday, officials said.
The incident was first reported about 7 p.m. in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue, just north of Dunton Drive, in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Corrales said.
The victim, initially described as a man in his 20s, was taken to a trauma center for treatment, the sergeant said. His condition was unclear.
Deputies continued investigating the circumstances of the stabbing, he said. A suspect was being sought, however a detailed description was not available.
POMONA — Rescuers rushed a teenage girl to the hospital following a shooting Saturday morning, authorities said.
The shooting was reported just before 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Laurel Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said.
The wounded girl was initially described as 14 years old, he said. Her condition was unknown.
Officials could not confirm initial reports from the scene that she had been wounded in the chest by a shotgun blast.
Paramedics flew the wounded victim to a trauma center via helicopter for treatment.
Romen Hines, 19, a U.S. Marine in town while on holiday leave, said he and others rushed to aid the wounded girl.
She was lying in the middle of the street, he said.
“She had all kinds of little pellets in her,” Hines said.
No suspects were in custody, and description of the shooter or shooters was available, Pomona police Lt. Eddie Vazquez said. The circumstances of the shooting also remained under investigation.
Detectives continued canvassing the neighborhood and checking nearby surveillance cameras for clues Saturday afternoon.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach the Pomona Police Department Detective Bureau at 909-620-2095.
NORWALK — Deputies found no one injured late Wednesday following a shoot-out between two vehicles in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
The shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. in the area of Angell Street and McRae Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said.
Witnesses reported gunmen inside a gray sedan and a green pickup truck trading fire, the lieutenant said. Bullet casings were found in the area, however no gunshot victims were found either at the scene or at area hospitals, Skeen said.
Further details were not immediately available.
A Monrovia man arrested last week on suspicion of assault after confronting a burglar with ninja swords and a pocket knife will not face criminal charges, officials said.
Jesse Runge, 35, was initially booked for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which unfolded late Nov. 12, according to Monrovia police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Prosecutors reviewed the case Friday and elected not to file charges against Runge, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said. “The case was declined due to insufficient evidence.”
Runge returned home shortly before midnight Tuesday to find his house ransacked and several items missing, both police and Runge said. Runge said he immediately suspected acquaintance Jeremi Weber, 30, as the culprit, and called police to report the break-in and the identity of the possible suspect.
While still on the phone with police, Runge said tracking software on his cell phone alerted him that his iPad was located at Weber’s home nearby in the 400 block of East Foothill Boulevard. He said he handed the phone with which he was talking to police over to his fiancee and rushed to Weber’s home to confront him and get his property back.
As he exited his car, Runge said he grabbed two sheathed, ornamental ninja swords that were in his vehicle. He said he did so because Weber had previously bragged to him about having guns.
“I admit it was stupid to walk to the door with those,” Runge said, but added that the swords never left their sheaths.
About that time, his fiancee joined him outside Weber’s home and took the swords from him, Runge said. She began yelling at Weber’s home, and Weber emerged.
Weber threw a soda, swung a backpack and threatened to “blast” both Runge and his pregnant fiancee as the men argued and slowly moved along Foothill Boulevard, according to Runge. When Weber began reaching into his pocket and backpack as if for a weapon, he said his fiancee then handed him a pocket knife she had been carrying. But he said he did not use it or try to use it on Weber.
Runge then flagged down a police officer that was nearby as Weber darted between two houses, Runge said. Police detained Runge, and soon also had Weber in custody.
Weber’s backpack was found to contain most of the items stolen from Runge’s home, Monrovia police Lt. Michael Lee said. Police also found Weber to be in possession of heroin and prescription pills. Weber had a small cut on his arm which he claimed Runge inflicted with the pocket knife. Officers took both men to jail.
Runge said he was not only infuriated to be locked up in jail alongside the man who burglarized his home, his father paid $3,000 to a bail bondsman to free him from jail, which is not refundable even though charges are not to be filed against him. “That’s the worst part about the whole thing.”
Weber, who was arrested for burglary and drug possession, pleaded “no contest” to a charge of first-degree burglary when he appeared Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said. Two drug-related charges were dismissed, and he was immediately sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation.
In addition to the burglary and drug possession case stemming from the Nov. 12 incident, Weber also appeared in court Tuesday in connection with a pre-existing case for receiving stolen property, Davila-Morales said. He pleaded “no contest” in that case as well and was immediately sentenced to another year in jail, along with three years of formal probation.
Even after all the trouble, Runge said he did not entirely regret his actions. He said he believed police would not have arrived at Weber’s home in time to prevent him from leaving the with stolen property.
Among the items recovered from Weber’s backpack was a gold, family heirloom pocket watch that had belonged to his great grandfather, Runge said.
“I can’t say I would do it differently, because I got that back,” he said.
PASADENA — A man showed up at a Pasadena emergency room with a gunshot to his foot late Saturday, officials said.
The man arrived at a hospital about 11:45 p.m. and said he had been shot, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
He told investigators he had been shot in the area of Mar Vista Avenue and Villa Street, but provided no further details of what had taken place, the lieutenant said.
Police received no reports of a shooting near Mar Vista and Villa, though they did respond to a report of “shots fired” shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Cedar Street.
Officers responded to the neighborhood after reports of shots heard, accompanied by the sound of a car speeding away, Clawson said. No victims or suspects were found at the scene.
Police were looking into the possibility the wounded man may have been related to the reported shooting along Fair Oaks, he added. The investigation was being handled by gang detectives.