Armed robbery reported at Pasadena market

PASADENA >> Two robbers held up a Lake Avenue market at gunpoint late Saturday, Pasadena police officials said.
The 7:40 p.m. robbery unfolded at a market in the 1500 block of North Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
One of the two robbers was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the clerk, a 55-year-old man, while demanding money, the lieutenant said. They fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the store’s register.
Police described the robbers as two black men, both between 19 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of thin build.
The clerk was not injured during the crime, unlike a worker at another Pasadena store who was shot and wounded during a robbery Friday evening.
In Friday’s 7 p.m. robbery at Pepe’s Video & Wireless, less than two miles away at 313 E. Orange Grove Blvd., a man in his 50s who was working as an attendant suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder while two men robbed the business, Lt. Ed Calatayud said. No other injuries were reported.
The robbers in the Orange Grove Boulevard crime were described as two black men wearing all black clothing. One was about 300 pounds, while the other was thin, police said.
It was not clear Sunday if there was a connection between the two armed robberies.

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UPDATED: Pasadena convenience store clerk shot during robbery

PASADENA >> A convenience store clerk is recovering from a gunshot wound this weekend as police continued seeking two men who shot him during a robbery late Friday.
The clerk, a man in his 50s, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was hospitalized in stable condition following the 7 p.m. crime at Pepe’s Video & Wireless, 313 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena police officials said.
He had been released from a hospital by Saturday morning, Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
“(Two robbers) entered the store and attempted to rob the location,” Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said. “A clerk intervened, one gunshot was fired.”
No other employees or customers were hurt, Chute said.
The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Calatayud said.
Officials described the gunman as a black man of about 300 pounds wearing all black clothing. His accomplice was described as a black man of thin build, also wearing all black clothing. No getaway car was seen.
Police shut down Orange Grove Boulevard between Los Robles and Marengo Avenues for more than an hour as they investigated the scene.

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Car struck by bullets while sitting at red light in Temple City; driver unhurt

TEMPLE CITY >> A gunman shot up a man’s car as he was stopped at a red light along Baldwin Avenue in Temple City early Thursday, officials said.
The shooting took place about midnight along Baldwin Avenue as the victim was heading north, approaching Bogue Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Abi Ben-Sahile said. But the crime was not reported until six or seven hours later.
Ben-Sahile said the victim, a man in his early-20s, told deputies he did not see the shooter, and initially thought someone was throwing rocks at his car.
But the man later realized bullets had struck both the front and rear of his car, the sergeant said.
The motive in the shooting was unclear.

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Home struck by gunfire in Hacienda Heights; no injuries reported

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Bullets tore through a Hacienda Heights family’s home early Wednesday, though no injuries were reported in the shooting, authorities said.
Deputies received a report of gunshots about 12:40 a.m. in the 1700 block of Charlemont Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Boese said.
They found that a nearby home had been struck by gunfire, and several spend bullet casings were collected from the ground, the sergeant said.
A family, including children, was inside the home, however no one was struck by the gunfire, he said.
No suspect description was known, and no further details were available.

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Two arrested in connection with early-morning Pasadena officer-involved shooting

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man and woman Sunday afternoon for allegedly assaulting an officer during an early-morning traffic stop, resulting in an officer opening fire, authorities said.
Neither the officer or the suspects were injured in the incident, which took place about 3:15 p.m. at La Tierra Street and Avocado Lane, Pasadena police officials said.
The Southwest Regional Pacific Fugitive Task Force tracked suspects Sanjay Kumar Varma, 32, of Pasadena and Crystal Buelas Orleans, 22, of Moreno Valley to a Van Nuys parking lot and took them into custody without a struggle about 4:20 p.m., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. Police described Varma as a gang associate.
Varma and Orleans escaped from police after a brief pursuit that followed the alleged assault and officer-involved shooting, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. Prior to the suspects’ arrest, it was unknown whether either had been wounded in the shooting.
An officer stopped an SUV containing the suspects for a traffic violation and saw the driver — later identified as Varma — had a handgun, Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The SUV then sped off, nearly striking an officer, police said. An officer fired at least one shot.
Varma and Orleans were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, officials said.
According to county booking records, Varma was being held in lieu of $130,000 bail pending his initial court appearance. Orleans was being held without bail.

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UPDATED: Man badly injured in Norwalk hotel stabbing

NORWALK >> Paramedics rushed a wounded man to a trauma center after he was stabbed late Friday at a Norwalk hotel, officials said.
The stabbing was first reported about 8:20 p.m. at the Guesthouse Hotel, 12500 Firestone Blvd., according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials.
Someone brought the wounded man to Norwalk Hospital by private vehicle, sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Gillespie said. Medical staff there determined the victim needed to be transferred to a trauma center.
The victim suffered major injuries including a punctured lung but was expected to survive, Gillespie said.
Deputies sought two male suspects possibly seen running from the area, the lieutenant said. One was believed to be armed with a pocket knife, and the other with a large hunting knife. No further description was available.
The investigation remained in its early stages, however it initially appeared the man was inside a room at the hotel when some sort of fight erupted, he said.
No further details were available.

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Covina woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

COVINA >> A Covina woman stabbed her boyfriend three times early Sunday in a seemingly unprovoked attack, officials said.
Police arrested Toni Entriken, 56, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 5:20 a.m. stabbing at a condominium in the 700 block of East San Bernardino Road, Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said.
The victim, a man in his 50s, had just woken up when he was confronted by Entriken, who was armed with a 6-inch-long butcher knife, the sergeant said.
A struggle ensued, and Entriken stabbed her boyfriend twice in the back and once in the arm, he said. The man fled from the condominium and called police.
Officer arrived to find the wounded man outside of the condominium complex, Bobkiewicz said. Paramedics took him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police arrested Entriken at her condominium without a struggle, Bobkiewicz added. She was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Tony Zavala at 626-384-5622, or the Covina Police Department’s on-duty watch commander at 626-384-5665.

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Three jailed in connection with Rosemead shooting

ROSEMEAD >> Three men were behind bars Sunday in connection with a weekend shooting in Rosemead, authorities said.
Oscar Recinos, 24, of Rosemead, Lance Spiteri, 25, of Diamond Bar and Edward Ascencio, 34, of Fontana, were ultimately jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Martinez said.
They’re accused of shooting at passing car driven by a 32-year-old Rosemead man about 2:40 p.m. Saturday at Graves and Eckhart avenues, Sgt. Julie Geary said. Bullets struck the car, however the driver was not injured.
Deputies searched the neighborhood following the gunfire, ultimately finding and arresting Recinos, Spiteri and Ascencio in connection with the shooting, officials said.
Sheriff’s gang detectives were handling the investigation, Martinez said.
The shooting was the second report of gun violence in Rosemead in less than a day.
Eighteen-year-old Jesse Garcia of Rosemead died early Saturday after he was shot at a Halloween party in the 7900 block of Virginia Street, sheriff’s officials said.
Garcia, who posted on social media that he would be working “security” at the party, asked two young men to leave just prior to the shooting, investigators said.
The two men returned with a gun and fatally shot Garcia, authorities said. The killers remained at-large Sunday.

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UPDATED: Car struck by gunfire in Rosemead, driver unhurt

ROSEMEAD >> Bullets pierced a car as it traveled down a Rosemead street Saturday afternoon, however the driver escaped injury, officials said.
The shooting took place about 2:40 p.m. on Graves Avenue at Eckhart Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Geary said.
Several bullets struck the car, but not the man driving it, she said.
Deputies searched the area and ultimately arrested three suspects in connection with the shooting, Lt. Loy McBride said.
Further details were not available early Sunday.

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Police car struck, officers unhurt in Monterey Park shotgun ambush

MONTEREY PARK >> Two police officers escaped injury when their car was struck by two shotgun blasts in an ambush late Thursday in Monterey Park, officials said.
An unknown attacker opened fire just before 10 p.m. as the officers were stopped in a commercial parking lot at the northeast corner of Garvey and New avenues, Monterey Park police Lt. Scott Wiese said.
The officers were watching over the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store across the street when their car was struck from behind by gunfire, the lieutenant said.
“All of a sudden, they heard two shots,” Wiese said. “They said it was really loud, like a shotgun blast. They felt the impact on the back of the patrol car.”
The officers sped out of the parking lot to escape the gunfire, he said. They didn’t see the shooter.
Monterey Park police, joined by officers from neighboring cities, swarmed the area in search of the attacker, Wiese said. The shooter remained at-large early Friday morning.
The shots were fired from north of the parking lot where the shooting took place, Wiese said. The area is occupied by a gated commercial lot, a vacant lot and the rear area of an apartment building.
Police summoned crime lab officials to the scene to examine the forensic and ballistic evidence.
Anyone with information can reach the Monterey Park Police Department at 626-573-1311. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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