UPDATED: Two men run over by car during fight in West Covina; driver arrested

WEST COVINA >> Two men suffered serious injuries and a woman was arrested Sunday after she intentionally ran over two men with a car while they were fighting in the street in West Covina, police said.
The incident began shortly before noon in a residential neighborhood along Serenade Avenue, near Lucille Avenue, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Two men, who knew one another, became involved in a fight at a home, the lieutenant said. The fight soon spilled out into the street.
During the fight, one of the men retrieved what appeared to be a handgun — which was later determined to be a replica — from a nearby Toyota Prius with a woman at the wheel, Patton said.
As the men continued to fight, the woman struck both of them with the car, he said.
“It looks like it wasn’t an accident. It looks like it was in intentional act,” Patton said.
Following the crash, both men ended up pinned beneath the car, Cpl. Tim Rodgers said. Neighbors rushed to their aid and lifted the car to free them.
The woman loaded the man who retrieved the fake gun from her car into the passenger seat of her vehicle and sped off, leaving the other injured man in the street, police said.
Officers found the Prius nearby at Azusa and Merced avenues. The woman, who also appeared to have suffered injuries including lacerations at some point during the melee, was detained. Her injured passenger was rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center by helicopter for treatment, Rodgers said. His condition was described as “serious.
The other injured man was hospitalized in stable condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Rodgers said.
Officers arrested the driver of the Prius on suspicion of attempted murder, he said. Her name was not released Sunday.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the unusual incident were not available.
“The investigation is still very preliminary,” Rodgers said. ““they’re still trying to determine the relationships with all the parties involved.”

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UPDATED: Wounded suspect captured after gunfight with deputies in Industry

INDUSTRY >> Deputies captured a fleeing suspect after trading gunfire with the man and wounding him in a commercial neighborhood in Industry late Friday, authorities said.
The gunfight took place just before midnight in the 13300 block of Crossroads Parkway North, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies responded to a report of a man acting strange and yelling at people in the parking lot. Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
When deputies arrived, they found the 41-year-old man in a car, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan. He fled from the vehicle on foot with a handgun.
“While searching for the suspect, the suspect fired several times at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Rouzan said.
Though deputies did not know it at the time, the suspect was wounded by their gunfire, officials said.
Deputies found the suspect hiding in some foliage leading up to the 60 Freeway, Rouzan said.
After he refused orders to surrender, the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, or SWAT team, was summoned to take over the situation.
About three hours later, “After several attempts to negotiate his surrender, the suspect was taken into custody by SEB personnel,” Rouzan said.
He was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his “upper torso,” Rouzan said. His identity was not released Saturday and his condition was unavailable.
“The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene,” Navarro-Suarez said.
Officials shut down both directions of the 60 Freeway between Crossroads Parkway and Seventh Avenue and evacuated nearby homes during the suspect search.
Authorities reopened the 60 Freeway and lifted evacuations shortly after 3 a.m.

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UPDATED: Montebello senior stabbed during robbery attempt outside her home

MONTEBELLO >> A senior citizen suffered serious injuries when she was stabbed during a robbery attempt outside her Montebello home late Friday, police said.
The stabbing took place about 8:20 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Hendricks Street, just north of Beverly Boulevard, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a woman in her mid-60s, had just arrived home, Montebello police Lt. Michael Bergman said.
“It sounds like she was trying to get in her front door. The attacker approached her,” he said.
The robber initially appeared to be after the woman’s purse, but the crime quickly escalated into a stabbing, Bergman said.
The woman had offered little resistance when the would-be robber, without provocation, stabbed her at least twice in the upper torso with a kitchen-style knife, the lieutenant said. He fled on foot, without obtaining anything from the woman.
The woman was taken to a hospital, Bergman said. “She’s in serious condition.”
A detailed suspect description was not available, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man and woman stabbed following parking dispute in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man stabbed and seriously wounded a woman and her boyfriend during what began as an argument over parking in a carport late Saturday.
Both victims, a Pasadena woman in her 30s and a Los Angeles man in his 30s, were hospitalized in “critical but stable” condition following the alleged attack, which took place about 8:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The suspect, a man in his 50s, was a neighbor of the woman, the lieutenant said. They had been involved in an ongoing dispute when they encountered one another in the parking lot of their apartment complex and became involved in an argument over parking.
“The argument escalated into a physical fight between them,” Mercado said. “(The woman’s boyfriend) saw the fight and involved himself in defense of the (female) victim.”
“The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed both of them,” he said. “The (male) victim managed to disarm the suspect and retain the knife. Once the suspect was disarmed, he fled in his vehicle.”
Police collected the folding pocket knife as evidence, Mercado said.
The suspect’s identity was not available as police continued seeking him Sunday.

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UPDATED: Rosemead man seriously wounded in Montebello stabbing: suspect jailed

A man showed up at a Montebello emergency room with serious wounds early Saturday following a stabbing in a nearby residential neighborhood, police said.
Police were notified about 1:40 a.m. that a stabbing victim had arrived at Beverly Hospital, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a 31-year-old Rosemead man, was hospitalized in serious condition with several stab wounds, Lt. Andy Vuncannon said.
“Officers were able to obtain information from various sources that the assault may have occurred at a specific residence in the 500 block of North 6th Street,” according to the statement.
After finding evidence believed related to the stabbing outside and nearby the home, investigators detained a 38-year-old Montebello man found there for questioning, police said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered from the home.
After further investigation, police booked Victor Vasquez on suspicion of attempted murder, Vuncannon said.
The suspect and victim knew one another, and the stabbing may have stemmed from a business dispute between the two men, the lieutenant said.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Suspect charged with shooting CHP officer in West Covina appears in court; officer recovering at home

*VIDEOS: CHP Assistant Chief Marc Shaw discusses the shootout between CHP officers and a suspect in West Covina on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. – VIDEO 1; VIDEO 2

WEST COVINA >> A Fontana man accused of wounding a California Highway Patrol officer in a shotgun attack last week entered a not guilty plea Wednesday as investigators released new details regarding the West Covina shootout that erupted during a routine traffic stop.
John Alfred Garcia, 30, is accused of opening fire on CHP officer Felix Serpas with a semi-automatic shotgun after being pulled over at the Sunset Avenue offramp of the westbound 10 Freeway in West Covina just after 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The wounded CHP officer and his partner returned fire, wounding Garcia before he led West Covina police and other authorities on a high speed chase that ended with his arrest in Fontana.
Garcia pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm and felony evading of police, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said. Garcia is also accused of the special allegations that her personally fired a semi-automatic firearm during the crime, and that the shooting resulted in great bodily injury to the officer.
Serpas and partner Jeremy Keller pulled over a Cadillac Escalade, suspecting the driver may be impaired, CHP Assistant Chief Marc Shaw said. Keller had one year experience with the CHP.
0917_NWS_SGT-L-CHPFOLO-01The SUV exited the freeway and stopped in a the parking lot of a business along Sunset Avenue, he said. Felix approached the Escalade to talk with the driver, later identified as Garcia.
“He greeted the driver of the vehicle and was able to get the words, “Good evening,” out when, immediately, an attempt to murder our officer occurred,” Shaw said.
“Our officer tactically retreated. The suspect exited with a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun and continued his deliberate, aggressive and premeditated attack in his attempt to murder our officers,” Shaw said. “An officer-involved shooting occurred as they attempted to defend their lives, and an exchange of gunfire in excess of 30 seconds occurred at that point.”
It was unclear how many shot were traded by the suspect and officers.
Garcia got back into his SUV and fled. West Covina police officers soon spotted the Escalade, initiating a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph before coming to an end in Fontana. Officers took Garcia, who had been wounded in the shootout, into custody with help from a West Covina police K-9.
0917_NWS_SGT-L-CHPFOLO-04The reason Garcia attacked the officers remained unclear, officials said. He had no outstanding arrest warrants, and the SUV he was driving was not stolen.
A second occupant was believed to be inside the Garcia’s SUV when officers first stopped it, but was not present when the chase conclusion. It was unclear exactly when and where the second occupant exited the vehicle. The search for the passenger continued Wednesday.
Serpas, a 40-year-old with six years experience with the CHP, was discharged from a hospital Tuesday and was resting at home, said Capt. Steve Urrea of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office, where Serpas works.
Though he sustained wounds to his torso, head, neck and both arms, ‘He’s expected to make a full recovery,” Urrea said.
The injuries could have been worse if not for the officer’s bullet-proof vest, Urrea said.
CHP officials thanked West Covina police, other agencies and medical professions who assisted helped in the aftermath of the shooting.
“This part incident could have happened in any city in California. We were blessed to be there at the right time and have the opportunity to get involved and assist in apprehending the suspect.,” West Covina Police Chief David Faulkner said.
Faulkner also thanked the numerous other agencies who took part in the apprehension and arrest.
Garcia was ordered back to court Oct. 27 for a preliminary hearing setting, Risling said. Bail was set at $2.075 million.

PHOTOS: [TOP] – Alleged gunman John Garcia, 30, of Fontana opens fire on two CHP officers after being pulled over in West Covina on Friday, Sept. 11, 2014. (Courtesy of the CHP) [CENTER] – CHP Officer Felix Serpas approaches an SUV moments before being shot and wounded. (Courtesy of the CHP) [BELOW] – CHP shooting suspect John Alfred Garcia, 30, of Fontana. (Courtesy of the CHP)


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UPDATED: CHP officer shot in West Covina; suspect jailed in Fontana following chase

WEST COVINA >> A gunman shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop in West Covina early Friday before being apprehended following a pursuit that ended in Fontana, authorities said.
The officer was hospitalized in stable condition following the 1:40 a.m. shooting along the Sunset Avenue offramp of the westbound 10 Freeway, CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.
He had pulled over a Cadillac Escalade containing a man and woman.
“During the course of the traffic stop, one of the suspects shot and struck the officer,” Polizzi said.
The officer returned fire, he said. It was unclear whether either suspect was struck.
After wounding the officer, the suspects fled but were quickly spotted by West Covina police officers, Polizzi said.
Police chased the SUV on multiple freeways until the pursuit came to an end following a crash at Arrow Boulevard and Citrus Avenue in Fontana, where the alleged shooter was captured, officials said.
It was not immediately clear whether the woman who accompanied the suspect was also in custody. No further details were available.

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Whittier gang member sentenced for knife, hammer attacks


NORWALK >> A Whittier gang member received a sentenced of more than 25 years in prison Wednesday after admitting charges connected to the stabbing of his uncle in Pico Rivera in late-2013, as well as a stabbing and hammer attack on a former friend in South Whittier two days later, authorities said.
In a negotiated plea arrangement, Alfred Tapia, 36, pleaded “no contest” to two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attacks, which took place Dec. 3, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
Additional charges of mayhem and child endangerment were dismissed, she said. A Norwalk Superior Court Judge immediately sentenced Tapia to 25 years and eight months in state prison.
Tapia showed up at the home of his uncle in the 8700 block of Olympic Avenue in Pico Rivera Dec. 3, 2013, where he stabbed and seriously injured his relative, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Two days later, he showed up at the home of a former friend in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue in South Whittier, investigators said. He attacked the former friend, who was alone caring for his infant child, with a knife and hammer.
Tapia was arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles County to face justice in April of 2014, officials said. A motive for the attacks was not determined, Ardalani said.
He was also suspected in the stabbing of another relative in Chino on Dec. 6, 2013, though charges were never filed, authorities said.

PHOTO of Alfred Tapia courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Two men wounded in Norwalk shooting

NORWALK >> A gunman shot and wounded two men early Sunday in a residential Norwalk neighborhood, authorities said.
The shooting took place just after midnight at Lowemont Street and Horst Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ralph Gama said.
A man was stopped in his car talking to an acquaintance who was standing on the sidewalk when a white Toyota Camry came to a stop in front of them, the sergeant said.
“The passenger exited and started shooting at the victims,” Gama said.
The man on the sidewalk was struck in the chest and face, he said. The victim in the car was struck in the arm and torso.
The victims managed to drive to the home of a family member, who called for help, Gama said.
Both wounded men, who were in their 20s, were hospitalized in stable condition, he said.
The shooter and gunman were last seen driving south out of the area, Gama said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Investigators suspected the shooting was gang-related.

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Three sought in stabbing, beating of man in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A woman and two men stabbed a man in the face and beat him during an attack early Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 2:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. Witnesses called police after finding the victim, a homeless man in his 40s, in the parking lot of a nearby gas station bleeding from his face.
The injured man told officers he had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend just before the attack, Mercado said. The woman left and returned a short time later, accompanied by two men.
“The girlfriend slashed his eye with knife and hit him on head with metal pipe,” the lieutenant said. The weapons were described as a steak knife and a pipe of about 5 inches long.
When the victim fell to the ground, “the two male suspects repeatedly kicked him in the upper body.”
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life threatening, Mercado said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available as police continued seeking them Sunday.

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