PASADENA — Police arrested two Pasadena teens Saturday after shooting at and vandalizing the pickup truck of a group of men they were fighting with along Summit Avenue, officials said.
A 17-year-old Pasadena boy, whose name as not released due to his age, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. Cesar Antonio Angeles, 19, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of vandalism, according to police and county booking records.
The incident was reported about 6:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of North Summit Avenue, Clawson said.
Three victims, described only as male, exited a pickup truck and became involved in a fight with the two suspects, who were walking in the area, the lieutenant said.
The juvenile suspect pulled a handgun and began shooting at the three victims, who ran off, he said.
Clawson said the victims left their pickup truck behind as they fled, and Angeles proceeded to use an object to smash out the windows.
Police found the victims’ truck and evidence of a shooting in the area, Clawson said. Officers also found and arrested the two suspects in the neighborhood, thought he gun used in the shooting was not located.
Police were not initially able to locate the victims, he said. The investigation was ongoing.
WHITTIER — Deputies are seeking three young men who stabbed two other young men late Friday after the victims tried to stop the assailants from bringing a tank of laughing gas into a party in an unincorporated county area west of Whittier, authorities said.
The stabbing was reported shortly after 10 p.m. at a house party in the 7600 block of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
Deputies first received a call reporting a large party, but as they were en route, a second call reported a fight had broken out, the lieutenant said.
Two 18-year-old men, both believed to be local residents, had been stabbed in their torsos, Meyer said. They were hospitalized in stable condition.
The fight erupted when the attackers showed up at the family party and tried to bring in a tank of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, Meyer said.
The two victims confronted the men and told them they could not bring the tank into the party, which led to the fight and stabbing, Meyer said.
The attackers fled the scene before deputies arrived, however detectives were following up on solid leads to track them down, Meyer said. They were believed to have ties to a local “tagging crew.”
They were described as three Latino men in their early 20s, officials said. One was between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds. The second about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, and the third attacker as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 195 pounds.
PASADENA – A man’s car was struck by gunfire in a shooting early Saturday,though the driver was not injured, police said.
The shooting took place about 4:25 a.m. in the 200 block of East Washington Boulevard, just west of Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A man was driving west on Washington when he saw someone standing along the side of the road firing gunshots in his direction, the lieutenant said. The hood of the victim’s vehicle was struck by a bullet, as well as a nearby apartment.
Police searching the area did not find the shooter, and the victim was unable to provide a description, he said.
PASADENA –Police jailed a transient on suspicion of attempted murder late Tuesday after he tried to strangle a woman he had been arguing with, authorities said.
Farris Tollette, 45, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Pasadena Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
The alleged attack took place about 9 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
Tollette and the victim, also a transient, have a history of domestic violence and had been arguing earlier int he day, the lieutenant said.
Tollette saw the woman alone and ran up to her, knocked her to the ground and choked her until she lost consciousness, he said.
Responging officers arrested Tollette without a struggle, Delgado added. The woman declined to be taken to a hospital.
COVINA — Two teenagers were wounded, but expected to survive, men were wounded but expected to survive following a shooting late Saturday, police said.
A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were struck by gunfire in the 7:05 p.m. attack in the 1100 block of North Conwell Avenue, just north of Covina Boulevard, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
One of the victims was struck in both legs, while the other was wounded in the mid-torso, the sergeant said. Police declined to say which victim suffered which injury, citing the ongoing investigation.
They were standing near their parked car when shot, police said.
Police responded to a report of gunshots and found evidence of a shooting, but found no victims or suspects, Peterson said.
A short time later, the two wounded teenagers showed up at an area hospital, he said.
A silver Dodge Charger with after-market rims was seen leaving the area, officials said, however further suspect information was not available.
The wounded young men were believed to have gang ties, and the shooting initially appeared to be gang-related, Peterson said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Covina police Detective Ryan Davis at 626-384-5620, or 626-384-5808.
AZUSA — A judge sentenced a Covina man to seven years in state prison this week for shooting another man during an argument at an Azusa barbershop, officials said.
Dustin Juan Trujillo pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault with a deadly weapon, and admitted the sentence-enhancing allegation that her used a semi-automatic firearm in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said. West Covina Superior Court Jack P. Hunt immediately sentenced him.
The shooting took place about 6:20 p.m. Jan. 10 at a barbershop in the 300 block of North Citrus Avenue, Azusa police officials said.
It stemmed from a personal dispute, investigators said. The victim was wounded in the arm.
After identifying him as a suspect, police worked with family members to persuade Trujillo to turn himself in within hours of the shooting, officials said. He initially faces a charge of attempted murder in connection with the attack.
WHITTIER — A Pico Rivera man fled the scene after crashing into an off-duty sheriff’s deputy Saturday, then assaulted the deputy when confronted, authorities said.
Abel Salvador Villa, 37, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run following his arrest about six hours after the collision, which occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Mavis Avenue, according to Whittier police Lt. Mike Przybyl and county booking records.
He sideswiped the deputy’s personal vehicle and continued driving, the lieutenant said.
The off-duty deputy managed to get the man to pull over a short distance away, he said.
“The person who hit him assaulted or attempted to assault the off-duty deputy,” Przybyl said. The lieutenant said he did not have further details regarding the assault, but the off-duty deputy was not injured.
Officers set up a search perimeter, but ultimately gave up the search without finding the suspect, Przybyl said.
But at about 7:30 p.m., a resident of the nearby 5400 block of Adele Avenue called police to report they believed someone was underneath a house.
Police and sheriff’s deputies responded, and Villa complied with their commands to some out from under the home and surrender.
According to county booking records, Villa was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
EL MONTE — A man suspected of trying to kill his girlfriend was arrested Friday after he fled from police in a stolen pickup and crashed.
Dorian Guerrero was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft and felony evading of police, according to El Monte police and Los Angeles County booking records.
El Monte Police Sgt. Michael Buckhannon said an officer was given a description of a vehicle tied to the suspect. He saw the Nissan pickup truck at 3:33 p.m. on Peck and Lower Azusa roads.
The pickup took off.
Buckhannon said the pickup hit a car at Lower Azusa Road and the 605 Freeway. The injured suspect ran to a nearby nursery and tried to hide in the foliage, he said.
After being placed in the back of a patrol car, Buckhannon said the suspect kicked out the rear window.
The man was treated at Methodist Hospital of Southern California for a laceration to the forehead, Buckhannon said. He was being held at the El Monte jail.
The attempted murder occurred two months ago when the man allegedly shot at his girlfriend on Maxson Road as she drove away from him, according to Buckhannon. The woman reportedly wasn’t injured.
Police said the pickup truck was stolen in Monrovia.
Guerrero was being held in lieu of $1.06 million bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
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EL MONTE — Police are looking for the two men in a compact car who shot an El Monte resident Friday night.
The shooting broke out in the 3700 block of Gilman Road at 9:59 p.m.
El Monte police Sgt. Michael Buckhannon said an El Monte man was standing outside when a vehicle carrying two men pulled up alongside him. There was a conversation between the suspects and the resident before they opened fire, according to the sergeant.
Buckhannon said the victim was shot once in the stomach.
The man was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
The suspects were only described as two Latinos. Further details were not available.
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WEST VALINDA — A drive-by shooting late Thursday left one man seriously injured, though he was expected to survive, authorities said.
It happened about 11:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Duff Avenue.
Lt. Richard Shear of the sheriff’s Industry Station said two men were standing outside when someone in a vehicle started shooting at them
One of the men was hit in the chest, Shear said. Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital.
The wounded man, a 20-year-old local resident, was initially hospitalized in critical condition, though he was expected to survive his injuries, Lt. Arthur Scott said Friday.
The vehicle involved in the attack was described as a silver or gray hatchback, Scott said. No description of the person or people inside was available.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation, but was initially suspected to be gang-related, he added.
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