Man shot in the face in La Habra


LA HABRA >> A man remained hospitalized Sunday with a gunshot wound to his face following shooting in a residential neighborhood in La Habra Friday night, officials said.
The circumstances of the 10:05 p.m. shooting in the 700 block of West Rye Avenue remained unclear, La Habra police Sgt. Clint Angle said.
The wounded, a 24-year-old La Habra man, suffered a gunshot wound that shattered his jaw, but was expected to survive, officials said. But his medical condition prevented investigators from communicating with him.
Police first responded to the neighborhood and found the victim after receiving several reports of an argument and a gunshot heard, Angle said.
Witnesses indicated the victim had been chasing two others — described as male teens in dark clothing — down the street prior to the shot ringing out, the sergeant said.
But it remained unclear whether the teens who were being chased fired on their pursuer, or if the man accidentally shot himself, he said.
A single spent bullet casing was found at the scene, but no gun.
Investigators suspected the incident was gang-related.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.

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Cousins jailed in connection with stabbing outside Covina convenience store

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COVINA >> Two cousins are accused of attempted murder after a fight at a convenience store escalated into a stabbing late Friday, officials said.
Manuel Luis Melendez, 19, of West Covina and Eric Sebastian Garcia-Melendez, 21, of Pasadena, are each being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending their initial court appearances, according to Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The incident unfolded about 2:10 a.m. at 7-Eleven, at Vincent Avenue and Badillo Street, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
Both suspects and the victim, a 27-year-old man, were inside the store when the victim accidentally bumped up against one of the cousins with his bicycle, the sergeant said.
An argument turned into a fight outside the store, and one of the two attackers pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen and shoulder, Peterson said.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery, he said.
As the investigation into the stabbing continued, West Covina police received a report of a possible prowler in a backyard near the 7-Eleven, but across the city border in West Covina, Petson said.
Police found Melendez and Garcia-Melendez hiding in the backyard and arrested them in connection with the stabbing, officials said.
Both suspects are scheduled to appear for arraignment hearings Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

BOOKING PHOTOS of anuel Luis Melendez, 19, of West Covina [left] and Eric Sebastian Garcia-Melendez, 21, of Pasadena [right] courtesy of the Covina Police Department.

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UPDATED — Officials: Pasadena woman tries to run down parents with SUV, strips nude at end of police chase in Downtown L.A.

PASADENA >> A woman allegedly tried to run down at least one of her parents with an SUV in Pasadena Friday night before leading police on a pursuit that came to an end in Downtown Los Angeles, where she stripped nude before being taken into custody.
The bizarre string of events began about 10:30 p.m. when police received a report of a family dispute at a home in the 1300 block of Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Officers learned a woman had gotten into an argument with her parents, during which she allegedly tried to run them down with an SUV.
“She tried to strike one or both of her parents,” Gourdikian said. “They had to jump out of the way.” The parents were not injured.
The suspect also struck her parents’ parked car with her SUV and smashed a car window with a brick, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The woman fled the scene before police arrived, but officers soon spotted the woman driving near the Rose Bowl, the lieutenant said. She refused to pull over, initiating a chase.
News helicopters broadcast live as police chased the SUV down the 134, 101, 118 and 210 freeways toward Los Angeles.
Police cancelled their pursuit as a safety precaution and planned to seek the woman later, as they knew her identity, Gourdikian said.
But news helicopters continued to follow and broadcast live online as the woman got onto the 110 Freeway, exited in Downtown Los Angeles and parked the SUV in a parking lot along 3rd Street, just east of Main Street.
The woman exited the SUV and began walking down the street, speaking with several passers-by, a live stream broadcast online by CBS Los Angeles. More than 15 minutes passed for Los Angeles police arrived.
In the meantime, a freelance news photographer arrived on the scene. He approached the woman, camera in-hand, and appeared to speak with her briefly.
As police approached, the woman suddenly stripped off all of her clothing. Police handcuffed the suspect and tried to cover her with a shirt before placing her into a squad car.
She made “incoherent” statements to officers during her arrest, Carrillo said.
Simone Megan Gonzalez, 32, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and evading police, according to police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officials had yet to determine Saturday whether Gonzalez’s bizarre behavior may have been the result of mental illness or intoxication.
She was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.

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CHP: Hit-and-run crash that injured 6 motorcyclists on 210 Freeway in Irwindale may have been intentional

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IRWINDALE >> Six motorcyclists and two people riding in a sedan suffered injuries Saturday afternoon in a chain-reaction crash caused by a hit-and-run pickup truck that investigators say may have been an intentional attack.
The wreck occurred just after 7 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway, just west of Irwindale Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
Prior to the crash, six motorcycles were traveling in the fast lane at about 65 mph, and a BMW sedan was driving in the carpool lane, also at about 65 mph, officials said.
“Suddenly, a black pick-up truck traveled from the No. 4 lane, across the westbound lanes, and into the No. 1 lane, where it struck one motorcycle. This impact caused a chain reaction with the other five motorcycles, with at least two of them striking the BMW,” according to the CHP statement.
“Preliminary information indicates the pickup truck may have intentionally struck the motorcycles,” the statement continued.
The pickup truck fled the scene, and no further description was available, authorities said.
0418_NWS_SGT-L-MOTORCYCLES2Two of the motorcyclist were hospitalized in critical condition, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett said. Four more were treated for injuries, but declined to be taken to hospitals.
Two occupants of the BMW were also taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and two left lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway for about two-and-a-half hours as they investigated the scene and cleared the wreckage.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact Officer Campos of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department.

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Two men wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in northwest Pasadena left two men wounded late Saturday, police said.
Police received “numerous calls of shots fired” about 9:15 p.m. from the 1000 block of North Summit Avenue, just north of Mountain Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“Officers also heard the shots and responded based on hearing the shots,” he said.
Police found no victims or witnesses to the shooting, but recovered spent bullet casings at the shooting scene, the lieutenant said.
A local hospital contacted police a short time later and reported to men had been dropped off at the emergency room with gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, an Azusa man in his late-40s, suffered a gunshot wound to the back, Mercado said. The other victim, a Pasadena man in his early-20s, was shot in the hand.
A detailed suspect description was not available Sunday, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded, woman sought in Norwalk shooting


Deputies are seeking a woman who shot and wounded a man along Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk early Saturday, officials said.
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Deputies were called at 12:42 a.m. to a shooting in the 14000 block of Pioneer Boulevard, just north of Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Fernandez said.
Paramedics took the victim, described only as a man, to a hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, officials said. He was shot in the chest.
The shooter was described as a woman, Fernandez said.
The motive in the shooting was unclear Saturday. No further details were available as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Car-to-car shooting reported in Pasadena


PASADENA >> An attacker in a car shot at another driver in Pasadena Friday, causing the victims to crash his car but not striking him with gunfire, police said.
The shooting too place just after 6 p.m. on Los Robles Avenue, between Mountain and Jackson streets, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A man in his 20s was driving, with a woman in her 20s riding as a passenger, when the attacker opened fire from another vehicle, initially described only as a sedan, the lieutenant said.
The man and woman were not struck by bullets, but the shooting caused him to lose control of his car, which side-swiped several parked cars, Carrillo said.
The driver was treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, he added.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Teen wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A teenage boy suffered wounds late Wednesday in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Norwalk, authorities said.
The gunfire was firs reported about 7:15 p.m. in the 12100 block of Hopland Street, Los Angeles Couny sheriff’s L. Robin Limon said.
The victim, believed to be 17 years old, suffered gunshot wounds to his back and was taken to a hospital for treatment, she said. An update on his condition was not available.
Deputies were working to sort out conflicting descriptions of the shooter and a getaway car Wednesday night, Limon said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711, Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Teen wounded in South Whittier stabbing


SOUTH WHITTIER >> Deputies are seeking five young men and a young woman who attacked and stabbed a fellow teen late Friday in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier, officials said.
The attack took place just before midnight along Painter Avenue, near Mulberry Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Fernandez said.
The victim, a teenage boy, was attacked by the group, he said. One of them pulled a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen.
Paramedics took the wounded teen to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
The circumstances and motive in the crime remained under investigation, Fernandez said. A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Shooting reported at Villa Parke in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Gunfire erupted at Villa Parke in Pasadena Saturday afternoon, but both the attackers and their intended targets fled the scene before police arrived, officials said.
The shooting took place about 1:50 p.m. along Garfield Avenue between Parke and Villa Streets, along the western edge of the park, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“We received numerous calls of shots fired at the park,” he said.
Witnesses told police that the shooter approached a group of four to five men in their 20s or 30s on foot, Mercado said.
“There were words exchanged between the suspect and the victims, and then the suspect opened fire on them,” the lieutenant said.
The intended targets of the shooting scattered and ran, he said. The gunman ran north on Garfield Avenue and got into the front passenger seat of a waiting getaway car parked on Parke Street.
Officers were not able to find either the victims or suspects, Mercado said. No area hospital reported receiving no gunshot wound victims connected to the incident.
Mercado said the shooter was described as a man in his 20s, of unknown race, with a dark complexion, wearing a red baseball cap, red shorts and a white T-shirt. He was armed with a dark-colored, semi-automatic handgun.
The getaway car was a gray, early-2000s-model, four-door Nissan sedan, Mercado said. It was driven by a Latino man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, with “puffy” hair, wearing a gray T-shirt.
A third person also rode in a rear passenger seat of the vehicle, Mercado said. A detailed description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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