PASADENA >> A woman suffered injuries and a second woman was sought as a suspect after an argument escalated into a stabbing Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The stabbing took place just after 1:50 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
Police received reports of an altercation or dispute, followed by an updated report that a woman had been stabbed, the lieutenant said.
Officers learned the victim, a 44-year-old transient woman, had become involved in an argument with the suspect, a 35-year-old transient woman, over a man, Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The suspect pulled a knife, he said. The victim was slashed in the torso and suffered a puncture wound to her arm. She was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Clawson said the suspect fled the area in a gray car.
Detectives believed they knew the identity of the suspect, but withheld it Wednesday as they continued seeking her, Clawson said.
COVINA >> A La Puente resident and self-described El Monte gang member stabbed two Black men late Saturday at a Covina shopping center in unprovoked attacks which police are investigating as hate crimes, authorities said.
Louis Vasquez, 19, is accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, along with special allegations that the crime was a hate crime and gang-related, Covina police officials said.
Vasquez had just been released from jail Saturday morning after serving a sentence for an auto theft conviction, according to officials and county records.
Both victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the stabbings, which took place just after 7:40 p.m. at a shopping center at the northeast corner of Azusa Avenue and Badillo Street, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
The first attack occurred outside a Smart & Final store, where an 18-year-old employee was collecting shopping carts, Peterson said. He noticed Vasquez standing behind him before being attacked without warning.
“Out of nowhere, (Vasquez) just stabbed him,” Peterson said.
The teen, who suffered a stab wound to his shoulder, ran from his attacker, the sergeant said. Vasquez shouted insults, including racial slurs, as the victim fled, he added.
Immediately following the first stabbing, Vasquez headed to a neighboring CVS Pharmacy and attacked a 27-year-old man who was approaching the entrance.
The second victim did not see his assailant approach when he was stabbed from behind.
“He felt a pain in his right shoulder. He looked and saw the suspect holding the knife. The suspect stabbed him again,” Peterson said.
The wounded man tried to run into the store, but an automatic door wouldn’t open quickly enough for him to escape his pursuer, the sergeant said. The victim then ran along the front of the store, where he fell.
“(Vasquez) started slashing at him,” Peterson said. The attacker slashed the victim in the leg before the victim managed to kick the knife out of Vasquez’s hand, then grab hold of it.
Once disarmed, Vasquez ran, police said. He fled into a residential neighborhood in the 800 block of West Edna Place, where residents reported seeing him jumping through backyards.
Officers found Vasquez hiding in a yard and arrested him without a struggle, Peterson said.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records, Vasquez was released from jail about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, 17 hours before the stabbings.
After being arrested by El Monte police in October, Vasquez was convicted of auto theft in November and served 112 days of a 242-day sentence, records show.
Vasquez’s has other previous criminal convictions including receiving stolen property in receiving stolen property in December, theft in September and trespassing in August, according to court records.
Vasquez remained in custody Sunday in lieu of $500,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
PHOTO: Louis Vasquez, 19, of La Puente (Courtesy of the Covina Police Department)
DUARTE >> Deputies are investigating the stabbing of a man in a residential Duarte neighborhood late Friday.
The crime was reported about 8:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Crestfield Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Oscar Lopez said.
Deputies responding to a report of an injured person found the victim, a man in his early-20s, out on the street suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen, the sergeant said. The injury was not believed to be life threatening.
No information regarding the circumstances of the attack or a possible suspect was available.
PASADENA >> Two men suffered serious injuries in a shooting at Washington Park in Pasadena Wednesday, officials said.
The shots rang out shortly after 6 p.m. at the park, in the 700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
Officers on patrol nearby heard gunshots coming from the area about the same time someone called police to a report some sort of disturbance involving a large group of people at the park, the lieutenant said.
The officers encountered many people leaving the park on foot and in cars when they arrived, Ibarra said.
The two wounded men were soon found in the park, she said. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment. An update on their conditions was not available. The victims were initially described as men in their late-20s or early-30s.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting or a description of the shooter or shooters was available as detectives continued their investigation late Wednesday, Ibarra said.
Traffic on Washington Boulevard was expected to remain shut down between El Molino and Hudson avenue well into the night Wednesday as officials gathered clues at the scene, she said.
Police believed the shooting was witnessed by many people, and asked anyone with information to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting a party bus driver early Sunday before discovering the suspect had also just broken into a nearby home, officials said.
Mario Anjel Caraveo, 22, of Pasadena is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary following hi 8:30 a.m. arrest at Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records
Officers first responded to a report of a burglary just after midnight in the 1800 block of Monte Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 62-year-old man returned home from a bike ride to find an intruder inside his home, Luna said. The resident went to a neighbor’s house and called the police.
The burglar was gone when officers arrived, and he was not found during a search of the area, the lieutenant said. Several items, including a replica handgun, were stolen in the break-in.
Police responded to a second report of an alleged assault about 3:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard.
A party bus driver, 51, told police a man had approached him and pointed what appeared to be a handgun directly at him, Luna said. But the man ran off when another person approached the bus. It was not clear whether the incident was an abandoned robbery attempt.
Police did not find the suspect immediately following the crime, Luna said. However, an officer spotted a man matching the description of the assault suspect walking in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue about 6:30 a.m. and took him into custody.
Not only did officers identify Caraveo as a suspect in the assault on the bus driver, but they soon discovered that a replica handgun he was carrying had been taken in the Monte Vista Street burglary, Luna said.
Officer arrested Caraveo in connection with both crimes.
According to county booking records, Caraveo, who already has a previous criminal case pending against him, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
EAST VALINDA >> A man is accused of stabbing his friend during an argument in East Valinda Friday, officials said.
The alleged attack took place about 3 p.m. in the area of Valley Boulevard and La Seda Road, in an unincorporated county area surrounded by West Covina, La Puente and Industry, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. David Contreras of the sheriff’s Industry Station said.
Deputies ultimately booked Manuel Castellanos, 22, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Capt. Tim Murakami said. He was believed to be a local resident.
The suspect and his alleged victim, also a man in his 20s, became involved in a dispute, Contreras said. The suspect pulled a knife, stabbing the victim in the torso and slicing his arm.
Contreras said the attacker fled from the scene but was soon captured by deputies.
Authorities said the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
The suspect’s name was not available.
According to county booking records, Castellanos was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail his arraignment, scheduled Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court.
AZUSA >> A gunman fatally shot an Azusa man as he walked to work early Friday during what officials said appeared to have been a robbery gone awry.
The victim, 37, was hospitalized in “extremely critical” condition following the 4:37 a.m. shooting at Azusa Avenue and Russell Street, Azusa police Officer Mike Bires said in a written statement.
He succumbed to his injuries Friday afternoon, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. His name was not available pending positive identification by coroner’s officials and notification of his family.
“Based on the initial investigation it appears the shooting might have been the result of an attempted street robbery,” Bires said.
The victim himself called police to report being shot, the lieutenant said. No other witnesses reported hearing or seeing the shooting.
Officers responded to report of a shooting when the found the victim lying wounded on a grass parkway between the street and sidewalk along the north side of Russell Street, just east of Azusa Avenue, officials said.
Paramedics took the gravely wounded man to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was ultimately pronounced dead, Corina said.
“The victim was able to make some statements before he went unconscious,” Corina said.
But other than indicating he had been shot during a robbery, the lieutenant declined to discuss what the victim said.
It was not clear if anything had been stolen from the man.
No suspect description or further details were released as detectives continued pursuing leads, Corina said.
The victim was on his way to work when he was shot, Corina said.
“He was on his way to a friend’s house to drive to work together, he added.
Investigators turned to the public for help.
“Since Azusa Avenue is a main thoroughfare through Azusa, there may have been witnesses to this crime,” Bires said.
Once the victim died from his injuries, police turned the investigation over the detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Handling investigators could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information can reach the bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
NORWALK >> An argument between two acquaintances escalated into gunfire Thursday, leaving one man dead and another wounded at a Norwalk, officials said.
The investigation remained in its early stages, however it initially appeared a man who lived at the home shot and wounded the other man before turning the gun on himself, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Deputies first responded about 1:40 p.m. to the shooting at a home at Halcourt Avenue and Mapledale Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said.
Deputies and firefighters encountered two victims at the scene, officials said. One was found outside home, and the other was inside. Both were initially described only as men.
The specific relationship between the two men was not clear, but they were believed to know each other, Smitson said.
“An argument ensued. It appears the suspect then shot at the victim, who sustained one gun shot wound,” the lieutenant said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with a leg wound and listed in stable condition.
“Initial reports are the suspect apparently turned the gun on himself,” Smitson said. He was pronounced dead inside the house.
No further details were available.
PHOTO by Leo Jarzomb
SOUTH WHITTIER >> Deputies sought a woman Thursday on suspicion of stabbing her former roommate during an argument at a South Whittier home, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 11800 block of Eagan Drive, in the unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
The ex-roommate, a woman in her late 20s, showed up at the home and became involved in an argument with a current resident, a man in his 50s, Smitson said.
“The female pulled a knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest,” Smitson said.
The wounded man was able to call for help himself, and paramedics took him a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said. The woman had fled the scene by the time deputies arrived.
Thought he woman’s identity was known to detectives, they withheld it Thursday as they continued seeking her.
The case is being handled by detectives from the sheriff’s Norwalk Station.
PASADENA >> A man escaped injury when his car was struck by fire in a shooting New Year’s Eve shooting in Pasadena, police said.
The attack took place about 7:45 p.m. in the 300 block of West Washington Boulevard, near Mentone Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 40-year-old Pasadena man was driving down the street when he noticed a blue Chevrolet El Camino following behind him, the lieutenant said.
“Two shots were fired from that vehicle to his vehicle,” Clawson said. The bullets struck the victim’s car, but not the man himself.
Clawson said the man drove to a home and called police.
A further suspect description was not available late Wednesday, nor was information regarding the motive in the shooting.