Police: Man stabs neighbor during argument in Azusa

AZUSA — An argument between neighbors drinking together at an Azusa apartment complex escalated to a stabbing late Saturday, authorities said.
Vicente Mariano Hernandez, 32, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which took place about 11:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Newburgh Street, just east of Azusa Avenue, according to Azusa police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Hernandez and the victim, a 35-year-old man, were drinking beer together at the victim’s apartment when they became involved in an argument and Hernandez pulled a knife, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
Police responding to reports of a stabbing found the victim on his second-floor balcony with a small stab wound to his abdomen, the sergeant said. He was treated at a hospital.
Witnesses identified Hernandez as the attacker and directed officers to his apartment, where he was arrested without a struggle, Hayden said.
According to county booking records, Hernandez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, which was scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Officials: Man stabs three family members in South Whittier

A man stabbed his father, mother and sister during an argument at a South Whittier home late Saturday before ultimately surrendering to a SWAT team, authorities said.
All three victims are expected to survive the injuries they suffered in the attack, which took place about 8:30 p.m. at the family home in the 14100 block of Mystic Street, in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Alexander Michael, 34, is believed to be high on drugs when he began arguing with family members, officials said.
“According to the victims, the suspect began stabbing his father several times,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “When the mother and the sister tried to intervene, an attempt to stop the assault, they too sustained several stab wounds.”
The father suffered several stab wounds to his upper torso, Lt. Jason Skeen said. The women’s injuries were described as more superficial slash wounds.
Michael fled into a backyard shed following while still clutching a knife and refused deputies’ orders to come out, officials said.
After a SWAT team was summoned to the scene, Michael ultimately surrendered about 10:20 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records. He was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Michael was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance Tuesday in Downey Superior Court.

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Man threatened at gunpoint in Pasadena

PASADENA — A man escaped unharmed after a group of apparent gang members threatened him at gunpoint late Friday, police said.
The incident took place about 10:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue and Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 23-year-old Pasadena man was walking when a car containing a group of suspects approached, the lieutenant said. A detailed description of the vehicle or its occupants was not available.
“One of the occupants yelled out a gang slogan, then pointed what was believed to be a handgun at the victim,” Clawson said.
The victim ran away, he said. No shots were fired.

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Man critically wounded in shooting at his Whittier home, suspect sought

A Whittier man remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot inside his home Tuesday morning, officials said.
The shooting took place about 9:40 a.m. at the victim’s home in the 13300 block of Oval Drive, Whittier police Sgt. James Uhl said.
A 26-year-old resident of the home was shot in the chest and the abdomen, Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
Police officers were already en route to a report of an “altercation” between two men when the shooting occurred, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“During the altercation and prior to the officer’s arrival, shots were fired and the victim was struck multiple times,” according to the police department statement.
Paramedics took the man to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, officials said.
No description of the shooter was available, Uhl said, and detectives had not yet been able to interview the wounded man due to his medical condition.
Investigators were looking into whether the gunman barged into the home, or had been invited prior to the violent dispute.
“We don’t know how he got in,” the sergeant said. “There’s no evidence of forced entry.”
There were others in the home with the victim at the time of the shooting, however none were injured, officials said.
A motive in the shooting not clear, nor was whether the shooter and victim knew one another prior to Tuesday.
“At this time, it has not been determined what started the altercation; however it appears that this is an isolated incident,” the police statement said.

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Two charged with attempted murder following Norwalk standoff, shooting

BELLFLOWER — Prosecutor filed attempted murder charges Thursday against two men accused of shooting at sheriff’s deputies during a six-hour standoff in Norwalk, authorities said.
Mason Edwin Devore, 37, of La Habra, and George Contreras, 19, of Los Angeles, appeared in Bellflower Superior Court to be charged in connection with Tuesday’s standoff, which unfolded from about 4:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. at a mobile home in the 12000 block of Rosecrans Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and district attorney’s officials.
In addition to attempted murder, prosecutors also accuse Devore of the special allegation of personally firing a rifle during the crime.
Devore, who is already on federal parole following a previous bank robbery conviction, was being sought in connection with six robberies in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, Pomona Police Sgt. Patrick O’Malley said. The investigation into those robberies, which took place in Chino, Fullerton. Diamond Bar, Rialto and Pomona, was ongoing.
Police, along with members of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, showed up at the Rosecrans Avenue mobile home searching for Devore.
“As authorities attempted to arrest Devore at a Norwalk mobile home park, he barricaded himself in a trailer,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement. “Contreras was with him.”
“During the standoff with sheriff deputies, a series of shots were fired at law enforcement,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “After several hours, Contreras surrendered to officials. Deputies then fired tear gas
into the trailer, which made Devore leave the home and he was immediately taken into custody.”
Devore was expected to appear in court for an arraignment June 26 in Norwalk Superior Court, while Contreras was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Bellflower Superior Court.
According to county booking records, the suspects were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each.
District attorney’s officials said prosecutors will request that Devore’s bail amount be increased to $3.2 million, and Contreras’ bail raised to $2 million.

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Man wounded, suspect arrested in stabbing at Rowland Heights motel

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Deputies arrested man Sunday after he stabbed an associate in the leg during an argument at a Rowland Heights motel, authorities said.
Deputies booked Anthony Bolhderes, 28, of Lomita on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, which took place about 12:40 p.m. in a hallway at the Quality Inn & Suites, 1170 Fairway Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ed Wells said.
“The suspect and victim knew each other and got into an argument,” Wells said. “The victim was stabbed in the thigh.”
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital where he underwent treatment for an injury that was not considered to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.
Responding deputies found and detained Bolhderes nearby, he said.
The victim’s age and city of residence were not available, and the nature of the argument between the men was not clear.

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Man suffers graze wound to head in shooting near Duarte

A man suffered grazing wound to the side of his head late Saturday in a shooting in a residential neighborhood between Duarte and Monrovia, officials said.
Deputies responded about 11 p.m. to reports of three to four gunshots heard in the area of Broderick Avenue and Beckville Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Liu said.
They found the victim, described as a local man in his mid-40s, suffering from a grazing gunshot wound to the side of his head, Liu said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation, he said, and no suspect description was available. Detectives were yet to fully interview the injured man due to his medical condition.

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UPDATED: Man wounded in Rosemead car-to-car shooting

A man was rushed into surgery Friday afternoon after he was wounded in a car-to-car shooting at a Rosemead intersection, officials said.
The shooting took place about 12:40 p.m. on westbound Graves Avenue at Del Mar avenues, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“The victim was stopped at the corner of Graves and Del Mar,” sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
The attacker or attackers pulled up alongside the victim, he said.
“There’s some words exchanged. W don’t know what words were exchanged,” Chavez said. “Multiple gunshots are fired at the victim’s car.”
Chavez said the victim, a 29-year-old Rosemead man, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso and drove south on Del Mar for a short distance before crashing his car into a brick wall surrounding a liquor store, Chavez said.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery, Chavez said.
A motive in the shooting was unknown, he said. Because of the wounded man’s medical condition, “We haven’t been able to talk to the victim.”
Investigators initially described the shooter as a Latino man wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and driving a dark sedan that made a U-turn and headed east on Graves Avenue following the shooting.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Temple Station are handling the investigation.

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Three suffer minor injuries in Norwalk Park shotgun attack

NORWALK — Two boys and a man suffered minor injuries Wednesday when an attacker opened fire on them with a shotgun at Norwalk Park, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. at the park, 13000 Clarkdale Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said.
Three male victims, described as two juveniles and an adult, suffered “very minor” injuries from the shotgun blast, Skeen said. It was unclear what type of shot the shotgun they were attacked with had been loaded with.
The shooter was believed to have fled the scene in a dark-colored car, Skeen said. It was not known how many attackers took part in the shooting, and the motive was not immediately clear.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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UPDATE: Teen killed in Norwalk stabbing

UPDATE — The stabbing victim, identified by coroner’s officials as 16-year-old Micah Maurice Hatten of Norwalk, died from his injuries at St. Francis Medical Center about 10 hours after being stabbed.

A teen was fighting for his life at a hospital Wednesday after he was critically wounded in a stabbing near Norwalk High School, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 3:30 p.m. at Leffingwell Road and Gard Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said. Despite the close proximity of the stabbing scene to Norwalk High School, the young victim was not initially believed to be a student of the campus.
A vehicle approached and a suspect or suspect exited before confronting and attacking the victim, Skeen said.
No suspects were in custody as the investigation continued.
Investigators withheld further details of the incident Wednesday evening as they continued gathering clues.
The badly wounded victim lost vital signs and was revived several times as he underwent surgery at an area hospital, Skeen said.

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