BALDWIN PARK >> A man was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition with a gunshot wound and his wife suffered a severe facial injury after being pistol-whipped following what was believed to be an incident of domestic violence in Baldwin Park early Saturday, police said.
A man driving a pickup truck flagged down a police officer about 12:30 a.m. at Maine Avenue and Ramona Boulevard and said that his brother had been shot, and was in the bed of the truck, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Shawn Blackburn said.
The driver sped off before providing more details, the sergeant said. Officers gave chase until the driver pulled over at Puente Avenue and Amar Road in the unincorporated county area of Bassett.
Police summoned paramedics to treat the gunshot victim, who had been shot in the abdomen, Blackburn said. He was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition.
Officers arrested the wounded man’s 45-year-old brother on suspicion of evading police, he said.
About the same time, a woman arrived at a Baldwin Park emergency room with a severe facial injury apparently suffered while being struck with a handgun, Blackburn said. It was soon determined the injured woman is the wife of the man who had been shot.
Detectives believed the violence was the result of a domestic dispute that occurred in a residential neighborhood in the area of Feather Avenue and Macdevitt Street in Baldwin Park, police said.
Neither the husband or wife had been arrested Saturday as the investigation continued into exactly what took place, Blackburn said.
The shooting victim’s brother remained jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail Saturday afternoon, Los Angeles County booking records show.
Officials continued investigating the intentions of the wounded man’s brother, including whether he may have been trying to seek help for his wounded brother when he led police on the chase, Blackburn added.
COVINA >> A man stabbed a gas station attendant in what police described as a robbery gone awry in Covina Monday afternoon.
The attack took place about 5 p.m. at a 76 gas station at Barranca Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The attendant was treated at hospital for his injuries and released later in the day, the lieutenant said.
Surveillance video footage obtained by CBS Los Angeles depicts the victim making change for a customer when the attacker approaches him from behind and begins stabbing him in the shoulder.
The injured clerk fought the assailant off and chased after him as he got into a small black SUV with no license plates on it and fled, empty-handed.
Police described the robber as a Latino man appearing to be over 50, short, with salt-and-pepper colored hair and a beard.
The video depicted him wearing a black, short sleeve shirt with red rings around the sleeves, blue pants, a black hat and black gloves.
Anyone with information can reach Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a man in connection with the unprovoked stabbing of a dog walker Saturday with help from the vicim’s pit bull, who bit the attacker in defense of his owner, police said.\
The victim, described as a 19-year-old man, was walking his dog along with his mother about 3:30 p.m. in the 600 block of South Glendora Avenue when the suspect approached, West Covina police Lt. Travis Tibbetts said.
“Without provocation,” the suspect stabbed the victim several times with a sharp object, the lieutenant said.
“After the stabbing, the victims’s dog chased after the suspect and bit him on the arm and on the buttocks,” the lieutenant said.
Officers soon found the suspect in the area, Tibbetts said. The man tried to run from police, but was soon captured. It appeared his flight was slowed by the wounds inflicted by the loyal pit bull.
The victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.
Police took the suspect to a trauma center for treatment, Tibbetts said. He was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
The suspect’s identity was not available pending the booking process.
PASADENA >> One man remained hospitalized with serious injuries and another was behind bars Friday following a shooting in Northwest Pasadena the previous afternoon, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, arrived at a Pasadena hospital about 3 p.m. Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was listed in critical-but-stable condition.
“Hospital staff notified us of the victim and officers responded,” the lieutenant said. “Based on the preliminary statement, it appears the incident occurred in the area of Raymond Avenue and Montana Street.”
Officers canvassed the neighborhood in search of clues, detaining several people in the area for questioning, Lt. Diego Torres said.
Detectives ultimately determined Jesus Javier Miron, 19, of Pasadena, who was found on foot in the area, was the gunman, Torres said.
The motive and circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation Friday, police said. It was unclear whether the victim and suspect knew one another prior to the shooting.
Miron was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Torres said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
Police also arrested a second man, who was accompanying the victim at the hospital, on suspicion of possessing brass knuckles, Torres said. The 24-year-old Pasadena man was released from custody Friday afternoon pending his initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail, records show.
Thursday’s shooting was the seventh in Pasadena in three weeks.
Police and city officials to host a meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent spate of violence, which began Dec. 18 with the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Robert Arthur Calderon of Altadena. The following day, a woman was wounded in a shooting during a gathering to memorialize Calderon.
Four out of the six shooting that preceded Thursday’s incident were gang-related, according to Cmdr. John Perez.
Investigators had yet to determine whether Thursday’s shooting was gang-related.
PASADENA >> A Montebello man received a sentenced of more than 8 years in prison this week for allegedly threatening, kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend at an El Monte motel before she jumped from a moving car on the 60 Freeway to escape him, authorities said.
Benny Torres, 30, pleaded “no contest” Tuesday to two counts of making criminal threats, two counts of cruelty to a child, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of domestic violence in connection with the series of crimes that unfolded in October of 2014, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Pasadena Superior Court Judge Darrel Mavis immediately sentenced Torres to 8 years and 4 months in state prison, and ordered him to stay away from the victim for 10 years, Ardalani said.
Following his arrest, Torres was charged with 14 criminal counts. A judge dismissed the kidnapping charge and a burglary charge following Torres’ preliminary hearing Ardalani said.
Under Tuesday’s negotiated plea arrangement, which was made with the approval of the victim, additional counts including rape and false imprisonment, were dismissed, Ardalani said.
Torres first threatened his girlfriend, a Monterey park woman in her 20s who he had dated for several months, on Oct. 3 2014, during a domestic violence incident, Ardalani said. “The defendant strangled his ex-girlfriend and warned her that he would kill her in front of her two children.”
Just over three weeks later on Oct. 27, Torres called the victim and ordered to pick him up and bring him to an El Monte motel, according to prosecutors and Monterey Park police officials.
“In fear for her life, the victim did what Torres asked,” Ardalani said.
Once at the motel, Torres refused to allow the victim to leave, threatened to kill her again and struck her in the head with a handgun.
Police alleged Torres assaulted the woman both physically and sexually while keeping her captive overnight. The following day, he took her car keys and ordered her to get into the passenger seat of her car as he drove. The terrified woman saw a chance to escape as Torres drove down the 60 Freeway in El Monte, near the 605 Freeway.
“During the car ride, the victim believed Torres would ultimately kill her,” Ardalni said. “As a result, she jumped out of the moving vehicle.”
The victim sought help and was treated for injuries suffered in the attack and escape, officials said.
Monterey Park police Lt. Bill Cuevas said at the time that the woman, “bravely, by her own actions, basically saved her own life.”
The multi-agency West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force found and arrested Torres without a struggle on Nov. 4, 2014, at a relative’s home in East Los Angeles.
COVINA >> An argument over a late pizza escalated into a stabbing when a pizza delivery driver slashed the customer late Saturday, police said.
The alleged attack unfolded about 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of North Mangrove Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Ryan Davis said.
The suspect, a driver for Dominos Pizza, delivered a pizza to the home and became involved in an argument with the customer, a man in his 20s, who claimed the pizza was late, the sergeant said.
The argument turned into a fight, during which the delivery man slashed the customer in the neck, wrist and hand with an unknown sharp object, Davis said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital for treatment of wounds described as significant, but non-life-threatening, he said.
Officers found and arrested the suspect, 31-year-old Michael Parker of Glendora, at the Domino’s Pizza shop on Glendora Avenue in Covina, Davis said.
Parker was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released from custody Sunday morning pending a court appearance after posting $30,000 bail, records show.
BOOKING PHOTO of Michael Charles Parker, 31, of Glendora courtesy of the Covina Police Department.
PASADENA >> A driver escaped injury when another motorist opened fire on his car in a shooting believed to have resulted from road rage in Pasadena late Friday, police said.
The shooting took place about 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Columbia Street, just east of Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
It was preceded by an incident of road rage between two cars in Pasadena a short time earlier, the lieutenant said.
The attacker followed the victim, an Alhambra man in his 40s, as he drove through South Pasadena and into Pasadena, Mercado said. The victim pulled over his car on Columbia Street.
Mercado said the gunman drove past the victim, made a U-turn, and opened fire as he passed the victim a second time. The victim’s car was struck three times, but he himself was uninjured.
Police said the victim tried to chase after his attacker’s fleeing car to get its license plate number but was unable to catch up.
The shooter was described only as a Latino man in his 40s driving a dark-colored, older-model sedan.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
IRWINDALE >> Police arrested an ex-convict Sunday after he assaulted and carjacked a woman in Irwindale, then burglarized her Pomona home, officials said.
Officers ultimately jailed Jesse Maldonado, 45, of West Covina on suspicion of felony domestic violence, carjacking and burglary, Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto said.
The series of crimes began about 12:30 p.m., as Maldonado, the 30-year-old mother of their child and their 12-year-old son were riding together in a 2006 Mazda 6 along Los Angeles Street near the 605 Freeway in Irwindale, Gatto said. Maldonado was at the wheel.
The couple became involved in a dispute, and Maldonado pushed the woman from the vehicle as he continued driving it at about 10 mph, the sergeant said. The woman suffered minor injuries.
Maldonado stopped the car and ordered the child out before driving off in the woman’s car, he said.
The suspect then drove to the woman’s apartment in the 700 block of West 3rd Street in Pomona, where surveillance cameras snapped imaged of him breaking in, Gatto said. He stole various household items and fled the scene before Pomona police arrived.
Irwindale police soon found Maldonado when he returned to their city to access a storage locker in the 4300 block of Irwindale Avenue, Gatto said. He was arrested without a struggle. Police recovered the woman’s car, as well as items from her apartment which were found inside the vehicle.
Maldonado was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Baldwin Park Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, officials said.
*This story has been updated to correct the relationship between the suspect and victim.
PHOTO of Jesse Maldonado, 45, of West Covina courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department
COVINA >> An argument between brothers escalated into a stabbing near Covina late Saturday, sending one to a hospital and the other to jail, authorities said.
Juan Huizar, 19, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the stabbing, which took place about 9:40 p.m. at their home in the 21000 block of Arrow Highway, in an unincorporated county area between Covina and San Dimas, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
He’s accused of stabbing his 23-year-old brother in the neck- and shoulder-area during an argument, the sergeant said.
Paramedics rushed the victim to a trauma center by helicopter as a precaution, though the wounds were ultimately determined to be superficial and non-life-threatening, Gregory said.
According to county booking records, the younger brother was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
COVINA >> Two women attacked and stabbed another woman late Wednesday while trying to rob the victim of her shoes, officials said.
A 24-year-old La Puente woman was walking to a friend’s home about 9:20 p.m. when two other women approached her near a carport in the 1000 block of E. Badillo Street, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
One of the woman demanded the victim’s shoes, he said.
The victim refused to give up her shoes and became involved in a fight with the woman who was trying to rob her, Doonan said. The second suspect also jumped into the fray.
The victim’s friend emerged from his home to find the two attackers standing over the injured woman, Doonan said. They fled when he yelled at them.
Doonan said the victim then realized she had been stabbed. A friend took her to a hospital, where she was treated for a 1-inch slash wound to her chest.
Both attackers were described as black women in their mid-20s, Doonan said. One stood about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds, and wore a black sweater and blue jeans. She wore her hair in a bun.
The second attacker was about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 200 pounds.
Anyone with information can reach Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.