A gunman shot and wounded two brothers near their Pico Rivera home Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The wounded men, ages 22 and 26, were hospitalized in stable condition following the 2:20 p.m. shooting int he 5100 block of Lindsey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
The brothers were standing in driveway near their home when a gray car, possibly a Chrysler 300, approached the scene, the lieutenant said. A detailed description of the driver was not available.
The vehicle stopped in front of the home and the gunman exited, Meyer said. There was a brief exchange of words, though it was not immediately clear what was said.
“The suspect produced a handgun and fired five to six rounds, striking both victims,” Meyer said. The 22-year-old man was struck once in the torso, while his older brother was struck several times in the mid-section.
A motive in the shooting was not clear, Meyer said.
BELLFLOWER >> A man died and three other people were wounded in a shooting along Flower Street in Bellflower late Friday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 7:50 p.m. in the 9500 block of Flower Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Clark Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Robert Spracher said.\
A total of four people were wounded in the shooting, sheriff’s officials said. One man succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Three other victims, initially described only as male, were hospitalized unknown condition.
Deputies encountered victims wounded at the scene, and were looking into reports that a possible fourth victim may have also shown up at a hospital, Spracher said.
Further details were not immediately available.
Deputies received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting the shooting on the busy street, Spracher said.
“We’re still trying to gather information on suspects,” he said. No suspects were in custody.
PICO RIVERA — A judge sentenced a 35-year-old Whittier woman to more than three decades in state prison Thursday for serving as the getaway driver in the 2011 shooting of a Pico Rivera woman which left her in a vegetative state, authorities said.
Michele Caldera received a prison term of 32 years to life in Norwalk Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
She faced a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison following her April 14 conviction for the attempted murder of then-36-year-old Gloria Montes on May 19, 2011, officials said. A jury also convicted her of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and found true the special allegation that the attack was gang-related.
Montes was shot in the head as she slept in her home in the 5300 block of Lindsey Avenue in Pico Rivera.
Montes testified from a wheelchair during earlier court proceedings, but has since taken a turn for the worst and is now in a vegetative state, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said.
Caldera drove triggerman Arthur Lerma, 36, of Whittier and Jose Trejo, 24, of Pico Rivera to the scene of the shooting.
“At trial, the prosecutor said Lerma targeted the victim because she told police that he was involved in a robbery,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
Lerma served eight years in prison for a 2002 robbery, and had recently been paroled when the shooting occurred, investigators said.
“While Lerma was in prison, he sent the victim a letter that said he knew she snitched on him. Furthermore, Lerma said he was going to kill her when he got out of prison.”
The three defendants were partying together at a motel when Caldera borrowed a car to drive Lerma and Trejo home, prosecutors said. But the three made a stop in an alley outside Montes’ home.
“The two men approached and Lerma yelled out, “Go-Go,” which was the victim’s nickname,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “The female victim answered and Lerma shot her in the head.”
A jury convicted Lerma in April of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found that the crime was gang-related.
Lerma received a sentence of 60 years to life in prison May 7.
Trejo, who had pleaded “no contest” to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, was expected to receive eight years in state prison when he returned to Norwalk Superior Court for sentencing June 3. He testified during the trial for Lerma and Caldera.
Prosecutors described Lerma and Trejo as members of the Pico Nuevo street gang, and Caldera as a member of the Whittier Varrio Locos gang, which is allied with Pico Nuevo.
Montes, a self-described Pico Nuevo gang member, testified at a 2012 preliminary hearing that she had been close friends with people named Arthur Lerma and Michele Caldera, but she did not recognize them in the courtroom. She further testified that if she knew the identity of her attackers, she would not say.
She also testified she did not recall receiving the threatening letter from Lerma while he was in prison for the 2002 robbery.
Officials said that while Montes had been interviewed by detectives regarding the 2002 robbery, she never testified against Lerma.
PASADENA — A young man reported he was attacked without provocation by two assailants while walking in Pasadena early Friday, police said.
The victim was beaten and attacked with a bottle just after midnight at Washington Boulevard and El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He was taken to a hospital with cuts, though the injuries did not appear major.
Clawson said the 19-year-old Pasadena resident was approached by two attackers wearing baseball caps, one of whom carried a bottle. A more detailed description was not available, and no vehicle was reported in connection with the crime.
“The suspects assaulted him without provocation,” the lieutenant said.
At one point, one of the assailants swung the bottle at the victim, Clawson said. He blocked the bottle with his hand, causing a cut. He also suffered cuts to his face during the attack.
The injured man notified sheriff’s deputies in nearby Altadena of the attack about two hours later, Clawson said. Deputies turned the investigation over to Pasadena police once it was determined the crime took place within their jurisdiction.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck and a suspect was in custody following a gang-related shooting in a residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 3:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of Olympus Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said.
The victim, a 44-year-old Hacienda Heights resident and member of a local street gang, suffered a through-and-through wound to his neck but was hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Thurlo said.
The suspect, a local gang member man in his early 20s, was arrested nearby after the chain broke on the bicycle he was using as a getaway vehicle, Thurlo said. His name was not available Sunday afternoon pending the booking process.
All three were on Olympus Avenue when the suspect and victim became involved in an argument over gang affiliations, Thurlo said. The suspect pulled a handgun and shot the victim before fleeing on a bicycle.
A friend of the victim flagged down a sheriff’s deputy and pointed out where the gunman had gone but refused to cooperate further, the sergeant said.
Deputies found the suspect around the corner in the 15700 block of Wallbrook Drive, Thurlo said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
Deputies found a handgun discarded in the area of the same caliber used in the shooting, officials said.
Deputies summoned their counterparts in the gang unit to take over the investigation.
PASADENA >> A homeless woman was behind bars Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to a sleeping bag with a man inside of it over the weekend.
Dtisha Deshawn Pickett, 37, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder following her arrest Tuesday, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After identifying Pickett as a suspect in the attack, which took place about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Arroyo Boulevard and Bellevue Drive, a Pasadena Fire Department arson investigator went looking for her, Pasadena police Lt. John Dewar said. He found her shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrested her.
A 53-year-old Pasadena man was asleep inside the sleeping bag when Pickett set it on fire, Pasadena police Sgt. John Mercado said.
The man suffered a burn to his foot, but would not cooperate with investigators, Mercado said.
The woman told him she mistook him for someone else when she set him on fire and apologized, police said. It was not clear Wednesday who the woman intended to set on fire.
Pickett was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending her initial court appearance, according to booking records.
PASADENA >> A man suffered a wound to his back while riding his bicycle along Lincoln Avenue early Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 4:40 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue at Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 25-year-old Pasadena man was riding his bicycle when he heard gunfire coming from behind him, then realized he had been wounded in the back, the lieutenant said. He rode away and contacted family members, who notified police.
The man was hospitalized in “guarded” condition but was expected to survive, Clawson said.
No motive or suspect description was available, he said. Police were looking into whether a white van seen the area around the time of the shooting was involved.
PASADENA — Police arrested a man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon early Friday following what was believed to be an incident of road rage on Pasadena streets, officials said.
Daniel Cruz Maldonado, 22, of Los Angeles, were arrested shortly after midnight at Eaton Drive and Del Vina Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. A woman who was with Maldonado was initially arrested as well, but released from custody Friday afternoon.
The incident began when a 20-year-old Pasadena man who was riding his motorcycle north the 110 Freeway noticed he was being followed by a silver Nissan Altima, Clawson said.
The motorcyclist exited the freeway and tried to evade the car, which came up behind him and struck his motorcycle on an unknown street in Pasadena, the lieutenant said. The rider managed to jump off his motorcycle before it crashed to the street, then got back on the motorcycle and continued trying o get away from the Nissan, Clawson said.
Police said the motorcyclist continued riding to Easton Drive and Del Vina Street, where he parked the motorcycle, believing that he had lost the Nissan.
“The suspect vehicle approached,” Clawson said. “A fight ensued. During the fight, (Maldonado) was able to produce a piece of lumber. He struck the victim across the face, causing a laceration to the left side of face.” The injured man declined to be taken to a hospital.
Police arrived and arrested Maldonado and the woman, who the motorcyclist said was his passenger, according to Clawson. Both Maldonado and the woman told police she had been driving the car.
The man and woman told police the motorcycle had almost collided with them, so they decided to followed it.
According to county booking records, Maldonado was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — A Pasadena police sergeant arrested a woman Thursday after she threw a rock through a window at a police station, shattering a window and cutting the sergeant’s face, police said.
Jennifer Vielia, 45, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The sergeant, a 30-year veteran of the police department, was doing paperwork when he heard the sound of a rock hitting a Garfield Avenue-facing window of the police station at 207 N. Garfield Avenue, Clawson said.
He approached the window to see what was happening just in time to see a woman, later identified as Vielia, hurling a second rock toward the window, the lieutenant said. The rock went through the window, and the sergeant suffered a minor cut to his face from shattered glass.
He rushed outside and arrested the woman, Clawson said.
She refused to talk with investigators, he added, and a motive in the crime was not clear.
LA VERNE >> A 63-year-old La Verne man chased after a neighbor with a hammer and smashed up a car and other property before barricading himself inside his mobile home for more than six hours early Friday, authorities said.
Eric Alfred Bark, 63, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he surrendered to SWAT officers after a stand-off lasting for several hours, according to La Verne police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The incident began about 2 a.m. when police received a call of a man acting violently with a hammer at the Cobacobana Mobile Home Park, 2717 Arrow Highway, La Verne police officials said in a written statement.
Police responded to a report that a man with a hammer had chased after and tried to attack a fellow mobile home park with a hammer, police said. The neighbor was not injured.
“Following the attack, the male subject reportedly also used the hammer to damage a nearby vehicle and other property,” according to the police statement.
When police confronted the suspect, he fled into his mobile home and refused officers’ orders to come out, officials said.
The Foothills Special Enforcement Team was summoned to the scene, and Bark ultimately surrendered to them without further incident about 9 a.m., officials said.
Bark was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
No information regarding a motive in the alleged crime was available.