UPDATED: Man arrested following East Valinda stabbing

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.

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UPDATED: Azusa man fatally shot while walking to work; slaying may have stemmed from robbery


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.

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UPDATED: One dead, one wounded in Norwalk shooting

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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.

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Woman sought in connection with South Whittier stabbing

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.

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Man unhurt after car-to-car shooting in Pasadena

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.

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Pasadena man wounded in shooting

PASADENA >> A gunman shot and wounded another man early Sunday as the victim sat in a parked car on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, officials said.
The 34-year-old Pasadena man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg in the attack, which occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The victim said he was resting inside his vehicle when an unknown suspect approached his vehicle from behind and fired three shots at his vehicle for no apparent reason,” Luna said.
Responding officers did not find the shooter during a search of the area, he said.
The gunman was described as a black man in his 30s or 40s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothing.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Luna added.

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Teen sought in connection with Whittier stabbing

WHITTIER >> Police sought a teenager Sunday who they say stabbed and wounded a man in a residential neighborhood.
Police responded to a report of an assault just after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of Washington Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
“It was determined that a stabbing had taken place, and that the primary suspect and victim know each other, and possibly live at the same location,” the lieutenant said.
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Ellis said.
Officers identified the “primary suspect” as a 16-year-old boy, Ellis said. He, along with several other accomplices described only as male, fled from the scene before police arrived and remained at-large Sunday.
It was unclear of the wounded man and suspect were related to one another or merely roommates, Ellis said. A motive in the stabbing was also not available.

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Two scorned lovers jailed in connection with two separate alleged attacks in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two jilted lovers ended up behind bars Friday after attacking their exes with weapons in two separate incidents, police said.
The incidents unfolded about 10:40 a.m. at an assisted living home in the 1500 block of East Washington Boulevard, and shortly after 6 p.m. behind a homeless resource center in the 200 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
In the earlier alleged attack, Paulino Hellan, 37, of Los Angeles is accusing of slashing his former girlfriend, a 38-year-old Los Angeles woman, after confronting her at the assisted living facility where they both work, the lieutenant said.
“A verbal argument ensued and the suspect brandished a folding knife,” Luna said. “A struggle ensued over the knife, and the victim suffered a laceration to her hand in the struggle.”
Two employees intervened and managed to disarm Hellan before police arrived and arrested him, Luna said. The woman was treated for an injury described as minor to moderate.
Witnesses reported that Hellan threatened to kill the victim during the incident, and he was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.
The second incident of violence involving a scorned former lover unfolded Friday afternoon when the victim, a 36-year-old homeless man, encountered his former boyfriend, a 29-year-old homeless man.
Efrain Gomez pulled a knife and threatened to stab the victim, Luna said. The victim walked away to call police, but Gomez allegedly caught up with him in a nearby alley. The suspect struck the victim in the face with an unknown blunt object.
The victim was treated for minor to moderate injuries, including bruising and cuts to his forehead and face, Luna said. Police arrested Gomez nearby and booked him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Hellan was being held in lieu of $1.03 million pending his initial court appearance. Gomez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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Man accused of punching, knocking out woman in Old Pasadena

PASADENA >> A drunken man punched and knocked out a woman during a dispute in Old Pasadena early Sunday, police said.
Jose Alfredo Castellanos, 27, of Los Angeles is accused of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the alleged 1:40 a.m. attack on a sidewalk at Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said Castellanos approached the victim, a 21-year-old Los Angeles woman, and her friend and “tried to engage them in conversation.”
The victim became uncomfortable when Castellanos touched her friend on the hip, Luna said.
“The victim asked the suspect to leave, at which time the suspect pushed the victim,” the lieutenant said.
“The victim pushed the suspect back,” Luna said. (Castellanos) punched her in the head, rendering her unconscious.”
Responding police officers captured Luna following a short foot chase, Luna said.
After regaining consciousness, the woman complained of pain to her head and chest, but declined to be taken to a hospital, Luna said.
According to booking records, Castellanos was being held in lieu of $30,00 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.

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Whittier shooting leaves man dead and teenage girl wounded


WHITTIER >> A man died and a teenage girl was wounded after an argument led to a drive-by shooting early Sunday, police said.
Jose Duarte, 26, of Whittier, died at a hospital following the shooting, which took shortly after midnight along Lambert Road, just east of Sante Fe Springs Road, Whittier police Officer Bradley White said.
A 17-year-old Whittier girl also wounded in the shooting was expected to survive, he said.
Police said the two victims were walking east along a sidewalk when Duarte became involved in an argument with several other people who were across the street at a liquor store. The victims then continued walking east through a residential neighborhood.
“As the male and female victims continued to walk away from the location, the suspects drove past them and fired several shots at the victims,” police said in a written statement.
The gunfire struck Duarte in the chest, officials said. The teenage girl was shot in the back.
Paramedics took Duarte to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“The suspect vehicle is believed to be a silver or gray sedan,” according to the police statement.
No description of the suspects themselves was available.
It was unclear what the argument that preceded the shooting was about, White said. Police were looking into the possibility the shooting was gang-related.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police at 562-567-9241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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