Man injured in unprovoked attack in Pasadena

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.

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UPDATED: Man shot in the neck in Hacienda Heights; suspect arrested

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.

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Woman accused of setting man’s sleeping bag on fire

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.

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Man shot while riding bicycle in Pasadena

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.

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Man arrested in connection with alleged Pasadena road rage attack

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.

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Woman accused of hurling rock through window at Pasadena Police Department; sergeant suffers cut to face

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.

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Officials: La Verne man arrested by SWAT after chasing neighbor with hammer

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.

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Man says he was awakened by stabbing while in bed in unincorporated Covina

COVINA — A 21-year-old man who said he was stabbed while in bed was recovering Friday as detectives continued sorting out exactly what took place inside the home in an unincorporated county area near Covina.
The stabbing was reported just after 2 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 5000 block of Sunflower Avenue, where the wounded man told authorities he had moved in the previous day, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Vega said.
Deputies were first notified of the incident by the victim’s girlfriend after he called her to tell her he had been stabbed, the lieutenant said.
When deputies arrived, they found the victim suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen, Vega said. The man’s new roommates — two men and a woman — were detained, and three young girls who were at the home were taken into protective custody by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
The victim told investigators he had gone to bed the previous night following an argument with his roommates, and he was awakened when someone stabbed him, Vega said. But the victim said it was dark inside the room and he couldn’t see who it was who attacked him. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The roommates also did not provide deputies with a clear account of what had taken place, Vega added. “Someone’s not telling everything they know,” he said.
Deputies initially arrested the roommates in connection with the stabbing, but ultimately released them pending further investigation, Vega said.
He added that officials hoped forensic evidence would help them determine who exactly was responsible for the stabbing.

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UPDATED: Whitter man accused of knife, hammer attacks pleads not guilty


NORWALK >> An alleged gang member accused of stabbing and seriously injuring his uncle in Pico Rivera, then stabbing and beating a former friend with a hammer in South Whittier two days later pleaded not guilty Thursday to a series of charges in connection with the December attacks, authorities said.
“Alfred Tapia was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder and one count each of mayhem and child abuse,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement. He is additionally accused of the sentence-enhancing allegation that the crimes were gang-related.
Tapia, 34, fled to Mexico where he was apprehended and returned to the United States last month to face prosecution. If convicted as charged, he could face life in prison as a third strike offender, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The near-fatal stabbings and beating took place Dec. 3 at the home of Tapia’s uncle in the 8700 block of Olympic Boulevard in Pico Rivera, and Dec. 5 at the home of a former gang member and friend in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue in South Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and district attorney’s officials said.
In the first incident, Tapia went to his uncle’s home, where the two men had a “disagreement over a personal matter,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
Tapia stabbed his uncle several times in the back, inflicting serious injuries including a collapsed lung and a punctured liver, sheriff’s officials said. Further details regarding what the men argued about were not available.
Two days later, Tapia arrived at the home of his former friend, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
“The man was home alone caring for his infant child,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “Tapia chased the man outside and reportedly attacked him with a knife and hammer.”
Tapia’s second alleged victim suffered major injuries, including both stab wounds and blunt force trauma, Nishida said.
The charge of mayhem was filed due to injuries suffered by the second victim, Ardalani said. However prosecutors declined to describe the nature of the injuries.
Under California law, mayhem occurred when a person, “unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip.”
Tapia was also being investigated in connection with the Dec. 6 stabbing of another relative in Chino, however he has not been charged in connection with the incident.
Tapia was scheduled to return to Norwalk Superior Court June 2 for a preliminary hearing setting, officials said.

PHOTO of Alfred Tapia courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Man and woman shot at, not injured, at Palm Park in Whittier

WHITTIER >> A man and a woman escaped injury after they were chased and shot at during a bizarre incident early Wednesday at Palm Park in Whittier, authorities said.
The incident unfolded just before 1 a.m. at the park, 5703 Palm Ave., Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
A 24-year-old Whittier woman and a 28-year-old Monrovia man were sitting on a swing set at the park when they noticed a man approaching with a bandanna covering his face and a shiny object in his left hand, Dean said.
Believing they were about to be robbed, the man and woman began to run, Dean said. The masked man have chase.
When the man who was being chased stopped and turned to face his pursuer, the man raised his arm and fired a single shot toward him, the lieutenant said. The victim was not struck by the gunfire, and the shooter ran away.
The attacker was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 190 pounds, Dean said.
A motive in the crime was not clear.
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