PASADENA — A homeless man was behind bars Sunday in connection with the stabbing of another transient during a fight over a woman earlier in the week, police said.
Charles William Graves, 48, was found and arrested about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bell Street and Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police had been seeking Graves since Thursday, when he allegedly stabbed another man in the left side of his body and arm during a dispute over a woman, according to Lt. John Dewar. The incident unfolded about 7 p.m. on Lake Avenue near the 210 Freeway.
The stabbing victim was expected to recover, Dewar said.
The wounded man was able to identify his attacker to police, Clawson said, but he remained at large until an officer spotted him Saturday afternoon.
According to county booking records, Graves was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles pending his initial court appearance.
- Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — An argument over a woman ended with one transient stabbing another transient Thursday night, police said.
The attack took place around 7 p.m. on Lake Avenue near the 210 Freeway.
Pasadena Police Lt. John Dewar said two transients started arguing over a woman. The subject of their dispute wasn’t at the scene.
The verbal dispute turned physical.
Dewar said one man pulled a pocket knife and stabbed the other man in the left side and arm. The assailant then fled.
The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital.
“He will be OK,” Dewar said.
Police haven’t found the suspect. He was described as a white man in his late 40s with gray hair. He wore light-colored clothing.
- Ruby Gonzales
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly attacking another man with a metal pipe and a cinder block.
Sheriff’s officials said the victim and the suspect are both transients.
At 6:15 p.m., a caller reported people hitting each other with baseball bats behind a fast food restaurant on Gale Avenue and Hacienda Boulevard in Hacienda Heights.
Deputies found out a different tale.
Lt. Ray Enriquez said two transients argued behind another restaurant in the 1100 block of South Hacienda Boulevard at 6 p.m. One of the men is 20 while the other is about 40.
The older transient told the younger man, who was drunk, to leave, according to Enriquez.
The 20-year-old then hit him with a pipe and cinder block.
Enriquez said the victim sustained lacerations to his head and arm. He was taken to Citrus Valley Medical Center – Queen of the Valley Campus.
Michael Zubia, 20, was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Booking records show he is being held at the sheriff’s Industry station on a $30,000 bail.
Zubia is scheduled for a Wednesday arraignment at El Monte Superior Court.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — A homeless man suffered a slash wound to his neck late Saturday after an argument with another homeless man escalated into a stabbing, authorities said.
The attack took place about 7:55 p.m. at the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
A 45-year-old local transient became involved in an argument over sleeping arrangements with another homeless man whom he did not recognize, the lieutenant said.
“They became involved in a verbal altercation, at which time the suspect cut or stabbed the victim in his neck,” Gourdikian said. The wound was “very superficial,” he said, adding that the victim had been released from the hospital after receiving stitches.
The attacker ran toward the Metro Gold Line station at Del Mar Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, Gourdikian said. Police searched the area, but did not find the assailant. Deputies patrolling the Gold Line were also notified in case the attacker boarded a train.
Police described the stabber as a black man between 35 and 40 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build, with a dark complexion and a bald head. He wore light plaid shorts and a gray T-shirt.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.
AZUSA – A 22-year-old man was slashed in the forehead during an argument with another man Thursday, officials said.
The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Galanto Avenue which is in the unincorporated county area near Azusa.
During the argument, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Buckner said the suspect slashed the 22-year-old with a blade or a knife.
Deputies checked the area but didn’t find the suspect.
The victim was treated and taken to a hospital. Buckner said the man is in good condition.
The suspect was described as Latino, 25 to 30, with black hair, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He wore a gray sweater and blue jeans.
- Ruby Gonzales
AZUSA — Two young men walking to a liquor store were attacked by a group and stabbed several times Thursday night.
Sgt. Dave Buckner of the sheriff’s San Dimas station said the men are in stable condition.
The stabbing in the unincorporated county area was reported to the station at 8:34 p.m.
Buckner said the two young men were walking northbound on Lark Ellen Avenue, approaching Gladstone Street when they were confronted by four to five men.
He didn’t know what led to the stabbing.
One of the victims, a 22-year-old, was stabbed in his ribs and back while the other victim, who is either 18 to 17, was stabbed in the arm, hand and back, according to Buckner.
Their assailants fled after the stabbing. He said the victims ran on Lark Ellen Avenue then Gladstone Street.
“After they were stabbed, they called a family member who picked them up and took them to a hospital,” Buckner said.
He said hospital officials notified a local police department which then called the San Dimas station.
The suspects were only described as four to five Latinos.
- Ruby Gonzales
Trial was underway Thursday for a Whittier man and a West Covina man accused of the gang-related slaying of one man and the attempted murder of another along a set of railroad tracks in Santa Fe Springs in late 2009, officials said.
Erick Rodriguez, now-22, of Whittier and Jose Zapata, now-21, of Whittier are accused of the Dec. 8, 2009 killing of 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez of Corning, along with the non-fatal shooting of then-19-year-old Julio Serrano of Whittier, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Officials and court documents. Rodriguez, who was 17 at the time of the crime, is being tried as an adult.
Jury trial for the men began Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court with jury selection, which continued Thursday, court officials said.
In addition to the charges, the two defendants are accused of the special allegations that both men personally fired handguns in the crime, and that the shooting was gang-related.
The shooting took place about 12:20 a.m. along a secluded section of railroad tracks just west of the 8900 block of Dice road in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier police Officer Mike Dekowski said at the time.
Gonzalez died at the scene of the shooting, officials said. Serrano was found wounded nearby.
The following afternoon, investigators identified Rodriguez and Zapata as suspects in the shooting and arrested them in the 8600 block of Alburtis Avenue in an unincorporated county area just west of Whittier, police said.
According to county booking records, Rodriguez was being held without bail, while Zapata was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
PASADENA — A man suffered a gunshot wound in a shooting early Sunday, but refused to cooperate with police investigating the attack, officials said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” about 1:20 a.m. when they encountered a 30-year-old man in the 600 block of Palisade Street who had been shot in the torso, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“He was taken to a local area hospital in stable condition. He’s expected to survive,” Clawson said.
But no information regarding the shooter or circumstances of the shooting were available.
“He was uncooperative. He refused to provide information regarding the incident,” the lieutenant said.
There was a party being held nearby, however it was unclear if the shooting was related to it, he added. Those at the party said they knew nothing of the shooting.
NORWALK — A man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in a confrontation in a residential neighborhood late Tuesday, authorities said.
A 32-year-old man was walking about 9:15 p.m. in 11900 block of Nava Street, three blocks west of Norwalk Boulevard, when he was approached by two attackers described only as male, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said.
There was an exchange of words before one of the assailants opened fire, striking the man in the leg, Evans said.
The wounded man was taken to an area hospital with an injury not considered to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.
The two attackers were last seen fleeing the area in a beige or silver Toyota Camry, he said. Investigators suspected the shooting was gang-related.
WHITTIER — Police are trying to determine what led to a man’s stabbing early Tuesday.
Officers went to PIH Health at around 1:09 a.m. Tuesday regarding an unconscious stabbing victim, according to Whittier Police Lt. Jay Tatman.
He said the man, a Whittier resident in his 40s, sustained several stab wounds to the torso.
It looks like the incident occurred in the 12600 block of Foxley Drive, according to Tatman. But police still don’t know how or why the man was stabbed.
No one has been arrested.
Tatman said the victim’s father told police his son came home injured. He took him to the hospital.
The man underwent surgery and is in the intensive care unit, Tatman added.
- Ruby Gonzales