UPDATED: Hydroponics store employee beaten with baseball bat, stabbed in Bassett

BASSETT — Two men beat a hydroponics store employee with a baseball bat and stabbed him repeatedly during an attack along Valley Boulevard Friday afternoon.
The incident, which deputies were investigating as an attempted murder, was first reported about 5:15 p.m. at a hydroponic supply store along Valley Boulevard, just west of Seventh Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Paramedics were first summoned to the scene by reports of an injured man bleeding from the head, Sgt. Mark Stonich of the sheriff’s Industry Station said. The rescuers contacted police after realizing the man was the victim of an assault.
“These two (attackers) used a baseball bat, hands and feet and possibly a knife,” Stonich said. “He had several puncture wounds in his back.”
The employee first received a phone call just before 5 p.m. from a man asking whether the store was open, and whether is carried a particular type of light bulb, Stonich said. The employee responded that the store did carry the bulb in question.
About 15 minutes later, the employee noticed two men standing in front of the store, pacing and carrying a bag, the sergeant said.
They entered the store, pulled a baseball bat from the bag and ordered the employee to exit the store, Stonich said. They then attacked the man.
Paramedics took the injured employee to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with stable vital signs, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Larry Duran said. He was expected to survive.
The motive in the attack was not clear, Stonich said. There were no indications anything had been stolen.
The badly injured man managed to give deputies a description of his attackers before being rushed to the a hospital for treatment, the sergeant said. “He recognized one of their voices as person who had called on the phone.”
One of the assailants was a white man of about 6 feet tall, wearing a blue shirt and gray pants, Stonich said. The other was an Asian man of about 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing all black clothing.
Not eyewitnesses to the attack had been found Friday afternoon, however witnesses did confirm seeing men matching the descriptions given by the victim and carrying a baseball bat in the area around the time of the incident.
The motive in the crime was not immediately clear, Stonich said. “We don’t know if a robbery occurred at this time.”
The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322.

Teen attacks man with metal pipe in Arcadia

ARCADIA — Police are seeking a teen who struck a day laborer in the head with a metal pipe Wednesday in due to an ongoing dispute, officials said.
The attack took place just after 3:20 p.m. in a parking lot at the corner of Live Oak and Santa Anita avenues, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
The victim, a 43-year-old day laborer, had been involved in an argument Tuesday with a young man, the lieutenant said. It was unclear what the dispute was over.
The teenager returned to he parking lot Wednesday.
“Without warning, he struck the victim in the left side of the head with a metal pipe,” he said.
Police said the victim appeared to have suffered only a minor injury, but was taken to a hospital to be examined.
His attacker was described as a Latino boy of about 16 years old, of light complexion, wearing a blue shirt and khaki Dickes pants.
Police searched the area bit did not find the young man Wednesday afternoon.

One charged, one released following weekend stabbing in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — Prosecutors Wednesday filed charges against one of two men arrested in connection with a weekend stabbing in Alhambra, while the second suspect was released from custody without charges, authorities said.
Eric Gonsalo Hernandez, 23, of Los Angeles was charged with attempted murder, along with the special allegation that he used a knife in the crime, as well as assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
But Marco Beltran, 28, of Los Angeles, who was initially arrested along with Hernandez, was freed Wednesday after prosecutors declined to file charges against him, citing insufficient evidence, Alhambra police and district attorney’s officials said.
The alleged attack took place about 1:25 a.m. stabbing in the 200 block of Curtis Avenue.
The stabbing victim, a 27-year-old Pasadena man, suffered numerous stab wounds to his torso but was expected to recover, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene.
Both the suspect and victim had been drinking at a nearby house party when the became involved in a fight that spilled out onto the street, the sergeant said.
The subject of the fight remained unclear.
Hernandez entered no plea at his appearance Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court, Santiago said. An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Cab driver attacked after refusing to give man spare change in Arcadia

ARCADIA — Police are seeking a man who beat a cab driver in the head with a piece of wood after the cabbie refused to give him pocket change, officials said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 12:50 a.m. as the cab driver was parked at a gas station at Huntington Drive and 1st Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said.
“He was approached by a suspect asking for change,” the sergeant said. “The cab driver declined. The suspect returned in a few minutes and hit the driver in the head with a piece of wood.”
Police described the weapon as a two-by-four. The cab driver, a man in his 50s, suffered a minor injury and declined to be taken to a hospital by paramedics.
The attacker was described as a Latino man, about 6 feet tall, of skinny build, wearing a black beanie, a blue jacket and a white, long-sleeve shirt.

UPDATED: Two men accused of attempted murder following Alhambra stabbing

ALHAMBRA — Police jailed two Los Angeles men in connection with a stabbing early Saturday in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
Eric Gonsalo Hernandez, 23, and Marco Antonio Beltran, 28, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder following the 1:25 a.m. stabbing in the 200 block of South Curtis Avenue, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
Police responded to a report of a fight when they encountered a stabbing victim, Sgt. Jim Hammond said in a written statement.
“Officers located two subject in the area and, through their investigation, determined they were involved in the crime,” according to the police statement. “The victim received serious injuries.”
The victim suffered several stab wounds, “mostly to the abdomen area,” Johnson said.
The wounded man was listed in stable condition at a hospital and expected to recover, he added.
Hernandez and Beltran were found in the area and arrested in connection with the crime, Johnson said. A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered.
A motive in the alleged attack remained under investigation.
Police noted that there was a party in the area at the time, but it was not clear Sunday whether the stabbing was related to the gathering.
According to police and Los Angeles County booking records, Hernandez and Beltran were being held in lieu of $1 million bail each pending their scheduled arraignments Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

Man stabbed at South Whittier bus stop

SOUTH WHITTIER — A group of attackers repeatedly stabbed an 18-year-old man at a bus stop Saturday evening, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 6:50 p.m. along Mulberry Drive, near Mills Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
“The victim stated four to five unknown males approached him at a bus stop,” the lieutenant said. “He was stabbed multiple times.”
Smitson said the wounded man was hospitalized in stable condition, but did not appear to be fully cooperating with investigators.
No further description of the attackers was available, Smitson said. A dark-colored pickup truck was seen leaving the area at the time of the stabbing.
Investigators suspected the incident was gang-related.

Man wounded, attacker sought in Rosemead stabbing

ROSEMEAD — A Rosemead man suffered stab wounds Friday during a fight with a man he told investigators was an old acquaintance from high school, officials said.
The stabbing was reported about 4:20 p.m. along Bartlett Avenue, just north of Garvey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
The victim, a 27-year-old man, told deputies he was walking down the street when a car pulled over and the driver — a man he knew in high school — got out of the car, the lieutenant said.
The attacker then challenged the victim to fight, Chavez said.
“During the fight, he noticed he was bleeding profusely from the abdomen,” he said. “He was stabbed multiple times.”
The wounded man went home and called for help, but would not give authorities the name of his attacker, Chavez said.
The suspect was described only as a white man in his mid- to late-20s wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.
Chavez said the victim’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Temple Station are handling the investigation.

Man wounded in Hacienda Heights shooting

HACIENDA HEIGHTS — A man was found shot in the front yard of a Hacienda Heights home early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting was reported about 4:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Charlemont Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Craton said.
The shooting victim, a Hacienda Heights man in his 20s, was taken to a hospital for treatment, the lieutenant said.
He suffered a single gunshot wound to the “upper torso” and was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon. Deputy Bob Boese said.
The circumstances of the shooting were unclear. A black, four-door vehicle was seen fleeing the shooting scene, but no description of the person or people inside was available.
The investigation was being handled by detectives from the sheriff’s Industry Station.

UPDATED: Man accused of unprovoked attack on gardener in West Covina

WEST COVINA — Police, aided by a news reading tipster, arrested a transient who struck a gardener in the head with a rock in an unprovoked attack Friday, officials said.
Andrew Lopez, a 24-year-old transients known to frequent the West Covina area, was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with the alleged assault with a deadly weapon, which took place about 10 a.m. at Amar Road and Woodgate Drive, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A landscaper was using a leaf blower when he spotted another man out of the corner of his eye, Patton said.
“Without provocation or any exchange of words, the subject throws a rock at him, striking him in the area of his forehead,” the lieutenant said.
The gardener suffered a half-inch cut but declined to be hospitalized via ambulance, Patton said. He was taken by his employer for medical treatment.
The suspect was not found when police searched the area, but the gardener was able to provide officers with a detailed description of the attacker.
A local apartment manager saw the attacker’s description in a report on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s website and recognized him as a man who had just been in the area, Patton said.
Officers responded to the area where the tipster reported last seeing the man and found him in the area, Patton said. He was detained without a struggle, and arrested once identified by the gardener as his attacker.
Based on the unprovoked violence exhibited by the suspect, Patton said police were relieved to have him in custody before he potentially injured someone else.
A motive in the alleged attack was not clear.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Lopez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the West Covina Police Department’s jail Friday pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

Man wounded in second shooting in Norwalk neighborhood in a week

NORWALK — For the second time in a week in the same residential neighborhood, a man was wounded early Friday in a shooting, officials said.
The man was wounded in the leg in the most recent shooting, which took place about 1:54 a.m. in the 12000 block of Lowemont Street, just east of Elaine Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cynthia McDaniel said.
“Somebody walked up to him and shot him,” according to Lt. Cynthia McDaniel of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station.
The attacker asked the victim about gang affiliation just before opening fire, Deputy Bill Lockridge said. It was not clear how, or if the victim, a man in his mid-20s, responded.
Officials described the shooter as a Latino man of about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing dark pants and a Los Angeles Dodgers cap. After the shooting, he got into a white, 4-door Toyota Corolla which possibly had a driver waiting inside, Lockridge said. The car was last seen fleeing east on Lowemont Street.
The wounded man was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood for treatment. McDaniel said the man’s injury was not considered to be “non-life threatening.”
The incident was the second shooting reported in the neighborhood in just under a week.
Paramedics said a man
Another man was lucky to be alive after being shot in the head early Saturday at Lowemont Street and Elaine Avenue, according to sheriff’s and fire department officials.
A man in his late-20s was approached by a vehicle containing four male attackers, McDaniel said. Someone inside opened fire.
The bullet struck the man in the head, however it travelled along his skull without penetrating it before exiting his skin, fire Capt. Steven Kumasharo said.
A description of the attackers or their car was not available.