Suspect jailed following Alhambra sandwich shop robbery

ALHAMBRA — Police arrested a man Saturday after he robbed a sandwich shop at gunpoint, authorities said.
Jacob Adan Perez, 19, of Alhambra was arrested in connection with the robbery, which took place just before 1 a.m. at Subway, 2131 South Fremont Avenue, according to Alhambra police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Perez entered the restaurant with a handgun and demanded money, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said. After obtaining cash, he ran off.
A responding police officer spotted the suspect — later identified as Perez — in the area, Rodriguez said. Police set up a search perimeter, in which Perez was found and arrested without a struggle a short time later.
Police recovered the handgun believed to have been used in the robbery, as well as other items possibly linking Perez to additional crimes, Rodriguez said.
Officials declined to described the items seized from Perez Saturday as they continued their investigation, she added.
Perez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

Alhambra man pleads not guilty to pimping charges

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ALHAMBRA — A man accused of operating a brothel out of his Alhambra condominium pleaded not guilty Friday to pimping charges, authorities said.
Zhi Wang, 56, was charged with two counts of pimping stemming from his arrest Tuesday at his home in the 100 block of South Marguerita Avenue, according to Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials and Alhambra police. He entered his not guilty pleas in Alhambra Superior Court.
Wang’s bail was increased from $25,000 to $50,000 at the hearing, and a bail review hearing was scheduled for July 3 in Alhambra Superior Court, Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
Police arrested Zhi shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday while investigating reports that he was operating a house of prostitution, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
Wang admitted using the home for prostitution, and officers encountered two women believed to be working as prostitutes at his home.
If convicted as charged, Wang could face up to seven years and four months in prison.

Stolen gun found hidden in baby crib during AB 109 probation compliance check in Alhambra

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Police arrested an AB 109 probationer Thursday after discovering a stolen handgun hidden inside a baby crib, as well as a small amount of drugs, during a compliance check, authorities said.
0627_NWS_PSN-L-CRIB_VERA_VINCENTVincent Daniel Vera, 28, was booked on suspicion of weapons and narcotics violations, as well as violation of his Post-Release Community Supervision stemming from a previous felony conviction, according to Alhambra police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police and probation officials carried out a compliance check about 9 a.m. at Vera’s home on Almansor Street, near Main Street, officials said.
“As officers attempted a door knock at Vera’s residence, additional officers to the rear of the location observed Vera attempting to escape out the rear balcony,” Alhambra police officials said in a written statement. He was taken into custody and officers searched his home.
“A stolen firearm and loaded magazine were found in a baby crib that was in his bedroom,” the statement said. “A small amount of narcotics were also located.”
There was no baby in the crib with the gun and magazine filled with 9mm ammunition, police said.
Probation officials requested a check on Vera because he had failed to show up at an appointment to have his GPS ankle bracelet services, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
He was required to wear the ankle bracelet as a condition of his release from jail following a 2012 conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. His initial felony conviction was for domestic violence in 2006.
The handgun seized from Vera’s home had been reported stolen in Chino in 1990, Johnson said.
Vera was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

Alhambra man accused of running brothel out of condominium

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ALHAMBRA — Police arrested a man on suspicion of pimping Tuesday after community tips led investigators to a brothel in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.
Zhi Wang, 56, was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Police acting on tips from members of the public reporting a possible house of ill repute went to Zhi’s condominium in 100 block of South Marguerita Avenue early Tuesday evening, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. Detectives knocked on his door, and he allowed them inside.
“Two female adults wearing robes were inside of the residence,” police officials said in a written statement. “The females worked for Wang by conducting massages and sexual acts at the residence for money.”
Through a Chinese interpreter, Wang admitted to running brothel Johnson said. He was arrested on suspicion of pimping.
The women, ages 44 and 47, were not arrested Tuesday, Johnson said. But charges could be filed later by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The women were not believed to have been held against their will.
According to county booking records, Wang was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Friday in Alhambra Superior Court.

Alhambra police seek stolen pet lizard

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Police are seeking a lizard with red-painted claws that was stolen from an Alhambra pet shop last week.
Ganga the Bearded Dragon was pilfered by an unknown crook June 12 while she was being boarded at McCormick’s Met Emporium, 644 E. Main Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said. The theft occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The 12-inch-long lizard, which had the claws on three of its legs painted with red nail polish, requires daily doses of sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light to remain healthy, police said in a written statement.
“We have exhausted our leads in trying to recover the beautiful animal,” according to the police statement. So investigators turned to the public to see if anyone has seen the pilfered pet.
“If a friend or neighbor should suddenly be in possession of a dragon with painted nails, please give us a call,” the police statement said. “If, you should happen to see this animal unattended, please call us so we can return her to the rightful owner. If you have Ganga, bring her to the police station immediately.”
Anyone with information can reach Alhambra police at 626-570-5130.

PHOTO courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

Man sentenced for Monterey Park double-slaying

A judge sentenced a man to spend the rest of his life in prison Thursday for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Monterey Park in early 2010, authorities said.
Richard Tauch, 49, of Corona received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in Pasadena Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
A jury convicted him in November of two counts of first-degree murder for the Jan. 19, 2010, shooting deaths of Jenny Sor, 40, of Los Angeles and Wenwa Chao, 53, of Alhambra. The jury also found true the special allegations of multiple murder and lying in wait.
Officials described Tauch as a casino security guard who was obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Sor.
“Tauch and Sor were in a relationship for a year before she broke up with him in December 2009 and started dating Chao,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
On the day of the killings, Tauch went to Sor’s workplace at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood and hid himself in her car, investigators said. He remained concealed in her car as she drove to an assisted living facility in the 200 block of Northj Chandler Avenue in Monterey Park, where Chao was visiting his father.
“When Sor arrived at the care home, she went inside and Tauch followed,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “The defendant then accosted Sor and Chao and shot them multiple times. The victims died at the scene.”
Tauch fled the scene following the double-slaying, but detectives arrested him the following day.

San Gabriel Valley police, firefighters to square off on basketball court in Arcadia to help the Special Olympics

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San Gabriel Valley police officers will take on their fire department counterparts on the basketball court in Arcadia this weekend as the annual Battle of the Badges tournament returns bigger than ever to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The series of games will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive in Arcadia, organizers said in a written statement. The cost of admission will be a “donation of your choosing,” and proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Southern California.
In addition to the action on the court, there will be jumpers for children, refreshments, a SWAT demonstration, historical vehicles, a fire truck and gaming booths set up by Dave & Buster’s, Arcadia police Detective Walter Ashby said. An iPad Air will also be raffled off.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds are donated directly to the Special Olympics,” he said.
San Gabriel police officers will take on San Gabriel firefighters at 10 a.m.; Alhambra police will play Alhambra firefighters at noon; El Monte police will take on Upland firefighters at 2 p.m.; Pasadena police will play Pasadena firefighters at 4 p.m.; and Arcadia police officers and firefighters will face off on the court at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Detective Ashby at 626-821-2654, or email washby@ci.arcadia.ca.us.

Police: Alhambra senior citizen arrested with 70 balloons full of heroin

ALHAMBRA — Police arrested a 63-year-old Alhambra woman Thursday and seized 70 balloons filled with heroin, authorities said.
Lorie Kell was arrested just after 5 p.m. at an apartment in the 900 block of South Marguerita Avenue, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said. She was booked on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sales.
The arrest was the result of a search warrant carried out by detectives the Alhambra Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit, police officials said in a written statement posted on the department’s Facebook page. Further details regarding the investigation were not available Friday, nor was the estimated street value of the seized drugs.
“Heroin is a very addictive drug that causes users to have to use daily,” according to the police statement. “Users often times spend over $100 a day on the drug and get a lot of their money from stealing and pawning merchandise.”
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Kell was released from jail Thursday night pending her initial court appearance after posting $30,000 bail.

Alhambra burglar sentenced for jail escape

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LOS ANGELES >> A man who escaped from Los Angeles County jail in March after being sentenced for swiping computers from a San Gabriel Valley hospital chain received a new sentence Friday for the jail break, officials said.
Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old transient, was sentenced to eight months in jail Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
The sentence will be added to four years and eight months in jail for a mid-October, 2013, burglary at an AHMC Healthcare Inc. facility in Alhambra, officials said.
“Brown will serve the entire 64-month sentence in state prison, rather than county jail,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
In the burglary, two laptop computers containing personal information of as many as 729,000 patients were stolen. The theft prompted a security concerns and worries over potential identity theft, though no such incident have been reported in connection with the stolen computers. They were never recovered.
Brown was sentenced to jail March 12 after being convicted of two counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.
But upon being transported back to the Inmate Reception Center for processing, Brown impersonated another inmate and managed to walk away, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
He remained a fugitive for three weeks until he was spotted and recaptured April 2 in Santa Monica.

PHOTOS of Christopher Lee Brown Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

 

Police talk suicidal woman down from ledge in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — An Alhambra police officer persuaded a suicidal woman to climb down from a 40-foot-high ledge which she had threatened to jump from Sunday, authorities said.
The incident, which was captured on a police car dashboard camera, unfolded about noon at Campbell Avenue and Front Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“A woman had climbed over a retaining wall and fence and was threatening to kill herself by jumping the 40 feet down onto railroad tracks, according to the police statement.
“A female officer calmly built a rapport with the distraught woman,” the statement continued. “The officer convinced the woman not to jump and helped the woman back over the fence.”
The woman, an Alhambra resident in her mid-40s, was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, officials said.