ALHAMBRA — Coroner’s officials Thursday released the name of a 47-year-old Rosemead man found dead on the roof of an Alhambra apartment building while performing gardening work, authorities said.
Devin Xu was pronounced dead after he was found unconscious about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of North Bushnell Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
There were no obvious signs of injury on his body, Alhambra police Lt. Garrett Kennedy said, and foul play was not suspected.
He was carrying out gardening work when he died, the lieutenant added.
An autopsy was planned to determined exactly how Xu died.
ALHAMBRA — A man was beaten and stabbed Tuesday in a strange and apparently unprovoked attack at his home, police said.
The incident took place about 4:20 p.m. in the 2600 block of West Front Street, according to Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson.
The victim, a man in his 40s, was inside his home’s garage when he answered a knock at the door, the sergeant said.
The wounded man told police he was suddenly attacked by a man hen did not know, Johnson said. The victim added he did not know why he was attacked.
“He was punched and stabbed at least twice,” he said.
The sergeant described the injuries as “serious but not life-threatening.”
A detailed suspect description was not available.
ALHAMBRA – A driver was killed after hitting parked cars and the side of a bank Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Hai Ming Xu, 47, of Rosemead died at the scene of the solo-car crash, which took place about 11 a.m. in the 300 block of Valley Boulevard, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said in a written statement.
“It appears at this time that Mr. Xu lost control of his vehicle while driving through the parking lot located west of the Preferred Bank,” Johnson said. “Mr. Xu’s vehicle collided with three parked cars an unoccupied vehicles before striking the west wall of the Preferred Bank, where it comes to rest.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by Alhambra police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
ALHAMBRA — Foul play was not initially suspected Wednesday after a gardener was found dead on the roof of an apartment building, officials said.
The man, initially described as being in his 30s, was pronounced dead shortly after he was found unconscious about 10 a.m. on the roof an apartment building in the 300 block of N. Bushnell Avenue, Alhambra police Lt. Garrett Kennedy said.
There were no signs of trauma on the body, and it did not appear the man had been involved in an accident, the lieutenant said. The investigation was turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, where investigators will perform an autopsy to determine how the man died.
ALHAMBRA — Police arrested a man and two teenage boys plus recovered a flat screen TV, laptop, computer speakers and iPod taken from a home on Wednesday.
Officers checking out a call of suspicious people in a residential neighborhood caught the burglary suspects before they left with their haul.
The incident started at about 11 a.m. when a caller reported seeing strangers walking down a driveway in the 300 block of North Monterey Street.
Arriving officers spotted the culprits who then fled. Lt. Gabriel Ponce said one suspect was immediately detained, a second was caught a block away and the third suspect was nabbed on Monterey Street.
A 2001 Ford Focus believed to the getaway vehicle was found parked to the rear of the home that had been burglarized, according to Ponce.
Police think other property found in the car were from other burglaries. Ponce said several items were taken in a burglary reported to the LAPD on Wednesday.
A 20-year-old Pasadena man and two teens were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The man, whose name wasn’t released, was being held at Alhambra jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Ponce said one boy was released to the custody of his parents while the other teen was taken to Eastlake Juvenile Hall.
– Ruby Gonzales
EL MONTE — A 50-year-old Alhambra woman died after being thrown from her pickup truck in a crash on the 10 Freeway early Sunday, authorities said.
Joann Palomares died at the scene of the 6:45 a.m. crash on the westbound 10 Freeway, just east of Durfee Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
The fatal collision involved a pickup truck and a sedan, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said.
The Alhambra woman was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 when, for reasons that remained under investigation, it crashed into the rear of a 2007 Mazda 6, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“The pickup truck hit the center divider wall, overturned and ejected the driver,” Jacobs said. Palomares was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was not wearing a seatbelt, CHP officials said.
The other driver, a 38-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman, was not hurt in the crash, officials said.
All but the right hand lane of the westbound freeway were shut down for about two hours as officials investigated the scene, Jacobs said.
All lanes were cleared at 8:55 a.m., according to CHP logs.
Officers from the CHP’s East Los Angeles office were handling the investigation.
ALHAMBRA — Police are looking for a man who allegedly punched and stabbed another man on Friday.The 8:47 a.m. stabbing happened in the parking lot of the Home Depot at 500 South Marengo Ave.The suspect, 36-year-old Juan Manuel Bello Morales, is known to frequent the area looking for work, according to Alhambra Police Sgt. Jerry Johnson in a statement.On Friday, Johnson said a man parked in the lot, got out of his car and made contact with the suspect.“A few moments later, and for reasons that are still unclear, the suspect attacked the victim repeatedly punching and stabbing him. The victim collapsed in the parking lot and the suspect fled,” Johnson said.The wounded man was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center where he was listed in serious but stable condition, police said.Morales’ last known residence was in Los Angeles. He was described as Latino with black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 190 pounds.Anyone who sees Morales or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Alhambra Police Department at 626-570-5151.
- Ruby Gonzales
ALHAMBRA — Coroner’s officials Saturday released the identity of a man shot to death by Alhambra police in the lobby of the police station after allegedly brandishing a large kitchen knife.
Tony Nim, 35, of Alhambra died at the scene of Friday’s officer-involved shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Kristy McCracken said.
Nim showed up in the lobby of the Alhambra Police Department, 211 S. First St., shortly before the fatal shooting, which took place about 7:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
He was clutching a large backpack and appeared incoherent, Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. Five officers tried to speak to him in several languages, however he would not respond to them.
Nim then pulled a large kitchen knife, which Coleman described as a foot long or larger, from his backpack. Three officers opened fire, fatally wounding Nim.
The names of the involved officers were not released Saturday.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are handling the investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.
Alhambra police are seeking a possible carjacking victim after arresting four burglary suspects earlier this week, officials said.
The incident, part of which was captured by a police car’s dashboard camera, began about 11 a.m. Tuesday when officers responded to a report of a residential break-in in the 500 block of West Ramona Road, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
Four suspects were jailed on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident, however police were hoping to track down a motorist who was possibly carjacked by one of the suspects, but left the scene before police could speak with him, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
The four suspects fled in a car before patrol officers arrived, however they were spotted and followed by a Pasadena Police Department helicopter, Johnson said.
With the helicopter-based officers watching, the fleeing vehicle drove to the area of Del Mar Avenue and Valley Boulevard, “where they exited the car and the four suspects fled in four different directions,” Johnson said.
One of the fleeing suspects — later identified as 18-year-old Donald Trotter of Los Angeles — got into the passenger seat of a blue or gray car occupied by an older Asian man, the sergeant said.
The vehicle began driving, however it was not clear Sunday whether the driver willingly gave the young man a ride without realizing he was fleeing from police, or was ordered to drive by the suspect, which would bring an additional charge of carjacking.
As a dashboard video camera rolled, a responding Alhambra police officer was heading toward the area when he spotted the blue-gray vehicle, officials said.
The burglary suspect exited the car and jumped into a nearby wash, injuring himself in the process, Johnson said.
“He fell about 30 feet and broke his ankle pretty badly,” he said. The suspect was quickly taken into custody, as were the other three.
Meanwhile, the driver of the blue-gray car also exited the vehicle and began pointing police toward the suspect, authorities added.
“The male Asian then left the scene before officers could interview him,” according to the police statement.
The older man was not suspected of participating in the burglary, police added, but officers wanted to talk to him to determined whether he was the victim of carjacking.
“He was either duped, or a victim. Either way, we’d like to know,” Johnson said.
In addition to Trotter, police arrested Steve Gainer, 29, of Paramount; Morgan Gardner, 19, of Downey; and a 17-year-old Los Angeles boy, Johnson said. All were booked on suspicion of burglary as the investigation into potential additional charges continued.
According to county booking records, Gardner was released from jail Tuesday on $50,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, while Gainer was released Thursday after posting $56,000 bail. Trotter was hospitalized for treatment of his ankle injury prior to booking.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Alhambra police Detective Corey Fukumoto at 626-308-4845.
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Police shot at, but did not hit, a suspect in an armed convenience store robbery before arresting him at San Marino High School early Sunday, officials said.
William Bolczak, 42, a transient from the Hemet area, was ultimately booked on suspicion of robbery and possession of prescription painkillers, Alhambra police Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said.
The incident began about 11:20 p.m. Saturday when police responded to a robbery alarm at 7-Eleven, 1111 N. Garfield Ave., Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said in a written statement.
Bolczak was armed with a knife during the robbery, Rodriguez said.
Moments later, a witness called police to report he had seen the robbery occur and was following the suspect as he drove east on Huntington Drive, Johnson said. With the information provided by the witness, officers found the suspect near San Marino High School, 2701 Huntington Drive.
“As the officers approached, the suspect threatened officers and made furtive movements toward his waistband,” Johnson said. “An officer-involved shooting then occurred.”
The alleged robber then ran onto the high school campus, police said. He was arrested following a search at 6:35 a.m.
The suspect was not wounded in the shooting, Rodriguez said. He did not know whether the knife used in the robbery had been recovered.
According to county booking records, Bolczak was being held in lieu of $65,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.