Elderly Alhambra man fatally struck, dragged by minivan identified


MONTEREY PARK >> Authorities have released the identity of an 82-year-old Alhambra man died after he was struck by a minivan in Monterey Park and dragged for half a mile into Alhambra Thursday afternoon.
Kwailing Hong died following the 3:30 p.m. collision on Hathaway Avenue, just south of Hellman Avenue, Monterey Park police Lt. Tina Montoya said.
Paramedics pronounced him dead once the Kia Sedona minivan that struck him ultimately came to a stop in front of the driver’s home in the 2400 block of Wetherhead Drive, according to Monterey Park police and Los Angeles County coroner officials said.
“According to investigators, a black KIA Sedona, driven by a 33-year-old female, (resident) of Alhambra, was traveling southbound on Hathaway Avenue from Hellman Avenue when she struck (Hong) walking in an unknown direction across the street,” police said in a written statement.
It appeared the driver of the minivan did not realize she had struck anyone until she arrived home about half a mile away from the collision scene, police said.
“(Hong) sustained internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to the police statement.
The driver cooperated with investigators, he said, and no arrests or citations were made as the investigation continued, officials added.
Children rode inside the minivan as passengers, according to police and a witness.
Detectives obtained a blood sample from the driver as part of their investigation, though intoxicated driving was not initially suspected to be a factor, police said.
Anyone with information can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.

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UPDATED: Elderly man fatally struck, dragged by car along Monterey Park-Alhambra border


MONTEREY PARK >> An elderly man died Thursday after being struck by a car in Monterey Park, then dragged under the vehicle for nearly a mile into Alhambra, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 3:30 p.m. along Hellman Avenue, west of Atlantic Boulevard, along the border between Monterey Park and Alhambra, Alhambra police officials said.
A woman in her 30s struck the man, described as being in his 70s, but did not immediately realize it, Monterey Park police Lt. Scott Wiese said.
The woman continued driving home, ultimately stopping about three-quarters of a mile away, across the city border in Alhambra, Wiese said. She called 9-1-1 after discovering the victim’s body pinned beneath her car.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, Wiese said. His identity was not available.
Police followed the blood trail left by the vehicle to the apparent point of impact at Hellman Avenue and Hathaway Street in Monterey Park, where the victim’s shoes were found in the roadway.
Though initially handled by Alhambra police, the investigation was turned over to police in Monterey Park after officials determined the point of impact was in their city, officials said.
Investigators obtained a blood sample from the driver, as is standard procedure in any fatal collision, but noted no obvious signs that intoxication played a role in the incident. The driver cooperated with police.
The investigation was ongoing.

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Man arrested for battery on students at Alhambra school campus over tossed candy cane

ALHAMBRA >> An Alhambra man jumped a fence onto a school campus to confront and assault two students after accusing them of throwing a piece of candy cane at his truck, police said.
Jonathan Torres, 26, was booked on suspicion of trespassing on school grounds and battery on a student several hours after the incident, which unfolded just before noon at William Northrop Elementary School, 409 South Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. The school instructs kindergarten through eighth grade.
Torres arrived at the school to pick up a preschool-age student, Johnson said.
“As he pulled into the parking lot, some kids who were on campus — junior high school students — either accidentally or on purpose threw a piece of candy cane at his truck,” the sergeant said. Torres became enraged.
“He ends up going over a fence, on campus, and confronts this group of junior high school students,” “He spits at them, shoves them and curses at them.”
A teacher who saw what happened told the man to leave the campus, and he fled in his truck, Johnson said.
Campus police determined the suspects identity and contacted him by telephone, he said. Torres agreed to return to the campus, where he was arrested shortly after 2:40 p.m.
The two students listed as victims in the incident were “shaken up,” but uninjured, Johnson said.
The sergeant said the school was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes, before police were able to confirm the suspect had left the campus.

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3-month-old boy dies after being found unconscious in Alhambra home-based day care center

ALHAMBRA >> A 3-month-old boy died Tuesday, a week after being found unconscious at a home-based day care center in Alhambra last week, authorities said Wednesday.
The infant died at 4:51 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben. The baby’s identity was not released Wednesday.
Officers responded about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 12 to a report of a “baby not breathing” at a licensed day care center based out of a home in the 700 block of N. Cordova Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
“The information was that people in the house were doing CPR,” the sergeant said.
“Officers arrived. We took over CPR,” he said. Paramedics arrived a short time later and took over treatment of the baby as they rushed him to a hospital, where he was placed in an intensive care unit.
The circumstances of what was going on in the home when the infant stopped breathing were under investigation, Johnson said. Detectives summoned crime lab investigators to examine the scene.
Officials did not note any obvious signs of trauma or other initial indications of a crime, Johnson said. No arrests have been made.
The cause of death was yet to be determined, and the ongoing investigation hinges largely on the findings of doctors and coroner’s investigators, official said.
Police notified the California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division, which regulates day care centers, as well as the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services about the incident, Johnson said.
State records show that state licensing officials conducted an inspection of the residential day care facility, licensed as Valdez Family Child Care, Oct. 14, two days after the baby was rushed to the hospital.
“This visit was made regarding the 10/12/15 incident, where a day-care child needed medical attention,” a facility evaluation report generated by the inspection said.
Two violations were noted: The licensee had only a standard first aid certification — not the required pediatric certification — and inspectors found the licensee’s adult son was living at the home without having undergone a required criminal background check, records show.
The report indicated the day care operator agreed to correct the issues by taking a class in pediatric first aid, and finding a new place for her son to live.
Following a previous, unannounced visit to the day care center in May, the inspector found no violations and issued no citations, records show.

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Man wounded in Alhambra stabbing


ALHAMBRA >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a man along Main Street in Alhambra early Sunday.
Patrol officers were flagged down about 2 a.m. by a group of people along Main Street, near First Street, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
They directed officers to man who was bleeding from “numerous” stab wounds to his upper body, police officials said in a written statement. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, and the circumstances of the stabbing remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alhambra police detectives at 626-570-5157.

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New Alhambra Habit Burger Grill teams with police for fundraiser Monday

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ALHAMBRA >> The new, soon-to-open Habit Burger Grill location in Alhambra is hosting a pre-grand-opening fundraiser Monday to raise funds for the Alhambra Police Foundation, officials said.
The newly built restaurant at 100 E. Main Street, will open its doors from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the APF, according to Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese.
The APF is designed, “to raise funds to support and enhance innovative programs, projects, activities, training and equipment for the Alhambra Police Department that improve public safety and services to the community,” according to the foundation’s website.

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Alhambra police plan checkpoint Friday


ALHAMBRA >> The Alhambra Police Department Traffic Bureau is planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at Garfield Avenue and Beacon Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, 56 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra have claimed one life and injured and additional 56 of our friends and neighbors,” according to Lt. Dan Rodriguez.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Whittier man accused of kidnapping, carjacking woman in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police jailed a Whittier man on suspicion of kidnapping and carjacking a woman in Pasadena late Friday.
The strange crime took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the 400 block of South Lake Avenue as a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman was returning to her car after shopping in the area, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A suspect ultimately identified as Andrew Sevillano, 27, of Whittier jumped into the passenger seat of the woman’s car and ordered her to drive, Carrillo said. He gave no destination where he wanted to go, but simply told the frightened woman to continue keep driving.
The car had reached Alhambra when the woman decided to jump out of the car and run, Carrillo said. Sevillano drove off in her car.
The woman sought help from a nearby resident, who called police on her behalf, the lieutenant said.
Officers found the car parked outside Pasadena High School about four hours later, Carrillo said. They found and arrested Sevillano at neighboring victory park.
Sevillano displayed no weapon during the crime, and his motives were unclear, he said.
Police were looking into the possibility that mental illness or intoxication may have played a role in the strange incident.

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Bomb squad called after woman finds 26 grenades, rocket launcher in Alhambra home


ALHAMBRA >> A bomb squad responded to Alhambra Saturday after a woman cleaning out her parents’ home discovered 26 grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher, which were ultimately found to be inert, officials said.
The incident kicked off about noon at a house in the 200 block of South El Molino Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Richard Aguayo said.
Upon discovering 26 rifle grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher, “She wisely called the police rather than touch them,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Alhambra firefighters and a sheriff’s bomb squad responded to the scene and evacuated nearby homes as a precaution.
But the incident soon concluded when investigators determined the grenades and rocket launcher were inert practice devices and not dangerous, officials said.
Sheriff’s officials took the devices to be properly disposed of.

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Alhambra teen suspected in robbery


ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of robbing a teenage girl of her purse late Wednesday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 9:20 p.m. at Electric Avenue and Shorb Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Tai Seki said.
The 17-year-old suspect told the girl he had a knife, though none was seen, as he demanded her purse, the sergeant said. The girl handed over her purse and the robber ran off. She suffered no injuries.
Police found and arrested the suspect several blocks away, Seki said. Some items from the purse were recovered, including the victim’s wallet, but the purse itself was not found.
Police took the teen boy to Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, Seki said.

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