Six Alhambra police officers will ride in the Police Unity Tour in Washington, D.C., in May to honor Alhambra police Officer Ryan Stringer, who died in the line of duty in July 2010.
The officers will hold a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill, 100 West Main St., Alhambra.
Attendees can purchase food and also participate in a raffle for prizes like an iPod Nano, Kindle Fire and Disneyland tickets. Proceeds will go toward the officers’ entry fees.
In May, the officers will ride 250 miles in three days with the tour’s Southern California Chapter from Somerset, N.J., to Washington, D.C. To participate in the tour, each officer must raise the $125 entry fee and an additional $1,800 in donations.
Proceeds from the Police Unity Tour, which had its first ride in 1997, go to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Last year, 1,300 officers participated, raising $1.5 million.
Lieutenant Jennifer Wiese, who is riding in the tour this year, said Alhambra officers have been in the ride before, but this year there is increased participation for a cause that is now closer to home.
“We’re like a family and when you lose a family member and it’s not expected, it’s very difficult, and you have that loss and that void in your life,” she said.
Wiese added that in her 23 years with the Alhambra Police Department, Stringer has been the only officer to die in the line of duty. Stringer, 26, was killed on July 10, 2010, in a collision with another police vehicle. Both cars were responding to a reported robbery.
ALHAMBRA — The investigation into the death of an Alhambra woman found hanged in an apartment remains ongoing, authorities said Wednesday, however the woman’s boyfriend is no longer considered a person of interest in the investigation as evidence supporting suicide mounts.
Elizabeth Setiawan, 38, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight Sunday after she was discovered hanging and unresponsive in an apartment at 1121 W. Hellman Ave., Los Angeles County Department of coroner’s officials said.
A coroner’s investigator initially noted some anomalies in Setiawan’s eyes that were possibly consistent with head trauma, Detective Efren Tamayo of the Alhambra Police Department said.
Based on that observation, he said, police named the woman’s boyfriend as a “person of interest” as they probed the death as a possible homicide, Tamayo said.
After further investigation, the detective said, “It’s leaning toward being a suicide.”
Setiawan’s officials cause of death remained under investigation as coroner’s officials awaited the results of toxicology tests, officials said.
ALHAMBRA – Detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was discovered hanging in a bedroom of an apartment early Sunday.
Coroner’s officials identified the woman as Elizabeth Setiawan, 38, of Alhambra and ruled the death a homicide after a preliminary examination.
Craig Harvey, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner, said it was reported as a suicide but there are other injuries that are inconsistent with suicide and the manner of death. He said there is blunt force trauma to the body.
An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Tuesday, Harvey said.
Setiawan’s boyfriend was named as a person of interest in the case and taken to the Alhambra Police station, according to police. He hasn’t been arrested and is cooperating with the investigation.
Officers responding to an apartment at 1121 W. Hellman Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday found a man holding up a woman who was hanging in the bedroom.
Police said the woman was cut down, but attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Alhambra Police Department at 626-570-5162.
ALHAMBRA – An El Monte man who works as a student aide was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl earlier this year.
Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said the alleged molestation happened sometime between January and February at Garfield Elementary School, 119 W. Mclean St.
Authorities found out on Friday.
“It appears the (girl) didn’t reveal it to any school staff until today,” Rodriguez said.
School employees then notified police.
Johnny Lagunas, 20, was arrested on suspicion of child molestation. He was being held at Alhambra jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Rodriguez said Lagunas should be arraigned Tuesday at Alhambra Superior Court.
Police suspect Lagunas could have been involved in other similar incidents and are looking for other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Huezo or Det. Orozco at 626-570-5151.
-From staff reports
PHOTO of Johnny Lagunas courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department.