PASADENA — Police jailed an Altadena man Saturday who tried to carjack three different cars before one of the drivers struck him with a vehicle, officials said.
Cory Howard Macy, 27, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail Sunday at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail after being booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
The ill-fated crime spree took place about 5:25 p.m. near Holliston Avenue and Elizabeth Street, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
“The suspect approached three different vehicles that were travelling in the general area and flagged them down,” the lieutenant said.
He first attempted to steal the cars of a 73-year-old woman, then a 58-year-old woman, he said.
“He was yelling at victims to open the doors and give him their cars,” Calatayud said. “The victims had their car doors locked, and when they became aware that they were being the victims of a crime, they sped away.”
In the third carjacking attempt, Macy demanded the driver exit his vehicle while attempting to open the car door, police said.
The driver, a 48-year-old man, began driving away, Calatayud said. Macy allegedly jumped onto the hood of the victim’s car before rolling off.
Officers found and arrested Macy in the area, he added. He was taken for a medical examination before being booked into jail.
Calatayud said all three victims were wise to have their doors locked while driving around, which police normally recommend.
“The victims are commended for using safe practices,” he said.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Rescuers launched a search in Eaton Canyon early Friday in response to report of a group of missing hikers, but learned the report stemmed from a misunderstanding, authorities said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials received a call about 7 a.m. Friday from a man reporting that his daughter had gone to Eaton Canyon with four others about 8 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. Booker Hollis said. They never returned from what was planned to be an eight-hour hiking and rappelling outing.
But the hikers, in their mid-20s, had apparently made plans to spend the night in the forest, Hollis said. The concerned family member was not aware the trip was going to be overnight, and worried when he could not reach his daughter via cell phone.
Members of the Altadena Search and Rescue Team found the group of hikers shortly before 11 a.m. near the canyon’s second waterfall, officials said.
“There were no injuries,” the sergeant said. “They did have food and water with them.”
Rescuers escorted the group out of the canyon.
ALTADENA — A 17-year-old girl died and an 18-year-old man was hurt Friday when they took a fall while hiking in Eaton Canyon, officials said.
The incident was reported just before 11:30 a.m. in the canyon, which sits just north of Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said.
A group of four — Two 17-year-old girls and two 18-year-old young men — were hiking when one when one of the young women and one of the young men fell, the sergeant said.
The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the injured young man was flown to a hospital by helicopter in unknown condition, the sergeant said.
The other two hikers were unhurt, she said. An investigation was ongoing.
ALTADENA — Deputies are looking for the man who shot at a home Wednesday night.
There were no injuries.
Sgt. Booker Hollis of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley station said deputies found two bullet holes in the house.
The shooting happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of North El Sol Avenue.
Hollis said a resident looked out a window and saw two men. One of the men fired two shots in her direction, the sergeant added.
The shooter and his companion ran toward another street and out of view.
They were described only as black men wearing dark clothing.
- Ruby Gonzales
ALTADENA — The investigation continues into the mysterious slaying of an Azusa man found dead on a horse trail in Altadena earlier this month, authorities said.
Marcus Anthony Nieto, 26, was pronounced dead after a passer-by discovered him lying on the horse trail near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said.
Initial reports indicated he had been shot in the head, however Detective David Gunner of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau declined Thursday to say whether that was the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
“At this point, there’s not a whole lot I can share with you that wouldn’t compromise the investigation,” he said.
A security hold placed on the case at the coroner’s office prevented coroner’s officials from discussing the killing, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
No witnesses to the slaying had been located, and no information regarding a possible suspect was available, Gunner said.
When discovered, “The victim didn’t have any property,” Gunner said, causing detectives to look into the possibility the killing involved a robbery.
The victim was living in Azusa with family members, though he also had a West Covina address associated with him at the coroner’s office, according to sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
He was married but had no children, Gunner said. He was not believed to be employed at the time of his death.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
ALTADENA — Two adults and a child suffered injuries believed to be minor following a crash involving a sheriff’s patrol car Saturday, officials said.
The collision took place about 3:45 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said.
The two-man unit was traveling with its emergency lights and sirens on to assist another deputy involved in a fight with a suspect when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Mann said.
The patrol car collided in the intersection with a Toyota Camry, officials said.
The three occupants of the Camry were taken to a hospital for treatment of apparently minor injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Richard Hastert said.
The deputies were not injured, officials said.
The patrol car appeared to have damage to the side, while the Camry had front-end damage, officials added.
The circumstances of the crash were being investigated by the Altadena office of the CHP.
ALTADENA — Authorities Sunday identified a 26-year-old man found slain on a horse trail near Canon Boulevard in Altadena.
Marcus Anthony Nieto was pronounced dead at the scene after he was discovered unresponsive by a passerby early Saturday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. He had a listed address in West Covina, however he was believed to have been staying most recently in Azusa.
It initially appeared Nieto, whose body was found just after 8:10 a.m. on a horse trail near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, had been shot in the head, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
But an autopsy was yet to be carried to determine Nieto’s officials cause of death, MacWillie said. The death was reported to the coroner’s office as an apparent homicide.
No further information was released.
ALTADENA — Homicide detectived are investigating after the body of a man was found apparently shot in the head on a horse trail at the northern edge of Altadena, authorities said.
A passer-by discovered the body about 8:10 a.m. on the trail near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales said.
The body was initially described as that of a man in his mid-20s.
The investigation was in its early stages, Gonzales said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were investigating the death as a homicide.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Rescuers hoisted a hiker with a broken ankle from the Echo Mountain Trail north of Altadena Saturday, authorities said.
Members of the Altadena Search and Rescue Team were summoned about 10:15 a.m. to the trail, northeast of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive in the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
A 45-year-old hiker had fallen and broken his ankle and was unable to exit the wilderness, she said.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter retrieved the man and lifted him to Farnsworth Park in Altadena, Shepherd said. From there, the man elected to seek medical treatment on his own.
ALTADENA — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy and his brother escaped injury early Saturday after they were attacked in a car-to-car shooting, officials said.
The shooting took place about 3:40 a.m. as the deputy was driving his personal vehicle in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Harriet Street, with his brother riding in the front passenger seat, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said.
“A dark-colored Lexus sedan pulled alongside the driver’s side of the deputy’s vehicle and a passenger from the suspect vehicle fired three rounds from a handgun at the deputy’s vehicle before speeding away,” Gonzalez said.
One bullet struck the deputy’s car, she said, however neither he nor his brother were hurt.
Fellow deputies searched the area but did not find the attackers.
A motive in the shooting was unclear, Gonzalez said, and no further details were available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by contacting L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.