Gunman sought in Azusa 7-Eleven robbery

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AZUSA >> Police are seeking a man armed with a handgun robbed an Azusa 7-Eleven store early Wednesday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 1:45 a.m. at the convenience store, 803 E. Arrow Highway, near Lark Ellen Avenue, Azusa police Detective Seth Chapman said in a written statement.
A man entered the store and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register, the detective said.
“When the cashier refused, the suspect removed a black semi-automatic handgun from his front waistband and showed it to the cashier,” Chapman said. “Fearing for his life, the cashier turned over the money from the cash register to the suspect. The suspect proceeded to flee the store eastbound.”
The clerk suffered no injuries, he said.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 21 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 145 pounds,, wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants and skateboarding-style shoes.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspect in hopes of generating tips from the public as to his identity, officials said.
Anyone with information can reach Detective Chapman at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA IMAGE courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

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Auto theft suspect arrested after jumping from moving car in Azusa


AZUSA >> Police in Azusa arrested an auto theft suspect Wednesday morning after he jumped from the still-moving vehicle and tried to make his escape on foot, authorities said.
The incident began about 10 a.m. when an officer on patrol near Citrus Avenue and Basline Road spotted a passing car that had been reported stolen in Ontario earlier in the morning, Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres said.
“As the Officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, it entered a residential tract in the unincorporated area of Azusa and began to speed up,” Torres said in a written statement. “As the Officer was about to stop the vehicle, the driver jumped out of the moving vehicle in the area of Viceroy (Avenue) and Ghent (Street) and began to run away.”
The abandoned stolen car continued until it went up onto a sidewalk and came to a stop in a residential front yard, Torres said.
The driver ran through several backyards before they found and arrested the suspect hiding in a nearby yard with help from alert neighbors and a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, Torres said.
The suspect, whose name was not available Wednesday afternoon, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and resisting arrest, police said. He was expected to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Los Angeles man who drowned in San Gabriel River in Azusa identified


AZUSA >> Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a Los Angeles man who drowned in the San Gabriel River at the northern edge of Azusa last week after falling into the water.
Mark Christopher Clayton, 55, died at a hospital following the mishap, which took place about 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the river along San Gabriel Canyon Road, near the bike trail, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith.
Clayton was recreating with friends when he fell into the water from a raft or inner tube, Azusa police officials said.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew hoisted the man from the river and flew him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, officials said.
Foul play was not suspected, police said. Clayton’s cause of death was yet to be determined by coroner’s investigators.
Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said the area where the accident occurred is private property, forbidden to the public, and unsafe for swimming or water sports due to “extremely dangerous” currents.

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Man drowns in San Gabriel River in Azusa


AZUSA >> A man died after falling into the San Gabriel River while recreating with friends on the riverbed at the northern edge of Azusa on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The name of the drowning victim, initially described by as a Los Angeles man, was not released Thursday pending notification of his family, according to Azusa police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The suspected accident took place about 4:40 p.m. in the river along San Gabriel Canyon Road near the bike trail, Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said in a written statement.
While the circumstances surrounding the drowning remained under investigation, “Preliminarily it is known that the victim was visiting the riverbed with a friend when he became caught in the water’s current,” Dennis said. “There are no current signs of foul play however the investigation is ongoing.”
Coroner’s records indicated the victim had fallen into the water, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
A sheriff’s department helicopter crew found the man in the river and hoisted him into a helicopter, officials said.
He was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The area where Wednesday’s drowning took place is private property, and trespassing is forbidden, Dennis said.
“Additionally, the water currents within this area of the riverbed are extremely dangerous and not designated for swimming or water sports,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Azusa Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-812-320

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Police: Man subdued with Taser in Azusa after threatening roommates with knives


AZUSA >> Police used a Taser to subdue and arrest a man who had been threatening his roommates with knives in Azusa early Saturday, officials said.
Vincent Pauley, 25, was ultimately booked on suspicion of brandishing a knife, as well as an outstanding burglary warrant, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
Officers first received a report about 3:45 a.m. that Pauley was standing in their living room in the 500 block of North Dalton Avenue, brandishing a knife in each hand, the sergeant said.
“He refused the residents requests to put the knives down, and according to them, had not slept for four days and was behaving irrationally,” Sutcliffe said. “Officers also discovered he had an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant for burglary.”
Two residents of the home exited when officers arrived, he said. But one man remained inside, and was last seen inside the living room with Pauley.
“It was unclear to the officers if this man was at risk of being stabbed,” Sutcliffe said.
After Pauley refused commands to surrender, officers made their way into the home.
“Officers found Pauley standing in the middle of the living room, motionless and staring intently at them. He carried a fixed blade knife in his hand with the blade pointing at the officers,” Sutcliffe said.
“Although he dropped that knife after being told to do so, the location of the second knife was unknown, and he refused officers’ directions to raise his hands and walk outside,” according to the sergeant. ”One officer deployed the Taser, which immediately incapacitated Pauley and allowed officers to safely take him into custody without injury to anyone. The other male in the living room was found uninjured.”
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Pauley was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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UPDATED: 11-year-old Azusa girl who disappeared after school found safe

AZUSA >> An 11-year-old Azusa girl who never returned home from school on Friday has been found safe, police said Saturday.
Crystal Martinez attended Foothill Middle School and was released at the normal time about 3 p.m., Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
“She was last seen with a school friend in the area of Fifth Street and Rockvale Avenue around 3 p.m. that same day,” he said.
Her father called police to report her missing about 1 a.m. on Saturday.
“He said his daughter occasionally stays out late, but has never stayed out this late, and she has no history of running away from home,” Sutcliffe said.
The girl returned home shortly before noon on Saturday, Sutcliffe said.
“Detectives are currently interviewing her, and it appears no crime had been committed,” he said

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AB109 violator arrested in Azusa following pursuit

AZUSA >> Police jailed a domestic violence suspect already wanted for violating the terms of his AB109 felony probation after he led them on a chase in a pickup truck on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
David Daniel Delgado, 28, of Azusa was ultimately booked on suspicion of domestic violence, evading arrest and resisting arrest, as well as in connection with the pre-existing arrest warrant, according to Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres.
Police had been seeking him since Oct. 20, when officers investigated the alleged beating of a woman by her boyfriend, resulting in cuts, bruising and swelling to her face, Torres said. But the suspect was not immediately found.
“Officers learned that Delgado was on Post-Release Community Supervision from a prior criminal offense, and that a no-bail warrant has been issued for his arrest for violating the terms of his early release, Azusa police said in a written statement.
Officers from the San Gabriel Valley East AB109 Task Force began hunting for Delgado, Torres said. They spotted him about 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday driving a work truck in the area of Cerritos Avenue and Newburgh Street in an unincorporated county area just outside of Azusa.
Delgado led officers on an 20-minute chase that came to an end when police used a Pursuit Intervention Technique, or PIT, maneuver to stop the fleeing truck, police said.
“Delgado’s reckless driving clearly exhibited a willful disregard for the safety of others,” according to the police statement.
The suspect continued fleeing on foot after police disabled his truck but was soon chased down and captured, officials said.
According to county booking records, Delgado was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Thursday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Under AB109, also known as California’s Public Safety Realignment of 2011, allows convicts convicted of “non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual” felonies to serve their sentenced in county jails, rather than state prisons, and be supervised by county parole officers upon their release, rather that state parole agents.
Details regarding Delgado’s previous conviction were not available Wednesday due to technical issues affecting Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

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Report of hostage situation in Azusa proves unfounded


AZUSA >> A SWAT team responded to an Azusa neighborhood after a report of a man possibly being held hostage in his apartment late Tuesday, but ultimately encountered only a heavily intoxicated man who was taken for psychiatric evaluation, officials said.
The incident began about 9 p.m. in the 700 block of South Lark Ellen Avenue, Azusa police officials said.
A woman notified police that she had received text messaged from her boyfriend “that indicated he was possibly being held hostage by unknown persons,” Cpl. Tom Avila said.
Based on the information provided, police summoned a SWAT team to the scene, he said.
Once the home was surrounded, SWAT officers ordered anyone inside the apartment to come out, Avila said. The lone resident emerged from the home, unharmed, but apparently highly intoxicated.
No one else was inside the apartment, and there was no evidence a crime had occurred, according to the corporal.
Officials took the man for psychiatric evaluation and announced the situation was over shortly after 11 p.m.

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Two men stabbed during street brawl in Azusa


AZUSA >> Two men suffered stab wounds and two others were arrested following in a fight involving at least a half-dozen combatants in a commercial parking lot, authorities said.
An officer on patrol happened upon the brawl, involving six to seven men appearing to be in their 20s, about 1:40 a.m. in a parking lot along Azusa Avenue, just north of 1st Street, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said. Two of the men were on the ground.
“When the officer identified himself, the men ran from the scene, with exception to the two men on the ground who had both been stabbed,” Sutcliffe. “The officer captured one of the men who ran as the others continued to flee.”
At least one of the fleeing combatants ran into a nearby home in the 100 block of North Alameda Avenue and refused commands by police to come out, officials said.
A SWAT team was summoned to the scene and surrounded the home.
“After SWAT arrived, two men and a female voluntarily exited the home and were detained,” Sutcliffe said.
One of the men was arrested in connection with the stabbing, he said. The other man and the woman were released after police determined they were not involved in the melee.
Police continued seeking two to three additional suspects Sunday afternoon.
Both victims suffered wounds to their arms and upper bodies, Sutcliffe said. They were hospitalized with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
“Because this is an active and on-going investigation, none of the names of those involved is being released,” Sutcliffe said.
The motive behind the fight and stabbing was unclear.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Skeletal human remains discovered in Azusa


AZUSA >> Detectives and coroner’s officials are investigating the discovery of apparently fossilized human skeletal remains found along San Gabriel Canyon Road at the northern edge of Azusa Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
A passer-by first reported finding bones about 12:20 p.m. in the 15200 block of San Gabriel Canyon Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s officials, as well as sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives, were summoned to the scene to investigate.
“The remains, which appear to be fossilized human bones, were discovered by local patrons,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“At this time, it is unknown how long the remains have been in the area,” according to the statement.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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