Arroyo High School class ring found, returned to owner 29 years after it went missing

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EL MONTE >> Police and school officials in El Monte teamed up to return a lost class ring Wednesday to a 1985 Arroyo High School graduate who lost it 29 years ago, authorities said.
Custodian Beto Gonzalez was working at Arroyo High School, 4921 Cedar Ave., when found the ring on campus and turned it over to his wife, El Monte High School Counselor Carol Gonzalez, El Monte police Capt. David Vautrin said in a written statement.
“Carol realized the ring could possibly be reunited with its owner,” he said. She gave it to El Monte High School Resource Officer Joe Garcia.
0407_NWS_SGT-L-RING3“The ring had some identifying features which enabled Officer Garcia to locate the owner Richard Mason who had attended Arroyo High School,” Vautrin said. “Garcia confirmed Mason attended Arroyo and graduated in 1985. Officer Garcia worked with the staff of the El Monte High School District and was able to locate Mason, who now lives in the city of Azusa with his family.”
Mason told police he last saw the ring in 1987, after giving it to his then-girlfriend, the captain said. After the couple parted ways, he never saw the ring again.
“He was very happy to get his ring back and thanked Officer Garcia and the entire El Monte Police Department for getting his ring back to him,” Vautrin said.

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PHOTOS courtesy of the El Monte Police Department.

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Nebraska woman sought in alleged parental abduction arrested in Azusa, child recovered

AZUSA >> Police in Azusa arrested a Nebraska woman earlier this week and recovered her 4-year-old daughter, who she had allegedly abducted from her home state, authorities said.
Monique Marie Ramos, 28, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was arrested about 7 p.m. Thursday when detectives conducting a surveillance operation spotted her walking with the child in the area of San Gabriel Avenue and 2nd Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni and Los Angeles County booking records.
The department was notified by the Lincoln Police Department on March 10 that Ramos has abducted her 4-year-old daughter and was believed to have traveled to Azusa, Azusa police Officer Mike Bires said in a written statement.
“Detectives from the Azusa Police Department immediately began working with the Lincoln PD in an attempt to locate the abducted child,” he said. “Azusa PD detectives were conducting a surveillance related to the investigation when they saw Ramos and the abducted child. They were contacted and detained without incident.”
The child appeared unharmed and well cared for, Bires said.
Police turned the girl over to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to be reunited with her legal guardians, the officer said.
Ramos was being held without bail on Nebraska warrants at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles, records show. She was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday.

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Man and woman accused of beating niece with glass bottles in Azusa


AZUSA >> An Azusa man and woman are accused of beating their adult niece in the head with a glass bottle during an argument early Sunday, officials said.
Bertha Herrera, 36, and Francisco Carrera, 27, were both arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, which unfolded place about 4:45 a.m. in the 500 block of East Hollyvale Street, Azusa police John Madaloni said. Herrera is also accused of inflicting unlawful corporal injury to a child.
The alleged attack took place after the victim, a woman in her 20s, argued with Herrera, accusing Herrera of assaulting her own 11-year-old daughter, Madaloni said. Herrera’s husband also became involved in the dispute.
Officers first responded to the neighborhood after receiving an “incomplete” 911 call, “with sounds of a disturbance and/or struggle on the line,” according to the sergeant.
“On arrival, officers located a female adult laying in the street suffering from head wounds,” Madaloni said. The woman told police her aunt and uncle had attacked her with “multiple glass bottles and sharp pieces of broken glass.”
The injured woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
“The initial investigation revealed that the assault stemmed from a family disturbance where Herrera had allegedly assaulted her own 11-year-old daughter moments earlier,’ Madaloni said. “Alcohol consumption appears to be a factor in the incident.”
The girl was treated for minor injuries, he added.
Herrera was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, while Carrera was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, according to police and county booking records. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Man wounded in Azusa shooting


AZUSA >> A man arrived at an emergency room with a gunshot wound following a shooting in Azusa early Sunday, police said.
Officers first responded about 2:25 a.m. to reports of “shots fired” in the area of 6th Street and Dalton Avenue, according to Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni.
Police found no victims or evidence of a shooting, he said.
But about 20 minutes later, a local hospital notified police that a man in his 20s had arrived with a gunshot wound to his arm, Madaloni said.
The man, who was brought to the hospital in a private car, told officials he had been shot in the 600 block of N. Alameda Avenue, police said. The wound was not considered to be life-threatening.
“With the new information, officers were able to locate a crime scene, including expended shell casings,” Madaloni said in a written statement.
Further details of the shooting were not available, and the motive remained under investigation, the sergeant said.
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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Monrovia man accused of Azusa car burglary


AZUSA >> Police arrested a Monrovia man Sunday after he broke into a car in Azusa, police said.
Martine Larry Gallardo Jr., 28, was booked on suspicion of burglary following his arrest shortly after 1:30 p.m., Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni said.
Officers responded to the parking lot of a business in the 400 block of north Azusa Avenue after a woman reported her car had been broken into, the sergeant said in a written statement.
Police checked nearby surveillance cameras and realized the burglary had only just occurred, he said. Officers searched the area and detained Gallardo within 30 minutes at Foothill Boulevard and Angelo Avenue.
“He was positively identified as the suspect seen in the video committing the crime and placed under arrest for vehicle burglary — a felony,” Madaloni said. Police found a window punch tool and items stolen from the victim’s car in his possession.
“During the booking process, it was learned that Gallardo was also wanted for an unrelated burglary charge investigated by the Monrovia Police Department,” Madaloni said.
Gallardo was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Azusa police seek missing 16-year-old boy

0117_NWS_SGT-L-AZMISSINGAZUSA >> Police asked the public’s help Saturday in finding a 16-year-old boy who went missing from an Azusa group home.
Roman Anthony Lambert was last seen about 8:55 a.m. Saturday at a group home in the 900 block of East Nearfield Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said. He requires daily medication.
Police described Lambert at white, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green Celtics hat, a black or gray sweater and blue jeans, Sgt. Xavier Torres said.
Lambert is known to frequent Orange County.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200, or a local law enforcement agency.

PHOTO of Roman Lambert courtesy of the Azusa Police Department

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Police seek volunteers for Azusa homeless count


AZUSA >> Police are seeking volunteers to help in an upcoming homeless count to help identify and address the issue of homelessness in Azusa.
The campaign will take place in Azusa Jan. 26 as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, Azusa police Officer Mike Bires explained.
In response to increasing complaints and issues regarding the homeless in Azusa, police are stepping-up their efforts to identify the level of need in the community and match those in need to appropriate services, the officer said.
“Although being homeless is not a crime, the Azusa Police Department is doing it’s part to help both the community and those affected by homelessness coexist in a peaceful and positive manner,” Lt. Chris Grant said in a written statement.
An accurate count of the local homeless population is vital in helping organizations and agencies tailor their services to the needs of the area, officials said.
To that end, volunteers are needed to join in the count.
“As a resident or business owner in Azusa, the three hours of your time you donate to the community could have a life-changing effect on a homeless person,” Grant said. “From housing and medical care to potential future employment, options may become available to a person whom we never knew existed in our community.”
Three Azusa police officers perform auxiliary duties as “Homeless Assistance Liaison Officers” to address homeless issues.
To sign up to volunteer, To participate in the Homeless Count please visit www.TheyCountWillYou.org to register, and indicate that you wish to serve in the San Gabriel Valley, SPA3 area.
For more information, contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

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UPDATED: Suspect in videotaped Azusa robbery attempt arrested with public’s help


AZUSA >> Based on tips from the public, police Thursday arrested a man sought in connection with the attempted robbery of a woman inside an Azusa pharmacy last month, officials said.
The arrest came the same day that police publicly releasing surveillance camera images of the Dec. 26 crime at CVS Pharmacy, 367 N. Citrus Ave., in hopes of generating leads.
“Within hours, both subjects from the video had been identified and contacted,” according to Azusa police Office Mike Bires. Police ultimately arrested one of the men in connection with the alleged crime.
• VIDEO: Two men try to rob woman inside CVS pharmacy in Azusa
Arrested was Carlos Antonio Ramos, 31, of Azusa on suspicion of attempted robbery, according to Azusa police Officer Mike Bires. He initially gave a police a false name before his true name was confirmed through fingerprints.
He’s accused of approaching a woman from behind in an aisle of the pharmacy, grabbing her and placing an unknown sharp object against her body before a store employee scared him away, Bires said.
He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, officials said.

*Note – This story has been updated to reflect the true name of the suspect, who police say initially provided a false name.

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Suspect photos courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

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VIDEO: Suspects sought in failed robbery at Azusa pharmacy


AZUSA >> Police are seeking the public’s help in finding two men who tried to rob a woman inside an Azusa pharmacy last month before an employee intervened in an incident captured on surveillance video, officials said.
The foiled robbery took place about 4:50 p.m. Dec. 26 at CVS Pharmacy, 367 N. Citrus Ave., at Alosta Avenue, Azusa police officials said in a written statement.
A woman was shopping inside the store when the two would-be robbers approached her in an aisle, police said.
“(One suspect) removed an object form his pants and concealed it as he approached the unsuspecting female from the rear,” Azusa police Officer Mike Bires said.
“(He) grabbed the female and placed the object he had been holding along her side,” Bires said. “The female began screaming and struggling, and as she did this, a store employee entered the aisle. The attackers were scared off by the employee and they quickly exited the front doors.”
Both suspects were described as Latino men between 20 and 25 years old.
One was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, of medium build, with dark hair, police said. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with a “Nike” emblem on the front, blue jeans, a gray beanie and bright blue athletic shoes.
His accomplice stood about 5 feet 9 inches tall and was of husky build, with dark hair. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with a white shirt underneath, blue jeans and black-and-white athletic shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police Detective S. Chapman at 626-812-3200, or via email at schapman@ci.azusa.ca.us. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by clicking the “anonymous tip” link at the top of the Azusa Police Department’s web page, www.azusapd.org.

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PHOTOS/VIDEO courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

 

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Man wounded in Azusa stabbing


AZUSA >> A man was wounded, but is expected to survive, after a fight escalated into a stabbing in Azusa late Friday, police said.
The stabbing took place just after 11 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of N. Soldano Avenue, according to Azusa police Lt. Mike Bertelsen.
Police responding to reports of a stabbing found the victim suffering from stab wounds to his upper torso, Bertelsen said in a written statement.
“It appeared the victim and at least one associate were standing near the street when they were approached by an unknown number of male suspects,” he said. “A fight started and the victim was stabbed during the altercation.”
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
The motive in the stabbing remained under investigation, Bertelsen said. No suspect description was available.
The victim, described as a local man in his 20s, did not appear to be cooperating with investigators, Sgt. Rick Hayden said. Detectives suspected the attack was gang-related.

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