UPDATED: Two wounded in Azusa stabbing


AZUSA >> Two men were critically injured in a stabbing after leaving church in Azusa Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 1:10 p.m., just after the victims they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The attacker was described as male, however no further description was available.
The stabbing came at the end of a violent weekend in Azusa.
A 23-year-old Azusa man was stabbed and beaten about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, Azusa police officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. No suspects were arrested.
A 17-year-old Azusa boy is hospitalized with serious injuries after being shot several times Friday night in the 800 block of West 6th Street, officials said. No arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

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UPDATED: Teen shot, three people stabbed during weekend violence in Azusa

AZUSA >> Weekend violence in Azusa left a teenager wounded by a gunfire and three men hospitalized with stab wounds, authorities said.
The separate incidents took place Friday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon, Azusa police officials said.
Two Azusa men were critically injured in a stabbing about 1:10 p.m. just after they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The suspect was described only as male.
Another attack took place about a mile away around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, police said.
A 23-year-old Azusa man walking down the street was confronted by three men who pulled up in a dark-colored sedan, Sutcliffe said.
“After words were exchanged, the victim was attacked by the three subjects and stabbed twice in the upper torso,” he said. “The victim was also punched and kicked several times in the head and upper body while he was on the ground.”
The three attackers, described as men in their early-20s, returned to their car and fled. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
In another incident, an unidentified attacker shot and seriously wounded a 17-year-old Azusa boy about 10:50 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of West 6th Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
The teen was standing on the south sidewalk when a dark-colored sedan pulled up, parked, and a passenger exited.
“The passenger walked within close range of the 17-year-old and opened fire with a handgun, striking the victim several times in the upper torso,” Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the teen to a hospital where he was listed in “serious but stable” condition Sunday, the sergeant said.
“No arrests have been made, and the motive for both the shooting and (Sunday morning) stabbing is actively being investigated by Azusa police detectives,” Sutcliffe said.
The attacker and driver were described as men in their early-20s.
Police had no information to indicate any of the violent incidents were related to each other, Badoni 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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UPDATE: Azusa man dies after being struck by pickup truck along Arrow Highway


AZUSA >> A 50-year-old Azusa man died after he was struck by a pickup truck while pushing a shopping cart across Arrow Highway late Friday, authorities said.
Ricardo Arteaga died shortly after being struck about 8:45 p.m. at Arrow Highway and Homerest Avenue, in an unincorporated area on the border between Azusa and Covina, California Highway Patrol Officer C. Banuelos said in a written statement.
Arteaga was struck by an westbound 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by a 21-year-old Covina man while crossing the street on a residential stretch of Arrow Highway running parallel to the main road, officials said.
“Due to Arteaga failing to yield the right of way to the vehicle in the roadway,” the front of (the) Dodge collided into (him),” Banuelos said.
Arteaga was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.
Following the initial impact, the shopping cart Arteaga was pushing was propelled into a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck stopped in eastbound traffic lanes, Banuelos said. But it did not appear the second vehicle struck Arteaga, as was initially indicated in CHP logs.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer Banuelos at the CHP’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.

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Azusa man wounded in drive-by shooting


AZUSA >> An Azusa man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in a drive-by shooting late Wednesday, police said.
The shooting took place just before 9 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 200 block of North Dalton Avenue, Azusa police Cpl. Robert Landeros said.
The gunfire came from a passing black sedan with at least two men inside, the corporal said. No further description was available.
Paramedics took the man, an Azusa resident estimated to be in his early-20s, to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg, Landeros said. The injury was not believed to be life-threatening.
A motive in the shooting was not clear.

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Azusa police seek missing woman

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AZUSA >> Police are seeking a woman who went missing from her temporary home in Azusa Tuesday night, officials said.
Micki Lisa Strampe, 42, was last seen about 9 p.m. at her temporary residence in the 900 block of East Citrus Edge Street, Azusa police Sgt.
Strampe suffers from medical issues and requires medication, Torres said. It was believed she left her home of her own free will.
Strampe is described as white, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 215 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was last seenw earing a blue T-shirt and dark green pants.
Micki was described as a 42 year-old white female, about 5’04” tall, weighing about 215 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and dark green pants.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted online by clicking the “anonymous tip” link atop the department’s website, www.azusapd.org.

PHOTO of missing person Micki Lisa Strampe, 42, courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

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Man robs Azusa liquor store at knifepoint

AZUSA >> A knife-wielding man robbed a liquor store Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 11:20 a.m. at Canyon City Liquor & Deli, 424 W. Foothill Blvd., Azusa police Cpl. Nick Covarrubias said.
The robber approached a lone female clerk, brandished a knife and demanded money from the register, the corporal said.
He fled with an unknown amount of cash, as well as the clerk’s cell phone, which was found outside the store, Covarrubias said. The clerk suffered no injuries.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He wore a black hooded sweat shirt, dark basketball shorts, dark high-top sneakers and a dark baseball cap with a letter “A” emblazoned on the front.

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Azusa man arrested, half-pound of marijuana seized during Pasadena traffic stop

PASADENA >> Police arrested an Azusa man late Saturday after a routine traffic stop led officers to discover nearly half a pound of marijuana in his car, officials said.
Jerry Barragan, 19, is accused of transportation of marijuana for sales following his 8:40 p.m. arrest in the 700 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers stopped his car for a traffic violation, Mercado said. “When they walked up to it, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana.”
Barragan consented to a search of his car, during which police found 220 grams of marijuana, as well as a “large amount” of cash, the lieutenant said.

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UPDATED: Two Los Angeles children killed after family SUV tumbles off roadway in Azusa


AZUSA >> Two Los Angeles children died and another child and two adults suffered injuries after their family’s SUV careened off the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road at the northern edge of Azusa Saturday evening, authorities said.
The crash took place about 7:30 p.m. on San Gabriel Canyon Road, just north of Mountain Laurel Way, Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis.
“When officers arrived on scene they located a vehicle down the steep ravine,” Dennis said. The SUV had come to a rest upside down, more than 50 feet down the embankment.
“Several Azusa Officers traversed the steep hillside and upon arriving at the vehicle they discovered five victims,” Dennis said.
A 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl died at the scene, the lieutenant said. A 13-year-old girl, a 32-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman suffered injuries in the crash but expected to survive.
Killed were Christopher Caliz Martinez, 8, and Andrea Caliz Martinez, 12, both of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
The group was a family, described a mother, father, two children and an extended family member, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
All five occupants were found outside of the crashed SUV, Dennis said. It was unclear whether they had been ejected from the vehicle, or exited after the crash.
It appeared man was driving the SUV south on San Gabriel Canyon Road when it veered to the right and crossed a bike lane and a wide dirt shoulder before tumbling down the ravine, officials said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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850 pounds of illegal fireworks seized from Azusa home

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AZUSA >> An online tipster led police to discover about 850 pounds of illegal fireworks from a residential garage in Azusa Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The investigation began after a tipster reported that fireworks were being stored and sold out of the garage of a home in the 200 block of E. Azusa Lane via the city’s software application, Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres said in a written statement.
Police, code enforcement officers and Los Angeles County firefighters followed up on the tip and discovered the 850 or so pounds of fireworks, valued at more than $8,000, Torres said.
No arrests were made Wednesday, police said.
“The investigation is ongoing and charges against the homeowner may be filed at a later time with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possession of destructive devices,” Torres said.
Police reminded residents that only fireworks designated “Safe and Sane” are permitted in Azusa. The use of illegal fireworks carries a $1,000 fine.

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Suspect wounded in Azusa officer-involved shooting


AZUSA >> Police shot and wounded a suspect late Wednesday in a residential Azusa neighborhood, officials said.
The shooting took place about 11:40 p.m. in the 5400 block of N. Conwell Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Kyle Sanford said. Paramedics took one patient to a hospital in unknown condition.
No officers were hurt, officials said.
Police deferred further inquiries the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is spearheading the investigation, as is common practice in officer-involved shooting in the county. No further details were released.
The shooting was the second this week involving Azusa police officers.
An officer fatally shot a 24-year-old burglary suspect Sunday during a confrontation in the 400 block of East Lee Drive, officials said.

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