La Puente woman suspected of DUI after car plummets into San Gabriel River in Azusa

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AZUSA >> Police suspect drunken driving and excessive speed after a car plummeted 100 feet over the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa early Thursday, ending up overturned in the San Gabriel River below.
The crash was first reported about 4:05 a.m. in the 2000 block of San Gabriel Canyon Road, Azusa police Sgt. Robert Landeros said in written statement.
A 25-year-old La Puente woman was at the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Corolla when it left the roadway and fell into the river along the Mountain Cove community, he said.
“The solo driver was able to exit her vehicle as it became submerged in the water,” Landeros said. “The driver swam to a nearby embankment and yelled for help.”
A nearby resident heard the woman’s screams and called police. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and search and rescue team joined in the effort.
Paramedics took the woman to a hospital with injuries described as moderate, according to the sergeant.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol and unsafe speed are both suspected factors in this collision,” Landeros said.
The investigation was ongoing, however the driver was expected to be booked on suspicion of drunken driving, he said.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Police seek missing Azusa man

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AZUSA >> Police asked the public’s help Wednesday in finding a 31-year-old man with mental disabilities who went missing from an Azusa group home on Tuesday.
Devaughn Demetrius Lindsey-Ramos left his group home in the 1000 block of E. Alford Street about 9 p.m. Tuesday and did not return, Azusa police Sgt. Terry Smith said in a written statement.
“Devaughn is currently in need of medication and he left his medication at home,” Smith said. “Devaughn is possibly headed to Pomona.”
He is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and orange shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone who spots Lindsey-Ramos is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

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Azusa man dies after being shot outside his home


AZUSA >> A 30-year-old Azusa man died Wednesday night after an unknown assailant shot him several times outside his home.
Sgt. Marcelo Quintero of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Paul Espinosa, who was shot in the upper torso, made his way back to the house where he collapsed. He died at the scene.
Detectives have not found the shooter.
The shooting broke out just before 11 p.m. in the 17800 block of E. Newburgh Street, in an unincorporated county area near Azusa.
Espinosa stepped outside for a few minutes and his family heard three to four shots, according to Quintero.
The sergeant said Espinosa entered the house, said he’d been shot and told relatives to call 911. He said Espinosa collapsed on a couch.
Azusa police found him bleeding and unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his chest. Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said firefighters pronounced Espinosa dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m.
Investigators are looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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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.

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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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