SAN GABRIEL VALLEY >> San Gabriel Valley sheriff’s deputies and police officers arrested four suspects and recovered weapons and drugs Tuesday when they teamed up for a compliance sweep targeting parolees and those under AB 109 felony probation in the San Gabriel Valley, officials said.
More than 40 law enforcement officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the West Covina, Covina, Baldwin Park took part in the early-morning operation, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, state parole agents, county probation officers and representatives from the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, according to sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro, who oversees law enforcement for the city of La Puente.
After visiting more than 30 homes of convicts, officials arrested a parolee for being a felon in possession of a loaded handgun in La Puente, Cacheiro said.
Officials arrested three AB 109 probationers in West Covina, he said. One was arrested for possession of a Taser by a felon, one was jailed for possession of ammunition by a felon and one is accused of possession of methamphetamine for sales.
The task force operation, “exemplified out community policing strategies,” Cacheiro said.
La Puente City Manager David Carmany commended the effort in a written statement. “
“Our local law enforcement strives to maintain our communities safe and provide quality services to our residents,” he said.
Law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the San Gabriel Valley prepare for parole and probation compliance sweep at their command post at the Plaza West Covina shopping mall on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Courtesy, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
AZUSA >> Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 38-year-old Azusa woman with medical issues who was discovered missing from her group home early Friday.
Teresa Fuller went missing from a group home at 926 E. Citrus Edge Street sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 2:35 a.m. Friday, Azusa police Sgt. Terry Smith said in a written statement.
She’s known to frequent the 99 Cents Only Store on Citrus Avenue just south of Alosta Avenue, as well as McDonald’s Restaurant on Alosta Avenue, just east of Citrus Avenue, he said.
“Teresa does not have any debit or credit cards, money or a cell phone, but she may have a bus pass,” Smith said.
Fuller requires medication, which she did not take with her, police said.
She’s described as white, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 190 pounds, with dark hair and dark eyes. She was last seen wearing blue pants, a white long-sleeve polo shirt and black sandals.
Anyone who sees Fuller is asked to call 911.
PHOTO courtesy of the Azusa Police Department
AZUSA >> Police are seeking the owner of a baby goat found wandering the streets of Azusa Thursday evening.
A business owner found the apparently 1.8-pound kid, which police were calling, “Billie,” wandering in the area of Foothill Boulevard and Coney Avenue and brought it to the police station shortly before 7 p.m., officials said.
The baby barnyard animal was happy to keep police dispatchers company as police searched for the owner.
One dispatcher happened to be married to a veterinarian, who planned to take charge of the wayward juvenile in the meantime.
The owner of the goat can reach Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
AZUSA >> Police arrested a Glendora man after he shot and wounded another man within earshot of police officers in Azusa early Sunday, officials said.
Jonathan Louis Rojo, 20, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the 4:46 a.m. shooting, according to Azusa police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Azusa officers were handling an unrelated disturbance call when they heard gunshots ring out from just east of them, in the 100 block of West 10th Street, Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni said in a written statement. Officers rushed to the scene, where they spotted a possible suspect running from the area.
Azusa and Glendora police set up a search perimeter to look for the gunman.
Meanwhile, “officers also located an adult, male victim two blocks north of the scene, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to one arm and his pelvic region,” Madaloni said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Officer found the suspect, later identified as Rojo, hiding on a residential property just south of the shooting scene about 6:30 a.m., according to police and booking records.
“Rojo was arrested without incident and a loaded handgun was found nearby,” the sergeant said.
The motive and circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation, Madaloni said.
Police declined to release the victim’s age or city of residence.
Rojo was being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police detectives at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted
The Azusa Police Department is seeking the assistance of any persons who may have witnessed, or have information regarding, this shooting. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Azusa Police Department Detective Bureau at (626)812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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.
“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.
PHOTOS courtesy of the El Monte Police Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AZUSA >> 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