UPDATED: Missing Azusa man found safe in Arizona

AZUSA >> A 64-year-old Azusa man who went missing Saturday was found safe Sunday in Arizona, police said.
Thomas Landes, 64, was last seen about noon at his Azusa home, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said in a written statement.
Family members reported him missing about 12:40 p.m. Saturday, the sergeant said.
“They reported that Mr. Landes has been suffering from a serious ongoing medical condition for which he takes medication,” Badoni said. “At about 12 noon, he left his residence unexpectedly, leaving behind a note indicating that he was upset over his medical condition. He has not been seen since that time.”
But the missing man was found safe Sunday afternoon at the home of a friend in Arizona, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.

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Several hurt in crash on 210 Freeway in Azusa

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AZUSA >> A multi-vehicle freeway crash on the 210 Freeway in Azusa injured at least five people, one of them seriously, Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place at 4:07 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway, just east of Azusa Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash, including an SUV that overturned, throwing an occupant into the roadway, according to Los Angeles County Fire EP-150919401Department and CHP officials. Initial reports from the scene indicated the ejected person was able to get up after being thrown from the SUV.
Firefighters evaluated a total of eight people at the crash scene, fire Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Simms said.
Rescuers summoned a helicopter to rush one person to a hospital, while two others were taken to hospitals by ambulance, Simms said. Three people declined hospitalization. The status of the other two patients was unclear.
The carpool and two left lanes were initially blocked by the collision, but CHP officials did not issue a Sig Alert, as they expected to clear the wreckage quickly.

PHOTOS by Keith Birmingam

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UPDATED: Man found dead inside car in Azusa; suicide suspected


AZUSA >> Investigators suspect suicide after the body of a 53-year-old Monrovia man was found inside a car parked outside an Azusa business Thursday afternoon, police said.
A business owner called police shortly before 3 p.m. after finding, “what appeared to be a deceased male seated in a parked vehicle on the street,” in the 900 block of West 10th Street, Azusa police Cpl. Tom Avila said in a written statement.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, he said. An autopsy was pending, but it appeared the man had succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
A barbecue had been lit inside his vehicle, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
“A check of the vehicle’s information revealed it was associated with a suicidal male who was reported missing to the Monrovia Police Department on (Tuesday),” Avila said.

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1 DUI suspect jailed at Azusa checkpoint

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AZUSA >> Police arrested one suspected drunken driver and wrote eight tickets during a weekend checkpoint, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on southbound San Gabriel Canyon Road, just north of Sierra Madre Avenue, according to Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis.
Of the 400 cars that passed through, 350 drivers were screened, he said.
One alleged DUI driver was arrested, along with another person who had an outstanding warrant, Dennis said.
Officers issued eight tickets to drivers with no licenses or suspended licenses, officials said. Two cars were impounded.

PHOTO courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

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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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