BALDWIN PARK — Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called in to investigate after a 1-year-old boy died at a hospital after being reported unresponsive at a home Wednesday, authorities said.
Officials responded to a call about 10:50 a.m. reporting the child was unresponsive at a home in the 3700 block of Downing Avenue, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said. Sheriff’s officials initially described the child as female.
They boy was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Further information was not available as the investigation remained in its early stages, Reynoso said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were handling the investigation.
A former actor and motorcycle champion and his wife have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Caltrans, a contractor, the California Highway Patrol and the alleged drunken driver who drove through a freeway closure and fatally struck their son as he was performing construction work last year in Baldwin Park, an attorney for the family said Wednesday.
Connor McDermott Penhall, 21, died at the scene of the April 4, 2012, crash on the westbound 10 Freeway at Francisquito Avenue, according to officials and attorney Jeff Roberts of the Orange County-based Roberts Law firm, who is representing Penhall’s parents Bruce and Laurie Penhall.
Connor Penhall was working for Colorado-based Caltrans contractor Flatiron Construction Corp. when he was struck, officials said.
Tatsuhiko Sakamoto, 39, of Arcadia is awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunken driving causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
BALDWIN PARK – A 22-year-old Redlands man died late Friday at the scene of drive-by shooting in Baldwin Park, officials said.
Raymond Leonard Vasquez was killed in the 10:20 p.m. shooting in the 3100 block of Maine Avenue, just north of Francisquito Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Few details regarding the shooting were available Saturday morning.
“The victim was standing outside in the 3100 block of Maine Avenue, Baldwin Park, when he was shot multiple times in the upper torso,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “Investigators have no suspect description and are asking for the public’s assistance.”
Vasquez died in a residential driveway, and the shots were believed to have come from a passing vehicle, officials said. No suspect or vehicle description was available, and the motive was not clear.
A nearby who resident who asked that her name be withheld for fear of retaliation said she was washing clothes when she heard a gunshot.
After a second or two of silence, the woman said she heard another series of gunshots in rapid succession.
“It was maybe like five or eight,” she said.
The woman saihe then saw gray car, resembling a Dodge Stratus, speeding away from the area.
Sheriff’s officials Saturday could not confirm the gray vehicle was involved.
“I got kind of scared. My kids were in the back,” the woman added.
A memorial of candles, flowers and balloons marked the site of the killing Saturday. One balloon bore the handwritten message, “In loving memory of Ray Ray.”
The memorial also included a photograph of Vasquez holding a young girl, though it was unclear if he was a father.
Family members of Vasquez could not be reached for comment Saturday.-
Baldwin Park police deferred comment to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting Baldwin Park police in the investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact detectives at 323-890-5500.
BALDWIN PARK — A man lost his wallet to an armed robber late Friday in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.
The victim was walking in the area of Syracuse Avenue and Royston Street about 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by another man who brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said.
The victim complied and handed over his wallet, which contained about $25, the lieutenant said.
The robber was described as a Latino man between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, Kosaka said. He was last seen getting into a white car.
BALDWIN PARK — Two attackers severely beat a motorist with a metal pipe during a robbery attempt earlier this week after persuading him to pull over by telling him his car had a flat tire, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Merced and Vineland avenues, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
A 47-year-old Covina man was driving when two men on bicycles shouted to him that his car had a flat tire, the sergeant said.
“He stops and gets out to examine his tire, and is his in the head with a metal pipe,” he said. The attackers also broke one of the man’s arms and one of his legs with blows from the pipe.
The attackers then demanded money from the injured victim, Hofford said. When he told them he had none, they fled empty-handed.
Hofford said the victim drove himself home before reporting the attack to police and receiving treatment at a hospital.
Police described both attackers as Latino men between 20 and 25 years old. The pipe-wielding man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build, and wore a red shirt and blue pants. The other attacker was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of medium build and wearing a dark-colored shirt.
Anyone with information can reach the Baldwin Park Police Department at 626-960-1955.
BALDWIN PARK — A robber snatched a purse from a woman as she was arriving for work at a Baldwin Park bank early Wednesday, officials said.
A woman in her 20s had just arrived at work shortly after 9 a.m. at a bank in the 14400 block of Merced Avenue when the crime took place, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mark Harvey said.
The robber — described as a male and Latino, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, a baseball cap and blue jeans — snatched the woman’s purse and was last seen running north on Big Dalton Avenue, according to the sergeant. The woman was not injured.
MONROVIA — Police jailed a wanted Baldwin Park man Wednesday after he was confronted by a resident during a residential break-in, authorities said.
Maximino Alejandro Acevedo, 29, was booked on suspicion of burglary as well as outstanding warrants stemming from burglary and narcotics cases, Monrovia police Lt. Michael Lee said.
The break-in took place just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Anita Street, police said in a written statement.
A resident noticed a man — later identified as Acevedo — inside his vehicle, which had been left unlocked in an attached garage, police said.
“The victim yelled at the suspect, who ran from the house,” according to the police statement. “The home owner chased the suspect as the police were called, but he lost sight of him.”
Officers caught up with Acevedo a short time later about a quarter-mile away at Mayflower Avenue and Diamond Street, Lee said.
After taking him into custody, the victim positively identified Acevedo as the intruder and he was placed under arrest, officials said.
According to county booking records, Acevedo was being held without bail pending a scheduled appearance Friday in Pasadena Superior Court.
BALDWIN PARK – A cat found clinging to life with its head and paws wrapped in tape and left inside a box outside a Baldwin Park animal shelter last was placed into a foster home Wednesday, officials said.
“Amigo,” as he’s come to be known by staff at the Baldwin Park office of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control after he was found in the agency’s parking lot Friday, is doing well and making strides toward recovery, DACC officials said in a written statement.
The domestic medium hair, which officials previously said appeared to be 2-years-old but was described more recently as 1 year old, was placed into the hands of an “adoption partner” who will oversee Amigo’s continued recovery before the animal can be placed with a permanent home.
A DACC officer discovered an abandoned box in the Baldwin Park DACC office’s parking lot, looked inside and discovered Amigo struggling to breathe, DACC spokeswoman Evelina Villa said. The cat’s head, including its mouth and nose, as well as it’s paws had been wrapped in red duct tape.
But after freeing the animal and removing the tape, Amigo appeared traumatized, but physically okay, she said.
“The traumatic experience has clearly affected Amigo and he will likely require special care for the rest of his life,” DACC Director Marcia Mayeda said. “We are grateful to the adoption partner who stepped forward to take on the task of rehabilitating and socializing Amigo so that he will make a wonderful family pet one day.”
An investigation into who left the cat at the shelter was ongoing.
BALDWIN PARK — A 2-year-old cat appeared traumatized but was expected to survive after being discovered with its head and paws wrapped in duct tape inside of a box left in the parking lot of an animal shelter, officials said.
The male domestic medium hair cat was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. in a lower-level parking lot at the Baldwin Park office of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, DACC spokeswoman Evelina Villa said. Officials have since named him “Amigo.”
A worker spotted the box abandoned in the parking lot and went to take a closer look, officials said.
“Inside the box, an animal control officer was shocked to find the cat gasping for air,” DACC officials said in a written statement.
Officials removed the tape from the animal’s head and paws, and the cat appeared to be doing well physically, Villa said.
“He’s a little bit overwhelmed,” she added. “He was fearful at first, but he’s opening up a little. We’re just happy he’s okay.”
An investigation was ongoing into who bound and left the animal in the parking lot, Villa said.
“I can’t imagine why someone would do this to a cat,” DACC Director Marcia Mayeda said. “Animal cruelty is heartbreaking, intolerable and usually a precursor to human violence.”
Because of the ordeal Amigo had been through, he was not to be adopted immediately, Villa explained.
He would first be rehabilitated and placed into a foster home, she said. “When we feel he’s ready, we’ll adopt him out.”
Anyone interested in adopting Amigo can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when the cat is ready for permanent home.
Updates on Amigo’s recovery will be posted on the Baldwin Park DACC’s Facebook page, facebook.com/CountyofLosAngelesAnimalCare, or follow the shelter on Twitter, @LACoAnimalCare.
PHOTOS courtesy of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.
BALDWIN PARK — Two would-be robbers fled empty-handed following a failed heist at a Baldwin Park gas station early Saturday, police said.
The crime took place about 4 a.m. at USA Gasoline, at Puente and Pacific avenues, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
Police described one of the robbers as a black man wearing a hooded sweat shirt and khaki pants, carrying a small black handgun. He was accompanied by a second black man who was wearing a white sweater and blue pants.
Details regarding what took place inside the store were not available Saturday morning, but the two men fled without obtaining any money, Hofford said. No injuries were reported.
One was last seen running east on Pacific Avenue, while the other fled north on Puente Avenue, he added.