LA PUENTE — Residents of La Puente and the nearby collection of unincorporated communities along the Pomona (60) Freeway that make up the Valinda Corridor are invited to join Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials next month at a town hall meeting.
The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. April 4 at St. Louis of France Church, 13935 East Temple Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Babbitt said.
The discussion will center around law enforcement and quality of life issued affecting communities in the corridor including La Puente, Bassett, Valinda, East Valinda, West Valinda, Avocado Heights and North Whittier. The area is patrolled by the sheriff’s Industry Station.
Joining Sheriff Baca will be newly-appointed Industry Station Capt. Tim Murakami and local deputies.
Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided, along with free children’s fingerprinting and a raffle.
For more information, contact Lt. Babbitt at 626-934-3071.
BASSETT — A man suffered serious injuries but was expected to survive Wednesday following a fight that escalated into a stabbing, officials said.
Both the suspect and victim in the 12:20 p.m. stabbing in the 13000 block of Valley Boulevard were believed to be members of the same El Monte street gang, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
Few details were initially available, as the victim was not cooperating with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He was hospitalized with a punctured lung, Sgt. Desiree Rodriguez said.
Deputies set up a search perimeter to hunt for the attacker, who was not found, she added.
Both the stabbing suspect and victim were described as men in their late-teens or early 20s, Enriquez said. A further description of the suspect was not available Wednesday afternoon.
BASSETT — A horse walked into a bicycle shop Sunday, but what happened next was no joke.
About 45 bicycles were damaged when the animal broke free from a nearby equestrian community about 10:30 a.m. and ran amok inside Reyes Bicycle Shop, 13054 Valley Blvd., according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and the shop owner’s son.
The horse suffered cuts and ultimately became trapped in bicycles, said the shopkeeper’s 14-year-old son, Jose Ruben Reyes.
“There’s a gang of damage on the bikes, but nobody got really hurt,” Reyes said.
After the female horse made it’s way into the store, “It started hitting all the bikes and started getting stuck,” he said. “I was scared. I was panicking.”
Two of three customers inside the store fled out the back door upon seeing the horse, while a third sought refuge in the bathroom, Reyes said.
The horse soon became entangled in bicycles.
“It got so scared,” Reyes said. The animal thrashed it’s way free of the bikes and exited the store on it’s own.
The incident lasted about a minute, Reyes added.
Deputies and animal control officials responded to the scene and helped with the situation, sheriff’s Sgt. John Suh said.
The horse owner and shopkeeper met to discuss payment for the damage, Suh said.
The horse had numerous cuts it suffered while rampaging through the bike store, however the owner retrieved it and told Reyes it would likely be okay, he said.
Following an extensive clean-up effort Sunday, Reyes said the bicycle shop was expected to back to business as usual Monday.
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LA PUENTE — Deputies jailed one man and sought another Sunday on suspicion of robbing a La Puente shoe store of eight pairs of Nike Air Jordan shoes, authorities said.
Ralph Ramon, 25, of Downey was arrested on suspicion of robbery, while his alleged partner remained at-large, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Ernie Barbosa said.
The crime was reported just before 10 a.m. at Warehouse Shoe Sale, 1081 N. Hacienda Blvd., the sergeant said.
Two men pretended to be shopping inside the store before they grabbed eight pairs of Air Jordan shoes, Barbosa said. One of the robbers brandished what appeared to be a handgun before they fled.
Deputies responded and were told the robbers had left the area in a silver Toyota Corolla, Barbosa said.
The car was not immediately found in the area, he said. But about two hours later, a deputy discovered it parked at a vacant business in the 13400 block of Valley Boulevard in Bassett, officials said.
The eight pairs of sneakers stolen from the shoe store were found in the Corolla, along with a replica handgun, according to the sergeant.
Minutes after the discovery of the abandoned car, which was later reported stolen but believed to be tied to a girlfriend of one of the suspects, officials received a report of a residential break-in about half a mile away in the 13600 block of Proctor Avenue.
Deputies arrived to find a man hopping between roofs in the residential neighborhood and set up a search perimeter, Barbosa said.
Ramos was found nearby hiding under a trailer and arrested, officials said. The second suspect who was seen hopping on roofs was not found.
BASSETT – Sheriff’s deputies and Explorer Scouts teamed with Bassett High School and a La Puente restaurant owner to provide a day of traditional holiday fun, as well as gifts, to more than 400 local residents Friday.
The Winter Fiesta treated local families to sled rides and other entertainment, free gifts of clothing and toys, a free lunch and more at Bassett High School, Lt. Pete Cacheiro of the Sheriff’s Industry Station said.
The event was conceived when Suzie Perez, owner of El Campechano Grill in La Puente, approached Cacheiro and Code Enforcement Officer Dan Rodriguez and asked about helping with a community event, the lieutenant said.
Bassett High School officials offered up the campus for the event, while Perez provided food, drinks and desserts to all those who attended, as well as rides including sled rides and a jumper, organizers said.
Deputies and Explorer Scouts solicited donations from companies including Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and Mattel, Cacheiro said. The items were given as gifts to elated children.
The Chino-based nonprofit Isaiah’s Rock brought bags of food for the families, as Bassett Unified School District Martin Galindo played the part of Santa Claus.
“It was better than expected,” Perez said. “Everyone played a part.”
“I had a great time,” Perez added. “I was very glad to see the families interacting with each other.”
While her family traditionally takes part in holiday giving, often feeding the homeless in Downtown Los Angeles, Perez said this year, she decided to do something for local families as well.
“I walk around and I see all these kids that are depressed,” she said. “They need something.There’s a lot of needy families.”
With the success of Friday’s Winter Fiesta, Perez said she hopes to do it again next year.
PHOTOS from Bassett Winter Fiesta on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities Friday identified a Bassett man killed in a car crash in West Valinda.
Robert Michael Jacquez, 47, died at the scene of Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. crash in the intersection of Temple and Millbury avenues, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He was driving a 1993 Geo Prizm south on Millbury Avenue when his car collided with a 1994 Acura that was westbound on Temple Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol officials.
“After (Jacquez) stopped his vehicle at a stop sign, he proceeded to drive in a southerly direction through the intersection and drove directly into the path of (the Acura),” CHP Officer Louis Borunda said in a written statement. There is no stop sign for traffic on Temple Avenue.
Paramedics pronounced Jacquez dead at 2:56 p.m., Winter said.
The 19-year-old La Puente man driving the Acura and his 17-year-old brother, who was a passenger, suffered minor minor injuries in the crash, Borunda said.
Officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP are investigating the collision.
BASSETT — Rescuers flew a teenager to the hospital Tuesday after he was struck by a car while walking to Bassett High School, authorities said.
The incident was reported shortly before 8 a.m. at Puente and Temple avenues, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Paul Sotelo said.
Firefighters treated a 17-year-old boy at the scene before taking him via helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, the captain said.
His vital signs were stable, however he appeared to have suffered head trauma and was rushed to the hospital as a precaution, Sotelo said. His condition was unclear.
The driver of the car remained at the scene, and nothing criminal was initially suspected, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kelly Huffman said.
It initially appeared that the teen was running late for school and darted into traffic when he was struck, she said.
BASSETT — A man brandished a gun in front of sheriff’s deputies late Thursday, and a fellow deputy became involved in a car crash while rushing to assist, authorities said.
The incident began about 10:30 p.m. when deputies approached a man near a liquor store in the 1300 block of Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Beamon said.
The man pulled a gun from his waistband and started running, the sergeant said. The deputies gave chase and called for backup.
A deputy responding to the call with emergency lights and sirens on became involved in a crash with another car at Nelson and Sunset avenues, Beamon said.
Neither the deputy nor the civilian were hurt, he said. Further details of the crash remained under investigation.
Officials continued their hunt for the armed man with the help of a helicopter, Beamon said, however he was not found. A description of the man was not available Friday.
BASSETT — A man who was being sought by officials on suspicion of domestic violence was stabbed and beaten Saturday by the brother and mother of the woman he allegedly assaulted the day before, authorities said.
Roger Sapien, 27, of Bassett was booked on suspicion of domestic violence after being treated for his injuries at a hospital, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Sgt. Nabeel Mitri said deputies responded to reports of an attack about 5:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Collwood Avenue but found no victim.
Officials at a Baldwin Park hospital notified sheriff’s deputies a short time later that a man who had been beaten and stabbed had arrived at the emergency room, he said.
The initial investigation indicated that Sapien, who was being sought on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend Friday in Industry, showed up at a birthday party being held for their child, sergeant said.
Sapien was confronted by his girlfriend’s brother and mother, he said. The brother allegedly stabbed him in the head and buttocks, while the mother is accused of hitting him over the head with an unknown metal object.
Deputies continued seeking Sapien’s alleged attackers Sunday.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Sapien was being held without bail at the sheriff’s Industry Station. He was due for arraignment Tuesday in El Monte Superior Court.