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.
BASSETT — A man escaped injury in a mysterious and seemingly unprovoked shooting in a residential neighborhood late Wednesday, authorities said.
A 22-year-old man was walking to his car about 9:10 p.m. on Pellissier Road, near Famosa Street, when he spotted the shooter, described only as male and wearing a dark baseball cap and a dark zip-up jacket, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Katz said in a written statement.
“The suspect was on the embankment of the transition road from the eastbound 60 Freeway to the southbound 605 Freeway when he fired approximately six shots at the victim,” Katz said.
The man was not wounded by the gunfire, though his car was struck twice, Lt. Victor Sotelo said. He moved his car around the corner, then called for help.
No words were exchanged prior to the shooting, he said, and the victim did not report recognizing his attacker.
The victim was not believed to have gang ties, Sotelo added, and a motive in the shooting was unclear Thursday. “This is quite unusual,” he said.
After firing the shots, the attacker was last seen running north up the embankment before he disappeared into the brush, officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers searched the area with the help of helicopters, but the shooter was not found, Katz said.
CHP officers briefly shut down the connector road between the eastbound 60 Freeway and the southbound 605 Freeway during the search, officials said, however traffic in the area was light at the time.
BASSETT — A man kicked the window out of a sheriff’s patrol car and fled from deputies Friday as two of his affiliates were arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking and drug possession, authorities said.
Marcos Ayala, 25, was booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking and Carlos Rivera, 23, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vic Sotelo said. Their cities of residency were not known.
The incident began about 5 p.m. when deputies approached three men standing near a car in a parking lot at Valley and San Angelo boulevards, Sotelo said. Deputies suspected the men may have been involved in a narcotics transaction.
Ayala ran from deputies and was arrested as he tried to carjack a vehicle nearby, the lieutenant said.
Another suspect, who was being detained without handcuffs in the back of a patrol car, kicked out a rear passenger window and ran away, Sotelo said. Deputies searched the area, but the man was not found.
Rivera was grabbed by deputies as he also tried to flee from the back of the patrol car, Sotelo said. Sheriff’s officials said was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.
BASSETT — A man was robbed and carjacked Sunday in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, authorities said.
The crime occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the 13200 block of Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Carlos Herrera said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was pulled from his car by two carjackers who demanded money from him before fleeing in his car, the sergeant said.
The crooks fled with the victim’s white, 4-door Chevrolet Malibu with license plate number BL8N148 and about $300 in cash, Herrera said.
They were described only as two Latino men between 18 and 23 years old, of medium height and build, he added.
No weapon was seen during the incident,officials said, and the carjackers were last seen driving west on Valley Boulevard toward the 605 Freeway.
The incident was the second time in two days someone was carjacked in the same Bassett neighborhood, though the suspect descriptions and methods used in the crimes varied greatly.
A man was carjacked of his Chevrolet Tahoe SUV about 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Valley Boulevard and Orange Blossom Avenue, sheriff’s officials said, just over 1,000 feet away from the scene of Sunday’s carjacking.
In that case, the carjackers were described as three black men with a red Chevrolet Camaro, Sgt. Chris Romash said. They used a handgun to steal the victim’s black and gray SUV with a license plate number of 4TPW762.
Authorities said anyone who spots either stolen vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.