UPDATE: Suspected DUI driver detained by good Samaritans following 605 Freeway crash

BASSETT — Good Samaritans captured and detained an intoxicated driver who tried to flee the scene of a crash on the 605 Freeway, authorities said.
Keith Wardell Jones, 44, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, California Highway Patrol Officer Doris Peniche said. Additional charges may be added later.
The 5 a.m. crash snarled the morning commute on southbound 605 Freeway, just north of the 60 Freeway, as it prompted a Sig-Alert for the carpool and fast lane of the freeway for more than an hour, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The suspect was driving a Chrysler Sebring at more than 100 mph when he became involved in a crash with a Honda Pilot, Peniche said.
“Right after the crash, he was trying to leave the scene,” Officer Luis Mendoza said.
“People saw him kind of staggering, walking away from he scene,” Mendoza said. “They tried to hold him in place. He became a little aggressive.”
“One of the people actually handcuffed the guy with flexcuffs,” Mendoza said. “They put the flexcuffs on him and they made him sit down.”
Officials were also investigating witness statement that Jones had attempted to carjack another driver after the crash, Peniche said.
When CHP officers arrived, the suspect was not cooperative and refused to submit sobriety tests, she said. Officers determined he appeared to be under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.
The driver of the Honda Pilot that collided with Jones’ Chrysler suffered minor-to-moderate injuries, while the passenger in the Honda suffered more serious wounds, including injuries to the head and spine, Peniche said.
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Bassett High student struck by car on way to school

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.

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Armed man runs from deputies in Bassett, deputy crashes responding to call

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.

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Domestic violence suspect stabbed and beaten by family members of alleged victim in Bassett

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.
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Mysterious shooting reported in Bassett

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.

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Suspect kicks out patrol car window, escapes in Bassett

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.

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Bassett neighborhood sees second carjacking in two days

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.

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Carjacking reported in Bassett

BASSETT — Three carjackers stole a man’s SUV at gunpoint in Bassett Saturday, officials said.
The crime occurred about 1 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Orange Blossom Avenue in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Romash said.
The victim was approached by three robbers, described only as black men in a red Chevrolet Camaro. At least one of the carjackers was armed with a handgun.
The men stole the victim’s black and gray Chevrolet Tahoe at gunpoint before fleeing in both vehicles, the sergeant said.
The license plate number of the stolen SUV is 4TPW762, Romash added.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Industry Station.

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Motorcyclist’s arm severed in freeway crash

BALDWIN PARK — A motorcyclist crashed and severed his arm Saturday on the 605 Freeway in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of the 10 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Jaime Rosas said.
For reasons that remained under investigation, he said, “(The motorcyclist) veered to the left, striking the concrete center median wall.”
The injured rider, a 56-year-old Santa Ana man, was hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where doctors expected him to survive and were working to reattach his arm, officials said.

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Man who died while driving in Bassett identified

BASSETT — Authorities Sunday released the name of a 63-year-old Commerce man who died while behind the wheel of a car in Bassett Saturday.
Glen Oloane was pronounced dead after he was found inside his car, which had crashed into a cinder block wall on Workman Mill Road, just south of Bark Drive, Los Angeles County fire and coroner’s officials said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Marcos Espiritu said the crash itself appeared minor, and that Oloane appeared to have suffered a heart attack before his car struck the wall.

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