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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Man dies at the wheel in Bassett

BASSETT — A 64-year-old man apparently suffered a heart attack and died Saturday while driving in Bassett, fire officials said.
The incident was reported about 4 p.m. on Workman Mill Road at Bark Drive, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
Firefighters responded to a report that a van had struck a block wall when they found the driver dead from an apparent heart attack, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Marcos Espiritu.
The collision with the wall didn’t appear to be major, and caused no damage to the wall, he added.
Espiritu added that the driver was the only person inside the van.

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Suspect jailed in Bassett car break-in

BASSETT — Deputies jailed a La Puente parolee early Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a car in Bassett, authorities said.
Freddie Rivera, 27, was booked on suspicion of vehicle burglary, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Carlos Herrera said.
A man called police about 3 a.m. and reported seeing someone break into his car at 7th Street and Valley Boulevard, the sergeant said.
Deputies found Rivera behind a nearby business about 10 minutes later, Herrera said.
According to court records, Rivera was being held without bail and is due for arraignment Thursday in El Monte Superior Court.

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Man wounded in Bassett shooting

BASSETT — A gunman shot and wounded an 18-year-old man Thursday in a residential neighborhood in Bassett, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. in the 300 block of Workman Mill Road, according to sheriff’s and fire officials.
The victim was standing in a driveway when he was shot, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Hiroshi Yokoyama said.
He was shot in the back and stomach and hospitalized in stable condition, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Larry Duran said.
The shooter was described as a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 200 pounds, Yokoyama said. He fled the area in a gray pickup truck, possibly a Ford.
A motive in the shooting was not immediately clear, the lieutenant said, however officials suspected the shooting may have been gang-related.

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Alleged counterfeit gift card operation found in Bassett home

BASSETT — Police jailed four people Friday who allegedly had an operation in their Bassett home to counterfeit Toys-R-Us store gift cards, authorities said.
Rudy Garcia, 33, Rudy Garcia, 57, Sylvia Garcia, 56, and Natalie Gonsalez, 26, were booked on suspicion of burglary and making fraudulent gift cards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steven Katz said in a written statement.

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The older Garcia was not charged with the counterfeiting operation, but was arrested for an outstanding drunken driving warrant.
All four live in the same house in the 1300 block of Duryea Avenue, however the relationships between them were not clear Friday.
After an “extensive” investigation, officials arrested the four Friday about 7 a.m., officials said.
“Detectives discovered a complete operation for printing and embossing fraudulent Toys-R-Us gift cards,” the statement said.
Officials found computers, printers and about $5,000 worth of Toys-R-Us merchandise allegedly bought with the fake cards, Katz said.
Authorities were tipped of by Toys-R-Us personnel, who reported many customers with valid gift cards were finding their balances had been drained, the lieutenant said.
Detective became suspicious of the suspects after a single phone number that was ultimately tracked to the their house was found to be responsible for 4,600 calls to the Toys-R-Us automatic gift card balance phone line, Katz said.
The suspects were allegedly transferring balanced from valid cards to the ones they made at home, officials said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, the younger Rudy Garcia, who was on probation, was being held without bail, the older Garcia was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, Sylvia Garcia was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and Natalie Gonsalez was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

PHOTO of equipment allegedly used to make the fake gift cards courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Father of five killed in La Puente drive by

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Victim was Steve Ontiveros, of Baldwin Park. 
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Ontiveros, a mechanic, was visiting his grandmother’s home in West Valinda to do a brake job on his aunt’s car, according to his wife, Monique Ontiveros .

His 9-year-old son was with him while his other four children, aged 4 to 11, were at home with their mother in Baldwin Park.

“He was a loving father, and would do anything for them. His daily routine was go to work, come home, be with kids, and on the weekend we would do the car club,” Monique Ontiveros said.

Two men, described as Hispanic, drove by in a dark colored pick-up truck and fired multiple rounds at Ontiveros.


They yelled a gang insult and drove away, Wilson said.

The shooters are believed to be members of the Puente Trece gang, Wilson said.

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*Fatal shooting reported in Bassett

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BASSETT — A 24-year-old La Puente man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in what police say may have been a gang-related attack.
Michael Alexis Gudiel, 24, of La Puente died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 3:15 a.m. in the 13900 block of Proctor Avenue, coroner’s and sheriff’s officials said.
Though authorities believe the shooting may have been gang-related, family members of Gudiel said he was not involved with gangs.
“He had a good heart,” said Michael Gudiel’s brother, Jose Gudiel. “He used to make me laugh.”
Deputies from the sheriff’s Industry Station had initially responded to reports of a shooting when, “they discovered the victim lying in the street, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound,” Deputy Lillian Peck said in a written statement.
Homicide detectives handling the investigation could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Michael Gudiel’s sister, Rose Gudiel, said her brother was attacked in a drive-by shooting as he walked home alone.
She said her brother was unmarried and had no children, but was working with an employment agency at the time of his death and was studying for a career with computers.
“He had plans to come ahead in life,” Rose Gudiel said. “He had plans to get married and have kids.”
Letty Gudiel, Michael Gudiel’s sister-in-law, said although Michael Gudiel was the youngest of his brothers and sisters, “he was very protective of his family.”
Family members also recalled him as a funny and shy man who loved music and the Lakers. They said Michael Gudiel was also competitive and athletic, and loved playing basketball.
“He was definitely funny,” said brother Herbert Gudiel. “And confident.”
Since the shooting, Rose Gudiel said the family has received support and comfort from neighbors.
Family members urged anyone who may have information about the shooting to come forward.
“If anyone saw anything, please help us,” Jose Gudiel said.

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