Ontario man arrested in Covina with three guns, ski mask, cash

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COVINA >> Police arrested a probationer found with three handguns, a ski mask and cash in Covina Saturday afternoon, police said.
Police pulled over a car in which Thomas Michael Mulero, 28, of Ontario was riding as a passenger in just before 5 p.m. at Citrus Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said. Officers stopped the car after noticing Mulero drinking beer.
A search of Mulero’s backpack turned up two semi-automatic pistols and one revolver, the lieutenant said. Police also seized a ski mask from the car and cash from Mulero’s person.
Mulero was jailed on suspicion of weapons violations, investigation of robbery and investigation of receiving stolen property as detectives continued looking into where the guns and cash came from, Walczak said.
The woman driving the car, as well as a second woman riding as a passenger, were not arrested.
Walczak said Mulero is already on Post Release Community Supervision, or felony probation, under AB 109 guidelines for a previous assault conviction.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mulero was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department.

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FedEx delivery men beaten, robbed in Covina Hills


COVINA HILLS >> A group of three robbers used a rock to attack two FedEx delivery men and steal several packages from them Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 3:40 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 20600 block of Via Verde Street, in the unincorporated county area of Covina Hills, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The three attackers approached the two delivery men and attacked them with fists, feet and rock, the lieutenant said. The robbers then fled with several packages.
One of the delivery men was taken to a hospital for treatment of a 3- to 4-inch gash on his head, Edwards said. The other delivery man suffered apparently minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital.
The robbers were described as three Latino men in their early-20s, of average height and weight. They fled the area in a blue minivan.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man fatally struck by train in Covina identified


COVINA >> Authorities Wednesday released the identity of a 60-year-old Covina man fatally struck my a Metrolink train.
Michael Martin Olson died at the scene of Tuesday’s 7:20 a.m. incident on a set of train tracks near Sunflower Avenue and Covina Boulevard, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Officials initially said it appeared Olson stepped in front of the westbound commuter train, but it was unclear whether the death was a suicide or an accident.
An autopsy was yet to be performed Wednesday, Winter said.

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Covina middle school burglarized


COVINA >> A burglar or burglars broke into two classrooms at a Covina middle school overnight, making off with a drum belonging to the band and video equipment, police said Friday.
The break-in at Royal Oak Middle School, 303 S. Glendora Ave., took place sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, when staff discovered the damage and and theft, Covina police Sgt. Tom Tardiff said.
“Two classrooms on the north side of the campus were broken into. Windows were smashed near the doors,” Tardiff said.
Missing were a video camera and other pieces of video equipment, along with a snare drum, the sergeant said.
Some of the stolen video equipment was found discarded on the campus of nearby Quest Academy, he added.
No information regarding the intruder or intruders was available.

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Vandals smash car windows in Covina, including van used for charity bread deliveries

COVINA >> Vandals smashed the windows of three vehicles in a Covina neighborhood late Wednesday or early Thursday, damaging not only the vehicles, but also an elderly local couples decade-old effort to help feed the needy.
Residents alerted police shortly after 8 a.m. that the windows of a minivan had been shattered in the 300 block of North Shadyglen Drive, and a car and pickup truck had also had windows smashed out around the corner in the 1000 block of East Ruddock Street, Covina police Sgt. Trevor Gaumer said.
One of the damaged vehicles was a 1996 Dodge Caravan owned by Lillian Grana and her husband, Phillip. The couple refers to the minivan as their “bread truck,” as they keep and maintain it solely for the purpose of making bread deliveries to seniors and the needy .
“I just can’t believe people would do something like that,” Lillian Grana said. The minivan’s rear windshield was smashed, along with two windows on the passenger side.
Several times a week, the couple loads up the “bread van,” as well as there personal vehicle, with unsold bread from area grocery stores and brings then to Covina’s senior center, where they are among the 120 members, she explained. Whatever remains, the couple drops off at local food pantries.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 10 years,” she said.
While the van is insured, the policy has a $500 deductible, which Lillian Grana said the couple cannot afford.
And it’s the minivan’s special purpose that has the couple shaking their heads over the senseless vandalism.
“If it was just us and our car, we’d say, ‘It’s an old car anyway, we’ll dump it.’ But it affects so many people.”
it effects so many people.
Police have seen cases in the past where vandals — often teenagers — go on vandalism sprees with BB guns or slingshots. It was unclear how the windows were shattered in the vandalism reported Wednesday.
No additional cases had been reported recently, Gaumer said. Officers were advised to keep an eye out in case the vandalism spree continued.
“We’re hoping this isn’t the start of a new trend,” Gaumer said.

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Covina gas station attendant stabbed during failed robbery


COVINA >> A man stabbed a gas station attendant in what police described as a robbery gone awry in Covina Monday afternoon.
The attack took place about 5 p.m. at a 76 gas station at Barranca Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The attendant was treated at hospital for his injuries and released later in the day, the lieutenant said.
Surveillance video footage obtained by CBS Los Angeles depicts the victim making change for a customer when the attacker approaches him from behind and begins stabbing him in the shoulder.
The injured clerk fought the assailant off and chased after him as he got into a small black SUV with no license plates on it and fled, empty-handed.
Police described the robber as a Latino man appearing to be over 50, short, with salt-and-pepper colored hair and a beard.
The video depicted him wearing a black, short sleeve shirt with red rings around the sleeves, blue pants, a black hat and black gloves.
Anyone with information can reach Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Delivery driver accused of stabbing customer in Covina during argument over late pizza

0104_NWS_SGT-L-PIZZACOVINA >> An argument over a late pizza escalated into a stabbing when a pizza delivery driver slashed the customer late Saturday, police said.
The alleged attack unfolded about 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of North Mangrove Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Ryan Davis said.
The suspect, a driver for Dominos Pizza, delivered a pizza to the home and became involved in an argument with the customer, a man in his 20s, who claimed the pizza was late, the sergeant said.
The argument turned into a fight, during which the delivery man slashed the customer in the neck, wrist and hand with an unknown sharp object, Davis said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital for treatment of wounds described as significant, but non-life-threatening, he said.
Officers found and arrested the suspect, 31-year-old Michael Parker of Glendora, at the Domino’s Pizza shop on Glendora Avenue in Covina, Davis said.
Parker was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released from custody Sunday morning pending a court appearance after posting $30,000 bail, records show.

BOOKING PHOTO of Michael Charles Parker, 31, of Glendora courtesy of the Covina Police Department.

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Covina man accused of stabbing brother


COVINA >> An argument between brothers escalated into a stabbing near Covina late Saturday, sending one to a hospital and the other to jail, authorities said.
Juan Huizar, 19, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the stabbing, which took place about 9:40 p.m. at their home in the 21000 block of Arrow Highway, in an unincorporated county area between Covina and San Dimas, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
He’s accused of stabbing his 23-year-old brother in the neck- and shoulder-area during an argument, the sergeant said.
Paramedics rushed the victim to a trauma center by helicopter as a precaution, though the wounds were ultimately determined to be superficial and non-life-threatening, Gregory said.
According to county booking records, the younger brother was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Attackers stab woman while trying to rob her of her shoes in Covina


COVINA >> Two women attacked and stabbed another woman late Wednesday while trying to rob the victim of her shoes, officials said.
A 24-year-old La Puente woman was walking to a friend’s home about 9:20 p.m. when two other women approached her near a carport in the 1000 block of E. Badillo Street, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
One of the woman demanded the victim’s shoes, he said.
The victim refused to give up her shoes and became involved in a fight with the woman who was trying to rob her, Doonan said. The second suspect also jumped into the fray.
The victim’s friend emerged from his home to find the two attackers standing over the injured woman, Doonan said. They fled when he yelled at them.
Doonan said the victim then realized she had been stabbed. A friend took her to a hospital, where she was treated for a 1-inch slash wound to her chest.
Both attackers were described as black women in their mid-20s, Doonan said. One stood about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds, and wore a black sweater and blue jeans. She wore her hair in a bun.
The second attacker was about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 200 pounds.
Anyone with information can reach Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police mental evaluation team formed to serve the San Gabriel Valley

Police in Covina, West Covina, Azusa, Glendora and Los Angeles County have teamed up to create a specialized team to deal with people suffering from mental health crises.
The newly-formed East San Gabriel Mental Evaluation Team began last month and provides mental health intervention services 40 hours a week in the four cities it serves, Covina police officials said in a written statement.
The team consists of one police officer and one mental health clinician, officials explained. Each participating department provides a police officer for 10 hour each week to partner with the clinician, provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Police formed the team in response to a “significant increase” in police contacts with people with troubled mental states, police said.
“For the last several years, front line law enforcement has become first responders to more and more incidents involving those in our communities in need of mental health services,” Covina Police Chief Kim Raney said. “By having a mental health clinician embedded in our patrol cars 40 hours a week, this is a tremendous opportunity to provide services to those in need.”
The ESGMET team is designed to help police deal with the mentally ill in a more compassionate and productive manner than is otherwise possible, police said. Instead of only being able to provide short-term solutions, such as 72-hour psychiatric holds, the program also allows departments to offer more long-term help such as case management, homeless outreach, crisis intervention and additional resources and referrals.
The program is similar to others already operating in the region, such as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Mental Evaluation Team, also known as MET, the Pasadena Police Department’s Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaluation, or HOPE, team and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit.

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