A Covina man and woman are accused of child abuse after their 4-year-old daughter was brought to a hospital with suspicious injuries, police said.
Laci Jones, 28, and her boyfriend Gordon MacAndrew, 50, were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Police began an investigation about 10:40 a.m. Thursday after Jones brought the couple’s daughter to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, according to Covina police Lt. John Curley.
There were “signs of physical abuse” on the child’s body, including bruises and scrapes to her face, arms and buttocks, the lieutenant said. She was treated at the hospital and released later in the day.
“Covina police detectives immediately responded to the hospital and conducted an extensive investigation along with members from the (Los Angeles County) Department of Children and Family Services,” police officials said in a written statement. She was arrested just before noon, records show.
“Detectives continued the investigation and interviewed the victim’s father, who admitted child abuse had occurred in their home, located in the 600 block of East Ruddock (Street) in the City of Covina,” the statement said.
Police arrested MacAndrew just after 4 p.m., booking records show.
The 4-year-old girl and her two brothers, ages 3 and 6, were taken into the custody of DCFS, Curley said. No injuries were discovered on the boys’ bodies.
Exactly how the girl’s injuries were inflicted remained under investigation, Curley said. Detectives were still looking into whether objects were used to strike the child.
“We recovered some items from the apartment that we’re looking at now,” he said. “We are looking to see if there’s a connection.”
The lieutenant declined to say what the items were, citing the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Covina police Detective Felipe Munoz at 626-384-5621. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through L.A. Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, or online by navigating to the Covina Police Department’s website at www.covinaca.gov/cpd and clicking the Crime Stoppers link.
BOOKING PHOTOS of Laci Jones and Gordon MacAndrew courtesy of the Covina Police Departemnt.
A Covina man accused of murder and child abuse in the death of his 11-week-old daughter entered a not guilty plea this week.
Andrew Luis Lopez, 22, entered the plea Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said. The arraignment had been delayed several times since Lopez’s arrest in late January. A preliminary hearing in the case was set for Aug. 6.
Lopez is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death for the Jan. 18 death of his daughter, Abigail Lopez.
“Abigail was a beautiful blessing that changed everybody’s life from the moment she was born,” her mother Janessa Espinoza said.
COVINA — A Montclair man arrested last week in connection with a Covina shooting has been released without charges pending further investigation, authorities said.
Jose Valencia Gonzalez, 31, was arrested July 17 on suspicion of shooting and wounding another man during an argument, Covina police Lt. John Curley said.
He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending arraignment, officials said.
But prior to what would have been Gonzalez’ initial court appearance July 19, prosecutors elected not to file charges, referring the case back to police for further investigation, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.
A 25-year-old man was wounded in the leg in the July 14 shooting in the 100 block of East Cypress Street, police said. The injured man, who was not believed to have gang ties, was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.
A 32-year-old woman who was believed to be involved in the argument was also initially arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but soon released without charges pending further investigation, Curley said. She was believed to be involved in the argument that preceded the shooting, but not the shooting itself.
Police arrested a Montclair man late Wednesday on suspicion of shooting and wounding another man during an argument over the weekend in Covina, officials said.
Jose Valencia Gonzalez, 31, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after being arrested shortly after 7 p.m. at his home in the 9600 block of Helena Avenue, Covina police Lt. John Curley said. He was described as a member of a Pomona-area street gang.
The shooting took place about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East Cypress Street. A 25-year-old man who was visiting his girlfriend in the area suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh after becoming involved in an argument with Gonzalez, police officials said. The wounded man, who has no gang ties himself, was hospitalized in stable condition.
A woman who was initially arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, 32-year-old Kelly Deshannon of La Verne, was ultimately released from jail without charges pending further investigation, Curley said.
She was identified as being part of the argument, but was not suspected of being the shooter, he added.
Detectives following up on the shooting identified Gonzalez as the alleged gunman, Curley said. They set up a surveillance operation outside his home and took him into custody as he exited
“We had a search warrant prepared for his home, which we served right after he was arrested,” Curley said.
Police recovered ammunition, but no gun, from the home, he said. Officials were still looking into whether the ammunition was related to the shooting.
Though originally booked on $50,000 bail, investigators sought, and obtained, a bail enhancement in Gonzalez’s case, Curley said. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PHOTO of Jose Gonzalez courtesy of the Covina Police Department
Rescuers and family members resuscitated a man and a 7-year-old boy Sunday during two separate near-drowning incidents in Covina and West Covina, authorities said.
A man estimated to be in his 60s was discovered floating in the pool by family members shortly before 5 p.m. in the 800 block of North Reeder Avenue, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said.
Family members removed him from the pool and called 9-1-1, the lieutenant said.
Covina police officers John McLean and Louis Spindola were the first at the scene, Walczak said. They discovered the man was not breathing and began administering CPR.
“While performing CPR, he began breathing on his own,” Walczak said. Firefighters soon arrived and took over the man’s treatment as he was taken to a hospital.
It appeared the man would make a full recovery, he said.
Less than two hours later in West Covina, a 7-year-old boy was hospitalized after being resuscitated by family members who found him unresponsive in a swimming pool, officials said.
The incident was reported about 6:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Dore Street, West Covina police Sgt. Michelle Figueroa said.
The boy was believed to have been in the water less than 30 seconds when family members discovered him and pulled him from the swimming pool, Figueroa said.
He did not appear to be breathing, and a family members performed CPR, she said.
By the time rescuers arrived, the boy was awake and able to speak, according to the sergeant. He was taken to a hospital to be examined.
COVINA — Three sisters are accused of mutilating another woman’s face with a beer bottle during an argument at a bar early Sunday at a nightclub, authorities said.
Sisters Cynthia Carlin, 29, and Lisa Carlin, 25, both of Rancho Cucamonga, and their sister-in-law Melissa Carlin were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem in connection with the alleged attack, which took place about 1 a.m. at 3Vino’s, 201 N. Citrus Ave., Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said. Mayhem is defined legally as the intentional infliction of permanent disability or disfigurement on another person.
The alleged victim, a 37-year-old Long Beach woman, suffered a deep 4- to 5-inch long gash to her cheek, the sergeant said. She was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.
“Apparently some altercation took place between the suspects and the female victim on the dance floor, some type of verbal argument,” the Bobkiewicz said. During the dispute, one of the sisters is accused of smashing the victim in the face with a beer bottle.
The altercation was believed to have erupted because the sisters felt the woman was dancing too closely to a man, officials said.
Police officers arrested the sister’s without incident at the nightclub, he added. Investigators were still looking into which one of the women wielded the bottle.
According to county booking records, Cynthia, Lisa and Melissa Carlin were each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending their scheduled arraignments Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
COVINA — Police sought the public’s help Friday in tracking down the driver of a BMW who fled the scene after a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist earlier this month.
The crash took place at 10:17 p.m. June 18 at Workman and Eastbury avenues, Covina police Sgt. Ray Marquez said in a written statement.
The motorcyclist involved in the collision suffered “severe injuries,” the sergeant said.
“The suspect vehicle continued northbound on Eastbury Avenue at a high rate of speed, leaving the motorcyclist down in the street,” Marquez said.
Police described the car as a gray, 2005 to 2008 BMW 745 or 750 series. The car had four doors and sustained damage to the front left bumper and headlight.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the collision were not available Friday.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information was asked to contact Covina police Officer Rick Ramirez at 626-384-5673.
Covina police are seeking a BMW sedan similar to the one pictures here in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist badly injured at Workman and Eastbury avenues in Covina on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Courtesy of the Covina Police Department)
COVINA — A man who rendezvoused with a couple for sex at a San Dimas motel after meeting them on Craigslist ended up robbed at knifepoint early Thursday, officials said.
The crime was reported about 3 a.m. at the Evergreen Inn, 20022 E. Arrow Highway in an unincorporated county area near Covina, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Vega said.
After contacting the couple through Craigslist, the 39-year-old Monterey Park man met with them at a park before they agreed to go to the motel so the victim and female suspect could have sex while the male suspect watched, officials said. There was no initial mention of money changing hands.
“When the victim disrobed, the suspects took the victim’s clothes, money and vehicle,” Vega said.
The male robber put a knife to the victim’s throat, while the woman collected his belongings and car keys, he added. The robbers were also believed to have a gun with them.
Vega said the robbers fled in the victim’s older-model SUV, which was found abandoned in Covina early Thursday.
The male robber was described as Latino, about 29 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 230 pounds, Vega said. The female robber was also Latina and about 29 years old. She was 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 140 pounds.
The investigation was ongoing.
Investigators Thursday found and arrested a parolee in Rosemead suspected of shooting another man in the neck at a Covina mobile home park over the weekend, authorities said.
Jerry Joe Guerrero, 29, of Covina was arrested without a struggle and booked on suspicion of attempted murder after he was found shortly after 10 a.m. at the Palm Motel, 8463 Garvey Avenue, in Rosemead according to Covina police Lt. John Curley and Los Angeles County booking records. He was also being held on suspicion of violating parole.
The 23-year-old shooting victim, an El Monte resident, was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive following Sunday’s 10:50 p.m. shooting in the 1300 block of N. Citrus Avenue, police said. Investigators described him as an acquaintance of Guerrero.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation, Curley said. Though Guerrero is a gang member, the victim is not, and the shooting was not believed to have been gang-related, Curley said.
Police had been seeking Guerrero since Sunday and had sent wanted flyers to other nearby law enforcement agencies, Curley said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station spotted Guerrero’s 1999 BMW parked outside the Palm Motel, he said.
“They immediately recognized that car as being associated with Jerry Guerrero, Curley said.
Officials learned Guerrero was staying in a room at the motel and took him into custody without a fight.
According to booking records, Guerrero, who was already on parole for a firearms offense, was being held without bail pending his initial appearance Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO of Jerry Guerrero courtesy of the Covina Police Department
A man and woman were behind bars Thursday on suspicion of pepper-spraying and robbing a man of a laptop computer in Covina after responding to a Craigslist add, police said.
Tremarri Evans, 21, of Glendora was arrested Thursday morning , Covina police Sgt. Jim McDonough said. His alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Melanie Blanks of Azusa, was arrested Wednesday.
The robbery took place about 8:30 p.m. May 28 in a residential neighborhood in the 200 block of East Navilla Place, police said.
The victim, a Hacienda Heights man in his early 30s, had arranged to meet with the suspects to sell a laptop computer he had advertised for sale on Craigslist, McDonough said.
After Evans and Blanks arrived at the meeting place in a vehicle to meet the victim, “The male suspect exited the vehicle and pepper-sprayed the victim in the face,” McDonough said. The men struggled over the computer before the robber ultimately managed to pull it away and fled along with the woman.
While following up on the case, Detective Anthony Zavala identified Blanks as a suspect in the crime, McDonough said. She was arrested Wednesday after being involved in a minor hti-and-run crash in Azusa.
Continued investigation led police to serve a search warrant early Thursday at Evans home on Cedarwood Avenue, just south of Foothill Boulevard, McDonough said. He was arrested there without a struggle.
Evans and Blanks were both booked on suspicion of robbery, the sergeant said. One of them admitted taking part in the robbery, though he declined to say which one.
The laptop had not been found, and was believed to have been sold by the suspects.
According to county booking records, the suspects were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.