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.
COVINA — A fire caused by a barbecue grill late Sunday damaged a Covina home, displaced its residents and sent a man to the hospital with burns to his arms, authorities said.
The broke out about 8:20 p.m. at a single-story house in the 1100 block of East Wingate Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Bruce Lakin said.
It ignited when food being cooked on a gas barbecue on the home’s patio flared up, the captain said.
The fire climbed a bamboo fence and made its way into the attic of the home, Lakin said.
A man at the house suffered burns to his arms while trying to move the flaming fence away from the home, he said. The injuries were apparently minor.
The fire primarily scorched the attic of the home and some exterior walls, though the interior sustained smoke and water damage, Lakin said. A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not immediately available.
COVINA — Police and coroner’s officials are investigating the death of a 47-year-old man whose body was discovered on the campus of a continuation high school early Saturday.
The dead man’s name was not released Saturday morning pending confirmation that his family had been notified, Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said. He was initially described as a San Gabriel Valley resident.
Officers received a call about 7:30 a.m. reporting a “man down” in the grass in the quad area of Fairvalley High School, 231 E. Stephanie Drive, the sergeant said.
“He was pronounced dead at the scene by L.A. County Fire (Department) paramedics,” he said.
“There doesn’t appear to be any sign of foul play,” Bobkiewicz said.
Officers found a “large amount of alcohol” at the scene, he said.
An official cause of death will be determined through an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Covina police detectives at 626-384-5622.
COVINA — About 11 businesses were evacuated and part of College Street was shut down Wednesday after a man found what looked like a grenade inside a parcel.
It turned out to be a replica grenade, Covina Police Sgt. Jim McDonough said.
The incident started about 4 p.m.
A man picked up his packages at the post office in the 100 block of East College, walked to where he parked his car and opened a package, McDonough said.
“He sees what looks like a wrapped grenade,” the sergeant said.
The man called police. Officers evacuated nearby businesses plus closed down College Street between 2nd Avenue and Citrus Avenue.
The sheriff’s bomb squad examined the device and deemed it inert. McDonough said the replica grenade was from a surplus-type company.
The man didn’t recall ordering the item, McDonough said.
- Ruby Gonzales
A man and woman from Ontario were behind bars Thursday on suspicion of a spree of more than 40 commercial burglaries in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties over the past two months, officials said.
Glendora police investigators arrested Andrew Martin, 47, and his girlfriend Gloria Quintero, 46, Wednesday at the Capri Motel in Ontario, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
They’re accused of break-ins in Glendora, Azusa, Covina, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Claremont, Chino Ontario, San Bernardino and La Palma, Glendora police said in a written statement. And the investigation was ongoing.
“We believe the suspects will be linked to additional burglaries in surrounding cities,” Glendora police Detective Matt Fenner said.
“We haven’t even scratched the surface in Orange County,” Summer added.
The burglaries largely took place in clusters, with several businesses in the same neighborhood being struck in the middle of the night, Summers said.
“The suspects typically used a large rock or other heavy object to break out the front windows of small commercial businesses, such as hair salons and restaurants,” according to the police statement. “The suspects would steal the cash register or rifle through the till for any money left in the register overnight.”
Police began noticing the trend in early march, officials added.
The amounts of money stolen in the crimes was relatively small, and appeared to be overshadowed by the damage the suspects allegedly caused to the businesses’ windows and cash registers, Summers said.
Detectives got a break in the case when the burglars broke into a Covina deli, the lieutenant added.
Police were able to obtain a clear image of Martin and a pickup truck used as a getaway vehicle, and the images were distributed among law enforcement aencies, he said.
“A Glendora patrol officers recognized the male suspect and vehicle from a crime bulletin as a person he had stopped for a traffic violation a week earlier,” according to the police statement.
Officers located Martin and Quintero at the Ontario motel Wednesday and arrested them without a struggle, police said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, they were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each and were scheduled to be arraigned Friday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTOS of Andrew Martin, 47, and Gloria Quintero, 46, both of Ontario, courtesy of the Glendora Police Department.