Nursing assistant accused of stealing identities of elderly Glendora nursing home guests

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GLENDORA >> A West Covina man who has worked as a nursing assistant at healthcare facilities throughout the San Gabriel Valley is accused of stealing more than $40,000 from at least two elderly patients in Glendora by fraudulently using their financial information, police said.
Police arrested 29-year-old Maui Berganio at his home Thursday, Glendora police Detective Zach Houser said in a written statement.
He allegedly stole debit card and account information from two elderly guests of Kindred Transitional Care in Glendora to purchase items for himself online, including furniture, Nike tennis shoes and car parts, Glendora police spokeswoman Tricia Ayers said.
“He’s worked at several different care facilities,” Ayers said. Detectives continued seeking any additional victims. “There could be possible additional charges filed,” she said.
0228_NWS_SGT-L-ELDERTHEFT2In addition to Kindred Transitional Care, over the past 10 years, Berganio has also worked at Arbor Glen Care Center in Glendora, Doctors Hospital in West Covina, West Haven Healthcare Center in West Covina, Citrus Valley Health Partners – Queen of the Valley Camapus in West Covina and Sierra View Care Center in Baldwin Park, police said. And it’s possible he has worked at other Southern California facilities.
Berganio’s alleged identity theft first came to light Jan. 8 when a woman in her 80s staying at the care center noticed some suspicious behavior, officials said.
An elderly guest as Kindred Transitional Care in Glendora awoke to find certified nursing assistant Maui Berganio kneeling by her bedside,” Houser said. “It was later discovered that Berganio had obtained the elderly guest’s debit card information, which 0228_NWS_SGT-L-ELDERTHEFT3he used to attempt numerous fraudulent online transactions totaling over $8,000.”
Investigators ultimately arrested Berganio Thursday afternoon at his home in the 1300 block of East Fairgrove Avenue in West Covina, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspect admitted also using the financial information of another woman in her 80s who was staying at Kindred Transitional Care over the past year, police said. The alleged victim died earlier this month.
In that case, Berganio is accused of running up more than $40,000 in online purchases, Ayers said.
Police booked Berganio on suspicion of elder abuse and identity theft, she added.
According county booking records, Berganio was being held in lieu of $50,000 bal. He is scheduled to appear Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Houser at 626-914-8286.

PHOTOS of suspect Maui Berganio, 29, of West Covina, and photos of goods allegedly purchased with the stolen identities of elderly women, courtesy of the Glendora Police Department.

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UPDATED: Cat killed by coyote in Glendora; coyote to be euthanized


GLENDORA >> An apparently sick and distressed coyote is expected to be euthanized after it fatally attacked a pet cat in a Glendora neighborhood Wednesday, police said.
The coyote attacked the cat about 3:30 p.m. in the 400 block of W. Kirkwall Road, Glendora police officials said in a written statement. The cat died, and officials notified the owner.
A witness chased after the coyote as it ran into the garage of a home a few blocks away, police said.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials Inland Valley Humane Society officials responded to the scene found the coyote still inside the garage, officials said.
Fish and Wildlife officials hazed the animal out of the garage before Inland Valley Humane Society officials captured it down the street, according to Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Janice Mackey.
“Based on established policies, procedures and the facts of this particular incident, the animal was trapped and will be humanely euthanized as required by law,” the police statement said.

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UPDATED: Mentally ill Glendora man who went missing in West Covina found safe in Norwalk

WEST COVINA >> A mentally ill Glendora man who went missing in West Covina Tuesday turned up safe in Norwalk early Friday, officials said.
The 57-year-old man walked away from Doctor’s Hospital of West Covina Tuesday after exiting the facility for a cigarette, according to West Covina police officials and the man’s sister.
Isidoro “Izzy” Limon, 57, was found safe in Norwalk Friday morning and was being returned to the facility where he lives in Glendora, West Covina police Lt. Dave Lee said.

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Glendora egg donation company owner guilty of fraud

LOS ANGELES >> The owner of a Glendora egg donation and surrogacy company pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud for misappropriating clients money for her own personal gain, officials said.
Allison Layton, a 38-year-old former Glendora resident now living in Utah, entered the guilty plea in federal court in Los Angeles, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement. She also sometimes uses the name Allison Jarvie.
Would-be parents paid tens of thousands of dollars to Layton for the services of Miracles Egg Donation between AUgust of 2008 and January of 2012, Mrozek said. But instead of setting the money aside for costs related to the services, Layton spent the money herself and used it to cover unpaid costs of other clients.
As a result, Egg donors, surrogates, attorneys and others were not paid for all of the services they provided, Mrozek said.
“More than 40 victims lost more than $270,000,” he said.
Layton faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she returns to court for sentencing May 28.

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Glendora robbery suspects jailed after chase, crash

GLENDORA >> Two would-be bandits from the Inland Empire tried unsuccessfully to rob a Route 66 gas station early Saturday before leading police on a chase that ended with a crash, and their arrests, officials said.
Police jailed Michael Anthony Moore, 21, of Highland and Marcel Niel Man, 21, of Riverside following the failed robbery, which unfolded about 12:30 a.m. at Mobile gas station at Route 66 and Grand Avenue, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A robber, later identified as Moore, entered the gas station with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
“An altercation occurred immediately after that,” he said. “The suspect fled without getting any money.”
As the gunman ran from the store, the gas station attendant flagged down a police officer who happened to be passing by on patrol and pointed out the robbery suspect, who was running down the street, Lamborghini said.
The officer caught up with the suspect just as he got into the passenger side of an Infiniti sedan, which sped away, police said.
The driver of the getaway car, later identified as Mann, led officers on a short chase that ended with a crash just over half a mile to the south at Grand Avenue and Armstead street, Lamborghini said. The Infiniti went out of control as the driver tried to make a turn and crashed into a vacant corner house, which was under construction.
“It didn’t go through the well, but it definitely went into the wall,” Lamborghini said.
Police took both suspects into custody at the crash scene, he said. A loaded gun was recovered from the car.
Moore was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery, police said. Officials took Mann to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the crash before booking him on suspicion of attempted robbery and evading police.
Moore was being held in lieu of $100,00 pending his initial court appearance, while Mann was being held in lieu of $52,000 bail, records show. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Gunman sought in back-to-back Glendora restaurant robberies

GLENDORA >> Police are seeking a masked gunman responsible for two back-to-back restaurant robberies in Glendora late Thursday.
The robber struck just after 7:20 p.m. at Sushi UMI, 423 E. Arrow Highway, then immediately after at a neighboring Subway sandwich shop, 419 E. Arrow Highway, Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said.
The gunman entered the sushi restaurant and brandished a black revolver before demanding cash from the clerk, the lieutenant said. An employee opened the register and the robber snatched an estimated $400, Egan said.
But he wasn’t satisfied.
The armed robber then went across a breezeway to the sandwich shop and held up the clerk at gunpoint as well, Egan said. He obtained less than $100 in the second heist.
Police described the gunman as a white man in his 20s, tall and thin, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and a black bandana over his face.
No injuries were reported in either robbery.

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Repeat sex offender from Glendora gets 13-year prison sentence

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GLENDORA >> A repeat sex offender caught viewing pictures of seminude young girls at the Glendora Public Library has begun serving a 13-year prison following his sentencing Wednesday, authorities said.
A Pomona Superior Court Judge sentenced Kirk Brian Eggleston, 49, of Glendora to 13 years and 4 months in state prison after being convicted Oct. 20 of possession of child pornography and attempted child pornography with prior convictions, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Eggleston was previously convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 2003, child molestation in 2004 and indecent exposure in 2006, Ardalani said.
At his sentencing Wednesday, Judge Juan Carlos Dominguez also ordered Eggleston, who was already a registered sex offender, to continue registering for the rest of his life, officials said.
The most recent case stems from a Feb. 9, 2014 in incident at the Glendora Public Library, 140 S. Glendora Avenue.
“Library staff noticed the defendant looking at images of seminude young girls and called police,” Ardalani said. “Authorities arrived and also viewed Eggleston looking at the inappropriate pictures.”
Glendora police investigators testified during Eggleston’s trial that they found search terms used to find child pornography had been entered into the library computer while Eggleston was using, officials said. Inappropriate images were also found on the computer.
“Additionally, police inspected the defendant’s home computer and found child pornography search terms, but no pictures,” Ardalani said.

PHOTO of Kirk Eggleston, 49, of Glendora – courtesy

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Glendora man pleads not guilty in fatal 2013 stabbings of two homeless men

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GLENDORA >> A man accused of brutally stabbing two homeless men to death as they slept at a Glendora Car wash last year pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges in Pomona Superior Court, prosecutors said.
Drew Alan Friis, 29, of Glendora potentially faces the death penalty if convicted as charged of the Aug. 15, 2013, slayings of John “Little John” Welch and Warren Blagrave, both 52, at a car wash in the 200 block of Route 66, where they has been spending the night in the weeks leading up to their deaths.
Prosecutors are yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty in the case, or a life sentence without the possibility of parole, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement. In addition to two counts of murder, officials allege the special circumstance of multiple murders, as well as the special allegation that he personally used a knife in the killings.
Investigators arrested Friis the same day the killings occurred. Friis said he was upset with one of the victims, but did not tell officials why, Lt. Ray Lugo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said earlier this year.
Blagrave suffered more than 25 stab wounds, officials said. Welch was stabbed more than 20 times.
Friis is scheduled to return to court Feb. 20 for a preliminary hearing, officials said. In the meantime, he is being held without bail.

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Fatal shooting of Nevada man in Glendora remains a mystery

GLENDORA >>Detectives continue searching for answers in the mysterious slaying of a Nevada man found shot to death alongside a Glendora street last week.
A newspaper carrier first discovered the body of Ernesto Medina, 22, of Henderson, Nevada about 3:30 a.m. along Sunflower Avenue near the 210 Freeway , Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials said.
Despite initial reports that the body was found inside a vehicle, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Monday that Medina’s body was found lying on the ground, alongside several bullet casings.
“He appears to have been shot multiple times at that location,” Jauch said.
Medina’s body was discovered in the roadway near the curb, he said. “There was no vehicle there at the scene.”
Several neighborhood residents said they heard what they described as gunshots or popping tires about 11:30 p.m., however Jauch said investigators had not determined exactly what time the shooting took place.
Detectives also focused their investigation on what the Nevada man may have been doing in Glendora when he was shot, Jauch said. But the lieutenant declined to discuss what detectives have learned thus far. “That’s all part of the investigation,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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Nevada man fatally shot in Glendora identified

GLENDORA >> Coroner’s officials Friday identified a Nevada man found shot to death along Sunflower Avenue in Glendora early Thursday.
Ernesto Medina, 22, of Henderson, Nevada, was pronounced dead after newspaper carrier discovered him about 3:30 a.m. inside a car along the road near an offramp of the 210 Freeway, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Initial statements issued by Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators indicated the Medina was found lying on the ground. Handling detectives could not be reached for comment Friday.
No information was released regarding he circumstances of the shooting, or what the Nevada resident may have been doing in Glendora.
Several neighbors said they heard several popping noises or gunshots shortly before midnight.
“I just heard shots about four (to) five shots around 11:27 p.m.,” Emma Carolina Rosas said.
Another neighbor also reported hearing what sounded like tires exploding shortly before midnight.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting Glendora police in the investigation, and anyone with information was asked to call the bureau at 323-890-5500.

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