GLENDORA – Police arrested a Glendora man Friday after two girls discovered him inside a park bathroom with his pants down, authorities said.
Alexander Estrada, 21, was booked on suspicion of lewd acts in public, child annoyance and battery following the incident, which took place about 1:40 p.m. at Finkbiner Park, 160 N. Wabash Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Larry Lamborghini said.
Two girls of about 11 years old entered the women’s bathroom and found Estrada inside with his pants down and his genitals exposed, the lieutenant said.
They girls exited the bathroom and told their father, who was at the park with them, what they had seen, Lamborghini said.
A bystander who realized what was happening tried to detain the suspect — later identified as Estrada — and a scuffle ensued, he said. Estrada managed to escape. The bystander suffered no serious injuries.
Responding officers found Estrada nearby and arrested him, Lamborghini said.
Police Wednesday arrested a man and woman from Ontario in connection with the armed robbery of a woman in the parking lot of a Glendora Sam’s Club store earlier this week, officials said.
James Reveles, 28, and his girlfriend Brittney Sloan, 26, were booked on suspicion of robbery following their arrest late Wednesday at an apartment complex near Haven Avenue and Riverside Drive in Ontario, according to Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers.
They’re accused of robbing a woman Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, at Gladstone Street and Lone Hill Avenue, police said.
A 68-year-old woman had just finished shopping and was walking through the store’s parking lot when she was approached by a man, Summers said.
“The suspect demanded her purse and produced a firearm, and when she refused to turn it over, forcible ripped it off her arm,” the lieutenant said.
The robber fled into a waiting getaway car, he added. “An alert witness heard the victim screaming and was able to obtain the license plate of the suspect vehicle.”
Detectives found the black Acura sedan involved in the robbery Wednesday night at the Ontario apartment complex, officials said. Police watched until they saw a man who matched the description of the robber get into the car, at which point they arrested him.
Sloan, the registered owner of the car, was found and arrested at a nearby apartment complex, Summers said.
“Detectives recovered a handgun and some of the victim’s credic cards from a hidden compartment in the suspect vehicle,” he said.
According to county booking records, Reveles was being held in lieu of $215,000 bail, while Sloan was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Friday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHTOOS of James Reveles and Brittney Sloan courtesy of the Glendora Police Department.
GLENDORA — A woman lost her purse to an armed robber Saturday in a store parking lot Saturday afternoon, police said.
The woman was walking through the parking lot outside of Sam’s Club, at Lone Hill Avenue and Gladstone Street, when whe was approached by a man armed with a handgun, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said.
The man first demanded the woman’s purse, but when she refused to hand it over, he grabbed it from her, the sergeant said. The woman was not hurt.
The suspect, initially described only as a white man between 20 and 25 years old, fled the scene in a black Acura, police said.
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.
POMONA – Police arrested two San Gabriel Valley men Saturday on suspicion of operating a chop shop in Pomona and seized stolen property including a stolen handgun, authorities said.
Gabriel Mejia, 33, of Covina and Hijinio Arroyo, 37, of Glendora were each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail Sunday at the Pomona Police Department’s jail, according to Pomona police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers acting on a tip from a confidential informant discovered the alleged chop shop about 1:45 p.m. at 1124 Price Street, Pomona police officials said in a written statement.
“When they arrived, several male subjects fled from the building,” according to the police statement. One attempted to flee police by climbing onto the building’s roof.
Officers detained two of the men — later identified as Mejia and Arroyo — then obtained consent to search the building, police said.
Inside, officers found several vehicles being dismantled and car parts scattered throughout the building, officials said. Three of the cars were determined to have been stolen.
In addition to the stolen vehicles and parts, officers also recovered a handgun that had been reported stolen, the police statement said.
According to county booking records, Mejia and Arroyo were scheduled to appear for arraignment Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court.
A West Covina man is accused of cultivation of marijuana after authorities discovered about 400 plants growing inside two business suites which investigators said were a front for the pot-growing operation.
Jose Angel Marquez, 29, was booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana following his arrest, which took place just after midnight, according to Glendora police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers carrying out a narcotics investigation spotted Marquez driving away from the nondescript business suites late Wednesday and pulled him over, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
Officers found a small amount of marijuana in his possession, but returned to the adjacent businesses a short time later with a search warrant, the lieutenant said.
“Over 400 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity were recovered, along with other materials used to cultivate the plants,” Police said in the written statement.
Had the plants all been allowed to mature, the value of the marijuana could be as high as $350,000, Summer said.
“The investigation revealed Marquez was using the business suites as a front for marijuana cultivation,” according to the police statement.
Officials were also summoned to the scene to look into potential code violations or hazards at the businesses, police added.
According to county booking records, Marquez was released from jail Thursday morning pending his initial court appearance after posting $100,000 bail.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department
GLENDORA — Police jailed a Glendora man Thursday after he became involved in a tug-of-war with a store manager over a drill set he was trying to steal, officials said.
Brandon Weinzril, 21, was booked on suspicion of strong-arm robbery and commercial burglary following the 11:50 a.m. incident at Home Depot, 1305 S. Lone Hill Ave., Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A manager at the store spotted Weinzril trying to steal a drill set and confronted him, the lieutenant said.
“A struggle ensued for the items,” he said. “The suspect was ultimately detained.”
Officers arrived and took custody of the alleged thief, Lamborghini said.
No significant injuries resulted from the incident, he added.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — A woman suffered serious injuries early Saturday in a solo-car rollover crash on a mountain road north of Glendora, officials said.
A 20-year-old Los Angeles woman who was riding as a passenger in the 1990 Honda CRX suffered a broken wrist and facial injuries in the crash, which was reported about 12:20 a.m. on Glendora Mountain Road, just south of East Fork Road, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Alex Antillon said. The driver was not believed to have been significantly injured.
The collision occurred as the Honda was traveling northbound on the winding mountain road at about 35 mph, the sergeant said.
Due to “unsafe speed for existing road and traffic conditions,” the driver, a 24-year-old Los Angeles man, was unable to negotiate a curve in the road, Antillon said. He hit the brakes and lost control, causing the car to flip over. It ultimately came to a rest on it’s wheels.
The injured woman was taken to a hospital by a friend, Antillon said.
intoxicated driving was not suspected to be a factor in the crash, he added, and no citations or arrests were made at the scene.
A former Glendora man was released from prison after 27 years when his 1985 murder conviction was overturned last year has filed a claim against the county, as well as a detective and the estate of another detective who investigated the case.
Frank O’Connell, 55, was convicted of slaying of 27-year-old Jay French in South Pasadena on Jan. 5, 1984. He has maintained that he was innocent of the crime.
But after more than 27 years in prison, and assistance from the nonprofit organization Centurion Ministry, which is dedicated to freeing wrongly convicted prisoners, O’Connell’s conviction was thrown out March 29 of last year by Pasadena Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover, who cited major problems she found with O’Connell’s trial.
“Police officer investigating his case withheld critical information,” said O’Connell’s attorney, Barrett Litt. “(They) gave misleading information in reports which led to a conviction.”
By law, police and prosecutors must turn over all evidence, including exculpatory evidence, to the defense, Litt explained. “That’s a very well-established rule.”
“It came out that they withheld notes that they had written contemporaneously with interviews,” Litt said.
In overturning O’Connell’s conviction, Clover also pointed out that a key witness in the original 1985 murder trial have since recanted his testimony and claimed a detective pressured him to identify O’Connell as the killer.
Prosecutors did not seek to re-try the case, saying they were unable to gather sufficient evidence.
Litt said a claim against Los Angeles County was filed Monday, Litt said. Also named as defendants in the case are one of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives who handled the investigation, along with the estate of his partner, who is now deceased.
The claim seeks unspecified damages, the attorney said. In past cases, juries have awarded $1 million for each year a person was wrongfully imprisoned.
Since his release from prison last year, O’Connell has moved to Colorado where he works at a cabinet shop, Litt said.
POMONA — Two 19-year-old San Dimas men have been convicted for beating and seriously injuring a Glendora man late last year, officials said.
A Pomona Superior Court jury Thursday convicted Gabriel Andrew Ojeda and Mark Antoine Hachem of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
Ojeda was additionally convicted of a count of misdemeanor assault, and Hachem was convicted of a count of intimidating a witness, Robison said. The jury acquitted Ojeda of a witness intimidation charge.
Glendora police suspected the attack was carried out because the victim, a 22-year-old man, was a potential witness in an unrelated assault case, officials said in the days following the arrest.
Ojeda immediately received a sentence of four years and six months in state prison, officials said. Hachem was ordered to return to court for sentencing Feb. 21.
The beating took place Dec. 26 at Gladstone Street and Willow Avenue in Glendora.
The assailants continued punching and kicking the victim even after he was knocked to the ground, resulting in serious inju