COVINA >> Police on Sunday jailed a San Dimas man on suspicion on outstanding robbery and drug smuggling warrants, and were investigating his possible connection to an armed robbery in Glendora early Saturday, after he led Covina police on a high-speed chase before being captured by a SWAT team and a K-9, authorities said.
Bryan McMaster, 46, was ultimately booked on suspicion of felony evading of police, as well as warrants for robbery and smuggling drugs into the Glendora Police Department’s jail, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
Detectives were also looking into the possibility McMaster was responsible for a Saturday morning armed robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in Glendora, Covina and Glendora police officials said. A concrete link was yet to be established.
The chase began after an officer spotted the wanted man about 9:30 a.m. in a car in the parking lot of the Park Inn, 1211 E. Garvey Street, Zavala said.
McMaster refused to pull over, initiating a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on surface streets, the sergeant said. After leading police on a chase for about three miles, McMaster abandoned his car and continued fleeing on foot after driving into a cul-de-sac on Bender Avenue, just north of Navilla Place, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Covina.
A SWAT team was summoned to search for the suspect, as he was presumed armed and dangerous, according to Zavala.
SWAT officers, aided by Covina police K-9 Jarno, found McMaster hiding in a shed behind a vacant home nearby about noon, he said.
McMaster was treated for minor dog bite injuries and booked into jail, Zavala said.
His wife, who was riding as a passenger during the pursuit, was also being detained for questioning Sunday afternoon, he added.
GLENDORA >> A masked gunman robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Glendora early Saturday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 7:50 a.m. at the pharmacy at 435 E. Arrow Highway, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A man entered the store disguised with a hooded sweatshirt, a hat, sunglasses and a surgical mask. He stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
He brandished a handgun as he demanded money from an employee, ultimately obtaining several hundred dollars, according to the lieutenant.
The robber was last seen running toward the side of the business, Lamborghini said.
Detectives were working to obtain surveillance camera footage of the crime to examine for clues.
Anyone with information can reach the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
GLENDORA >> Police in Glendora are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checking on Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Glendora, Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
Friday night’s checkpoint is being dedicated to longtime Glendora resident Joaquin Sepulveda, 65, who was fatally struck by an alleged drunken driver while riding his motorcycle at Foothill Boulevard and Galanto Avenue on Dec. 13, 2015, police said.
Sepulveda was badly hurt in the collision and succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 2 at a hospice care center, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
This weekend’s checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
PHOTO of Joaqin Sepulveda courtesy of the Glendora Police Department
GLENDORA >> A SWAT team scoured a Glendora neighborhood Friday afternoon in search of a possible armed burglary suspect who fled from officers, officials said.
All three suspects initially ran, but two of them were quickly apprehended as officers responded to reports of a burglary in the 900 block of Fuschia Avenue, Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said.
The third suspect eluded capture and ran into the surrounding neighborhood, the chief said.
Officers discovered a loaded gun inside a stolen car the alleged burglars had been using, Staab said.
Suspecting the fleeing suspect may be armed, police summoned the Foothill Special Enforcement Team to take over the scene. The team is a regional SWAT team comprised of officers from the Glendora, Monrovia and La Verne police departments.
Officials conducted a yard-to-yard search for the outstanding suspect, but called it off when he had not been found eight hours later, officials said.
GLENDORA >> Glendora High School went on a brief lockdown Thursday after an apparently disturbed woman entered the campus and began removing her clothes, officials said.
The incident was first reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. at the high school, 1600 E Foothill Blvd., Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
“She started behaving erratically in front of students and campus aides who were monitoring her,” according to the statement. Her behavior included removing her clothing.
“Glendora Police responded and detained her, then she was transported to a local hospital. The female did not have any weapons and no one was injured.”
Lt. Robert Lamborghini said officers detained the woman at the scene and that she was not expected to face criminal charges.
But the lieutenant refused to say what police ultimately did with the woman.
Authorities briefly placed the campus on lockdown as the situation unfolded.
GLENDORA >> Police shot and wounded a man in Glendora on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting took place about 2:35 p.m. in the 700 block of West Bagnall Street, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. Detectives from the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are spearheading the investigation.
“The suspect, a male adult, was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries,” Navarro-Suarez said. “No officers were injured.”
Glendora police declined to comment, deferring questions to the sheriff’s department.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available.
GLENDORA >> A man fleeing from police in a stolen car rammed a pursuing officer’s vehicle in Glendora late Saturday, prompting an officer-involved shooting, before the suspect was tracked down and arrested, authorities said.
Andrew Joseph Baltierra, 20, who was not wounded by the gunfire but was hospitalized for treatment of K-9 bites sustained during his arrest, was expected to be booked on suspicion of crimes including attempted murder of a police officer, evading police, auto theft, DUI, drug possession, Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. Baltierra’s city of residence was not clear.
The series of events began about 7:30 p.m., when an automated license plate reader notified Glendora officers that a 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driving in the area of Grand Avenue and Arrow Highway had been reported stolen, the chief said.
Officers initiated a chase when the driver of the truck — later identified as Baltierra — refused to pull over, officials said.
Two patrol cars chased the truck for less than a mile before the fleeing driver made a “sudden and unexpected U-turn” at Bonita Avenue and Dale Road, police said.
The lead patrol car was following the truck through the U-turn when it collided nearly head-on with the second patrol car, which contained Glendora police K-9 “Bo” and his handler Staab said.
Despite the “substantial” impact, which totalled the police cruiser and caused the air bags in both vehicle to deploy, the pickup truck was still running, the chief said. The officer who was struck by the fleeing pickup truck saw the suspect again gun the engine in his direction.
“The suspect was about to ram the police car again,” Staab said. The officer fired two round from her service pistol, striking the pickup truck but not Baltierra.
The officer whose car was rammed by the suspect was treated for apparently minor injuries, Lamborghini said.
K-9 Bo appeared uninjured in the crash, Staab added.
Baltierra fled into the surrounding residential neighborhood, Lt. Rob Lamborghini said. Officers set up a search perimeter with help from neighboring law enforcement agencies.
The suspect left behind a shoe as he ran, which a Pomona Police Department bloodhound was able to use to obtain his scene and track him to a motor home in the backyard of a home about a block away about three hours later, Staab said.
Baltierra refused commands to surrender, prompting officers to send in another police dog to help apprehend him. The suspect punched and kicked the dog before the animal got the better of him and helped officers take him into custody. The police dog suffered no significant injuries.
Officials took Baltierra to a hospital for treatment of dog bites prior to booking him into jail.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, Baltierra was already on probation for a previous criminal conviction prior to Saturday’s incident.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of formal probation after being convicted of auto theft in September of 2015, records show.
He was also convicted of possessing stolen property in May, resulting in a 90-day jail sentence, and of possession of drug paraphernalia in August of 2015, earning him a 49-day jail sentence.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Two men with a handgun carjacked two other men along Glendora Mountain Road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Two men in their 20s were standing near their gray, 2013 Hyundai Genesis about 3:30 a.m. along a turnout of Glendora Mountain Road at Glendora Ridge Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
The two carjackers approached in a dark-colored, newer-model Honda Civic, Reid said.
“The suspects approached (the victims) and complimented them on their car,” the lieutenant said.
One of the then brandished a handgun and drove away in the victims’ car, he said.
Deputies described the carjackers as two Latino men between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Both wore dark clothing, and one of the carjackers had a mustache.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2709. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
GLENDORA >> Police arrested a 19-year-old apparent creepy clown enthusiast and former student of Sierra High School in Glendora on Wednesday on suspicion of making threats against his alma mater, as well as toward the city of El Monte, authorities said.
William Salazar is accused of making criminal threats via killer clown-dedicated Instagram and Facebook accounts, Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said.
Students at Sierra High School began receiving posts from the account Tuesday night which threatened violence, Staab said. Students notified parents and school administrators, who contacted police Wednesday morning.
“Sierra skool gonna get hit (tomorrow) say your blessing #(expletive)skooliwasaclassclown,” read on of the posts.
“Bout to kill (expletive) in el monte whoever outside better know how to throw dem hands or shoot #ittimetoshowweanitclowingaround,” read another grammar- and spelling-shirking post.
The Instagram account had been taken down Wednesday afternoon, however the Facebook page remained online. The Facebook page, which was started on Monday, features pictures and videos of menacing-looking, sometimes ax-wielding clowns.
Investigators soon determined the identity of the alleged poster.
“We tracked him to a relative’s house in Kern County,’ Staab said.
Salazar was expected to be booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
The suspect indicated to detectives that he authored the posts as a joke, but Staab said he found no humor in it.
“These types of threats are taken seriously by law enforcement, and if you make a threat against somebody, there’s a good chance you’re going to get arrested,” the chief said.
The online threats came as a low-grade form of creepy clown-inspired hysteria has washed across the nation in recent weeks, with sightings of sinister-looking clown who are sometimes reported to try to lure children.
California had remained largely untouched by the clown-related shenanigans until Wednesday, when social media posts announced the jarring jesters could be expected to pay visits to Los Angeles County, including Pasadena, Whittier, and other Southern California communities.
PHOTO – Pennywise the clown, from Stephen King’s movie, “It,” has been haunting your dreams, and mine, since 1990.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Deputies jailed two men and sought four others after they allegedly donned Halloween masks and used fake guns to terrorized a couple parked along Glendora Mountain Road north of Glendora late Friday in what was believed to a video-recorded hoax, officials said.
The bizarre incident was first reported about 11:20 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said.
A man and women in their 20s, were parked in their car on turnout when they were startled by people banging on their car windows, the lieutenant said.
The driver got out of his car to see what was going on, she said. He was confronted by six men, all wearing various Halloween masks.
The men brandished what appeared to be handguns, as well as brass knuckled, Sachs said. They made intimidating statement to the couple, such as, “There are six of us and two of you.” But they made no demands for property.
The male victim got back into his car and drove south into the city, with the suspects following behind in a truck. The man called 911 and reported suspects descriptions to police, along with the last place he’d seen them, which was in La Verne.
Deputies found the suspect’s parked car in La Verne, as well as two suspects who had walked away from it, Sachs said.
Inside the truck, deputies found at least two masks, brass knuckles and two realistic-looking airsoft pistols, which fire plastic BBs.
A GoPro camera was also found inside the truck.
Deputies suspected the men set out to scare people and film it in order to upload to the internet.
“We think it’s some kind of Youtube hoax,” she said.
The men, ages 19 and 20, were booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, a felony. The older suspect was also accused of possession of brass knuckles.
Officials withheld the suspects’ identities Saturday as they continued seeking their alleged accomplices.