Anaheim teens arrested in Covina, accused of stealing $3,000 in razors, baby formula, Rogaine

COVINA >> Police jailed three Anaheim teenagers Saturday amid an alleged massive theft spree in which they collected more than $3,000 worth of razors, baby formula and Rogaine from stores in Covina, Glendora and La Habra, authorities said.
Jailed were Mirabela Stoican, 18, of Anaheim, as well as a 17-year-old Anaheim girl and a 15-year-old Anaheim girl, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
Security guards at Rite Aid, 139 N. Grand Ave., first called police about 3 p.m. to report three young women had just tried to steal a large amount of razors from the store, but dropped the goods and fled empty-handed, according to the lieutenant.
Security watched as the trio went across the street into a Vons supermarket and pointed them out to arriving police officers as they left, the lieutenant said. Police pulled over the suspects’ car and detained them. Stoican’s infant child was also in the car.
A large amount of baby formula believed to have been stolen from the Vons was recovered from the car, Doonan said.
“A further search of the car located six 30-gallon trash bags filled with stolen property,” he said. The items were primarily baby formula, razor blades and the hair regrowth product Rogaine.
“The property we recovered is valued at about 3,000,” Doonan said..
Investigators suspected the items had been stolen previously during the day during visits to at least one other store in Glendora, and two in La Habra, he said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Stoican was released from custody later in the day pending her initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail.
The two underage suspects were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, Doonan said.

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UPDATED: La Puente woman killed in Glendora solo-car crash


GLENDORA >> A La Puente woman died and a West Covina man suffered injuries in a solo-car crash in Glendora Saturday night, officials said.
The fatal crash took place at 9:19 p.m. on Grand Avenue, near of Juanita Avenue, Glendora police Sgt. Shelly Gold said.
A northbound Toyota Corolla veered from the roadway and struck a tree just south of the intersection, Lt. Matt Williams said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver, described as a 30-year-old La Puente woman, dead at the scene, police said.
The passenger, a 30-year-old West Covina man, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, the lieutenant said. An update on his condition was not available.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by the Glendora Police Department’s Traffic Bureau.
Any witnesses to the crash can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250.

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Soldier from Glendora denies molesting girl, raping woman

POMONA >> A soldier from Glendora who was on a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army when charged with molesting of a girl and the raping a woman entered a not guilty plea Friday, authorities said.
Fadi Haddad, 39, denied three counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of forcible rape during an arraignment hearing in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Haddad, who remains held in lieu of $5 million bail, was ordered to return to court July 28 for a preliminary hearing setting, she said.
“If convicted as charged, Haddad faces a maximum of 75 years to life in state prison,” Ardalani said.
The defendant, a reservist with the U.S. Army who works in military intelligence and translation, was deployed to Iraq when prosecutors filed charges against him on April 20, according to district attorney and Glendora police officials.
The army sent him back to Fort Hood, Texas, before he was ultimately returned to Los Angeles County to face the trial process in late-May, officials said.
Haddad is accused of molesting a then-13-year-old girl in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014, Ardalani said. He’s also accused of raping a woman in 2014, and again in 2015.
Haddad knew both victims prior to the alleged crimes, officials said.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-9250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Suspect attacks Glendora police dog after pursuit ends in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> A man attacked a Glendora police dog after leading officers on a chase that ended in San Dimas Friday morning, authorities said.
Driver Armando Nunez, 28, of El Monte and passenger Vitoria Yvonne Narvaez, 29, of Pomona were ultimately arrested, Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said.
Nunez was hospitalized for treatment of dog bites. The K-9 that apprehended him suffered injuries to its ear.
Nunez was already being sought by police in West Covina in connection with another chase and crash last week, West Covina police Lt. Travis Tibbets said.
The incident began shortly before 11 a.m. when an officer spotted a car in La Verne and found it suspicious, the chief said.
The officer approached the car when it pulled into a parking lot at Foothill Boulevard and San Dimas Avenue in San Dimas, he said. The car fled “at high speeds.”
Glendora police pursued the fleeing car to a residential cul-de-sac in the 900 block of Sedona Court, officials said. Both the driver and passenger abandoned the car and continued fleeing on foot.
Officers immediately captured the passenger, later identified as Narvaez, Staab said. But the driver, Nunez, fled into the surrounding neighborhood.
Police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies set up a search perimeter.
“One of the homeowners alerted us to their backyard,” the chief said. The resident noticed the storage shed in the backyard had become inexplicably unlatched.
Police ordered anyone inside the shed to surrender. After receiving no response, officers sent in a Glendora Police Department K-9 named Bo.
“Second later, both of them burst out of the storage shed,” Staab said.
“The male suspect had the K-9 in a headlock,” he said. “With the other hand, he grabbed its left ear and twisted its head around.”
Police tried to subdue Nunez with a Taser, but he continued fighting with officers before they wrestled him into custody.
“The suspect wouldn’t stop fighting,” Staab said. “Two of my experienced detectives said they’ve never fought with somebody so prolonged.”
No officers were hurt, Staab said.
Bo’s normally upright ear remained limp from the attack, but he appeared otherwise OK, Staab said. The K-9 was to be examined by a veterinarian.
Nunez was treated for dog bites to his face, arm and leg prior to booking, Staab said. He was expected to face charges including evading police and assault on a police dog.
He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
West Covina police had been seeking Nunez since Sunday, when he allegedly led police on another chase in a stolen car, which ended in a crash at Amar Road and Valinda Avenue, Tibbetts said.
After crashing the stolen car after a brief chase, Nunez ran from the car, leaving a seriously injured woman who had been riding as a passenger behind, Tibbetts said. Officers did not find him that day, but investigators identified Nunez as the suspected driver.
Narvaez, was booked on suspicion of resisting police, Staab said. She is on parole for a prior burglary conviction and was being held without bail, according to officials and booking records.
The ignition system of the car the suspects were riding in Friday had been tampered with, Staab said. Detectives were investigating whether or not it had been stolen.

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Glendora soldier recalled from Iraq, charged with child molestation and rape

GLENDORA >> A U.S. Army solder from Glendora man has been returned to L.A. County from an Iraq deployment to face charges of child molestation and forcible rape, authorities said Wednesday.
Prosecutors charged Fadi Haddad, 39, on April 20 with three counts of committing lewd acts on a child and two counts of forcible rape of an adult, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
He is an army reservist with the rank of specialist who works in military intelligence and translation, Glendora police Detective Chris Farino said.
After prosecutors filed charges against Haddad in April, the Army arranged for him to be returned to his deploying base in Fort Hood, Texas, in mid-May to await legal proceedings, officials said.
Haddad waives his right to fight extradition and was returned to Los Angeles County to be booked into jail early May 28, Farino said.
The alleged child molestations involved an underage girl who Haddad had access to, and occurred between October of 2009 and October of 2010, and also between October of 2013 and October of 2014, Ardalani said.
The investigation began after, “a child revealed that he’d been sexually abusing her,” she said.
The child victim was 13 years old when the abuse began, Farino said.
During the course of investigation the alleged crimes against the child, detectives also encountered a woman who alleged that Haddad had raped her twice, in August of 2014 and in July of 2015, Ardalani said.
Haddad was also previously acquainted with the alleged adult victim, Farino said.
Haddad is scheduled to appear for arraignment June 17 in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.
In the meantime, he was being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-9250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Glendora teen dies after falling from Jeep

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> An 18-year-old Glendora man died this weekend after he fell from the side of a Jeep while standing on the vehicle’s running board as another teen drove it up Glendora Mountain Road, authorities said.
Jacob Mendez-Alonso died at a hospital following the mishap, which took place about 12:35 a.m. Saturday on Glendora Mountain road, north of Big Dalton Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
Mendez-Alonso had been a passenger in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler being driven by a 17-year-old Glendora boy prior to the incident, officials said.
“(The driver) allowed his passenger to stand on the running board on the outside of he right front passenger side of his vehicle,” according to the CHP statement.
The teen drove about 3-and-a-half miles up Glendora Mountain Road at about 45 mph, officials said.
“Mr. Mendez-Alonso, for unknown reasons, fell of the side of the Jeep,” according to the statement. “His head collided with the asphalt roadway.”
The driver stopped the Jeep, and he and other passengers called 911 and tried to help their injured companion.
Paramedics took Mendez-Alonso to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The crash remains under investigation, and no arrests were made. Anyone with information is asked to contact CHP Officer K. Bush of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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Man killed in head-on crash between car, truck in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A man died in a head-on crash between his car and a big rig hauling asphalt in Glendora early Wednesday, officials said.
The crash took place about 8:20 a.m. on Sunflower Avenue, just south of Juanita Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said.
“Officers arrived and found a gravel truck was on its side,” Williams said. “It came to rest in the northbound lanes, and resting in the front yard of a residence.”
A badly damaged 1990s-model Acura Integra sat nearby, with a male driver trapped inside, the lieutenant said.
Initial investigation indicated the Acura was driving on the wrong side of the road when it collided head-on with the asphalt-hauling Peterbilt truck, he said.
“Witnesses relayed the driver of the Integra was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and collided with the gravel truck, traveling southbound on Sunflower Avenue,” Williams said.
Paramedics pronounced the man, estimated to be in his 20s, dead at the scene, Williams said. The truck driver was uninjured, and was “fully cooperating” with investigators.
The identity of the Acura was to be determined by coroner’s and released pending notification of his family.
The intersection remained shutdown into the afternoon as officials investigated the scene, and cleaned up the wreckage and spilled asphalt.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250.

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Glendora to host family bike safety rally

GLENDORA >> Glendora invites bicyclists of all ages to join in bike safety rally next week.
The event, hosted by the Glendora Police Department and the Glendora Community Services Department, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at the Transit Parking Plaza, at Cullen and Mountain View avenues, city officials said in a written statement,.
Planned activities include adult and child bike safety courses, free bike safety checks and do-it-yourself clinics and raffle drawings. A 2-mile family ride will start at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the event.
Sponsors include the Glendora Community Services Foundation, Incycle Bicycles, Safe Moves, the Glendora Cyclery and the Glendora Police Officers’ Association.

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Driver rescued after car falls 200 feet over side of forest road north of Glendora

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers hoisted an injured man from the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora Saturday after his car tumbled 200 feet over the side of a cliff, authorities said.
0416_NWS_SGT-L-RESCUE2The crash was reported at 3:55 p.m. along near Glendora Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Tactical medics dropped down to the crash scene by rope before hoisting the driver, a man in his 20s, to safety and rushing him to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, officials said. His injuries were not initially believed to be life-threatening, however, an update on his condition was not available Saturday afternoon.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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PHOTO via LASD Special Enforcement Bureau.

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Glendora officials warn of water bill scam

GLENDORA >> Officials are cautioning the public to be aware of con artists posing as Glendora Water Division officials and demanding bogus payments over the phone.
“In this scenario, the suspect tells the victim their water service will be stopped due to non-payment of water bill, and requests immediate payment over the phone,” city officials said in a written statement. In reality, “The city will never call to notify of water service shut-off.”
Officials urged residents to rely upon any phone numbers offered by the callers, as the numbers often simply lead right back to the scammers.
Anyone who believes they’ve been targeted by the scam is asked to contact Glendora police at 626-914-8250.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding a water bill can reach the Glendora Water Billing Department at 626-914-8239, or email waterbilling@cityofglendora.org.

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