GLENDORA — Police are seeking a man on a bicycle who pushed a woman to the ground and stole her purse Wednesday.
The crime took place about 10 a.m. in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, near Route 66, Glendora police Lt. Jaime Caldwell said.
The woman was walking when a man man on a bicycle got of his bike and approached her, Caldwell said.
He pushed the woman down and robbed her of her purse before riding away, he said. The woman was not injured.
Police described the robber as a white man in his 50s, with gray, shoulder-length hair. He wore a black jacket and shorts.
Officers searched the area, but the robber was not found.
GLENDORA — A police officer suffered minor injuries Wednesday after his patrol car collided with a civilian vehicle on Foothill Boulevard while responding to an emergency call, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 7:40 a.m. at Foothill Boulevard and Loraine Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Jaime Caldwell said.
Two police cars were responding with emergency lights and sirens on to a report of an injury car crash — which was later found to be only a broken down vehicle — in the 1300 block of East Foothill Boulevard, near San Jose Drive, the lieutenant said.
Both patrol cars came to a stop when they reached Loraine Avenue, and proceeded when it appeared traffic was clear, Caldwell said. The first unit made it through the intersection before the second one was struck.
Cars in the northbound left turn lane and fast lane came to a stop for the emergency vehicles, however another car in the right-hand lane did not stop and broad-sided the police car at about 40 mph, Caldwell said.
The woman driving the sedan was unhurt, though the damage to her car was major, he said.
The involved police officer was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Caldwell said, but his injuries were believed minor and he was released from the hospital and placed on light duty later in the morning. The police car sustained “moderate” damage.
In keeping with department policy regarding officer-involved collisions, La Verne police are handling the investigation.
A Duarte School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure for allegedly exposing and touching himself on the balcony of his Glendora apartment earlier this month, officials said
Steven Wilcoxon, 58, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after turning himself in at the Glendora Police Department, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
He was booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure and being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, authorities said.
He is a teacher at Northview Intermediate School in Duarte, which is part of the Duarte Unified School district, the lieutenant said.
The warrant was obtained following two weeks of investigation after witnesses at a business across the street from Wilcoxon’s apartment in the 600 block of W. Route 66 in Glendora called police shortly after 11:20 a.m. Nov. 12 to report the alleged indecency, officials said.
Summers said witnesses reported seeing Wilcoxon walking nude on his third floor balcony, and sitting in the threshold of his balcony while mastubating in public view. One of the witnesses took a cell phone image.
Upon responding to the indecent exposure call, “Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect at his apartment, however, he could not be located at the time,” police said in a written statement.
Through a photographic line-up, three witnesses identified Wilcoxon as the man they saw exposing himself on the balcony.
Wilcoxon cooperated with detectives as the investigation continued in the following days, Summers said.
“Searching his apartment, detectives located evidence that corroborated a photograph that was taken by one of the witnesses with a cell phone camera at the time of the incident,” according to the police statement.
After detectives presented their evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was issued for Wilcoxon Tuesday, Summers said. He promply turned himself in.
Police found no similar allegations leveled against Wilcoxon in the past.
“There’s absolutely zero indication hes been accused of any sex crimes,” Summers said.
He identified himself to police as an 8th grade science teacher at Northview Intermediate School, Summers said.
DUSD Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Student Service Miriam Fox said Wilcoxon was not expected to be back in a classroom in the immediate future.
Since his arrest, “We’ve had no contact with him,” she said. “Based on his arrest and charges, this would be a compulsory leave situation.”
Fox emphasized that the alleged incident did not involve children or the school.
“We are always concerned about the well-being of our schools, our students,” she added.
The arrest occurred during closing arguments in the trial of another Duarte Unified School District Teacher accused of molesting five students over 15 years.
Beardslee Elementary School teacher Wade Bughman, 43, of Monrovia, is charged with nine counts of child molestation steming from the alleged abuse of students between ages 7 and 12.
PHOTO of Steven Wilcoxon courtesy of the Glendora Police Department
GLENDORA – Police Wednesday caught up with the big-haired suspect who escaped through a small gap in the station’s booking cage earlier this month.
Arthur Guerrero was arrested around 10 a.m. at a home where he was believed to have been staying in the 2000 block of East Inola Street, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said. The arrest came on the suspect’s 24th birthday.
He was booked on suspicion of escape, obstructing police, burglary, vandalism and displaying false registration, the lieutenant said.
Guerrero escaped from a booking cage at the Glendora Police Department on Nov. 6 after being arrested for having fraudulent license plates on his vehicle and refusing to identify himself, Summers said.
From officers’ conversations with Guerrero, he appeared to espouse the “sovereign citizen” extremist movement, in which members do not recognize local, state or federal laws or governmental authority, officials said.
Officers went yard to yard Tuesday night looking for a gunman wanted for resisting arrest.
Glendora police Capt. Tim Staab said a bounty hunter tried to arrest 29-year-old Jose Rosas about 7:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of East Inola Street.
The Glendora man has a $30,000 warrant for resisting arrest out of Long Beach Superior Court, Staab said.
Rosas allegedly pointed a gun at the bounty hunter and ran.
He was last seen running across Route 66 toward a residential area near the Glendora Country Club.
Police closed off several streets and used a helicopter and police dogs to search for the suspect.
The search was called off about 2 a.m., Sgt. Matt Egan said.
GLENDORA — Police Thursday announced the arrest of the last of three suspects linked to a series of more than a dozen auto burglaries in which car windows were shattered with pellet guns over the past two weeks, authorities said.
Detectives were led to the suspects after one of them came to the attention of law enforcement for allegedly shooting a homeless man in the back with a pellet gun during a dispute, according to Glendora police.
Through a week-long investigation, investigators arrested Jeremiah Weiden, 27, of Covina, Timothy Ingles, 26, of Glendora and James Graffius, 36, of Covina, police said in a written statement.
“The suspects used pellet guns to shoot out vehicle windows and steal property from the vehicles,” according to the statement.
Weiden was arrested at his home Nov. 2 and has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property, commercial burglary and being a felon in possession of ammunition, police said.
Officers arrested Ingles Nov. 3 after spotting him and pulling over his car in Glendora and he has been charged with six counts of vehicle burglary and possession of stolen property.
Graffius was arrested at his home Nov. 7 in connection with the string of car break-ins, however he was transferred from a jail to a hospital due to a medical condition, according to Glendora police. Charges against him were pending.
Police began investigating Weiden after he allegedly shot a homeless man in the back with a pellet gun Oct. 26 during an argument at South Hills Park in Glendora, Summers said.
The alleged victim suffered a superficial wound to his back, and investigators soon identified Weiden as a suspect in the assault, according to the police statement.
During a Nov. 2 search of Weiden’s home in the 200 block of North Darfield Avenue in Covina, officers found pellet guns, bullets and property reported stolen from recent area auto burglaries, officials said.
Evidence was also recovered from Weiden’s home that implicated the other two suspects in the series of auto burglaries.
Ingles was arrested without incident after officers stopped his car in the 500 block of West Baseline Road and found a pellet gun, along with items stolen in recent burglaries, police said.
A Nov. 7 search of Graffius’ home in the 1900 block of East Tudor Street yielded numerous pellet guns, more stolen property and other evidence linking him to the vehicle burglaries, officials added. He was then arrested.
According to county booking records, Weiden was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail, while Ingles was being held in lieu of $195,000 bail. Both have pleaded not guilty to their charges and were scheduled to appear in West Covina Superior Court Nov. 29. Due to his hospitalization, an update on Graffius’ case was not available Thursday.
PHOTOS: (Top to bottom) Jeremiah Weiden, Timothy Ingles, James Graffius, evidence seized from Graffius’ home. (courtesy of the Glendora Police Department)
Glendora police are looking for a man dressed all in black with a big Afro and mustache who escaped Tuesday from the station booking cage by squeezing through a 9-inch gap nine feet off the ground.
Lt. Joe Ward said the 12:45 p.m. escape was captured on video.
The man climbed the metal cage where suspects are placed while being booked at the station.
Police repaired the gap that has been there for 44 years.
“We’ve added welded steel reinforcements,” Ward said.
The man was arrested at 6:57 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of having fraudulent license plates and for refusing to identify himself, Ward said.
Police impounded the man’s vehicle and took him to the Glendora Police station at 150 S. Glendora Avenue to be booked.
Ward said fingerprints identified the man as 23-year-old Arthur Guerrero.
But Guerrero didn’t stay long at the station. Police said he was last seen on Route 66 by Santa Fe Avenue.
Guerrero was described as Latino, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 175 pounds with brown eyes, a large black Afro and a mustache. He was unshaven and was wearing a black tank top, black shorts and a black leather jacket.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to call Glendora police at 626-914-8250.
- Ruby Gonzales
GLENDORA — A crash blamed on a speeding driver who ran two red lights on Lone Hill Avenue sent four people to the hospital early Wednesday, including a young woman listed who was listed in “very critical” condition, authorities said.
The crash was reported about 7:20 a.m. on Lone Hill at Auto Centre Drive, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The street is one of the Glendora’s busiest thoroughfares, and was congested with morning trafficat the time of the crash, officials said.
An 18-year-old Azusa man had a young woman as a passenger while, according to witnesses, he was headed northbound on Lone Hill from Gladstone Street at a “high rate of speed,” Glendora police Capt. Tim Staab said.
He blew through a red light at the Glendora Marketplace, then continued through a red light at Auto Centre Drive, the captain said.
The Honda Civic struck a tan sedan that was making a left turn from westbound Auto Centre Drive to southbound Lone Hill Hill Avenue, Staab said. The impact sent the Honda Civic tumbling over a center divider, and it came to rest on its roof in southbound traffic lanes.
The driver of a black sedan was unable to avoid the wreckage and also was struck, deploying his vehicle’s air bag but not causing major damage or injury.
Firefighters spent more than a half-hour cutting the young man and woman free from the wreckage of the Honda Civic, officials said.
The young woman was flown to a hospital by helicopter with severe head injuries and was in “very critical condition,” Staab said.
Her condition remained critical Wednesday afternoon, though according to doctors, <USDEFAULT>“She had made some slight improvements,” Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro said.
The young man driving the Honda Civic was also flown to a hospital, officials said. His condition was believed to be stable, though he was not cooperating with investigators.
A woman who was driving the tan sedan struck by the Honda Civic was flown to the hospital in unknown condition, and a man who was driving the black sedan was taken to a hospital for treatment by ambulance.
The patients who were flown to the hospital were taken to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, as Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center was unable to accept helicopter flights Wednesday morning due to fog.
Police were investigating why the driver of the Honda Civic was driving so fast and recklessly prior to the crash.
Upon release from the hospital, the 18-year-old Honda driver, whose name was not immediately available, faces the possibility of multiple criminal charges, Castro said.
The had been stolen from Covina, however the owner did not realize that until contacted by police following the crash, he said. The driver was also unlicensed.
The chief said said officials also ordered that blood be drawn from the teenage driver to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
GLENDORA — An investigation is ongoing into a crash between a sheriff’s patrol car and a motorcycle on the Foothill (210) Freeway early Tuesday that sent the rider to a hospital with moderate injuries, authorities said.
The crash took place about 6:20 a.m. on the westbound 210, just east of Lone Hill Avenue, California Highway Patrol officer Ed Ed Jacobs said.
A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station was traveling in the fast lane at 5 to 10 mph in “heavy commute traffic” prior to the collision, CHP Sgt. John Escobedo said. The motorcyclist, a 56-year-old Fontana man, was riding his Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle in the carpool lane at about 30 mph.
The left side of the patrol car collided with the right side of the motorcycle and rider, though it was not immediately clear which vehicle was at fault, Escobedo said.
The motorcycle went down, and the rider suffered apparently moderate injuries to his right shoulder and right side, officials said. He was taken to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora for treatment.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and fast lanes of the westbound 210 for about an hour and a half as they investigated the crash scene.
GLENDORA – For the third time this year, the lights at the Louie Pompei Memorial Sports Park have been targeted in a copper theft, police said.
Wiring from both parking and sports field lights were discovered stolen from the park, 1100 S. Valley Center Avenue early Thursday, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said. The theft was believed to have occurred overnight.
The theft was first reported about 7:45 a.m., he said.
Taken was the wiring from three light standards in the parking lot, as well as nine from the athletic field, he said.
Due to the amount of work involved in stealing the wiring, “We believe it was more than one suspect,” Lamborghini said.
Thursday was the third time this year lights at Louis Pompei Memorial Sports Park have become the targets of metal thieves.
Wiring to lights at the same park were previously stolen on Jan. 17 and 30, officials said.
Christopher Girard, a then-27-year-old transient, was arrested the day after the second January theft, officials said.
He was charged with stealing the copper wiring as well as felony vandalism, but pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to only the vandalism charge, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
Girard received a suspended prison sentence of three years and placed on felony probation for three years, Summers added.
A second man initially arrested in connection with the January copper thefts was ultimately released without charges.