HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Deputies jailed three attempted burglary suspects Thursday after a witness reported seeing them trying to break into a neighbor’s house, authorities said.
Jordan Saunders, 20, of Los Angeles, Derrick Thompson, 21, and Joshua Allen, 20, all of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of attempted burglary, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Vic Sotelo said.
Someone called authorities about noon to report three suspicious men who looked like they were trying to force their way into a neighboring home, the lieutenant said.
The suspects had left the home by the time deputies arrived, Sotelo said, however one was found in a car about a block away, and the other two were found walking about two blocks from the home.
“They all provided us conflicting stories as to what they were doing there,” he said.
“Upon examination of the house, we observed a pried off window screen,” Sotelo said. “We matched the pry marks with a prying tool that was located in the vehicle.”
According to county booking records, Saunders and Thompson were being held in lieu of $20,000 each, while Allen was being held in lieu of $23,122. All three men were due for arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Two children were injured after they were ejected during a two-car collision Wednesday.
California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft said the children sustained minor to moderate injuries.
He said the 5:47 p.m. crash on Turnbull Canyon Road led to all lanes south of Gale Avenue being closed.
Cracraft didn’t know if both children were in the same car. The collision reportedly involved a BMW and a Ford Explorer.
There were no further details released.
- From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Foul play was not initially suspected in the “suspicious” death of a 20-year-old man found unconscious in his bedroom over the weekend.
Arnold Hernandez Gomez was pronounced dead shortly after he was discovered unresponsive by his parents about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in his bedroom in the 1400 block of Riderwood Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
There were no initial signs of a crime, and no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved in the death, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. Detectives are primarily looking into the case because of Gomez’s age.
Detectives suspected the young man may have suffered some type of medical condition, Corina said, however coroner’s officials planned an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The suspected “No Bands Bandit” wanted for robbing banks in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana was arrested Thursday afternoon after someone tipped off authorities.
The FBI gave the bandit the moniker because he told tellers he didn’t want cash with any bands.
“A witness recognized the suspect from a wanted flier and called the FBI,” Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.
He said parolee Joseph William Kipp, 52, was arrested by FBI agents and deputies at a parole office in Anaheim.
“The suspect has implicated himself in the two robberies,” Parker said.
He added that Kipp is a transient who lives in a car and frequents Santa Ana.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Kipp will be charged in state court with bank robbery.
The “No Bands Bandit” robbed the U.S. Bank at 2040 S Hacienda Blvd. in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday and the U.S. Bank at 2740 N Grand Ave. in Santa Ana on Aug. 4.
He used a note demanding money and told tellers to give him cash without bands.
While no weapon was seen in the Hacienda Heights robbery, Eimiller said the bandit lifted his clothing and showed a teller a weapon in the Santa Ana robbery.
Deputies said Kipp will be booked at a sheriff’s station and will be held without bail since he is a parolee.
- From staff writer Ruby Gonzales
The FBI on Wednesday released bank surveillance photos of a man who robbed banks in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana.
Officials dubbed him the “No Bands Bandit.”
“In both robberies, he demanded cash without bands,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “He specifically said he didn’t want cash with bands on it.”
The bandit robbed the U.S. Bank at 2040 S Hacienda Blvd. in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday. He also hit the U.S. Bank at 2740 N Grand Ave. in Santa Ana on Aug. 4.
Eimiller said no one was injured during the robberies.
In Tuesday’s robbery, the bandit entered the Hacienda Heights bank about 10:30 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money.
Eimiller said no weapon was seen.
But in the Santa Ana robbery, she said a teller saw the suspect displaying a weapon under his clothing.
The suspect was described as a Latino or white man, 45 to 55, between 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 170 to 180 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-888 CANT HIDE (1-888 226-8443).
- From staff writer Ruby Gonzales
*PHOTO courtesy of the FBI
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — A man robbed a Hacienda Heights bank branch Tuesday, officials said.
Few details were initially released about the crime, which was reported about 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Bank, 2040 Hacienda Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
According to initial police reports from the scene, the robber handed a teller a note demanding money. He threatened to have a gun, though none was seen.
Police radio traffic indicated the robber was a Latino man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds, and that no getaway car was seen.
Station officials said they could not confirm those details and deferred all comments to handling detectives at the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, who could not be reached for comment.
The Major Crimes Bureau recently took over all bank robberies for the sheriff’s department, officials said. The FBI was also assisting sheriff’s officials in the investigation.