INDUSTRY >> An honest teenager found about $5,000 in an envelope outside an Industry bank branch late Friday and turned it in to the sheriff’s department, officials said.
The 17-year-old boy was walking through the parking lot of East West Bank at the Puente Hills Mall, 1680 S. Azusa Ave., when he spotted a bag lying on the ground, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Arthur Scott said.
The teen found an envelope inside the bag which contained about $5,000, officials said. The bank was closed for the day, so the boy turned the money over to sheriff’s officials.
Capt. Tim Murakami, who heads the sheriff’s Industry Station, commended the teen’s character.
“We have great kids growing up in the area,” the captain said via Twitter.
The rightful owner of the found money can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322.
INDUSTRY >> A man pulled a gun on a security guard while stealing a pair of work boots from a store at the Puente Hills Mall in Industry Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident unfolded about 1:30 p.m. when a female loss prevention officer noticed a man leaving a Sears store at the mall, 1600 S. Azusa Ave., with a pair of work boots he had not paid for, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Gina Eguia said.
The security guard confronted the thief, Eguia said. He pulled out a handgun, pointed at her, pulled back the hammer and ordered the woman to get away.
The robber, a man of about 40, fled the area in an older-model, black Nissan Maxima, Eguia said.
INDUSTRY >> Three men were hospitalized Saturday — one of them in “extremely critical condition” — after a group of assailants opened fire on their car along an onramp to the 60 Freeway in Industry, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 11:50 p.m. Friday on the Azusa Avenue onramp to the westbound 60 Freeway, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Four men in their early 20s had just left a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at the Puente Hills Mall when the attackers approached in an SUV, Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
“As they were traveling on the onramp, a white Range rover pulled up alongside of them and started shooting into the car,” the lieutenant said. The victims’ car continued onto the freeway and drifted across traffic lanes before crashing into the center divider.
The Range Rover continued west on the 60 Freeway, officials said.
The driver of the victims’ car, a 23-year-old El Monte man, suffered severe wounds and was hospitalized in “extremely critical condition,” sheriff’s officials said.
Two of his passengers, both 24, also suffered gunshot wounds but were expected to survive, Corina said. A third passenger escaped injury.
A handgun was believed to have been used in the shooting, Corina said. No further description of the attackers or their vehicle was not available Sunday.
The motive in the attack remained under investigation, he said. There were no initial indications of any dispute preceding the gunfire. The victims were not believed to have gang ties.
All lanes of the westbound 60 Freeway were closed until about 7:30 a.m. as a result of the shooting and subsequent investigation, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
INDUSTRY >> Deputies arrested a serial burglary suspect in Industry Saturday who is believed responsible for more than 20 linked to more than 20 business break-ins in recent months, authorities said.
A sheriff’s sergeant arrested Vernon Palacol, 51, of Whittier, about 6:30 a.m. at Valley Boulevard and 7th Street,, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
Deputies had been seeking unidentified suspects in connection with between 20 and 30 commercial burglaries within the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s Industry Station, which encompasses Industry, La Puente, La Habra Heights and nearby unincorporated communities.
The businesses’ computers were the targets of the burglaries, Lt. David Infante said.
“The suspect utilized a rock or blunt-type instrument to shatter glass doors or windows of businesses,” the lieutenant said. “(Palacol) quickly entered the businesses and stole desktop computers, making hasty getaways.”
While patrolling in the area affected by the burglaries, Sgt. Gregory Gutierrez spotted a man matching the description of one of the wanted burglars driving in the area.
“Within the vehicle, Sgt. Gutierrez recovered several pieces of stolen computer equipment,” Infante said. Palacol was booked on suspicion of burglary.
Investigators continued working Saturday to see if Palacol was also responsible for additional crimes, Infante said.
According to county booking records, Palacol was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
INDUSTRY >> Deputies captured a fleeing suspect after trading gunfire with the man and wounding him in a commercial neighborhood in Industry late Friday, authorities said.
The gunfight took place just before midnight in the 13300 block of Crossroads Parkway North, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies responded to a report of a man acting strange and yelling at people in the parking lot. Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
When deputies arrived, they found the 41-year-old man in a car, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan. He fled from the vehicle on foot with a handgun.
“While searching for the suspect, the suspect fired several times at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Rouzan said.
Though deputies did not know it at the time, the suspect was wounded by their gunfire, officials said.
Deputies found the suspect hiding in some foliage leading up to the 60 Freeway, Rouzan said.
After he refused orders to surrender, the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, or SWAT team, was summoned to take over the situation.
About three hours later, “After several attempts to negotiate his surrender, the suspect was taken into custody by SEB personnel,” Rouzan said.
He was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to his “upper torso,” Rouzan said. His identity was not released Saturday and his condition was unavailable.
“The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene,” Navarro-Suarez said.
Officials shut down both directions of the 60 Freeway between Crossroads Parkway and Seventh Avenue and evacuated nearby homes during the suspect search.
Authorities reopened the 60 Freeway and lifted evacuations shortly after 3 a.m.
INDUSTRY >> A five-car wreck sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries and prompted the closure of three lanes of the westbound 60 Freeway in Industry during rush hour Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place shortly after 5 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just west of Crossroads Parkway, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Five vehicle were involved, and three patients were hospitalized with “moderate-to-critical” injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The CHP issued a two-hour Sig Alert for the three right-hand lanes of the westbound freeway following the crash, Kimball said.
INDUSTRY >> A man was found hanged in the San Gabriel Riverbed near the 605 and 60 freeway interchange Saturday afternoon in a what was being investigated as a suicide, authorities said.
A passer-by discovered the body of a 44-year-old El Monte man about 1 p.m., hanging from a tree in the riverbed near Pearson Avenue and Pellissier Road, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Industry, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.
An autopsy was pending, however there were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be a suicide, officials said.
INDUSTRY >> Sheriff’s deputies are planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Thursday night in Industry.
The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the city, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Lang said in a written statement.
Over the past three years in the dozens of cities which contract with the sheriff’s department for law enforcement services, DUI-related crashes have killed 33 people and left another 898 injures, according to Sgt. Daniel Dail.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
INDUSTRY >> Authorities have released the name of a San Gabriel man who was fatally struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the 605 Freeway i Industry early Saturday.
Richard Taiyung Tswei, 62, died at the scene after being struck by a truck about 6:20 a.m. on the right shoulder of the southbound 605 Freeway near Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.
Tswei had exited his car for an unknown reason when he was struck by a big rig, according to Officer J. Gomez of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office.
The truck driver remained at the scene.
INDUSTRY >> A San Gabriel man died after he was struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the right shoulder of the 605 Freeway in Industry early Friday, officials said.
The man, described as 62-years-old, died at the scene of the 6:17 a.m. collision along the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of Valley Boulevard, Officer J. Gomez of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles area office said in a written statement. His name was not released pending notification of family.
Officers investigating reports of a man lying on the right shoulder found the man unconscious, lying directly in front of his Toyota Camry, Gomez said.
Investigators determined that, for an unknown reason, the man had exited his car before being struck by a 2004 Peterbilt big rig, the officer said.
The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. The collision remains under investigation.