WHITTIER >> La Habra police shot and wounded a suspect during an encounter in Whittier late Sunday, officials said.
The suspect, initially described only as an adult, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following the officer-involved shooting, La Habra Police Sgt. Kyle Davis said.
Officers were following up on a theft investigation shortly after 7:30 p.m. when they encountered the man in the area of Russell Street and Tigrina Avenue and the shooting took place, he said. No officers were injured.
No further details were available.
LA HABRA >> Police arrested three people and seized a large cache of guns, including assault weapons, marijuana and cash during three early-morning raids in La Habra stemming from an ongoing drug investigation, authorities said.
La Habra police were joined by local, county and federal counterparts as they carried out search warrants about 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Lambert Road, the 1200 block of North Cypress Street and the 600 block of South Palm Avenue, La Habra police officials said in written statement.
“Searches at these locations led to the discovery and confiscation of 11 assault rifles, 25 handguns, 12 illegal 30-round assault rifle magazines, and parts to build another 12 assault rifles,” according to the police statement.
Investigators also seized about 40 pounds of marijuana and $44,600 in suspected drug proceeds, police said.
Arrested were Adam James Kinney, 28, Grant David Winn, 30, and Kristina Thompson, 25, all of La Habra, according to La Habra police and Orange County booking records.
They were booked on suspicion of drug-related crimes, as well as child endangerment, officials said.
Kinney was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, while Winn and Thompson were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each, records show.
PHOTO courtesy of the La Habra Police Department.
LA HABRA >> A man claiming to be armed with a gun and pepper spray robbed a La Habra Vons supermarket Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The crime took place just before 3 p.m. at the market at the corner of Imperial Highway and Beach Boulevard, La Habra police Sgt. Jose Rocha said.
The robber approached an employee at the customer service counter and demanded money, the sergeant said. He claimed to have a gun and pepper spray, though neither were seen.
After obtaining an estimated $1,500, the robber ran from the store, he said. No getaway car was seen.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
FULLERTON >> A man accused of abducting his then-4-year-old La Habra girl from her mother and keeping her in Guatemala for more than a year pleaded not guilty Friday to a child abduction charge, officials said.
Felipe Alexander Delgado, 23, picked up his daughter from the home of her mother on July 26,2014, La Habra police and Orange County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
Delgado, who had formerly been involved in a romantic relationship with the girl’s mother and had no formal custody agreement, was supposed to return the girl home after a day trip to the beach, officials said.
Instead, “Delgado is accused abducting (the girl) by forcing her to travel with him to Guatemala and not telling her mother where he was taking the child.
The mother reported her daughter missing to La Habra police the following day, according to the joint statement. Soon after, “the defendant is accused of calling (the mother) from an unlisted number and would not tell her where he and the child were and refused to bring her back.”
But Guatemalan authorities deported Delgado back to the U.S. Sept. 5 after arresting him on a warrant, officials said. The girl and mother were reunited Aug. 28.
Delgado pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony child abduction charge Friday in Orange County Superior Court, records show. He was scheduled to return to court Nov. 16 for a pre-trial hearing.
If convicted as charged, Delgado faces up to three years in state prison.
LA HABRA >> Police arrested two intoxicated driving suspects late Friday and earl Saturday during a sobriety and license checkpoint, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at La Habra Boulevard near Euclid Avenue, in front of the police station, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Of 358 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, nine were singled out for additional scrutiny, and five drivers were given roadside sobriety tests, police said in a written statement.
Two drivers were ultimately jailed on suspicion of DUI, and two other drivers were cited for driving without licenses, according to the statement.
Police impounded three cars and released one to different licensed driver at the scene, officials added.
LA HABRA >> Police plan to check motorists for sobriety and valid driver licenses during a checkpoint in La Habra this Friday, official said.
The checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, DUI-related crashes in La Habra have left five people dead and 73 others injured,” according to Sgt. Jim Tigner.
Funding for this weekend’s checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
LA HABRA >> A man with a gunshot wound to the torso showed up at an emergency room early Thursday.
La Habra police said a family member brought the victim, a La Habra resident in his early 20s, to an area hospital shortly before 6 a.m.
The man indicated he was shot in La Habra, according to police.
After being transferred to another hospital, the victim was listed in stable condition with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Cindy Knapp, spokeswoman for La Habra police, said detectives have not been able to determine where the shooting occurred. She said the shooting does not appear to be gang-related at this point.
Knapp said the victim has no known gang ties.
Anyone with information was asked to contact La Habra police Detective Razey at 562-383-4300.
LA HABRA >> Police are seeking whoever is responsible for hiding a small camera inside a women’s restroom of a Beach Boulevard fast-food restaurant.
The camera — described as about the size of a car alarm remote control and fitted with a memory card — was discovered Friday at Del Taco, 751 S. Beach Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Based on recovered footage, investigators believe at least two victims were recorded by the camera, officials said. “It is unknown how long the camera may have been present at this location,” according to the police statement.
The victims scene on the recordings are had not been identified, however Del Taco representatives determined they were not employees.
Police initially distributed photos of three men described as potential persons of interest, but soon ruled out as suspects.
“These persons actually assisted in retrieving and locating the camera and had no criminal involvement,” according to the police statement.
Anyone with information was asked to contact La Habra police Detective Paul Lucifora at 562-383-4364. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.
LA HABRA >> Police jailed two alleged intoxicated drivers during a checkpoint along La Habra Boulevard Friday night and early Saturday, officials said.
More than 400 cars passed through the overnight checkpoint at La Habra Boulevard and Euclid Street, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Officers arrested two drivers for DUI, police said. Five other drivers were cited or arrested for driving without licenses or with suspended licenses.
Police arrested three other people for DUI elsewhere in the city overnight, officials added.
LA HABRA >> A 28-year-old La Habra woman clung to life Friday after she was struck by a car while crossing Beach Boulevard Thursday night, officials said.
The woman was crossing Beach Boulevard, just south of La Habra Boulevard, about 9:30 p.m. when she was struck by a Honda Civic, La Habra police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said. The woman was not walking in a marked crosswalk.
Rescuers took the critically injured woman to a hospital for treatment, officials said.
Knapp said the driver of the Civic, an 18-year-old Whittier man, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He was not hurt, and no arrest or citation was made as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information is asked to contact La Habra police Sgt. Tigner at 562-383-4300.