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.
LA HABRA >> Police and worried family members are seeking a 14-year-old La Habra girl who went missing Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Morgan “Mo-Mo” Starr Hambrick was last seen about 2 p.m. in the 900 block of Las Lomas Drive, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“She had been given permission by her grandfather to retrieve the mail and never returned. Her mother initiated an immediate search of the surrounding area, as well as some nearby communities, but could not locate her,” the statement said. “She alerted family members in Compton, as Morgan had previously run away and been located there, and contacted the La Habra Police Department to file a missing person report.”
Though she has run away from home in the past, Hambrick has never been gone for more than four hours, police said. She requires medication for a medical condition. It was unclear whether she had any money with her, and she does not own a cell phone.
Hambrick was described as black, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 79 pounds. She has gold and brown hair, worn in braids, and brown eyes. She wa last seen wearing a pink beanie, tan shorts and black high-top sneakers.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Sgt. Jose Quirarte at 562-383-4300.
PHOTO courtesy of the La Habra Police Department.
MONTEBELLO >> Police who stopped a car for speeding in Montebello on Monday ended up seizing two assault weapons, two pistols, more than 10 pounds of drugs and about $20,000 in cash, police said.
Ramon Alberto Enciso, 45, of Montebello, and girlfriend Wendy Peralta, 35, of La Habra, were arrested in the traffic stop turned drug bust about 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Wilcox Avenue, according to Montebello police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“A Montebello Police Officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that was speeding through a residential neighborhood in Montebello,” police said in a written statement. “Upon contacting the driver, the officer observed a rifle next to the driver’s leg.”
Police ordered the couple out of the car and discovered a TEC-9-style machine pistol beneath Enciso’s seat, a loaded .40-caliber Glock pistol in Encino’s waistband and another loaded .380-caliber pistol was found in the panel of the driver-side door, police said. The AR-15-style rifle that first caught officers’ attention was fitted with a loaded, 30-round magazine.
“Also located inside the vehicle was approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 45 grams of heroin, 31 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of marijuana and approximately $20,000 in U.S. currency,” the statement said.
Enciso was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday afternoon to answer to 16 drug- and weapon-related charges, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said. His arraignment was postponed to Thursday.
Encino, a gang member who is on probation under AB 109 guidelines due to a previous conviction, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to police and records. Peralta posted $105,000 bond the day of her arrest and was released from custody pending her initial court appearance.
Enciso has a criminal record dating back to 1992, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show.
He’s been convicted three times for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, three times for drug possession, twice possession of drugs for sales, once for transportation of drugs, once for being a felon in possession of ammunition, twice for domestic abuse and once for battery, records show. And at the time of his arrest Monday, Enciso already had a case pending against him for allegations of shooting at an inhabited building or vehicle, being a felon in possession of a gun and drug possession, records show.
PHOTOS of seized drugs and guns (above) and suspects Ramon Enciso and Wendy Peralta (below) courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.
PASADENA >> An eight-months-pregnant woman reported missing in La Habra Tuesday turned up safe in Pasadena Thursday, officials said.
Adrienne Moreno vanished Tuesday afternoon after being dropped off for an appointment in La Habra. Worried family members reported the woman, who is eight-and-a-half months pregnant, missing to La Habra police, La Habra police Sgt. Jose Quirarte said.
Investigators received reports the woman had been sighted walking alone in the Pasadena and Monrovia area Wednesday, but were not able to find the woman, Quirarte said. She was not believed to be a victim of foul play.
Someone in Pasadena recognized the woman from media coverage about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a Ralphs Supermarket at 3601 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
She appeared unharmed, but told officers she was hungry, Mercado said. Police notified La Habra police and took the woman for a meal before bringing her back to the Pasadena Police Department.