Masked gunman shoots at man in Montebello alley

MONTEBELLO >> A man escaped injury Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire on him in a seemingly random shooting in a Montebello alley, authorities said.
The incident took place about 3:30 p.m. in an alley behind the 100 block of North Poplar Avenue, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said.
A man was standing in the alley when he noticed a male attacker with a handgun crouching near a car, wearing all black clothing and a bandana over his face, the lieutenant said.
Flores said the gunman fired two shots, both of which missed the victim. The bullets struck two nearby apartments, but injured no one.
The attacker fled on foot and was not found, Flores said. The victim told investigators he had no idea who the gunman was.
Anyone with information can reach Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

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UPDATED: Vehicle strikes apartment building in Montebello

MONTEBELLO >> A car crashed into an apartment building in Montebello Sunday afternoon, prompting the temporary evacuation of four units, officials said.
The crash was reported about 2:51 p.m. at a two-story apartment building with carports located below in the 800 block of North Wilcox Avenue, Montebello Fire Department officials said.
A Honda Accord being driven by a man in his 20s was northbound on Wilcox Avenue when it crossed southbound lanes and struck a wall of the carport that lies beneath the apartment’s building’s first floor, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said.
The driver told police he swerved to avoid another car that was entering traffic, though the cause remained under investigation, the lieutenant said. Intoxicated driving was not initially suspected.
The driver, as well as another man in his 20s who was riding as a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics, Flores said. No injuries were reported in the apartment building or carport.
The Honda ended up partially penetrating the carport wall, Flores said.
As a precaution, authorities evacuated four apartment units, which housed about a dozen residents, he said.
Engineers examined the building and declared it was safe for the displaced residents to return shortly after 5 p.m., Flores said.

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Montebello man killed in alleged street racing crash identified

MONTEBELLO >> Coroner’s officials have released the name of a 20-year-old Montebello man who died in a suspect street racing crash in Montebello Wednesday.
Luis Manuel Oliveras died at the scene of the crash after the 2004 Honda Accord he was driving struck a light pole about about 11:15 p.m. on San Gabriel Boulevard, just north of Plaza Drive, in an unincorporated county area near Montebello, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials.
A 19-year-old woman riding as a passenger in the Honda suffered injuries in the crash, CHP officials said. An update on her condition was not available.
Investigators believe the Honda was involved in a street race when the crash occurred, CHP Sgt. Cesar Murillo said. The car that was racing the Honda fled the scene and has not been found. No description was released.
Oliveras lost control of the car as he was driving south on San Gabriel Boulevard at high speed, CHP officials said in a written statement.
The car crossed the center median and struck a light pole along the northbound traffic lanes, officials said.
Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call theCHP’s East Los Angeles office at 323-980-4600.

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Big rig mishap in Montebello shears fire hydrant, knocks down power pole


MONTEBELLO >> An improperly secured cargo container slipped from a big rig Saturday, knocking down a power pole and shearing a fire hydrant on Telegraph Road in Montebello, authorities said.
The mishap occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Telegraph Road, just west of Gage Road, Montebello police officials said.
A big rig had just pulled out of a nearby business when the metal cargo container loaded on the back slipped, Lt. Julio Calleros said.
“The load was improperly secured,” he said. “The load fell from the truck, striking the telephone pole and the fire hydrant.”
The driver was unhurt, he said.
A geyser erupted from the damaged fire hydrants, and power lines fell to the street, he said.
The accident knocked out power to the nearby Quality Inn & Suites, trapping several people inside elevators, but the electricity was restored within minutes, Calleros said.
The eastbound lanes of Telegraph Road remained shut down early Saturday evening, though the westbound lanes were closed as workers repaired the damage, police said.

PHOTO courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.


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UPDATED: Driver rescued from electrified minivan after crashing into utility pole in Montebello

MONTEBELLO >> Rescuers freed a 68-year-old man from his minivan Thursday after he became trapped by high-voltage power lines when his vehicle struck a utility pole, authorities said.
The incident, which began with the crash about 7 p.m. on Beverly Boulevard, just east of Poplar Avenue, resulted in no injuries, Montebello Fire Department Capt. Fernando Pelaez said. With 16,000-volt power lines sparking and arcing all over the crash scene, the situation could have been much worse, he said.
The solo-vehicle crash sent power lines down onto the street and over the minivan, the captain said.
Firefighters arrived on scene and warned passers-by to stay away from the lines, as well as metallic items such as fences and lampposts that were electrified by them.
They also told the driver of the minivan to stay inside until Southern California Edison officials could shut down the power, which took about 45 minutes, Pelaez said. Had he stepped out prior, “He definitely would have gotten electrocuted.”
The sheared power pole also supported an electrical transformer, officials said.
Rescuers tried to keep the driver calm until the power was ultimately cut off to the wires, officials said. Firefighters then managed to free him from the crashed minivan.
The driver, a doctor, did not appear injured and declined to be taken to a hospital, Pelaez said.
The intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Poplar Avenue was expected to remain closed into Friday morning as utility crews repaired the damage.
About 5,000 SCE customers initially lost power as a result of the crash, Montebello police Lt. Kelly Gordon said. By 10:45 p.m., about 500 SCE customer remained without electrical service.
No crime was initially suspected in connection with the crash, which was being investigated as an accident, Gordon said.

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Two sought in connection with failed kidnapping of Montebello woman


MONTEBELLO >> Police released a sketch Friday of one of two men sought in connection with the failed kidnapping of a Montebello woman at the laundry room of an apartment building earlier this week.
The woman and her husband fought of the two attackers, who remain at-large, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The crime took place about 9 a.m. Monday in the laundry room of an apartment complex in the 100 block of North 10th Street, Sgt. Marc Marty said.
One of the two men, who was wearing a mask, grabbed hold of the woman by the hair and began pulling her into the laundry room, the sergeant said. The woman, who was in her early-30s, managed to break free. The two suspects ran in different directions.
”The victim’s husband was nearby at the time and saw a male suspect run down his driveway,” according to the police statement.
“The victim’s husband chased and caught the suspect in the street and a fight ensued,” the statement said.
During the fight, the masked suspect who initially grabbed the woman returned to the scene and punched the husband, causing him to release the other suspect.
Both attackers fled in a white, 1995- to 2000-model Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, Marty said.
Neither the woman or her husband suffered significant injury, police said.
As the suspects fled, they dropped a bag containing rope, Marty said.
Since the crime was not completed, it was unclear what the attackers’ ultimate goal was, the sergeant said. It was unclear if they committed the failed kidnapping as part of an attempted robbery, a sexual assault or some other crime.
Police described the first suspect, who grabbed the woman, as a male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a mask, gloves and a dark-colored gray and black shirt and blue jeans.
His accomplice was described only as male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police Detective Zabala at 323-887-1254.

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Water leak prompts road closure in Montebello

MONTEBELLO >> A leaking water main prompted officials to shut down a section of Lincoln Avenue in Montebello Sunday.
The water leak did not damage the roadway, however authorities determined it was necessary to shut down both directions of Lincoln Avenue to allow work crews room to make repairs, Montebello police Lt. Stan Flores said.
Crews shut down Lincoln Avenue between San Gabriel Boulevard and La Merced Avenue at 2 p.m., police said. The road was expected to remain closed through at least 10 p.m.
Police suggested motorists take Montebello Boulevard as an alternate route.

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Woman’s body found inside car of missing Montebello family


MONTEBELLO, Calif. >> Police Sunday discovered a woman’s body inside the trunk of the car of a Montebello family that’s been missing for five days, authorities said.
The Perez family was last seen Friday, Montebello police officials said. The missing family includes Daniel Perez, 43, his wife Erica Perez, 39, and their sons Alex, 6, Tristan, 8, Jaiden, 9, and Jordan, 11.
Police launched an investigation Tuesday after a relative reported the Perez family missing, Montebello police officials said in a written statement. The family has not been seen or heard from since.
But the case turned from a missing persons investigation into a homicide investigation Wednesday afternoon when police made a grisly discovery.
Based on a tip received while canvassing the family’s neighborhood, investigators found a black 2010 Honda Accord belonging to the family about 5 p.m., parked along the curb at 2nd Street and Harding Avenue, next to Beverly Hospital, Montebello police Capt. Luis Lopez said. The car was found less than a mile to the north of the family’s 1st Street home.
Police then discovered the body of a woman inside the trunk of the car, Lopez said. It was not clear late Wednesday whether the body found was that of Erica Perez, Lopez said, however the basic description of the body was consistent with the missing woman’s description.
Police released no information regarding how the woman may have died, or how long ago. The Perez family remained unaccounted for.
“The biggest concern we have is for the children,” Lopez said.
The captain described Daniel Perez a a “person of interest” in the investigation.
Family members told police the parents’ marriage was “unstable” and that the couple had a history of domestic violence, police officials said in a written statement,
Police continued seeking the family Wednesday night, Lopez said. Their investigation included a review of vehicles that have recently crossed the Southern border into Mexico, in case the family had left the country.
Police sought a second car registered to the family, which Lopez described as a black 2014 Toyota Camry with California license plate No. 7FDS891.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

PHOTOS of Perez family courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.

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Montebello police plan checkpoint this month

MONTEBELLO >> Police in Montebello are planning a to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint later this month, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Dec. 19 to 3 a.m. Dec. 20 at an undisclosed location within the city, MOnterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years in Monterey Park, eight people have died in DUI-related crashes, and 1,057 people have been injured, according to Sgt. Larry Jackson.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Man killed, woman hurt in Montebello motorcycle crash

MONTEBELLO >> A man died and a woman suffered serious injuries following a motorcycle crash in Montebello early Sunday, officials said.
The name of the man was not released pending notification of family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said. He was initially described as a 19-year-old Montebello man.
A woman riding as a passenger on the motorcycle suffered serious injuries in the crash, but was expected to survive, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said. Her age and city of residence were not available.
The crash took place about 4:45 a.m. in the 400 block of East Avenida De La Merced, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Avenida De Le Merced and lost control of the vehicle,” according to the police statement. “The motorcycle struck a curb and both the driver and passenger were ejected.”
Both the man and woman were taken to a hospital, where the man succumbed to his injuries, officials said.
The investigation was being handled by the Montebello Police Department’s Traffic Bureau.

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