Woman struck in head with bottle in Monterey Park


MONTEREY PARK >> A woman was struck in the head with a beer bottle during an attack as she and a man walked down a street in Monterey Park, police said.
The assault with a deadly weapon took place just after 3 p.m. as a man and woman in their 20s were walking in the 2000 block of Bleakwood Avenue, near East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said.
They were approached by four suspects, and became involved in an argument over an unknown subject, the lieutenant said.
“The female was struck with a beer bottle,” according to Kim. She suffered a small cut to her head but declined to be taken to a hospital. The man who accompanied the woman was not injured.
A detailed description of the suspects was not available, and the motive in the attack was unclear.
Anyone with information can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1313. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Suspect sought in Monterey Park attempted robbery, sexual battery

MONTEREY PARK >> Police in Monterey Park are seeking a man who robbed and sexually battered a woman last week and may be responsible for a similar crime last month on the same block, officials said Thursday.
In both cases, a man approached and tried to rob women in the 800 block of West El Repetto Drive, according to Monterey Park police Sgt. Rick Munder.
The most recent crime occurred about 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 15, police said.
“A female was approached by the described suspect while seated in her vehicle,” Munder said in a written statement.
“He demanded money from the victim. When the victim told him she had no money, the suspect fondled the victim in her car,” he said.
The man fled on foot before police arrived and was not found. He was described as a Latino man of about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build.
The victim was able to help police create a composite sketch of her attacker.
Police were looking into the possibility the crime was related to another incident reported on Nov. 17 at an apartment complex, however a concrete link had not been established, Munder said.
“A female was approached in the walkway of her apartment complex by the described suspect,” the sergeant said. “He demanded money from the victim and attempted to grab her, however, the victim fought back.”
The would-be robber, described as a Latino man of about 6 feet tall and of medium build, was not found.\
In both incidents, the suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police detectives at 626-307-1487. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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VIDEO: Burglars steal 2 bottles of Cognac, valued at $53,000, from Monterey Park business


MONTEREY PARK >> A pair of burglars stole two rare bottles of cognac — together valued at $53,000 — from a Monterey Park liquor store earlier this week, police said.
The crime took place about 3:50 a.m. on Monday at Wing Hop Fung, a liquor and grocery store at 725 W. Garvey Ave., according to Monterey Park police Lt. Bill Cuevas.
The two unidentified intruders first broke into a neighboring business, then climbed into a shared attic to access the liquor store through the ceiling, the lieutenant said.
“Once inside, the suspects stole two high-priced bottles of alcohol,” Cuevas said in a written statement.
They were a bottle of Louis XIII Rare Cask 426 Cognac Second Edition, worth $28,0000, and a bottle of Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac Anniversary Edition, worth $25,000, he said.
Once inside, the burglars immediately made their way to a display case containing the two high-priced Cognacs, police said. No other items were believed to have been stolen.
Police released surveillance video footage of the burglary in hopes of generating leads from the public.
The video depicts the two men rushing through the store before using a ladder already stored in the business to make their escape back through the ceiling.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police detectives at 626-307-1236. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Monterey Park police plan pedestrian safety crackdown

MONTEREY PARK >> Police in Monterey Park plan to crack down on pedestrian and bicycle safety Monday during a special enforcement campaign, authorities said.
Officers pay special attention to traffic violations by bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists that endanger pedestrian safety, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
The officers will distribute “sidewalk education,” answering questions, giving warnings and issuing citations when appropriate, he said.
Authorities will focus their efforts on areas in the city that tend to see higher numbers of pedestrian- and bike-involved collisions.
Funding for the campaign is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Arcadia woman killed by SUV on Monterey Park sidewalk identified

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MONTEREY PARK >> Officials have identified an Arcadia woman who died after being struck by an SUV on a Monterey Park sidewalk on Thursday morning.
Meiping Lin, 68, died at the scene of the 8 a.m. collision at Garfield and Avondale avenues, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Rudy Molano said.
Two men who were also struck by the same SUV when it drove up onto the sidewalk were hospitalized in critical condition, according to Monterey Park police Lt. Gus Jimenez.
The three pedestrians were walking on a sidewalk when a small SUV suddenly veered to the right side of the road and struck them, police said. The out-of-control SUV then also struck to other cars.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation. The woman at the wheel of the SUV was also taken to a hospital for treatment of an apparent medical issue.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.

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Woman killed, two men critically injured when SUV plows into sidewalk in Monterey Park

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MONTEREY PARK >> A woman died and two men clung to life in critical condition after an SUV veered off the roadway and struck them as they were walking on a Monterey Park sidewalk on Friday morning, authorities said.
The collision took place about 8 a.m. on Garfield Avenue at Avondale Avenue, Monterey Park police Lt. Gus Jimenez said.
The woman and two men were walking on the sidewalk along the east side of the street when the small SUV heading north on Garfield Avenue suddenly veered to the right, according to the lieutenant.
“The vehicle went up onto the curb and struck the three pedestrians,” he said.
Paramedics pronounced the woman who was struck dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. She was yet to be identified.
The two men who were also struck by the SUV were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they remained listed in critical condition Friday afternoon.
The driver of the SUV, a woman described as a senior citizen, was also taken to a hospital for treatment of an apparent medical issue, Monterey Park police and fire officials said.
After striking the pedestrians, the SUV struck two other cars before coming to a rest in the intersection, Jimenez said. No significant injuries were reported from those vehicles.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Jimenez said. The SUV driver was cooperating with police.
Officials shut down Garfield Avenue well into the afternoon.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.

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Pedestrian killed in Monterey Park freeway hit-and-run identified


MONTEREY PARK >> Coroner’s officials have identified man who died after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while walking in traffic lanes of the 60 Freeway in Monterey park on Wednesday.
Kevin Smalls, 49, who is believed to have been homeless, died after he was struck by an unidentified vehicle shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday on the westbound 60 Freeway, just west of Pomona Boulevard, according to Los Angeles coroner’s and California Highway Patrol officials.
Smalls had been walking on the center divider before stepping into traffic lanes for unknown reasons, CHP Officer I. Villareal said in a written statement.
A vehicle struck him, but fled the scene without stopping to help, officials said. No description of the hit-and-run vehicle was available.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.

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Man walking on 60 Freeway in Monterey Park struck, killed by hit-and-run driver


MONTEREY PARK >> A man walking in traffic lanes died after he was struck by a vehicle, which fled the scene, on the 60 Freeway in Monterey Park late Wednesday, authorities said.
The pedestrian was yet to be identified Thursday.
The fatal collision took place about 10:55 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just west of Pomona Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer I. Villareal said in a written statement.
Prior to the incident, callers reported a man was walking on the center divider of the freeway, then walking in traffic lanes, according to CHP logs. One driver reported having to swerve to miss the man.
“For unknown reasons, (the man) entered the traffic lanes and was struck by an unidentified vehicle,” Villareal said.
The vehicle continued driving, heading west on the 60 Freeway, according to the officer. No description was available.
It was unclear why the man was on the freeway on foot, officials said. There were no signs of a vehicle in the area associated with the man.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.

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Man sentenced for Monterey Park pizza parlor murder


MONTEREY PARK >> A Bakersfield man received a sentence of more than 16 years in state prison Thursday for stabbing another man 15 times, killing, at a Monterey Park pizza parlor four years ago, officials said.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in Burbank convicted Jose De Jesus Ruiz, also known as Jose De Jesus Salas, 26, in July of second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2012, stabbing death of 25-year-old Patrick Raymond Ortega at Shakey’s, 1955 S. Atlantic Blvd. The jury also found true the special allegation that Ruiz personally used a knife in the crime.
Judge Michael Carter sentenced Ruiz to 16 years to life in state prison, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The stabbing took place shortly after 7 p.m. as Ruiz was gathered at the restaurant with members of a youth football organization.
He became involved in a dispute with Ortega, who witnesses testified was being “disruptive” inside the pizza parlor while dining with friends, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson, who prosecuted the case.
Ruiz briefly left the restaurant before returning and stabbing Ortega 15 times, Swanson said.
Ruiz was found hiding in his car several hours later and arrested, officials said. .
Second-degree murder is defined in California as the unlawful killing of another with malice, but without deliberation or premeditation.
If convicted of first-degree murder — a murder deemed deliberate, premeditated and with malice — Ruiz could have faced a maximum sentence of 26 years to life behind bars.

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Teen slashed with knife during robbery in Montebello


MONTEBELLO >> Police are seeking a man who slashed a teen’s hand with a knife during a robbery along Whittier Boulevard Saturday morning, officials said.
The teenage boy was walking at Whittier and Montebello boulevards about 10:40 a.m. when the robber approached, Montebello police Lt. Boris Zeissig said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded property from the victim, ultimately fleeing with items including a cell phone, according to the lieutenant.
At some point during the robbery, the teen suffered a cut to his hand, he said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the crime was related to another knifepoint robbery reported just over an hour before and four miles away in Monterey Park, though a concrete link had not been established, authorities said.
In that case, a woman was walking alone in the 1900 block of South Atlantic Avenue when a man approached from behind, Monterey Park Lt. Tina Montoya said. He brandished a knife and robbed her of her cash, purse and cell phone.
Police described the Monterey Park robber as a Latino man in his early-30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short black hair and wearing all black clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Montebello police at 323-887-1313, or Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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