MONTEREY PARK >> Officials arrested three suspects Friday after a California Highway Patrol officer happened by a Monterey Park convenience store in the middle of a robbery, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 7 p.m. at 7-Eleven, 1600 Monterey Pass Road, Monterey Park police Sgt. Paul Yniguez said.
A CHP officer stopped by the store to make a purchase when someone came out and told him the store was being robbed, the sergeant said.
At least three men had used a handgun to rob the clerk of money from the cash register, police said.
Moments later, suspects ran out of the store, Yniguez said. The CHP officer detained one of them.
At least two additional suspects got away from the store, Sgt. Bob Hung said.
Officers set up a search perimeter and quickly found a second suspect hiding in a yard in a nearby neighborhood, Hung said.
After more than an hour of continued searching, the third suspect was found and arrested sitting inside a parked car in a nearby motel parking lot, Hung said.
Detectives continued investigating the possibility of additional accomplices involved in the crime Saturday, he added.
EAST LOS ANGELES >> Monterey Park police shot and wounded an attempted murder suspect during a gunfight in an East Los Angeles Wednesday, authorities said.
Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said officers located the suspect and the shooting occurred about 9:25 a.m. in the area of Woods Avenue and Escuela Street.
The suspect, a 34-year-old Monterey Park man, suffered a single gunshot wound to his torso and was expected to survive his wounds, according to Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is spearheading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. He’s also suspected of shooting and wounding an active duty U.S. Marine outside a Monterey Park convenience store earlier in the week. His name was not available late Wednesday as he remained hospitalized.
No officers were hurt, but an officer’s patrol car was struck by gunfire, officials said.
Capt. Steve Katz of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Monterey park officers were following up on the previous shooting when the shooting took place.
“There were involved in identifying and tracking down a violent criminal who had committed an attempted murder in their city,” Katz said.
A Monterey Park officer spotted the suspect riding a bike in the area of 4th Street and Woods Avenue, Corina said. The suspect pulled a handgun and began shooting at the officer.
The officer did not initially return fire for fear of collateral damage in a nearby residential neighborhood, Corina said. The officer followed the suspect as he headed south on Woods Avenue from 4th Street, still riding a bicycle.
As the suspect and officer approached Escuela Street, the suspect again began firing at the officer, the lieutenant said.
Corina said the officer then did shoot back, firing multiple shots through the windshield of his patrol car, Corina said.
One bullet struck the suspect in the abdomen, Corina said. He fell wounded and was quickly taken into custody.
The man was wanted in connection with a shooting that left a U.S. Marine who was on leave wounded outside a Monterey Park 7-Eleven store earlier this week.
The attack took place about 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the convenience store, 281 E. Pomona Blvd., along Monterey Park’s southern border, Monterey Park police Sgt. Dave Elliot said.
The victim and a friend arrived at the store and were confronted by a man in the parking lot, the sergeant said.
“Some words were exchanged when the suspect brandished a firearm and shot the victim one time,” Elliot said.
The victim, who was struck in the abdomen, was hospitalized, Elliot said. An update on his condition was not available.
Witnesses described the shooter as a Latino man in his 20s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, carrying a dark-colored handgun, Elliot said. “The suspect was seen fleeing the parking lot on a bicycle.”
Corina said the suspect had been acting belligerent and trying to start fights with other patrons as well before the Marine and his friend, a fellow Marine, arrived at the convenience store, Corina said. It was unclear whether the suspect was intoxicated at the time.
A revolver and bicycle recovered at the scene of Wednesday’s gunfight between the suspect and police officer were believed to be the same used in Sunday morning’s shooting, Corina said.
Anyone with information regarding Sunday’s shooting is asked to contact Monterey Park police Detective Han at 626-307-1246.
Anyone with information regarding Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting can reach 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.
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MONTEREY PARK >> Police are asking the public to keep an eye open for an 86-year-old Monterey Park man who went missing while taking a walk Wednesday afternoon.
Alexander Wu Wang was last seen about 4 p.m. taking his usual walk in his neighborhood along Pomelo Avenue, between Newmark and Graves avenues, Monterey Park police Sgt. Bob Hung said. He failed to return home.
Worried family members told police Wang had shown early signs of possible dementia, he said.
Wang is Asian, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 130 pounds, with white hair and brown eyes, police said. He was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeve checkered shirt and blue pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police at 626-307-1211.
MONTEREY PARK >> Authorities and worried family members are seeking the public’s help in finding 15-year-old Monterey Park girl believed to have run away from home earlier this week.
Leilani Daisy Young, who is known to frequent the Alhambra and Monterey Park areas, was reported as a runaway to Monterey Park police on Monday, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“She was possibly seen recently at both Alhambra and Mark Keppel High Schools,” police said.
Young is described as 5 feet tall, 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a powder blue hooded sweatshirt with a Star Wars logo, a light green windbreaker and White Nike Air Jordan shoes with red and black highlights, according to cousin Eileen Young.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.
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MONTEREY PARK >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a man in a residential Monterey Park neighborhood early Wednesday morning, officials said.
Officials first received a call reporting the stabbing about 2 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue, Monterey Park police Sgt. Paul Yniguez said.
Rescuers took the victim to a hospital with injuries to his upper torso that were not considered to be life-threatening, the sergeant said.
The stabbing occurred just inside the entryway of a home, he said. Further details, including a suspect description, were not available, as the victim did not appear to be cooperating with investigators.
Authorities shut down Lincoln Avenue in front of the crime scene from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as they conducted follow-up investigation, police said.
Anyone with information can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SAN MARINO >> Police Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old Monterey Park man on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and approaching students near San Marino High School, officials said.
Kwannam Magnus Ho was booked on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, San Marino police Detective Sgt. Tim Tebbetts said in a written statement.
Police received a call from officials at San Marino High School about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday reporting that an Asian man between 18 and 21 had identified himself to several students as a police officer, “wearing a handgun and displaying a badge,” Tibbetts said.
“As the suspect was talking to the students, one of them thinking quickly, took out his cell phone and took a picture of the suspect and suspect’s vehicle,” the sergeant said.
Armed with the information provide by the students, police found and arrested Ho without a struggle just before noon Wednesday outside his home in the 1600 block of Loma Verde Street in Monterey park, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“A search of the suspect’s vehicle resulted in the recover of a replica Sig Sauer firearm in the center console, a replica “police” badge and a FBI hat on the dashboard,” Tibbetts said.
Ho had been driving a white Toyota Highlander, Police Chief John Incontro said.
When approaching the students, he told them he was patrolling the area and asked them if they were involved in drug activity, Incontro said.
The investigation into Ho’s actions and motives remained ongoing, he added.
Ho was booked at the Alhambra Police Department jail, where he was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail on a misdemeanor allegation pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Police were checking with other police agencies to determined whether similar incidents had been reported in other jurisdictions, the chief said.
Anyone who may have had a suspicious encounter with Ho is encouraged to contact Sgt. Tebbetts at 626-300-0722. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
MONTEREY PARK >> A 68-year-old Hacienda Heights woman with Alzheimer’s disease and other medical problem who vanished from a Monterey Park restaurant Wednesday afternoon was reunited with her worried family Wednesday evening, officials said.
Su Zhen Liao was dining with family about 4 p.m. at the Ocean Star dim sum restaurant, 145 N. Atlantic Blvd., when she went to use the restroom, Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said. She failed to return, and worried family members soon reported her missing.
“(Liao) suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and takes various medications for various medical conditions,” police said in a written statement.
A family member spotted Liao walking along San Gabriel Boulevard near the 60 Freeway in the Rosemead area, Kim said. She was unharmed.
MONTEREY PARK >> Police found a mentally and physically disabled 40-year-old man who went missing from his Monterey Park home for most of the day Sunday.
Guangwei Liu vanished about midnight at his home in the 300 block of E. Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
When his family awoke in the morning, the front door of the home was open and Liu was gone, Lt. Tina Montoya said.
“Mr. Liu has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old and he walks slowly due to a prior hip injury,” according to the police statement. “He has been in this country for only a few months.”
A recent immigrant from China, Lieu speaks Mandarin, Montoya said. He does not speak English.
He has no associates, places that he frequents or the knowledge as to how to get back to his residence, Montoya added.
“Guangwei does not have any identification, cash or a cell phone on him,” he said. “Guangwei could not provide his home address or if asked as he does not know that information.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent bloodhounds to assist Monterey Park police in the search, Montoya said.
The dogs tracked the missing man’s scent tot he area of Huntington and Garcelona avenues, a little under a mile away, police said.
Police went door-to-door in the neighborhood seeking clues, but did not find Liu.
But Liu turned up about 5:15 p.m., when an employee of the Quang Hoa Supermarket, 350 E. Garvey Ave., called police to report that a man had been sitting at the market since the early morning, Montoya said.
He was unharmed and reunited with his family, she said.
MONTEREY PARK >> Authorities have released the identity of an 82-year-old Alhambra man died after he was struck by a minivan in Monterey Park and dragged for half a mile into Alhambra Thursday afternoon.
Kwailing Hong died following the 3:30 p.m. collision on Hathaway Avenue, just south of Hellman Avenue, Monterey Park police Lt. Tina Montoya said.
Paramedics pronounced him dead once the Kia Sedona minivan that struck him ultimately came to a stop in front of the driver’s home in the 2400 block of Wetherhead Drive, according to Monterey Park police and Los Angeles County coroner officials said.
“According to investigators, a black KIA Sedona, driven by a 33-year-old female, (resident) of Alhambra, was traveling southbound on Hathaway Avenue from Hellman Avenue when she struck (Hong) walking in an unknown direction across the street,” police said in a written statement.
It appeared the driver of the minivan did not realize she had struck anyone until she arrived home about half a mile away from the collision scene, police said.
“(Hong) sustained internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to the police statement.
The driver cooperated with investigators, he said, and no arrests or citations were made as the investigation continued, officials added.
Children rode inside the minivan as passengers, according to police and a witness.
Detectives obtained a blood sample from the driver as part of their investigation, though intoxicated driving was not initially suspected to be a factor, police said.
Anyone with information can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.
PASADENA >> A Montebello man received a sentenced of more than 8 years in prison this week for allegedly threatening, kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend at an El Monte motel before she jumped from a moving car on the 60 Freeway to escape him, authorities said.
Benny Torres, 30, pleaded “no contest” Tuesday to two counts of making criminal threats, two counts of cruelty to a child, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of domestic violence in connection with the series of crimes that unfolded in October of 2014, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
Pasadena Superior Court Judge Darrel Mavis immediately sentenced Torres to 8 years and 4 months in state prison, and ordered him to stay away from the victim for 10 years, Ardalani said.
Following his arrest, Torres was charged with 14 criminal counts. A judge dismissed the kidnapping charge and a burglary charge following Torres’ preliminary hearing Ardalani said.
Under Tuesday’s negotiated plea arrangement, which was made with the approval of the victim, additional counts including rape and false imprisonment, were dismissed, Ardalani said.
Torres first threatened his girlfriend, a Monterey park woman in her 20s who he had dated for several months, on Oct. 3 2014, during a domestic violence incident, Ardalani said. “The defendant strangled his ex-girlfriend and warned her that he would kill her in front of her two children.”
Just over three weeks later on Oct. 27, Torres called the victim and ordered to pick him up and bring him to an El Monte motel, according to prosecutors and Monterey Park police officials.
“In fear for her life, the victim did what Torres asked,” Ardalani said.
Once at the motel, Torres refused to allow the victim to leave, threatened to kill her again and struck her in the head with a handgun.
Police alleged Torres assaulted the woman both physically and sexually while keeping her captive overnight. The following day, he took her car keys and ordered her to get into the passenger seat of her car as he drove. The terrified woman saw a chance to escape as Torres drove down the 60 Freeway in El Monte, near the 605 Freeway.
“During the car ride, the victim believed Torres would ultimately kill her,” Ardalni said. “As a result, she jumped out of the moving vehicle.”
The victim sought help and was treated for injuries suffered in the attack and escape, officials said.
Monterey Park police Lt. Bill Cuevas said at the time that the woman, “bravely, by her own actions, basically saved her own life.”
The multi-agency West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force found and arrested Torres without a struggle on Nov. 4, 2014, at a relative’s home in East Los Angeles.