Underground explosion flips SUV along Bloomfield Avenue in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A freak explosion blew off a manhole cover along Bloomfield Avenue, tossing a passing SUV end over end, but resulting in only minor injuries to the driver Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The bizarre mishap took place just before 6 p.m. on Bloomfield Avenue, just north of Foster Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
A woman was driving a Toyota SUV north along Bloomfield when a manhole cover, apparently atop an underground electrical vault, suddenly erupted upward, driven by an underground explosion, the lieutenant said.
The force of the explosion flipped the SUV upside down, ultimately coming to a rest on its side, Limon said.
The woman at the wheel was taken to a nearby hospital for examination but appeared to have suffered only bumps and bruises, the said.
The incident resulted in a power outage in the area that initially affected more than 2,000 Southern California Edison customers, SCE spokesman Paul Netter said. Within about half an hour, however, all but 41 customers’ power had been restored, he said. Most customers were expected to have their electricity back by the early morning hours Thursday.
“We have personnel at the scene. We don’t know the cause yet, but we’re investigating,” Netter said.

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Man gravely wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man was hospitalized in grave condition Sunday after he was shot in a residential Norwalk neighborhood late Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported at 11:33 p.m. in the 14400 block of Claressa Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Ortega said.
The victim, 33, was believed to be walking down the street when an attacker or attackers approached in a dark-colored vehicle and opened fire, the sergeant said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in grave condition, Ortega said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available as the investigation continued Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Driver arrested after wild chase ends in Hacienda Heights


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A man in a stolen Honda Accord led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase that began in Norwalk and wound through the Whittier area before being captured in Hacienda Heights Friday afternoon.
The chase began at 3:04 p.m. at the intersection of the 605 and 105 freeways in Norwalk, CHP Officer Jennifer Bond said.
An officer spotted the car driving along the shoulder of the northbound 605 Freeway, Officer Kevin Tao said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a chase. Pursuing officers soon determined that the Accord had been reported stolen.
The driver exited the freeway at Whittier Boulevard and drove through Montebello on surface streets before returning the the northbound 605 Freeway via Telegraph Road, Tao said.
The chase then worked it’s way to Washington Boulevard in Whittier, where the car exited the freeway and drove to Turnbull Canyon via city streets. Officers cancelled their pursuit as the driver continued up the winding and narrow Turnbull Canyon Road into Hacienda Heights, officials said.
The driver jumped fro the still-rolling car about 3:40 p.m., allowing the car to strike a dirt embankment near Blue Sky and Holly Tree roads in Hacienda Heights, Tao said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies then launched a neighborhood search for the suspect as he continued fleeing on foot.
Deputies found and arrested the suspect in the area about 4:20 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.

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Officials: Sex offender tried to abduct girl from Norwalk Park

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NORWALK >> Detectives are seeking possible additional victims of a 54-year-old sex offender caught trying to lure a 10-year-old girl into his car at a Norwalk park over the weekend, officials said.
Armando Hernandez of Norwalk had children’s pamphlets from a church, as well as an extra license plate, inside his car at the time of his arrest about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Norwalk Park, 13000 Clarkdale Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Henry Jaquez said in a written statement.
He tried to abduct the girl shortly after 6:40 p.m., authorities said.
“(Hernandez) attempted to pull the victim, a 10-year-old girl, into a 2000 tan Toyota Corolla, licence plate 7PMD192,” Jaquez said.
The girl’s parents saw what was happening and yelled at the would-be kidnapper, who released the girl, Lt. Robin Limon said.
Responding deputies soon found the suspect, later identified as Hernandez.
Along with two hats and a red flannel shirt, deputies pamphlets for a children’s ministry at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, as well as a second license plate with a number of 4YRT979 in the trunk, according to a flyer issued by the sheriff’s department.
His car was further described as having a black hood and front fenders and dented rear quarter panels on both sides.
According to California’s online database of registered sex offenders, Hernandez has a previous conviction for annoying or molesting a minor.
He was being held without bail pending a scheduled appearance Friday in Norwalk Superior Court, Los Angeles County booking records show.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jaquez at 562-466-5434. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Man wounded, woman sought in Norwalk shooting


Deputies are seeking a woman who shot and wounded a man along Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk early Saturday, officials said.
The shooting
Deputies were called at 12:42 a.m. to a shooting in the 14000 block of Pioneer Boulevard, just north of Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Fernandez said.
Paramedics took the victim, described only as a man, to a hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, officials said. He was shot in the chest.
The shooter was described as a woman, Fernandez said.
The motive in the shooting was unclear Saturday. No further details were available as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Teen wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A teenage boy suffered wounds late Wednesday in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Norwalk, authorities said.
The gunfire was firs reported about 7:15 p.m. in the 12100 block of Hopland Street, Los Angeles Couny sheriff’s L. Robin Limon said.
The victim, believed to be 17 years old, suffered gunshot wounds to his back and was taken to a hospital for treatment, she said. An update on his condition was not available.
Deputies were working to sort out conflicting descriptions of the shooter and a getaway car Wednesday night, Limon said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711, Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man sought in follow-home robbery of Santa Fe Springs woman

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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police are seeking a robber who followed a Santa Fe Springs woman home before robbing her at her doorstep earlier this month.
The crime took place about 10 a.m. March 5, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“We believe the suspect followed the victim from the area of Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway (in Norwalk) driving a two-door, 1995-2000 red Dodge Avenger with no hubcaps,” according to the statement.
When the woman arrived home, the robber accosted her at her doorstep and robber her of her purse, police said.
Authorities described the robber as a black man in his early-30s, about 6 feet tall, of thin build, with a short beard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police Detective Wolfe at 562-409-1850, or call the Whittier Police Department’s tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTO of suspect vehicle courtesy of the Whittier Police Department.

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Two men wounded Saturday in separate Norwalk shootings

NORWALK >> Two separate shootings in Norwalk Saturday left two men wounded, but expected to survive, authorities said.
Deputies received reports about 4:15 a.m. that a person had been shot at Adoree Street and Dalwood Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
Officials found no victim at the scene, but were soon informed that a gunshot victim had been brought to a local hospital, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a 45-year-old Norwalk man, told investigators he had been driving down the street when he was flagged down by someone, Limon said.
“The victim said he remembered being hit in the head and shot,” she said. He was being treated for a gunshot wound to his back that did not appear to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
A little more than 10 hours later, and about 2 miles away, authorities received another report of gunfire in the area of Clarkdale Avenue and Walnut Street, Limon said.
Deputies found a Norwalk man in his 20s in an a nearby alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound to his ankle, she said.
The injured man did not cooperate with investigators, and no further details were available. His wound was also no considered life-threatening.
The motives in both shooting remained under investigation, however sheriff’s gang detectives were tasked with the cases, Limon said.
The violence came after a fatal shooting Wednesday that left a Norwalk man dead at outside a 7-Eleven Store at Alondra Boulevard and Studebaker Road, as well as a fatal deputy-involved shooting of a Norwalk man at the same intersection on Thursday. Anyone with information on the non-fatal shootings can reach from the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Anyone with information on the fatal shooting or the deputy-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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Young man and woman wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood left a young man and a young woman seriously wounded Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting was first reported at 12:12 p.m. in the 11800 block of Allard Street, just east of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
The two victims were described as between 17 and 25 years old, the lieutenant said.
Both victims were initially hospitalized in critical condition, she said. The woman’s condition was upgraded to stable later in the day, while the male victim remained in critical-but-stable condition.
The suspect or suspects may have fled the area in a two-door, gray or silver sedan, Limon said.
The circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Checkpoint planned Friday in Norwalk

NORWALK >> Deputies plan to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight at an undisclosed location within Norwalk, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, DUI collisions have claimed 33 lives and resulted in 898 injury crashes causing 1330 injuries,” according to the statement.
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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