Armed robber steals cigarettes in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A gunman fled with an armful of cigarette cartons after holding up a Norwalk tobacco shop Friday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:20 p.m. at Cigarette Mart in the Norwalk Town Square, at Pioneer Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
A man entered the store and began arguing with the clerk, Smitson said.
He then brandished a handgun before fleeing with several cartons of cigarettes, the lieutenant said. He was last seen running west on Van Ruiten Street.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Man found slain inside van in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A man was found slain inside a van parked in a residential Norwalk neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Eric Hector Sarabia, 36, was pronounced dead after being discovered suffering from trauma to his head and face inside a van parked in the 13900 block of Flatbush Avenue, just north of Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said. No city of residence was listed for Sarabia at the coroner’s office.
A neighbor reported discovering the body about 3:50 p.m., though it was unclear exactly how long it had been there before being found, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff’s homicide Bureau said Wednesday.
Also unclear Wednesday was how Sarabia died.
“There was trauma to his face and his head,” the lieutenant said. “It’s definitely being investigated by as homicide. We just don’t know how he died.”
An autopsy was yet to be carried out, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner said.
Sarabia’s body was found in the rear portion of a white van, officials said.
Sarabia was not the registered owner of the vehicle, Jauch said. The investigator declined to discuss who did own the vehicle, citing the active investigation.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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Man expected to survive after Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man shot another man multiple times during an argument between the two men in a Norwalk neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooter remained at large following the 1 p.m. shooting along Liggett Street, just east of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
Few details were available as the victim, a 21-year-old man, refused to cooperate with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He got into an argument with another man before the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the chest, abdomen and legs, Smitson said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A detailed suspect description was not available, officials said. A dark-colored sedan seen driving away from the area may have been involved.

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UPDATED: Huntington Beach man killed, woman wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A Huntington Beach man died and a woman was wounded in a Norwalk shooting late Wednesday, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 15100 block of Grayland Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“Homicide detectives learned that the victims were walking south on Grayland Avenue when a white vehicle drove alongside them,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The vehicle stopped, two male Hispanics exited the vehicle, and one or possibly both suspects started shooting at them. Both victims were struck by gunfire. The suspects re-entered the vehicle, drove north on Grayland Avenue and out of view.”
Luis Virgen Jr., 21, if Huntington Beach was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he succumbed to injuries a short time later, Orange County coroner’s officials said in a written statement.
The man died at a hospital, officials said. The woman was hospitalized in serious condition.
Anyone with information on the shooting was urged to call 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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Two men wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A gunman shot and wounded two men early Sunday in a residential Norwalk neighborhood, authorities said.
The shooting took place just after midnight at Lowemont Street and Horst Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ralph Gama said.
A man was stopped in his car talking to an acquaintance who was standing on the sidewalk when a white Toyota Camry came to a stop in front of them, the sergeant said.
“The passenger exited and started shooting at the victims,” Gama said.
The man on the sidewalk was struck in the chest and face, he said. The victim in the car was struck in the arm and torso.
The victims managed to drive to the home of a family member, who called for help, Gama said.
Both wounded men, who were in their 20s, were hospitalized in stable condition, he said.
The shooter and gunman were last seen driving south out of the area, Gama said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Investigators suspected the shooting was gang-related.

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Vigil and march to honor sheriff’s Explorer Scout fatally shot in South Whittier

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Hundreds of loved ones, including fellow Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scouts, will march Friday to honor the life of a 19-year-old Whittier man shot to death four years ago along with 24-year-old friend, as well as renew their call for justice in the unsolved double-slaying.
Lifelong Whittier resident Cesar Rodriguez, who dreamed of becoming a sheriff’s deputy, was gunned down Aug. 28, 2011, along with Larry Villegas of Whittier as the two left a friend’s home in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue in unincorporated South Whittier.
The killing remains unsolved.
Friends, family members and law enforcement officials will gather for a Mass at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Pious X Church, 10827 Pioneer Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs, before gathering at 7 p.m. at Laurel Avenue and Beaty Street in South Whittier, said Rodriguez’s brother, George Rodriguez.
AR-140829514Marchers will then walk past the shooting scene to Amelia Mayberry Park, 13201 Meyer Road in South Whittier.
Similar marches were held 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Cesar Rodriguez worked as an explorer at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station for four years prior to his death and planned to pursue a career as a sheriff’s deputy, sheriff’s officials said.
George Rodriguez said he remains hopeful his brother’s killer will be found and brought to justice, and wanted anyone with information about the shooting to provide that information to investigators.
Detectives have followed up on information regarding possible persons of interest over the past year, but nothing has developed into a solid lead, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. “We’re back to square one.”
Corina also asked that anyone with information come forward. “They can be anonymous if they want,” he said.
Anyone with information 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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UPDATED: Man fatally shot in Norwalk identified; suspect arrested

NORWALK >> Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot at his Norwalk home Saturday and arrested his sister’s boyfriend in connection with the killing, officials said.
Joe Nava, 44, died at the scene of the 1:10 p.m. shooting in the 11400 block of Lindale Street, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
Nava lived at the home with his sister and her boyfriend, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies detained the boyfriend but did not formally declared him a suspect Saturday, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The detained man, 44-year-old Jose Ramos Nunez, was ultimately booked on suspicion of murder, Deputy Amber Smith said.
A rifle was recovered from the shooting scene, Smith added.
No further details were released.
According to county booking records, Nunez was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Bellflower Superior Court.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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UPDATED: Man killed, suspect detained in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man died and a suspect was in custody after what began as a “family disturbance” escalated into a shooting at a Norwalk home Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting took place just after 1 p.m. at a home in the 11400 block of Lindale Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Jordan said.
Deputies found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound, Jordan said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A man believed to be the shooter was detained, and deputies were seeking no additional suspects, Jordan said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim lived at the residence with his girlfriend and her adult brother,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said in a written statement. “The adult brother has been detained, pending further investigation.” His identity was not released.
The name of the victim was withheld Saturday pending positive identification and notification of his family, coroner’s officials said.
No further details were available.
Neighbor Steve Garcia said he did not see or hear anything unusual before deputies swarmed the neighborhood.
“I just saw three cop cars drive down the street, and I went out to check,” he said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were summoned to the scene to take over the investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the homicide detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Tall robber holds up Norwalk KFC restaurant


NORWALK >> Deputies are seeking an exceptionally tall man who robbed a Norwalk Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 12:30 p.m. at the eatery, 10905 Imperial Highway, just west of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Jordan said.
A robber entered the restaurant and gestured as if he had a handgun, though none was seen, the sergeant said.
After obtaining an unknown amount of cash from the restaurant’s cash register, the robber was last seen running west along Imperial Highway, then sough along Hoxie Avenue toward the nearby Metro station.
Deputies described the suspect as a black man in his mid-30s, about 6 feet 5 inches tall, wearing a black baseball cap, black pants and a black T-shirt.

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Shotgun slaying of Norwalk father and son remains a mystery

0718_NWS_WDN-L-NORWALK-SHOOTFOLO1NORWALK >> Detectives continue seeking clues into the mysterious shotgun slaying of a father and son found fatally shot inside their Norwalk home earlier this week.
Walter Vicente, 49, and Andrew Vicente, 24, were found shot to death shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday at their house in the 12300 block of Gettysburg Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials said.
A family member, who was a son to the older victim and brother to the younger victim, found the men shot to death when he stopped by to visit, Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. It was unclear when exactly the shooting took place, though it was believed to have been within a matter of a day or days.
No suspect has been identified in the double-homicide, and the motiveremains unclear.
“There’s nothing apparent that indicated it was a robbery,” Coleman said. The shots were fired from within the house, however there were no signs of forced entry into the home.
Walter Vicente’s body was discovered in the living room of the home, while Andrew Vicente’s body was found in an adjacent bedroom.
0718_NWS_WDN-L-NORWALK-SHOOTFOLO2Neither the father or son appeared to have no ties to gang acivity, and investigators were aware of no one who would want to do them harm, the lieutenant said. Walter Vicente was a plumber, he said, adding that he believed his son was also involved in the trade.
“It’s a mystery,” Coleman said. “We just don’t have much at this time. We’re obviously going to get into their personal lives.”
Detectives were also still trying to determine the last time someone saw the father and son alive.
An autopsy determined the men both died from shotgun wounds to the head, and both cases were ruled homicides, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
An exact time of death was not clear, however coroner’s reports indicated a neighbor reported hearing possibly gunfire shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Anyone with information was aksed to contact 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.

PHOTOS of Walter Vicente, 49, of Norwalk (above) and Andrew Vicente, 24, of Norwalk (below) courtesy of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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