WEST COVINA >> A masked gunman robbed a West Covina acupuncture and massage business late Thursday, officials said.
The crime took place about 7:45 p.m. when the robber barged into the business in the 1400 block of West Garvey Avenue North, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
A man wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt and a mask brandished a dark-colored handgun as he helped himself to cash and fled, police said.
No injuries were reported, and no further details were available.
PASADENA >> Police have arrested two suspects after a group of five males chased two other men with baseball bat and stole one of the victim’s cell phones Wednesday night.
At about 9:40 p.m., two black males were approached by five male Latino suspects, one of whom carried a baseball bat, in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, said Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas. The victims began to run away and were chased by the suspects to the area of Orange Grove and Los Robles Avenue, where they were assaulted by the suspects, Rojas said.
During the assault, one of the victim’s cell phones was stolen and both suffered bruising to their foreheads, Rojas said.
Both victims, a 25-year-old Pasadena man and a 27-year-old Pasadena man, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, Lt. John Luna said.
Soon after the alleged crime, a police helicopter spotted two of the suspects nearby, and officers detained them, Rojas said.
Police recovered the cell phone but were unable to locate the baseball bat and the three other suspects.
After being positively identified as two of the attackers, Arturo Chavolla, 18, of Apple Valley and Felipe Carranza, 25, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of armed robbery, according to police and county booking records. The two are being held in lieu of a $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances.
Rojas added that police believe the crime was believed to be gang related.
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PASADENA >> Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location with Pasadena, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 6 lives and resulted in 84 injury crashes harming 125 of our friends and neighbors,” Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
Funding for the operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PASADENA >> An Alhambra man died after being thrown from his SUV in a solo-vehicle crash in Pasadena early Sunday.
The victim, initially described as a man in his 20s, died at Huntington Hospital shortly after the 1:15 a.m. rollover crash on Oak Knoll Avenue just north of Old Mill Road, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man’s name was not available Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corrall said.
The lone older-model, mid-size SUV involved in the crash overturned, ejecting the driver, Mercado said. The vehicle did not strike any other vehicles or objects.
Paramedics rushed the badly injured man to the hospital.
“He underwent emergency surgery,” Mercado said. “Due to massive internal injuries he did not survive surgery.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by Pasadena police.
PASADENA >> A jury convicted three men of murder and other crimes Friday for the 2013 shotgun slaying of a Pasadena man in an attempted robbery during a marijuana transaction, authorities said.
Gang members Peter Parra, 37, of Pasadena, Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 27, of north Hollywood and Raymond Frank Conchas, 26, of Covina each face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they return to Los Angeles Superior Court for sentencing April 17, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
A jury found each of the three men guilty of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to a commit a crime for the Jan. 15, 2013, slaying of 21-year-old Zane Goldstein at Maple Avenue and Chester Street in Pasadena, officials said.
“The jury also found true the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery and allegations that a shotgun was used and the crime was for the benefit of a gang,” Santiago said.
The victim was riding in a car with his then-24-year-old brother when the shooting occurred.
Prior to the fatal attack, the brothers had arranged to meet the suspects in an alleyway to by a small amount of marijuana, which police described as less than an ounce.
“When the victim arrived, the defendants attempted to rob him and shot him in the head with a shotgun as he tried to escape near Maple Street and Chester Avenue,” Santiago said. Goldstein’s brother escaped serious injury.
A fourth suspect in the slaying, 21-year-old Michael Piepoli, received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in November after being convicted of the killing, officials said. And a fifth defendant, 20-year-old Ward Lacey, is scheduled to go on trial for the killing in Feb. 23.
PASADENA >> A fire scorched a Pasadena home Thursday, causing an estimated $300,000 worth of damage, officials said.
Three residents, including an elderly woman, were at home when the fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. at the split-level house in the 1700 block of Kaweah Drive, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. But they got out of the home uninjured before firefighters arrived.
About 40 firefighters from the Pasadena, South Pasadena and Glendale fire departments extinguished the stubborn fire in about 45 minutes, she said. The fire had worked it’s way well into the walls of the home.
It sparked on the bottom floor of the split-level home, Derderian said. The cause was determined to be a malfunctioning forced-air heating unit.
No other structures were damaged.
Officials estimated the blaze caused about $200,000 worth of damage to the home, and another $100,000 worth of damage to its contents, Derderian said.
Red Cross officials responded to the scene to help the displaced residents find temporary housing.
PASADENA >> An 11-year-old girl reported missing Thursday afternoon returned home safe hours later, police said.
The girl was reported missing after she vanished about 6 p.m., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She had last been seen walking in the 800 block North El Molino Avenue.
After reaching out to the public for help in finding the girl, she returned home unharmed Thursday evening, police said.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a suspect and seized 77 pounds of cocaine, a handgun and a large amount cash during a bust last week in a residential neighborhood, officials announced Sunday.
Few details were available regarding the raid, which took place Thursday in the 1000 block of Raymond Avenue, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a written statement.
“The warrant was based on an ongoing drug trafficking investigation,” according to the chief. “During the search of the residence, 35 kilos of cocaine, a semi-automatic handgun and a large amount of currency were recovered.”
One suspect was arrested, however his identity was not available Sunday.
“It is likely the cocaine was destined to the streets of Pasadena and surrounding cities,” Sanchez said.
Lt. John Mercado deferred comment to vice detectives, who were not available Sunday.
PASADENA >> An elderly man with dementia who went missing in Pasadena Saturday afternoon turned up safe in Compton Saturday evening, police said.
Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 87-year-old Washington Kinnebrew after he wandered away from the Eisenhower Nursing & Convalescent Hospital, 1740 N. Fair Oaks Ave., about noon, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He suffers from dementia and requires medication.
Kinnebrew was found safe in Compton early Saturday evening, and was en route back to Pasadena, police said.
DUARTE >> Deputies are seeking half-a-dozen suspected Mongols motorcycle club members in connection with the beating and stabbing of a man outside a Duarte bar late Friday.
The victim, a 37-year-old man, was hospitalized in stable condition following the alleged attack, which took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. at the Route 66 Roadhouse & Tavern, 1846 E. Huntington Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
He and two other men became involved in an argument with six other men wearing “Mongols” motorcycle club vests in front of the bar, sheriff’s Sgt. Abi Ben-Sahile said.
“(The victim) was punched. He fell to the ground. He was kicked while on the ground, and it was later determined he was stabbed,” the sergeant said.
The other two men who accompanied the victim were not attacked, Ben-Sahile said.
The suspects fled the scene in several cars, he said. No further details were available.