Man struck by train in Pico Rivera


PICO RIVERA >> A man suffered major head injuries after he was struck by an Amtrak train in Pico Rivera early Saturday in what was being investigated as a suicide attempt, authorities said.
The incident took place about 8:35 a.m. on a set of tracks behind the 7600 block of Industry Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Noe Garcia said.
The Amtrak train was headed from San Diego to Los Angeles, he said.
The conductor reported seeing the man, described as a Los Angeles man in his 20s, lying near the tracks, with his arms crossed and his head sitting upon one of the rails, Garcia said. The conductor was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the man.
Paramedics rushed the severely injured man via helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, the lieutenant said.
The Amtrak train resumed its journey with its passengers a little over an hour later, Garcia added.
Metrolink trains, which use the same tracks, were also delayed as a result of the incident, officials said.

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Truck slams into Pico Rivera apartment building; 4 hurt


PICO RIVERA >> Four people suffered injuries when a truck careened into an apartment building in Pico Rivera Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crash was first reported just before 4 p.m. along Rosemead Boulevard, near Bradhurst Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Al Jackson said.
Paramedics treated four patients, he said.
The injuries appeared minor, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Noe Garcia said. Those hurt were all inside the vehicle, he added. No one in the apartment building was injured.
Ariel news footage showed a black truck embedded in the corner of a beige, two-story apartment building.
An Urban Search and Rescue Team was summoned to the scene to inspect and shore up the damaged structure ahead of an inspection by health and safety officials, Jackson said.
The cause remained under investigation, Garcia said. The driver told investigators the truck had experienced brake problems.
There were no overt signs of intoxicated driving.

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Pico Rivera teens accused of Monterey Park burglary attempt


MONTEREY PARK >> Police arrested two Pico Rivera teens Saturday in connection with an attempted break-in at a Monterey Park home the day before, officials said.
The failed burglary took place about 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of East West Crest Way, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
Two intruders got into the home’s backyard and tried to pry open a bedroom window, she said. But the would-be burglars fled when confronted by the homeowner.
Investigators obtained surveillance camera images of the suspect and soon identified them.
Monterey Park police arrested both suspects Saturday at their homes in Pico Rivera, officials said. Both were booked on suspicion of residential burglary.

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Four suspects in Pico Rivera pharmacy robbery arrested after chase

PICO RIVERA >> Deputies arrested four suspect in an armed robbery at a Pico Rivera pharmacy following a pursuit and crash Wednesday, officials said.
Authorities firs received a silent alarm notification about 11:40 a.m. from a pharmacy in the 9200 block of Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva said. Robbers had held up the business at gunpoint, stealing painkillers such as codeine.
Deputies soon found the suspects’ getaway car heading south on the 605 Freeway, Villanueva said.
“Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued to drive away and a pursuit was initiated,” the lieutenant said.
Deputies chased the sedan as it exited the freeway and ultimately crashed in a utility pole at Telegraph Road and Rosemead Boulevard, he said.
Several suspects ran from the car, but all four were captured nearby, Villanueva said.
Deputies recovered two handguns and a backpack full of items, including drugs believed to have been stolen in the robbery, he said.
The suspects were described as three men and juvenile boy. Some were treated at a hospital for apparently minor injuries suffered in the crash before booking.
The names of the adult suspects were not available Wednesday.

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Deputies rescue suicidal man found hanging from utility pole in Pico Rivera

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PICO RIVERA >> Deputies rescued suicidal man who tried to hang himself from a telephone pole in Pico Rivera Friday morning, officials said.
Deputies were summoned about 9:20 a.m. to the 9300 block of Wampler Street by a family member of the man, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“A male adult became despondent and attempted to hang himself from a telephone pole on the south side of Wampler Street,” according to the statement. A family member tried to intervene and called 911.
“(Deputies) found the man hanging from an electrical cord tied to the pole,” the statement said. “They quickly climbed the telephone pole and lifted the man up, preventing his death. Deputies cut the noose from his neck and carried him down from the pole.”
Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition, officials said.
Sheriff’s officials urged anyone thinking of hurting themselves to reach out and take advantages of resources designed to help, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255. For more information, visit www.afsp.org.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Teens wounded in car-to-car road rage shooting on Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera


PICO RIVERA >> Road rage sparked a car-to-car shooting in Pico Rivera late Saturday, leaving one teen wounded in the face and another in the leg, authorities said.
The gunfire erupted about 11:30 p.m. along eastbound Whittier Boulevard, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Harvey Crosthwaite said.
The victims, described as three men in their late-teens, passed a slower moving car, the lieutenant said.
Crosthwaite said the maneuver apparently angered the occupants of the other car, who made hand gestures before opening fire on the victims’ car. It was unclear whether the gestures were gang-related.
A bullet passed through a window and headrest of the victims’ car, ultimately striking the driver in the jaw, Crosthwaite said. A rear passenger in the car suffered a grazing wound to his leg, while a third passenger in the car was unhurt.
Following the shooting, the victims pulled into a gas station at Whittier Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, along the border between Pico Rivera and Whittier, to seek help, officials said. Both wounded men were hospitalized in stable condition.
Deputies described the suspects as a man in his late-20s or early-30s, who was driving the dark-colored sedan, and a woman with black hair, who was riding as a passenger.

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Man shot to death at Pico Rivera house party


PICO RIVERA >> A man died in a shooting at a Halloween party in Pico Rivera after an argument erupted into gunfire, authorities said.
The fatal shooting took place just after midnight at a home in the 9600 block of Par Place, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. The victim, initially described as a 23-year-old man, died at the scene.
“Detectives have learned that both the suspect and the victim were attending a party at that location when they began to argue,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “During the argument, the suspect produced a firearm and shot the victim several times.”
The shooter fled and remained at large morning. No description was available.
“At this time, this incident appears to be gang related,” the statement said.
The victims name was not released pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s officials said.
No further details were released.
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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Gunman sought in Pico Rivera 7-Eleven robbery


PICO RIVERA >> A gunman escaped with cash and lottery tickets after robbing a Slauson Avenue convenience store Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The heist took place about 3:52 p.m. at 7-Eleven, at Slauson Avenue and Passons Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueava said.
Two clerks were working when the robber entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
He obtained money from two registers, as well as lottery scratcher tickets, before fleeing, Villanueva said.
The robber was last seen getting driving away in a black vehicle, he said.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, short and heavyset, wearing a green long-sleeved T-shirt, black pants, a green Army-style hat and sunglasses.

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Pico Rivera restaurant robbed


PICO RIVERA >> An armed robber held up a Rosemead Boulevard Mexican food restaurant Wednesday evening, officials said.
The heist unfolded just before 7 p.m. at Tacos Maria’s, 4611 Rosemead Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva said.
The robber entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the business’ cash register, the lieutenant said.
He was described as a Latino man, about 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair shaved short and brown eyes, wearing a brown T-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen running westbound on Beverly Boulevard.

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Man fatally struck by train in Pico Rivera


PICO RIVERA >> A man died Friday morning after being struck by a commuter train in Pico Rivera, authorities said.
The collision was firs reported about 6:40 a.m. on the tracks just north of the 8500 block of Whittier Boulevard, west of Paramount Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
The man, whose identity was not available Friday, was struck by a westbound Metrolink train carrying several hundred passengers, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner-Medical Examiner. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The conductor called authorities to report he believed the train had struck a person in the area, sheriff’s Sgt. Edward Estrada said. The train came to a halt, and a sheriff’s helicopter soon found the body of the man.
The investigation was ongoing, however there were no initial signs of foul play, Estrada said.
The train, which was headed to Los Angeles from Riverside, was delayed on the tracks for several hours, officials said.

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