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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UPDATED: Man killed in Pico Rivera shooting


PICO RIVERA >> Deputies sought two people following a shooting along Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera that left one man dead, officials said.
The shooting was reported about 6:30 p.m. at Whittier Boulevard and Acacia Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Sergio Escobedo said.
The victim, described as a man in his mid- to late-20s, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital just under an hour after he was shot, Escobedo said.
Initial reports from the scene indicated the culprits were a man and woman, last seen westbound on Whittier Boulevard on foot.
Deputies detained a man and woman nearby along Paramount Boulevard, north of Whittier Boulevard, following the shooting, officials said. Authorities kept a search perimeter in place as they worked to determine whether the detained man and woman were involved in the fatal shooting.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were summoned to take over the investigation, Escobedo said.
Anyone with information can reach the 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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Fugitive sought in South Whittier slaying arrested in Pico Rivera

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Homicide detectives arrested man Wednesday who they have been seeking for more than a week in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man during a fight in South Whittier, authorities said.
Authorities found and arrested George Luis Delgado, 53, about 9:40 a.m. at a motel along Telegraph Road, just west of Rosemead Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
Delgado, described by investigators as transient, has been sought since the morning of Sept. 26, when he allegedly stabbed and killed 42-year-old Tyrone Duran of San Gabriel as the two men were involved in a fight in a residential neighborhood in the 13500 block of Trumball Street.
After more than a week of searching, and reaching out to the public for assistance, “We tracked him down at a motel in Pico Rivera,” Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The murder suspect offered no resistance, Corina said. “We picked him up without incident.
Delgado was scheduled for arraignment Friday in Downey Superior Court, records show.
“The victim and suspect knew each other and were hanging out in front of a residence,” Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. “They began to argue, and the argument escalated into a fist fight. Sometime during the fight the suspect stabbed the victim with a folding type knife.”
EP-150929594Paramedics took Duran to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Delgado fan from the scene, leaving the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing at the scene, Corina said. He remained a fugitive until his arrest Wednesday.
Sheriff’s officials initially said the men appeared to have been arguing over a woman when the fatal stabbing occurred, however Corina said the investigation is ongoing.
“I’m not sure exactly what they were arguing about,” the lieutenant said.
Duran, who was not married, left behind two children, said Aimee Mendoza, who is an aunt to Duran’s son. She described him as energetic and gun, with a strong personality.
Donations to help the family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/Memoryoftyduran.

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George Delgado, left, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, who is suspected of fatally stabbing Tyron Duran, 42, right, during a fight in a South Whittier neighborhood on Sept. 26, 2015. (Photos courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the DMV)  [BELOW] – Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials investigate in the 13500 block of Trumball Street in South Whittier, where a man was fatally stabbed during a fight early Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.
(Staff photo by Brian Day)

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Armed man robs Pico Rivera recycling center


PICO RIVERA >> An armed man robbed a recycling center along Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera Sunday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:30 a.m. at a recycling kiosk in the 9400 block of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Gabriel Navarro said.
The robber displayed a handgun in his waistband but never pulled it, the sergeant said.
After robbing the business of cash, he was last seen fleeing east on foot, according to initial reports form the scene.
He was described as a Latino man with the appearance of a gang member, with a tattoo on the side of his neck, between 32 and 35 years old, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, a black baseball cap and baggy jeans. He carried a small revolver.

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Man denies fatal stabbing of tow truck driver in Pico Rivera


NORWALK >> A Pico Rivera man accused of fatally stabbing a tow truck driver as he replaced his mother’s minivan battery appeared in court Friday and denied a murder charge, officials said.
Tobias Ruben Cabrera, a 40-year-old transient, pleaded not guilty in Norwalk Superior Court to one count of murder in connection with the June 2 stabbing of Raymond Zabala, 35, of East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
The fatal stabbing occurred after Zabala, a tow truck driver for AAA contractor Petra Towing & Auto Repair in Montebello, arrived at the home of Cabrera’s mother in the 8200 block of Buhman Avenue to replace the battery on her Honda Odyssey, Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said.
Following the seemingly unprovoked attack, Zabala ran to a neighboring home to seek help but ultimately succumbed to his wounds at the scene, authorities said. Cabrera allegedly fled the scene on a bicycle before being apprehended three days later.
Friday was Cabrera’s second arraignment. After initially pleading not guilty to murder shortly after his arrest, a judge determined Sept. 11 that there is sufficient evidence to order Cabrera to stand trial.
Cabrera, who had prior criminal convictions and is accused of the special allegation of personally using a knife in the killing, faces 37 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.
He was ordered back to Norwalk Superior Court Oct. 26 for a pretrial hearing.

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Man killed by deputies in Downey restaurant standoff was sought for questioning in East L.A. slaying, fire

Los Angeles County Sheriff's with other police agencies stand outside the Chris & Pitts restaurants where deputies shot and killed the carjacking suspett in Downey on Thursday September 10, 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s with other police agencies stand outside the Chris & Pitts restaurants where deputies shot and killed the carjacking suspett in Downey on Thursday September 10, 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

A man fatally shot by deputies after carjacking a woman in West Whittier, firing shots and taking hostages inside a Downey barbecue restaurant last week was being sought for questioning in connection with the slaying of a woman found dead inside her burning East Los Angeles home in August, authorities said.
Eddie Tapia, 41, died shortly before 9 p.m. Sept. 10, when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau deputies stormed the Chris’ & Pitt’s restaurant on Lakewood Boulevard in Downey where he had held four people hostage for more than an hour and shot him, according to county sheriff’s and coroner officials. The hostages were freed unharmed.
0918_NWS_WDN-L-TAPIAFOLOThe standoff began after Tapia was spotted driving in a stolen car in the Pico Rivera area, then carjacked a woman in West Whittier before firing shots from a handgun as he fled into the crowded Downey restaurant, officials said.
As the investigation continued into Tapia, an ex-convict released from jail four months prior to the deputy-involved shooting, detectives revealed he had ties to 46-year-old Rocio Vasquez, who was found dead inside her home in the 700 block of Brady Avenue in East Los Angeles home early Aug. 8, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
“Initially, the preliminary consensus was that the fire may have been accidental, but additional investigation, as well as an autopsy, would be necessary to confirm how the victim died,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“It was determined during the autopsy that Victim Vasquez had not died as a result of the fire, but she had been shot and killed prior to the fire being set,” according to the statement.
Though not named a suspect in the slaying, Tapia was one of several persons of interest detectives have been seeking in connection to their investigation into Vasquez’s slaying.
“He was a person we wanted to talk to,” Corina said.
“He was her friend,” the lieutenant said, adding that Tapia was known to frequent the victim’s home.
Tapia’s city of residence was unclear.
No arrests in have been made in Vasquez’s slaying.

— Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

PHOTO [ABOVE] by Keith Durflinger [BELOW] photo of Eddie Tapia courtesy of the California DMV.

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Ex-convict killed by SWAT team after taking hostages in Downey restaurant identified

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Coroner’s officials identified the armed carjacking suspect who was fatally shot by deputies inside a Downey restaurant following a car chase through several communities and taking hostages inside the eatery.
Eddie Tapia, 41, died at the scene after being shot by SWAT deputies at the conclusion of Thursday night’s standoff, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said. His city of residence was unknown.
Sheriff’s officials said the man took four people hostage inside the Chris’ & Pitt’s BBQ restaurant at 9243 Lakewood Blvd.
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Deputies shot Tapia when he didn’t comply with orders to put down his weapon and “posed as an imminent threat to the hostages”, according to a sheriff’s department statement. The department didn’t say how many deputies were involved in the shooting.
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Four hostages were rescued, and the suspect’s handgun was recovered. Lt. Darren Harris said the hostages weren’t injured.
“He posed a great risk to the public, and deputies made a split-second decision,” Harris said,
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UPDATED: Armed carjacking suspect fatally shot after fleeing into crowded Downey restaurant following chase

Deputies shot and killed a man with a gun after he burst into a crowded Downey barbecue restaurant Thursday sending patrons and employees fleeing.
The standoff and deputy-involved shooting came at the conclusion after the suspect led police on a wild pursuit and firing a gun into the air authorities said.
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The pursuit began shortly before 7 p.m. in the Whittier area, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
A sheriff’s helicopter flying over the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station spotted a Honda Civic that had been reported stolen and was emanating a LoJack tracking signal, sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Parker said.
“As patrol deputies from Pico (Rivera) station were headed to that location, the helicopter pilot and observer watched as the suspect carjacked a person at gunpoint,” Parker said.
The carjacking took place in unincorporated West Whittier.
Deputies as well as CHP officers chased the suspect as he fled along surface streets and freeway lanes through Montebello, Monterey Park, East Los Angeles, and Downey, Parker said. He was involved in at least one hit-and-run collision during the chase.
Pursuing officers used a PIT maneuver to bringing the chase to an end in the 9200 block on Lakewood Boulevard in Downey, officials said.
After crashing his car into another vehicle, the suspect fired a handgun into the air as he fled from his crashed car and ran into a nearby Chris’ & Pitt’s restaurant at 9243 Lakewood Blvd, Parker said.
Patrons and employees could be seen fleeing from the building as heavily armed deputies took positions around the restaurant. It was not clear whether the gunman had any hostages.
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Checkpoint planned Friday in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA >> Deputies are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Jose Marquez said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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