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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Paramedics 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)
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.
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.
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.
The 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.