SOUTH PASADENA — Two liquor thieves escaped police following a brief chase in a stolen car Saturday, but it wasn’t a clean getaway, authorities said. They left behind identification, including an inmate wristband from a previous stay in county jail.
Police did not release the names of the men as they continued seeking them and prepared a criminal case for prosecutors, South Pasadena police Lt. Mike Neff said.
Police received a call about 1:30 p.m. reporting the men were stealing liquor from Bristol Farms, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., the sergeant said. In addition to Saturday’s theft, they were seen the previous day stealing alcohol, he added.
Responding officers spotted the suspects, who fled to a nearby 1996 Honda and sped away, Neff said.
The Honda led police on a brief pursuit, which ended about half a mile away in the 300 block of Garfield Road, where the suspects abandoned the car and continued fleeing on foot, Neff said.
The suspects were not found, however they left behind in the stolen car all of the alcohol they had just stolen — valued at more than $300 — as well as identifying documents, police said.
Among them were a California ID and a wristband ID issued to county jail inmates, Neff said. Officers confirmed the men they chased were the same ones listed on the documents.
Both men have outstanding felony arrest warrants stemming from unrelated cases, he added.
The Honda had been reported stolen earlier in the day to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division.
SIERRA MADRE — Police arrested a 22-year-old Los Angeles man Friday following a brief chase, authorities said.
A police officer tried to pull over a two-door coupe for speeding about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit.
Police chased the fleeing car at high speeds down Sierra Madre Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue before it got into the westbound 210 Freeway, Ortiz said.
The driver pulled over and surrendered on the freeway near Santa Anita Avenue, he added.
In addition to receiving a speeding ticket, the driver was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of evading police, Ortiz said.
The suspect’s name was not available pending the booking process, he added.
EL MONTE — A West Covina man led El Monte police on high-speed chase in a stolen car before being arrested Wednesday, authorities said.
Adam Jojola, 27, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and felony evading of police following the incident, El Monte police Cpl. Aram Choe said.
Police received a report about 9:40 a.m. that a silver, 1996 Honda Civic had been stolen from the 11900 block of Deana Street, the corporal said.
“One of our detectives who happened to be in the area spotted the vehicle about half an hour later, unoccupied, in the 11600 block of Sitka (Street),” Choe said. The car was parked along the street, about half a mile away from where it was reported stolen.
The detective waited for several minutes until a man — later identified as Jojola — got into the Honda and started driving, Choe said. The detective called backup from additional officers.
When officers tried to stop the Honda, the driver failed to pull over and, “fled at high-speed,” Choe said.
Officers backed off the chase due to safety concerns after the speeding and fleeing vehicle neared Parkview Elementary School, Choe said. They lost sight of the Honda.
“About 15 minutes later, a resident called and reported that a subject who matched the description of the suspect had abandoned a stolen vehicle in the 2600 block of Cogswell (Road),” according to the corporal.
Police set up a search perimeter in the neighborhood and soon found and arrested Jojola without a struggle, Choe said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Jojola was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the El Monte Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.
COVINA — A driver with an expired registration tag led police on a short pursuit early Friday.
Covina Police Lt. Tim Doonan said the man was arrested in Baldwin Park and his passenger was so intoxicated she was taken to a hospital. Doonan said the woman couldn’t stand on her own.
An officer pulled over a vehicle with an expired registration tag on Arrow Highway and Azusa Avenue at 4:44 a.m.
The officer got out of the patrol car. Doonan said the driver made an immediate U-turn, accelerated and headed westbound on Arrow Highway.
The chase, which lasted five minutes and 40 seconds, went through Irwindale and ended in Baldwin Park.
Doonan said the driver pulled into a long driveway and tried to hide. He was spotted.
Martin Camacho, 37, of Baldwin Park was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
He remains in custody at Covina jail with a bail of $75,000. He has a Tuesday arraignment at West Covina Superior Court.
- Ruby Gonzales
LA MIRADA — A Brea police pursuit of an attempted murder suspect worked its way through four cities Wednesday before coming to an end with a crash in La Mirada, officials said.
Vincent Amadeus Fernandez, 21, of Fullerton was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and evading police following the pursuit, which began about 9:30 a.m., Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin said.
The incident began about 9:30 a.m. when police received a report of domestic violence from the 800 block of Sungrove Place, in the area of Lambert Road and State College Boulevard, the sergeant said.
Fernandez had forced his way into a former girlfriend’s home, where he struck her, brandished a knife and choked her, Griffin said. He made statements during the alleged attack that he wanted to kill the woman.
The woman was not seriously hurt, Griffin said.
An officer responding to the call spotted Fernandez driving away, Griffin said. The officer tried to pull over Fernandez’s pickup truck, but he fled instead.
Fernandez led officers on a chase through Brea, Fullerton and Yorba Linda, police said. At one point, he struck a parked car and continued fleeing.
After about 10 minutes, Fernandez crashed his northbound truck into a sedan at Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Adelfa Drive in La Mirada, officials said.
Neither driver suffered significant injuries, Los Angeles County Department Capt. Greg Lombardo said.
Fernandez was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and felony evading, police said.
SOUTH PASADENA — An Alhambra man allegedly led police on an intoxicated, slow-speed chase through South Pasadena and Pasadena late Friday and early Saturday before finally surrendering, authorities said.
Tim Neal Morgan, 35, was released from jail with a citation early Saturday after being booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and misdemeanor evading police, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said.
The pursuit began about 11:45 p.m. when an officer patrolling in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue, which has had recent issues with burglaries and auto thefts, spotted Morgan sitting in a parked 1999 Ford Explorer and thought him suspicious, the sergeant said.
As the officer approached Morgan, he began driving away in the SUV with his headlights off, Abdalla said.
The officer tried to pull the Explorer over, but Morgan continued driving, he said.
“It was a slow-speed pursuit in the area of 20 to 30 mph, with the suspect stopping at red lights and stop signs,” Abdalla said.
After leading officers on a 50-minute chase on South Pasadena and Pasadena surface streets, Morgan pulled over and surrendered to police just inside the Alhambra city limit on Huntington Drive near Garfield Avenue, police said.
After more than a week of eluding authorities, an Azusa man suspected of leading police on two wild pursuits late last month and assaulting an officer was in custody Sunday.
But not before he kicked a hole in the roof of his home and climbed through it in a final attempt to escape, police said.
Gerardo Herrejon, 43, was arrested after a two-hour standoff late Saturday at his condo in the 600 block of East Lee Place in Azusa, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said.
Herrejon was booked on suspicion of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and forgery after being taken into custody about 11:50 p.m., Walczak said.
He had been sought since Nov. 29 when he allegedly passed counterfeit money along with 23-year-old Chandra Olazaba of Azusa at the Covina Walmart and then led Covina police on a pursuit that ended when the pursing police car crashed, officials said.
Police identified Olazaba as a suspect in the forgery and pursuit, and showed up at a parole office in El Monte Nov.<TH>30, where she was scheduled to meet with her parole officer, officials said.
Olazaba was arrested at the parole office, but Herrejon allegedly rammed a police car in the parking lot before leading officers on a second pursuit, according to Covina police Lt. Dave Foster.
Herrejon again eluded officers by abandoning his car in El Monte, leaping from a tall wall and and continuing to flee on foot.
Authorities had been seeking Herrejon when Azusa police Officer Seth Chapman spotted him Saturday evening on Lee Place and saw him run into a two-story condominium, Walczak said.
Herrejon refused to come out, initiating a two-hour standoff before police forced their way into the home, Walczak said.
Once the officers got inside, Herrejon began running upstairs and was shot with a less-lethal foam projectile, officials said.
“That struck him in the back of one of his legs, however, he managed to climb up into his attic,” Walczak said.
“From his attic, we continued to order him out, the lieutenant added. “He then kicked a hole in the roof of the condo and got onto the roof.”
Officers had the home surrounded, and after another half-hour of negotiations through Covina police Sgt. Dan Regan, Herrejon was persuaded to surrender via a fire department ladder, according to Walczak.
According to county booking records, Herrejon was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending his initial court appearance Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
Olazaba, who officials said was on parole for a previous burglary conviction, was being held without bail on suspicion of burglary and forgery. She was due to appear in West Covina Superior Court Dec. 17.
PHOTOS of Gerardo Herrejon courtesy of the Covina Police Department
A man driving a stolen car tried to flee from police but crashed into another vehicle Tuesday night.
He was arrested. El Monte police Lt. David Vautrin said the man’s passenger and the driver of the other car complained of pain.
It started at 11:07 p.m. on Valley Boulevard and Tyler Avenue. Vautrin said the driver of a maroon Honda failed to yield.
The chase lasted a couple of minutes and ended when the Honda collided with a white Nissan at Garvey Avenue and Mountain View Road.
Vautrin said the Honda’s passenger was taken to Greater El Monte Community Hospital. The driver of the Nissan was treated at the scene but declined to go to a hospital, he added.
The Honda was stolen out of Riverside, the lieutenant said.
The suspect’s name and age weren’t available since he hadn’t been booked yet.
A driver suspected of being under the influence ran red lights during a slow chase Friday that was brought to a halt by spike strips.
At one point during the police pursuit, the Chevrolet Astro van was traveling at 25 mph.
Lt. Andrew Meyer of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station said it started just after 8 p.m. at Rosemead Boulevard and Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera.
Deputies saw the man driving erratically. Meyer said the van nearly hit three cars and drove up onto the sidewalk.
He said the driver refused to stop when deputies tried to pull over the van. A sheriff’s helicopter later followed the vehicle.
Deputies used spike strips which damaged the van’s back tires, Meyer said. The suspect continued driving for several minutes before he stopped at the Arco gas station at 12525 Hadley St. in Whittier, according to the lieutenant.
Randy Avalos, 31, of Whittier was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and for being a parolee at large.
Because he’s a parolee, Avalos is being held without bail at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. Booking records show he will be arraigned Tuesday at Whittier Superior Court.
- Ruby Gonzales
MONTEBELLO — Police arrested a Montebello man early Sunday on suspicion of violating a restraining order and breaking into a home before leading police on a chase which ended in a crash, authorities said.
Ernesto Vieyra, 56, was expected to be booked on suspicion of burglary and evading police, Montebello police Lt. Rick Rojas said.
Officers responded to a report of a man violating a restraining order and breaking into a home in the 1100 block of South Spruce Street just minutes before midnight, the lieutenant said.
The man had left when officers arrived, but a police helicopter spotted his vehicle speeding down Washington Boulevard.
Vieyra failed to pull over, initiating a short, low-speed chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into another car at Washington and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera, Rojas said. Vieyra was not believed injured in the crash, though the other driver suffered apparently minor injuries.
Vieyra was arrested, but taken to a hospital prior to booking after complaining of a medical problem, officials said.