NORTHRIDGE — A Canoga Park man and a Northridge woman died late Wednesday following a crash involving three vehicles and three pedestrians, authorities said.
The double-fatal crash took place about 8 p.m. at Tampa Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, according to Officer Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. She declined to give her first name.
Killed were Jasmine Dubon, 19, of Northridge, who was a pedestrian standing at the corner when she was struck by an out-of-control pickup truck, as well as the driver of the truck, identified by the LAPD as 24-year-old Pablo Castaneda of Canoga Park, LAPD officials said. Authorities initially described Dubon as a Rosemead resident.
Just prior to the collision, Castaneda was driving a 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck “at a high rate of speed northbound on Tampa Avenue,” she said.
The truck collided with a Ford E-350 van being driven by an 88-year-old man who was making a left turn from southbound Tampa Avenue onto eastbound Roscoe Boulevard, Gonzales said.
“The Tacoma went out of control toward the northeast corner of the intersection,” the officer said. The truck struck three pedestrians, ranging in age from 19 to 20, where were standing on the sidewalk.
Second later, Gonzalez said, a Nissan Maxima came upon the scene of the crash and struck the disabled van, causing it to overturn.
Dubon and Castaneda were taken to an area hospital where they succumbed to their injuries a short time later, officials said.
The two other drivers and two other pedestrians injured in the collision were hospitalized with injuries ranging from moderate to serious, Gonzales said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation by officers from the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.
PHOTO by Gene Blevins/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News
EL MONTE — A judge sentenced a former Rosemead wrestling coach from Baldwin Park to prison Tuesday for child molestation, officials said.
Herbert Daniel Ortizmonroy, 30, who is also known as Herbert Daniel Ortiz, received a sentence of three years and eight months in state prison from El Monte Superior Court Judge Steven Sanora, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jean Guccione said.
In a plea agreement, he pleaded no contest in May to one count of committing lewd acts on a child and one count of oral copulation on a person under 16 years old, Guccione said.
Ortizmonroy was initially charged with three counts of lewd acts on a child and two counts of oral copulation on a person under 16.
The bulk of the alleged molestations too place between 2008 and 2010, though one of the charges stemmed from an alleged incident in 2002, according to district attorney’s officials.
He worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School from 2007 to 2009, investigators said. The following year, he founded and coached in the Bad News Panthers Wrestling Program in Rosemead until he was identified as a child sex abuse suspect in September of 2012.
Authorities began looking into Ortizmonroy after a male alleged victim or his posted a video on YouTube accusing the coach of molestation in 2002, investigators said.
A woman saw the video and recognized Ortizmonroy as her 14-year-old son’s former assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School, authorities said. The mother asked her son if he had ever been abused by Ortizmonroy, and the boy told her that he had. The mother notified authorities, launching an investigation.
Ortizmonroy was arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico in November of 2012, district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said at the time. An American citizen, Ortizmonroy was promptly deported back to the California to face charges.
ROSEMEAD — A convicted felon already on Post-Release Community Supervision for weapons violations has been arrested twice this month on suspicion of illegal gun possession, police said.
Phillip Santa Anna, 23, of Rosemead was charged Tuesday with a count of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
He was being held in lieu of $65,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment July 9 in Alhambra Superior Court, according to Los Angeles County booking records. Following his arrest Friday, he was also immediately sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating parole.
Santa Anna’s most recent arrest took place at his home in the 2400 block of South New Avenue after members of the multi-agency West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force carried out a probation compliance, Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazeline said.
“During a probation search, a stolen handgun was found in his residence,” Mazeline said.
The officers had gone to the home to check on the convicted felon following his arrest one week earlier on the same charge, officials said.
Monterey Park police jailed Santa Anna on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a loaded gun near his home on June 7, Mazeline said.
He was released from jail later in the day after posting $20,000 bail, booking records show.
A charge had not yet been filed in connection with the June 7 arrest when Santa Anna was again caught with a loaded gun, officials said.
When he returns to court next month, Mazeline said police plan to seek a sentence-enhancing special allegation that the crimes were gang-related.
County records also showed that Santa Anna had been arrested March 23 and convicted two days later of carrying a switchblade knife on his person, according to booking records and D.A.’s spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.
A probation revocation hearing held in March resulting in additional jail , records show. He was released from custody April 12 after serving less than three weeks of a 210-day sentence.
Prior to the switchblade arrest, the defendant was already on Post-Release Community Supervision through the Los Angeles County Probation Department as part of the California prison realignment plan of 2011 for a previous weapons-related conviction, Mazeline said.
Officers also arrested Santa Anna’s brother, 28-year-old Raymond Santa Anna of Rosemead, during Friday’s search due to an outstanding warrant for violating his probation, police said.
He was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment Thursday in El Monte Superior Court, according to booking records.
He was arrested April 24 and pleaded no contest May 3 to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and misdemeanor battery, Davila-Morales said.
According to county records, Raymond Santa Anna was released from jail June 4 after serving just under six weeks of a 180-day sentence.
PHOTOS of Phillip Santa Anna and Raymond Santa Ana courtesy of the Monterey Park Police Department.
Investigators Thursday found and arrested a parolee in Rosemead suspected of shooting another man in the neck at a Covina mobile home park over the weekend, authorities said.
Jerry Joe Guerrero, 29, of Covina was arrested without a struggle and booked on suspicion of attempted murder after he was found shortly after 10 a.m. at the Palm Motel, 8463 Garvey Avenue, in Rosemead according to Covina police Lt. John Curley and Los Angeles County booking records. He was also being held on suspicion of violating parole.
The 23-year-old shooting victim, an El Monte resident, was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive following Sunday’s 10:50 p.m. shooting in the 1300 block of N. Citrus Avenue, police said. Investigators described him as an acquaintance of Guerrero.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation, Curley said. Though Guerrero is a gang member, the victim is not, and the shooting was not believed to have been gang-related, Curley said.
Police had been seeking Guerrero since Sunday and had sent wanted flyers to other nearby law enforcement agencies, Curley said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station spotted Guerrero’s 1999 BMW parked outside the Palm Motel, he said.
“They immediately recognized that car as being associated with Jerry Guerrero, Curley said.
Officials learned Guerrero was staying in a room at the motel and took him into custody without a fight.
According to booking records, Guerrero, who was already on parole for a firearms offense, was being held without bail pending his initial appearance Monday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO of Jerry Guerrero courtesy of the Covina Police Department
ROSEMEAD – A man dressed all in black with a bandana covering part of his face robbed a gas station at gunpoint of about $500 Wednesday night.
Sgt. Mark Skaggs of the sheriff’s Temple Station said no one was injured during the 10:20 p.m. robbery at the Mobil gas station, 939 San Gabriel Blvd.
Skaggs said the robber entered the gas station and demanded money. The culprit took the cash then ran through the parking lot and out of view.
The suspect was described as black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds. He carried a semiautomatic handgun.
- Ruby Gonzales
An admitted gang member from Rosemead faces a potential third-strike after he and his wife were arrested last week following a traffic stop in El Monte that led to the discovery of more than $20,000 worth of cocaine, authorities said.
Duong Che, 32, who is on parole for home-invasion robbery, and his wife Helena Hong, 30, of Rosemead, were booked on suspicion of possession of cocaine for sales and transportation following their arrests Thursday night, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
About a pound of cocaine was seized in the bust, with an estimated street value of $20,000 to $30,000, sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Kim said in a written statement.
Sheriff’s gang investigators assigned to the Asian Gang Team pulled Che over for a minor traffic violation as he was driving with his wife as a passenger near El Monte Superior Court, 11234 E. Valley Blvd., Kim said. Deputies discovered Che was on parole, giving them authority to search him and his vehicle.
Several packages of cocaine were found in his pocket, and more packages were found inside the vehicle, the sergeant said. More than nine ounces of the drug were recovered from the traffic stop, and Che and Hong were arrested.
Kim said investigators then turned their attention to Che’s home in the 7400 block of Whitmore Street in Rosemead, Kim said.
“During the search, an additional seven ounces of cocaine, and other evidence of narcotics — such as scales, empty bags and cash — were discovered and seized,” he added.
As a potential third-strike offender, Che faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted as charged, officials said. He was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
Hong was released from jail Friday afternoon after posting $60,000 bail, according to county booking records.
Both Che and Hong were scheduled to appear in El Monte Superior for arraignment Monday.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
ROSEMEAD — A group of armed robbers demanded cash from a convenience store clerk early Wednesday, but ultimately fled with only snack chips, officials said.
The robbery took place about 6:05 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 8147 Arroyo Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Edward Godfrey said.
Three suspects entered the store, one of them brandishing a black pistol, the lieutenant said. One of them demanded money from an employee.
Before obtaining and money, however, the men apparently became startled by an approaching customer and fled, Godfrey said. They helped themselves to some chips as they left.
Godfrey described the robbers as three Latino men between 20 and 25 years old, and 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. One wore a black hooded sweat shirt and blue plaid shorts, another wore a black hooded sweat shirt and dark pants and the third wore a gray hooded sweat shirt and gray plaid shorts.
They got into a getaway car described as an older-model, four-door car with its rear license plate painted over, Godfrey said. A driver was waiting in the car, which was last seen westbound on Arroyo Drive.
ROSEMEAD – Two hitchhikers stabbed an Arizona man four times Friday night after he pulled over to let them out of his car due to constant quarreling, officials said.
The stabbing took place just after 11 p.m. on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway near Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Lynette O’Brien said.
The stabbing victim, a man in his mid-30s, was expected to survive after undergoing treatment at a hospital, O’Brien said. He was stabbed twice in the stomach, once in the side and once in the back.
He had picked up the hitchhikers in Arizona and was en route to Hollywood, O’Brien said.
“Apparently, the two hitchhikers started arguing,” O’Brien said. They were arguing constantly.”
Fed up with the quarreling, the man pulled over to let the man and woman out of the car, O’Brien said.
The male hitchhiker stabbed the driver before exiting the car with the woman, officials said.
The motorist continued driving on the 10 Freeway. He initially believed he had merely been punched, but exited at Rosemead Boulevard and called for help when he realized he was bleeding, O’Brien said.
Deputies searched the area and found the two suspects on foot near the scene of the stabbing, she added. Deputies arrested them without a struggle.
Detectives withheld the suspects’ names Saturday as they continued their investigation, O’Brien said. She also declined to discuss whether the knife used in the attack was recovered.
ROSEMEAD — A group of seven men beat and robbed two other men along Walnut Grove early Saturday, police said.
The two victims, described as Rosemead men in their early 20s, were walking about 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, just north of San Gabriel Boulevard, when they were attacked, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jorge Marchena said.
Seven robbers described as Latino men between 20 and 25 years old beat the victims and robbed them of their money and cell phones, the sergeant said. One of the robbers brandished a handgun during the crime.
The victims were treated at a hospital for apparently minor injuries, Marchena said.
Officials said the attackers were last seen leaving the area in two dark-colored sedans.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Temple Station are handling the investigation.
ROSEMEAD — Two men and a woman armed with a hunting rifle robbed a Rosemead business of five big screen TVs Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The robbers entered Vega TV, 8943 Garvey Avenue, about 6:10 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Bergner said.
One of them brandished a hunting rifle as they helped themselves to the televisions, the sergeant said.
They were initially described only as two Latino men and one Latino woman, all wearing dark clothing, he said. They fled the scene in a white van.