Bank robbed in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD — Two men fled with cash Thursday following a robbery at a bank branch Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The heist took place just after 12:30 p.m. at the Pacific Alliance Bank, 8400 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Ruiz said.
The robber demanded money from a teller and fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount, officials said. No weapons were seen during the crime, and no injuries were reported.
Officials described the robbers as two black men in their 20s, wearing black caps and blue jackets, Ruiz said.
No further details were available.

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Fire scorches Rosemead apartment

ROSEMEAD — A fire blamed on discarded matches scorched a third-floor apartment Tuesday, however firefighters doused the flames before they spread to any other units, officials said.
The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. at a large apartment complex in the 6300 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Haynes said.
The resident of the apartment got out unharmed, and firefighters extinguished the fire before it could damage other apartments, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Richard Johnson said.
The fire was believed to have been caused by matches that had been left on a bed before completely extinguished, Johnson said. A dollar-vale estimate of the damage caused by the fire was not available.

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UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old San Gabriel Girl found safe in Rosemead

*UPDATE: The missing girl was located safe at a Rosemead restaurant late Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, per San Gabriel police.

San Gabriel police asked the public’s help Thursday in tracking down a 12-year-old San Gabriel girl who never came home from her Rosemead school Wednesday.
Destiny Beasley was last seen Wednesday afternoon at Mildred B. Janson Elementary School, 8628 Marshall Street in Rosemead, San Gabriel police Lt. Chris Ortell said.
She was supposed to walk home from school but never arrived, the lieutenant said. Foul play was not initially suspected.
The girl had gotten in trouble at school that day, resulting in a phone call home to her parents, he said. When last seen, she was talking with a friend about being in trouble.
Authorities checked with family and friends with no luck as of Thursday morning, Ortell said.
Beasley was described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, police said. She was last seen wearing a dark blue polo shirt and dark blue shorts.
Anyone with information was asked to contact San Gabriel Police at 626-308-2828.

PHOTO courtesy of the San Gabriel Police Department

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Monterey Park police arrest Rosemead man in connection with Rancho Cucamonga marijuana grow

Monterey Park police raided homes in Rosemead and Rancho Cucamonga early Thursday, recovering more than 155 pounds and arresting a Rosemead man on suspicion of cultivating the illicit crop, authorities said.
Detectives from the Monterey Park Police Department’s Crime Impact Team arrested Sunny Hoa, 52, at his home in on Ralph Street near Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead, Lt. Frank Duke said. They also recovered about 35 pounds of processed pot at the residence.
Also Thursday morning, police went to another home associated with Hoa on Driftood Place near the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga, where they dismantled an indoor grow operation and seized 121 pounds of marijuana, Duke said.
Several hundred mature plants were seized in Rancho Cucamonga, along with the equipment used to grow the plants,” Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
A home in El Monte believed tied to Hoa was also searched, though no pot was found there, he added.
Others who were detained during the raids were ultimately released without charges, Duke said.
Monterey Park police have been watching Hoa for nearly a year, officials said, when they identified him as a suspect in an indoor marijuana grow found in Monterey Park on Thanksgiving Day last year.
In that case, an electrical fire at a condominium in the 500 block of North Chandler Avenue led officials to discover a marijuana growing operation, police said at the time.
Hoa was soon identified as a suspect, Duke said, but not arrested as police continued their investigation into him for nearly a year.
According to county booking records, Hoa was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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Rosemead man killed in Alhambra car crash

ALHAMBRA – A driver was killed after hitting parked cars and the side of a bank Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Hai Ming Xu, 47, of Rosemead died at the scene of the solo-car crash, which took place about 11 a.m. in the 300 block of Valley Boulevard, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said in a written statement.
“It appears at this time that Mr. Xu lost control of his vehicle while driving through the parking lot located west of the Preferred Bank,” Johnson said. “Mr. Xu’s vehicle collided with three parked cars an unoccupied vehicles before striking the west wall of the Preferred Bank, where it comes to rest.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by Alhambra police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.

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Car strikes business in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD — A car slammed into a Rosemead legal office early Sunday, causing significant damage but no injuries, authorities said.
A man in hiss 20s was driving a Nissan 300ZX when he lost control and struck a legal office on Hellman Avenue, just east of Del Mar Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Martinez said.
The business was closed at time and no one was inside, he said. The driver of the car was not hurt.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, however driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was not initially suspected, Martinez said.
A building inspector looked over the damage and determined it was safe for the legal office to remain open pending repairs, officials said.

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

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*Northridge woman, Canoga Park man killed in Northridge crash


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

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Former Rosemead wrestling coach from Baldwin Park sentenced for child molestations

Herbert Ortizmonroy

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.

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Rosemead convict arrested for gun possession twice in a week

Phillip Santa Anna, 23, Rosemead

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.
Raymond Santa Anna, 28, RosemeadOfficers 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.

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Suspect in Covina shooting arrested in Rosemead

Jerry Guerrero, 29, Covina

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

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