UPDATED: Officials: Deputy fatally shoots man during knife attack on woman in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD — A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man Friday as he was stabbing a woman with a knife outside the family home in Rosemead, authorities said.
The name of the dead man was not available, however sheriff’s officials initially described him as 21 years old.
The woman suffered multiple stab wounds, including a slashed throat, but was expected to survive her injuries, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said.
Deputies first responded to a report of a family disturbance about 6:10 p.m. at the home in the 2400 block of Earle Avenue, just north of Klingerman Street, the sheriff said.
“A young man, 21 years of age, was drunk and causing a lot of havoc there in the home,” Baca said.
Ultimately, deputies and the family agreed that the situation could be handled within the family.
“The family was around him. They wanted him to just go back inside the house and sleep it off,” the sheriff said. “So it looked like it was all handled properly at that point, and deputies elected to give the family control of the situation.”
Deputies left the home but remained just up the street at Earle Avenue and Klingerman Street, officials said. They were still there when officials received a second call from the home about 20 minutes later.
“The young man was acting violently, had a knife in his hand and was stabbing a young woman,” Baca said. “And as he was chasing her out of the yard, the driveway, he was stabbing her in the back. He had already stabbed her in the throat.
“Deputies fired one Taser shot at him. That didn’t work. The second deputy fired one shot that hit the suspect in the chest, The suspect fell to the ground, and moments later was deceased.”
Sheriff’s radio traffic from the scene immediately following the shooting indicated the suspect was “down,” and was, “no longer a threat.”
Paramedics pronounced a patient with a gunshot wound dead at the scene, fire Dispatch Supervisor Kyle Sanford said. The stabbing victim was rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
The woman’s injuries were serious and she was bleeding profusely from her neck, Baca said.
“She seems to be in a position where her life is not in peril,” he said. “But she would have been killed undoubtedly had this young man continued (the attack).”
The relationship between the dead suspect and the victim was not clear Friday night, nor was the wounded woman’s age.
No deputies were injured in the incident, deputies from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.
Several neighbors said they never heard the gunshot.
Deputies cordoned off the area and set up a command post south of the shooting scene as they investigated the incident. Residents of the street were escorted to their homes by deputies as the investigation unfolded.
As is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings involving Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, detectives from the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau were summoned to handle the investigation, officials said. Simultaneous investigations were also underway by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review.

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Man with knife grabs child during failed heist at Rosemead beauty salon

ROSEMEAD — A knife-wielding man grabbed a hold of a 5-year-old child and demanded money before fleeing empty-handed from a Rosemead beauty salon Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The brazen crime took place about 2:45 p.m. at a salon in the 3100 block of San Gabriel Boulevard, just north of Garvey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Long said.
The suspect entered the store armed with a knife, Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
“He demanded money and then grabbed the child by the arm,” Chavez said. “As he reached and retrieved a knife from his pocket, the (child’s) uncle intervened and grabbed the child from him and pulled him away.”
The would-be robber then ran from the store empty handed, the lieutenant said. He was last seen headed south on San Gabriel Boulevard.
The child was shaken but not injured, officials said.
Deputies described the suspect as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of thin build, with a tattoo on his left forearm. He had brown hair and brown eyes and wore dark blue jeans, as well as a black and white bandana over his face.
Deputies searched the area with help from witnesses who pointed out where the man had run, but he was not found, Long said. Deputies continued hunting for him late Sunday.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.

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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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