Prosecutors filed murder and other charges this week against an Ontario man accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s brother to death with a foot-long Asian ornamental knife over the weekend in Rowland Heights.
Albert Camacho appeared in Pomona Superior Court Tuesday, where he was charged with the murder of 32-year-old Benjamin Cervantes, who died shortly after Saturday’s 1:30 a.m. stabbing at his home in the 1300 block of Gloriosa Avenue in Rowland Heights, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and superior court officials.
Camacho was also charged with four counts of dissuading a witness for threatening witnesses to the stabbing in an attempt to prevent them from calling authorities, Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
He entered no plea, and his arraignment was continued to Sept. 12, Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials said.
Rosson said Camacho and Cervantes had argued in the past prior to the fatal stabbing.
“They didn’t get along,” the lieutenant said.
He did not know the specific issue the men were disputing early Saturday when the argument escalated into a fight, and Camacho grabbed a 12-inch-long ornamental Asian knife that was already at the home. Cervantes was stabbed several times in the upper body.
Camacho fled the scene following the stabbing, but only after threatening to harm neighbors who witnessed the stabbing if they called authorities, Rosson said.
He remained at-large for more than 10 hours before ultimately turning himself in at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station shortly after noon, according to officials and county booking records. He had received word from family members that he was being sought by homicide detectives.
Detectives recovered the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing, though Rosson declined to say exactly when and where it was found.
Camacho was being held without bail pending his next court appearance, records show.
A Rowland Heights man died early Saturday after he was stabbed by his sister’s boyfriend during an argument, authorities said.
Benjamin Cervantes died at a hospital shortly after the stabbing, which took place just before 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Gloriosa Avenue, Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. He was 32 years old, coroner’s officials said.
His alleged killer, 30-year-old Albert Camacho of Ontario, was booked on suspicion of murder, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
“Detectives have learned that the suspect and the victim were involved in an argument which escalated with the suspect stabbing the victim several times in the upper torso,” Alvarez said.
The wounded man was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato.
Camacho fled the scene but was ultimately arrested just after noon, Alvarez said. Further details of how where Camacho was arrested were not available.
Neighbors described Cervantes as a friendly and well-liked man, but added that he and Camacho did not get along.
According to county booking records, Camacho was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court
PHOTOS: Crime lab technicians work at the scene of a fatal stabbing in the 1400 block of Gloriosa Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS – A 19-year-old Rowland Heights man pleaded no contest Tuesday to three counts of felony vandalism in connection with an alleged four-month graffiti spree, authorities said.
Deputies arrested Vicente Christoph Haro about 6:30 a.m. Friday after a tipster reported seeing him scrawling graffiti at Colima Road and Paso Real Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Blasnek said.
Haro was still at the scene when deputies arrived and discovered he had vandalized a bus bench, a wall and a utility box, the lieutenant said. And the marks he scrawled were familiar to officials, who had seen similar graffiti in the area over since December.
He’s accused of causing more than $2,500 worth of damage during his “bombing runs,” a slang term for scrawling graffiti on multiple spots at the same time, Blasnek said.
He appeared in court Tuesday, where prosecutors charged him with eight counts of felony vandalism, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
He pleaded no contest to three counts at his initial court appearance, she said. The remaining five counts of felony vandalism were expected to be dismissed at his sentencing, scheduled for Friday.
DIAMOND BAR — A 19-year-old Rowland Heights woman suffered major injuries Tuesday when an SUV struck her stopped Toyota Corolla on the Orange (57) Freeway, authorities said.
Kathryn Rios was hospitalized following the 2:27 p.m. crash on the southbound 57 Freeway, just south of Brea Canyon Cutoff Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Antillon said in a written statement.
Edward Castaneda, 38, of La Habra, who was driving the Ford Explorer that rear-ended Rios’ car, was cited at the scene on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and failing to provide proof of insurance at a collision scene, the officer said. Driving under the influence was not initially suspected to be a factor.
The Corolla was travelling ahead of the Ford prior to the crash, officials said. “For an unknown reason, Ms. Rios’ Toyota came to a complete stop within the No. 4 lane,” Antillon said. “Mr. Castaneda failed to notice the Toyota stopped directly ahead of him,” he said.
“The front of the Ford subsequently struck the rear of the Toyota.” Rescuers took Rios to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center for treatment with “major injuries,” Antillon said. An update on her condition was not available. Castaneda was not injured.
Any witnesses to the crash where asked to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park office during normal business hours at 626-338-1164.
Deputies following the signal from a LoJack vehicle anti-theft system found and arrested a man and woman in a stolen car, authorities said.
The names of the suspects, initially described as a man and woman in their 20s, were not immediately available pending the booking process, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Perez said.
The incident began about 8:45 a.m. when deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Statin picked up on the signal in the Rowland Heights area, Perez said.
Deputies closed in on the SUV and spotted it getting onto the eastbound San Bernarindo (10) Freeway from the Orange (57) Freeway heading into Pomona, the sergeant said.
When the SUV exited the 10 Freeway at Garey Avenue and headed south, deputies attempted to pull it over, but it sped away instead, Perez said.
Deputies did not pursue the SUV due to safety concerns, Perez said.
“He started driving a little erratically,” he said. A sheriff’s helicopter kept track of the car from above.
After travling a short distance south on Garey Avenue, the SUV came to a stop near Pearl Street, Perez said.
The female suspect was arrested without a struggle near the SUV, while the man fled into a nearby apartment complex, officials said.
Witnesses pointed out which apartment the fleeing suspect ran into, Perez said. Deputies found him inside and took him into custody.
Gang investigators arrested three suspects, seized 1,000 Ecstasy capsules and uprooted a small indoor marijuana grow in busts linked to Asian organized crime in Rowland Heights and Arcadia earlier this week, authorities said.
Denis Lam, 20, and Ruoyo Mike Dong, 22, both Arcadia residents and members of an Asian street gang, were arrested along with Juan Carlos Cabrales, 23, of Azusa, in the operation, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The arrests took place late Wednesday at a strip mall in the 18900 block of Gale Avenue in Rowland Heights.
Lam and Dong had hired Cabrales to deliver 1,000 capsules containing a powder form of the drug Ecstasy to a buyer at the strip mall, officials said. The capsules were expected to fetch $5,000.
“Cabrales was arrested by investigators before the transaction was completed,” according to the sheriff’s statement. “Lam and Dong, who were monitoring the transaction nearby, were located by the investigators and arrested as well.”
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for the Arcadia homes of Lam and Dong in an unincorporated county area near Arcadia, where they discovered a “small but functional” indoor marijuana grow, sheriff’s officials said.
All three suspects were booked on suspicion of drug charges and released Thursday pending their initial court appearances after posting $30,000 bail each, according to officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
PHOTO of Ecstasy capsules courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of a 28-year-old Rowland Heights man fatally struck by an SUV after apparently lying down in a traffic lane on Colima Road.
Earl Tyrone Bourne II died was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which was reported about 12:20 a.m. Saturday on Colima Road, just west of Otterbein Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Dana Bee said. An autopsy was pending to determine his official cause of death.
Preliminary investigation determined a 21-year-old woman was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango east on Colima Road in the right-hand lane when, for reasons that remained under investigation, Bourne stepped off the sidewalk and lay down in the lane ahead of the Durango, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The woman was cited on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence following the incident and released, according to officials and county booking records.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A 28-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Saturday morning after lying down in the roadway, authorities said.
The name of the dead man was not released pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s officials said. His city of residence was not available Saturday.
A 21-year-old woman who was driving the 2003 Dodge Durango that struck the man was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving and released with a citation, officials said.
The fatal incident took place about 12:19 a.m. on Colima Road, just west of Otterbein Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer G. Valles of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office said in a written statement.
The Dodge was eastbound on Colima Road in the right-hand lane when, “For unknown reasons, a pedestrian walked off the sidewalk from the south roadway edge of Colima Road and proceeded to lay doe within the No. 2 lane,” according to the statement.
The Dodge struck the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Officers from the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office are handling the investigation.
A man has begun serving a 45-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to shooting at California Highway Patrol officers during a high speed pursuit through Rowland Heights, authorities said.
Isaac Arriaga, 28, of Moreno Valley received the sentence Tuesday after pleading no contest to three counts of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
Additional charges including multiple counts of attempted murder and assault were dropped, she added.
No one was injured in the shooting, which took place Aug. 4 as Arriaga was fleeing CHP officers on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Rowland Heights, CHP officials said at the time.
The chase began in San Bernardino County, where officials tried to pull him over while he was driving a 2004 Land Rover Discovery that was being sought in connection with a carjacking, officials said. The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
As the chase passed through Rowland Heights on the 60 Freeway, Arriaga opened fire on pursuing CHP officers, striking two patrol cars, according to the CHP. One of the bullets pierced the gas tank of one of the patrol cars.
Arriaga’s SUV became disabled and came to a stop a short time later just east of Hacienda Boulevard in Hacienda Heights, officials said. He was arrested following a brief stand-off.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A man leaned out of a moving vehicle to snatch a purse from a woman’s shoulder Thursday in a motel parking, authorities said.
The crime took place just after 7:50 a.m. outside the Best Western motel on Gale Avenue, just west of Nogales Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
A 35-year-old woman had just exited the motel’s lounge when a silver, American, 4-door car came up from behind her, the lieutenant said. One of the two men inside reached out and grabbed the woman’s purse before the car drove off.
Inside the purse was an iPad mini and other personal items,Saleeby said. The woman was not hurt.
One of the robbers was described as Latino man between 40 and 50 years old, while the other was a Latino man between 20 and 30, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station.