Man robbed at gunpoint along Arrow Highway in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Two men robbed another man at gunpoint along Arrow Highway in San Dimas on Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 4:05 p.m. as the victim, a 47-year-old man, was sitting in front of a business in the 300 block of West Arrow Highway, awaiting a ride, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Two men approached the victim and asked him if he had any money, the lieutenant said. One of them then pulled a semi-automatic pistol and demanded the man’s money.
Fearing for his life, the victim turned over about $200, Reid said.
The robbers were last seen running north on Acacia Avenue.
Deputies described the robbers as two black men. One was 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, 220 to 250 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The second robber was 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds, also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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San Dimas cell phone store, paint store burglarized overnight

SAN DIMAS >> Burglars escaped with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise during overnight break-ins at a cell phone store and a paint shop in San Dimas, authorities said Friday.
The first burglary was believed to have taken place about 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, when an alarm went off at the Sprint Store, 875 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Deputies responded to the store but saw no signs of a break-in, the he said. But when employees arrived in the morning to open the store for business, they discovered that someone had made their way into the store by cutting a hole in the wall.
About $11,000 worth of cell phones were discovered to be missing, Reid said.
Another burglary alarm about 1:35 a.m. on Friday drew deputies to a Sherwin-Williams store at 762 W. Arrow Highway, according to Reid.
Deputies found a window had been shattered, he said. Employees determined about $2,000 worth of painting equipment had been stolen.
No suspect descriptions were available in either case, he said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Three sought in San Dimas 7-Eleven robbery


SAN DIMAS >> Deputies are seeking three robbers who held up a 7-Eleven store early Thursday morning.
The crime took place about 3:10 a.m. at the convenience store at 660 E. Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Two employees were working at the store when a blue, four-door car, possible a Honda, pulled into the parking lot, the lieutenant said.
Two robbers exited the car while a getaway driver waited at the wheel, he said.
They entered the store, pointed a revolver at the two men working behind the counter and ordered them to fill a bag with money from the cash register, Reid said. The robbers then got back into the car with the stolen cash and sped off.
No injuries were reported.
Deputies described one of the robbers as a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a blue baseball cap. The second robber was also a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 200 pounds and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
No description of the getaway driver was available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man robbed at gunpoint outside San Dimas motel


SAN DIMAS >> A robber took advantage of a man’s generosity in order to rob him at gunpoint outside a San Dimas motel on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 12:40 p.m. outside Motel 6, 502 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Terrence Smith said.
The victim was standing outside the motel when the robber approached him and asked for money, the sergeant said.
When the victim pulled his wallet from his backpack to give the man some money, the panhandler suddenly pulled a handgun and threatened to kill the victim if he did not hand over his wallet, Smith said. The victim complied.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man of about 25 years old, with a shaved head, wearing a dark blue-and-red plaid shirt. He was last seen running east on Arrow Highway.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700.

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Diamond Bar gas station robbed by masked gunman; similar crime reported in San Dimas


DIAMOND BAR >> A gunman wearing a surgical mask robbed a Diamond Bar gas station Monday, one day after a strikingly similar crime was reported at a gas station in San Dimas, authorities said.
The Diamond Bar robbery took place about 11:20 a.m. at a Shell station at Diamond Bar Boulevard and Brea Canyon Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Brian Mitchell said.
Officials said the suspect brandished a small, silver revolver and demanded cash from the clerk. The gunman fled with a little more than $400.
He was last seen driving away in a gray, four-door, early-2000s model Acura, Mitchell said.
Deputies described the robber as a white man of about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with short black or gray hair.
He wore a white disposable surgical mask, sunglasses, blue denim shorts, black shoes, a black hat and a blue surgical scrub shirt over a blue, long-sleeve shirt.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the crime was related to another gas station robbery reported late Sunday morning at a Mobile Station, 845 W. Arrow Highway in San Dimas, Mitchell said.
In that case, witnesses described the robber as having a similar physical appearance, Sgt. Terrence Smith said. He also wore a surgical mask, carried a small, silver handgun and fled the scene in a gray imported car with 7 as the first digit in the license plate.
The gunman fled with about $500 in Sunday’s robbery, Smith said.
Investigators were also working with other area law enforcement agencies to see if any other similar robberies have been reported lately.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715, or the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2709. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Masked gunman robs San Dimas gas station


SAN DIMAS >> A masked gunman carried out a robbery at a San Dimas gas station late Sunday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:45 a.m. at a Mobile station, 845 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Terrence Smith said.
The robber pulled a small-caliber revolver on the attendant and demanded cash before fleeing with about $500, the sergeant said. No injuries were reported.
Deputies described the robber as a white or Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He wore eyeglasses, a white surgical mask, a black cap with white lettering, a blue long-sleeve shirt and dark-colored cargo shorts.
He was last seen driving west on Arrow Highway in a gray, four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai, with a license plate beginning with the number “7.”
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two men sought in San Dimas gas station robbery


SAN DIMAS >> Two robbers, one wearing a security guard jacket, fled with cash and cigarettes after holding up a San Dimas gas station early Tuesday, officials said.
The robbery unfolded just after midnight at ARCO, at Arrow Highway and Lone Hill Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reed said.
Both robbers entered the store before one of them pointed a handgun at the clerk and told him to hand over money, the lieutenant said.
The clerk complied, and the robbers escaped with about $300, two packs of Marlboro cigarettes and two packs of Camel cigarettes.
Officials said the robbers were last seen fleeing the area in a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
One was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 210 pounds, wearing a black security jacket and a black hat. He brandished a semi-automatic handgun.
The second robber was described as a Latino man in his 30s with a shaved head and tattoos on both hands.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man wounded in stabbing at house party near Covina


COVINA >> A man showed up at a hospital with stab wounds after a fight broke out at a house party in an unincorporated county area near Covina during the early-morning hours Sunday, authorities said.
The stabbing was first reported about 4:25 a.m. after the victim, a man in his early-20s, arrived at a local emergency room with two stab wounds, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Omar Carbajal said.
Deputies determined the victim had been stabbed when fight broke out at a house party in the 16100 block of Elgenia Street, the sergeant said. The man thought he had merely been punched during the incident, but realized shortly after that he had been stabbed, Carbajal said.
His condition was described as stable.
No further details, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-0450-2709. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Ex-Ontario tool company exec from San Dimas gets 5 years for bank fraud

LOS ANGELES >> A San Dimas mad who formerly served as vice president of an Ontario-based tool company received a sentence of more than 5 years in federal prison Wednesday for a $9.6 million bank fraud scheme, authorities said.
Chung Yu Yeung, 39, pleaded guilty in late-March to four counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
At his sentencing hearing Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder sentenced Yeung to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay $9,618,908 in restitution to his victim, East West Bank, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.
He was also ordered to forfeit a property in San Dimas that he purchased “with proceeds of the scheme,” Mrozek said.
Yeung previously admitted that while working at Eastern Tools and Equipment Inc., Yeung admitted that he and his co-conspirators defrauded East West Bank by misrepresenting the company’s accounts receivable and financial statements in order to obtain loans the company otherwise would not have been able to get, Mrozek explained.
“The conspirators created numerous shell corporations to act as purported suppliers and retailers doing business with Eastern Tools, when, in reality, these shell corporations were entirely under the control of Yeung and existed for the sole purpose of creating the illusion of such business,” Mrozek said. “Yeung also admitted that the fictitious companies allowed Yeung and other conspirators to falsely inflate Eastern Tools’ accounts receivable and financial statements in representations to East West Bank.”
“Yeung created companies and profits that were nothing but illusions, tricking a bank into loaning him millions of dollars,” U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California Eileen M. Decker said. “This was a sophisticated crime that caused substantial losses, warranting the punishment imposed by the Court today.”
Yeung’s co-defendant in the case, former Eastern Tools president Guo Xiang Fan, remains a fugitive, Mrozek said.
IRS Criminal Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony J. Orlando described the scene as “truly astounding.”
“(It) illustrates the lengths to which fraudsters will go to game the financial system for personal gain. IRS Criminal Investigation is proud to work with our law enforcement partners by lending our financial expertise in these complex investigations,” he said.

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Pomona woman killed in freeway crash identified

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POMONA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a Pomona woman who died in a solo-car crash on a freeway connector road early Friday.
Chelsea Tarin, 23, died at the scene of the 6:30 a.m. crash on the transition road from the southbound 57 Freeway to the eastbound 10 Freeway, on the border between San Dimas and Pomona, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
POMmapShe was at the wheel of a 1993 Toyota Camry when it went of the left side of the roadway, struck a lamp post, then struck a cement support pillar beneath the 57 Freeway along the right side of the connector road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
Paramedics pronounced Tarin dead at the scene.
An autopsy determined Tarin died as a result of “traumatic injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Smith said.
A fund to benefit Tarin’s family has been set up online at www.gofundme.com/2jjhcak.
Friday’s fatal crash was the second fatality reported on the same transition road in just over a week.
Juan Manuel Machuca Jr., 22, of San Bernardino died on Aug. 4 when his Ford Explorer veered off the side of the road and overturned, according to the CHP.

PHOTO by Beatriz Valenzuela

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