UPDATED: Suspects in San Dimas, Diamond Bar robberies arrested after chase

A man and woman carried out a robbery in San Dimas and an attempted robbery in Diamond Bar before fleeing from deputies in the wrong direction down the 60 and 57 freeways, crashing their car and being arrested, authorities said.
The series of crimes began about 12:30 when the two suspects robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint in a commercial area in the 100 block of East Via Verde in San Dimas, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
A man pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her purse before driving off in a getaway car with a female accomplice riding in the passenger seat, Edwards said.
About 15 minutes later, deputies received a report of a second crime along Sunset Crossing Road near the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar, sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
A man and woman brandished a gun at a man and demanded property, but fled empty-handed after he told them he had nothing to take, Saleeby said.
Within minutes, deputies spotted a car matching the description of the robbers’ vehicle driving on Grand Avenue along the border between Diamond Bar and Walnut, Saleeby said.
They began a pursuit, but quickly cancelled it when the fleeing Toyota Corolla got onto the 60 Freeway, heading eastbound in the westbound traffic lanes, officials said.
The car continued fleeing, heading southbound in the northbound lanes of the 57 Freeway, Saleeby said. The car ultimately crashed into a cinder block wall at the 57 Freeway and Pathfinder Road.
The man and woman were taken into custody, Saleeby said.
The suspects’ names were not available, as they suffered apparently minor injuries in the crash and were taken to a hospital for treatment prior to booking.

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UPDATED: Five hurt when car plows through San Dimas Party City store on Halloween

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SAN DIMAS >> Five people were hurt, including four children, after a car plowed into a Party City store in San Dimas crowded with last-minute shoppers on Halloween, officials said.
The 12:07 p.m. crash at Party City, 852 W. Arrow Highway, left a car completely inside the store, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said.
Five people inside the store suffered injuries when the Mercedes-Benz sedan smashed through the front plate-glass window, fire Capt. Tim Wiehe said.
Paramedics took a teenage girl to a hospital with apparent moderate injuries, fire Capt. Tim Wiehe said.
A woman and baby boy were taken to a hospital by ambulance with injuries also described as moderate, he said.
Two boys suffered minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital, Wiehe said.
Fortunately, the car penetrated the store on the side opposite of the store’s crowded Halloween section, Wiehe said.
The crash mainly damaged the glass storefront and did not affect the building’s structural integrity, the captain said.
Officials cordoned off the damaged section of the store so the business could reopen for the remainder of the business day.
The 35-year-old woman driving the Mercedes-Benz was unhurt, sheriff’s and fire officials said.
Deputies from the sheriff’s San Dimas Station are investigating the cause of the crash, Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
No arrests or citations were made at the scene, she said. There were no overt signs of a crime, and the crash was being investigated as an accident.

PHOTO courtesy of David Coburn

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Deputies to wait tables for charity in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and Red Robin are teaming up to raise money for the Special Olympics Thursday in San Dimas.
Deputies will act as servers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant for the “Tip-A-Cop” event, 565 West Arrow Highway, organizers said.
All of the tips collected by the deputies will benefit the Special Olympics.
For more information, contact Russell Evans at 909-319-7693, or email acudados2@yahoo.com.

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Deputies, church volunteers renovate seniors’ homes throughout San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County

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LA PUENTE >> Dozens of volunteers teamed with sheriff’s deputies, church members, elected officials and local businesses Saturday to perform much-needed home repairs at the homes of elderly San Gabriel Valley resident and local park facilities as part of a county-wide effort dubbed “Operation Love Loud.”
The massive effort, lead by Faith Community Church in West Covina Pastor Kelly DuPee and Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Stanley, began Saturday and continues throughout the county through the end of October, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro, who effectively serves as La Puente’s police chief. A total of 140 projects are planned in 18 cities, from Sylmar to Long Beach.
“The mission of our deputies, volunteers and city staff will be to re-beautify the residences for the elderly home owners,” he said.
1018_NWS_SGT-L-LOVELOUD2More than 40 eager volunteers descended on two homes and a park building in La Puente, as well as seven schools, two parks and a house in West Covina and a park in San Dimas, Cacheiro said.
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, helped at the event at the invitation of his daughter, La Puente Councilwoman Valerie Munoz.
“It was great. I’m very pleased to see that not only the church and the (sheriff’s) department, but more importantly, the cities and local government, work together to help people in need,” the senator said.
He described a touching experience at the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente, where volunteers conducted extensive work, including painting her home’s exterior and taming overgrown landscaping.
“She was literally in tears, just ecstatic, Hernandez said.
The woman’s husband died last year. “She was going through a really tough time, the house was in disarray,” he said.
And it was only after deputies offered the woman help that they learned the woman herself was a sheriff’s department volunteer, who had recently been named a Volunteer of the Year, Hernandez said. “It was just such a great coincidence.”
And the community spirit proved contagious.
At the home of an elderly couple on Cadwell Street, curious neighbors came out to see what patrol cars were in the neighborhood, Cacheiro said.
“When they found out what we were doing for this homeowner, they got involved and started helping,” he said.
Officials including La Puente City Manager David Carmany also pitched in, Cacheiro said.
The residents benefitting from the campaign were selected by deputies, who identified homeowners in need of a helping hand during their routine patrols, he said.
Home Depot of Industry and Valley Vista Services provided supplies, and the La Puente donated food and drinks for the volunteers.
For more information, visit www.loveloud.go2faith.com.

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PHOTOS:

[TOP] – Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
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[CENTER] – Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Caldwell Street in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Sheriff’s Sgt. John Suh, pictured here, chips in with painting.
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[BOTTOM] – State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, center, talks with Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers as they work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Three robbed at gunpoint along roadside in forest north of Glendora


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man and woman robbed three people at gunpoint at a turnout along San Gabriel Road in the forest north of Glendora early Friday, officials said.
A man and woman from La Puente and a West Covina man were outside their about 12:10 a.m. at a turnout near mile marker 23.58, about two miles south of East Fork Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The two robbers, a man and woman, approached in a White Acura sedan, according to Lt. Andy Berg.
“The male suspect produced a pistol and demanded the victim’s property,” Berg said in a written statement. “One of the male victims surrendered $25 and his car keys. The second male victim gave the suspect $22.”
“During this time, the female suspect entered the car of the female victim and stole a purse containing a cell phone,” Berg added.
The victims, who were between 25 and 28 years old, made their way down the mountain and called for help, he said. They were unhurt.
Deputies described the male robber as a Latino man between 18 and 20, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a shaved head. His female accomplice was Latina, 18-20, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 120 pounds, with dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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 smoke shop robbed; suspect may also be responsible for Covina gas station robbery


SAN DIMAS >> A man used a knife to rob a San Dimas tobacco shop Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at the Club Smoke Shop, 633 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, the lieutenant said.
He was described asa Latino man of about 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black-and-white plaid shorts.
Based on similar suspect descriptions and tactics, detectives were looking into the possibility the smoke shop robbery was carried out by the same man who robbed a Shell gas station Friday about two miles to the west at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Covina, Edwards said.

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Officials: Covina man arrested in San Dimas with meth, loaded handgun


SAN DIMAS >> A report of a “suspicious person” in a residential San Dimas neighborhood Friday led deputies to arrest an alleged methamphetamine dealer with a loaded handgun, officials said.
Paul Matthew Moreno, 43, of Covina was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth for sales and possession of a loaded, concealed handgun in public, according 1010_NWS_SGT-L-SDARRESTto Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
A witness called police about 10:35 a.m. to report a “suspicious person in a vehicle” in the 1300 block of Calle Caballero, sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
Deputies confronted the man — later identified as Moreno — and found him in possession of a loaded revolver, as well as a “large quantity” of meth separated into multiple baggies, Edwards said. He was arrested without a struggle. The exact amount of drugs recovered was not available Friday afternoon.
Moreno was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court.

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

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Men robbed of cell phone at gunpoint in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> A gunman with facial tattoos and an accomplice robbed two other men of a cell phone at gunpoint in a residential San Dimas neighborhood Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crime was reported just before 1 p.m. at the garage of a home in the 400 block of North Cataract Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Chavez said.
Two men in their late-teen to early-20s told deputies they were approached by two men, he said. One of the men brandished a handgun and demanded the victims turn over their cell phones.
After obtaining one phone, the robbers were last seen fleeing the area in a silver Toyota Camry, the sergeant said. No injuries were reported.
The gunman was described as a Latino man between 35 and 40 years old, with tattoos on his face and both arms. His accomplice was described as a Latino man between 25 and 30.

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Man with knife, pepper spray robs San Dimas gas station


SAN DIMAS >> A man armed with both a knife and pepper spray robbed a San Dimas gas station Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The hold-up took place about 3:40 p.m. at a Shell Station, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
The robber entered the store and approached the cler, “with a knife in one hand and pepper spray in the other,” the sergeant said. The robber demanded the money from the register, and the cashier handed over between $150 and $200 before running off. He was last seen heading east on Bonita Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 23 and 25 years old, of medium build, with a shaved head. He wore a light-colored, possible gray, T-shirt and black pants.

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One jailed, one sought after fleeing from stolen car in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Deputies arrested one man and sought another after the suspects fled from a stolen car in San Dimas Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Marcos Hernandez, 27, was booked for auto theft following the incident, which began about 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said. He was a passenger in a stolen 1995 Honda Accord deputies spotted in the 400 block of East Bonita Avenue, Edwards said. Hernandez and the driver abandoned the car and ran through a residential neighborhood when deputies approached, according to the lieutenant. Hernandez was quickly found and captured, however the driver of the stolen car remained at-large, she said. Officials described him as a Latino man with a letter “P” tattooed on his face. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and of average built, with a shaved head.

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