POMONA — Two 19-year-old San Dimas men have been convicted for beating and seriously injuring a Glendora man late last year, officials said.
A Pomona Superior Court jury Thursday convicted Gabriel Andrew Ojeda and Mark Antoine Hachem of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
Ojeda was additionally convicted of a count of misdemeanor assault, and Hachem was convicted of a count of intimidating a witness, Robison said. The jury acquitted Ojeda of a witness intimidation charge.
Glendora police suspected the attack was carried out because the victim, a 22-year-old man, was a potential witness in an unrelated assault case, officials said in the days following the arrest.
Ojeda immediately received a sentence of four years and six months in state prison, officials said. Hachem was ordered to return to court for sentencing Feb. 21.
The beating took place Dec. 26 at Gladstone Street and Willow Avenue in Glendora.
The assailants continued punching and kicking the victim even after he was knocked to the ground, resulting in serious inju
SAN DIMAS — Five armed men and a woman smashed open display cases and helped themselves to a “large amount” of merchandise in a takeover robbery at an Arrow Highway jewelry store Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at the San Dimas Jewelry Mart, 490 West Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The female robber entered the store first and held open a security door to allow the five armed men inside, according to Sgt. David Grall.
“Armed with blue steel handguns and wearing ski masks or bandannas to conceal their faces, the five suspects ordered the employees to the ground and began smashing display cases, removing items and placing them in backpacks and their pockets,” Grall said in a written statement.
All six were last seen driving off in an older model, gray, 4-door sedan — possibly a Toyota Camry — with paper license plates, Grall said. They were all described as black and in their 20s.
Investigators did not disclose the amount of jewelry taken in the heist.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by contacting L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SAN DIMAS — Several businesses were evacuated after a grenade was found in the parking lot of a commercial center Friday night.
Deputies said the sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail, which is the bomb squad, rendered the device safe and also determined it was a replica grenade.
The San Dimas station received a call at 7:23 p.m. of a hand grenade lying in the parking lot near a pizza parlor in the 500 block of West Arrow Highway, according to Lt. Diana Gealta.
She said businesses were evacuated and the bomb squad notified.
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SAN DIMAS – A man armed with a handgun robbed a local gas station of an undisclosed amount Thursday night.
The robbery occurred around 8:40 p.m. at the Mobil station, 845 W. Arrow Highway.
Lt. Diana Gealta of the sheriff’s San Dimas station said the suspect showed a gun to the clerk and demanded money. Once he was given the money from the cash register, Gealta said the robber left.
No car was seen. There was no suspect description available yet.
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SAN DIMAS — The traffic unit of the sheriff’s San Dimas station will hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint this Friday.
The checkpoint, which will be in the area of Arrow Highway and Valley Center Avenue, will start 7 p.m. Friday and end 3 a.m. Saturday.
The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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SAN DIMAS — Sheriff’s deputies are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint is to be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of West Bonita Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
In addition to drunken drivers, specially trained officers will be present when available to evaluate drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs, authorities said.
Funding for Friday’s checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
SAN DIMAS — A man was hospitalized in unknown condition after being struck by a Bonita Unified School District bus early Wednesday, authorities said.
The incident took place about 8:40 a.m. on Arrow Highway at Rennell Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said.
The man, who is in his 60s, suffered head injury and was taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, California Highway Patrol Officer Rick Green said. An update on his condition was no available.
There were eight elementary school-age special needs children aboard the bus, along with a female driver, Green said. No one on the bus was injured.
The pedestrian was walking north in a crosswalk across Arrow Highway when he was struck by the bus, which was making a left turn from southbound Rennell Avenue to eastbound Arrow Highway, Green said.
“She said the sun was in her eyes, so she never saw him,” the officer said.
It appeared the man was mainly struck by the side view mirror of the bus, and possibly struck his head on the ground as he fell, Green said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, however under the California Vehicle Code, it appeared the pedestrian had the right of way, Green added.
The driver estimated the bus was moving at about 5 mph when it struck the man, the officer said.
Investigators had yet to interview the injured pedestrian, Green said, who was believed to be en route to a nearby medical clinic when struck.
Authorities initially called for a helicopter to respond to the scene to rush the injured pedestrian to the hospital, however he was ultimately hospitalized by ambulance, Green said.
As in all school bus crashes in which children are on board in California, the incident is being investigated by the CHP.
No citations or arrests were made Wednesday morning.
SAN DIMAS — A deputy arrested a parolee with a dagger who was driving a stolen car with the held of two good Samaritans who helped subdue him, officials said.
Ryan Edwards, 38, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a dagger and violating parole at the conclusion of the incident, which began about 9 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of South Lone Hill Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Smith said.
A deputy spotted Edwards driving in a pickup truck and tried to pull him over after witnessing a traffic violation, Smith said.
Edwards quickly drove the pickup truck into the parking lot of a business complex, where he abandoned the truck and began to run, the sergeant said.
As the deputy tried to detain the Edwards at gunpoint, he threw an object — later found to be a dagger with a 6-inch blade — underneath a nearby vehicle, Smith said. Edwards then kept his hands raised as he walked away from the deputy and into traffic on Lone Hill Avenue.
As the deputy was struggling to subdue the man in the middle of the street, Smith said, two good Samaritans joined the scuffle and helped the deputy handcuff Edwards.
Investigators then recovered the dagger and determined the pickup truck Edwards was driving had been reported stolen from Rialto, Smith said.
Edwards, who is on parole for a previous robbery convicted, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance Friday, according to county booking records.
A woman was arrested Friday night on suspicion of trying to steal $5,000 worth of tequila and other liquor from a local Costco.
Starlet Casimiro, 25, was booked on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident, according to Los Angeles county sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
Two men believed to be accomplices eluded capture.
Sgt. David Buckner of the sheriff’s San Dimas station said deputies became aware a burglary just occurred at the Costco, 520 N. Lone Hill Ave. around 8 p.m.
A deputy who was already in the store parking lot on routine patrol noticed a commotion.
A woman hastily parked a car, jumped out and tried to get away, according to Buckner. At the same time, employees ran out of the store.
The woman was detained.
Buckner said bottles of Patron tequila worth about $3,000 were discovered in the car.
A shopping cart with approximately $2,000 worth of liquor was also found by a side door. Employees were alerted when an alarm on the door went off, Buckner said.
He said two other possible suspects fled from the store. One ran east while the other headed north.
Deputies searched for the duo but didn’t find them. They were only described as black men about 25.
According to county booking records, Casimiro was released from jail Saturday after posting $20,000 bail and was due for an arraignment Jan. 22 in Pomona Superior Court.
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SAN DIMAS — A crash involving an overturned trailer packed with recreational vehicles overturned on the Orange (57) Freeway Friday, blocking traffic lanes for hours, authorities said.
The crash was reported just before 11:40 a.m. on the northbound 57 Freeway, just north of Via Verde, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.
An SUV was hauling a Toy Hauler trailer containing two all terrain vehicles, a quad, a motorcycle and related equipment, the officer said.
Five people who were inside the SUV were not believed seriously hurt, she added.
The crash prompted the closure of the two left lanes of the northbound freeway, Posada said. The Sig Alert was expected to remain in effect through 3 p.m.