Police plan checkpoint in San Gabriel

SAN GABRIEL >> Police will be screening drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint in San Gabriel on Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place fro 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, 72 DUI-related collision have left one person dead and 25 others injured, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Two pounds of meth seized, suspect jailed in South San Gabriel raid


SOUTH SAN GABRIEL >> Deputies arrested a man and seized two pounds of methamphetamine and heroin while carrying out a search warrant Wednesday morning in South San Gabriel, officials said.
The bust took place during the early-morning hours in a residential neighborhood in the 7800 block of La Merced Road in the unincorporated county area just outside of Rosemead, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies from the Rosemead Special Assignment Team seized about two pounds of methamphetamine, as well as a significant amount of heroin, Capt. David Flores said. The suspect is accused of possession of both substances for sales.
The man was arrested without a struggle, Flores said. Detectives withheld his identity Wednesday afternoon as they continued following investigative leads.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Gabrielino High School track coach, 1984 Olympian, accused of inappropriate contact with student

SAN GABRIEL >> Police arrested a Gabrielino High School assistant track coach and 1984 Olympic silver medalist on Friday suspicion of contacting a student with the intent of committing a sex crime, officials said.
Danny Lee Harris, 51 of Pasadena was arrested shortly after noon, according to San Gabriel Police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He has been relieved of his duties with the San Gabriel Unified School District as a walk-on coach since May 17, at the outset of the investigation, San Gabriel Police Lt. Riki Nakamura said.
The walk-on assistant track and field coach won a Silver Medal in the 400-meter hurdles during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and also famously ended the decade-long winning streak of Edwin Moses in 1987. He has been profiled many times for his struggles to overcome adversity and addiction in his rise to athletic fame, most recently in the 2016 documentary film “Crossing the Line.”
Harris is accused of contacting a female student at the school for the purpose of committing a sexual offense, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement. The communications were in an electronic format, however, investigators declined to discuss the specifics of the case.
“The police department has been working closely with the San Gabriel Unified School District following a report of alleged inappropriate contacts between the walk-on athletic coach and a district student,” according to the police statement. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the investigation.
Police took Harris into custody without a struggle, Nakamura said.
No further details were released Friday as the investigation continued, and investigators continued seeking any potential additional victims, Nakamura said.
“The school district and the police department are working together to ensure the safety of students remains of utmost importance,” the police statement said. “We will continue to work closely together as this issue moves forward.”
San Gabriel Unified School District officials were not available to comment on Friday.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Harris was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the Alhambra Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Anyone with information is urged to contact San Gabriel police at 626-308-2828. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

BOOKING PHOTO [ABOVE]: Courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department

RACE PHOTO [BELOW]: U.S. runner Danny Harris raises his fist in victory after he beat World recordman Edwin Hoses in a 400 meter hurdle race of an International Autonomous Region of Madrid Track and Field meet in Madrid, Spain on Thursday, June 4, 1987. This was the first time Moses lost in a decade. (AP Photo/Dominique Mollard)

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San Gabriel man killed in fiery Rosemead SUV crash identified


ROSEMEAD >> Coroner’s officials have identified a 24-year-old man who died in a fiery solo-vehicle crash along Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead last week.
Eric Salazar Cruz of San Gabriel died in the 12:40 a.m. crash on May 12 in the 4500 block of Rosemead Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
He was believed to be driving an SUV at “a high rate of speed” when he lost control and the SUV struck a wall, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John McClure said. The vehicle burst into flames and was fully engulfed when first responders arrived at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation, and Cruz’s cause of death was yet to be determined.

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Police bust alleged child trafficking ring at San Gabriel motel; 3 girls rescued, 3 suspects jailed


SAN GABRIEL >> A multi-agency task force checking up on felons who are on probation under the terms of AB 109 dismantled a child prostitution ring operating out of a San Gabriel motel on Thursday, officials said.
Three girls between the ages of 14 and 17 were rescued and three suspects were jailed following the bust, which took place about 1 p.m. at the New Century Inn, 1114 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel police Lt. Fabian Valdez said.
San Gabriel police had teamed with other neighboring police agencies that make up the San Gabriel Valley East AB 109 Task Force came upon the alleged human trafficking while conducting their periodic sweeps of convicted felons who are under the supervision of county probation under the terms of AB 109, also known as the California Public Safety Realignment of 2011.
While conducting a check on a probationers at the motel, officers encountered a man and determined he was on probation.
“They conducted additional investigation and discovered a human trafficking ring,” Valdez said.
The three teenage trafficking victims were found in two different rooms at the motel. Two additional suspects were also linked to the alleged child sex trafficking ring.
Arrested were James Thomas Gordley, 27, Tyrone Douglas Stevenson, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, whose name was withheld due to his age, according to San Gabriel police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police declined to release the suspects’ cities of residence, citing the ongoing investigation.
All three suspects were booked on suspicion of human trafficking.
Fabian commended the involved task force officers for their proactive police work, which led to the rescue of the three young victims and the apprehension of three suspects.
The two adult suspects were being held in lieu of $150,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, records show.
The rescued teenagers were placed in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Teen arrested, armed man sought following San Gabriel liquor robbery


SAN GABRIEL >> Police arrested a teen who stole alcohol from a San Gabriel supermarket and fought with security guards who confronted him on Friday, but a man who pulled a gun on the security guards in an attempt to help the teen escape remained at large, authorities said.
The series of events began about 12:10 p.m. when a suspect, ultimately found to be a 16-year-old boy, snatched some alcoholic beverages from the Hawaii Supermarket, 120 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel police Sgt. Rebecca Gomez said.
Two loss prevention officers chased after the teen as he fled south down Del Mar Avenue, she said. They caught up with him in the 200 block of West Norwood Place, and they began to struggle, according to the sergeant.
A man emerged from the residential neighborhood, pointed a silver-colored handgun at the security guards and ordered them to let the young thief go, Gomez said.
Both the man and teen ran off, and officers set up a search perimeter with help from neighboring police departments.
Officers found the teen hiding behind a trash can with help from a police dog within an hour, Gomez said. He suffered minor bite injuries while being taken into custody. The allegedly stolen booze was recovered in the area.
The gunman was not found. He was described as a white or Latino man in his late-20s, of thin build, wearing a black shirt and red-and-black pants.
Gomez said the teen was examined at a hospital and taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery.
Anyone with information can reach the San Gabriel Police Department at 626-308-2828. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man sentenced for double-stabbing at San Gabriel boarding house

SAN GABRIEL >> A man has begun serving a 9-year prison sentence for stabbing the managers of a San Gabriel boarding house where he was staying in 2016, officials said.
Qianyi Wang, 35, pleaded “no contest” on Monday to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He was immediately sentenced to nine years in state prison for the Aug. 11, 2016, attack, which took place at an unpermitted boarding house in the 1900 block of South Twin Avenue, Santiago said.
Wang slashed the neck of a 56-year-old woman, seriously injuring her and resulting in the attempted murder charge, San Gabriel police Lt. Brian Kott said shortly after Wang’s arrest. Wang and also slashed the woman’s 53-year-old boyfriend when he came to her defense, tackling Wang and wrestling the large kitchen knife from his grasp with help from some of the other nine residents of the boarding home.
Wang had just moved in to the home a day or two before the crime, Kott said.
The unprovoked attack followed complaints from roommates that Wang was making excessive noise, but was non preceded by any type of heated argument or fight, the lieutenant said.
The two victims were serving as managers of the boarding home, Kott said.
Wang was ordered back to court May 2 for a restitution hearing, Santiago said.

BOOKING PHOTO of Quanyi Wang courtesy of the San Gabriel Police Department

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Man and woman found shot at Highland casino identified as San Gabriel residents; deaths ruled suicides

HIGHLAND >> Authorities have identified a man and woman from San Gabriel who were found shot to death inside a car at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino last week and determined both deaths were suicides, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
The bodies of Thanh Lang, 50, and Nhu Ly, 50, were discovered inside a car parked in a parking garage of the casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials said in a written statement.
The man and woman, whose relationship was not clear Thursday, were pronounced dead after deputies responded to a report of two people found “unresponsive” inside a vehicle, according to the statement. “Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male and an adult female with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced deceased.”
Investigators have not yet been able to find next-of-kin for Lang an Ly and are hoping the public may be able to help locate their family, the statement said.
No further details were released.
Anyone with information is asked ton contact Detective Michael Warrick or Sgt. Greg Myler at the San Bernardion Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail, 909-387-3589.

PHOTOS: Thanh Lang, 50, (left) and Nhu Ly, 50, (right). (Courtesy, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

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Man jailed for attempted forgery at San Gabriel bank

SAN GABRIEL >> Police arrested a man Sunday as he tried to cash a fraudulent check for thousands of dollars at a an Gabriel bank, officials said.
Wen Cong Huang, 39, who has addresses listed in San Gabriel and Alhambra, was booked on suspicion of forgery, possession of “precursors to identity theft” and providing false information to police following his arrest about 12:40 p.m. at the East West Bank branch inside of the 99 Ranch Market, 140 West Valley Blvd., San Gabriel police Sgt. Rebecca Gomez said.
Bank officials notified police that Huang was trying to cash a fictitious check, she said. Officers arrived at the bank branch and took Huang into custody before he left.
In addition to the fraudulent check, Huang was in possession of identifying documents for several other people, Gomez said.
He has a previous conviction in March of 2016 for forgery, for which he was placed on three years of formal probation, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show. In that case, which was first filed in 2013, eight additional charges, including burglary, possession of ID theft documents and false impersonation, were dismissed.
Four days later, Huang was convicted of receiving stolen property and being under the influence of a controlled substance, records show. He was sentenced to one day in county jail and three years of summary probation.
Huang was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.

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Pasadena man guilty of fatally shooting sister, wounding her son in San Gabriel

SAN GABRIEL >> A jury convicted a Pasadena man of murder and other charges on Thursday for fatally shooting his own sister, and attempting to shoot her 13-year-old son, at their San Gabriel home after the sister criticized him for physically abusing his then-girlfriend, officials said.
A jury in Alhambra convicted Johnny Goins, 32, of first-degree murder, attempted murder and two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling for the March 5, 2015, attack at the victims’ apartment in the 5100 block of Rosemead Boulevard, in an unincorporated county area just east of San Gabriel, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement. The jury also found true the special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm during the crime.
Tanaya Goins, 32, died after Goins arrived at her apartment about 6:40 a.m. and opened fire, Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said shortly after the slaying.
Tanaya Goins was shot in the head and torso, officials said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Her 13-year-son, the shooter’s nephew, was wounded in the arm.
Goins carried out the shooting because he was enraged by a text message conversation his sister had with his then-girlfriend.
“According to evidence presented at trial, Johnny Goins’ girlfriend alerted Tanaya Goins that the defendant had tried to suffocate her,” according to Ardalani. “In a series of text messages, the girlfriend also stated that the defendant told her he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because he experienced violence as a child.
“Tanaya Goins told the girlfriend that her brother did not suffer child abuse and that he should not be assaulting women,” Ardalani said.
This prompted Johnny Goins to arm himself with a revolver and head to her apartment, where he fired a volley of shots through the front door and window.
Detectives identified Johnny Goins as the suspect and arrested him in Moreno Valley later the same day.
Ardalani said Goins faces up to 77 years to life in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing on April 6.

PHOTOS: [ABOVE] Johnny Goins in court during an arraignment hearing on March 9, 2015. (By Watchara Phomicinda)  [BELOW] Tanaya Goins (Courtesy)

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