Man and woman injured in San Gabriel home invasion

SAN GABRIEL >> Police are seeking two men who attacked a man and woman during a home invasion in San Gabriel late Monday.
Police first received a 911 call about 9 p.m. from a man reporting he had been shot by intruders at his home in the 100 block of West Chestnut Avenue, San Gabriel Police officials said.
Officers arrived to find a 43-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman suffering from “serious head injuries,” Lt. Antonio Hernandez said in a written statement.
“Neither victim sustained life threatening injuries, nor do their injuries appear to be gunshot wounds,” Hernandez said. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Investigators determined that two men had knocked at the front door, then forced their way in when the woman answered, “in an apparent home-invasion robbery,” the lieutenant said.
“While in the home, the suspects forced the female victim who opened the door to the floor at gun point and then struck her on the head with the gun,” he said.
The woman screamed, and the man confronted the intruders.
“A struggle ensued and during the struggle, the male victim heard what he believed to be three gunshots,” Hernandez said.
The two attackers fled from the home. It was not initially clear whether anything had been stolen.
Two additional roommates who were home during the home-invasion — A 36-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman — were unhurt, Sgt. Rene Lopez said.
Exactly how the male victim was injured had not been determined early Tuesday, he added.
Police described the attackers as two Asian men, one heavy-set and the other of thin build. One of them was armed with a small-caliber handgun. It was unclear whether a getaway car was involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact San Gabriel police at 626 308-2828. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Elderly woman who went missing in San Gabriel turns up with head injury in Monterey Park


SAN GABRIEL >> A an elderly woman with dementia who wandered away from a San Gabriel medical facility Wednesday turned up in Monterey Park with a serious head injury early Thursday morning, officials said.
Carol Abe Garfield, 79, disappeared about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday from the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center’s Geriatric Behavioral Medical Center, 438 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
“Garfield was able to walk out of the secured facility and leave the hospital,” according to the police statement.
Garfield, a Studio City resident who is unfamiliar with the San Gabriel Valley, was last seen walking south on Santa Anita Avenue toward Broadway.
She turned up about 3 a.m. Thursday at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, suffering from a “relatively severe,” head injury, San Gabriel police Lt. Fabian Valdez said. Further details regarding how and where Garfield was injured or how she was transported to the Monterey Park hospital were not available.
Garfield was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital for further treatment, Valdez said. An update on her condition was unavailable.

PHOTO courtesy of the San Gabriel Police Department.

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Man killed in San Gabriel shooting; suspect sought

SAN GABRIEL >> A man died Sunday after he was shot in a residential neighborhood in San Gabriel, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported about 7:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Brighton Street, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, she said.
The shooter, described only as a man, was last seen running east, according to Deputy Trina Schrader,
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are assisting the San Gabriel Police Department in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: 85-year-old San Gabriel man fatally struck by car in crosswalk

SAN GABRIEL >> An elderly San Gabriel man died Friday after he was struck by a car on San Gabriel Boulevard while walking home with groceries, police said.
Paramedics pronounced Yin Kong August Woo, 85, dead at the scene of the collision, which took place just after 5:20 p.m. in a marked crosswalk at San Gabriel Boulevard and Roses Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
Woo was carrying groceries as he made his way east across the boulevard in a crosswalk, according to San Gabriel police Lt. Riki Nakamura. The intersection is not regulated by a traffic signal or stop sign.
A woman in her 20s driving a BMW 5-series sedan south on San Gabriel Boulevard failed to see the pedestrian, Nakamura said. He added that the victim was wearing dark clothing.
After striking Woo, the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, the lieutenant said. Intoxicated driving was not suspected.
The investigation is ongoing.

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Police: Driver found asleep at wheel with 100 grams of methamphetamine in Covina


COVINA >> Police jailed a San Gabriel man found passed out behind the wheel of his car in Covina early Thursday after discovering nearly a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, along with some heroin, in his vehicle, officials said.
Officers first responded about 4:15 a.m. to reports of a solo-car crash in the 900 block of North Grandview Avenue, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
“When officers got there, the driver-side tires were up on the sidewalk with the passenger side tires on the street,” the lieutenant said. “The vehicle was running with the suspect asleep behind the wheel.”
Police woke the suspect, who was believed to be under the influence of heroin and appeared “lethargic and confused,” Doonan said.
Upon searching the 2002 Lexus, he said, police found 100 grams of 1030_NWS_SGT-L-METH2methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of more than $1,500, as well as a vial of heroin and a pipe and a “shaved” car key often used to steal or burglarize cars.
Binh Chi Ly, 33, of San Gabriel, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a burglary tool, according to Covina police and Los Angeles County booking records.
He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

PHOTOS: [TOP] – Binh Ly, 33, of San Gabriel. [BELOW] – 100 grams of seized methampetamine

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Suicide suspected after discovery of man’s body in San Gabriel parking lot

SAN GABRIEL >> Police suspect suicide after a man was found dead in the parking lot of a Valley Boulevard business park Friday, officials said.
A witness called 9-1-1 about 11 a.m. to report seeing a man in his 50s lying on the ground in a parking lot in the 1000 block of East Valley Boulevard, just west of Walnut Grove Avenue, San Gabriel police Lt. Riki Nakamura said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
After finding trauma on the man’s head, detectives initially treated the death as a possible homicide, the lieutenant said. But further investigation indicated the man had committed suicide by jumping from the roof of a nearby two-story building, standing about 50 feet tall.
Though not witnesses to the fall had been found, shoe prints matching the shoes on the body were discovered on the roof of the building, Nakamura said.

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Police to hold weekend checkpoint in San Gabriel

SAN GABRIEL >> Police plan to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licences during a checkpoint Friday night.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within San Gabriel, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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San Gabriel police officers to host annual charity golf tournament


SAN GABRIEL >> The San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association is once again seeking players to take part in its annual “Badges of Courage” charity golf tournament.
The tournament will take place Nov. 9 at the Via Verde Country Club, 1400 Avenida Entrada, organizers said. Sign-ins will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. A dinner will be held after the tournament.
•“Badges of Courage” golf tournament flier and entry form
The cost of entry is $125 per golfer, and $30 for non-golfing diners.
In addition to benefiting the SGPOA, a portion of collected funds will be donated to local charities, police said.
Golfers are advised to sign up as soon as possible. Non-golfing diners are asked to RSVP by Oct. 9. The event will include raffle prizes and a live auction.
For more information, to make reservations, or to inquire about advertising, sponsorship or donation opportunities, contact San Gabriel police Office Vince Salazar at 626-422-9053, or email

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San Gabriel man fatally struck by truck in 605 Freeway in Industry identified

INDUSTRY >> Authorities have released the name of a San Gabriel man who was fatally struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the 605 Freeway i Industry early Saturday.
Richard Taiyung Tswei, 62, died at the scene after being struck by a truck about 6:20 a.m. on the right shoulder of the southbound 605 Freeway near Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.
Tswei had exited his car for an unknown reason when he was struck by a big rig, according to Officer J. Gomez of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office.
The truck driver remained at the scene.

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San Gabriel man fatally struck by big rig on 605 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY >> A San Gabriel man died after he was struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the right shoulder of the 605 Freeway in Industry early Friday, officials said.
The man, described as 62-years-old, died at the scene of the 6:17 a.m. collision along the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of Valley Boulevard, Officer J. Gomez of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles area office said in a written statement. His name was not released pending notification of family.
Officers investigating reports of a man lying on the right shoulder found the man unconscious, lying directly in front of his Toyota Camry, Gomez said.
Investigators determined that, for an unknown reason, the man had exited his car before being struck by a 2004 Peterbilt big rig, the officer said.
The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. The collision remains under investigation.

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