TEMPLE CITY >> A man escaped kidnappers posing as police officers after they broke into an apartment, pistol-whipped him and placed him in handcuffs Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Two kidnappers showed up shortly after 3 p.m. at the home where the 32-year-old victim had been staying in the 9000 block of Emperor Avenue, near Rosemead Boulevard along the border between Temple City and the unincorporated county area of East San Gabriel, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
The men forced their way into the apartment, he said. One of them brandished a black handgun and flashed some type of badge.
Chavez said the intruders told the victim they were police officers and had warrants for his arrest.
When the phony cops tried to handcuff the man, he resisted and one of them struck him in the head with the gun, the lieutenant said.
The attackers then managed to get the man into the handcuffs and lead him outside, Chavez said. As they led him toward a car, he managed to break free from their grasp, slip one of his hands from the handcuffs and run.
Witnesses called 9-1-1 to report seeing a man with handcuffs hanging from his wrist running down the street and yelling for help, Chavez said. The kidnappers fled.
The man was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and released within hours, officials said.
Deputies described the two police impersonators as white men. One stood about 6 feet tall and weighed about 300 pounds. He wore a dark hat. No further description of the second kidnapper was available.
Chavez said the kidnappers used a white, newer-model, BMW 7 Series sedan. A driver was believed to be waiting at the wheel, but no description was available.
The motive in the foiled kidnapping remained under investigation late Thursday, Chavez said. Nothing was stolen during the incident.
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.
ARCADIA >> Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a San Gabriel Valley man accused of beating his two teenage nephews to death with a bolt cutter at their home in Arcadia last weekend, officials said Thursday.
Deyun Shi, also known as Jeff Shi, 44, was charged with two counts of murder, along with a count of domestic violence causing great bodily injury, as he awaits extradition proceedings in Hong Kong, where he was captured the day after the double-slaying, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
The murder charges listed in an extradition arrest warrant obtained Wednesday are accompanied by “an allegation that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a bolt cutter, in the commission of the crimes,” district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
The domestic assault charge stems from an alleged attack on Shi’s estranged wife at her La Cañada home on Jan. 21, the day before the bodies of his nephews Anthony Lin, 15, and his brother William Lin, 16, were found by their mother at the family’s home in the 400 block of Fairview Avenue in Arcadia.
In the domestic attack, Shi is accused of striking his estranged wife with a maul, or wood-splitting hammer, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and district attorney’s officials.
Arraignment was to be scheduled later pending extradition proceedings, officials said.
“If convicted as charged, Shi faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison,” Santiago said.
Deputies began seeking Shi late Jan 21, after he allegedly attacked his wife with a wood-splitting tool, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. The woman suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The parents of the Lin brothers had gone to check on the injured victim late on Jan. 21, Hernandez said. They returned home in the early morning hours Jan. 22 and did not notice anything wrong before they went to bed.
About 12:40 p.m., Anthony and William’s mother awoke and discovered her sons dead, officials said. One of the boys was found on the first floor of the two-story apartment situated on top of a parking garage. The other brother’s body was found upstairs.
Shi is married to the sister of the slain brothers’ father, Hernandez said.
The manhunt for Shi intensified following the discovery of his nephews’ body.
His alleged violent crime spree began after he learned his wife had filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against him, investigators said.
He was detained when his airplane landed in Hong Kong, officials said. Detectives initially said his ultimate destination may have been Beijing.
Officials said Shi had been staying with a friend in Alhambra and conducted business in San Gabriel at the time of the crimes.
Community members honored the Lin brothers Monday during a vigil at their school, Arcadia High School, where Anthony was a freshman and William was a junior, according to Arcadia Unified School District officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 methamphetamine, 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.
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.