PICO RIVERA — Deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who stabbed three people during an argument outside a local bar.
The stabbing was reported at 12:10 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Iguana Bar in the 8500 block of Rosemead Boulevard.
The three victims, a 28-year-old Long Beach woman, a 33-year-old Downey man and a 48-year-old man from Pala, were still in the hospital Tuesday, according to Sgt. Joe Van Damme of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.
Authorities still don’t know what started the argument which led to the man suddenly stabbing three people.
Lt. Joe Mendoza said the man was last seen driving northbound on Rosemead Boulevard and out of view.
The suspect was described as Latino, 65, 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He was driving a blue Honda Accord.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Anonymous tipsters may call “Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477, or by texting the letters “TIPLA” plus the tip to 274637, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
- Ruby Gonzales
WHITTIER — Deputies are seeking three young men who stabbed two other young men late Friday after the victims tried to stop the assailants from bringing a tank of laughing gas into a party in an unincorporated county area west of Whittier, authorities said.
The stabbing was reported shortly after 10 p.m. at a house party in the 7600 block of Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
Deputies first received a call reporting a large party, but as they were en route, a second call reported a fight had broken out, the lieutenant said.
Two 18-year-old men, both believed to be local residents, had been stabbed in their torsos, Meyer said. They were hospitalized in stable condition.
The fight erupted when the attackers showed up at the family party and tried to bring in a tank of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, Meyer said.
The two victims confronted the men and told them they could not bring the tank into the party, which led to the fight and stabbing, Meyer said.
The attackers fled the scene before deputies arrived, however detectives were following up on solid leads to track them down, Meyer said. They were believed to have ties to a local “tagging crew.”
They were described as three Latino men in their early 20s, officials said. One was between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds. The second about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds, and the third attacker as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 195 pounds.
LA HABRA – The second of three gang members accused of fatally beating and slashing the throat of an 18-year-old La Habra man outside a Halloween party in 2009 pleaded guilty to his role in the slaying Thursday, authorities said.
Rene Antonio Lobos, 18, of La Habra was 15 years old when he took part in the Oct. 31, 2009 killing of Joshua Mora-Rodriguez of La Habra, officials said. Mora-Rodriguez, the son of two Los Angeles police detectives, had recently graduated high school and preparing to join the Army at the side of his death. He had no gang ties.
After more than three years of court proceedings, Lobos pleaded guilty Thursday in Santa Ana Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter, and admitted the the sentence-enhancing allegation that the crime was gang-related, Orange County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. Under a plea agreement, an additional charge of street terrorism was dismissed.
He was immediately sentenced to 16 years in state prison, Emami said.
A total of three young men were charged in connection with the killing.
A jury convicted Steven Salvador Hernandez, 20, of La Habra, in May of second-degree murder and street terrorism for Mora Rodriguez’s killing, officials said. He was sentenced in July to 15 years to life in prison. He was 17 years old at the time of the killing.
A third defendant, 23-year-old Francisco Nuno, has denied the same charges and was due in court May 15 for a pretrial conference and hearing to set a trial date, Emami said.
Though minors at the time of the killing, Lobos and Hernandez were tried as adults.
Mora-Rodriguez was attacked by a group of gang members, which included the three defendants, shortly before midnight on Halloween, 2009, as he left a house party in the 1000 block of East Francis Avenue, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Duff. The party was hosted by a female friend of one of the suspects.
Prior to the fatal attack, two of Mora-Rodriguez’s friends had been involved in a fight by several other young men at the party, Duff said.
As Mora-Rodriguez and his friends were leaving the party, they became involved in an argument, then another fight, with the same group, officials said.
Six to eight gang members joined the attack, in what was described by witnesses as an “ambush,” Duff said.
Lobos beat the victim with a baseball bat while Nuno pummeled Mora-Rodriguez with his fists, the prosecutor said. Hernandez then used a knife to cut Mora-Rodriguez throat, fatally wounding him.
POMONA — A man was expected to survive and female suspect was in custody Wednesday following a stabbing along Holt Avenue, officials said.
The alleged attack was first reported about 2:25 p.m. at Holt Avenue and Hamilton Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson said.
The victim, a man estimated to be in his mid-30s, suffered a single stab wound to his chest, fire Capt. Shawn Youngman said. He was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment of an apparently moderate wound.
Responding officers arrested a woman in on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the attack, Pomona police Lt. Eddie Vazquez said. Her identity was not released pending booking.
The suspect and victim knew each other prior to the incident, he said, however the relationship between them was unclear. No further details were immediately available.
COVINA — A man attacked and robbed a discount store clerk late Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 8:35 p.m. at a business on Citrus Avenue near Arrow Highway, Covina police Lt. Dave Foster said.
The robber entered the store and acted as if he was going to make a purchase, Foster said.
When the woman working behind the counter opened the register, he punched her, then swung at her with an unknown instrument, striking her under the chin, the lieutenant said.
The robber then grabbed cash from the register, as well as a pair of shoes, and fled.
The woman was taken to a hospital with a cut nearly two inches long under her chin.
Police described the suspect as a Latino man in his early-20s with some sort of tattoos on his face. He wore a dark hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans.
Police searching for the robber detained a man with facial tattoos in the area, Foster said. Though he turned out not to be involved in the robbery, he was jailed due to outstanding warrants.
ROSEMEAD – Two hitchhikers stabbed an Arizona man four times Friday night after he pulled over to let them out of his car due to constant quarreling, officials said.
The stabbing took place just after 11 p.m. on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway near Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Lynette O’Brien said.
The stabbing victim, a man in his mid-30s, was expected to survive after undergoing treatment at a hospital, O’Brien said. He was stabbed twice in the stomach, once in the side and once in the back.
He had picked up the hitchhikers in Arizona and was en route to Hollywood, O’Brien said.
“Apparently, the two hitchhikers started arguing,” O’Brien said. They were arguing constantly.”
Fed up with the quarreling, the man pulled over to let the man and woman out of the car, O’Brien said.
The male hitchhiker stabbed the driver before exiting the car with the woman, officials said.
The motorist continued driving on the 10 Freeway. He initially believed he had merely been punched, but exited at Rosemead Boulevard and called for help when he realized he was bleeding, O’Brien said.
Deputies searched the area and found the two suspects on foot near the scene of the stabbing, she added. Deputies arrested them without a struggle.
Detectives withheld the suspects’ names Saturday as they continued their investigation, O’Brien said. She also declined to discuss whether the knife used in the attack was recovered.
PASADENA — A Glendale woman was behind bars on suspicion of attempted murder Wednesday after stabbing a man in the neck as he sat at a table at Central Park, police said.
Christine Hunt, 31, of Glendale was booked on suspicion of attempted murder following Tuesday’s 7:34 p.m. attack at the park in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Rick Aversano said. She both arrived at and fled the scene in a taxi.
The stabbing victim, a 52-year-old Pasadena, underwent surgery for his injury and was expected to survive, Aversano said.
“The suspect exited a taxi, walked into the park and stabbed a victim,” the lieutenant said said. “He was sitting at a park table with some friends.”
Hunt and her alleged victim were not believed to have known each other prior to the stabbing, and the motive remained unclear, he said.
Hunt then got back into the taxi to leave the area, Aversano said. But police responding to the incident spotted it a short time later, pulled it over and arrested Hunt without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Hunt was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending her initial court appearance.
MONTEBELLO — The search continued Thursday for a “person of interest” following stabbing death of his 63-year-old girlfriend inside the Montebello home they shared, authorities said.
Emelio Martinez, 51, remained unaccounted for following the Feb. 20 discovery of the body of his roommate Carmen King Feb. 20 at the couple’s home in the 600 block of North 20th Street, Lt. Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
An autopsy determined she died from multiple stab wounds and the death was ruled a homicide, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Though detectives have wanted to talk to Martinez since the killing, they have been unable to find him, Francisco said.
But the lieutenant stopped short of calling Martinez a suspect in the slaying.
“We just believe he’s probably the last person who had contact with her,” she said.
Francisco added that investigators were not seeking any other persons of interest in the case.
Martinez was believed to have family members in other countries, however Francisco declined to elaborate further.
Missing from King’s home when a family members discovered her body just before 6 p.m. Feb. 20 was King’s car, which officials described as a burgundy 2000 Dodge Stratus with a California license plate number of 4JMC641.
It was not clear exactly how long King’s body may have been there before it was discovered, however she was seen alive on Feb. 17, Winter said.
King was the caretaker of an elderly resident of the home who died of natural causes earlier in the month, officials said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
PHOTO of Emelio Martinez courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
BASSETT — A man suffered serious injuries but was expected to survive Wednesday following a fight that escalated into a stabbing, officials said.
Both the suspect and victim in the 12:20 p.m. stabbing in the 13000 block of Valley Boulevard were believed to be members of the same El Monte street gang, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
Few details were initially available, as the victim was not cooperating with investigators, the lieutenant said.
He was hospitalized with a punctured lung, Sgt. Desiree Rodriguez said.
Deputies set up a search perimeter to hunt for the attacker, who was not found, she added.
Both the stabbing suspect and victim were described as men in their late-teens or early 20s, Enriquez said. A further description of the suspect was not available Wednesday afternoon.
MONTEBELLO — Investigators sought a man for questioning Thursday after his roommate was discovered fatally stabbed in their house, authorities said.
The body of Carmen King, 63, was found shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at a house in the 600 block of North 20th Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Emelio Martinez, 51, was a ‘person of interest’ in the slaying of his roommate, whose body was discovered by a family member who went to the home to check on the woman, Lt. Holly Francisco of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting Montebello police in the investigation.
“She hadn’t been heard from in couple days,” Francisco said.
King had been stabbed multiple times in the “upper torso,” Francisco said. Detectives declined to discuss what type of weapon was used or whether it was recovered at the scene.
Detectives have been unable to locate King’s roommate since the body was found, officials said.
“We want to talk to Emilio Martinez, who we believe probably had last contact with the victim,” Francisco said. But investigators stopped short of labeling Martinez a suspect in the killing.
Also missing was the King’s car, the lieutenant said. It was described as a burgundy 2000 Dodge Stratus with a California license plate number of 4JMC641.
Other than being roommates, the relationship between Martinez and the dead woman was not clear, officials said.
It was also not known Thursday exactly how long King had been dead before her body was discovered, Francisco said.
An autopsy was pending, Winter said.
King was believed to have been working as a caretaker for an elderly resident of the home who died of natural causes earlier this month, Francisco said. Nothing criminal was suspected in that death.
No information was available regarding Martinez’s employment or past.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Anyone who spots Martinez or King’s Dodge Stratus was advised not to approach him, but to call 9-1-1 immediately.