Man stabbed while walking down street in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man stabbed another man in the back in an unprovoked attack as the victim walked down the street in northwest Pasadena early Wednesday, officials said.
A 41-year-old Pasadena man was walking down Los Robles Avenue, just south of Woodbury Road, about 5 a.m. and felt a sharp pain in his back, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“He saw man running south on Los Robles, then he discovered he was stabbed with an unknown object,” Luna said. No further description of the attacker was available.
The man was treated at hospital for a small stab wound that did not appear to be serious, the lieutenant said.

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UPDATED: Second victim of mysterious Hacienda Heights double-slaying identified as 16-year-old boy


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Authorities have identified a victim found stabbed to death inside a Hacienda Heights house along with the elderly homeowner last month as a teenage boy, but the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the double slaying remains.
Gavin Bustamante, 16, was found dead along with June Collins, 84, on Oct. 7 at Collins’ home in the 16600 block of Carriage Place, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Alyssa Fleak said. Sheriff’s offiicals said he was also known as Gavin Wilhelm.
An autopsy determined both victims had been stabbed to death.
But exactly what unfolded inside the Carriage place home remained a mystery, Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’ Homicide Bureau said.
The coroner’s identification of the young victim represents, “another piece of the puzzle,” he said. But detectives still have their work cut out for them.
““We’re trying to figure out who was there and who did what they did,” Corina said.
Both bodies were already well into the stages of decomposition when they were found by deputies who has been asked to check on Collins, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials said.
Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau estimated the killing took place about a week before the bodies were discovered.
Investigators noted signs of a struggle within the home, but no evidence of forced entry into the house, Corina said in the days following the double-homicide. Robbery was not believed to be the motive.
Handling homicide detectives could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Sheriff’s officials and neighbors said Collins had a 54-year-old adult son who was in jail for abusing his mother at the time of the killing.
But many associates of the son continued coming by Collins’ home, and even staying there at times, during the son’s incarceration, officials said.
Bustamante was believed to be one of those associates.
No city of residence for the teen was listed at the coroner’s office, however Corina said Bustamante, a former El Monte resident, had been staying at Collins’ home for several months.
Capt. Tim Murakami of the sheriff’s Industry Station said it appeared the son’s associates, often drug addicts, were taking advantage of Collins, who suffered from dementia.
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.

PHOTO of fatal stabbing victim June Collins, 84, of Hacienda Heights courtesy of the California DMV.

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UPDATED: Woman sought in stabbing of neighbor in Pasadena

1108_NWS_PSN-L-STABSUSPECTPASADENA >> Police sought a Pasadena woman Saturday who they say attacked a neighbor with a box cutter the previous afternoon.
Maria Herrera, 27, was considered armed and dangerous, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
She slashed a man in his 30s with a box cutter about 2:20 p.m. Friday at the apartment complex where both live in the 400 block of North Garfield Avenue as the result of an ongoing personal dispute, according to the lieutenant. The victim was treated for slash wounds to his hand and finger.
The victim was walking into the complex from a rear parking lot when he heard someone running up behind him, Mercado said. He turned to see Herrera rushing toward him with a box cutter in-hand.
“As he begins to backpedal, he trips and falls to the ground. She slashes at him,” Mercado said. The man blocked the blows with his hand, which suffered the brunt of the alleged attack, and managed to get away from Herrera.
The victim relayed that the woman had threatened to kill him about two weeks prior, but the incident was not reported to police, Mercado said.
Herrera fled. Police described her as 4 feet 11 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored sweatshirt. Herrera was believed to be driving a gray, four-door, 1990s-model Honda Civic.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court and booking records, Herrera was released from jail Oct. 27 after serving time in county jail for possession of burglary tools
Her previous convictions also include providing a false name to police in August, brandishing a firearm in 2011; as well as auto theft, drug possession and possession of burglary tools in 2008.
Anyone who sees Herrera is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241 or call 911.

PHOTO of Maria Herrera, 27, of Pasadena. (Courtesy)

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Man wounded in Pasadena stabbing


PASADENA >> A man arrived at a hospital with a stab wound early Saturday, claiming he was stabbed by a relative at a local park but refusing to cooperate further with investigators, police said.
Staff at Huntington Hospital notified police about 2 a.m. that a 54-year-old Pasadena man had just driven himself to the emergency room with a stab wound to his thigh, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man told police the stabbing took place at Brookside Park, near the Rose Bowl, and that a cousin of his had stabbed him after accusing him of having an affair with the cousin’s wife, the lieutenant said.
“He would not give us a name or description of the suspect,” Mercado said.
The injury was no considered life-threatening.

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UPDATED: Deaf and mute man wounded in South Whittier stabbing


A man was found stabbed in the neck along a South Whittier street Friday, but the deaf and mute victim could not immediately tell deputies what had taken place, authorities said.
A passer-by reported finding the man suffering from a gash to his neck shortly after 1 p.m. at Meyer Road and Fidel Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cynthia Chavez said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the stabbing were available, she said. The victim, a 34-year-old deaf and mute Whittier man, could not communicate with deputies at the scene.
A sign-language interpreter was summoned to the hospital to help investigators interview the victim, but they were not immediately able to get a statement as he was quickly rushed into surgery.

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Man killed in Covina stabbing


COVINA >> A man died early Friday in a stabbing in a residential neighborhood near Covina, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 1:15 a.m. on Bellbrook Street, near Lark Ellen Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Covina, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said.
The victim died at the scene, she said. No suspects were in custody.
No further details were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were summoned to the scene.
Anyone with information can reach 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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Coroner: Elderly woman, man found dead in Hacienda Heights home were stabbed


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Coroner’s officials have identified an elderly woman who was found stabbed to death inside her Hacienda Heights home along with a yet-unidentified man.
JUNE COLLINSJune Collins, 84, and the unidentified male victim were discovered dead on the afternoon of Oct. 7 inside Collins’ home in the 16600 block of Carriage Place in Hacienda Heights.
An autopsy determined both victims had been stabbed to death, and both deaths have been ruled homicides, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Wednesday.
The second victim, described only as a man, remained listed at the coroner’s office as John Doe.
When found by deputies asked to check on the elderly resident, both bodies were already well into the stages of decomposition, slowing the investigation, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said investigators the slayings occurred about a week before the victims were discovered.
No suspects had been identified Wednesday in connection with the mysterious double-homicide, and the motive remained unclear. But detectives continued gathering clues.
“It’s moving forward. Slowly, but it’s moving forward,” Corina said.
There were no signs of forced entry at the home, the lieutenant said. But inside, “There were signs of struggle.”
It was unclear what type of sharp weapon was used in the killings, Corina said.
Robbery was not believed to the motive, investigators said.
Collin’s Toyota Corolla was discovered missing from her home. It was found the following afternoon, abandoned in the 12100 block of Magnolia Street in El Monte, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Detectives continue looking into how the car ended up in El Monte, Corina said, and the car was being examined by crime lab investigators.
The identity of the man found dead along with Collins remains a mystery.
Detectives had not yet linked any missing persons’ cases to the double-homicide investigation, Corina said.
Many people would often come and go from the home, he said.
Collins had a son who was in jail at the time of the killings in connection with an elder abuse case, officials said. Collins had a restraining order against him.
Officials and neighbors said deputies had responded to the home several times in the past to deal with her the son when he lived there,.
Associates of the son, including drug addicts, continued to show up even after the son was jailed, sometimes staying there, authorities said.
Capt. Tim Murakami of the sheriff’s Industry Station said the elderly woman had dementia, which the frequent visitors appeared to be taking advantage of.
Because of the ongoing issues at the home, deputies would regularly checked on Collins, the captain said.
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.

PHOTO of June Collins, 84, of Hacienda Heights courtesy of the California DMV.

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Man wounded in Alhambra stabbing


ALHAMBRA >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a man along Main Street in Alhambra early Sunday.
Patrol officers were flagged down about 2 a.m. by a group of people along Main Street, near First Street, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
They directed officers to man who was bleeding from “numerous” stab wounds to his upper body, police officials said in a written statement. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, and the circumstances of the stabbing remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alhambra police detectives at 626-570-5157.

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Fugitive sought in South Whittier slaying arrested in Pico Rivera

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Homicide detectives arrested man Wednesday who they have been seeking for more than a week in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man during a fight in South Whittier, authorities said.
Authorities found and arrested George Luis Delgado, 53, about 9:40 a.m. at a motel along Telegraph Road, just west of Rosemead Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
Delgado, described by investigators as transient, has been sought since the morning of Sept. 26, when he allegedly stabbed and killed 42-year-old Tyrone Duran of San Gabriel as the two men were involved in a fight in a residential neighborhood in the 13500 block of Trumball Street.
After more than a week of searching, and reaching out to the public for assistance, “We tracked him down at a motel in Pico Rivera,” Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The murder suspect offered no resistance, Corina said. “We picked him up without incident.
Delgado was scheduled for arraignment Friday in Downey Superior Court, records show.
“The victim and suspect knew each other and were hanging out in front of a residence,” Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. “They began to argue, and the argument escalated into a fist fight. Sometime during the fight the suspect stabbed the victim with a folding type knife.”
EP-150929594Paramedics took Duran to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Delgado fan from the scene, leaving the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing at the scene, Corina said. He remained a fugitive until his arrest Wednesday.
Sheriff’s officials initially said the men appeared to have been arguing over a woman when the fatal stabbing occurred, however Corina said the investigation is ongoing.
“I’m not sure exactly what they were arguing about,” the lieutenant said.
Duran, who was not married, left behind two children, said Aimee Mendoza, who is an aunt to Duran’s son. She described him as energetic and gun, with a strong personality.
Donations to help the family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/Memoryoftyduran.

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George Delgado, left, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, who is suspected of fatally stabbing Tyron Duran, 42, right, during a fight in a South Whittier neighborhood on Sept. 26, 2015. (Photos courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the DMV)  [BELOW] – Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials investigate in the 13500 block of Trumball Street in South Whittier, where a man was fatally stabbed during a fight early Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.
(Staff photo by Brian Day)

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UPDATED: Man stabbed to death in South Whittier; suspect sought

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> A man died as his alleged killer remained at large after a fight between two men over a woman escalated into a fatal stabbing early Saturday, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 7:30 a.m. in the 13500 block of Trumball Street, in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier, according to Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Tyrone Duran, 43, died in the alleged attack, Deputy Ruan Rouzan said. He was initially believed to be a San Gabriel resident.
Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said it appeared the Duran and his killer knew each other prior to the slaying.
They became involved in an argument, then a fist fight over an unknown issue, the lieutenant said.
“At some time during the fight, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim one time,” Corina said.
“The victim stumbled on to the front lawn of a residence here. People at the house try to render him some aid.”
The attacker ran away and remained at large Saturday afternoon, Corina said.
Investigators recovered a large folding pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing at the scene, Corina said.
The wounded victim was taken to PIH Health Hospital in Whittier, where he succumbed to his injuries, officials said.
Officials said the fight and stabbing stemmed from an argument over a woman as the men were hanging out together.
“It appears that the victim and suspect had been arguing over the ex-girlfriend of the suspect when the fight and stabbing occurred,” Rouzan said.
George Delgado, 53, was being sought in connection with the slaying, Rouzan said. His city of residence was unclear.
Several neighbors said they didn’t see or hear anything unusual Saturday morning prior to deputies’ arrival.
Detectives continued seeking and interviewing witness. Anyone with information is asked to call 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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