Man wounded, suspect arrested in stabbing at Rowland Heights motel

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Deputies arrested man Sunday after he stabbed an associate in the leg during an argument at a Rowland Heights motel, authorities said.
Deputies booked Anthony Bolhderes, 28, of Lomita on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, which took place about 12:40 p.m. in a hallway at the Quality Inn & Suites, 1170 Fairway Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ed Wells said.
“The suspect and victim knew each other and got into an argument,” Wells said. “The victim was stabbed in the thigh.”
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital where he underwent treatment for an injury that was not considered to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.
Responding deputies found and detained Bolhderes nearby, he said.
The victim’s age and city of residence were not available, and the nature of the argument between the men was not clear.

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Officials identify 16-year-old Norwalk boy killed in stabbing

NORWALK >> Authorities Saturday released the name of a 16-year-old Norwalk boy who died following a stabbing earlier in the week.
Micah Maurice Hatten, 16, died at St. Francis Medical Center shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles County coroner and sheriff’s officials. He was fatally wounded about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in a stabbing near Leffingwell Road and Gard Avenue.
An attacker or attackers arrived in a vehicle before the deadly confrontation, sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said. No suspect description was available, and no suspects were in custody.
The wounded teen clung to life at the hospital, and was revived by doctors multiple times after losing vital signs, before ultimately succumbing to his injuries early the following morning, officials said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

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UPDATE: Teen killed in Norwalk stabbing

UPDATE — The stabbing victim, identified by coroner’s officials as 16-year-old Micah Maurice Hatten of Norwalk, died from his injuries at St. Francis Medical Center about 10 hours after being stabbed.

A teen was fighting for his life at a hospital Wednesday after he was critically wounded in a stabbing near Norwalk High School, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 3:30 p.m. at Leffingwell Road and Gard Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jason Skeen said. Despite the close proximity of the stabbing scene to Norwalk High School, the young victim was not initially believed to be a student of the campus.
A vehicle approached and a suspect or suspect exited before confronting and attacking the victim, Skeen said.
No suspects were in custody as the investigation continued.
Investigators withheld further details of the incident Wednesday evening as they continued gathering clues.
The badly wounded victim lost vital signs and was revived several times as he underwent surgery at an area hospital, Skeen said.

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Man says he was awakened by stabbing while in bed in unincorporated Covina

COVINA — A 21-year-old man who said he was stabbed while in bed was recovering Friday as detectives continued sorting out exactly what took place inside the home in an unincorporated county area near Covina.
The stabbing was reported just after 2 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 5000 block of Sunflower Avenue, where the wounded man told authorities he had moved in the previous day, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Vega said.
Deputies were first notified of the incident by the victim’s girlfriend after he called her to tell her he had been stabbed, the lieutenant said.
When deputies arrived, they found the victim suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen, Vega said. The man’s new roommates — two men and a woman — were detained, and three young girls who were at the home were taken into protective custody by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
The victim told investigators he had gone to bed the previous night following an argument with his roommates, and he was awakened when someone stabbed him, Vega said. But the victim said it was dark inside the room and he couldn’t see who it was who attacked him. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The roommates also did not provide deputies with a clear account of what had taken place, Vega added. “Someone’s not telling everything they know,” he said.
Deputies initially arrested the roommates in connection with the stabbing, but ultimately released them pending further investigation, Vega said.
He added that officials hoped forensic evidence would help them determine who exactly was responsible for the stabbing.

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UPDATED: Whitter man accused of knife, hammer attacks pleads not guilty


NORWALK >> An alleged gang member accused of stabbing and seriously injuring his uncle in Pico Rivera, then stabbing and beating a former friend with a hammer in South Whittier two days later pleaded not guilty Thursday to a series of charges in connection with the December attacks, authorities said.
“Alfred Tapia was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder and one count each of mayhem and child abuse,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement. He is additionally accused of the sentence-enhancing allegation that the crimes were gang-related.
Tapia, 34, fled to Mexico where he was apprehended and returned to the United States last month to face prosecution. If convicted as charged, he could face life in prison as a third strike offender, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The near-fatal stabbings and beating took place Dec. 3 at the home of Tapia’s uncle in the 8700 block of Olympic Boulevard in Pico Rivera, and Dec. 5 at the home of a former gang member and friend in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue in South Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and district attorney’s officials said.
In the first incident, Tapia went to his uncle’s home, where the two men had a “disagreement over a personal matter,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
Tapia stabbed his uncle several times in the back, inflicting serious injuries including a collapsed lung and a punctured liver, sheriff’s officials said. Further details regarding what the men argued about were not available.
Two days later, Tapia arrived at the home of his former friend, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
“The man was home alone caring for his infant child,” according to the district attorney’s office statement. “Tapia chased the man outside and reportedly attacked him with a knife and hammer.”
Tapia’s second alleged victim suffered major injuries, including both stab wounds and blunt force trauma, Nishida said.
The charge of mayhem was filed due to injuries suffered by the second victim, Ardalani said. However prosecutors declined to describe the nature of the injuries.
Under California law, mayhem occurred when a person, “unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip.”
Tapia was also being investigated in connection with the Dec. 6 stabbing of another relative in Chino, however he has not been charged in connection with the incident.
Tapia was scheduled to return to Norwalk Superior Court June 2 for a preliminary hearing setting, officials said.

PHOTO of Alfred Tapia courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Woman sentenced for fatal stabbing of boyfriend in Pomona

POMONA >> A woman received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison Wednesday for the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in a Pomona apartment just over two years ago, officials said.
Erica Artavia Campbell, 27, of Pomona received her sentenced from West Covina Superior Court Judge Peter A. Hernandez, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
A jury convicted her Feb. 11 of second-degree murder for the death 24-year-old Markeon Taylor.
Taylor lived in Tennessee, but was staying in Southern California to attend a murder trial for a group of men charged in the April 17, 2009, slaying of his brother, 18-year-old Marquis LeBlanc of Diamond Bar, during a Pomona house party.
Campbell and Taylor became involved in a fight April 2, 2012, while at the apartment of Campbell’s brother, officials said.
“Her brother tried to diffuse the situation, however Campbell charged at Taylor and stabbed him in the chest with a knife,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
“The prosecutor said Campbell stabbed Taylor with such force that the knife pierced his heart, causing him to bleed out,” the statement said. He succumbed to his injuries a short time later at a hospital.
Prosecutors charged Campbell with the killing April 5, 2012.

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UPDATE: Nurses wounded in two separate hospital stabbings in Sylmar, Torrance

Two nurses suffered stab wounds in two separate attacks at UCLA hospitals in Sylmar and Torrance early Sunday, authorities said.
The Sylmar incident took place about 2 a.m. at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and about 9:20 a.m. at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
There was “no indication” the attacks were related, Lt. Rich Burgoyne of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s County Services Bureau said, however the motives in each remained under investigation.
Romero Carnailla, 26, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of the stabbing at the Sylmar hospital, 14445 Olive View Drive, Burgoyne said.
“(Carnailla) entered the hospital, bypassed the weapons screening area, and fled into the building, away from security and law enforcement officers,” Lt. Denise Stephenson said in a written statement.
“As deputies and officers searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and went to the source of the outcry,” Stephenson said. “They located the victim, a female adult, and found she was stabbed an unknown number of times in the upper and lower torso.”
The wounded nurse, whose age was not available, was hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.
Carnailla was taken into custody just after the stabbing, however further details of his arrested were not available Sunday afternoon, Burgoyne said.
Officials recovered a knife at the scene, Stephenson added.
A motive in the alleged attack was not known, and it remained under investigation whether the suspect and victim knew one another, Burgoyne said.
Carnailla was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, officials said. He was receiving medical treatment prior to booking, though officials did not say why.
A second nurse was wounded in a stabbing just over seven hours later at the Torrance hospital campus, authorities said.
0421_NWS_LDN-L-HOSPITALSTAB2Thomas Robert Fredette, 38, of Santee was jailed in connection with the alleged attack at the hospital campus at 1000 West Carson Street, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Fredette went through a weapons screening area, officials said.
“Once inside the hospital, the suspect encountered a group of nurses, grabbed one of them from behind, and stabbed the female victim in the ear with a sharp object,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
“The victim was able to free herself from the suspect’s grasp and ran away,” the statement continued. The nurse, who suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, directed deputies to her attacker.
Fredette was taken into custody, and a pencil believed to have been used as the weapon in the stabbing was recovered as evidence.
“The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time, the sheriff’s statement said.
Officials said Fredette was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in Torrance Superior Court.

PHOTO of Thomas Fredette courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Police: Woman stabs boyfriend with knife, fork in Covina

COVINA — A Covina woman stabbed her boyfriend numerous times with both a kitchen knife and fork during an argument at a Covina mobile home park late Friday, authorities said.
Mist Napolitano, 52, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the alleged attack, which took place about 8:50 p.m. at a mobile home park in the 1300 block of North Citrus Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Jim McDonough said.
Napolitano and her longtime boyfriend, 45, became involved in an argument when she stabbed him numerous times with a kitchen knife, the sergeant said. The man was stabbed in both his arms, his chin and his upper torso.
The man was also stabbed several times in the back with a fork, McDonough said. The wounded man managed to call for help and was hospitalized in stable condition.
Napolitano fled the scene but was captured a short time later, with blood still on her clothing, outside the Aurora Charter Oak Hospital, police said.
Napolitano, who is on parole, was being held without bail, officials added.
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Trial begins for woman accused of stabbing estranged husband to death in Walnut


POMONA >> Trial is underway in Pomona for a woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband to death inside his Walnut home in 2011.
George Mora, 47, had already obtained a restraining order against now-46-year-old Socorro Mora when she allegedly stabbed him to death on the morning of Oct. 19, 2011, in the home where he lived with the couple’s four children in the 21600 block of Brookside Court in Walnut.
Opening statements in the case were heard Thursday in Pomona Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said. The trial continued Friday with prosecution testimony.
The slaying came at the end of more than a month of escalating violence perpetrated by Socorro Mora against her husband, prosectors and investigators allege.
In addition to the killing, she’s accused of showing up at George Mora’s house and fatally stabbing the family dog three weeks prior to the killing on Sept. 24, 2011, according to Deputy District Attorney Taraneh Saba . A previous domestic violence incident on Sept. 13, 2011, had prompted Mora to get a restraining order against his wife.
Socorro Mora has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, animal cruelty and domestic violence.
Deputies responded to the home after she called 9-1-1 and reported domestic violence, investigators said. She was found in the front yard suffering from stab wounds, though it was not clear if they were self-inflicted or suffered while struggling with her estranged husband.
Family members said the couple had been married for 18 years and had separated about two months prior to the slaying.
They had two sons and two daughters, who were between 8 and 16 years old at the time of the killing. They were not home when the stabbing occurred.

PHOTO of George Mora: Courtesy

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Police: Covina stabbing suspect jailed after returning to scene of crime


COVINA — Police arrested a stabbing suspect Sunday after he returned to the scene of the crime in search of the knife used in the attack, police said.
Manual Alexander Valdez, 24, of Azusa was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the 3:30 a.m. stabbing in the 1100 block of East Wingate Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Jim McDonough said.
Valdez was acquainted with the victim, a 25-year-old man, and they arrived together to visit a home in the neighborhood, the sergeant said.
“(Valdez) thinks the victim is hitting on his girlfriend and an argument ensues,” the sergeant said.
The men continued arguing as they walked down the street, where Valdez allegedly stabbed the victim in the arm, police said. The wounded man suffered a severed artery and was hospitalized in serious condition.
The attacker had fled the area when officers arrived, but a witness reported seeing a man looking through some nearby bushes with a flashlight just prior to their arrival, McDonough said. The man fled as police approached, and investigators suspected it was the suspect trying to recover the weapon used in the stabbing.
Unbeknownst to Valdez, McDonough said, police found a set of brass knuckled with a blade attached that was believed to have been used in the attack at the scene.
As the investigation continued, police identified Valdez as the suspect and began keeping watch over his Azusa home, McDonough said.
But police received a call from the same neighborhood where the stabbing occurred about 11 a.m. reporting that a man was again searching through the bushes, the sergeant said.
Police rushed to the area and pulled Valdez over as he was driving out of the neighborhood, McDonough said. He was arrested in connection with the stabbing, and also had a small amount of what police believed to be heroin with him.
Valdez had blood splattered on his pants and shoes when arrested, the sergeant added.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Valdez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his arraignment, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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