PICO RIVERA >> A man died after being stabbed inside his home early Saturday, and his teenage son and the family car were missing, authorities said.
The fatal stabbing took place about 1:30 a.m. at a home within a gated community in the 3700 block of Oaklawn Lane, Lt. Holly Francisco of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The circumstances of the slaying remained a mystery as investigators poured over the scene Saturday afternoon.
“At this time, we don’t know what happened inside this residence,” Francisco said.
Coroner’s officials did not release the name of the 50-year-old stabbing victim, however neighbors identified him as Sergio Gutierrez.
His son, 17-year-old Sergio Anthony Gutierrez, was believed to be home at the time of the stabbing, but has not been seen since, Francisco said. Also missing is the family car, a silver, 200 Infiniti with a California license plate of 4MAB667.
The teenage son was not considered a suspect, but was being sought for questioning as a “person of interest,” Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.
The victim lived at the home with his wife, their son and a woman who rented a room in their home, Francisco said.
Deputies first responded to the home after victim’s wife called 9-1-1 and reported a robbery, Francisco said. Further details regarding the initial 9-1-1 call were not available.
Deputies arrived to discover the homeowner lying in the front family room of the home, suffering from several stab wounds to his torso, Francisco said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:17 a.m.
There were no signs the home had been broken into or that an intruder had been present, Francisco said. It had not been determined whether anything other than the family car was missing from the home.
Deputies have visited the home more than once in the past for domestic violence calls, however further details of deputies’ previous visits to the home were not available, the lieutenant said.
Neighborhood resident Ariel Acosta, 22, said he grew up with the teenage Sergio Gutierrez.
“It’s sad. I just want to know what happened,” he said.
Acosta described the younger Gutierrez as a “calm” and “quiet” boy who loved soccer, and had previously played for El Rancho High School.
“He’s a normal kid, just like the rest of us,” Acosta said.
The neighbor said although he did not know the parents as well, “To me, it was a normal family.”
The father was often seen taking his son to school, or playing soccer with him in the family’s front yard, Acosta said.
Acosta said the husband and wife often walked their pet Chihuahuas in the neighborhood.
Despite Saturday’s tragedy, Acosta said he believed the neighborhood was a safe one.
“I’ve always felt safe in here. I’ve lived here 18 years,” he said.
PASADENA >> A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing a Pasadena barbershop owner during a robbery in 2011, officials said.
After four days of deliberations, the Pasadena Superior Court jury announced they were deadlocked, and Judge Darrel Mavis declared a mistrial in the murder trial for Davon Moore, 25, of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
Prosecutors plan to re-try Moore on the murder charge, he said. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Sept. 25.
Santiago said the jury hung 11-1 in favor of convicting Moore of the first-degree murder of 43-year-old King E. King, who was found shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, 2011, lying in a pool of blood behind his business, King King’s Barber and Beauty Salon in the 900 bock of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena.
In addition to murder, Moore is accused of the special allegations that the killing was committed during the course of a robbery and burglary, and that Moore personally used a knife in the slaying.
The alleged special circumstance of murder during the course of a robbery and burglary made Moore eligible for the death penalty if convicted, though officials declined pursue a capital case against him, Santiago said. If convicted as charged, Moore could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Co-defendant Sabrina King, 21, of Compton, who is not related to King King, pleaded “no contest” in March to charges of voluntary manslaughter and robbery in connection with the slaying. She faces up to 21 years in state prison when she returns to court for sentencing.
Pasadena police initially arrested two men and two women in connection with King’s slaying, however the other two people arrested along with Moore and Sabrina King were subsequently released without charges.
SOUTH WHITTIER >> A woman is dead and another is accused of murder after a fight escalated into a stabbing late Friday in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, authorities said.
Michelle Alexis Young, 31, of Los Angeles died following the stabbing, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
The stabbing was first reported as a “woman down” about 10:30 p.m. on a small cul-de-sac in the 11500 block of Obert Avenue, just north of Leffingwell Road, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement.
Deputies arrived to find paramedics already treating Young, who had been stabbed multiple times, officials said
Young was pronounced dead on the sidewalk at 11:12 p.m., Smith said.
“A male adult witness at the scene told deputies that a female approached the victim and started an argument,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “The argument escalated into a physical altercation. The female suspect then produced a knife and stabbed the victim several times. The suspect fled the location.”
Soon after, deputies detained another woman who as believed to have been involved in the incident, officials said.
After hours of investigation, detectives arrested Vanessa Rebecca Cella, 28, on suspicion of murder Saturday morning, sheriff’s officials said. Her city of residence was not immediately available.
Cella was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending her scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Bellflower Superior Court, according to county booking records.
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.
EAST LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, but expected to survive, after she was thrown, or jumped, out of vehicle with a large slash wound on her face, authorities said.
The incident was first reported about 1:50 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Indiana Street, along the border between East Los Angeles and Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.
Initial reports indicated the woman’s throat had been slashed, but it was determined her wound was actually on her face, Lt. Gulley of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station said. He declined to give his first name.
The injured woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, Scott said.
But the wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, Gulley said.
Investigators determined the woman had been tossed out of a car, or had jumped from the vehicle, however it was unclear where the actual stabbing took place, the lieutenant said.
No description of a suspect or the vehicle that left the woman at the intersection was released, and no further details were immediately available.
ALHAMBRA — Two people were hospitalized following a stabbing during a house party in Alhambra late Friday, authorities said.
Police first learned of the stabbing just before midnight when the two victims sought help by driving to a police checkpoint at Fremont Avenue and Orange Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said.
Officers determined the stabbing had taken place at or near a house party in the 3200 block of West Montezuma Avenue, she said.
The victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Rodriguez said.
The ages and genders of the stabbing victims were not available, nor was any suspect description.
WEST COVINA >> A man was stabbed during a fight near Gingrich Park in West Covina Thursday afternoon, officials said.
A 27-year-old man was hospitalized in unknown condition following the 5:45 p.m. incident near the park in the 1800 block of Woodgate Drive, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
Witnesses first called police to report a fight among five male combatants, Lt. Dennis Patton said. As officers were en route, they received a second call reporting that someone had been stabbed.
The victim was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, Patton said. The extent of the injuries was not clear.
Police found four suspects on foot several blocks away and arrested them in connection with the stabbing, Cirrito said
Detectives continued investigating what role the men may have played in the attack Thursday night.
DUARTE — A man showed up at a hospital emergency room Wednesday after he was wounded in a stabbing in Duarte, officials said.
Arcadia police first responded to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia about 6:30 p.m. after being notified a man had arrived there with stab wounds, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said.
But it was soon determined the stabbing took place in Duarte, and the investigation was turned over to deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station, which patrols that area, according to Arcadia police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Little information was initially available, however investigators believed the stabbing took place in the 1900 block of Mountain Avenue in Duarte, sheriff’s Lt. William Wicker said.
The wounded man was taken by private car to Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, the lieutenant said. Staff at the hospital transferred the wounded man to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he underwent surgery late Wednesday. An update on his condition was not available.
Investigators continued trying to piece together the circumstances of the stabbing Wednesday night, and no suspect description was available.
PASADENA — A teenage boy showed up at a Pasadena hospital with a stab wound to the back of his neck late Friday, police said.
The victim, a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, arrived at Huntington Hospital shortly before midnight, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“We received a call from a local hospital, who notified us that an intoxicated man had walked in with a laceration to back of his neck,” Luna said.
The wound was described as, “moderately serious, but not life-threatening,” the lieutenant said.
Little was known about how the teen ended up injured.
The exact location of the stabbing had no been determined, however it was believed to have taken place in the vicinity of Orange Grove Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, Luna said.
PASADENA — A man was hospitalized with stab wounds but expected to survive after a fight escalated into a stabbing late Thursday, police said.
The attack took place about 8:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victims, a 26-year-old Pasadena man and a 14-year-old boy, were walking down the street when they were confronted by two men who were standing in a yard, the lieutenant said.
The group became involved in a fight, during which one of the suspect pulled a knife, Luna said.
The 26-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his back, as well as slashes to his face and arm, he said. The teenage victim suffered minor injuries including bruising on the side of his head.
Police said the attackers were last seen on foot.
The knife-wielding man was Latino man in his mid-20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, of muscular build, clean-shaven with a shaved head, Luna said. The second attacker was described only as a Latino man in his 30s.
The incident was believed to be gang-related, Luna said.
AZUSA — An argument between neighbors drinking together at an Azusa apartment complex escalated to a stabbing late Saturday, authorities said.
Vicente Mariano Hernandez, 32, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which took place about 11:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Newburgh Street, just east of Azusa Avenue, according to Azusa police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Hernandez and the victim, a 35-year-old man, were drinking beer together at the victim’s apartment when they became involved in an argument and Hernandez pulled a knife, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
Police responding to reports of a stabbing found the victim on his second-floor balcony with a small stab wound to his abdomen, the sergeant said. He was treated at a hospital.
Witnesses identified Hernandez as the attacker and directed officers to his apartment, where he was arrested without a struggle, Hayden said.
According to county booking records, Hernandez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, which was scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.