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

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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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Victim of fatal Norwalk stabbing identified as Long Beach man; arrest of suspect announced

NORWALK — Officials have identified a Long Beach man found fatally stabbed in Norwalk last week and announced the arrest of a suspect.
Darin Sivley, 53, died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood about 3:45 p.m., just over an hour after the stabbing took place in the area of Stubebaker Road and Ferina Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Detectives Wednesday announced a suspect — 38-year-old William Johnson — has been arrested in connection with the slaying, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. His city of residence was not clear.
Sivley was believed to have been stabbed at a home before riding from the scene on a bicycle and collapsing nearby, authorities said.
“During the investigation, homicide detectives interviewed (Johnson),” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “Suspect Johnson was arrested on the evening of March 6, 2014, booked for murder at Norwalk Station and is being held in lieu of $1,030,000 bail.”
According to county booking records, Johnson was scheduled to appear Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.
An autopsy carried out Wednesday determined Sivley died from stab wounds to his arm, and the death was ruled a homicide.
Further details regarding the alleged slaying, including a motive, were not released.

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Teen stabbed by apparent gang members in Monrovia

MONROVIA — Two apparent gang members stabbed and wounded a young man after he exited a bus Thursday afternoon, police said.
The victim, a 19-year-old black man, got off a bus at Foothill Boulevard and Magnolia Street about 6:25 p.m., Monrovia police Sgt. Glen Coleman said.
He was approached my two men who seemingly mistook the victim for a gang member, the sergeant said.
One of the assailants shouted “(expletive) Duroc” as he stabbed the victim in the chest, Coleman said. The stab wound was not considered to be life-threatening.
“Duroc” refers to the Duroc Crips street gang, which populates the Duarte and Monrovia area.
But the wounded man did not appear to be associated with the gang, Coleman said.
The attackers were described only as Latino men of about the same age as the victim. They were last seen running from the scene of the stabbing.

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Attacker makes slurs before slashing man in face in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police are seeking a man who antagonized a man with racial and gang slurs before slashing him in the face late Saturday, officials said.
The attack took place about 11:53 a.m. along Montana Street near Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 28-year-old North Hollywood man was accompanied by his girlfriend and retrieving items from a parked car when he was approached by another man described only as a black, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, the lieutenant said.
The attacker tried to antagonize the victim, shouting “gang slurs” and “racial slurs,” at the victim, who was white, Clawson said.
“He pulled out some type of weapon and swung, and cut the victim above his eye,” he said.
The injured man declined to be taken to a hospital by paramedics. It was not immediately clear if the case was to be investigated as a hate crime.

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San Gabriel man sentenced for fatal stabbing of Burbank man

PASADENA — A judge sentenced a San Gabriel man to 26 years to life in prison Wednesday for fatally stabbing a man more than 30 times near his Burbank home, officials said.
Jorge Ernesto Villalobos, 47, received his sentence from Pasadena Superior Court Judge Suzette Clover, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
A jury convicted him Dec. 19 of the first-degree murder of 47-year-old Glenn Giles, which took place Feb. 26, 2008, near Giles’ home in the 3000 block of Joaqin Drive in Burbank, officials said.
“Testimony during the trial revealed Villalobos had been keeping track of Giles before finally killing him because he was dating his former girlfriend,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
Giles was stabbed 32 times, officials said.
“Giles was stabbed at his house, but managed to make it to his neighbor’s house before collapsing and dying,” the district attorney’s office statement said.
Villalobos was additionally ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution.

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Rowland Heights man accused of fatal La Puente stabbing

LA PUENTE — Detectives Sunday announced an arrest in connection with the slaying of an El Monte man who was found stabbed to death behind a La Puente business Wednesday.
Andres Aguirre Garcia, 27, of Rowland Heights was arrested late Friday on suspicion of murder in connection with the stabbing, which was discovered about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in a parking lot behind a business in the 15900 block of Old Valley Road in La Puente, Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said in a written statement.
“Garcia has confessed to the crime and the murder weapon was recovered by homicide detectives,” Jauch said.
Lieutenant Pete Cacheiro of the sheriff’s Industry Station described the arrest was the result of, “a bunch of leads.”
“This was a collaboration of Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, the La Puente Special Assignment Team and the community,Cacheiro said.
No information regarding the motive in the alleged slaying was released.
Jose Chacon, 28, was discovered suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper body in the parking lot to the rear of Alert Insulation Co. Inc., which is owned by La Puente Mayor Charlie Klinakis.
Earlier in the week, the mayor expressed sorrow over the slaying and said she did not know the victim.
Garcia was booked at the sheriff’s Industry Station’s jail, where he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his scheduled arraignment Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court, according to county booking records.

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UPDATED: Hydroponics store employee beaten with baseball bat, stabbed in Bassett

BASSETT — Two men beat a hydroponics store employee with a baseball bat and stabbed him repeatedly during an attack along Valley Boulevard Friday afternoon.
The incident, which deputies were investigating as an attempted murder, was first reported about 5:15 p.m. at a hydroponic supply store along Valley Boulevard, just west of Seventh Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Paramedics were first summoned to the scene by reports of an injured man bleeding from the head, Sgt. Mark Stonich of the sheriff’s Industry Station said. The rescuers contacted police after realizing the man was the victim of an assault.
“These two (attackers) used a baseball bat, hands and feet and possibly a knife,” Stonich said. “He had several puncture wounds in his back.”
The employee first received a phone call just before 5 p.m. from a man asking whether the store was open, and whether is carried a particular type of light bulb, Stonich said. The employee responded that the store did carry the bulb in question.
About 15 minutes later, the employee noticed two men standing in front of the store, pacing and carrying a bag, the sergeant said.
They entered the store, pulled a baseball bat from the bag and ordered the employee to exit the store, Stonich said. They then attacked the man.
Paramedics took the injured employee to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with stable vital signs, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Larry Duran said. He was expected to survive.
The motive in the attack was not clear, Stonich said. There were no indications anything had been stolen.
The badly injured man managed to give deputies a description of his attackers before being rushed to the a hospital for treatment, the sergeant said. “He recognized one of their voices as person who had called on the phone.”
One of the assailants was a white man of about 6 feet tall, wearing a blue shirt and gray pants, Stonich said. The other was an Asian man of about 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing all black clothing.
Not eyewitnesses to the attack had been found Friday afternoon, however witnesses did confirm seeing men matching the descriptions given by the victim and carrying a baseball bat in the area around the time of the incident.
The motive in the crime was not immediately clear, Stonich said. “We don’t know if a robbery occurred at this time.”
The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322.

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One charged, one released following weekend stabbing in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — Prosecutors Wednesday filed charges against one of two men arrested in connection with a weekend stabbing in Alhambra, while the second suspect was released from custody without charges, authorities said.
Eric Gonsalo Hernandez, 23, of Los Angeles was charged with attempted murder, along with the special allegation that he used a knife in the crime, as well as assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
But Marco Beltran, 28, of Los Angeles, who was initially arrested along with Hernandez, was freed Wednesday after prosecutors declined to file charges against him, citing insufficient evidence, Alhambra police and district attorney’s officials said.
The alleged attack took place about 1:25 a.m. stabbing in the 200 block of Curtis Avenue.
The stabbing victim, a 27-year-old Pasadena man, suffered numerous stab wounds to his torso but was expected to recover, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene.
Both the suspect and victim had been drinking at a nearby house party when the became involved in a fight that spilled out onto the street, the sergeant said.
The subject of the fight remained unclear.
Hernandez entered no plea at his appearance Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court, Santiago said. An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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UPDATED: Two men accused of attempted murder following Alhambra stabbing

ALHAMBRA — Police jailed two Los Angeles men in connection with a stabbing early Saturday in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
Eric Gonsalo Hernandez, 23, and Marco Antonio Beltran, 28, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder following the 1:25 a.m. stabbing in the 200 block of South Curtis Avenue, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
Police responded to a report of a fight when they encountered a stabbing victim, Sgt. Jim Hammond said in a written statement.
“Officers located two subject in the area and, through their investigation, determined they were involved in the crime,” according to the police statement. “The victim received serious injuries.”
The victim suffered several stab wounds, “mostly to the abdomen area,” Johnson said.
The wounded man was listed in stable condition at a hospital and expected to recover, he added.
Hernandez and Beltran were found in the area and arrested in connection with the crime, Johnson said. A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered.
A motive in the alleged attack remained under investigation.
Police noted that there was a party in the area at the time, but it was not clear Sunday whether the stabbing was related to the gathering.
According to police and Los Angeles County booking records, Hernandez and Beltran were being held in lieu of $1 million bail each pending their scheduled arraignments Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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Man stabbed at South Whittier bus stop

SOUTH WHITTIER — A group of attackers repeatedly stabbed an 18-year-old man at a bus stop Saturday evening, authorities said.
The stabbing took place about 6:50 p.m. along Mulberry Drive, near Mills Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
“The victim stated four to five unknown males approached him at a bus stop,” the lieutenant said. “He was stabbed multiple times.”
Smitson said the wounded man was hospitalized in stable condition, but did not appear to be fully cooperating with investigators.
No further description of the attackers was available, Smitson said. A dark-colored pickup truck was seen leaving the area at the time of the stabbing.
Investigators suspected the incident was gang-related.

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