UPDATED: Montebello senior stabbed during robbery attempt outside her home


MONTEBELLO >> A senior citizen suffered serious injuries when she was stabbed during a robbery attempt outside her Montebello home late Friday, police said.
The stabbing took place about 8:20 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Hendricks Street, just north of Beverly Boulevard, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a woman in her mid-60s, had just arrived home, Montebello police Lt. Michael Bergman said.
“It sounds like she was trying to get in her front door. The attacker approached her,” he said.
The robber initially appeared to be after the woman’s purse, but the crime quickly escalated into a stabbing, Bergman said.
The woman had offered little resistance when the would-be robber, without provocation, stabbed her at least twice in the upper torso with a kitchen-style knife, the lieutenant said. He fled on foot, without obtaining anything from the woman.
The woman was taken to a hospital, Bergman said. “She’s in serious condition.”
A detailed suspect description was not available, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man denies fatal stabbing of tow truck driver in Pico Rivera


NORWALK >> A Pico Rivera man accused of fatally stabbing a tow truck driver as he replaced his mother’s minivan battery appeared in court Friday and denied a murder charge, officials said.
Tobias Ruben Cabrera, a 40-year-old transient, pleaded not guilty in Norwalk Superior Court to one count of murder in connection with the June 2 stabbing of Raymond Zabala, 35, of East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
The fatal stabbing occurred after Zabala, a tow truck driver for AAA contractor Petra Towing & Auto Repair in Montebello, arrived at the home of Cabrera’s mother in the 8200 block of Buhman Avenue to replace the battery on her Honda Odyssey, Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said.
Following the seemingly unprovoked attack, Zabala ran to a neighboring home to seek help but ultimately succumbed to his wounds at the scene, authorities said. Cabrera allegedly fled the scene on a bicycle before being apprehended three days later.
Friday was Cabrera’s second arraignment. After initially pleading not guilty to murder shortly after his arrest, a judge determined Sept. 11 that there is sufficient evidence to order Cabrera to stand trial.
Cabrera, who had prior criminal convictions and is accused of the special allegation of personally using a knife in the killing, faces 37 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.
He was ordered back to Norwalk Superior Court Oct. 26 for a pretrial hearing.

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Man and woman stabbed following parking dispute in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man stabbed and seriously wounded a woman and her boyfriend during what began as an argument over parking in a carport late Saturday.
Both victims, a Pasadena woman in her 30s and a Los Angeles man in his 30s, were hospitalized in “critical but stable” condition following the alleged attack, which took place about 8:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The suspect, a man in his 50s, was a neighbor of the woman, the lieutenant said. They had been involved in an ongoing dispute when they encountered one another in the parking lot of their apartment complex and became involved in an argument over parking.
“The argument escalated into a physical fight between them,” Mercado said. “(The woman’s boyfriend) saw the fight and involved himself in defense of the (female) victim.”
“The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed both of them,” he said. “The (male) victim managed to disarm the suspect and retain the knife. Once the suspect was disarmed, he fled in his vehicle.”
Police collected the folding pocket knife as evidence, Mercado said.
The suspect’s identity was not available as police continued seeking him Sunday.

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UPDATED: Rosemead man seriously wounded in Montebello stabbing: suspect jailed


A man showed up at a Montebello emergency room with serious wounds early Saturday following a stabbing in a nearby residential neighborhood, police said.
Police were notified about 1:40 a.m. that a stabbing victim had arrived at Beverly Hospital, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a 31-year-old Rosemead man, was hospitalized in serious condition with several stab wounds, Lt. Andy Vuncannon said.
“Officers were able to obtain information from various sources that the assault may have occurred at a specific residence in the 500 block of North 6th Street,” according to the statement.
After finding evidence believed related to the stabbing outside and nearby the home, investigators detained a 38-year-old Montebello man found there for questioning, police said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered from the home.
After further investigation, police booked Victor Vasquez on suspicion of attempted murder, Vuncannon said.
The suspect and victim knew one another, and the stabbing may have stemmed from a business dispute between the two men, the lieutenant said.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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El Monte man found fatally stabbed on sidewalk


EL MONTE >> A man was found stabbed to death on an El Monte sidewalk early Saturday, authorities said.
Jonathan Flores, 30, of El monte died at the scene of the stabbing, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
A passer-by first discovered Flores about 2:20 a.m., suffering from stab wounds and lying on a sidewalk in the 12200 block of Magnolia Avenue, just east of Maxson Road, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The witness notified police of a “person down.”
“When officers arrived, they saw the victim lying on the sidewalk with what appeared to be stab wounds to his upper torso,” Saldana said om a written statement.
The slaying remained a mystery as the investigation continued Saturday afternoon.
“There is no suspect information and the motive is unknown,” Saldana said.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting El Monte police with the investigation.
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.

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Whittier gang member sentenced for knife, hammer attacks

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NORWALK >> A Whittier gang member received a sentenced of more than 25 years in prison Wednesday after admitting charges connected to the stabbing of his uncle in Pico Rivera in late-2013, as well as a stabbing and hammer attack on a former friend in South Whittier two days later, authorities said.
In a negotiated plea arrangement, Alfred Tapia, 36, pleaded “no contest” to two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attacks, which took place Dec. 3, 2013, and Dec. 5, 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
Additional charges of mayhem and child endangerment were dismissed, she said. A Norwalk Superior Court Judge immediately sentenced Tapia to 25 years and eight months in state prison.
Tapia showed up at the home of his uncle in the 8700 block of Olympic Avenue in Pico Rivera Dec. 3, 2013, where he stabbed and seriously injured his relative, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Two days later, he showed up at the home of a former friend in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue in South Whittier, investigators said. He attacked the former friend, who was alone caring for his infant child, with a knife and hammer.
Tapia was arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles County to face justice in April of 2014, officials said. A motive for the attacks was not determined, Ardalani said.
He was also suspected in the stabbing of another relative in Chino on Dec. 6, 2013, though charges were never filed, authorities said.

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

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Three sought in stabbing, beating of man in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A woman and two men stabbed a man in the face and beat him during an attack early Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 2:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. Witnesses called police after finding the victim, a homeless man in his 40s, in the parking lot of a nearby gas station bleeding from his face.
The injured man told officers he had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend just before the attack, Mercado said. The woman left and returned a short time later, accompanied by two men.
“The girlfriend slashed his eye with knife and hit him on head with metal pipe,” the lieutenant said. The weapons were described as a steak knife and a pipe of about 5 inches long.
When the victim fell to the ground, “the two male suspects repeatedly kicked him in the upper body.”
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life threatening, Mercado said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available as police continued seeking them Sunday.

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UPDATED: Two wounded in Azusa stabbing


AZUSA >> Two men were critically injured in a stabbing after leaving church in Azusa Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 1:10 p.m., just after the victims they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The attacker was described as male, however no further description was available.
The stabbing came at the end of a violent weekend in Azusa.
A 23-year-old Azusa man was stabbed and beaten about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, Azusa police officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition. No suspects were arrested.
A 17-year-old Azusa boy is hospitalized with serious injuries after being shot several times Friday night in the 800 block of West 6th Street, officials said. No arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

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UPDATED: Teen shot, three people stabbed during weekend violence in Azusa

AZUSA >> Weekend violence in Azusa left a teenager wounded by a gunfire and three men hospitalized with stab wounds, authorities said.
The separate incidents took place Friday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon, Azusa police officials said.
Two Azusa men were critically injured in a stabbing about 1:10 p.m. just after they left a church in the 600 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Sgt. Bruce Badoni said.
“The two stabbing victims are involved in a fight with another person,” the sergeant said.
After being stabbed, the two men ran back toward the church, he said. One collapsed in the parking lot, while the other was found inside the church.
The two victims, ages 32 and 35, were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they were rushed into surgery Sunday afternoon, Badoni said.
“The last info we had, both were critical,” he said.
The suspect was described only as male.
Another attack took place about a mile away around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of West 1st Street, police said.
A 23-year-old Azusa man walking down the street was confronted by three men who pulled up in a dark-colored sedan, Sutcliffe said.
“After words were exchanged, the victim was attacked by the three subjects and stabbed twice in the upper torso,” he said. “The victim was also punched and kicked several times in the head and upper body while he was on the ground.”
The three attackers, described as men in their early-20s, returned to their car and fled. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
In another incident, an unidentified attacker shot and seriously wounded a 17-year-old Azusa boy about 10:50 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of West 6th Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
The teen was standing on the south sidewalk when a dark-colored sedan pulled up, parked, and a passenger exited.
“The passenger walked within close range of the 17-year-old and opened fire with a handgun, striking the victim several times in the upper torso,” Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
Paramedics took the teen to a hospital where he was listed in “serious but stable” condition Sunday, the sergeant said.
“No arrests have been made, and the motive for both the shooting and (Sunday morning) stabbing is actively being investigated by Azusa police detectives,” Sutcliffe said.
The attacker and driver were described as men in their early-20s.
Police had no information to indicate any of the violent incidents were related to each other, Badoni said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man denies murder charge in fatal stabbing of father in West Covina

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WEST COVINA >> A 20-year-old West Covina man accused of stabbing his father to death during an argument at their West Covina home over the weekend denied a murder charge Friday, authorities said.
Maverick Jacob Jimenez pleaded not guilty to a count of murder, along with the special allegation that he personally used a knife in the slaying of his father, 49-year-old Joey Jimenez, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The fatal stabbing took place about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the home of the father and son in the 900 block of Las Rosas Drive.
“Prosecutors said on Aug. 16, defendant Maverick Jimenez reportedly got into an argument with his father before he stabbed him,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement. Further information regarding the motive in the slaying were not available.
Police arrested Maverick Jimenez at the home, without a struggle, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. His father died at the scene.
Maverick Jimenez is due back in court for a hearing Sept. 14, Ardalani said.
If convicted as charged, the defendant faces up to 26 years to life in state prison.

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