MONTEREY PARK >> A Bakersfield man received a sentence of more than 16 years in state prison Thursday for stabbing another man 15 times, killing, at a Monterey Park pizza parlor four years ago, officials said.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in Burbank convicted Jose De Jesus Ruiz, also known as Jose De Jesus Salas, 26, in July of second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2012, stabbing death of 25-year-old Patrick Raymond Ortega at Shakey’s, 1955 S. Atlantic Blvd. The jury also found true the special allegation that Ruiz personally used a knife in the crime.
Judge Michael Carter sentenced Ruiz to 16 years to life in state prison, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The stabbing took place shortly after 7 p.m. as Ruiz was gathered at the restaurant with members of a youth football organization.
He became involved in a dispute with Ortega, who witnesses testified was being “disruptive” inside the pizza parlor while dining with friends, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson, who prosecuted the case.
Ruiz briefly left the restaurant before returning and stabbing Ortega 15 times, Swanson said.
Ruiz was found hiding in his car several hours later and arrested, officials said. .
Second-degree murder is defined in California as the unlawful killing of another with malice, but without deliberation or premeditation.
If convicted of first-degree murder — a murder deemed deliberate, premeditated and with malice — Ruiz could have faced a maximum sentence of 26 years to life behind bars.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A Rowland Heights woman is expected to receive a 12-year prison sentence next month after pleading “no contest” Wednesday to a manslaughter charge for stabbing her brother’s girlfriend to death with a pair of scissors last year, authorities said.
Lisette Kimberly Moreno, 20, pleaded “no contest” to a charge of voluntary manslaughter for the fatal Aug. 16, 2015, stabbing of Annette Martinez, 21, of Rowland Heights, Los Angeles County District attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
In addition the manslaughter charge, Moreno also admitted to the special allegation that she personally used a weapon, scissors, in the killing.
Following the negotiated plea arrangement, Moreno is expected to receive 12 years in state prison when she returns to the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court for sentencing on Nov. 29, according to the statement. Moreno was first charged with murder following her arrest.
If convicted of murder at trial, she could have faced a potential maximum sentence of more than 25 years to life in prison.
Moreno became involved in an argument with Martinez about 2 a.m. as they were at the home of Martinez’s boyfriend’s family in the 1900 block of Batson Avenue.
Information regarding what the dispute was over was not available.
Martinez left behind a then-6-month-old daughter and a then-18-monthold son, family members said.
PHOTO [TOP] – of Lisette Moreno, 21, of Rowland Heights (Courtesy) [BELOW] – Annette Martinez, 21, of Rowland Heights (Courtesy)
WEST COVINA >> A 21-year-old man pleaded “no contest” to involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday for the fatal stabbing of his father during a fight at their West Covina home last year, authorities said.
At what was scheduled to be a pretrial hearing in the case of Maverick Jacob Jimenez, the defendant accepted a negotiated plea deal in connection with the Aug. 16, 2015, fatal stabbing of his father, 49-year-old Joey Alfred Jimenez, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
“The defendant also admitted a special allegation that her personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He’s expected to receive a six-year prison term when he returns to the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Pomona branch for sentencing on Jan. 4.
Maverick Jimenez became involved in physical fight with his father about 3:30 a.m. at their home in the 900 block of Las Rosas Drive, according to prosecutors and West Covina police officials.
“During the altercation, the defendant stabbed his father,” the district attorney’s office statement said.
The motive behind the fight was not available.
Paramedics took Joey Jimenez to a hospital where he died from his injuries, officials said.
West Covina police arrested Maverick Jimenez at the scene, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said at the time.
Maverick Jimenez was initially charged with murder in the case, which could have resulted in a sentence of more than 25 years to life in prison if convicted at trial.
PHOTO of Maverick Jacob Jimenez, courtesy
PICO RIVERA >> Deputies are seeking a woman who stabbed a 20-year-old man in a Pico Rivera riverbed on Wednesday afternoon.
A passer-by called 911 about 3 p.m. after noticing a man lying bleeding in the San Gabriel riverbed near Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Noe Garcia said.
Deputies found the victim suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen, the lieutenant said. Paramedics took the man to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The victim, a homeless man, told deputies he was stabbed by a white woman in her mid-30s who also appeared to be homeless, Garcia said.
The man declined to provide investigators with further details. The motive in the stabbing was unclear.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ROSEMEAD >> A man was found suffering from stab wounds outside a Rosemead convenience store on Saturday afternoon but refused to tell investigators what had happened, officials said.
Deputies responded to reports of a bleeding man about 4:35 p.m. outside a 7-Eleven store on San Gabriel Boulevard, just south of Hellman Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Ruiz said.
The victim had stab wounds to his shoulder and hand, the lieutenant said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
But the victim, a man in his 30s who was believed to be intoxicated, would not cooperate with deputies, he said. The circumstances surrounding how the man ended up wounded remained unclear, an no information regarding a suspect was available.
ALTADENA >> Detectives are seeking a man who struck his roommate in the head with a machete at an Altadena home on Wednesday, officials said.
The attack took place about 11:10 a.m. in the 1500 block East Altadena Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Stanley said.
Deputies responding to a report of a “disturbance” at the home encountered a 34-year-old woman bleeding from the head after being struck with a machete, Stanley said.
“The victim was bleeding profusely and was transported to a hospital where she is being treated for a laceration to the head,” the lieutenant said. The injury was not believed to be life threatening.
The attacker fled the area in a sedan before deputies arrived, Stanley said.
Investigators knew the identity of the 45-year-old suspect, but did not release it publicly as they continued seeking him Wednesday evening.
The suspect and victim were initially described as roommates, he said.
Arcadia police rushed to Santa Anita Park in their city after their counterparts in Altadena received word that the suspect may have been heading there, officials said. Officers search the area but found no sign of the man.
The search for the suspect continued Wednesday night. The motive in the attack remained under investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
AZUSA >> Two men suffered stab wounds and two others were arrested following in a fight involving at least a half-dozen combatants in a commercial parking lot, authorities said.
An officer on patrol happened upon the brawl, involving six to seven men appearing to be in their 20s, about 1:40 a.m. in a parking lot along Azusa Avenue, just north of 1st Street, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said. Two of the men were on the ground.
“When the officer identified himself, the men ran from the scene, with exception to the two men on the ground who had both been stabbed,” Sutcliffe. “The officer captured one of the men who ran as the others continued to flee.”
At least one of the fleeing combatants ran into a nearby home in the 100 block of North Alameda Avenue and refused commands by police to come out, officials said.
A SWAT team was summoned to the scene and surrounded the home.
“After SWAT arrived, two men and a female voluntarily exited the home and were detained,” Sutcliffe said.
One of the men was arrested in connection with the stabbing, he said. The other man and the woman were released after police determined they were not involved in the melee.
Police continued seeking two to three additional suspects Sunday afternoon.
Both victims suffered wounds to their arms and upper bodies, Sutcliffe said. They were hospitalized with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
“Because this is an active and on-going investigation, none of the names of those involved is being released,” Sutcliffe said.
The motive behind the fight and stabbing was unclear.
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.
PASADENA >> A man stabbed six other men, critically wounding two, at a house party in Pasadena early Saturday, authorities said.
Police jailed Aaron Hong Te, 21, of San Gabriel on suspicion of six counts of attempted murder in connection with the bloody melee, which unfolded just after 3 a.m. at a home in the 3100 block of California Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The investigation revealed that suspect Te bumped into someone at the party and a fight quickly erupted,” he said in a written statement. “During the fight, Te produced a knife and started to stab people who were standing close to him.”
Police responding to reports of the knife attack found Te in front of the home and took him into custody without a struggle, Mercado said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbings was recovered.
Two 25-year-old Arcadia men were hospitalized in critical condition, the lieutenant said.
A 22-year-old Claremont man was hospitalized in serious condition, he said. A 22-year-old El Monte man, a 22-year-old Alhambra man and a 21-year-old San Jose man were in stable condition.
All of the victims were expected to survive.
Paramedics took Te to a hospital for examination of apparently minor injuries prior to booking him into jail, officials said.
According to Los Angeles county booking records, Te was being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Pasadena City Jail pending his initial court appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police Detective Lt. Jesse Carrillo at 626-744-4507.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department
SOUTH PASADENA >> A repeat convicted felon pepper-sprayed and stabbed a hardware store employee who tried to stop him from shoplifting Saturday evening, police said.
Officers arrested Jay William Brewer, 48, of Sylmar on suspicion of attempted murder shortly after the incident, which unfolded about 8 p.m. at Orchard Supply Hardware, 452 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena police Sgt. Shannon Robledo said.
An employee of the store saw Brewer set off the store’s anti-theft alarm while leaving the store, so he followed him outside and confronted him about the alleged theft, the sergeant said.
“In an attempt to escape, the suspect sprayed the employee with pepper spray,” Robledo said in a written statement. “The employee was disoriented for a moment, but continued after the suspect.”
“During a second confrontation, the suspect produced a knife, stabbing the employee in the abdomen before fleeing,” according to the sergeant.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to a hospital with “significant, but non-life-threatening” injuries, he added.
Officers found Brewer hiding in the area and arrested him without a struggle. They recovered the pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing, as well as other pieces of evidence from Brewer.
No property from the store was recovered, and it was unclear what the suspect may have stolen from the business, Robledo said.
Brewer has a lengthy criminal history, including past convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon, criminal threats, vehicle theft, petty theft and violating parole.
According to Los Angeles County booking records,, Brewer was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Alhambra Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Anyone with information is urged to contact South Pasadena police at 626-403-7297.
LA PUENTE >> A fight at a La Puente house party escalated into a stabbing Saturday night, leaving one man wounded but expected to survive, authorities said.
The stabbing unfolded about 11 p.m. in the 15200 block of Flagstaff Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. William Kitchin said.
Two men got into a fight at a house party before the altercation ended up moving to the street, the sergeant said.
The attacker pulled a knife and stabbed the victim before fleeing the scene, he said. The wounded man, who was in his mid-20s, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Kitchin described as a Latino man in his 20s, bearded, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds.
Investigators suspected the stabbing may have been gang-related, added.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.