AZUSA – A 22-year-old man was slashed in the forehead during an argument with another man Thursday, officials said.
The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Galanto Avenue which is in the unincorporated county area near Azusa.
During the argument, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Buckner said the suspect slashed the 22-year-old with a blade or a knife.
Deputies checked the area but didn’t find the suspect.
The victim was treated and taken to a hospital. Buckner said the man is in good condition.
The suspect was described as Latino, 25 to 30, with black hair, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He wore a gray sweater and blue jeans.
- Ruby Gonzales
AZUSA — Two young men walking to a liquor store were attacked by a group and stabbed several times Thursday night.
Sgt. Dave Buckner of the sheriff’s San Dimas station said the men are in stable condition.
The stabbing in the unincorporated county area was reported to the station at 8:34 p.m.
Buckner said the two young men were walking northbound on Lark Ellen Avenue, approaching Gladstone Street when they were confronted by four to five men.
He didn’t know what led to the stabbing.
One of the victims, a 22-year-old, was stabbed in his ribs and back while the other victim, who is either 18 to 17, was stabbed in the arm, hand and back, according to Buckner.
Their assailants fled after the stabbing. He said the victims ran on Lark Ellen Avenue then Gladstone Street.
“After they were stabbed, they called a family member who picked them up and took them to a hospital,” Buckner said.
He said hospital officials notified a local police department which then called the San Dimas station.
The suspects were only described as four to five Latinos.
- Ruby Gonzales
WHITTIER — Police are trying to determine what led to a man’s stabbing early Tuesday.
Officers went to PIH Health at around 1:09 a.m. Tuesday regarding an unconscious stabbing victim, according to Whittier Police Lt. Jay Tatman.
He said the man, a Whittier resident in his 40s, sustained several stab wounds to the torso.
It looks like the incident occurred in the 12600 block of Foxley Drive, according to Tatman. But police still don’t know how or why the man was stabbed.
No one has been arrested.
Tatman said the victim’s father told police his son came home injured. He took him to the hospital.
The man underwent surgery and is in the intensive care unit, Tatman added.
- Ruby Gonzales
ALHAMBRA — A man was beaten and stabbed Tuesday in a strange and apparently unprovoked attack at his home, police said.
The incident took place about 4:20 p.m. in the 2600 block of West Front Street, according to Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson.
The victim, a man in his 40s, was inside his home’s garage when he answered a knock at the door, the sergeant said.
The wounded man told police he was suddenly attacked by a man hen did not know, Johnson said. The victim added he did not know why he was attacked.
“He was punched and stabbed at least twice,” he said.
The sergeant described the injuries as “serious but not life-threatening.”
A detailed suspect description was not available.
GLENDORA – A memorial service is planned this weekend to honor the memories of two homeless men with deep roots in Glendora who were stabbed to death earlier this month.
A memorial service for John “Little John” Welch and Warren Blagrave, both 52, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of The Brethren, 151 S. Glendora Avenue, according to Nicolette Wingert, founder of the Glendora-based organization of Nurses For Christ, which is organizing the event.
The friends were fatally stabbed Aug. 15 at a carwash in the 200 block of Route 66, where both had been spending their nights in recent weeks, according to friends and investigators.
Welch and Blagrave were each stabbed more than 20 times in the early-morning attack, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials.
Investigators later in the day arrested 28-year-old Drew Alan Friis of Glendora in connection with the double-fatal stabbing. He had been charged with two counts murder, and prosecutors also allege the special allegation of multiple murders, making Friis potentially eligible for the death penalty. A decision regarding wither the death penalty will be sought in the case has not yet been made.
A motive in the knife attack has not been released. Friis was scheduled to appear in Pomona Superior Court for an arraignment hearing Oct. 3.
Wingert said members of Nurses For Christ, which regularly provided meals to Welch, Blagrave and local homeless people and gave Welch with his last meal, are still having a hard time coming to grips with the double-slaying.
“We saw them pretty much every day,” she said. “It was really sad. It’s very hard to accept, because of how it happened.”
Welch was a member of the Church of the Brethren, while Blagrave — who had just returned from a stay in Oregon — was hoping to join the church and use his guitar to play music for the congregation, Wingert said. “He wanted to join the church and sing songs. But he never got a chance. He was slain.”
So the volunteers who tried to make sure Welch and Blagrave had a quality meal each day are now working toward providing the men with a proper burial.
Donations collected at Saturday’s memorial will be used for the funerals, Wingert said. Any extra funds collected will benefit other local homeless people.
For more information, contact Wingert at Nurses For Christ at 626-315-7392.
ALHAMBRA – A jury found a Los Angeles man guilty Thursday of the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife and the wounding of her sister two years ago at the women’s home in an unincorporated county area near San Gabriel, officials said.
The Alhambra Superior Court jury convicted Sherman Dion Dorsey, 42, of the second-degree murder of Gina Reano, 45 with the special allegation that Dorsey personally used a knife in the killing, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He was also convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter for the attack on Reano’s younger sister, who survived the ordeal, officials said. The jury found true the special allegation of great bodily injury inflicted and a dangerous weapon used.
Dorsey faces up to 24 years to life in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing Oct. 1, authorities said.
Dorsey and Reano were separated, but had been working to patch up their relationship, when the killing took place on Aug. 3. 2011, at a home in the 5500 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, according to sheriff’s officials.
While Reano was staying with her sister and her family at the Walnut Grove home, “Dorsey went to the home with the pretext of delivering mail to his estranged wife,” according to the D.A.’s statement.
Several hours later, Reano’s sister heard arguing fro upstairs and found her sister bloodied and crying, officials said.
Dorsey attacked the sister, “first attempting to strangle her and then slashing her with a broken wine glass,” the D.A.’s statement said. “Gina tried to help, but the defendant managed to injure the sister.”
Reano herself suffered 13 stab wounds to her chest, neck and upper back, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
When deputies arrived at the stabbing scene, they encountered Dorsey, who was suffering from apparently self-inflicted stab wounds.
Prosecutors filed murder and other charges this week against an Ontario man accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s brother to death with a foot-long Asian ornamental knife over the weekend in Rowland Heights.
Albert Camacho appeared in Pomona Superior Court Tuesday, where he was charged with the murder of 32-year-old Benjamin Cervantes, who died shortly after Saturday’s 1:30 a.m. stabbing at his home in the 1300 block of Gloriosa Avenue in Rowland Heights, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and superior court officials.
Camacho was also charged with four counts of dissuading a witness for threatening witnesses to the stabbing in an attempt to prevent them from calling authorities, Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
He entered no plea, and his arraignment was continued to Sept. 12, Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials said.
Rosson said Camacho and Cervantes had argued in the past prior to the fatal stabbing.
“They didn’t get along,” the lieutenant said.
He did not know the specific issue the men were disputing early Saturday when the argument escalated into a fight, and Camacho grabbed a 12-inch-long ornamental Asian knife that was already at the home. Cervantes was stabbed several times in the upper body.
Camacho fled the scene following the stabbing, but only after threatening to harm neighbors who witnessed the stabbing if they called authorities, Rosson said.
He remained at-large for more than 10 hours before ultimately turning himself in at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station shortly after noon, according to officials and county booking records. He had received word from family members that he was being sought by homicide detectives.
Detectives recovered the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing, though Rosson declined to say exactly when and where it was found.
Camacho was being held without bail pending his next court appearance, records show.
GLENDORA — Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of one of two homeless men found stabbed to death at a Glendora carwash last week.
Warren Blagrave, 52, was pronounced dead after he was found stabbed about 2 a.m. on the property of a carwash in the 200 block of West Route 66, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Jim Blacklock said. Also found fatally stabbed was a second local homeless man in his 50s whose name was not released pending notification of his family.
Drew Alan Friis, 28, of Glendora and a second suspect whose name was withheld by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials were booked on suspicion of murder later in the day, sheriff’s and Glendora police officials said.
Police said he knew the victims prior to the attack, however a motive was not clear.
According to county booking records, Friis was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his scheduled arraignment Monday in Pomona Superior Court.
A Rowland Heights man died early Saturday after he was stabbed by his sister’s boyfriend during an argument, authorities said.
Benjamin Cervantes died at a hospital shortly after the stabbing, which took place just before 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Gloriosa Avenue, Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. He was 32 years old, coroner’s officials said.
His alleged killer, 30-year-old Albert Camacho of Ontario, was booked on suspicion of murder, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
“Detectives have learned that the suspect and the victim were involved in an argument which escalated with the suspect stabbing the victim several times in the upper torso,” Alvarez said.
The wounded man was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato.
Camacho fled the scene but was ultimately arrested just after noon, Alvarez said. Further details of how where Camacho was arrested were not available.
Neighbors described Cervantes as a friendly and well-liked man, but added that he and Camacho did not get along.
According to county booking records, Camacho was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court
PHOTOS: Crime lab technicians work at the scene of a fatal stabbing in the 1400 block of Gloriosa Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
GLENDORA — Police announced two arrests Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of two homeless men at a Glendora car wash.
Drew Alan Friis, 28, of Glendora was arrested on suspicion of murder about 4:10 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
Friis, who Glendora police said was not homeless, knew the victims prior to the stabbing, however a motive was not clear, officials said.
“A second individual was also arrested and booked, however, his name is being withheld pending further investigation by homicide detectives,” according to Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The two suspects are accused of the stabbing deaths of two local homeless men in their 50s whose bodies were found about 2 a.m. Thursday at a car wash in the 200 block of W. Route 66, where they had been spending the night, according to officials and friends said.
The dead men’s names were not released Friday pending notification of their families, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
““We’re confident that the two people who are in custody are the ones who committed this heinous crime,” Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro said. “This was an isolated crime and a very unusual occurrence in Glendora as evidenced by the fact that we have not had a murder in our community since 2009. I firmly believe the community can be assured the suspects in this case are not roaming free.”
The motive in the alleged double-slaying remained a mystery Friday, police said.
There was a great deal of information investigators could not disclose to the public for fear of jeopardizing the investigation, Staab said, “Chief Castro believes it’s important for the community to receive factual preliminary information regarding this incident to dispel rumors, false assumptions and fears.”
“It is still early in the investigation, and there is a significant amount of evidence, including a possible murder weapon, that has been collected and needs to be scientifically analyzed, which takes time,” according to the police statement.
Investigators planned to present a case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing early next week, Staab said.
Both slain men were transients with deep roots in Glendora, according to police and friend Jodi Bybee, who said he’s known both men for more than 35 years.
The two stabbing victims had both been spending the night on the car wash property in recent weeks, Bybee said.
He and others expressed shock that anyone would want to harm the homeless men.
While the area where the fatal stabbings took place is known as a place where transients tend to congregate, police and nearby business owners said they had never seen any major problems as a result.
“While the victims were living on the street, I want to be clear that their lifestyle is not the cause of this tragic situation,” Castro said. “Being homeless is not a crime. The murder of two innocent people is, and we hold everyone involved accountable for their actions.”