Man shot by El Monte police in Temple City dies

A man shot and wounded by El Monte police in Temple City earlier this week has died, authorities said Thursday.
The 27-year-old El Monte man’s name was not released pending confirmation that his next of kin had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
Family members identified him as Kenny Gomez.
He was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.
The shooting took place just after 11 p.m. at Freer Street and Arden Drive in Temple City, after El Monte police officers pursued the dead suspect and a second man — later identified as 20-year-old Dennis Day — from the 11300 block of Frankmont Street in El Monte, according to Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The men had allegedly been stripping parts from a U-Haul truck.
When the chase reached a cul-de-sac on Freer Street, Day exited the fleeing truck and was arrested without further incident, Hernandez said.
The driver, however, gunned the engine of the truck and charged toward a police officer, Hernandez said. The police officers then opened fire.
The wounded man was hospitalized until he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, officials said.
Hernandez said that each of the three officers involved in the shooting fired multiple rounds, and the suspect was struck multiple times in his upper torso, however further details were unavailable.
An autopsy had yet to be performed on the body Thursday, Harvey said, and a security hold requested by homicide investigators bars coroner’s officials from discussing the details of the case.
According to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials, Day pleaded not guilty Wednesday in El Monte Superior Court and was due back for a preliminary hearing setting March 14.
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Man shot by El Monte police in Temple City remains in critical condition

A man shot by El Monte police following a chase that ended in Temple City earlier this week remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, authorities said.
The wounded suspect’s name was not released while he remained hospitalized, Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. He was initially described as a 27-year-old man.
His prognosis remained unclear Wednesday, the lieutenant said.
“We’re still waiting for an update from the medical staff,” he said.
A family member said he was on life-support.
The wounded man was suspected of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer after charging at an officer with a truck, Hernandez said, as well as burglary, tampering with a vehicle and receiving stolen property.
A second man, identified as 20-year-old Dennis Day, was also arrested in connection with the chase, Hernandez said. He was booked on suspicion of burglary, tampering with a vehicle and receiving stolen property, though he was not accused of attacking police.
The incident began about 9 p.m. Monday in the 11300 block of Frankmont Street in El Monte, where a police helicopter spotted the two suspect removing parts from a U-Haul truck that had been reported stolen in Arizona, officials said.
The men led police on a car chase that ended on Freer Street, when the vehicles reached a cul-de-sac, authorities said.
Day got out of the car and was arrested without further incident, Hernandez said.
The driver, however, turned the vehicle toward one of the officers and charged him at high speed, officials said.
“Three El Monte police officers fired,” Hernandez said, striking the driver several times in the “upper torso.” The truck then crashed into a nearby house and came to a stop.
According to county booking records, Day was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
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Donut shop robbed in Temple City

TEMPLE CITY — A masked gunman robbed a donut shop along Rosemead Boulevard early Wednesday, authorities said.
The robber wore a ski mask as he entered Rose Donut, at Rosemead Boulevard and Longden Avenue, about 8 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Edward Godfrey said.
Using a handgun, he robbed the business and was last seen fleeing the area on foot, the lieutenant said.
Officials described the robber as a Latino or white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, a black hooded sweat shirt and dark-colored jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-448-9861.
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Deputy-involved shooting reported in Temple City

TEMPLE CITY — A deputy fired his gun at a suspect Monday as they fought during an attempted arrest, officials said.
It was unclear if the suspect, who remained at large, was wounded, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. The deputy was treated for minor injuries suffered in the confrontation.
The incident began when a patrol deputy stopped a bicyclist about 4:30 p.m. in the 10600 block of Lower Azusa Road, in a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood near the El Monte border.
“The deputy began to affect an arrest of the bicyclist (suspect) for a narcotics charge,” according to the sheriff’s statement. “The deputy and the suspect became involved in a physical struggle, during which a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The suspect ran off and the search for him continued Tuesday, officials said. It was not known if he had been shot.
Officials described the suspect as a Latino man of about 35 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds.
As is common practice when a sheriff’s deputy is involved in an on-duty shooting, the incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s homicide and internal affairs bureaus, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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Temple City woman charged with fake terrorist threat at LAX

In an effort to get back at her French
boyfriend, a Temple City woman is suspected of calling authorities at
LAX and suggesting the man and his companions – all of whom bear Arabic
surnames – posed a threat to passengers aboard a flight leaving LAX.

The woman, identified as Lizet Sariol, 45, was charged in a
criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. She is
suspected with “providing false and misleading information;
specifically, fabricating a terrorist threat to United Airlines,”
according to a press release issued Wednesday.


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Sentencing postponed in fatal Baldwin Park police pursuit case

POMONA — Sentencing for a Temple City man convicted of killing a Baldwin Park youth counselor while fleeing from police last year has been postponed, authorities said.
A Pomona Superior Court jury convicted Luis Noriega, 29, in June of second degree murder for the death of Walter Williams, 37, of Carson.
He was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, however the sentencing was postponed until Aug. 23, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney T.D. Pham said.
He faces from 23 years in prison to life behind bars when he’s sentenced by Pomona Superior Court Tia Fisher.
Noriega was fleeing from police in a stolen SUV on June 18, 2010, when he slammed into Williams’ car at Ramona Boulevard and Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park, officials said.
Williams’ was thrown from his car, which then burst into flames.
He had just picked up his paycheck from Eggleston Youth Homes and Foster Care in Baldwin Park, where he worked as a counselor.

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Boyfriend, girlfriend arrested in connection with Pasadena laptop theft

TEMPLE CITY — Pasadena police arrested a boyfriend and girlfriend Friday at a home in Temple City after finding them with a laptop computer stolen from a Pasadena seminary three months ago, authorities said.
Edward Ramirez, 19, of Pasadena and Elaine Lee, 19, of Temple City were arrested in connection with the theft of a laptop in April from the library at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.
Investigators received information that the computer was at Lee’s home in the 600 block of Temple City Boulevard in Temple City, the lieutenant said.
Police served a search warrant at the home about 4 p.m. Friday, recovering the laptop and arresting Ramirez and Lee, Russ said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Ramirez was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail, while Lee was released from jail Friday after posting $1,000 bail. Information on their initial court appearances was not available.
Russ advised laptop users to secure their machines with anti-theft devices such as alarms and software to prevent unauthorized access to important information.
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Former Temple City mayor Cathe Wilson sentenced to four years in prison in corruption case

Taken from courtroom by paramedics:

Excerpt from San Gabriel Valley Tribune story - 

Wilson Wilson, 78, wailed and moaned repeatedly and then appeared to gag and convulse in her chair as Judge Alex Ricciardulli read the sentence out loud.

“No,” Wilson groaned.

Sheriff’s deputies immediately cleared the courtroom to attend to Wilson, who called paramedics after she reported difficulty breathing. Wilson was taken by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated, according to the deputies.

Statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office:


- Former Temple City Mayor Cathe Wilson was sentenced today to four years in state prison following her conviction last month of bribery and perjury charges involving a development in the San Gabriel Valley city.

Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett of the Public Integrity Division said the Los Angeles Superior Court Superior Court Judge Alex Ricciardulli sentenced the 78-year-old mayor and ordered her to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Wilson was convicted May 2 of three counts of asking for or receiving a bribe and three counts of perjury. The perjury charges involved one count of lying to the Los Angeles County Grand Jury in 2008 and two counts of submitting false material in Fair Political Practices reports.

Wilson, her campaign manager and another former Temple Mayor, Judy Wong, were indicted in June 2009 on charges that cash bribes were demanded and received in 2007 from developer Randy Wang for his Temple City Piazza project. Another council member, David Capra, was charged separately.

Wong, 54, pleaded no contest and was sentenced last year to 16 months in state prison. Scott Carwile, 52, Wilson’s campaign manager, pleaded guilty to a perjury count and was sentenced May 24 to three years probation and one day in county jail. Capra pleaded no contest in 2009 to a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a campaign contribution and agreed to resign from the council.

Prosecutors said earlier that officials from Temple City cooperated with the Public Integrity Division in its investigation.

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Former sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of armed domestic violence incident

Authorities arrested a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Thursday on suspicion of breaking into his ex-fiance’s house, threatening her boyfriend with a gun and punching him while off-duty last year.
Reymundo Lainez, 42, of Los Angeles, was booked on suspicion of felony counts of burglary, assault with a firearm and making criminal threats, as well as a misdemeanor count of battery, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He also goes by the alias Reynaldo Edmundo Lainez, which is the name he was listed under in sheriff’s booking records.
“While off-duty on April 17, 2010, Lainez allegedly broke into his former fiance’s Pasadena residence and pointed a gun at her boyfriend. He allegedly threatened the man then punched him,” the statement said.
Pasadena police officers took him into custody without incident early Thursday at his Los Angeles home, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
In the 2010 incident, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at a home in the 1700 block of Casitas Avenue, where a woman reported her ex-fiance had forced his way into her home through a door, Ibarra said.
“They made contact with a female, who made allegations that (Lainez) had pointed his handgun at a male visitor she had at the location, and subsequent to that, punched the victim,” the lieutenant said.
Lainez was initially arrested but quickly posted bail, Ibarra said. In recent weeks, prosecutors notified police of their intention to file a criminal case, and an arrest warrant was obtained.
Lainez was last assigned to the sheriff’s Temple City Station, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. He was first hired as a deputy in February of 2000.
An internal investigation into Lainez was concluded in January, before the district attorney’s office had made a decision on whether to pursue criminal charges, Whitmore said.
“On Jan. 26, he was notified as to the results of our internal investigation,” he said. “He’s no longer a part of our sheriff’s department.”
Whitmore said sheriff’s personnel policies prohibited him from saying whether the deputy had been terminated or resigned.
The internal investigation into Lainez was carried out alongside of the criminal probe, Whitmore said. Traditionally, sheriff’s officials have waited for criminal investigations into alleged deputy misconduct to be finished before launching an internal investigation.
“This is one of the first times, not the first, where this occurred, because the evidence was overwhelming,” Whitmore said. “She Sheriff said ‘I don’t want to wait.’”
A recent investigation into a brawl at a Montebello Christmas party among sheriff’s deputies was handled in a similar fashion.
An internal investigation into the fight at the Quiet Cannon banquet hall was concluded in mid-March and the department began termination proceedings against six deputies.
The investigations are indicative of a changing philosophy toward deputy discipline in the sheriff’s department, Whitmore said.
“The Sheriff is not going to wait (for the criminal investigation) anymore,” he said. “When there are indications that the department should move forward in an appropriate fashion, Sheriff Baca will do so.”
Three months prior to the alleged domestic violence incident, Lainez made headlines for his role in rescuing a badly-burned elderly man from a burning Temple City home.
Lainez, the first official to arrive at the scene of the Jan. 29 fire at 10165 Bogue Street, and good Samaritans entered the burning home to pull out an 87-year-old man who had suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body, sheriff’s and fire officials said at the time.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Lainez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. No information was available regarding his initial court appearance.
If convicted as charged, Lainez could face more than 16 years in state prison.
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Suspects arrested in South Pasadena in connection with Temple City Craigslist robbery

SOUTH PASADENA — Two South Pasadena men are behind bars on suspicion of robbing a man in Temple City who was trying to buy an iPhone through earlier this month, authorities said Sunday.
Daniel So, 19, and Garret Helstrom, 20, were booked on suspicion of armed robbery Friday after being arrested near So’s home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The robbery was reported about 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 in a parking lot behind a fast-food restaurant in the 9400 block of Las Tunas Drive in Temple City, sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Walker said.
The man had arranged to meet someone via the website to buy an iPhone for $500 and met So in the parking lot to do the transaction, Walker said.
Instead of an iPhone, the So pulled a gun and demanded the man’s money, officials said. The man fled after turning over his cash and was unhurt.
Sheriff’s investigators identified So as a suspect in the robbery, went to his South Pasadena home Friday and watched as So got into a car with another man, later identified as Helstrom.
Deputies pulled over the car and arrested So, according to the sheriff’s statement.
When deputies found a handgun replica and what appeared to be stolen property in the car, officials said, Helstrom was also arrested for assisting in the robbery.
According to sheriff’s booking records, So and Helstrom were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each at the sheriff’s Temple Station.
Detectives are looking into the possibility the men may be responsible for other similar crimes, and anyone who’s been a victim of a similar robbery is asked to call their local police or sheriff’s station.
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