WALNUT — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s lieutenant is inviting area parolees and their families to join him at the Walnut Senior Center Wednesday for free hot dogs, chips and drinks at an outreach.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the center, 21215 La Puente Road, said coordinator Lt. John Saleeby.
The lieutenant has already hosted several other “hot dog outreaches” for parolees in the area. The events are a Christian-based outreach program, often featuring testimonials from ex-convicts, aimed at helping local parolees avoid getting back into trouble with the law.
“It’s the holiday season. It’s time for people to make a new start,” Saleeby said.
Saleeby emphasized that the event is not a sting or a parole compliance check, but simply an effort to provide parolees with a positive support network.
Guests are encouraged to bring their families along.
For more information, contact Saleeby at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715.
WALNUT — Detectives arrested a remorseful robbery suspect Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out a heist the day before at a Walnut bank branch, authorities said.
Jaimes Lawler, 27, is described as a transient with ties to the Walnut area, Sgt. Michael Maher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crime’s Bureau said. He was booked on suspicion of armed bank robbery.
Lawler, who did not initially appear to have any significant criminal record, said he committed the crime out of financial desperation.
“He sounds somewhat sorry for his actions, more than most,” Maher said.
He was arrested about 9:30 a.m. as he was leaving an apartment building in Los Angeles, the sergeant said.
The robbery took place about 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bank of America, 200 S. Lemon Ave., sheriff’s officials said.
Lawler entered the bank, handed a teller a note demanding money and brandished a handgun, Maher said. He fled with about $1,700.
A set of hair clippers Lawler used to shave his head and beard following the robbery were also found during his arrest, Lt. Kent Wegener said.
Both sheriff’s and FBI investigators soon identified the suspect as Lawler, partly due to surveillance images obtained from the bank, officials said. He was tracked to an apartment building in the 400 block of South Bixel Avenue in Los Angeles where he was arrested without a struggle.
Officials recovered nearly $1,600 of the loot, as well as a red bag and the hand-written note used in the robbery, Maher said. The gun used in the crime was not found.
“Subsequently, during an interview, (Lawler) confessed to the bank robbery,” Maher said.
According to county booking records, Lawler was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was due for arraignment Friday in Pomona Superior Court.
WALNUT — An armed robber fled with an unknown amount of cash Tuesday after a robbery at a Bank of America branch, authorities said.
The crime took place about 11 a.m. at the bank, 200 S. Lemon Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Angela Becerra said.
No one was hurt in the robbery, she added.
According to initial reports from the scene, the robber was a black man in his 20s or 30s, of medium build, wearing a green plaid shirt and black-framed glasses. He brandished a handgun during the crime.
The robber was last seen fleeing the area on foot, authorities said.
WALNUT — A hearing for a woman accused of fatally stabbing her estranged husband at his Walnut home was delayed Tuesday, authorities said.
Socorro Mora, 43, was scheduled to be arraigned for the murder of George Mora in Pomona Superior Court, however the hearing was continued until Dec. 15, court officials said.
Socorro Mora is accused of stabbing her estranged husband to death Oct. 19 at the home he
shared with the couple’s four children in the 21600 block of Brookside Court. She also suffered stab wounds in the incident, however authorities have not disclosed how she is believed to have received them.
The couple had celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in August before separating, family members said.
George Mora had obtained a restraining order against his wife about three weeks prior to the killing, authorities said. Mora is also accused of showing up at George Mora’s home and stabbing the family dog to death about a week for the slaying.
Family members described Mora as a dedicated father whose life revolved around taking care of his children.
According to county booking records, Socorro Mora, who was initially being held in a hospital jail ward following the incident for treatment of her own stab wounds, was being held in lieu of $5 million bail at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.
*PHOTO of alleged murder victim George Mora courtesy of the Mora family.
WALNUT — Sheriff’s deputies arrested three burglary suspects Wednesday after a brief chase and manhunt near Mt. San Antonio College, authorities said.
The suspects’ names were not released due to an ongoing investigation by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said. They were initially described as Los Angeles-area men in their early 20s.
Deputies responded about 11:30 a.m. to a report of a break-in at a home in the 19000 block of Country Hollow Drive and spotted the suspects’ vehicle in the area, the lieutenant said.
Officials initially followed behind the car, then began a pursuit when it failed to pull over, Saleeby said.
The chase led to a parking lot of nearby Mt. SAC, where the driver slowed down to allow his two passengers to exit the car and continue fleeing on foot, Saleeby said. The driver then abandoned the car in a nearby neighborhood before also taking flight on foot.
Deputies set up a search perimeter and quickly located the three suspects, officials said. Items believed to have been stolen from the home on Country Hollow Drive were recovered.
Major Crimes Bureau detectives were looking into the possibility the men may be involved in other burglaries.