Shuttle bus driver stabbed on South Whittier-La Mirada border, suspect jailed


SOUTH WHITTIER >> A man stabbed a female shuttle bus driver in the chest along the border between La Mirada and South Whittier on Thursday afternoon before deputies apprehended him nearby, officials said.
Paul Rivera, 41, of La Mirada was ultimately booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
The attack took place about 3:10 p.m. on a Sunshine Shuttle bus, operated by the County of Los Angeles, at Leffingwell Road and La Mirada Boulevard, according to the lieutenant.
There were no other passengers onboard when Rivera got onto the bus at a bus stop along the north side of Leffingwell Road, she said.
He asked to be taken to destination that is not part of the shuttles route.
When the driver told Rivera he needed to take a different bus, he became enraged and pulled a knife, Limon said. He stabbed the woman in the abdomen and shoulder with a large steak knife.
The bus driver, a 51-year-old woman, fought back and pushed her attacker away before he abandoned his assault and ran away.
Paramedics took the wounded bus driver to an area trauma center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, she said.
Responding deputies spotted Rivera, who matched the description of the attacker, nearby and arrested him without a struggle, Limon said. Deputies recovered the knife believed to have been used in the attack.

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Whittier man convicted of $16 million fraud involving video game currency

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS >> A federal jury in Texas convicted a Whittier man of wire fraud charges on Wednesday for his role in a scheme to defraud a video game manufacturer of more than $16 million of digital currency for the popular soccer video game, FIFA Football, authorities said.
Anthony Clark, 24, was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Colvin said in a written statement.
“He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution,” she said. Sentencing is scheduled to take place Feb. 27.
Three co-defendants in the case — a 24-year-old New Jersey man, a 24-year-old Texas man and a 24-year-old Virginia man — have already entered guilty pleas and are also awaiting sentencing, officials said.
The alleged scam revolves around “FIFA Coins,” a digital currency used within the popular Electronic Arts video game, FIFA Football, prosecutors explained. Gamers can use the coins, which are generally earned through gameplay, to make purchases in the game.
But a secondary market has also emerged, in which players sell the FIFA coins to each other for cold, hard cash.
“Clark and his co-conspirators circumvented multiple security mechanisms created by EA in order to fraudulently obtain FIFA coins worth over $16 million,” Colvin said.
“Specifically, Clark and his co-conspirators created software that fraudulently logged thousands of FIFA Football matches within a matter of seconds, and as a result, EA computers credited Clark and his co-conspirators with improperly earned FIFA coins,” she said. “Clark and his co-conspirators subsequently exchanged their FIFA coins on the secondary market for over $16 million.”

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UPDATED: Man found fatally shot in car in Uptown Whittier


WHITTIER >> A man was found shot to death behind the steering wheel of a car in Uptown Whittier on Sunday morning, authorities said.
Someone called police just before 9 a.m. to report seeing an unconscious man slumped in the driver seat of a black Lexus sedan parked in the 6300 block of Pickering Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The car was parked inside a residential garage, with the garage door open, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics pronounced the victim, estimated to be 40 years old, dead at the scene, he said. It appeared he had been shot, and the death was being investigated as a homicide.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting was available as the investigation remained in its early stages, the lieutenant said. No suspects were in custody, and no description was known.
Ellis said investigators suspected that the shooting took place several hours before the victim’s body was discovered. Police received calls reporting gunshots earlier in the morning in the same general area, but responding officers found no evidence of a shooting.
It was not clear whether the reports of gunfire were related to the fatal shooting.
Anyone with information can reach the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two men rob Mexican bakery in South Whittier


SOUTH WHITTIER >> Two men carried out an armed robbery at a Mexican bakery in South Whittier late Friday, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 7 p.m. when two robbers walked in to Panaderia La Mexicana, 14151 Leffingwell Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
One of the men brandished a silver handgun as the suspects demanded money from the lone employee, the lieutenant said.
The victim turned over about $200, and the robbers were last seen fleeing west through the parking lot on foot, she said. No injuries were reported.
Deputies described the robbers as two Latino man, both between 20 and 25 years old. One wore a blue shirt, while the other wore a gray shirt.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man fatally shot in West Whittier


WEST WHITTIER >> A man died following a shooting along Washington Boulevard in West Whittier on Thursday night, authorities said.
Few details were initially available regarding the shooting, which was reported just before midnight in the 11000 block of Washington Boulevard, near Norwalk Boulevard in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The victim, described only as a man, was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, deputies from the sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
No further details, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information can reach 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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Elderly man carjacked in Whittier

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WHITTIER >> Police are seeking a trio of carjackers who made off with an elderly man’s car following a minor traffic collision in Whittier on Tuesday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 10:30 a.m. as the victim was driving in the 15700 block of Mar Vista Street, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“The victim was followed by and older model green (Ford) Explorer,” according to the statement. “The explorer rear-ended the victim vehicle, causing the victim to exit his vehicle to exchange information. Two male subjects exited the rear of the Ford explorer and drove off with the victim’s vehicle.”
The driver of the Ford SUV sped away as well, police said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available. They were riding in a green, older-model Ford Explorer with gray bumpers and oxidation on the hood and roof.
Police obtained images of the suspects’ SUV.
The stolen car — a gray, four-door, 2012 Toyota Avalon with a California license plate of 6VPU334 and a missing rear bumper — remained missing Thursday, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police Detective Jose Bolanos at 562-567-9281, or the Whittier Police Department’s crime tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Whittier Police Department.

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Man fatally struck by two cars along Whittier Boulevard identified


WHITTIER >> Coroner’s officials on Wednesday released the identity of a 60-year-old man who died after he was struck by two cars along Whittier Boulevard late Saturday.
Felton Berrios, 60, died shortly after he was struck about 8:25 p.m. along Whittier Boulevard, just west of Valley Home Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Elissa Fleak said. He was believed to be homeless.
Berrios was walking south across Whittier boulevard when he was struck by Buick Sentry sedan, then a Mistubishi Outlander SUV, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Berrios was not using crosswalk, police said.
Both drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Ellis said.

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Man dies after being struck by two cars along Whittier Boulevard


WHITTIER >> A man died after he was struck by two cars while crossing Whittier Boulevard at the east end of the city late Saturday, officials said.
The man, estimated to be 60 years old and believed to be homeless, died following the collisions, which were reported about 8:25 p.m. along Whittier Boulevard, just west of Valley Home Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical-Examiner Coroner Investigator Anthony Lopez said.
The initial investigation indicated the man was walking south across the boulevard, not within a crosswalk, when he was struck by a westbound Buick Sentry sedan, according to Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis.
Following the initial impact, the pedestrian was struck by a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The drivers of both vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police, Ellis said. No arrests were made as the investigation continued.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200.

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UPDATED: 10-year-old boy fatally struck by car while riding scooter in South Whittier


SOUTH WHITTIER >> A 10-year-old boy died after being struck by a car while riding a scooter in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Eduardo Jara of Whittier succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Mario Saenz said.
The collision was first reported about 4:45 p.m. on Sunshine Avenue, just east of Painter Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
An 18-year-old Whittier man was heading east on Sunshine Avenue at about 15 mph in a 1996 Ford Mustang, officials said.
“The pedestrian, a 10-year-old male on a scooter, traveled north from the south sidewalk from behind a parked vehicle and crossed directly in front of the path of the Ford,” according to the statement. “The driver of the Ford was unable to bring his vehicle to a complete stop in time before colliding with the 10-year-old pedestrian.”
Jara, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered major injuries, CHP officials said. He was flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center by helicopter for treatment.
CHP officials were notified about 8 p.m. that the boy had succumbed to his injuries, Officer Stefan Brandt said.
Authorities said the driver of the Ford remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The incident is under investigation by the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office during normal business hours at 562-868-0503.

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Young man pinned inside car following Whittier two-car crash


WHITTIER >> Firefighters had to cut a young man free from the wreckage of a two-car crash along Whittier Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, though no major injuries were reported, officials said.
The crash took place about 1:20 p.m. at Whittier Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Whittier, Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
Just prior to the collision, a 52-year-old woman was at the wheel of a Toyota Corolla, making a left turn from eastbound Whittier Boulevard to northbound Michigan Avenue, Dean said. A Toyota Scion being driven by a 19-year-old woman with a 19-year-old man as a passenger was westbound on Whittier Boulevard. The cars collided in the intersection.
The male passenger ended up pinned by the legs inside the scion and had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters using the Jaws of Life, Dean said.
He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center as a precaution, but appeared to have suffered no life-threatening injuries, the lieutenant said.
The driver’s of the Toyota and the Scion were treated for apparently minor injuries including cuts, he said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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