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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Whittier police launch mental evaluation team

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WHITTIER >> A new mental evaluation team dedicated to dealing with community members with mental health issues has taken to the streets of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, officials said.
The Whittier Mental Evaluation Team, comprised of one sworn police officer and once licensed clinician, began operating on Sept. 20, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
The team was formed in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, “ to address the growing need for mental health services in our community,” according to the statement.
“This cooperative effort revolves around a co-response model that includes a licensed clinical social worker — provided by the LACDMH — and a sworn police officer provided by the Whittier Police Department to aid our patrol officers in handling calls for service involving persons who may be suffering from a mental health crisis or be in need of social services as well as building cooperative relationships with other service providers in the Whittier area,” according to the statement.
The team is currently made up of Officer Devin McClure and DMH Clinician Geraldine “Geri” Zuniga.
They patrol on weekdays, but can be called upon to assist at other times as well, Lt. Bryan Ellis said. In the month that they’ve been on-duty, the team has been “very active,” he added.
In addition to responding to “critical in-progress” incidents, the team will also work to address other mental health-related issues such as homeless outreach.
“Additionally, WMET will provide extensive follow up and case management for individuals with chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness,” according to the statement. “ By addressing these concerns on a regular basis, WMET can help to alleviate the burden placed on patrol resources and provide expert assistance to those in need.”

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Man shot while sitting in parked car with girlfriend in Santa Fe Springs


SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A man suffered wounds to his head and back after attackers inside two different cars opened fire on him as he sat in a parked car with his girlfriend near a park early Sunday, officials said.
The victim, a 20-year-old Whittier man, was expected to survive his injuries following the shooting, which took place about 1:10 a.m. in the 13200 block of Lakeland Ave., in front of Amelia Mayberry Park on the border between Santa Fe Springs and South Whittier, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The man and his girlfriend were sitting in a parked car when two dark-colored cars pulled up next to them.
“There was a little bit of dialogue between them,” Ellis said. “The vehicles that pulled up fired several rounds.”
Bullets struck the victim in his head and back, Ellis said. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Ellis said the victim’s girlfriend was unhurt.
The suspect vehicles were described only as a possible Dodge Dart with three people inside and a possible Honda Civic.
It was unclear what was said before the attackers opened fire, and the motive in the shooting remained under investigation, Ellis said.
Anyone with information can reach the Whittier Police Department, which provides police services to Santa Fe Springs, at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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