A man engaged in a standoff with sheriff’s deputies for seven hours Wednesday at a business before a SWAT team ultimately forced its way in ant took him into custody, authorities said.
Alec Sayedi, 46, was booked on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Teresa Evers said.
The incident began as deputies were investigating a report of domestic violence from the previous night, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Lang said. The woman reported the alleged attack shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
“The suspect was involved in a domestic violence incident where he was armed with a weapon,” Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said in a written statement. Further details of the overnight incident were not released.
Deputies went to speak with the boyfriend at business, which had no signage posted, in an industrial area on Carrey Road, just west of Pierre Road, Sgt. Angela Becerra said. But the man, later identified as Sayedi, holed-up inside the business and refused deputies’ orders to come out. The business was believed to be his.
Deputies circled the business and summoned a SWAT team. The standoff continued for seven hours before the SWAT team ultimately forced their way into the business.
When they did, the suspect was alone and unarmed, and deputies took him into custody without a struggle, Evers said.
Initial reports from the scene indicated the suspect was asleep when deputies encountered him.
He was taken for examination at a hospital before being booked into jail at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station. His name was not immediately available.
Neighboring businesses and some homes were evacuated or blocked off by authorities as the standoff unfolded.
It was a sad weekend in Hollywood, what with the deaths of Peter O’Toole, Joan Fontaine and Tom Laughlin.
Of the three, men of my generation were probably most affected by Laughlin and his role as Billy Jack, a ex-Green Beret who kicked some serious racist ass outside an Arizona reservation:
Here’s what was posted on his website this morning:
Tom Laughlin passed away at sunset
on Thursday, December 12, 2013
near his home in Thousand Oaks, California.
He was 82.
Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delores,
his three children, and his five grandchildren.
Services have not yet been announced.
COMPTON — A 14-year-old girl died late Saturday after she was shot while riding her bicycle in what investigators are calling a gang-related attack.
The name of the girl was not released Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family members, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Capt. John Kades said.
Deputies encountered the fatally wounded teen after responding to a report of a shooting about 10:10 p.m. at Alameda Boulevard and Elm Street, Sgt. Harry Drucker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. She was taken to an area hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.
“According to witnesses, the victim was riding a bicycle when she was shot,” Drucker said.
No suspects were in custody Sunday, and no description of the attacker or attackers was available.
“The victim is a member of a local street gang and the shooting is believed to be gang-related,” he said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
LA MIRADA — Deputies arrested to driver’s accused of driving under the influence of marijuana during a DUI checkpoint late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.
Officials screened all 1,768 drivers of the vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, held on Imperial Highway just east of Valley View Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
In addition to the two DUI arrests, five drivers with suspended or revoked licenses were arrested, along with seven unlicensed drivers, officials said.
Nine vehicles were impounded for one day, five vehicles were impounded for 30 days, and 10 vehicles were released to to other drivers per checkpoint procedures, officials added.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Arrests for intoxicated driving were down 16 percent over last year during the first two days of the a multi-agency holiday season DUI crackdown, officials said.
Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers that make up the Los Angeles County anti-DUI task force collectively as “Avoid the 100” initially reported 351 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, task force organizers said in a written statement. Last year, 417 drivers were arrested during the same 48-hour period.
The DUI enforcement campaign is scheduled to continue through midnight Jan. 1.
Funding for the task force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Anyone who spots an intoxicated driver on the road is encouraged to call 9-1-1.
PASADENA — A 16-year-old Pasadena boy suffered stab wounds and head injuries in an attack Saturday, but refused to cooperate with investigators, police said.
Authorities first learned of the incident about 10 a.m. when the victim was brought to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena by a family member, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He had been stabbed several times to one of his arms and legs, as well as bruising to his head, though the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police later determined the attack likely took place at the Siesta Inn in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, the lieutenant said.
The wounded young man was “very uncooperative” when interviewed by police at the hospital, he said. “He said he was stabbed on Colorado Boulevard. He wouldn’t tell us any other circumstances.”
Officers had responded to the motel about 1:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight, however they found no one injured when they arrived, Clawson said. Police interviewed several people in the area, but made no arrests.
Officers returned to the motel later in the morning after learning of the stabbing and found blood in the area, he said. The time frame of the stabbing was unclear, and police were looking into any possible connection to the reported fight.
MONTEREY PARK — Officials Saturday have released the name of a 23-year-old woman found dead on suspicious circumstances inside her Monterey Park apartment and announced the arrest of her boyfriend on suspicion of her murder.
Jaqueline Alamillo was pronounced dead shortly after she was found unconscious about 4:30 a.m. Friday at her apartment in the 1700 block of College View Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Her boyfriend, 35-year-old Daniel Hernandez, was initially detained as a person of interest in the death, sheriff’s officials said.
But he was booked on suspicion of murder shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, according to officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Alamillo’s cause of death was not immediately apparent, sheriff’s investigators said, and an autopsy had not yet been carried out at the coroner’s office Saturday.
Deputies found Alamillo dead in a bedroom of her apartment after going there to check on her welfare at the request of relatives who had grown worried about her, according to Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is assisting Monterey Park police in the investigation.
The suspect’s brother had left the apartment late Thursday because Hernandez was acting strangely, the lieutenant said.
Police received reports about an hour later of a man — later identified as Hernandez — behaving bizarrely and yelling at cars several blocks away, officials said.
At the time of his arrest, Hernandez was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 18 on an unrelated case, according to Los Angeles County booking records. Details of the ongoing case were not available Friday, however Hernandez had been freed
after posting $26,000 bail, documents show.
A man of the same name and birthdate has a violent criminal history listed in Los Angeles County Superior Court records, though officials were not available Saturday to confirm whether the murder suspect was the same man.
The listed criminal history includes three 2004 convictions for possession of a loaded firearm with previous felony convictions, a 1998 conviction for robbery, a 1997 conviction for participating in a street race and a 2007 conviction for assault.
Hernandez was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance in the murder case, scheduled for Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.
— Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report.
ALHAMBRA — A teenager was being held for psychiatric evaluation Saturday after making potentially threatening statements against Mark Keppel High School, then escaping from a psychiatric facility in Pasadena before being recaptured, authorities said.
Officials received word Friday afternoon, after the conclusion of the school day, that a student from Mark Keppel High School had made statements construed as a possible threat against the school, 501 E. Hellman Ave., Alhambra police Sgt. Edward Rodriguez said. Further details regarding the statements were not available.
Police met with the student and ultimately took him to a psychiatric facility in the 300 block of South Oak Knoll Avenue in Pasadena for evaluation, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. But the 17-year-old boy escaped from the facility Friday evening.
Authorities issued a bulletin to nearby law enforcement agencies, and Monterey Park police spotted the young man in their city Friday night, Rodriguez said. He was taken to a different facility to be held for psychiatric evaluation.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Two men climbed back to the roadway with only minor injuries early Saturday after their car plummeted 500 feet over the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road near the San Gabriel Reservoir, north of Glendora in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.
The crash was believed to have occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., when the men emerged on the roadway and flagged down a passing motorist for help, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Though the vehicle ended up overturned and 500 feet over the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road, the two occupants were believed to have suffered only minor injuries, CHP Officer Brandon Curtiss said. No arrests were initially made in connection with the crash.
A sheriff’s search and rescue team returned to the scene later in the morning to confirm there were no additional victims and look into prospects for hoisting the vehicle back to the road, sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said.
Further details were not immediately available.
EL MONTE — A police task force searching for stolen cars Thursday instead discovered nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana inside an El Monte auto body shop, authorities said.
Three guns were also seized and one suspect was arrested during the bust, which took place about 6 p.m. at Professional Paint and Body, 3118 Maxson Road, El Monte police Sgt. Mark Snook said in a written statement.
Detectives from the Task Force for Regional Auto Theft Prevention were performing a compliance check at the business when they found marijuana, Snook said. El Monte police detectives were summoned to the scene.
“A search warrant was served at the location and (approximately) 1,483 pounds of marijuana was located, along with three firearms and narcotics packaging material,” Snook said.
A man was arrested, however police withheld his identity and the specific crimes he was arrested on suspicion of Saturday.
A telephone number listed as that of the business was not operational Saturday.
No further information was released.