ALTADENA >> The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday renewed a $20,000 reward in the case of a West Covina man whose body was found four years ago on an Altadena horse trail.
Marcus Anthony Nieto, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner’s officials on February 16, 2013 after he was discovered unresponsive by two riders near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, officials said in a written statement.
He died of “multiple blunt trauma to the head” and the death was ruled a homicide, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
Investigators said Nieto left his home to visit an acquaintance in Pomona, but may have returned to the Covina/Azusa area at some point before he went missing.
The reward, originally approved by the board in April of 2014, had expired before Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s motion reestablishing it for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the murder.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.
— Sandra Molina and Brian Day
COVINA >> Police are seeking a man caught on surveillance video breaking into a downtown Covina jewelry store last month and stealing three Rolex watches valued at more than $10,000.
The crime took place about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Willy’s Jewelry, 142 N. Citrus Ave., Covina police Detective Ivan Ostarcevic said.
The burglar first disabled an overhead light behind the store before leaving to retrieve a sweatshirt, flashlight and pry bar, the detective said. He then forced open the back door, the detective said.
“He went straight for the three most expensive watches,” Ostarcevic. “It appears he’s been there before.”
Nothing was stolen other than the Rolex watches — valued at a total of $10,600, he said.
Police described the thief as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, clean-shaven, with short gray hair and eyeglasses.
Anyone who recognizes the burglar is asked to contact Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
VIDEO/PHOTOS courtesy of the Covina Police Department
AZUSA >> Police shot and killed a man in Azusa late Sunday, authorities said.
The fatal officer-involved shooting took place at 11:21 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 200 block of Windsong Court, Deputy Jeffrey Gordon of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
The suspect, described only as a man, died at the scene, Gordon said.
No further details were available.
The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is spearheading the investigation.
PICO RIVERA >> A man showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds after a drive-by shooting outside a Pico Rivera liquor store on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting took place about 4:45 p.m. at Whittier Boulevard and Orange Street, in front of the Pico Market, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Noe Garcia said.
“The suspects pulled up in the intersection and shot north into the liquor store parking lot,” he said.
Deputies did not immediately find any victims at the scene, and potential witnesses appeared uncooperative.
As the investigation continued, a known gang member in his 40s arrived at a Montebello emergency room with a gunshot wound to his leg, the lieutenant said. The injury was not considered life-threatening.
The attackers were described only as two Latino men in a blue Volkswagen, which was last seen heading west on Whittier Boulevard.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH SAN GABRIEL >> Gunfire in a residential neighborhood in South San Gabriel left one man dead Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting was reported about 3:15 p.m. in the 7900 block of Hill Drive, in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Frank Ruiz said.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Three people were seen running from the scene of the shooting, Ruiz said. It was not immediately clear whether they were the attackers, or merely other people fleeing the gunfire.
No further details were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple City Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH WHITTIER >> A Whittier man was behind bars Sunday after allegedly beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, then engaging a sheriff’s SWAT team in a standoff for eight hours while armed with an assault weapon before surrendering, officials said.
Dylan Rey Robledo, 36, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of an assault weapon, as well as for outstanding warrants, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
The incident began shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, when Robledo arrived at the home of his ex-girlfriend in the 9900 block of Bona Vista Lane and assaulter her current boyfriend, sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said. It was unclear if any weapons were used in the assault, in which the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies responded and ordered everyone from the home, Limon said. Everyone came out, except Robledo, who refused orders to exit the home and surrender.
Deputies summoned a sheriff’s SWAT team to take over the scene.
Special Enforcement Bureau deputies used tear gas to flush the suspect from the home about 8:30 p.m., Limon said. He was then taken into custody without a struggle.
An assault weapon was recovered from the home, officials said.
No further details were available.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, Robledo was already on probation at the time of the standoff following convictions in November of 2015 for vandalism and resisting police by force or violence.
He was being held without bail pending his initial court appearances, records show.
PASADENA >> A man smashed his way into a Pasadena home with two children inside on Saturday afternoon before other family members arrived home to interrupt the break-in, chased him from the home and pointed him out to police, officials said.
Carlos Casares, 36, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of residential robbery and burglary following the 4 p.m. incident in the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 13-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home alone when they heard that sound of shattering glass.
“(They) discovered the suspect had made his way into a bedroom and was rummaging through a closet,” the lieutenant said.
After the siblings confronted the intruder and calling 911, the teenage girl locked herself in a bathroom to hide, Goodman said. Casares was in the process of kicking in the bathroom door when the terrified teenagers’ father and adult brother arrived home, just before police arrived.
“They chased the suspect from the location,” Goodman said. As officers arrived on scene, the men pointed out where the suspect had run. Police found and arrested him down the street.
Goodman said the children were frightened but unhurt.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Casares was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
ALHAMBRA >> Police are seeking a man who attacked and robbed an elderly woman at an Alhambra apartment complex on Saturday afternoon.
A woman in her 80s was outdoors at a complex in the 900 block of East Valley Boulevard just after 1 p.m. when the robber, described only as male, approached, Alhambra police Sgt. Ruben Soriano said.
“She doesn’t remember much,” he said.
The robber assaulted the woman, leaving her with a bruised head, according to the sergeant. It was unclear whether any weapon was used.
He then fled with the woman’s purse, Soriano said. Officers searched the area but did not find the culprit.
The woman hospitalized for examination, but was not believed to have suffered any life-threatening injuries, he said.
Anyone with information can reach Alhambra police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH WHITTIER >> A SWAT team engaged in a standoff with a man who was believed to be armed and holed-up inside a home in South Whittier on Saturday afternoon.
The incident began about 1:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of Bona Vista Lane, in the unincorporated county area, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Special Enforcement Bureau deputies have assumed command of the tactical response and Crisis Negotiation Team personnel are on scene to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution,” Rouzan said in a written statement issued shortly after 5:30 p.m.
“Surrounding homes have been evacuated for the safety of the residents,” he said.
Deputies ultimately took the suspect into custody about 8:30 p.m., officials said.
No further details were available.
COVINA >> Police jailed an Azusa gang member late Friday after he ran from a traffic stop with large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and concentrated cannabis, as well as other people identifying documents, officials said.
Steven Anthony Quintana, 42, of Azusa, who was already on felony probation for previous robbery conviction under the terms of AB 109, was ultimately booked on suspicion of possession of drugs for sales, possession of identity theft-related materials and resisting arrest, according to Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Quintana’s passenger, 37-year-old Darlene Denise Martinez, whose hometown was unclear, was booked on suspicion of possession of drugs for sales and possession of identity-theft related materials.
An officer first tried to pull Quintana over for a traffic violation about 6:30 p.m., Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
After a delay, Quintana pulled over in the 5300 block of Cedarglen Drive, where he ran from the car, the sergeant said.
A police helicopter which was already overhead directed officers on the ground to Quintana, who was found in the area and arrested without a struggle, Zavala said.
Quintana ditched his jacket while running from police, he said. Inside the jacket, police found 46 grams of methamphetamine, seven grams of cocaine and 32 grams of concentrated cannabis. Inside the car, police also found identifying documents in the names of other people.
Quintana and Martinez were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, records show.
BOOKING PHOTOS of Steven Quintana and Darlene Martinez courtesy of the Covina Police Department.