Suicide suspected after discovery of man’s body in San Gabriel parking lot

SAN GABRIEL >> Police suspect suicide after a man was found dead in the parking lot of a Valley Boulevard business park Friday, officials said.
A witness called 9-1-1 about 11 a.m. to report seeing a man in his 50s lying on the ground in a parking lot in the 1000 block of East Valley Boulevard, just west of Walnut Grove Avenue, San Gabriel police Lt. Riki Nakamura said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
After finding trauma on the man’s head, detectives initially treated the death as a possible homicide, the lieutenant said. But further investigation indicated the man had committed suicide by jumping from the roof of a nearby two-story building, standing about 50 feet tall.
Though not witnesses to the fall had been found, shoe prints matching the shoes on the body were discovered on the roof of the building, Nakamura said.

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Police: Pasadena men throw meth from van during chase

PASADENA : Police jailed two Pasadena man — including one already on parole for burglary — who they say through more than an ounce of methamphetamine from their car during a short chase Thursday afternoon.
Manuel Navarro, 33, and Francisco Ricardo Tafolla, were arrested about 4:30 p.m., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. Police recovered 29 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $500.
Officers tried to pull over a Nissan van at Cypress Avenue and Villa Street for a traffic violation, but the van failed to pull over and sped away, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The van ran a stop sign on Villa and turned south on Lincoln (Avenue), and when they did so, the driver threw methamphetamine out the window,” Mercado said. Police recovered the drugs.
The driver — Navarro — turned onto Eureka Street and pulled over, the lieutenant said. Both men surrendered.
Police arrested Navarro and Tafolla on suspicion of transportation of methamphetamine and evading police, Mercado said.
Navarro was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show. Tafolla, who is on parole following an April burglary conviction, was being held without bail.

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Irwindale police sport pink patches to fight breast cancer


IRWINDALE >> Police in Irwindale began sporting pink shoulder patches with their uniforms Thursday in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for the City of Hope.
The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation within the community and encourage public awareness in the early detection and fight against this disease,” Irwindale police officials said in a written statement.
PINKPATCHThe patches are also available for members of the public to purchase. They are available for $10 each at the Irwindale Police Department, 5050 N. Irwindale Ave., along with T-shirts available for $15 each.
The patches were first offered for sale in July, but officers began wearing them Thursday and will continue wearing them through October.
The effort had been well-received so far, Sgt. George Zendejas said.
“The Pink Patch Project has been a team effort, and we have received overwhelming support in our efforts to raise funds, raise awareness and unite with those who have battled breast cancer either personally or through friend and family,” he said.
PINKPATCH3The department’s foal is to raise $10,000 for the City of Hope in Duarte to fund breast cancer research, treatment and education, officials said.
Police Chief Anthony Miranda said he was proud of department personnel for their efforts.
“They identified a great cause, in where by raising funds we believe we can help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer,” Miranda said.
For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit To purchase a patch or T-shirt, contact Norma Ortiz at, or call 626-430-2249.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department.

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Montebello man charged with capital murder in fatal ‘ambush’


LOS ANGELES >> A Montebello man accused of chasing down and fatally shooting another man while trying to rob him of a gold necklace appeared in court Thursday, where prosecutors charged him with capital murder, authorities said.
Sean Matthew Garcia, 25, is charged with murder, with the special circumstance that the killing was committed during the course of an attempted robbery, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said. He’s also accused of personally firing the AR-15-style rifle that killed Brian Gomez, 28, of Lynwood.
Gomez was trying to sell a gold necklace for about $2,000 when Gomez answered an online add and arranged to meet in the 1600 block of Neil Armstrong Street Monday afternoon, Montebello police and district attorney’s official said.
Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure described the attack as an “ambush.”
After the men met, Garcia pulled an assault rifle from a nearby bush and firing toward Gomez’s feet, Risling said. Gomez ran.
AR-1509293791“When Gomez stopped and reached into his pocket to get the necklace, Garcia allegedly shot and killed the victim,” Risling said.
In addition to the slaying, Gomez is also charged with the robbery of an assault rifle in August, Risling said. Further details on that case were unavailable, and it was unclear if the allegedly stolen rifle was the same one used in Monday’s fatal shooting.
Because of the special circumstance alleged in the case, Garcia could potentially end up on death row if convicted as charged.
“Prosecutors will determine at a later date whether to seek capital punishment,” Risling said.
Garcia entered no plea Monday. His arraignment hearing was postponed to Oct. 22.

PHOTOS: [ABOVE] – Sean Garcia, 25, of Montbello (Courtesy) [BELOW] – Brian Gomez, 28, of Lynwood. (Courtesy)

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UPDATED: Crash shuts down westbound 210 Freeway in Arcadia

ARCADIA >> A multi-vehicle crash shut down all westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway in Arcadia Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place about 3:30 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway at Santa Anita Avenue, according to CHP logs.
The crash primarily involved a sedan and an SUV, however three to four other cars also sustained “collateral damage” from the collision, Arcadia Fire Department spokeswoman Beth Stogner said.
Two patients were hospitalized as a result of the crash, she said. One patient,a man, was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, His injuries were initially described as moderate to serious, but later determined to be minor to moderate.
The second patient, also described as a man, was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia for treatment of apparently minor injuries, Stogner said.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert for all westbound lanes of the freeway just after 4 p.m.
All lanes were reopened about 4:50 p.m., according to the CHP. The cause of the crash was under investigation by officers from the CHP’s Altadena area office.

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Body found in San Gabriel River near South El Monte

SOUTH EL MONTE >> Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body in the San Gabriel River just outside of South El Monte, authorities said.
Few details were available regarding the discovery, which occurred about 1:10 p.m. in the water near Thienes Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.
No description of the person was immediately available, nor were the circumstances of the death, as the investigation remained in its early stages.

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Big rig crash snarls eastbound 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> An overturned big rig prompted the closure of all but one lane of the eastbound 60 Freeway Wednesday evening, officials said.
The 9:08 p.m. crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Azusa Avenue, involved only one big rig and resulted in no injuries, but snarled traffic as the overturned truck blocked the three right-hand lanes, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
A Sig Alert was issued for an unknown duration.

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3 hurt in 5-car crash on the 60 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY >> A five-car wreck sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries and prompted the closure of three lanes of the westbound 60 Freeway in Industry during rush hour Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place shortly after 5 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just west of Crossroads Parkway, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Five vehicle were involved, and three patients were hospitalized with “moderate-to-critical” injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The CHP issued a two-hour Sig Alert for the three right-hand lanes of the westbound freeway following the crash, Kimball said.

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Police: Woman caught driving stolen car in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman late Tuesday after an automated license plate reader alerted police that the car she was driving through Pasadena had been stolen in Monterey Park, officials said.
An officer was on patrol about 11:45 p.m. at Foothill Boulevard and Madre Street when an automated license plate reader mounted on his vehicle indicated a nearby car had been reported stolen in the , Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The officer pulled the car over and arrested Candida Figueoroa, a 39-year-old transient, on suspicion of auto theft, as well as two outstanding drug-related warrants, Luna said.
A teenager riding in the car with her was released to a parent, he added.

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Long Beach business owner, musician killed in Whittier motorcycle crash identified

WHITTIER >> Coroner’s officials have released the name of a 33-year-old Long Beach man killed in a motorcycle crash in Whittier on Friday.
Carlos Gomez died at a hospital following the 4:45 p.m. crash on Hadley Street near Court Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
1001_NWS_WDN-L-MCIDHe was riding a Triumph motorcycle westbound when a vehicle turned in front of him, resulting in a collision, according to coroner’s and police officials. Following the initial impact, a second vehicle struck Gomez.
The drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, Whittier police officials said. The investigation was ongoing.
Friend Mari Mercado said Gomez leaves behind a wife and two children.
Gomez owned American Vintage Barbershop, she said, which has locations in both Long Beach and Whittier. He also served as lead singer of the rockabilly band, “Hi-Strung Ramblers.”
Fans of the band wrote condolences on songs posted on YouTube.
“Sad news today RIP Carlos,” wrote one user. “What a sad loss!!,” posted another.
“Carlos was a gentle soul a caring man (and) friend,” Mari wrote in an email. “He was the sweetest person you’d ever meet.”
Funds to benefit Gomez’s family are being collected online at

PHOTO courtesy of the California DMV

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