WANTED: Child predator approaches girls near El Monte elementary schools

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EL MONTE >> Police are seeking an unidentified child predator who they say has been lurking near El Monte elementary schools, offering rides and sexually propositioning young girls, officials said.
Police distributed sketches of the man and his car Friday in hopes of generating clues form the public.
Two incidents were reported Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon near Parkview Elementary School and Gidley Elementary School, respectively, El monte police Lt. Christopher Cano said in a written statement.
The predator was last seen about 3 p.m. Wednesday, about a mile south of Gidley Elementary School, at Valley Boulevard and Arden Drive, police said.
“The female student was walking home from school when the suspect drove his vehicle alongside her and sexually propositioned her,” Cano said. “The suspect continued to follow the victim as she continued walking. (The) suspect then stopped, exited his vehicle and approached the victim.
The frightened girl ran away, and the man returned to his car and drove off.
Another girl reported a previous suspicious encounter with the same man about 7 a.m. as she was walking in 12000 block of Elliot Avenue, directly in front of Parkview Elementary, Cano said.
“The suspect offered juvenile a ride, which she refused,” he said. “The suspect drove away but returned a few minutes later and again offered the same juvenile a ride. The child became fearful and ran on foot to Parkview Elementary School where in she notified school staff.”
Police described the man they’re seeking as Latino, 25 to 29 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and of medium build. He had black hair, dark eyes and a light complexion.
0521_NWS_SGT-L-ANNOY2He drove a tan, four-door Honda or Toyota sedan, described as “dirty” and unkempt, with tinted windows. The car had numerous stickers on the rear windshield.
“(The) suspect may be living out of (the) vehicle,” Cano said.
Officers are working with local schools and providing them with extra patrols, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact El Monte police at 580-2114. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Sketches courtesy of the El Monte Police Department

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UPDATED: Man gunned down in Rowland Heights


ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A man died following a shooting in a residential neighborhood in Rowland Heights Thursday night, authorities said.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire about 11:40 p.m. in the 18400 block of Desidia Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“When they arrived, they were directed to the alley of the location where they discovered the victim had been shot,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
“Witnesses said that the victim and two acquaintances were inside the garage of the location when two male Hispanics in their early-20’s confronted them,” she said. “During the confrontation, one suspect produced a handgun and started firing at all three individuals, striking the victim at least once in the upper torso.”
The two others inside the garage were not hurt, officials said.
The attackers were last seen running east through the alley, officials said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
A motive had yet to be determined, and it was unclear whether the shooting was gang-related.
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.

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Man critically injured, teen arrested following stabbing at Pomona park


POMONA >> Police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a stabbing at a Pomona park that left a 24-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The near-fatal stabbing took place about 1 p.m. at Tony Cerda Park, 450 W. Grand Ave., Sgt. Brian Hagerty of the Pomona police Major Crimes Task Force said in a written statement.
After responding to a call reporting a stabbing, officers encountered the victim, a Pomona man, suffering from “multiple stab wounds,” Hagerty said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Officers identified a 17-year-old boy as a suspect in the stabbing and soon spotted him loitering in the area of Ralph Welch Park, about a mile to the west at 1000 Buena Vista Ave.,  the sergeant said. He was arrested without a struggle.
“The investigation revealed the suspect and the victim have known each other for several months and were involved in a physical altercation prior to the stabbing,” Hagerty said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pomona police detectives Edson or Bebon at 909-620-2160. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A pedestrian died after being struck by a car on Washington Boulevard in Pasadena late Wednesday.
Few details were initially available regarding the fatal collision, which took place just before 9:50 p.m. along Washington Boulevard, between Lake Avenue and Prime Court, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna
“The driver remained at the scene,” Luna said.
No arrests had been reported late Wednesday.
The victim, who died at the scene, was initially described only as an adult.
Police shut down both directions of Washington Boulevard between Lake and El Molino avenues as investigators continued working at the scene Wednesday night, Luna said.
No further details were available.

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UPDATED: 72-year-old woman with dementia goes missing in Pasadena; found safe in Altadena

PASADENA >> Police, aided by a good Samaritan, found a 72-year-old woman with dementia who went missing in Pasadena late Wednesday safe in Altadena, authorities said.
Darlene Ann Tave was last seen about 7:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Wotkyns Drive, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
She requires medication for dementia, police added.
A good Samartian spotted Tave Wednesday night and notified authorities, who reunited her with her family, police said.

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Pilot killed in Angeles National Forest airplane crash identified as San Diego doctor

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of the 57-year-old San Diego doctor killed over the weekend when his single-engine airplane he was piloting crashed into a mountainside amid poor weather in the forest north of Altadena.
Thomas Bruff died in the crash, believed to have taken place about 9 a.m. Sunday, when his Cessna 182 disappeared from radar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s and sheriff’s officials.
Bruff was reportedly a medical doctor with offices in San Diego and El Centro, who had traveled to Nepal and Ecuador to help with earthquake relief, according to NBC7 San Diego.
An autopsy determined Bruff died from “multiple blunt traumatic injuries,” and the death was determined to be accidental, according to coroner’s records. Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease was listed as a significant factor in the death.
Sheriff’s search and rescue teams spent more than seven hours searching for the wreckage after the airplane, registered to a San Diego-based company, disappeared by radar while en route to Santa Monica Airport from Montgomery Field in San Diego, according to sheriff’s and Federal Aviation Administration officials.
Rough weather and low visibility slowed the initial hours of the search efforts, as conditions did not allow for the use of search helicopters, according to sheriff’s Lt. Randy Tuinstra.
Once the crash site was located near Brown Mountain Sunday afternoon, paramedics pronounced Bruff dead at the scene. A lengthy process then began to recover his remains.
The FAA is carrying out an investigation into the cause of the crash.

PHOTO of June 15, 2016, airplane crash site near Mr. Brown in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Man killed in head-on crash between car, truck in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A man died in a head-on crash between his car and a big rig hauling asphalt in Glendora early Wednesday, officials said.
The crash took place about 8:20 a.m. on Sunflower Avenue, just south of Juanita Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said.
“Officers arrived and found a gravel truck was on its side,” Williams said. “It came to rest in the northbound lanes, and resting in the front yard of a residence.”
A badly damaged 1990s-model Acura Integra sat nearby, with a male driver trapped inside, the lieutenant said.
Initial investigation indicated the Acura was driving on the wrong side of the road when it collided head-on with the asphalt-hauling Peterbilt truck, he said.
“Witnesses relayed the driver of the Integra was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and collided with the gravel truck, traveling southbound on Sunflower Avenue,” Williams said.
Paramedics pronounced the man, estimated to be in his 20s, dead at the scene, Williams said. The truck driver was uninjured, and was “fully cooperating” with investigators.
The identity of the Acura was to be determined by coroner’s and released pending notification of his family.
The intersection remained shutdown into the afternoon as officials investigated the scene, and cleaned up the wreckage and spilled asphalt.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250.

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Police: Man stabs business employee who told him to stop smoking marijuana in Pasadena parking lot


PASADENA >> A man attacked and stabbed an employee at a Pasadena business Saturday when the employee told him to stop smoking marijuana in the business’ parking lot, police said.
The victim, a Temple City man in his 50s, suffered injuries including a cut to his hand in the struggle, but ultimately managed to captured and hold his alleged attacker until police arrived and arrested him, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Juan Manuel Castro, 23, of Long Beach was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the 6:40 p.m. attack in the 1700 block of East Washington Boulevard, according to police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“(Castro) was sitting in a car in a parking lot, smoking marijuana,” Mercado said.
“The victim, a store employee, went out to ask (Castro) to leave,” he said. The suspect became angry and physically attacked the victim.”
Castro pulled a knife and sliced the victim’s hand, but the man ultimately got the best of his attacker, subduing him until police arrive, Mercado said. The victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
Castro was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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Pasadena shopkeeper badly beaten by robber with declined debit card


PASADENA >> A man severely beat a Pasadena shopkeeper late Saturday after becoming enraged that his debit card was rejected, police said.
The clerk suffered injuries including a broken eye socket and a broken nose in the incident, which took place about 11:50 p.m. at a store in the 1300 block of North Lake Avenue, near Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Two men entered the store and one tried to make a purchase with a debit card, he said.
“The suspect became angry when he was informed that his debit card was not good,” the lieutenant said. “He decided to walk out with the items without paying.”
When the shopkeeper, a Los Angeles man in his 60s, confronted the robber about the theft, he began punching the clerk repeatedly in the head and face before fleeing with the items, Mercado said.
Paramedics took the injured worker to a hospital for treatment. It was not clear Sunday what was stolen in the crime.
Police described the attacker as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a blue and white hooded sweatshirt.
He was accompanied by a black man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 to 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a baseball cap with white lettering on it and a black seater with white lettering on it.
Both were last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Man wounded in 2nd shooting in less than a day in Bassett


BASSETT >> Gunfire in a Bassett neighborhood left one man wounded and a car riddled with bullets late Saturday in the community’s second shooting in less than 24 hours, authorities said.
Details of the shooting remained unclear Sunday as detectives continued sorting through conflicting accounts of the incident, which unfolded about 11:20 p.m. in the area of Nelson and Milbury avenues in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Arthur Scott said.
Deputies were summoned to Kaiser Permanente’s Baldwin Park Medical Center after a man in his late-teens to early-20s showed up at the emergency room with gunshot wounds to his upper torso, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a documented Bassett Grande gang member, told deputies he was walking past a house party on Nelson Avenue when a group of others started arguing and gunshots rang out, Scott said. The party was taking place at a known gang hangout.
About the same time, deputies responded to another report of gunfire just around the corner, at Milbury Avenue and Flagstaff Street, Scott said.
Three young men from Baldwin Park told officials they were heading north on Milbury Avenue in a car when they were confronted by attackers in an Orange Honda, Scott said. The passenger then exited the Honda and opened fire on the victim’s car.
Bullets shattered the front and rear windshields, and one pierced a headrest inside the car, but none of the three occupants were injured, Scott said.
Investigators suspected the two incidents were related. The investigation was ongoing.
The gunfire took place less than 24 hours after a 1:45 a.m. shooting about a mile away, in the 900 block of Feather Avenue, Lt. David Indante said. A car was damaged, but injuries were reported.

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