UPDATED: Mercedes-Benz driver sought in hit-and-run that left Arcadia man critically injured

ARCADIA >> Police are seeking the driver of a Mercedes-Benz who struck and critically injured a 72-year-old Arcadia man, then fled the scene early Thursday, officials said.
The hit-and-run took place about 7:20 a.m. in the 600 block of West Camino Real Avenue, just east of Baldwin Avenue, according to Arcadia police Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo.
Roop Garg of Arcadia was hospitalized in critical condition at the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, the sergeant said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on Capture1Camino Real Avenue when it struck a pedestrian walking westbound in the street,” Cieadlo said in a written statement.
The driver briefly stopped his car near Camino Real and Baldwin avenues.
“The driver exited and walked around his vehicle, ultimately getting back into his vehicle and fleeing south on Baldwin Avenue,” Cieadlo said.
Witnesses described the car as a white, newer-model Mercedes-Benz with paper license plates, police said.
The driver was an Asian man of about 70 years old, with gray hair. He was clean-shaven and wore short-sleeve shirt and slacks.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5156 regarding case 16-4233. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO of suspect vehicle courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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Two wounded, suspect jailed following stabbing at San Gabriel boarding house


SAN GABRIEL >> A man cut a woman’s neck and also stabbed her boyfriend when he defended her in an unprovoked attack at a San Gabriel boarding house early Thursday morning, police said.
Qiznyi Wang, 35, was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon following the bloody attack, which unfolded about 2:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of South Twin Avenue, San Gabriel police Lt. Brian Kott said.
“On arrival, officers found a 56-year-old female near the front of the residence near the street in front of the residence who was bleeding profusely from her neck,” Kott said.
The nine or so other residents of the home also came outside when officers arrived, the lieutenant said. They didn’t speak English, but directed police toward the inside of the house.
Inside, officers encountered a 53-year-old man suffering from stab wounds, as well as Wang, police said.
“Both males were covered in blood and it appeared they were involved in some type of struggle, Kott said.
The injured woman was hospitalized in critical condition, he said. Doctors were optimistic she would survive her wounds.
The male victim, described as her boyfriend, suffered less-severe slashed to his head and arm, Kott said. He had been treated and released from a hospital Thursday afternoon.
Wang had moved into the house, which was operating as an unpermitted boarding house, just a day or two before, Kott said. Both victims were serving as managers.
Prior to the stabbing, other residents of the home had complained about excessive noise related to Wang, Kott said. But there was no physical fight or heated argument when Wang suddenly, and without provocation, grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed the woman in the neck.
The woman’s boyfriend tackled Wang and struggled with him before the knife was knocked free from his grasp, Kott said. Other residents of the home then helped hold Wang down prior to the arrival of police.
Wang was treated for minor injuries before being booked into jail, officials said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Wang was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Alhambra Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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UPDATED: Deputies raid alleged ‘internet gambling cafe’ in La Puente


LA PUENTE >> Sheriff’s deputies carried out a raid at an alleged illegal gambling house operating out of La Puente internet cafe on Wednesday night, authorities said.
The bust took place about 8 p.m., when deputies showed up at PC TIME Internet Cafe, 1047 N. Hacienda Blvd., with a search warrant, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said.
“When deputies gained access to the location, they detained over 15 patrons who were engaged in illegal gambling,” Cacheiro said.
Investigators arrested five alleged proprietors, described as Glendale residents, he said.
Twenty-five computers, other communications devices and cash were seized as part of the investigation, officials said.
The computers were running an online gambling program known as “Internet Sling 7,” Cacheiro said.
The complex gambling operation was “fortified” with security measures and surveillance cameras and catered only to a select clientele, he said.
Detectives launched their investigation in June, when authorities received anonymous complaints of illegal gambling at the establishment.
“During the investigation, deputies conducted surveillances and undercover investigations and determined that the business was utilized as an ‘Internet Gambling Café,’” according to the lieutenant.
The investigation is ongoing, he said. Detectives have identified other possible internet gambling houses in other cities.
Officials withheld the suspects’ identities Thursday as they continued pursuing leads, Cacheiro said.
Investigators additionally found that the business was operating without a permit and in violation of city codes, he added.
Deputies from the La Puente Special Assignment Team, Major Crimes Bureau, Cyber/High Tech Crimes Bureau and Operation Safe Streets took part in the raid, Cacheiro said, along with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials.
Code enforcement officials are handling the civil aspect of the case.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Have you seen this Alhambra porch pirate?


ALHAMBRA >> Police are seeking a bicycle-riding thief caught on camera snatching a package from the front porch of an Alhambra home on Tuesday, officials said.
The crime took place about 4 p.m. in the 1700 block of South Hidalgo Avenue, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“The victim’s surveillance footage recorded the theft,’ according to the statement.
Anyone who recognized the suspect is asked to contact Alhambra Police Department’s Investigation Division hotline at 626-308-4875. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

PHOTO courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department.

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Man jailed following armed robbery at Norwalk Walmart

NORWALK >> A man robbed a Walmart cashier at gunpoint in Norwalk Sunday afternoon, only to be captured by deputies minutes later, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 2:05 p.m. at Walmart, 11729 Imperial Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Dusky said.
The robber entered the store, handed a cashier a bag, pointed a handgun at her and ordered her to fill the bag with cash from the register, he said.
Fearing for her safety, the cashier complied, Dusky said. The robber fled the store with several thousand dollars.
But responding deputies quickly arrived and spotted the fleeing suspect nearby, the lieutenant said
Deputies arrested the man without a struggle, and recovered the stolen cash and the handgun, which he had discarded nearby, Dusky said.
The name of the suspect, estimated to be in his early-50s, was not immediately available.

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Intoxicated man found stabbed in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a drunken man found wounded in front of a Baldwin Park business Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The stabbing was first reported shortly after 4 p.m. in the 13800 block of Los Angeles Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joshua Hendricks said.
A relative of the victim, a 26-year-old Baldwin Park man, found him wounded in front of a business and called for help, the sergeant said.
The man’s injury, a stab wound to his abdomen, did not appear to be life-threatening, Hendricks said.
Paramedics took the patient, who appeared extremely intoxicated, to a trauma center for treatment.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the stabbing were available.
The victim was either unwilling, or unable due to his level of inebriation, to tell police what happened, Hendricks said.
The investigation was ongoing.

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Man attacked, robbed in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A gunman robbed and apparently pistol-whipped a man walking in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena Saturday night, police said.
A 19-year-old Pasadena man was walking about 10:30 p.m. when a car pulled up next to him and stopped at Summit Avenue and Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The (passenger) got out of the car, displayed a handgun to the victim and demanded money,” Goodman said. The victims turned over his cash.
“After obtaining the money, the suspect told the victim to turn around, at which time he struck the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object, possibly the handgun,” the lieutenant said.
The victim fell ot the ground, and the gunman then returned to the car, which sped off. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be severe.
He was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, heavy-set, bald, wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and khaki shorts.
No description of the getaway driver or the car was available.
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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Firefighters make quick work of Glendora brush fire


GLENDORA >> A small brush fire ignited along the 210 Freeway in Glendora Sunday afternoon, threatening a single structure before firefighters got the upper hand, fire officials said.
The fire was first reported just before noon along the westbound 210 Freeway near Sunflower Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz said.
It grew to about an acre in size 30 minutes later, and threatened a single, unknown-type structure, officials said
But firefighters declared the brush fire extinguished just under an hour after it began, Diaz said.
No injuries or property damage were reported.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert for the Sunflower Avenue offramp of the westbound 210 Freeway Sunday afternoon as firefighters continued completing their work at the scene.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Officials: Resident shoots knife-wielding intruder in Norwalk

NORWALK >> A Norwalk man shot and wounded a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his home while his family was inside early Sunday, officials said.
The break-in and shooting took place about 2:30 a.m. at a house in the 14400 block of Graystone Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rene Garcia said.
A woman at the home was firs alerted by noises coming from the front of the house, the sergeant said. Children were also present at the home.
“The suspect proceeded to go to the rear of the residence, where he broke through french doors armed with a knife,” Garcia said.
The male resident shot the armed intruder in the torso, he said.
“The suspect fled from the scene, however, he was taken into custody about a block away,” Garcia said.
Officials took the wounded suspect to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, he said. His identity was not available pending the booking process.
None of the family members inside the home were hurt, according to the sergeant.
The resident who shot the burglar was not arrested as detectives continued investigating what initially appeared to be self-defense, he said.

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Shots fired in Baldwin Park neighborhood

BALDWIN PARK >> Bullets struck a parked car, but injured no one, during a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood in Baldwin Park Saturday afternoon.
The shots were fired about 4:30 p.m. in the 13200 block of Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Shawn Blackburn said.
Officers found a car that had been struck by gunfire, but no gunshot victims either at the scene or at area hospitals, he said.
A silver vehicle was seen fleeing the area immediately after the shooting, he said. No further details were available.

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