Azusa men accused of attempted murder following baseball bat, knife attack


AZUSA >> Police jailed two Azusa men during an early-morning raids in connection with the baseball bat beating and stabbing attack outside a liquor store that left two men badly injured two weeks ago, authorities said.
Police, including SWAT team members, carried out search warrants at four locations in Azusa, two of them on the same property, Azusa police Detective Seth Chapman said.
Albert Ventura, 19, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, felony vandalism and drug sales, the detective said. Eduardo Montesdeoca, 21, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Azusa police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Both suspects were taken into custody without a struggle, according to Chapman. Investigators continued seeking additional outstanding suspects.
The arrests stem from an attack that took place just after 5:30 p.m. on May 22 in the parking lot of Benny’s Market & Liquor, 208 N. Azusa Ave..
The victims, a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s, were accosted by a group of men, the detective said. After a brief exchange of words, the attacker struck both victims in the head with a baseball bat.
Chapman said the attackers then proceeded to stab the younger victim before fleeing.
Ventura is also accused of smashing up a car belonging to one of the victims with the baseball bat, resulting in the vandalism charge.
The older victim has since been released from the hospital, but was believed to have suffered permanent injuries as a result of the attack, Chapman said. The younger victim was expected to make a full recovery.
The motive was unclear, Chapman said. There was no indication that any argument or disagreement immediately preceded the violence. It was unclear if the suspects were familiar with the men they allegedly attacked prior to the violent encounter.
Detectives continued following leads in the case until the identified Ventura and Montes as suspects.
While serving search warrants, police seized, “evidence that would indicate drug sales,” from Ventura’s home, Chapman added.
Ventura was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, booking records show. He was free on bail at the time of his arrest, awaiting trial on charges of DUI, DUI by a minor and evading police in a motor vehicle that were first filed in March, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records. He was previously convicted of possession of drugs for sales in June of last year.
Montesdeoca was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, records show.

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Woman accused of giving birth, abandoning baby in restroom of West Covina restaurant


WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a woman Monday after she gave birth and abandoned her baby in the restroom of a West Covina sandwich shop, authorities said.
The woman went into the bathroom at Subway, 2540 S. Azusa Ave., about 8:34 a.m. And gave birth, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
She then left the restaurant, abandoning the newborn, the lieutenant said. “She left the baby in the toilet.”
Paramedics rushed the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit of a local hospital, he said. An update on the baby’s condition was not available.
Officers quickly found the woman nearby along Amar Road, just east of Azusa Avenue, Patton said.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said. She was expected to be booked on suspicion of child abandonment and attempted murder. Her identity was not immediately available.
Under California’s “Safe Surrender” law, new mothers can turn over their baby’s at any fire station or hospital, no questions asked, withing the first 72 hours of birth, so long as the child shows no signs of abuse.

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