Maywood cops seek help from Baldwin Park to catch rapist

But, the Baldwin Park cops haven’t called back. 

Here’s the composites and Ben Baeder’s story:
Police said a man who tried to snatch a 13-year-old girl in Maywood on Tuesday may be the same man who kidnapped and raped a girl in Baldwin Park two weeks ago.

A Latino man with acne scars tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl at 6:45 a.m. as she was walking to school in Maywood, police said.

The man’s description was similar to one given by a 15-year-old Baldwin Park girl who said she was kidnapped and raped Oct. 12 while she was cutting school.

“This guy kind of matches the guy up there,” said Maywood Police Detective Dale Walker.

The man in the Maywood case was reported as in his mid-30s, 5-feet-11 inches tall and about 170 pounds. The man had dark hair, brown eyes, acne scars and a mole on his right cheek, according to police.

The man in the Baldwin Park case was described as a 5-foot-8 male Latino in his 30s, weighing about 210 pounds with with acne scars, short brown hair and brown eyes.

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Attempts Tuesday to reach the Baldwin Park detectives handling the case were unsuccessful. Maywood detectives so far have been unable to reach Baldwin Park detectives to discuss the case, Walker said.

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Crime’s down … just not around here

Call this a round-up of sorts…

Sheriff Lee Baca says crime is down county-wide, except near Industry where homicides are up. 
Here’s a snippet:
Despite the mostly good news, there remain problems in some areas patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. Most notably in the communities serviced by the Industry Station, violent crime is on the rise.

Moving on… Women have been targeted by robbers in Azusa and Baldwin Park.


Authorities said the same car was used in a robbery of an ice cream vendor in West Valinda and a 16-year-old boy in Rosemead on Monday.

The notorious Avenues gang gets hit again in a federal raid.

Pico Rivera’s fifth homicide is a whodunnit …just like the other four this year.

And, finally DNA catches a man suspected of raping a blind Norwalk woman in May. Here’s how he was caught:


DNA led to the arrest of a suspect in the May 1 rape of an 82-year-old legally blind woman, authorities said Monday.

Antonio Durell Freeman, 31, of Norwalk was booked Friday on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and burglary. He is being held at the sheriff’s Century Station in lieu of $1 million bail. He has a court appearance today at Bellflower Superior Court.

Freeman appeared in the DNA database after Long Beach Police arrested him July 11 on suspicion of spousal assault and took a DNA sample from him, according to Maxwell.



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Gang rape in Baldwin Park generates media attention

The gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in Baldwin Park Monday morning is getting lots of attention from local media this morning. Television trucks are parked outside the Baldwin Park Police Department, but police are saying little.

Apparently cops have no suspect descriptions, and don’t know much about the teen-aged victim… 
Thanks to a news tip Monday morning on the Trib hotline we heard about this story. But, BP officials weren’t so keen to confirm. A watch commander even went so far as to deny anything took place overnight.
There continue to be rumors that the City Council wants the PD to clamp down on issuing crime reports — so as to make Baldwin Park appear safe. If the city officials think that not issuing bulletins about gang rapes makes the city appear safer, their judgement should be seriously questioned. 
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Baldwin Park politician busted again

BALDWIN PARK - Fullerton police arrested Baldwin Park School Board member Sergio Corona on suspicion of assaulting a woman at an Orange County gas station, authorities said Wednesday.

Corona, 35, and a 38-year-old Baldwin Park woman were reported fighting in the parking lot of a Mobil gas station on July 11, said Lt. Craig Brower with the Fullerton Police Department.

Corona was arrested and cited on suspicion of assault and battery, Brower said. The unidentified woman was neither cited nor arrested.

Corona did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

It was the second time Corona has been arrested since May 2008, when Baldwin Park officers shot him with a Taser after he allegedly broke the windows of a home on Sandstone Street in Baldwin Park.

School board member Jack White said he was not aware of Corona’s most recent arrest, but was concerned about how it would reflect on the district considering Corona’s past.

“I really thought he’d learned his lesson,” White said. “I’m really disappointed if this is the case.”

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Yum Yum: beer runs, drowning dogs, Octomom and a mental health task force at Caltech

Fish wrap for the afternoon:

Another Yum Yum doughnut shop targeted by 211 artists in Baldwin Park
Covina reports three arrests after beer run and short pursuit
Covina cop saves a dog from drowning
Octomom’s kids can’t be filmed for a while
Suicides among Asian students cause concern at Caltech
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1976 cold case solved by Baldwin Park PD

Roberto Lozano took nine bullets to the head after cashing a paycheck at a Baldwin Park bar back in 1976. After 33 years, detectives arrested Carmen Garcia in Laredo, Texas when he attempted to purchase a handgun at a pawn shop.


Reporter James Wagner put together the details in a two part story that ran Sunday and Monday. In case you missed it, here’s part one and part two.


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Another stolen parrot in Baldwin Park

First it was Gordo.

Now it’s Bubba…. Hmmm anyone wonder if there’s a ring working Baldwin Park specializing in parrots?

Here’s the Bubba news from KABC 7:

A Baldwin Park woman hopes someone can help get her pet parrot Bubba back home.

Barbara Thompson said someone busted into her aviary over the weekend and stole her African Gray parrot, a bird she has had for 17 years.

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OIS in Baldwin Park*

Officers shot and seriously a man who reportedly tried to run them over near the Wal-Mart in Baldwin Park, officials reported Tuesday.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m.
Typically the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be called in to lead an independent investigation.
The shooting followed an undercover operation involving Anaheim and Fullerton police officers, officials said. Here’s a link to the evolving story.
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Baldwin Park a.m. gang sweep nets 12 arrests

Jennifer McLain and Raul Roa took a ride with Baldwin Park police officers during an early morning raid of suspected gang members and taggers. Among the crews hit were North Side and East Side Bolen as well as KHA and MIK. Their criminal backgrounds included felony vandalism, grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon.

Apparently some of the gang members are involved in weird rituals. There were Oreo cookies sacrificed to statues of the Grim Reaper and tales of Brujo blessings that included cutting the head off a rooster to bless a cocaine stash:

Here’s a bit of Jennifer’s story:

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BALDWIN PARK – Twelve people were arrested
Thursday morning in sweep targeting the homes of 32 Baldwin Park area
parolees, most of whom were juveniles, and some who had ties to local
gangs.

Neither the fog nor the sun had risen yet as officers pounded the door of a 17-year-old parolee.

Around 5:45 a.m., five men shuffled out of the one-bedroom
apartment next to the on-ramp of the 10 Freeway as Baldwin Park Police
hunted for the teenager who was on probation for tagging and resisting
arrest.

They sat, some shirtless, others sockless, and all shivering,
on crates and the cold cement as police searched the house for the
teen.

After a 15 minute search, cops found him hidden in the closet
under a pile of clothes. Police also found two bongs, baggies of
marijuana, a drug scale, two cans of empty spray bottles and a tagged
bottle of Miller High Life.

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