Bell Gardens Barricade Ends In Arrest

Suspect accused of attempted murder.

By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer

An alleged gang member wanted for attempted murder in a shooting that left two people in Bell Gardens wounded last week was arrested Monday following a five-hour long standoff with police.

Jose Navarro, 31, was set to appear in court Wednesday for arraignment facing a total of four felony charges. He is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count for shooting from a motored vehicle and one count for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to the Los Angeles County District’s Attorney’s office. It is not clear if Navarro will face additional charges in relation to the barricade.

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At about 4 a.m. Monday, Bell Gardens police were serving an arrest warrant on Navarro when he barricaded himself in his home on the 6000 block of Live Oak Avenue, according to Bell Gardens Police Sgt. Dennis Timmons. When the suspect refused to exit the home, the County Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) — often referred to as SWAT — was called in, said Timmons. Several people in the home at the time exited, but a child who was possibly related to the suspect remained inside, according to police.

Bell Gardens Police closed off streets near the 6000 block of Live Oak Avenue where a previously convicted felon barricaded himself.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Bell Gardens Police closed off streets near the 6000 block of Live Oak Avenue where a previously convicted felon barricaded himself. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

 

A neighbor said she woke to the sound of a helicopter circling overhead and a loud voice ordering Navarro to surrender.

“I realized how dangerous the situation was when I saw a large SWAT vehicle parked near my window,” said the woman who asked that her named not be used.

According to police, Navarro allegedly shot and injured two men early in the morning July 1 as they stood on the 5800 block of Quinn Street, not far from where Navarro was barricaded. The two men are in stable condition, police said.

Three hours into the standoff Monday, around 7 a.m., the 11-year-old boy still inside the house with Navarro emerged and was immediately escorted from the scene by SWAT officers. The child had answered a phone call made to the residence before walking to safety, Timmons said.

A little after 9 a.m., SWAT launched tear gas into the home, forcing the suspect to come outside, where he was taken down by K9 dogs, said police. Navarro was taken into custody and treated for injuries sustained from the dog bites, according to Bell Gardens Police Sgt. Paul Camacho.

It was not clear whether weapons were located at the residence following the barricade.

As is often the case in these types of situations, neighbors were shocked by the incident in their neighborhood.

“They seemed like very calm people,” the female neighbor told EGP. “I had never seen anything chaotic on this block.”

But according to other neighbors, there had been rumors of drug activity at the home on Live Oak Street.

Navarro is being held on $2 million bail. His next court date is July 29.

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Comments

One Response to “Bell Gardens Barricade Ends In Arrest”

  1. el fostoriano on September 3rd, 2015 2:02 am

    It’s really ironic how punk ass police let that mutt off the leash sole intention was to physically harm Navarro. When his arms were clearly up with no weapons in hand, so this made Navarro no threat. But that the bros and police in general. And they wonder why the gap between the public and police is widening. The police make you, what’s the word here; keeping my comments on the ight side, ( really dislike and not trust them “bgpd”.) Anyhow, that’s all I have to say…
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    La fostoria rifa

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