Authorities Search for Armed Robbery Suspects

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sheriff’s detectives Monday continued investigating an armed robbery in East Los Angeles that led to a crash and one of several suspects being arrested.

The robbery occurred about 4:25 a.m. Friday at a gas station in the 200 block of South Atlantic Boulevard, according to Lt. Ed Alvarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s East Lost Angeles Station.

The victim reported that he was robbed by several adults, and that a handgun was pointed at him and he was ordered to hand over his wallet, jewelry and cell phone, the lieutenant said. Alvarez said the victim complied and the suspects fled south on South Atlantic Boulevard in a vehicle.

“Assisting deputies saw one suspect exit the vehicle at Union Pacific Avenue and South Atlantic Boulevard,” Alvarez said.

The suspect vehicle was then involved in a traffic collision as the driver tried to merge onto the Santa Ana (5) Freeway on the Woods Avenue on-ramp, Alvarez said.

“The suspects fled in different directions,” he said. “A containment was established, resulting in one suspect being arrested. A handgun and stolen property were recovered from the suspect vehicle. Detectives are actively looking for outstanding suspects.”

Descriptions of the suspects have not been made available, nor has the name of the suspect taken into custody.

Authorities reported in the hours after the robbery that it had occurred at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, but that turned out not to be the case, according to Alvarez, who said the gas station is several miles away from the shopping center.

Citadel Outlets officials stressed Monday that the robbery did not occur at the mall, saying the “safety and security of our shoppers is of the utmost importance.”

“We’re very happy that the same officers who keep our center secure were able to identify and apprehend suspects in an incident that took place miles away,” according to a statement from the Citadel Outlets.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the outstanding suspects was urged to call Alvarez at (323) 981-5030. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


Three Men Shot in East L.A. Store

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Three men were shot while in front of a convenience store in East Los Angeles and one of them died at an area hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

The victim was later identified as Juan Carillo Ortiz, 18, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The Bureau did not release a place of residence for Ortiz.

The shooting was reported at 5:56 p.m. Saturday in the 4100 block of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, said Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Ortiz, a 19-year-old man was standing outside a convenience store with a 66-year-old man when witnesses reported hearing several gunshots fired, Jansen said.

The victims were rushed to an area hospital, where Ortiz, who was shot several times in the torso, was pronounced dead. The other two victims were listed in fair condition, she said.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting attack to call them at (323) 890-5500.

East Los Angeles Christmas Parade Returns after 7 years!

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday, Nov. 27
12Noon–East Los Angeles Christmas Parade Returns after 7 years! The Parade will travel down Whittier Blvd. (between Eastern Ave. & Goodrich). Supervisor Hilda Solis will serve as Grand Marshall. Stop by and meet the cast of East Los High, Lupita Infante, and more. For more information, call Solis’ East LA Field Office: (323) 881-4601.

Eastside Students Walkout, Hold Unity Rally at L.A. City Hall

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thousands of students from a series of East Los Angeles-area high schools walked out of class today and took part in a so-far peaceful march in protest of Donald Trump’s election as president. 

The walkout occurred despite warnings from the Los Angeles Unified School District officials calling for students to remain on campus and find other ways of making their feelings known.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“Although it has been nearly a week since the presidential election, many students remain concerned about the outcome and want their voices to be heard,” LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King said.

“These are important conversations that need to take place. We want our students to know they are not alone. However, it is critical that students not allow their sentiments to derail their education or for their actions to place them in danger. Students should limit their activities to non-instructional time and – for their own safety and to follow the law – they should remain on campus.”

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Students from Garfield High School walked out of class around 8:30 a.m. and began marching toward Los Angeles City Hall and Mariachi Plaza. The students marched despite a large red sign hanging near the front door advising students not to walk out but to “Walk in.”

By late morning, students from campuses including Roosevelt, Lincoln and Mendez high schools joined in the march, all walking toward the Civic Center area where they planned to converge for a large-scale rally.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“We will not accept Trump‘s sexism, racism, his put-down of LGBT folks,” one student told ABC7 as she marched.

Other students said they felt compelled to march to make their voice heard and demand that they and their immigrant families be protected.

No arrests had been reported as of late morning.

(EGP Photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP Photo by Nancy Martinez)

Earlier, Los Angeles police warned of the impending demonstrations in a statement that stated: “It is very difficult to ensure the safety of children when they leave the safe confines of their school campuses.”

The statement encouraged parents “to discuss with their children the importance of abiding by the law and ensuring that any expression of opinion should be done in a lawful, safe and peaceful manner.”

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Police warned that protesters who are not peaceful and lawful are subject to arrest for such violations as obstruction of movement of vehicles and people, refusal to obey a lawful order by a law enforcement officer, vandalism and refusal to disperse after an unlawful assembly is declared.

Thousands of students around Los Angeles County walked out of schools last week to demonstrate against the election outcome, prompting King to advise students they can participate in on-campus demonstrations as long as they are peaceful and during non-instructional times, but they are not permitted to  leave school.

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Man Shot on Halloween Night in East L. A.

November 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities searched Monday for whoever shot a man to death in East Los Angeles.

The shooting was reported about 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of South Williamson Avenue, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The victim, estimated to have been around 25 years old, was walking with two other people on Gerhart Avenue when a gray sedan slowed down and someone inside fired on them, Alexander said.

(Courtesy of Danielle Lugo)

(Courtesy of Danielle Lugo)

The victim staggered to Williamson Avenue, where he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the upper body, Alexander said. It was not immediately known if the two people who were with the victim were struck by gunfire, she said.

The whereabouts of the shooter and the victim’s companions are not known, Alexander said.

Travelers Beware: East LA Jam Returns Friday

October 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorists in East Los Angeles will experience traffic delays and detours this weekend during a 35-hour closure of the north and southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway at Olympic Boulevard so Caltrans can make repairs to damaged pavement on the freeway bridge above Olympic Boulevard.

The damaged section is 96 feet long and 53 feet wide, according to Caltrans.

The closure will begin Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 p.m. and continue until Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., according to Caltrans.

Delays on 1-710 could affect nearby freeways and local streets so Caltrans is urging motorists to plan ahead and consider finding alternate routes.

The work is part of a $120 million pavement-replacement project on the  710 Freeway between the Century (105) and San Bernardino (10) freeways. The project is expected to be completed next year, according to Caltrans.

Man Assaulted, Robbed While Walking in East LA

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A man in his 40s was robbed by two males while walking down a street in East Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

The robbery occurred around 11:50 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Woods Avenue as the victim walked northbound and was approached by robbers from behind, said Lt. Glenn Walsh of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.

When the victim turned around, he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground, and the robbers took a gold chain from his neck, he said, adding that one of them patted the victim down while he was on the ground and retrieved his wallet, took cash out, then tossed it before taking off running

with the other assailant.

The victim suffered injuries to his face but did not require medical care, according to Walsh.

The victim described his assailants to police as being around 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds each. One was wearing a blue hoodie and dark jeans and the other was wearing a white sweatshirt.

Knife Attack Suspect in Custody

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

EAST LOS ANGELES – A 29-year-old man suspected of carrying out a knife attack on a woman in East Los Angeles remains in custody Friday.

The 23-year-old victim who was taken to the hospital for stab wounds to her hands and arms remained in stable condition today, said Lt. Alex Salinas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s East Los Angeles station.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, also was taken to the hospital following the attack, which was reported at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Clela Avenue.

Salinas said deputies who happened to have been in the area used force to take down the man, who later told deputies he had been high on meth all day prior to the attack. Taking him to the hospital was common practice because force was used, but the man was not injured, Salinas said.

The victim was in line at a taco truck with her mother when the suspect grabbed her by the neck and dragged her away, Salinas said.

A man driving by who saw the attack attempted to scare off the suspect with a crowbar but was unsuccessful, according to Salinas. The good Samaritan sustained a minor injury while attempting to stop the attack but not one that warranted a hospital trip, he added.

DUI/Driver License Checkpoints Coming to East L.A.

September 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The CHP will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint in the unincorporated area of East Los Angeles Friday night.

The law enforcement agency cautioned motorists to “Designate before you Celebrate” over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

CHP officers trained to detect alcohol and/or impaired drivers will be equipped with state of the art, hand held breath testing devices, the agency said in a press release.

The hand held devices provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected impaired drivers, according to the CHP.

The agency did not reveal the checkpoint location, but noted that motorists in the area Friday night would see signs advising them a checkpoint is ahead. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested.

Sheriffs Need Public’s Help to Catch Armed Robber

August 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sheriff’s detectives sought the public’s help in identifying a gunman who robbed $20 from an East Los Angeles discount store.

The crime occurred about 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Mayra’s 99 Cent Discount store in the 100 block of Mednick Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“The victim saw what he believed to be the butt-stock of a firearm when the suspect lifted his shirt to display the firearm in his waistband,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

The gunman made off with $20 in miscellaneous currency and was last seen on foot heading west toward Gleason Street.

He was described as 20-25 years old with facial acne and was wearing a black hoodie over a black cap, beige knee-length shorts and black shoes and socks.

Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to call the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station at (323) 264-4151. Anonymous tips can be submitted through crime stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at the website

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