A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and was immediately sentenced to 13 years behind bars for an unprovoked knife attack on a woman waiting in line at a taco stand in East Los Angeles.
Andres Contreras, 30, attacked the 23-year-old woman in the 5100 block of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles last Sept. 7. She suffered a large laceration to her left hand, according to Deputy District Attorney Stefana Antonescu.
A good Samaritan who tried to intervene also suffered a laceration. Sheriff’s deputies, who were in the area, stopped the attack and took Contreras into custody.
Contreras – who did not know the woman – told deputies that he had been using methamphetamine all day, sheriff’s Lt. Alex Salinas said shortly after the attack.
Authorities Monday identified a 16-year-old boy killed in an apparent-gang-related shooting in East Los Angeles.
The shooting occurred at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 3800 block of Whittier Boulevard, Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Joanthony Rodriguez of Los Angeles died at the scene, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.
“When deputies arrived, they checked the area for any suspicious activity and found a bloody trail on a sidewalk, which they followed into an apartment building,” Jansen said. “The deputies found a male lying on the stairwell inside the apartment building suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper torso.”
The shooting is believed to be gang-related, Jansen said.
Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
A 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death near
Belvedere County Park in East Los Angeles was identified Wednesday by authorities.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon around 8:25 p.m. on Dec. 28 in the 4900 block of East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
On arriving, they saw the man, identified by the county coroner’s office as Anthony Nelson III, lying on the ground in a parking lot suffering from a stab wound to his upper body, Schrader said. Nelson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, she said.
Coroner’s officials did not have a residence listed for Nelson.
Police sought the public’s help Wednesday in solving the murders of two young East Los Angeles women whose bodies were found alongside two Los Angeles freeways a few years ago.
The Los Angles City Council, at the request of First District Councilmember Gil Cedillo, approved $100,000 in rewards, $50,000 for each murder, for information leading to the identity, arrest, and prosecution of the person or people responsible for the deaths of Michelle Lozano and Bree’Anna Guzman.
Lozano, who was a 17-year-old Lincoln Heights resident at the time of her murder, was last seen on April 24, 2011, and her body was found the next day alongside the Cesar Chavez Avenue offramp from the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in East Los Angeles, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
On December 26 of that same year, 22-year-old Guzman disappeared after walking to a Rite-Aid store at 111 E. Avenue 26, the statement said. Her body was found on Jan. 26, 2012, alongside the Riverside Drive on-ramp to the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway.
During the course of the investigations, detectives obtained evidence that links the two murders, the statement said.
Anyone with information about the murders was asked to contact the LAPD’s Robbery and Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.