San Gabriel Valley: Local Crime Reports


SGVOn Tues., Aug. 12, LASD Temple Station Deputies advised that a pregnant woman was shot in the 1900 block of Merced Avenue in South El Monte at approximately 10 p.m. The victim, who was seven months pregnant, was in the driveway of the location when an unknown suspect(s) approached and fired several rounds at the victim; she was struck multiple times. The suspect(s) fled the scene in a dark colored sedan. The victim was transported to a local hospital where her baby was safely delivered and is in fair condition. The mother’s condition is unknown at this time.

On Tues., Aug. 12, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Central Sheriff’s Station Deputies responded to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) regarding a theft report. Witnesses told Deputies that two Hispanic male adults entered the hospital dressed as maintenance workers. The subjects were confronted by hospital staff and they left the location. Property belonging to LLUMC was found to be missing. The investigation by Deputies revealed that Richard Zavala, 32, of Chino Hills, and Brandon Reyes, 35, of Pomona were the suspects. Both were arrested by the Central Station and Chino Hills Deputies. A total of 21 microscope lenses with an approximate value of more than $31,000 were recovered and returned to the hospital. Zavala and Reyes were booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

On Fri., Aug. 8, a Diamond Bar homeowner received an unwelcome surprise when an intruder crashed in through his front door in the 400 block of N. Del Sol Lane at approximately 1:30 p.m. The homeowner, who authorities say felt that his life was in danger, grabbed his gun and fired a shot at the burglar. L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies stated that the burglar fled the scene in a burgundy Toyota Camry that had tinted windows, with another suspect waiting behind the wheel. It is not known if the intruder was struck by the bullet, and officials are still investigating this incident.

On Wed., Aug. 6, the Pomona Police Department reported that members of the Gang Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 1041 N. Dudley Avenue. Located during the search was a marijuana grow operation, which officers subsequently dismantled.

A total of 66 pounds of marijuana was seized. The primary suspect was not at the location at the time of the warrant service; however, a criminal report is being filed with the L. A. County District Attorney’s Office and a felony filing is anticipated.

On Mon., Aug. 4, at approximately 9:40 p.m., L.A. County Sheriff’s Parks Bureau Deputies responded to Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South El Monte, regarding a found child.

The deputies contacted a person who found a six-year old boy crying and looking for his father. They attempted to locate the father with the limited information that the young child provided. The child, who was cold and hungry, was placed in the deputy’s patrol car and fed while the Parks Bureau personnel continued to search.

A vehicle believed to be driven by suspect Garcia was located nearby with a flat tire. The suspect was nowhere to be found.             The child was placed into protective custody after all attempts to locate the father had been exhausted. The child’s mother was later located and took custody of her son.

On Thurs., Aug. 7, Deputies arrested Juan Garcia, 31, of Pomona, for Child Endangerment.

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