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Chino Hills Burglary Arrest

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Photo Courtesy: Flickr

Staff Reports

Chino Hills – On Fri., Aug. 21, Deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department responded to the Mission Hills Apartments located at 3100 Chino Hills Parkway in reference to a vehicle burglary.

According to the Chino Hills Police Department, investigation found that a suspect had broken the passenger window of a vehicle and took a laptop computer and an Apple iPad.  The victim was able to activate the Find My iPad app, which led Deputies to the 13300 block of Saddle Lane in the city of Chino.

At that residence, the Chino Hills Detective Bureau had also responded to a report of a stolen vehicle, which was located with the suspect – Gerardo Cebreros-Vargas, 23, of Chino.  The vehicle was found to have stolen property – including the stolen iPad – from at least six victims from Chino and Chino Hills.

Through investigation, Deputies determined that an additional stolen vehicle was involved in these crimes.  The second vehicle was located at 4200 Village Drive in Chino Hills.

Cebreros-Vargas was booked into the West Valley Detention Center without further incident, and was charged with Vehicle Burglary, Grand Theft, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Possession of Stolen Property.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Station at (909) 364-2000, or WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Chino Hills: Three Arrested For Robberies

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Chino Hills – On Sat., July 25, at about 9:53 p.m., two robberies occurred in the city of Chino Hills. The victims are not associated with one another and were walking on the sidewalk in the area of Chino Avenue and Peyton Drive when the crimes occurred.

In both robberies, the suspects drove up to the victims, pointed a silver colored semi-automatic handgun at them and demanded their property. In fear for their safety, the victims complied and handed their property over to the suspects. As the suspects fled, one of the victims was able to obtain a license plate number.
Deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department responded and initiated the investigation. With the information provided by the victims, Deputies were able to positively identify one of the suspects – a 17-year old juvenile from Beaumont – and obtained arrest and search warrants.  The information on this suspect and his vehicle was provided to law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California.
On Sun., July 26, 2015, at about 4:50 p.m., Huntington Beach Police Officers found the suspect vehicle, which was occupied by five subjects. Officers initiated a traffic stop and detained all of the occupants. Investigators from the Chino Hills Police Department were notified of the stop and drove to Huntington Beach. Through investigation, three of the five subjects were identified as the suspects in the Chino Hills robberies and an additional robbery in Rancho Cucamonga.
During a search of the vehicle, investigators located evidence linking the passengers to the crime. Deputies also recovered property that belonged to one of the victims from Chino Hills.

Heather Chambers, 18, of San Bernardino was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.  The 17-year old juvenile from Beaumont and a 16-year old juvenile from Rialto were booked into San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall for Robbery and Conspiracy.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Department. Those who want to report information anonymously can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Chino Hills: Multiple Arrests

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Chino HillsOn Fri., July 17, Chino Hills Deputies arrested a known Pomona gang member during an extra patrol due to recent vehicle burglaries.

In the parking lot near Costco, located at 13001 Peyton Drive, Deputies conducted a check on an occupied Toyota Corolla parked at the former Best Buy. During the contact, Ruben Castorena, 28, of Pomona, was identified as a Pomona gang member. He claimed a black bag in the back seat was his and Deputies found the bag to contain tools known to be used to commit burglary.

The second occupant of the vehicle was Michael Palma, 28, of Pomona, who was found to be in possession of a controlled substance not prescribed to him.

Both Castorena and Palma were booked into the West Valley Detention Center for possession of Burglary Tools and Controlled Substance.

Also on Fri., July 17, Chino Hills Deputies were in the 15800 block of Ashwood Dr., to serve a search warrant. While at the location, Deputies heard a loud squealing noise approaching the residence and saw a suspect driving a brown Chevy truck east on Glen Ridge Dr. at an unsafe speed; the truck had obvious front-end damage.
The suspect ignored orders from Deputies to stop the vehicle and continued driving at an unsafe speed north on Ashwood Dr. Deputies initiated a traffic stop, and the driver – Eric Serna – was found to be on active CDCR parole. Serna was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe, several hypodermic needles, and was also under the influence of a controlled substance.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Serna struck a parked vehicle on Rolling Ridge Dr. and fled the scene without notifying the owner. Serna was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a drug, and hit and run non-injury.

On Tues., July 21, Chino Hills Detectives arrested three men for burglary after the suspects ransacked a home in the 14800 block of Country Creek Ct.

The suspects first targeted a home in the 3400 block of Royal Ridge Court. An alert witness saw the suspects ring the doorbell repeatedly and then enter the backyard. The witness was able to get a detailed description of the suspects and a license plate of the vehicle, which was a light silver BMW.
About 15 minutes later, another call of suspicious circumstances came out in the south end of the City. As detectives arrived in the neighborhood, they saw the suspect vehicle. Detectives followed the suspect vehicle in an unmarked unit to Orange County, via the 71, 91 and 55 freeways, while waiting for marked units to assist with a traffic stop.
The suspects exited the 55 Freeway South at Chapman Avenue in Orange as CHP officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle led officers on a pursuit back on the 55 Freeway northbound and exited Katella Avenue. The pursuit continued through the city of Orange, and ended with the suspect losing control and crashing in a residential neighborhood. Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the apprehension of the suspects. Chino Hills Detectives took the lead on the case and transported the suspects to the Chino Hills Station to further the investigation.
Eddie Nguon, 26, of Long Beach, Michael Mao, 33, of Long Beach, and Polyhana Mao, 33, of Kearns, Utah, were arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for burglary and attempted burglary.

Detectives recovered thousands of dollars worth of US savings bonds, US currency, jewelry and electronics from the suspect’s vehicle. The victim of the burglary on Country Creek Ct. was able to identify all the stolen property. Detectives also recovered three sets of gloves and burglary tools from the suspect vehicle.
Anyone with additional information on any of these incidents is asked to contact the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Those who want to report information anonymously can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Chino Hills: PD Arrest Two In Carjacking

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Chino Hills – On Thurs., June 25, Chino Hills Deputies arrested a carjacking couple and were able to recover the victims’ vehicle, money, stolen electronics and cell phone, as well as the firearm used in the crime.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Esteban Silva Carrillo, 42, of Pomona, and Genesis Soto, 24, of Pomona were arrested after an elaborate crime spree that spanned from Pomona to Chino and Chino Hills. Chino Hills Detectives took the lead on the case, as Deputies were the first to find the suspects and take them into custody.
Carrillo and Soto met the victims at a store in Pomona to buy electronics the victims had loaded into their car. Carrillo and Soto told the victims they wanted to purchase the electronics and made their way from Pomona to the area of Pine Avenue and the 71 Freeway. One of the two victims got into Carrillo’s grey Mercedes with both suspects, while the other victim waited in his car near the 71 Freeway.
Carrillo and Soto robbed the victim who was in the car with them and left him in a rural area near Euclid and Pine avenues in Chino. A person who witnessed this called police and Chino Police responded to the robbery. Chino Police immediately released a broadcast to surrounding law enforcement to be on the lookout for the suspects’ gray Mercedes.
Minutes later, Chino Hills Deputies received a report of a carjacking. Carrillo and Soto returned to the other victim, who had been waiting in his car, pointed what was later to be determined to be an air-soft pistol at the victim and stole his car. Silva left driving the victim’s stolen vehicle as Soto followed him in the gray Mercedes. The victim was able to get the license plate of the gray Mercedes and report it to Deputies. The victim also gave a very detailed description of both suspects.
Deputies immediately responded to an address in a mobile home park in the unincorporated area of Montclair where the Mercedes was registered. The Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division assisted in the area check. Carrillo and Soto were found walking in the mobile home park, in the direct vicinity of the gray Mercedes, and taken into custody without incident.
Electronics and one of the victim’s cell phones were recovered from the suspects’ gray Mercedes. The victim’s vehicle was found at a park in Ontario near the corner of Riverside Drive and Campus. The air-soft firearm was recovered, as well as additional evidence linking the suspect’s to the various crimes.

The Chino Police Department is conducting a parallel investigation regarding the robbery of the other victim that occurred in the city of Chino.
Carrillo and Soto – who is on parole for home invasion robbery – were booked at the West Valley Detention Center for carjacking. Investigators will also seek charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and carjacking.

CHPD Seeking Public Assistance

Suspect Jonathon Heinz wanted for Burglary


Photo Courtesy:  CHPD  Jonathon Heinz

Photo Courtesy: CHPD
Jonathon Heinz

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Chino Hills – Chino Hills Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for stealing three custom road bicycles – valued at more than $5,000 – from a victim’s garage in the middle of the night.
Jonathon Heinz, 29, of Chino Hills, is wanted for burglary and a $125,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A 17-year old female was arrested in the case, but has not been cooperative in helping authorities locate Heinz. Detectives and Deputies have made contact with his family and friends in an attempt to convince Heinz to turn himself in, but he remains outstanding.
On June 22, at around 3 a.m., Heinz entered the victim’s garage located in the 5800 block of Brushwood Court in Chino Hills, and stole the three bicycles while the female stood watch in the car. When the victim woke up in the morning, he noticed his garage door was open and his bicycles were missing.
Later that day, Deputies contacted the female juvenile who had one of the stolen bikes in a nearby park. The investigation led them to Heinz’s home in the 17400 block of Kelsey Way, where the other bicycles were eventually recovered. The juvenile, who had been reported as a runaway a week prior, was arrested for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
Heinz is known to drive a small, light blue Honda, or is known to be on foot in the area of Butterfield and Hunters Hill parks. The photo of Heinz is from his California Driver’s License and is outdated.  The suspect may have changed his hair style or facial hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Those who want to report information anonymously can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Citizen Helps Deputies With Arrest

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Chino Hills – On Fri., May 22, Deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department responded to the 5600 block of Pine Avenue in the city of Chino Hills when a resident called police regarding a possible residential burglary in progress. The resident saw two black male subjects enter the backyard of a residence, and then enter the home through the side garage door. They did not recognize the individuals who entered the home and alerted authorities.
According to the Chino Hills Police Department, Deputies arrived at the residence and heard movement inside the home. Shortly thereafter, residents noticed the subjects flee the location on foot. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit assisted deputies with an area check and located the subjects in close proximity of the residence.

The subjects were identified as Aubrey Caldwell, 23, and Messiah Muhammad, 20, both of Rialto. An infield line-up was conducted and both subjects were positively identified as the same subjects who entered the home.

A short time later, Michael Crowley, 23, of Rialto, was located in a vehicle parked in a shopping center east of the home. A detailed investigation was conducted and deputies were able to link all three suspects to the crime. It was later determined that Caldwell was a parolee at large, and Muhammad was on active probation.

All three subjects were booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

CH KinderCare Burglar Arrested

Photo Courtesy:  KinderCare.com  Scene of the crime, the Higgins Ranch KinderCare located at 15928 Los Serranos Country Club Drive in Chino Hills.

Photo Courtesy: KinderCare.com
Scene of the crime, the Higgins Ranch KinderCare located at 15928 Los Serranos Country Club Drive in Chino Hills.

By Claire Lewis

Chino Hills – On Wed., May 13, someone thought to rob and vandalize local daycare facility, KinderCare. Management from the KinderCare facility notified authorities, reportedly stating that a suspect not only stole electronics and keys valued at more than $1,000, but offices had been ransacked, as well as three buses belonging to the Center.

According to the Chino Hills Police Department, the property manager was able to provide Deputies with surveillance footage.  After reviewing the video, Deputies immediately recognized suspect Reynaldo Sabedra, 45, of Chino Hills.

Sabedra, who is already on probation for burglary, was taking into custody for questioning in the KinderCare incident.  As a result of the investigation, Sabedra was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and charged with Burglary and Parole Violation.

Neighborhood Watch Works

Alert citizen notifies Chino Hills Police of suspicious activity resulting in arrests


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Chino Hills – On Thurs., May 7, an alert Chino Hills resident noticed the three suspects in an older model, black Nissan Maxima. The suspects were seen parked in the area of Avenida Hacienda and Windmill Creek Road, possibly casing homes. The concerned citizen called Sheriff’s Dispatch Center to report the suspicious activity. Deputies quickly responded to the call for service.
According to the Chino Hills Police Department, Atraiu Odell, 26; Jabrii Belgrove, 20; and Theron Childs, 18 – all Riverside County residents – were contacted at the scene.

A subsequent search by Deputies led to the discovery of a radio scanner programmed to the Chino Hills Police radio frequency, a spring loaded center punch (commonly used for breaking windows) and rubber gloves. The three suspects were arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for being in possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit burglary.

After the arrest, Odell was determined to be on probation for Possession for Sales and was recently released from State Prison under the Assembly Bill 109 Prisoner Realignment Program; he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.  Belgrove is on active parole for burglary and is being held on a no-bail parole hold.  Childs was out on bail for a previous arrest in another county, and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

CH Deputies Thank Students

Photo Courtesy:  Chino Hills PD

Photo Courtesy: Chino Hills PD

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Chino Hills – A box full of heartfelt thank you letters was recently left in the lobby of the Chino Hills Station, evoking emotions in the deputies at the Station that are often not shared by members of the law enforcement community.
“When I read the letters written by these junior high students I was overwhelmed with emotions,” said Chino Hills Lt. Dave Phelps. “I am honored to be in the law enforcement profession and these students summed up the reason why: It is about service and protection of others.”
The letters were delivered anonymously, but because the personnel at the Chino Hills Station are trained investigators, it was quickly learned the letters were written by children from a class at Canyon Hills Junior High in Chino Hills.
“Dear Sheriff, Thank you,” one letter read. “You risk your lives for ordinary citizens. You try your best every day. You aren’t afraid of doing what’s right. You are my inspiration and my hero.”
And other letters encouraged deputies to know people value the job they do:
“I hope you know people appreciate the things you do,” read the letter. “…Even though I don’t know you personally, I know you are great and amazing [people].”
“So if you ever think the world doesn’t need you anymore just know we do need you!” a letter from a 7th Grader read. “At the end of every day just know you are very much respected.”
Capt. Robert Guillen, who serves as Chief of Police for the Chino Hills contract station, shared the letters with the men and women at the Station. The unexpected gift provided encouragement that deputies do not often get. Guillen and his crew are grateful to serve a city with future leaders such as these students.
“Together we felt honored to share this community with those students and felt an even stronger obligation to serve,” Guillen said.
According to Guillen, he wanted to personally thank the students and organized a visit from Sheriff John McMahon and the members of the Chino Hills Station to do just that. On the morning of Mon., May 11, Sheriff McMahon, Capt. Guillen, and about a dozen members representing all ranks from the Chino Hills Station visited the classroom of Mrs. Rosen, the teacher who prompted her students to write the letters.
The students asked some very insightful questions about law enforcement, such as the role of psychology in the profession and the requirements to become a deputy. They also asked informal questions about hairstyles and why police drive Ford vehicles. The most poignant question was, why do law enforcement professionals do what they do. The answers varied from person to person.
Guillen spoke about the calling to be in law enforcement and the responsibility deputies face in their day to day jobs. Lt. Phelps talked about the freedom of not being stuck behind a desk, getting out into the community and having fun.
When asked what they would be if they were not in law enforcement, Sheriff McMahon and Capt. Guillen both answered the same: there is nothing else they would rather do. Law enforcement is the profession they have the greatest passion for and have always wanted to pursue.
Monday’s event was a great way to connect the “anonymous” students with the nameless and faceless deputies they were writing to. And it was a way for the deputies to say thank you for such a simple gesture that had such a great impact.
The letters touched members across all ranks of the Chino Hills Station giving a much-needed sense of optimism to members of a profession that has been under such intense scrutiny. Despite the fact more than 99% of all public interaction with law enforcement ends peacefully and with no conflict, stories of alleged misconduct seem to permeate public dialogue.

Parolee Assaults Chino Hills Deputy

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Chino Hills – On Thurs., Jan. 8, Deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department stopped a vehicle for an inoperable break light in the area of Ramona Avenue and the 71 Freeway. Upon contact with the occupants in the vehicle, a record check revealed a possible warrant for passenger Rodolfo Garcia Lopez (aka Rudy Garcia), 28, from Anaheim.
According to the Chino Hills Police Department, when Deputies attempted to confirm Lopez’s identity, he fled from the car, pushing the Deputies into oncoming traffic in the process. Deputies pursued Lopez and gave numerous verbal commands that Lopez ignored. Deputies attempted to take Lopez into custody, but he fought with deputies by pulling from their grasp and pushing them on the ground.
During the struggle, Lopez continuously reached for his waistband. Deputies were able to prevent Lopez from accessing his waistband and took him into custody. During a search subsequent to Lopez’s arrest, Deputies discovered a loaded handgun in his pocket, as well as a small amount of narcotics.
Further investigation revealed that Lopez is on active parole for home invasion robbery, and was in the area to sell suspected stolen merchandise. He was arrested for battery on a peace officer, and a felon in possession of a firearm, and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
The driver of the vehicle, Hilda Lopez, 28, from West Covina, was also arrested for possession of stolen property used for identity theft. The other vehicle occupant, Frank Lopez, 28, from West Covina, was found to have three no-bail warrants from Los Angeles County. Both were arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.

Chino Hills Community Takes Action On Burglars

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Chino Hills – On Wed., Dec. 10, three men were arrested due to the awareness of community members and the quick response of deputies who were able to stop a burglary in progress.

Evan Blakely, 34, Michael Billingsley, 35, and Lloyd Girard, 33 – all from Los Angeles – conspired to burglarize a home in Chino Hills. They forced entry into the house and stole cash, jewelry and personal items from a home on Reservoir Drive.

According to the Chino Hills Police Department, a witness saw two men running from the house and a vehicle pick them up. The witness called 911 and gave a detailed description to deputies about the suspects, their vehicle and their direction of travel. Deputies arrived within minutes of the call and were able to take Blakely, Billingsley and Girard into custody without incident.

The suspects were detained and positively identified by witnesses. The stolen property was located in the suspects’ car as well as other evidence of the crime. Blakely, Billingsley and Girard were booked at the West Valley Detention Center. The victim’s property was recovered and returned to them.

This case exemplifies awareness in the community and quick response to suspicious behaviors. The details given by witnesses in this case made it possible for deputies to act quickly and effectively.

Denise Bar, a Chino Hills resident, recently posted her concerns with crime on Chino Hills Connections.

“OK, CHC, 41 crimes in six days. That is a lot. What can we, as homeowners, do to protect ourselves, our home, our family and what belongs to us?” said Bar.

It is unknown if the above witness read Bar’s post before jumping to action, but it was a decision that prevented loss and brought justice – safely.

Bar offers residents these helpful tips to keep your homes and property safe.

  • Get an alarm with a siren outside.
  • Get video surveillance.
  • LOCK doors and windows, including cars (and take everything out of your car!).
  • Leave lights and TV or music on when you leave the house.
  • Plaster alarm stickers on your property.
  • Always respond to someone knocking (if you don’t, they think you are not home).
  • Log off your computers and lock them. Don’t leave cash or expensive items out.
  • If you know you have a package coming from UPS [or other delivery], be there to get it or make arrangements with a neighbor.

Theft crimes seem to be on the rise during the holidays, with more people being desperate and more opportunities presented with holiday purchases on doorsteps and left in cars within view. Bar’s opinions offer some good solutions.

Be aware this season – and always – and have Happy Holidays!






Chino Hills: Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser To Benefit Special Olympics


Chino Hills – In a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics Inland Empire Region, the Chino Hills Police Department Deputies will serve patrons at California Pizza Kitchen on Thurs., Nov. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Deputies will serve dinner patrons as hosts and waiters for the evening, and proceeds from this Tip-A-Cop event will benefit Special Olympics Inland Empire Region athletes.

Additionally, simply mention the Special Olympics at any time during your visit on Nov. 6, and 20% of your meal purchase will be donated to support these athletes!

Come support your local law enforcement officers and enjoy delicious food and fun, all for a great cause. California Pizza Kitchen is located in the Shoppes at Chino Hills, located at 3505 Grand Avenue, in Chino Hills.


Chino: New Police Chief




New Chino Police Chief, Karen Comstock (Photo Courtesy: City of Chino)

Chino – On Tues., July 15, during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, City Manager, Matt Ballantyne, announced that Captain Karen Comstock will become the new Police Chief upon the retirement of current Police Chief, Miles Pruitt. Chief Pruitt will retire effective Dec. 4, 2014.

“This is an exciting time for Chino,” said Ballantyne. “Karen is a homegrown product of this community and the Department. She was raised in Chino, graduated from Don Lugo High School, and her family still has roots here. Karen has been an active part of this community for many years. Her knowledge of the community combined with her experience and training will serve her well as she transitions into her new position as Chief,” Ballantyne added.

Captain Comstock began her career with the Department in 1985, when she became a Police Explorer. She worked her way up through the organization and became a Cadet and later a Reserve Officer; she was hired as a Police Officer in 1990. Since that time, she has held a number of positions and has served as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Detective Bureau Supervisor, and was a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team. She has worked as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and in the Background Investigation Unit. She filled the role of Deputy Chief for three months, while Chief Pruitt served as the Acting City Manager in 2012. Comstock was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009.

“Chino is an amazing community and I feel blessed to have grown up here and to have served the residents and members of the business community for so many years,” said Comstock. “The men and women of the Chino Police Department are amongst the best and brightest in law enforcement today; I am honored and look forward to serving the community in my new capacity as Chief,” she said.

Captain Comstock holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, both from the University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute. Comstock will be the 17th Chief to lead the Chino Police Department and the first female to proudly serve in this capacity.


Chino Hills: Stabbing Prompts Shooting

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Chino Hills – A Chino Hills homeowner shot and wounded an intruder after a frightening surprise attack on Wed., June 25.

The 18-year old intruder, Raiveon Reenay Wooden, allegedly broke into the home and was hiding in the man’s garage in the 2800 block of Brookside Drive in Chino Hills.

According to a Chino Hills Police Department news release, the homeowner/victim reportedly went to investigate the intrusion at about 2:30 a.m., armed with a handgun. When he approached the garage, he was attacked by Wooden and stabbed multiple times. The victim, in an effort to protect himself and his family, shot Wooden twice.

The Chino Hills Police Department was called to the scene, and both men were treated at local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Wooden, who was apparently the ex-boyfriend of the victim’s daughter, was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for investigation of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.