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UPDATE: San Jacinto shooting victim released

The victim of a drive-by shooting in San Jacinto early Sunday morning, June 10, has been released from the hospital, police say.

A motive in the 12:57 a.m. incident near Second Street and San Jacinto Avenue has not been determined, San Jacinto Police Sgt. David Haar said. The victim said several shots were fired from a small blue pickup truck.

One of the bullets struck him in the stomach and the victim went to a nearby hospital.


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Dispute between Anaheim neighbors ends in stabbings

Article Tab: A man is treated for a stab wound after a dispute among neighbors turned violent late Monday night in Anaheim on North Acacia Avenue.  ANAHEIM – A dispute between neighbors escalated into violence at an apartment complex, leaving two men suffering from stab wounds and a woman suffering from a minor arm injury, police said.

Officers responded at 11:25 p.m. Monday to reports of a disturbance in front of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of North Acacia Avenue near Romneya Drive, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

Officers found two men who had been stabbed – one stabbed in the arm and the other in the hand, Dunn said.

There were reports that a woman was also stabbed, however, she suffered a minor arm injury from a broken window, Dunn said.

It was unclear if a weapon was recovered, Dunn said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.


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‘Octomom’s’ van vandalized, death threat left

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LA HABRA – Police are investigating a report that someone smashed “Octomom” Nadya Suleman’s van window over the weekend and left behind a “death threat note.”

Suleman’s father reported the incident to police shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.

An officer responded to the home in the 2000 block of East Madonna Lane and saw that a window was broken, but it was unknown what type of tool was used, Baylos said.

The 2002 Toyota Sienna driven by the mother of 14 was parked in the driveway when the vandalism occurred.

Her father told police that the window was damaged between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and that he didn’t know who smashed the window, Baylos said.

According to Gina Rodriguez, Suleman’s manager, the incident happened about 3 a.m. on Saturday when Suleman and her kids were sleeping.

“Nadya heard some noise in the front of the house and woke up,” Rodriguez said. “She saw an unfamiliar car in the front of the house. She went back to sleep in her family room and woke up to her neighbors at her door telling her the car window was broken on her van.”

When Suleman went to see the damage, she found a “death threat note” on the seat covered in broken glass, Rodriguez said in an e-mail.

According to TMZ, the handwritten note read: “Leave California or you will die.”

Suleman, a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and La Habra resident, began receiving death threats shortly after TMZ reported in late March that she was receiving $2,000 from the State of California, according to the website.

“Based on the (police) report, there is no mention of the note,” Baylos said, adding that officers were sent to Suleman’s home Tuesday morning to continue the investigation.

“We are trying to confirm if these two are tied together,” Baylos said. “If we need to take an additional report, we’ll do so.”

A similar act of vandalism occurred in April 2009, when the rear window of Suleman’s van was smashed by vandals in the driveway of her home.

Iin March 2009, vandals strewed toilet paper all over the front lawn of the home.


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Beer battle: Woman attacks store clerk with bug spray, police say

A Costa Mesa woman was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail Monday after allegedly attacking a liquor store clerk with bug spray, attempting to choke her with a blanket and then pouring acetone into her mouth, police said.

Teresa Augayo, 46, first went to California Stop Market at 600 W. 19th Street in Costa Mesa on Sunday afternoon to buy a single Blue Moon beer, but the clerk told her the store didn’t sell them apart from six packs, according to Costa Mesa police Sgt. Phil Myers.

Augayo left, only to return later to try to buy the beer again, Myers told the Daily Pilot.

The clerk told her again that she couldn’t sell the woman a single beer, and Augayo allegedly attacked the clerk, throwing small bottles of energy drinks at her, scratching her in the face and then going behind the counter, Myers said.

The clerk then threatened Augayo with a bat, before Augayo allegedly punched the clerk, and wrapped her neck with a blanket found behind the counter, Myers said. The clerk lost consciousness.

Augayo allegedly sprayed bug spray on the face of the clerk and poured isopropyl alcohol and acetone — a common solvent — down her throat before police arrived, Myers said.

Augayo was immediately arrested.

The clerk, whose birthday was Monday, was taken to a hospital, where she was being monitored for potential poisoning and a possible broken nose.


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Police seek shooter of man found wounded in Fullerton

FULLERTON – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a shooting that left a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police got several 911 calls reporting possible shots fired at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Garnet Lane near Placentia Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, Fullerton police Captain Alex Bastreri said.

Officers did not find a victim, but determined a shooting had occurred in the patio area, Bastreri said.

The victim’s family members drove him to UCI Medical Center in Orange to be treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, Bastreri said.

A description of the attacker or attackers was not available. Details of what led to the shooting were unknown.

Anyone with information was urged to call Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart at 714-773-5758


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Man who stole suitcase of cash from Bentley evades police

Man steals suitcase of cash from BentleyPolice sealed off a Glendale neighborhood Tuesday afternoon in a search, but a man who smashed the window of a parked Bentley on Tuesday was able to escape with a briefcase containing an unknown amount of cash.

Witnesses told police at least two other men fled the scene with him, shedding clothes along the way to alter their appearance as officers descended on the neighborhood to set up a search perimeter, theGlendale News-Press reported.

Officers temporarily locked down the neighborhood of Harvard to Ivy streets and from Pacific Avenue and San Fernando Road shortly after the incident was reported at 12:09 p.m. K-9 units were brought out in an attempt to track the men, who were able to evade the perimeter, prompting police to lift the lockdown.

Witnesses initially reported a possible fight on the 400 block of West Colorado Street after they saw a man kicking in the window of a white Bentley, which was parked at the rear of a business, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The Bentley’s owner, a businessman who was inside the building, didn’t know his car was being burglarized when witnesses called it in, Lorenz added.

Witnesses described the men as in their 30s to 40s. The first suspect wore a black hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect had a beard and was seen in a white hooded sweat shirt.

The third suspect had a shaved head and was wearing a gray T-shirt, police said.


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Steve Ruiz, Suspect In Biker Funeral Killing, Arrested In San Jose, Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Police have arrested a Hells Angel gang member several months after he was suspected of fatally shooting a fellow member at a funeral for the regional leader of the motorcycle gang.

Steve Ruiz surrendered Saturday evening after San Jose police surrounded his motel in Fremont, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Sunday.

Ruiz, 38, had been the subject of a widespread manhunt since Steve Tausan was shot and killed during memorial services for Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew on Oct. 15. Police believe that Ruiz shot Tausan when a fight broke out at the San Jose funeral, which was monitored by police.

Dwyer would not say what led officers to the Day’s Inn motel in Fremont or if any weapons were recovered, but added that Ruiz was considered “armed and dangerous.”

A front desk clerk at the motel, Rey Bayangos, said Ruiz had checked in just two hours before police arrived.

“They used the phone at the front desk, called and asked him to surrender peacefully, and he did surrender,” Bayangos said. “It happened all of a sudden.”

Tausan, 52, was one of 4,000 people attending services for Pettigrew, the president of the Hells Angels’ San Jose chapter. Pettigrew was slain during a brawl with a rival biker gang in a Nevada casino on Sept. 23.

A week after Tausan was killed, police stormed a house in Stockton but came up empty. Investigators also said in December that they had “credible evidence” that Ruiz, a former San Jose resident, had been seen in the city.

Ruiz was booked into Santa Clara County Jail. Dwyer did not have bail information or know if he had been assigned a court date.


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