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Steve Propes

Monday, May 1

300 block of East 17th St. At 12:14 a.m., Miguel Colin Garduno, 64, physically fought, possibly over money, with roommate Obed Placencia-Garcia, 34. When help arrived, Garduno mentioned chest pains; treated by paramedics, he died at the scene. Placencia-Garcia booked for murder, bail: $2,000,000.

5400 block of Paramount Blvd. At 7:20 p.m., a man was shot in the upper body, stable in the hospital.

Tuesday, May 2

Bellflower Blvd. and Del Amo St. At 11:05 a.m., in a spate of less-than-wonderful driving, a black sedan forced a white four-door Tesla to collide with a large “for lease” sign. Following several snide self-driving Nextdoor remarks, a witness opined, “I think it’s kinda dumb running from a Tesla they have cameras.”

Del Amo St. and Atlantic Ave. At 9:30 p.m., a CHP airship followed a motorcycle that failed to yield upon leaving a group of motorcycles to crashing out.

Wednesday, May 3

3000 block of Ladoga Ave. At 8:18 p.m., while meeting with an unknown man, another man approached, demanding the victim’s belongings. The victim complied. Both suspects fled in a vehicle, the victim giving chase in his, a suspect fired, struck the victim’s vehicle. No injuries reported; no reason for the original meetup made public.

Thursday, May 4

Willow St. and Studebaker Rd. Eastbound Willow was blocked off at 10:35 a.m. as a body was found on Coyote Creek under the Willow Street overpass.

1710 Long Beach Blvd. At 8:52 p.m., while fighting a fire in an abandoned building, firefighters found a man and two female victims. Israel Benjamin Gonzalez, 28 and Christina Rivera, 49 died after being taken to the hospital. The other woman was in grave condition.

1700 block of Locust Ave. At 9:25 p.m., as the above fatal fire was fought, an alleged ambulance thief stole a fire department vehicle for several hit-and-run collisions. At Tribune Court and 16th Street, it hit a telephone pole, Jose Armando Lara, 31, of Los Angeles arrested for felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and similar charges; bail: $50,000.

Friday, May 5

Ocean Blvd. and Coronado Ave. In another series of bad driving decisions, an injury hit-and-run, possible stolen car suspects fled at noon. The search extended from Redondo Avenue to Junipero Beach right after the wreck. A male and female were arrested, other driver was injured and treated.

2600 block of 55th Way. At 9:02 p.m., a man parked his vehicle in a carport, three men, backed up by a handgun, demanded car keys, getting away in his ride. Similar crimes: April 28 at the 5500 block of Ackerfield Road and April 29 at the 1600 block of Jackson Street, the latter with three men and a known male juvenile suspect, so people in the area are advised to be careful.

Saturday, May 6

900 block of Lime Ave. At 7:56 p.m., a man was shot the lower body with a non-life-threatening injury.

1000 block of South St. At 8:24 p.m., a gunslinger entered the business and shot at but didn’t hit a man. Slinger left, but shell casings stayed.

1000 block of Orange Ave. At 9:30 p.m., a man stabbed a male juvenile in a non-life-threatening way to the upper body. The victim un-cooperated with the investigation. No crime scene located.

Sunday, May 7

Fourth and Molino. At 1 p.m., a shoplifter exited a market with two trays full of un-paid-for meat, “Homeless?” Asked another shopper, “How does he cook?” Replied another, “Paleolithic.”

6900 block of Orcutt Ave. At 3:42 p.m., a man standing outside was approached by a man, who shot at the victim, then struck him in the upper body for reasons obscure.

4500 block of Banner Dr. At 9:15 p.m., a woman heard a loud noise in her residence, saw she’d been joined by a man. They fought, he stabbed her in her lower body, causing a non-life-threatening injury. More investigation un-cooperation.

Monday, May 8

100 Block of Marina Dr. At 1:15 a.m., a dozen electric Duffy boats docked at Alamitos Bay caught fire. Extinguished at 1:40 a.m., four or five boats sank, no damage to buildings and no injuries. Harbor Patrol on vessel traffic control set a boom around the dock to stop debris from going into the channel. Arson suspected.

Tuesday, May 9

2200 block of Lewis Ave. At 11:30 p.m., as 12-year-old Eric Gregory Brown III walked with two girls, aged 14 and 13, someone in a car opened fire on them. Brown was hit as was one of the girls. Brown died at the hospital.

Wednesday, May 10

6200 block of California Ave. At 6:32 a.m., Oscar Alejandro Chan, 41, of Long Beach arrived unannounced at the home of his former girlfriend and the 40ish male victim. Police said Chan fought with the victim, shot him and left. The victim died at the hospital. At 5:30 p.m., Special Investigations Detectives arrested Chan at the 11300 block of E. Florence Avenue in Santa Fe Springs. Chan was booked for murder, firearms charges, bail: $2,000,000.


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