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Steve Propes

Saturday, March 11

900 block of Washington Place. At 8:10 p.m., police responded to a possible stabbing, arresting 57-year-old Jimmy Martinez Navarro on suspicion of attempted murder. Paramedics took the wounded man to the hospital in stable condition, while police arrested Navarro and booked him into Long Beach Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Navarro, a Long Beach resident, is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Tuesday, March 14

Promenade and Broadway. At 4:55 p.m., police responded to a call about a man firing a BB gun at pedestrians. When officers arrived, the suspect ran some distance, ditching the weapon on the way. Officers caught and arrested Monte Butler, a 25-year-old resident of Los Angeles, at Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue and also found the BB gun. Police could not determine if anyone had been shot, but booked Butler into Long Beach Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, meaning the impending start of spring doesn’t invite downtown hunting season.

Wednesday, March 15

Cal State Long Beach. At 9:30 p.m. a white truck pulled up to a car with a driver and passenger inside. A man exited the truck and told the driver he’d fight him for the car, then pulled up his shirt as if he was reaching for a weapon in his waistband, but no weapon was visible. The man reached into the vehicle, grabbed the driver by the sweater and opened the unlocked driver-side door, which motivated the driver to put the vehicle into reverse and back up as the wanna-be carjacker fell and rolled toward the front of the car. Police stated, “The victim said he heard a thump and believes he might have run over one of the suspect’s unknown body parts.” The attacker, a 30ish Hispanic man, around six-feet tall and 180 pounds with a tattoo on his left arm then drove off in an early 2000s Toyota Tacoma 4-door with a white camper shell. Anyone with information about the incident might well contact Det. Antonio Maciel at (562) 985-0018.

Thursday, March 16

Pan American Park. According to a posting on NextDoor, “There have been multiple occasions of broken car windows and theft from vehicles in the past week. The two that I’m aware of happened mid-day around 12:45 p.m. on March 9th and 16th.” A description of the suspect from March 9 was a tall, slim and athletic male Latino, with short thick black hair decked out in black cargo shorts, royal blue short-sleeved Adidas T-shirt; black shoes with white Adidas socks. Call him Mr. Adidas.”

Friday, March 17

Third Street and Carroll Park East. Another shoe story, different brand per a NextDoor posting. “My wife couldn’t find her Nike running shoes today. We discovered the guy who stole the shoes at 5:30 a.m. He walked westerly on with a bike. Probably needed women’s running shoes to help him walk his bike home.” Could it be he stole to shoes to walk the bike he stole as he stole home? Mr. Nike?

Cherry Ave. at the 405 Freeway. At 4:30 p.m., a man was spotted hanging over the freeway. Those nearby feared he might harm himself.

Saturday, March 18

3200 block of Cherry Ave. Most of the parking spaces on 33rd Street filled up with motorcycles and bikers, standing around, abutting a dealership at 11:30 a.m. According to the motorcycle dealership this is an about twice yearly rally, which then departed west, destination: Redondo Beach. Several photographers stationed nearby recorded the gathering for posterity.

Shoreline Dr. turnaround near Parker’s Lighthouse. Came complaints that a 3 p.m. biker congregation was hogging the road space so that four wheel vehicles couldn’t get through. However, a further check disclosed that egress and whatever the other gress is wasn’t really the problem. Available evidence suggests those who called dislike bikers.

Tuesday, March 21

Local Super Mex. At 1:45 p.m., a young male did something that would endanger his status as a desirable customer: he ran off with a tip jar. Even worse than not tipping, this is the most egregious offense a cherished customer can perpetrate against a hard-working staff. Let him earn his own tips in the slammer.

Linden Ave. and Shoreline Dr. A 1:55 p.m. naked woman was spotted dancing around near the upcoming Grand Prix track, as reported by the Office of Special Events, which apparently wishes no competition to their carefully laid plans by an amateur.

Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. At 3:40 p.m., a two-car accident blocked two lanes of northbound Bellflower at an almost critical near-rush hour.

700 block W. Fourth St. More chair throwing into street activity at 3:44 p.m., with a similar event staged on Broadway a few weeks ago.



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