Karla Villa, a 15-year-old Latina, died Sunday, Jan. 7, after being shot in the 4500 block of North Heathdale Avenue in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The Baldwin Hills High School sophomore was with a group of about 10 friends around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Gus Carrillo.
Several groups of teenagers had received an Instagram message about a party on North Heathdale Avenue, Carrillo said, but when they arrived, the residents said there wasn’t a party at the house.
Karla’s friends and several other groups of teens waited outside on the sidewalk, checking their phones for a new Instagram message clarifying the address for the party, Carrillo said. Karla was standing near the curb in front of a house under construction when a dark-colored SUV stopped near the group. ...
Lynda Doi Fick, a 68-year-old Asian woman, was found dead Sunday, Feb. 19, in the 700 block of South Rancho Sinaloa Drive in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6:15 p.m. Feb. 18, Covina police were called to the home of Lynda Fick and Lucas Doi Fick, a 36-year-old parolee, said Sgt. Antonia Zavala of the Covina Police Department.
Shortly before midnight, officers knocked on the door to the Covina home. No one answered, but police saw lights go off inside the house and believed someone was inside, Zavala said.
Officers surrounded the house and ordered Lucas Fick to come out. When he did not comply, officers got a warrant, and a SWAT team entered.
Inside, police found the bodies of Lynda Fick, Lucas Fick's mother, and Nicole Biewener, 23, who had recently begun dating the man. Both were pronounced ...
Rene Atolinar Montano, a 39-year-old Latino, died Saturday, Oct. 1 after he was shot in the 17600 block of East Brookport Street in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Montano was standing in front of a residence in Covina about 1:13 a.m. when he was shot multiple times in the upper torso and collapsed on the lawn, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson said.
Montano was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Residents reported hearing gunshots and a vehicle in the area, but no one reported seeing the shooting or the gunman, Rosson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Victor Vidal Sigala, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer on Wednesday, July 6, in the 500 block of North Asuza Avenue in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Sigala, who is believed to be from the San Gabriel Valley, was shot after he allegedly tried to rob an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer at a Carl's Jr. restaurant, said Covina Police spokesman Sgt. Gregg Peterson.
The officer, dressed in civilian clothes, was waiting for his food about 3:13 p.m. when Sigala walked up to him and “revealed a weapon hidden in his waistband,” according to coroner’s records.
“He wasn’t asking for money, he was asking for property,” said Peterson.
The officer, who has not been identified, was carrying his own semiautomatic handgun, Peterson said. “In fear of his safety and ...
Margaret Machiko Yamaguchi, a 61-year-old Asian woman, was fatally stabbed Monday Sept. 7, in the 800 block of West San Bernardino Road in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Covina police officers responded about 5 a.m. to a call about a woman not breathing in an assisted-living facility. When officers arrived, Yamaguchi was on the floor of her room, suffering from several stab wounds. Paramedics pronounced her dead at 5:41 a.m. at the scene.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Athina Sumi Rivera, Yamaguchi’s 43-year-old daughter, was spending the night in her mother’s room. Rivera woke up in the middle of the night and allegedly stabbed her mother.
An autopsy report showed that Yamaguchi was stabbed 30 times.
Rivera was arrested the day of the crime and later charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to prosecutors.
Rivera is scheduled ...
Gonzalo Robles, a 38-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Thursday, Aug. 30, in the 3600 block of Shadyglen Drive in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner’s office, said Robles was involved in an altercation with two men at 1:48 p.m. During the fight, Robles was stabbed several times.
Authorities were called, and Robles was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:13 p.m.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact Det. Recchia at the L.A. County sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Victor Eduardo Mardueno, a 25-year-old Latino, was found dead Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the 1000 block of East Wanamaker Drive in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Mardueno called his girlfriend Sept. 23 to say he was leaving a friend's house to come to her place, but he never showed up, said Covina police Lt. Pat Buchanan.
When he didn't arrive, she called police.
Four days later a body was found in the trunk of the Toyota Camry he had been driving when he disappeared.
Neighbors had called police to report that the car had been sitting there for several days, Buchanan said.
When officers arrived they noticed a foul odor coming from the vehicle. They forced open the trunk and found Mardueno's body inside.
Mardueno died of multiple gunshot wounds, said officials with the L.A. County coroner's office.
Buchanan said police ...