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 ...
Janet Hays, a 54-year-old white woman, died Sunday, Feb. 20, in the 200 block of West Badillo Street in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Authorities received a call regarding a possible suicide at a convalescent home about 11:30 p.m., said Covina Police Sgt. Gregg Peterson.
Paramedics arrived and Hays was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary coroner's records note strangulation as a mode of death. As of Wednesday, a cause of death had been deferred pending additional tests. A final determination will not be available for at least six to eight weeks, officials said.
Sgt. Peterson said Hays had been at the medical facility since Jan. 5 recovering from a broken hip. She had jumped in front of a bus 11 days earlier.
Officials said the investigation remains active and ongoing.
Anyone with information about the death of Janet Hays is asked to ...
Nathan Trujillo, a 2-year-old Latino boy, was stabbed several times and died Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the 100 block of South Waterbury Avenue in Covina, authorities said.
Authorities allege Nathan was stabbed by his father.
Alex Trujillo, 28, was arrested Tuesday night after police received a call that he was acting “bizarre and strange.” After they broke in the front door and handcuffed Trujillo, they saw the toddler on the floor covered in blood with multiple stab wounds.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died after surgery.
Before police got to the house, Trujillo's mother and brother locked themselves in a back room
“He was pacing in the house, arguing with everybody and seemed to be upset,” said Lt. Tim Doonan of the Covina Police Department. “Something was bothering him.”
Trujillo was in the front yard when police arrived but ran back into the house when ...
Richard Basulto, a 55-year-old Latino, was severely beaten Saturday, Nov. 29, in the 200 block of West Bygrove Street in Covina, authorities said. He died at the hospital the next morning, about 11 hours after the incident.
Covina Police Lt. Tim Doonan said Basulto had gotten into an argument with his brother-in-law about money. Martin Louis Silva, a 52-year-old black man, allegedly pushed Basulto, pinned him against some furniture, then punched him repeatedly in the face, Doonan said.
Basulto had one leg amputated at the knee because of complications from diabetes and was in a wheelchair, Doonan said. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Basulto was conscious and able to speak, but almost as soon as he got to the hospital his condition worsened, Doonan said.
Doonan said he had several fractures in his face, as well as cuts, scrapes and considerable swelling. The attack happened about 6:17 p ...
Eddie Magana-Navarro, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot several times in the head and neck in the 1200 block of West San Bernardino Road in Covina on Monday, June 1, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that Magana-Vavarro was shot about 4 p.m. while standing outside of a 7-Eleven market.
The shooter was described as a Latino in his early 20s wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap, an untucked, white, button-down shirt, and jeans, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Read the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's account: Covina police release few details in murder investigation