Aiden Matthew Lopez, a 5-month-old Latino, died Saturday, March 26, after he was beaten in the 43400 block of Gadsden Avenue in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
On March 22, the baby's parents left for work and left him in the care of a family friend who had been working as their babysitter for about eight weeks, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
When the baby’s mother came home from work about 6 p.m., the babysitter asked her to come look at the boy and said, “I don’t think he’s breathing,” Hernandez said.
The mother grabbed her son and called 911, Hernandez said. The baby was taken to a hospital and treated for serious head trauma, bruising on his upper torso and a possible broken arm, Hernandez said.
He was pronounced dead four days ...
Mark Curtis Magurean, a 57-year-old white man, died Wednesday, March 16, two months after he was struck in the head in the 300 block of East Avenue I in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
On Jan. 22, Magurean, a Lancaster resident, got into an argument with another Lancaster resident, Timony Munroe, 33, that escalated into a physical fight, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Magurean suffered a blunt-force injury to the head and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead March 16, according to the release.
Munroe left the scene after the fight, but was arrested Jan. 27. He pleaded guilty to battery with great bodily injury, and was sentenced to seven years in state prison, according to the news release.
With Magurean’s death, Munroe is now facing the possibility of murder ...
Matthew Thomas Quinn, a 45-year-old white man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Thursday, Feb. 11, in the 2800 block of La Vida Drive in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Deputies were called to the neighborhood at 6:48 p.m. after receiving reports that a man was threatening his neighbor with an ax.
The man, later identified as Quinn, got into an argument with one of his neighbors and swung an ax at him, threatening to kill him, according to a department news release.
When deputies arrived, Quinn was standing on his front lawn holding an ax that was about 4 feet long, according to the news release. The deputies ordered him to drop the ax, but he refused and started to walk toward them, according to the release.
One of the deputies fired several rounds at ...
Rashell Laverne Clarke Jr., a 39-year-old black man, died Saturday, Feb. 6, after a fight in the California State Prison, 44750 60th St. West in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Clarke, an inmate at the prison, got into a disagreement with his cellmate that morning and the two began to fight, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. Guards found him unresponsive in his cell at 10:48 a.m., according to a news release from the Department of Corrections.
During the fight, Clarke received some kind of trauma to his head, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:26 a.m., according to coroner’s records. Autopsy results are not yet complete.
Clarke's cellmate, Leron Leon Morris, a 33-year-old black man, was treated for injuries and returned to the custody of the state prison, Mendoza said ...
Sylvia Yaneth Salazar, a 48-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Thursday, Sept. 17, in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-10, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were called to Salazar's home about 6:50 a.m. and found her and her estranged husband, Enrique Luis Salazar, 58, lying in the driveway with apparent gunshot wounds, according to a department news release.
A witness told investigators that Enrique Salazar came up to Sylvia Salazar in her driveway and the two began arguing, according to the release.
During the argument, Enrique pointed a gun at his wife and shot in her direction several times, striking her, investigators said. He then turned the gun on himself and fired. His gun was recovered at the scene.
Sylvia Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:20 a.m. Enrique ...
Arturo Robert Lopez, a 46-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Friday, July 3, in the 3100 block of West Avenue K-4 in Lancaster, according to L.A. County coroner’s records.
The incident began about 11:30 p.m. when members of the Gang Unit's Operation Safe Streets Bureau were patrolling on foot and saw two men walking on the street.
The men appeared to be intoxicated and the deputies asked them to stop and talk, but the men allegedly ignored the commands, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said.
"They actually tried to run away, and then one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fired on them," Corina said. "He didn't hit the deputies, but they returned fire and shot him."
Corina said the man, later identified as Lopez, was struck twice in the ...
Michael Lamont Davis, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, June 26, in the 600 block of East Avenue H-14 in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began when a motorist stuck and injured Davis’ dog, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Victor Lewandowski.
“There was a confrontation about, ‘You hurt my dog. I need some money for the vet,’” Lewandowski told The Times.
The motorist, who witnesses said was driving a black pickup truck, left but returned sometime later and shot Davis in a parking lot on East Avenue H-14, Lewandowski said.
When deputies arrived, Davis was bleeding and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Witnesses described the shooter as a black, male, and in his early 20s, according to a Sheriff’s Department news ...
Annie Margaret Bell, an 86-year-old black woman, was stabbed to death Sunday, June 18, in the 44600 block of Stillwater Drive in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators.
The incident began about 7:07 p.m. when the Sheriff’s Department received a call about an open window at the residence.
Lt. Eddie Hernandez said neighbors saw what they believed to be the contents of a purse in Bell’s backyard, and noticed the open window. When deputies arrived, they were able to see the victim through the window, lying on her bed. She was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple stab wounds to her upper torso, Hernandez said.
During the investigation that evening, neighbors told investigators that they had recently seen a 14-year-old boy in the area who did not live in the neighborhood and that the boy was hiding in ...
Rosario Cruz, an 18-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Friday, March 27, in the 1300 block of East Avenue I in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m., Cruz was visiting with other people at the Friendly Village mobile home park when a person drove up, got out of his car and began shooting, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
The gunman chased after the group, shooting as he ran. One of the rounds hit Cruz, who was standing a short distance away.
“At this point, we don’t think she was the intended target,” Hernandez said.
Cruz was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
A tenant at the mobile home park told the Antelope Valley Times that Cruz did not live at ...
Johnnie Jones III, a 30-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Jan. 17, in the 45400 block of Corkwood Avenue in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Jones got into an argument with two black men, one of whom pulled out a handgun and fired, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Jones was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Charles Emmanuel Briggs, a 27-year-old black man, was fatally injured by a bow and arrow Saturday, Aug. 23, in the 43000 block of 27th Street West in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A 23-year-old white man was arguing with his girlfriend at a home shortly before 3:30 a.m. when his brother and a friend arrived and tried to intervene, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The dispute continued onto the sidewalk, where a man, later identified as Garrett Taylor Adams, allegedly armed himself with a bow and arrow and shot Briggs once in the upper torso.
Briggs was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:12 a.m., said Ed Winter, the assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.
Adams was charged with one count of murder August 26, according to ...