Montague Cervantez Mercado, a 47-year-old Latino, was beaten to death Saturday, Aug. 26, in the 42000 block of North Sierra Highway in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
An off-duty canine officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was driving north on Sierra Highway, approaching East Avenue M, when he saw Mercado and another man walking along the shoulder of the road about 9:05 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
Mercado’s companion was carrying a piece of wood, about the size of a baseball bat, Mendoza said. While the officer watched, the man swung the wood and struck Mercado in the head.
When Mercado fell, Mendoza said, his companion — Daniel Nathan Nosch — continued beating him.
The officer immediately stopped his car, detained Nosch and tried to assist Mercado until help arrived, Mendoza said,
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Vincent Coleman Roper, a 64-year-old black man, died Friday, Aug. 25, after he was stabbed in the 37600 block of Patty Court in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to Roper’s home at 8 a.m. after someone reported that his front door was open, Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
There were signs of a struggle and blood inside the house, Mendoza said, and Roper was found lying on the floor.
Roper was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:50 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had been stabbed in the head, records showed.
Investigators don’t have any information about suspects or a motive for the slaying. There was no evidence of a forced entry. Roper lived alone and it’s unclear whether anything was taken, authorities said.
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Gregory Troulman, a 63-year-old white man, was pronounced dead Sunday, July 2, after his body was found on 70th Street East, south of East Avenue M in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
After responding to a medical rescue call at 1:33 a.m., sheriff’s deputies found Troulman lying in the road, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Lt. Rodney Moore said.
Troulman was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:48 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
He lived in Littlerock, about 13 miles south of where his body was found, Moore said. The area where he was found “was pretty desolate,” the lieutenant said. “We don’t know if he was walking or somebody shot him and put his body there.”
Troulman wasn’t carrying identification, so it took investigators a few days to discover who he was, Moore said.
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Armando Garcia-Muro, a 17-year-old Latino, was killed Thursday, June 22, when he was struck by a deputy’s ricocheting bullet fired at a charging dog in the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the apartment complex about 3:40 a.m. regarding a complaint about loud music, said Lt. Rodney Moore. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60-to-65-pound pit bull charged towards them and bit one on the knee, Moore said.
The deputies pulled back to nurse the injured deputy, and a teenage boy ran out to drag the dog behind the apartment complex, Moore said.
The boy, later identified as Armando, tied the dog up, but at some point it apparently broke free and ran toward the deputies again, Moore said.
Two of the five deputies fired at the dog when it was ...
Armando Reyes, a 29-year-old Latino, died Sunday, June 4, after being shot in the 5500 block of Laurel Avenue in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Reyes was a passenger in a car driven by his girlfriend, and the two were traveling west on Laurel Avenue around 5:50 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The couple stopped when they saw another car parked along the curb with at least two Latinos inside, Mendoza said. Reyes got out of the car to talk to the others, and an argument ensued.
One of the people in the car pulled a gun and shot Reyes, Mendoza said, striking him at least once in the torso.
The people in the car with the shooter drove away, heading west on Laurel and then north on Julian Lane, Mendoza said. Reyes managed to get back in the car ...
Maria Valenzuela, an 82-year-old Latina, died on Thursday, March 30, after she was stabbed in the 37000 block of Springfield Street in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Deputies were called to Valenzuela’s home about 3:30 p.m. regarding an assault that had just occurred, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Ewing.
En route, the deputies saw a man walking down the street, covered in blood, Ewing said. The deputies detained the man, who said he had been involved in the incident they were investigating, Ewing said.
The man, later identified as Richard Flores, 29, was Valenzuela’s grandson, Ewing said.
When investigators got to the house, they found Valenzuela and her daughter, Flores’ mother, with multiple stab wounds.
Valenzuela was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:40 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The ...
Jaquarius Nyshawn Quinn, a 17-year-old black teenager, died Sunday, Nov 6, after he was found in the 2300 block of Old Harold Road in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Deputies were called to the scene about 8:30 p.m. after receiving a report about a person lying in the road, between the shoulder and southbound lanes, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Quinn was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the upper torso, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators initially couldn’t identify Quinn because he wasn’t carrying ID, Mendoza said.
The next day, his grandmother came to the sheriff’s station to report him missing, and from her description they were able to identify his body, Mendoza said.
Quinn’s grandmother said she last ...
Michael Orlando Grigsby, a 34-year-old black man, died from blunt force injuries on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the 3700 block of E. Avenue R12 in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Grigsby was hanging out and drinking with a group of people in the neighborhood, said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson.
As the evening progressed, Grigsby became intoxicated and was disrespectful to some women in the group, Rosson said.
One woman’s teenage son and adult nephew confronted Grigsby, Rosson said, and an argument escalated into a fight. During the fight, Grigsby fell and struck his head on the concrete, Rosson said.
He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness, Rosson said. Grigsby was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:13 p.m., according to coroner’s records, which listed his death as ...
Jesus Flores-Garcia, a 49-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, May 30, in the 3500 block of East Avenue R in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Flores-Garcia was visiting a friend in her home when the woman's former boyfriend and father of their children arrived about 3:40 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The ex-boyfriend became upset when he saw Flores-Garcia there, Mendoza said, and pulled out a handgun and shot Flores-Garcia multiple times in the upper torso.
Flores-Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:58 p.m., according to coroner's records. The woman and other family members in the house were not injured, Mendoza said. The gunman ran from the home and drove away in a pickup truck.
Flores-Garcia "was just a friend, visiting inside the residence," Mendoza said. "We couldn't ...
Ricky Donale Mitchell Jr., an 18-year-old black man, died Sunday, May 22, after he was shot in the 38000 block of 50th Street East in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Mitchell was at a party with other young people on May 21, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
"Most of them were right out of high school," Mendoza said. "There were invited guests and uninvited guests at the house, and our victim was an uninvited guest."
Witnesses told investigators that Mitchell allegedly got into an argument with another partygoer and pulled out a handgun, Mendoza said.
A man who was not involved in the argument allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Mitchell, "to stop him from shooting," said Mendoza.
Mitchell was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on May 22 at 12:18 a ...