Joe Lopez, a 28-year-old Latino, was fatally stabbed Sunday, Aug. 6, in the 12600 block of Glenoaks Boulevard in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 3 p.m., Lopez, a security guard at the Sylmar Towne Shopping Center, was told by staff members at the nearby Food 4 Less that a man had shoplifted from the store, Los Angeles Police Det. Efren Gutierrez said.
Lopez tried to detain the man, who stabbed him, Gutierrez said. Lopez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:27 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The suspect fled to his home, which was nearby, leaving a trail of blood from the crime scene, Gutierrez said.
Santiago Madrigal, a 24-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder later that day.
A weapon has not been recovered, police said.
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Terrell Butler, a 27-year-old black man, was stabbed to death Sunday, Jan. 29, in the 13000 block of Dronfield Avenue in Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 5 p.m., a man identified by police as David Bird, a 20-year-old white man, went into an apartment complex and saw Butler there visiting with the mother of his child, said LAPD Det. Steve Castro.
Bird and Butler argued, then fought. Police believe Bird had a knife and stabbed Butler multiple times before fleeing.
Butler was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Bird, police said, but he has not been found yet. He was on parole for an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon conviction.
Anyone with information is asked to call Castro at (818) 374-1925. Those who wish to remain ...
Mercedes Witterman, a 69-year-old Latina, was found dead Monday, Jan. 16, in the 13600 block of Gavina Avenue in Sylmar, according to police and Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 4:50 p.m., a person called police and told them a homicide had just occurred in a home, police said. It was unclear whether an armed person was still inside the home, so the SWAT Team responded and entered the home about 9 p.m. Witterman, who had been shot, was dead in the bedroom, said Los Angeles Police Det. Rich Wheeler.
Her husband, 84-year-old Rubin Witterman, was also found dead inside the house. Police believe that the man shot his wife, called 911, then shot himself.
Mercedes Witterman used a wheelchair, and her husband was her caretaker, Wheeler said.
“It was getting difficult for him to care for his wife,” he said.
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Eloise Elizarraraz, a 34-year-old Latina, was found shot to death Saturday, Jan. 7, near Harding Street and Tripoli Avenue in Sylmar, according to police and Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 9 a.m., Elizarraraz was found on a residential street inside her black BMW with a gunshot wound, said Los Angeles Police Det. Steve Castro.
A registered nurse who lives in the area found Elizarraraz's body and attempted to help, but Elizarraraz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe Elizarraraz, who did not live in the area but had family nearby, was shot about 8:30 a.m. A nearby resident said her daughter heard a gunshot, but police said that neighbors did not call 911, according to KABC.
“We’re working on motive and potential suspects and all that,” Castro said, adding that the department looking for witnesses to the crime.
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Alan Castor, a 23-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the 13900 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Castor was standing on a sidewalk with a group of people when a person walked up and shot him, said LAPD Det. Dave Peteque.
Castor ran about 40 feet and collapsed in a parking lot of an apartment complex, Peteque said.
Castor was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:34 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The gunman has been described as Latino, Peteque said.
Saul Rodriguez, a 20-year-old Latino, was beaten and stabbed Thursday, April 14, near Dronfield Avenue and Astoria Street in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 3 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call regarding a victim of assault, according to a news release from the department. Officers found Rodriguez with several stab wounds.
Investigators determined that Rodriguez was walking his cousin home from school when he was confronted by multiple people who jumped out of a vehicle and began to beat and stab him, LAPD Det. Dave Peteque said.
The assailants then ran to the vehicle. Paramedics took Rodriguez to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Cesar Frias, a 20-year-old white man, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer Wednesday, April 6, in the 14700 block of Lakeside Street in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 7 p.m. on April 5, officers responded to a call of a man with mental illness at a home, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers arrived and were directed inside a home where they saw Frias and two other males, according to the news release.
Officers said they were there to help Frias and take him to a hospital, police said. Frias was agitated, and officers tried to subdue him using a Taser and bean bag gun, but none of the weapons had an effect, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told The Times.
Frias then locked himself in another room, and officers continued to ask him to ...
Henry Anthony Cruz, a 66-year-old Latino, died Saturday, Aug. 29, after he was assaulted in the 13700 block of Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
On Aug. 19 shortly before 9:30 p.m., a security guard in the area got into an argument with at least three other people in a restaurant parking lot, said LAPD Det. Juan Santa.
A 46-year-old man tried to intervene and was pushed away. Cruz then tried to intervene and was pushed down and assaulted by one of the people in the group. Cruz hit his head on the ground.
At first, Cruz refused medical treatment, but then was taken to a hospital, where he remained for 10 days.
Cruz was pronounced dead on Aug. 29 at 6:13 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Santa said that it’s unknown what sparked the dispute. ...
Jason M. Hendley, a 29-year-old black man, was killed during an officer-involved shooting on Monday, July 6, in the 13600 block of Gavina Avenue in Sylmar, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began about 10:30 a.m., when Los Angeles police officers responded to a call about a possible assault at a Sylmar home, according to LAPD spokeswoman Liliana Preciado.
When officers arrived they saw a man, later identified as Hendley, walking out of the house covered in blood and wielding a knife, Preciado said. Hendley allegedly advanced toward the officers with a knife in hand and the officers opened fire.
Hendley was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 7:46 that evening, according to coroner’s records.
After the shooting, officers went inside the home and found a man with multiple stab wounds. ...