Police shoot Lincoln Heights stabbing suspect; top teen grads make plans; fire season returns

Jun 17, 2018


A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

Police shot a man armed with a knife during a graduation party in Lincoln Heights. LAPD officers said they arrived at the 2400 block of Gates Street to find someone who had already been stabbed, and they found the suspect, 27-year-old Victor Arroyo, locked in the house, armed with a knife, in a physical struggle with his father. After police managed to enter they tried to get the suspect to drop the knife, finally shooting him when Arroyo quickly moved in the direction of his father. The stabbing victim suffered a non-life threatening wound, and Arroyo’s father was not seriously injured. Police said Arroyo was in stable condition. The Eastsider

What’s next for the highest-achieving graduates from area high schools? Five local graduates from Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and El Sereno talk about their plans after high school, as they head to Columbia, Stanford and UCLA to pursue interests ranging from psychobiology to neuroscience. The Eastsider

Glendale police confiscated 13 kilos of cocaine worth about $325,000 during a traffic stop on York Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The drugs were stuffed into a duffle back in the trunk of the vehicle. CBS2

It’s fire season again. A grass fire in El Sereno blackened about 13 acres Thursday, burning uphill across open hillsides south of Gambier and Bedillion streets and west of El Sereno Middle School. No structures were damaged or injuries reported. That same afternoon, a brush fire in Montecito Heights managed to take out five acres, after firefighters had a hard time reaching the slow moving blaze in “arduous terrain” far from nearby roads. Crews had to hike into areas of heavy brush, carrying all their equipment.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was found guilty of abusing a program that provided discounted homes to law enforcement officers. Kanit Kunnaragthai said that he lived in a Moreno Valley home he had bought under the program, prosecutors said. Instead, officials said Kunnaragthai rented out the Moreno Valley home to college students while he and his family lived in Eagle Rock. U.S. Attorney

The 27-year-old suspect in the unprovoked stabbing onboard a Whittier Boulevard bus last April now faces a first-degree murder charge after the victim died. Manuel Ortiz Jr. — aka Chubbs — had originally been charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem following the April 9 attack onboard a Montebello transit bus. Following the death of the victim on June 10 in a hospital, Ortiz’s charges will be amended to first degree murder. His bail was also raised to $2 million from $1.35 million. The Eastsider

Featherweight boxer Leo Santa Cruz, who grew up in Lincoln Heights, dedicated his recent successful bout for his father and trainer, Jose Santa Cruz, who is battling cancer. L.A. Times

A proposal to build an aerial tram between Union Station and Dodger Stadium has continued to move forward. Metro, the transportation agency that owns Union Station, said it will be asking the backers of the unsolicited proposal to submit more precise information about its business model, service design and what value it brings to residents. If Metro approves the more refined concept, the agency could then move forward to pursue a possible deal, start a competitive bidding process or “some other arrangement.” My News LA

Echo Park resident Darrell Kunitomi has given tours of the L.A. Times to about 400,000 people over the past 35 years. But now with the paper preparing to move from Downtown L.A. to El Segundo, Kunitomi, 65, is giving his final tours of the landmark building at First and Spring streets. The paper is supposed to be out of the building by July 1, but it’s still uncertain exactly when Kunitomi and the rest of the staff will make the move. “I’m just going to continue to take every visitor who wants to come,” he said. L.A. Taco

Marshall High School alumnus and Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes was at Dodger Stadium to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Dodgers-Texas Rangers game. Haynes, Class of 1971, established a scholarship at the school. Los Feliz Ledger

Bikes, kitty litter, golf clubs and engagement rings are among the many items found in Metro’s lost and found warehouse in Cypress Park. The items are held for 90 days but only 20% are claimed. CBS2

Police are seeking the last remaining suspect in the robbery of a man in his Silver Lake home last April. The suspect and three others who have since been apprehended allegedly robbed and tied up the victim on April 25 at the 2700 block of Riverside Drive, then tried to use the victim’s ATM card at several local stores afterwards. The circumstances of this robbery seem similar to the home-invasion robbery of a ride-share driver, who was pistol-whipped and robbed in his apartment, and who may have been set up by a woman he had invited over to his place. The remaining suspect is described as a black male 25 to 28 years of age, standing between 5 feet 5 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 120 to 160 pounds. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Faded markings on Simmons Avenue | By Aurelio Jose Barrera

Many bike boulevard markings on the streets have already disappeared or faded away. The Eastsider

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