Written by AARON CASTREJON
HACIENDA HEIGHTS - A youth pastor will have to answer to allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage acquaintance, investigators said.
Jonathan Tsai was arrested July 21 — a little more than six months after the allegations came forward. The victim alleged Tsai sexually assaulted when she was 12 years old and the abuse continued until she was 18, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The abuse happened while Tsai was pastor at Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles Church in Hacienda Heights. He is currently head pastor at the church, now called Abundant Life Ministries.
“Her family became close with the suspect and his family. During visits to the victim’s home, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Two additional victims were identified and reported being assaulted by Tsai while they were youths, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The West Covina Police Department announced Thursday, August 6 that detectives are also investigating Tsai for alleged assaults in West Covina.
Tsai was booked at the Walnut Sheriff’s Station. He was held in lieu of $1.4 million bail before posting bond.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed four charges of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, one count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and one count of sexual penetration of a person under 16.
Tsai’s next court date is scheduled for August 26.
Anyone who may have been a victim of Tsai is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau tip line at 877-710-5273, or call the West Covina Police tip line at 626-939-8688.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
HACIENDA HEIGHTS - A parolee and three women were taken into custody Sunday night after they threatened and attacked a couple as part of ongoing drama, a Sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The four suspects tracked down the victim and her boyfriend to Glenthorne Street. The parolee, identified as 19-year-old Leonardo Castro-Verdugo and brandished a handgun. The victim and her boyfriend were chased after escaping, according to Lt. James Long of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industry Station.
Castro-Verdugo also allegedly pointed the gun at the victims and threatened to shoot them. The butt of the gun was used to break a window on the victims vehicle. One of the victims, in turn, damaged the suspect vehicle, long told SGV CityWatch.
Deputies were first called around 11:09 p.m. March 22 from the victim and her boyfriend in the area of Azusa Avenue and Colima Road.
“The male and girl flee. They call police and our front desk tells them to drive to the station. Deputies were waiting right here and the suspect drove right by,” long told SGV CityWatch.
Deputies followed the suspects and performed a traffic stop at Prichard Street and Perth Avenue in La Puente. Castro-Verdugo fled deputies on foot and ditched his gun before surrendering on Beckner Street, Long told SGV CityWatch.
Castro-Verdugo, a La Puente man, was recently released from prison, having served time for an attempted armed robbery, Long told SGV CityWatch.
Also arrest were 24-year-old Samantha Carillo, from La Puente, Bianca Mendoza, a 19-year-old La Puente woman, and Irene Anguiano, a 21-year-old El Monte woman.