Written by AARON CASTREJON
EAST LOS ANGELES - A Sig Alert has been issued for all lanes of the north and south 710 freeway south of Whittier Boulevard after fallen cables have caused traffic to come to a halt.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting drivers who are not stuck are exiting the freeway on nearby onramps. At least one vehicle may have been damaged by the falling cables.
Construction is being done in the area. A crane operator became trapped by the fallen cables until he was freed from his equipment, according to the CHP.
An off-duty Sheriff’s deputy reported that some of the wire are sparking, the CHP said.
It is unclear if all the fallen cables are live power lines. CHP officers report traffic signals around the 710 and 60 freeways are out.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - Sheriff’s homicide detectives announced the arrest of two men involved on the fatal shooting of Rene Lupian.
Abraham Julianny Cabrera, a 19-year-old Alhambra man, and Wayne Andrew Seare Jr., a 20-year-old Montebello man, were both arrested December 21. Cabrera is the accused gunman, while Seare is the second suspect wanted in connection with the killing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Rene Lupian, 22, from Montebello, was robbed while walking home from an East Los Angeles In N Out restaurant November 7, 2018 around 10:30 p.m. After leaving a liquor store, he was met by an armed man who exited a white compact car in the 900 block of Concourse Avenue.
Lupian surrendered a backpack, but refused to surrender a sentimental gold chain.
“It appears that Rene gave-up a backpack he was carrying but resisted giving a gold chain and cross that was given to him by his grandmother as a keepsake,” said Homicide Bureau Captain Christopher Bergner.
The suspect shot Lupian and fled into the waiting car.
Lupian later died at a hospital.
Minutes before the fatal shooting, a female passenger of the car was inside the same liquor store where Lupian entered and left a short time after he arrived.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives later located and identified her through surveillance footage, but have yet to identify her role in the shooting.
Seare is being held in lieu of $2.1 million bail. Cabrera is being held without bail.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - The victim in a highly-publicized stabbing aboard a Montebello Bus Lines route stabbed April 8 died after a nearly two-month fight for his life.
The unnamed victim was stabbed aboard a bus in the 5700 block of Whittier Boulevard around 3:40 p.m. Three days later, Manuel Ortiz, 27, was arrested April 12 and booked in connection to the stabbing. A motive remains unknown, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Ortiz, a Los Angeles County transient, was arrested after being contacted by members of the public.
In the wake of the victim’s death, Ortiz’s charges were upgraded to first-degree murder. His bail was set at $2 million.
“It was a savage attack and one that caused us great concern,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “It was seemingly unprovoked, as the suspect walked towards the front of the bus, pulled a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.”