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Detectives Investigating Fatal Winnetka Stabbing

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Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Homicide Bureau are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for killing a man in a Winnetka stabbing.

On April 7, at 8:10 a.m., Topanga Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a stabbing in the 7600 block of Gazette Avenue, according to the LAPD.

Officers located a victim with multiple stab wounds laying on the grass in the backyard of a residence, according to investigators. 

“The victim was not conscious and struggling to breathe,” LAPD officials said. 

The Valley Bureau Homicide investigation revealed that the victim had entered the back yard of the residence through the rear alley. 

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where the victim was pronounced dead.    

The victim is described as a 26-year-old Hispanic male from Canoga Park.  His name is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin, according to investigators. 

There is no suspect description, police said. 

Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is asked to call Valley Bureau Homicide detectives at (818) 374-1925.  

During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go directly here

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One Killed In Saugus Stabbing, Suspect In Custody After Standoff

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James Mathew Dorsey, the suspect wanted in connection to the Saugus stabbing. Photo Courtesy of the LASD.

A woman was killed in a Saugus stabbing Thursday morning, with the suspect — the estranged husband of the victim — taken into custody after a standoff with deputies near Gorman.

The incident occurred on Thursday at about 5:10 a.m. on the 22800 block of Fir Court, according to Deputy Grace Medrano, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Information Bureau. 

Homicide Detectives have identified the suspect as 41-year-old James Mathew Dorsey from Washington State. He is described as a male White, 5’06, 165 lbs, according to Medrano.

Dorsey is the estranged husband of the victim, according to LASD Lt. Barry Hall.

“The information we have right now is that he’s not even living in the state, and they were certainly estranged, he’s not even welcome at the house,” Hall said. “He probably forced his way through the door at the back.”

Dorsey fled the scene driving a white Chevy Malibu, 4-door sedan with a California plate of 7ALF904.

“The suspect is considered armed and dangerous,” Medrano said. “Call 9-1-1 if you see the suspect and do not approach.”

At about 4:40 p.m., deputies initiated a pursuit, following the suspect at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Dorsey crashed on 330th Street, near the border of Los Angeles County and Kern County.

Hours later by 10 p.m., the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau reported Dorsey was taken into custody.

“After several hours and many verbal attempts by Santa Clarita Station deputies, SEB Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiations Team the incident concluded peacefully,” said SCV Sheriff’s Station officials.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or the website.

Note: This story has been updated with information on the standoff between deputies and the suspect.

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Former Catholic Priest Charged With Sexual Assault Of Four Children

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A former Catholic priest has been charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting four boys at two different parishes, including one in Palmdale, dating back more than two decades.

Christopher John Cunningham, 58, is facing 12 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. Arraignment will be scheduled for a later date, according to Greg Risling, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“The victims were innocent children who have spent most of their lives with the trauma caused by the abuse alleged in this case,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “My office is committed to holding accountable anyone who abuses and takes advantage of our children, especially when they hold a position of trust.”

The case was filed for a warrant on April 2, according to investigators.

While working as an associate pastor at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale, the defendant is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy on two occasions between November 1995 and September 1997. Cunningham also allegedly sexually assaulted a boy at the victim’s home sometime between June 1996 and June 1998, prosecutors said.

Cunningham also worked at Saint Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. While there, he is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old on two occasions between July 1998 and January 2001. During that same time frame, the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy on multiple occasions, according to the D.A’s Office.

The case remains under investigation by the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. If anyone has additional information or was a victim, call the bureau at (562) 946-8531.

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UPDATE: No Barricade Suspect Located After Tactical Operation In Lancaster

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After several hours, no suspect was found after the report of a person wanted for burglary was barricaded in Lancaster Monday morning.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) personnel responded to assist Lancaster Station with a barricaded armed burglary suspect, according to Deputy Trina Schrader.

The incident was reported on April 12, at about 5:09 a.m., on the 3800 block of Avenue K in Lancaster, according to investigators. 

SEB personnel will assume tactical command and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is attempting to make contact with the suspect to bring this to a peaceful conclusion, Schrader said.

The surrounding homes have been evacuated for the safety of the residents.

After several hours and many verbal attempts by Lancaster Station deputies, SEB Tactical Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team there was no contact with the suspect.

SEB Tactical Team cleared the premises just before 1 p.m. and no suspect was located, according to Sheriff’s officials.

There is no additional information available, according to Schrader.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466.

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