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Over $7,000 Of Equipment Stolen From Gardener In Glendale Robbery

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A gardener was assaulted before three men stole about $7,400 of equipment in a Glendale robbery this past week. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, at about 9:15 a.m., Glendale Police Department (GPD) officers responded to a report of a robbery that just occurred on the 1500 block of El Miradero Avenue, according to Sgt. Hauptmann, spokesperson for the GPD. 

An immediate area check for the suspects was conducted, but officers were unable to locate them, according to Hauptmann.

The initial investigation revealed that the victim of the robbery was working as a gardener at a residence when he noticed a blue minivan parked next to his work van and three suspects stealing gardening equipment from his van, according to the spokesperson. 

“As the suspects attempted to flee the scene in their vehicle, the victim grabbed the keys from the minivan’s ignition to try to stop them,” Hauptmann said.

The driver of the suspect vehicle grabbed the victim’s arm and drove the minivan in reverse at a high rate of speed for approximately 300 yards at which point he stopped and punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall onto the roadway, according to investigators. 

After this, the suspects fled the scene in the minivan.

The suspects are described as three Hispanic males in their early 20’s.  The driver of the suspect vehicle was described as having a shaved head, according to the GPD.

There is no further description of the suspects, Hauptmann said.

The suspects’ vehicle was described as a late 1990’s to early 2000’s blue Dodge Caravan with traffic collision damage to the front passenger side headlight.  

The victim, Enrique Gonzalez, received a minor injury during the robbery and declined medical attention.  

About $7,400 of gardening equipment was stolen in the incident, according to investigators. 

A GoFundMe has been created for Gonzalez to replace the stolen equipment, according to Rachel Siegel, who organized the fundraiser.

“Enrique had to run alongside the van for dear life, and try not to fall or get run over, as neighbors watched in horror,” the GoFundMe reads. “He said he thought he was going to die.”

Gonzalez needs a new lawnmower, edger and other equipment to make a living as a gardener. Siegel started the GoFundMe page to help raise the money he will need to replace his gardening equipment and keep working to support his family.  

Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is encouraged to contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.  Those wishing to remain anonymous, can call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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One Killed In Saugus Stabbing, Deputies In Standoff With Suspect

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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 — in a standoff with deputies after fleeing at high speeds.

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 the crashed on 300th Street, near the border of Los Angeles County and Kern County.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Dorsey is still in the vehicle, with the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) responding to the scene.

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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