Friday January 23
By Steve Propes
Thursday, January 1
Temple and Wall, Signal Hill. Uber driver Gilbert Wilburn picked up two men at Second and Redondo for a journey to Signal Hill on New Year’s eve. During the ride, he was informed they were not the customers he thought they were, so he told them to pay up or get out. At their destination, despite agreeing to pay, they assaulted him and got away. Wilburn asserts it was a hate crime, but no reason was given for that conclusion.
Friday. January 2
Junipero Ave. and Appleton St. At 10 a.m., a vehicle hit at least three parked cars, causing the appropriate amount of damage. Apparently there were no injuries in the unoccupied cars or to the driver, who stuck around to speak with the cops, who were summoned to investigate.
Seventh St. and Cherry Ave. At 10:05, a motor vehicle hit a female pedestrian. As a consequence, eastbound Seventh Street was blocked off to deal with situation.
3028 E. Broadway. Four vehicles were involved in an accident at 11:50 a.m. caused by a white truck, which left the scene, creating potential hit and run liability.
Saturday, January 3
6700 E. Carson St. At 9:25 a.m., as a male walked eastbound, he swung a sharpened object, which most probably had little to do with golfing at any level.
Second St. and Shopkeeper Rd. A transient was wielding an unknown object at passing cars at 3:30 p.m.
100 block of W. 51st St. At 5:50 p.m., officers responded to a shooting, in which three adults sustained gunshot injuries and infant Eliza Delacruz was taken, who was later found deceased in a dumpster near San Diego. Whether there are substantial leads in this murder is unknown.
Monday, January 5
Appian Way. Just in time for the warmer weather, a truck in a hurry hit a pole, then took off, so the bridge to Mother’s Beach was closed at 1:20 p.m.
Spring Street Tunnel near Lakewood Blvd. About 25 people were present during a photography session in the east side median of the tunnel involving a bicycle at 7:40 p.m.
Citywide. The year started badly for five adults who purchased alcohol for a minor, after which the police issued a misdemeanor citation for unlawfully furnishing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were unaware that an undercover operation was underway.
Wednesday, January 7
Dovey Drive behind the Long Beach Towne Center. Perhaps it was fitting that the end of a 50-minute police pursuit of an early model Honda Accord on freeways and surface streets was concluded via arrest at 2:05 a.m. at the front door of the police academy.
Appleton St. At 11:15 a.m., a female with a nose ring on a skateboard, the woman, not the nose ring, removed a package from a porch and skated her way away.
Thursday, January 8
Belmont Pier. At 8:15 p.m., a man was walking up the stairs next to the pier when what did he see? By the look of his gloves, Edward Scissorshands was garbed in black and a skeleton mask standing next to a BMX bike in the sand. Edward approached, the walker said hello and Edward responded in kind, then walked away.
Bixby Park. A park user heard the sound of a chain saw at 11:30 p.m. Could it be our friend from the pier out doing his thing?
Saturday, January 10
6500 block of E. Rosebay St. At 2 a.m., police went to a domestic disturbance, finding the suspect, 22-year-old Joseph Gonzales had left with his 5-month-old infant. At 2:50 a.m. Gonzales reportedly called the home and said he was on his way back with his infant son, and made threats toward the family members and police officers.
When Gonzales returned to the scene, he allegedly led officers in a car chase, punctuated by two shoot outs, that ended near Bandini and Oliver streets in San Pedro. The baby inside the suspect’s car was not harmed and no one was struck by gunfire, though one officer may have been injured by shattered glass. Gonzales was booked at the city jail without bail.
2142 East Fourth St. Jim Ritson, the owner of 4th Street Vine reported an 8:45 a.m. burglary during which, an iPhone and between $500 and $600 was taken. Ritson said an image of the suspect was caught on a video surveillance camera.
Sunday, January 11
San Gabriel River and Willow St. Rescue and the police were called out to deal with a possible person in the watery channel at 6 a.m. At 6:25 a.m., rescuers discovered a person in the water near the footbridge, south of El Dorado Park and north of the power plant.
Bellflower Blvd. from the 405 Freeway. About seven Hondas and Scions with hazard lights on were seen headed toward KMart at 9:40 p.m. Why this was a problem isn’t exactly clear.