Woman charged with running immigration services scam

A Los Angeles woman pleaded not guilty last week to 17 felony counts for allegedly operating a fraudulent immigration services business.
Dalila Moreno (dob 11/23/54) faces charges of grand theft of personal property, forgery, counterfeit seal and extortion. Her next scheduled court appearance is a preliminary hearing setting on Feb. 13.
According to prosecutors, Moreno ran the immigration business from her home between May 7, 2011, and October 31, 2014, falsely promising to expedite the processing of visas, resident alien cards and citizenship petitions for her clients and their families.
The defendant allegedly told victims she worked for the government and had special government connections. She allegedly pretended to provide services by creating false visas and passport stamps, collecting $129,000 from 13 victims without providing the promised services.
Moreno faces up to 14 years in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail was set at $550,000.
Investigators believe there may be other victims and ask them to call the Consumer Protection Division's hotline at (213) 257-2465.

Two men arrested for string of robberies

NORWALK – On Monday, Nov. 20, between the hours of 12:45 p.m. and 8:40 p.m., six armed robberies occurred within the cities of Norwalk, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Bellflower. 
The primary targets were gas stations and convenience stores. 

Approximately $780 in cash, cigarettes and other miscellaneous items were stolen at gunpoint. Evidence obtained at several of the incident locations lead detectives to identify two suspects. 
At approximately 8:45 p.m., a small 1994 dark blue Toyota 2dr pick-up truck, fitting the description of the suspected vehicle, was observed by Whittier Police Department personnel drive into a gas station at Valley View and Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada. 

Subsequently, the two suspects inside the pick-up truck were detained at gunpoint and taken into custody without incident.

Among the items recovered from the suspect vehicle were cigarettes and approximately $800 in cash. A black airsoft pistol closely resembling the handgun believed to have been used in the commission of the crimes was also recovered.

The suspects, 18-year-old Christian Lopez, a male Hispanic resident of Whittier and 20-year-old Alberto Letona Jr., a male Hispanic of La Mirada, were arrested and transported to Norwalk Sheriff’s Station where they were booked for robbery. 

Each are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Bump leads to fatal shooting at Norwalk gas station

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NORWALK – A 42-year-old man was shot and killed following a physical altercation at an Arco convenience store in Norwalk last Saturday. 

Authorities say the incident began when the victim, Geronimo Gutierrez, bumped into a 16-year-old Palm Springs girl inside the store, located at 10602 Imperial Hwy. 

The bump led to a fist fight between Gutierrez and the girl’s friend, 20-year-old Nakia Smith, of Los Angeles.

During the fight, Smith produced a handgun and shot Gutierrez in the head, authorities said. An innocent bystander was  struck in the abdomen. 

Gutierrez died but the bystander survived. 

Authorities arrested Smith and the 16-year-old girl in Palm Springs. They also found the suspected murder weapon, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Volunteer track coach arrested for sexual assault

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victim’s Bureau is currently investigating a sexual assault case involving a volunteer high school track coach from Norwalk High School, the department announced via its official Facebook page. 

The suspect, 26-year-old Johnny Arrellano was arrested on Oct. 5 for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, police said. 

It is alleged he sexually assaulted two female students while off campus.

Arrellano is scheduled to be arraigned at Norwalk Court today, Tuesday Oct. 17. His bail is set at $370,000.00.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims or witnesses.

Norwalk man charged in fatal hit-and-run

DOWNEY – A 19-year-old Norwalk man was arrested for fleeing a fatal vehicle collision in Downey on Sept. 6, police said. 

Authorities say Jose Esparza was driving the vehicle that collided into another car at Bellflower Boulevard and Imperial Highway at about 10:59 p.m. 

Esparza allegedly fled the scene but was arrested later by investigators. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and hit-and-run.