Norwalk man convicted of indecent exposure

NORWALK — Jurors deliberated less than an hour before convicting a Norwalk man last week of two counts of indecent exposure.

Dong Hyun Huh, 47, exposed his penis to two female pedestrians in separate incidents in Artesia and Cerritos in September 2017. Both incidents occurred on the same date.

Huh faces a maximum sentence of one year in local custody and lifetime sex offender registration. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 4 at the Bellflower branch of Los Angeles Superior Court.

Toddler shoots mom with shotgun

NORWALK – A Norwalk mother is recovering after she was accidentally shot by a small child who had access to a shotgun Wednesday.

The shooting occurred while the woman was sitting inside her car outside Ramona Preschool in Norwalk.

Authorities said the woman was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Honda when her son, who was in the back seat, gained access to a shotgun and pulled the trigger.

Officials didn’t reveal the boy’s age but said he was under 5 years old.

The mother was shot in the torso and transported to a local hospital where she was listed in fair condition. Her children were placed in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Man expected to survive drive-by shooting

NORWALK – A man is expected to survive after he was struck in a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

Authorities said the shooting took place at about 8 p.m. on the 11100 block of Ratliffe Street, between Fairford and Dalwood avenues.

The shooter fired his weapon from a passing car, striking the victim, officials said.

No description of the shooter of the vehicle was released by authorities. A motive is not clear.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. His name was not released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station at (562) 863-8711.

Tips can be made anonymously by calling (800) 222-8477.

$10,000 reward renewed for 2012 killing

NORWALK – A $10,000 reward leading to the conviction of the person that killed a Norwalk tow truck driver was renewed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Robert Garcia, 22, was killed shortly before midnight on June 28, 2012. He was shot and killed after finishing a shift at Vernola’s Towing.

Surveillance video showed that Garcia was confronted by three men before he was fatally shot.

“Robert fled eastbound on Front Street toward the business, but was fatally shot multiple times at the front door of the building,” sheriff’s officials said last year. “Robert was a hardworking provider for his budding family, and had two small children at the time of his death.”

Authorities described the suspects as Hispanic men with thin builds in their early to late teens.

The $10,000 reward was set to expire Feb. 1 but was extended after a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Man shot and killed on Carmenita Road

NORWALK – A homicide investigation is underway in Norwalk on New Year’s Eve after a man was discovered shot to death, sheriff’s officials said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the 14300 block of Carmenita Road at 4:53 p.m. to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as 26-year-old Jesus Soto Jr., a Norwalk resident.

No further information was immediately released. Investigators said the victim was targeted and the shooting was not random.

Anyone who may know more about the incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Suspect arrested after 9-hour standoff

NORWALK – A known gang member was arrested Saturday after a nine-hour standoff inside a Norwalk home near Hermosillo Park.

The incident began at about 4 p.m. when sheriff’s deputies spotted the man -- a known gang member -- standing next to his car near Clarkdale Avenue and Alondra Boulevard.

Deputies approached the man to speak with him and spotted a handgun on him, officials said. The suspect ran, prompting a search of the neighborhood.

Investigators learned the man lived nearby and called in SWAT after the suspect refused to leave his house.

Neighboring homes were evacuated as sheriff’s deputies attempted to get the man to surrender. He eventually gave himself up nine hours later after deputies fired tear gas into the home.

The suspect has not been publicly identified. Officials said they found a second gun inside his vehicle.

17-year-old Cerritos College nursing student killed in Compton shooting

NORWALK — Chloe Hunter had her heart set on being a nurse, but the 17-year-old's life was cut short during a shooting in Compton on Sept. 30.

Chloe was one of four people shot outside a school carnival at the Optimal Child Development Center at 1300 E. Palmer St. around 5 p.m.


The school’s blacktop, where the carnival was being held, is behind the large parking lot for DND Mart Liquor, at 217 N. Long Beach Ave., where Chloe and others had parked to attend the carnival, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund.

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Hunter had graduated Bellflower High School early so she could earn more money to pay for college. She went on to take classes at Cerritos College.


"She had three jobs. She just kept saying, 'I can't wait until I'm 18. Then I can be management. I can work after 10, I can work a full 40 hours,'" her mother, Janel Hunter, said.


She worked as a cashier at Little Ceasars Pizza at Lakewood Plaza and a clerk at the Tommy Hilfiger store at the Citadel Outlet mall and just two weeks ago, started working as a hostess at TGI Fridays in Bellflower.


Janel said she was proofreading her daughter's English assignment Sunday, when Chloe left to meet a friend at a Compton dance-off, which is designed to keep children off the streets and out of trouble.


"She left the house at 5. I got a call that she was shot at 5:30," Janel said.


Chloe was one of four people shot that day. The other three victims are recovering, but Chloe was pronounced dead at the hospital.


Claire Hunter is struggling with the loss of her younger sister.


"I was at work...Chloe just came with a friend to go to a dance battle and then this happened," she said.


The shooter remains at-large; a motive for the shooting is unclear.


"I really just wanted to put a name and a face - a person - and a life to the headline of 17-year-old girl killed in Compton. I want the world to know who that 17-year-old girl is," Janel said.


Anyone with more information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Two home invasions reported in one day

NORWALK – Detectives are working to determine if two back-to-back home invasions in Norwalk are connected.

The violent incidents happened within 2 miles of each other on Tuesday.

In the first incident, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said the suspects entered a home in the 12700 block of Larwin Drive shortly before 1 p.m. 

They choked a man, tied him up and put him in a closet while they stole about $400 and a cellphone.

The man suffered no serious injuries but complained of chest and neck pain.

The incident prompted a brief lockdown at John Glen and Southeast Academy high schools. 
While deputies were investigating the scene of the crime, they received a call just 30 minutes later about another home invasion in the 11900 block of Olive Street.

Officials said a man broke through the front door the home and grabbed a woman by the hair. 
The victim found a hammer and threw it at the suspect. He then grabbed it and threw it back before fleeing.

Investigators said neither the victim nor the suspect managed to strike the other with the hammer.

No suspects were caught at either of the two locations, and officials said it’s not yet clear if the crimes are connected.

Norwalk man gets 1 year in jail for killing friend

NORWALK -- A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to killing his friend nearly six months ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.
 
At yesterday's court appearance, David Kirk Vergara of Norwalk pleaded guilty to a felony count of involuntary manslaughter.
 
Following the plea, Vergara was immediately sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of formal probation.
 
Prosecutors said Vergara and the victim, David Bernal, were friends.
 
On Jan. 28, Vergara and Bernal were reportedly hanging out at a Norwalk home when the defendant began showing Bernal a rifle, prosecutors said.
 
During the presentation, Vergara allegedly pulled the rifle's trigger and shot Bernal, prosecutors added. The victim died at the scene.
 
Authorities were called and the defendant was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting.
 
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Norwalk man accused of robbing Norm's restaurant in Downey

NORWALK -- A Norwalk man has been arrested and charged with robbing the Norm’s restaurant in Downey late last year. 

Edward Ramon Rodriguez, 46, is accused of brandishing a handgun and robbing the restaurant at about 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. He ordered the cashier to give him money from the register before Rodriguez fled through the front doors to a waiting vehicle, authorities said. 

Rodriguez was arrested March 3, although police didn’t announce the arrest until March 16. Rodriguez is facing similar robbery charges in Huntington Beach. 

Prosecutors charged Rodriguez with felony armed robbery. He is currently being held at the Orange County Jail pending a court appearance.