Montebello PD News & Information

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Three in Custody After Smoke Shop Robbery

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On May 14th, 2018 at approximately 2:01 pm, Montebello Police Officers were dispatched to 2112 W. Whittier Blvd. regarding a shooting.  When Officers arrived they located a male victim suffering from several gunshot wounds.  He was rushed by paramedics to LA County USC Medical Center and underwent surgery.  The victim was later released and is recovering from his injuries.

The subsequent investigation found that three male suspects had entered the store to commit a robbery.  Two of the suspects were armed with semi-automatic handguns.  During the robbery, the victim, who was also armed with a handgun, exchanged gunfire with one of the armed suspects.  The victim along with one suspect was wounded in the shootout.  All three suspects fled the location without any merchandise or money and left in a light blue Chrysler 300 sedan.  The vehicle was seen by witnesses traveling westbound on Whittier Blvd. and out of sight. The vehicle was driven by a fourth suspect who is still outstanding.

Detectives conducted a detailed and lengthy investigation in order to identify the three suspects involved in this crime. Detectives used social media and information released to news outlets to develop leads. Several search warrants were served and evidence linking the three suspects to the scene was obtained.  With the assistance of the Long Beach Police Department, Montebello Detectives successfully arrested all three suspects within days of the incident.

On May 21st, 2018, Montebello PD detectives presented the investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  The DA’s office formally charged Craig Hill, Roddrick Reddix, and a 17 year old male with attempted murder and attempted robbery with gang enhancements and the special allegation because a firearm was discharged.  All three suspects could potentially serve 25 years to life in prison.

The Montebello Police Department is still looking for information about the getaway driver and the blue Chrysler 300. If you have any information please contact Detective Adams at (323) 887-1256.

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MAY
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Information Wanted for The Murder of Randall Fletcher

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The Montebello Police Department is seeking information regarding the murder of Randall Fletcher. 

On April 21, 2018, at approximately 4:30 PM officers responded to Ashiya Park, located at 2700 W. Beverly Blvd in the city of Montebello regarding a man down.  Upon officers arrival, they located a man down in the grass area next to the playground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The victim was later identified as Randall Fletcher. After being treated at the scene by medical personnel he was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Investigators from the Montebello Police Department are seeking the publics help with any information that may assist them with this investigation. If you have any information that may assist investigators with this crime, please call or email Detective Paul Antista at (323) 887-1249 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Montebello Gang Member Convicted of Three Counts of Attempted Murder

 

On June 21, 2008, a shooting took place at a residence in the area of Poplar Ave. and Madison Ave. in the city of Montebello.  During this time, a graduation party was underway in the backyard and was attended by numerous family members of the graduate.  Aside from family members, several South Side Montebello street gang members were present. 

At approximately 11:00 pm, an altercation took place in which several South Side Montebello gang members had a fight with rival members of a tagging crew who were walking by the party.  The tagging crew is associated with the Primera Flats street gang based out of Boyle Heights.  Following the fight, several South Side Montebello gang members were kicked out of the party.  Approximately 30 minutes after the fight, the tagging crew returned and began asking for a South Side Montebello gang member they believed wasstill at the party.  After confronting several partygoers, Joe Dorantes pulled a handgun and fired at them. 

During the shooting, four people were struck by gunfire.  Two of the people were Albert Garcia (12 yrs. old) and his father Juan Garcia (44 yrs. old).  The father and son were driven to Beverly Hospital where they both succumbed to their wounds. The other two shooting victims survived. None of the people who were shot were affiliated with street gangs.  Following the shooting, Dorantes ran south on Poplar Ave. and was confronted by a South Side Montebello gang member.  Dorantes and the gang member exchanged gunfire but neither was hit. Dorantes fled the scene on foot. 

After the shooting, the investigation did not quickly reveal the evidence needed to prosecute the suspects. Through a joint effort between Montebello PD Detectives, the ATF and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, valuable evidence was discovered.  On December 6th, 2012, Joe Dorantes was arrested and charged with the murders of Albert and Juan Garcia. The trial however resulted in a hung jury. 

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