“It’s an on-again, off-again relationship between him and her even though they’re married,” he said, noting they lived in separate residences. Gibbons said he preferred not to comment on the case, adding that he likes to keep his defense strategies “close to the vest.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALHAMBRA – A Baldwin Park woman faces charges of attempted murder after she plowed into her husband with her SUV in the courthouse parking lot as he returned from lunch for jury duty with a female juror, police said. Cynthia Estrada, 23, was arrested by Alhambra police Sgt. Joe Flannagan on April 24 – the day of the incident – after turning herself in at the East Los Angeles station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said Alhambra police Sgt. Kean Oda. She is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury under the circumstances of domestic violence, according to a felony complaint. Gilbert Alvarado, 22, of West Covina was transported to Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, where he was treated for a fractured left knee cap and cuts and abrasions on both arms, Oda said. Estrada is being held at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on $1,050,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in Pasadena Superior Court this morning for a hearing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDefense attorney Mark Andre Gibbons said that although today’s court date was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, he and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Mari Estrella, who declined to comment on the case, plan to ask the judge for a continuance. Oda said Alhambra police received a call at 12:45 p.m. April 24 to respond to the parking lot of the Alhambra Courthouse, at 150 W. Commonwealth Ave. Upon arrival, an officer found paramedics tending to Alvarado. The man told officers that his wife had hit him with her Chevy Blazer and fled the area, running into several parked cars in the process, Oda said. The front license plate from Estrada’s vehicle was found at the scene as well. Though police could not locate Estrada, she turned herself in to sheriff’s deputies at about 5 p.m. the same day, Oda said. Flannagan interviewed her at the Sheriff’s Department, then booked her into custody. Oda said Estrada admitted to Flannagan that she hit Alvarado with her car that day, and that the couple have recently had “domestic arguments.” Oda also said Estrada told Flannagan she hit Alvarado with the car after seeing him returning to jury duty from lunch with a female fellow juror.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “He claimed that, upon leaving the bathroom, he observed that the deputy was preoccupied with a computer that was in the room,” the report said. “He took the opportunity to gather some of his own effects and slip out without the deputy even noticing. Then he fled out of the hospital through an alarmed door.” Hospital staffers told sheriff’s internal affairs investigators that they were alerted by the alarm and entered the room to find the deputy at the computer looking confused and unsure of what had happened, the report said. A large-scale manhunt ensued, and Alvarado was captured about an hour later, but not before he attacked a 68-year-old man in his backyard with a barbecue tool, leaving him with injuries to his face, head and arms, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s officials said. An investigation revealed that the deputy was negligent in guarding Alvarado, a maximum-security inmate from the Pitchess Detection Center in Castaic who had been injured in a jail attack. “Investigators subsequently performed an analysis of the computer’s activity for the day and found that the timing and content of the activity suggested a distracted, preoccupied officer who was still logged on when the escape occurred in spite of his assertions to the contrary,” according to the report. The investigation further showed the deputy had been on computer sites with sexual content, prohibited by Sheriff’s Department policy. A separate investigation found the same deputy had downloaded porn on his department computer. The report also found that 20 inmates had escaped from the jails and courthouses from November 2004 through Sept. 30. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A sheriff’s deputy was viewing porn on a hospital computer when an injured inmate escaped his guard last year and fled into a Valencia neighborhood where he beat an elderly man, according to an annual report issued this week by the county Office of Independent Review. The deputy, who was not named, was fired following the October 2004 incident at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The deputy told investigators that his charge, Samuel Alvarado, then 19, had gone to the bathroom in the hospital’s emergency room, then shoved a walker toward him and fled. Asking for help from hospital personnel, he tried to follow Alvarado, the review quotes the deputy as telling investigators. But Alvarado told a different story after he was recaptured, and hospital staffers backed his version, according to the independent review by OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco.