Caregiver charged in stabbing death of Long Beach woman

A 55-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in her Long Beach apartment last April, according to authorities.

Theresa Lynn Dargan was arrested on suspicion of murder May 10, according to online jail records.

Dargan has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. She is due back in court Feb. 25.

On April 14, 51-year-old Olympia Riley was found dead in her apartment in the 1400 block of Walnut Avenue, police said.

Riley had been stabbed to death. Police said Dargan worked as a caregiver for Riley, but authorities did not provide additional information about the killing.

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A 55-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in her Long Beach apartment last April, according to authorities.

Theresa Lynn Dargan was arrested on suspicion of murder May 10, according to online jail records.

Dargan has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. She is due back in court Feb. 25.

On April 14, 51-year-old Olympia Riley was found dead in her apartment in the 1400 block of Walnut Avenue, police said.

Riley had been stabbed to death. Police said Dargan worked as a caregiver for Riley, but authorities did not provide additional information about the killing.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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Adam Gilbert Calderon, 30

Adam Gilbert Calderon, a 30-year-old Latino male, died Monday, Feb. 11, in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. The cause of death is pending.

Adam Gilbert Calderon, a 30-year-old Latino male, died Monday, Feb. 11, in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. The cause of death is pending.

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Timothy Jackson, 53

Timothy Jackson, a 53-year-old black male, died Friday, Feb. 8, in View Park-Windsor Hills, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. The cause of death is pending.

Timothy Jackson, a 53-year-old black male, died Friday, Feb. 8, in View Park-Windsor Hills, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. The cause of death is pending.

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Robert Ricardo Gonzalez, 27

Robert Ricardo Gonzalez, a 27-year-old Latino male, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, after being stabbed in Cerritos, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.

Robert Ricardo Gonzalez, a 27-year-old Latino male, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, after being stabbed in Cerritos, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

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David Cirilo Cervantes, 60

David Cirilo Cervantes, a 60-year-old white male, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. The cause of death is pending.

David Cirilo Cervantes, a 60-year-old white male, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. The cause of death is pending.

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Chloe Marie Corona, 28

Chloe Marie Corona, a 28-year-old black female, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. The cause of death is pending.

Chloe Marie Corona, a 28-year-old black female, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. The cause of death is pending.

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Man shot under freeway was father of three who loved children ‘with all my soul’

 On a rainy night in November, Francisco Javier Rodriguez posted a photo of himself on Instagram. Under the photo he wrote how he missed his family — his three children and their mother, whom he had recently separated from.

The 24-year-old wrote that he hoped to see the children during their upcoming birthdays and the holidays. 

“Let them know I love them very much with all my soul,” he wrote.

Three days later, about 6:50 a.m. on Nov. 24, officers received a call of a shooting on Plummer Street under the 405 Freeway in North Hills.

When police arrived, they found Rodriguez inside a tent under the freeway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unclear why he was in the area. A family member said he may have been visiting a friend’s mother. 

According to police, a man described as a heavyset Latino had gotten out of a silver or gray sedan, opened a tent and shot Rodriguez.

The man then got back into the car and fled.  The motive of the shooting is still under investigation, but it is considered an isolated incident, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nicholas Sinclair.

There were other people in tents nearby at the time of the shooting, but police haven’t been able to speak with any witnesses, Sinclair said. 

More than a month after the shooting, a small pile of items were all that remained of a memorial set up to pay tribute to Rodriguez, where people left beers and mementos.

A Modelo beer can, an unopened piece of candy, a bracelet and flowers were stacked on top of an empty bag of chips — chile limon-flavored — the kind he would always buy.

On the sidewalk around the pile were the words “RIP Lazy” in red paint, a nickname given to him by high school friends, his sister Evelyn said. 

Beneath it: “We miss you.” 

At home, he was known as “Kaki,” a nickname that stuck after his cousin struggled to pronounce his full name, Evelyn said. Rodriguez was the second oldest of five, but he often acted like the eldest, watching over his siblings and giving them rides whenever they needed it. 

“He was way too old for his age,” said Evelyn, 20. He had his first child when he was 16 and dropped out of James Monroe High School to provide for his girlfriend and son, she said. 

Growing up, Evelyn said she and her brother liked to take their mother’s huge cooking pots, reserved for large quantities of posole, fill them with water in their backyard and hop in, she said. It was their way of pretending that they had a pool. 

Evelyn said the last time her family saw him was during Thanksgiving dinner, when he mentioned he was going to spend the night at a friend’s home, she recalled. When he didn’t return the next morning, her mother began to worry.

Evelyn reassured her that he was old enough and that it would be better if they didn’t bug him. On Saturday afternoon, two days after they last saw him, Evelyn said she received a call, notifying her that her brother had been killed.

In tears, she went home to tell her family. When her mother heard the news, she fell to the floor. Her father sat in shock. 

Evelyn visited the crime scene near the freeway to try and find answers.

“We never imagined that he would be there,” she said.

Los Angeles police described Rodriguez as transient, but Evelyn said he always lived at home with his parents. He had a temporary job working at a construction company with their father but was unemployed two weeks before he was killed, she said. 

Rodriguez’s children, who range in age from 1 to 6, are still coming to terms with their father’s absence, she said. The oldest will sometimes say, “I wish Daddy was here.”

Photo: Francisco Rodriguez. Courtesy of Rodriguez family.

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 On a rainy night in November, Francisco Javier Rodriguez posted a photo of himself on Instagram. Under the photo he wrote how he missed his family -- his three children and their mother, whom he had recently separated from.

The 24-year-old wrote that he hoped to see the children during their upcoming birthdays and the holidays. 

“Let them know I love them very much with all my soul," he wrote.

Three days later, about 6:50 a.m. on Nov. 24, officers received a call of a shooting on Plummer Street under the 405 Freeway in North Hills.

When police arrived, they found Rodriguez inside a tent under the freeway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unclear why he was in the area. A family member said he may have been visiting a friend’s mother. 

According to police, a man described as a heavyset Latino had gotten out of a silver or gray sedan, opened a tent and shot Rodriguez.

The man then got back into the car and fled.  The motive of the shooting is still under investigation, but it is considered an isolated incident, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nicholas Sinclair.

There were other people in tents nearby at the time of the shooting, but police haven’t been able to speak with any witnesses, Sinclair said. 

More than a month after the shooting, a small pile of items were all that remained of a memorial set up to pay tribute to Rodriguez, where people left beers and mementos.

A Modelo beer can, an unopened piece of candy, a bracelet and flowers were stacked on top of an empty bag of chips -- chile limon-flavored -- the kind he would always buy.

On the sidewalk around the pile were the words “RIP Lazy” in red paint, a nickname given to him by high school friends, his sister Evelyn said. 

Beneath it: “We miss you.” 

At home, he was known as “Kaki,” a nickname that stuck after his cousin struggled to pronounce his full name, Evelyn said. Rodriguez was the second oldest of five, but he often acted like the eldest, watching over his siblings and giving them rides whenever they needed it. 

“He was way too old for his age,” said Evelyn, 20. He had his first child when he was 16 and dropped out of James Monroe High School to provide for his girlfriend and son, she said. 

Growing up, Evelyn said she and her brother liked to take their mother’s huge cooking pots, reserved for large quantities of posole, fill them with water in their backyard and hop in, she said. It was their way of pretending that they had a pool. 

Evelyn said the last time her family saw him was during Thanksgiving dinner, when he mentioned he was going to spend the night at a friend’s home, she recalled. When he didn’t return the next morning, her mother began to worry.

Evelyn reassured her that he was old enough and that it would be better if they didn’t bug him. On Saturday afternoon, two days after they last saw him, Evelyn said she received a call, notifying her that her brother had been killed.

In tears, she went home to tell her family. When her mother heard the news, she fell to the floor. Her father sat in shock. 

Evelyn visited the crime scene near the freeway to try and find answers.

“We never imagined that he would be there,” she said.

Los Angeles police described Rodriguez as transient, but Evelyn said he always lived at home with his parents. He had a temporary job working at a construction company with their father but was unemployed two weeks before he was killed, she said. 

Rodriguez’s children, who range in age from 1 to 6, are still coming to terms with their father’s absence, she said. The oldest will sometimes say, “I wish Daddy was here.”

Photo: Francisco Rodriguez. Courtesy of Rodriguez family.

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Proud business owner shot and killed in Van Nuys

As the 22-year-old owner of an auto mechanic shop, Osvaldo Hernandez seemed to be on the cusp of forging his own path into adulthood.

After high school, Hernandez worked at a car dealership with his father, picking up both the financial and mechanical skills of the trade. In 2018, with his father’s encouragement and support, he then invested in his own business, Ozzie’s Mechanic Shop, based in Canoga Park.

“He was a man that was on his way to be successful,” said Javier Hernandez, Osvaldo’s father.

Osvaldo Hernandez was shot and killed shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the 7300 block of Vista Del Monte Avenue in Van Nuys, according police.

Moments earlier, Hernandez and a friend had been hanging out in the parking lot of the apartment where Hernandez lived with his family. One or more people walked up and shot at them multiple times before running away, said Los Angeles Valley Bureau homicide Det. Dave Peteque.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Hernandez was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His friend, a 22-year-old man, was in serious but stable condition.

Police are still trying to determine why the two were shot.

Family members described Hernandez as a responsible man who was saving his money to try to buy a house someday. His father proudly said that his son had $25,000 in savings and owned two cars. Besides running his auto repair shop, he also worked part-time delivering oil to other shops. He also went to the gym often and liked hiking and skateboarding.

“He was full of life,” said Aldo Hernandez, Osvaldo’s older brother. “He was not content to just be in the house and sit down and watch TV.”

Osvaldo left behind two other younger siblings, a 12-year-old brother and a 16-year-old sister.  

“He also was aware that if something happened to my father or my mother, he had to take care of my sister and brother,” Aldo said. “He knew that he had to be the man of the house. He knew we were preparing him, my father more than anyone.”

Photo: Osvaldo Hernandez. Courtesy of Aldo Hernandez

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As the 22-year-old owner of an auto mechanic shop, Osvaldo Hernandez seemed to be on the cusp of forging his own path into adulthood.

After high school, Hernandez worked at a car dealership with his father, picking up both the financial and mechanical skills of the trade. In 2018, with his father’s encouragement and support, he then invested in his own business, Ozzie’s Mechanic Shop, based in Canoga Park.

“He was a man that was on his way to be successful,” said Javier Hernandez, Osvaldo's father.

Osvaldo Hernandez was shot and killed shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the 7300 block of Vista Del Monte Avenue in Van Nuys, according police.

Moments earlier, Hernandez and a friend had been hanging out in the parking lot of the apartment where Hernandez lived with his family. One or more people walked up and shot at them multiple times before running away, said Los Angeles Valley Bureau homicide Det. Dave Peteque.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Hernandez was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His friend, a 22-year-old man, was in serious but stable condition.

Police are still trying to determine why the two were shot.

Family members described Hernandez as a responsible man who was saving his money to try to buy a house someday. His father proudly said that his son had $25,000 in savings and owned two cars. Besides running his auto repair shop, he also worked part-time delivering oil to other shops. He also went to the gym often and liked hiking and skateboarding.

“He was full of life,” said Aldo Hernandez, Osvaldo’s older brother. “He was not content to just be in the house and sit down and watch TV.”

Osvaldo left behind two other younger siblings, a 12-year-old brother and a 16-year-old sister.  

“He also was aware that if something happened to my father or my mother, he had to take care of my sister and brother,” Aldo said. “He knew that he had to be the man of the house. He knew we were preparing him, my father more than anyone.”

Photo: Osvaldo Hernandez. Courtesy of Aldo Hernandez

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Dante Bautista Batimana, 69

Dante Bautista Batimana, a 69-year-old Asian male, died Monday, Jan. 28, in Diamond Bar, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. The cause of death is pending.

Dante Bautista Batimana, a 69-year-old Asian male, died Monday, Jan. 28, in Diamond Bar, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records. The cause of death is pending.

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K'Len Grandberry, 20

K’Len Grandberry, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Jan. 26 in the 1500 block of Anaheim Street in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.Shortly before 2 p.m., Grandberry was in the courtya…

K'Len Grandberry, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Jan. 26 in the 1500 block of Anaheim Street in Harbor City, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Grandberry was in the courtyard of an apartment complex filming a music video with at least 10 to 15 other people when two people walked up and began shooting, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jeffrey Tiffin.

Grandberry was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Two others were wounded in the shooting but are expected to survive, Tiffin said.

On Feb. 6, police released a video of two people running away from the scene. Detectives also released a photo of a black van in connection with the investigation, and are asking for additional witness information.

Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call (310) 726-7884 or (310) 726-7882. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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