By Laura Brady-Allen
Manuel “Manny” Espana, a transient known in Eagle Rock for menacing people on the boulevards, has been in custody since March, awaiting trial on charges of burglarizing a residence in Eagle Rock while a woman was in the house sleeping.
But the trial, scheduled to begin October 30, did not start as planned because, on October 29, the defense raised doubt as to Espana’s mental competence. A mental competency hearing is set for November 21. Espana will remain in custody.
No arrests have been made in the shooting deaths of:
- Daniel Antonio Quevedo Alvarez, 27, on July 17 in front of the 7-Eleven on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock
- Victor Cortez Jr., 21, on August 17, at East Avenue 42 and Griffin Avenue in Highland Park, in what LAPD believe was a gang-related shooting
- Edgar Franquez, 36, on August 21, in his backyard on Fayette Street in Highland Park
There were more burglaries on Colorado Boulevard in October:
Found Coffee at 1355 Colorado Boulevard was burglarized on Oct. 2 for the fourth time in four years. The glass front door was smashed to gain entry and an empty cash register was stolen. There have been no arrests. Found Coffee owner Annie Choi told the Boulevard Sentinel that customers have donated cash to help replace the door. “Eagle Rock is an incredibly supportive community of small businesses,” she said.
La Fuente restaurant at 2256 Colorado Boulevard was broken into through the glass front door at 7:50 a.m. on October 20 and beer was stolen. Police arrested a man nearby a short time later. The suspect was identified by police only as an “adult, male Hispanic.”
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