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Suspect arrested in connection with body found in Irwindale storage facility

September 3, 2010 | 11:13 pm

Police have a suspect in custody after a body was discovered in an Irwindale storage unit Friday.

The dead man was found after a driver rammed the gate of the storage facility to force his way out, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The driver had been unable to leave because he lacked a security code to open the gate, and the facility staff refused to open it for him. Witnesses wrote down the license plate and a description of the car.

Irwindale police, called to the scene about 4 p.m., were investigating the damaged gate when they received a call from Baldwin Park police. Officers there had detained the driver of the car involved in the earlier confrontation after the car was involved in a traffic accident in that city.

The driver, who has suffered undisclosed injuries, has been hospitalized under guard, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

In Irwindale, officers were able to connect the car to a particular storage unit, where they found the body of a man who had suffered blunt-force trauma to his head. Sheriff’s detectives were still investigating at the scene, in the 4300 block of Irwindale Avenue, well into Friday evening.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim or of the suspect.

-- Howard Blume