Stray bullet nearly hits sleeping teen

A bullet from a neighbor’s discharged handgun came within foot of striking a Glendale teen who was sleeping Friday in her bed inside her parent’s apartment, police said.

The bullet traveled from a neighboring apartment in the 600 block of South Glendale Avenue through the front door of the girl’s parents unit and finally stopped inside a dresser drawer near her bed, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.

The girl’s parents reportedly discovered the bullet hole inside their unit about 7:20 a.m. and notified police, who were able to trace its path to a similar opening outside the neighbors’ unit.

Her neighbors — Teresa Flores Rodriguez, 38, Cesar Sanchez Estrada, 30, Griselda Martinez, 30, and Jose Antonio Carranza, 26, — were detained as police obtained a warrant to search their apartment, she added.

Inside the apartment, police found a 9mm handgun, narcotics and packaging material, which Lightfoot said indicates drug sales.

The group was arrested on suspicion of weapon and narcotics violations, she added.

Detectives were still investigating the incident late Friday.


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