HAWTHORNE, CA—Times are tough and pizza is cheap, and it may be that failing to tip a pizza delivery person can prompt an escalation far worse than one imagines.
Stephanie Fuentes, 19, was arrested by Hawthorne police officers on Tuesday, January 6 at approximately 5:08 p.m. The Lennox resident was arrested along the 10700 block of Burin Avenue in Lennox, which according to police records is very close to her residence on the same street, and is less than two blocks north of the 405 freeway. The self-proclaimed pizza employee was charged with assault with a firearm (245(A)(2)PC).
Lennox is an unincorporated area southwest of Inglewood, a charter city in Los Angeles County adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). According to Streetgangs.com, Lennox “has been designated by the census as an area in Los Angeles as a CDP (census designated place).”
The area has a number of pizza joints, such as the La Pizza Loca located at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Lennox Avenue—just half a block from where Fuentes lives and was arrested. It is unknown if the woman is (or was) employed by La Pizza Loca.
In any case, bail was set at $50,000, which is enough to buy more than 15,000 HOT-N-READY® Crazy Combo®s from either of the two nearby Little Caesars Pizza joints.