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January 28th, 2010 by Terry Miller
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 568 service events, resulting in 148 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
Robbery / Assault with a Deadly Weapon
On January 7 at 12:02 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding store security chasing a theft suspect. The suspect was approached by loss prevention personnel after he rolled out merchandise on a cart without paying. The suspect pulled out a knife, holding the loss prevention officer at bay. He then fled toward another business and the loss prevention officer lost sight of him. The Foothill Air Support helicopter, along with assisting units, conducted an area search, but the suspect was not located. Investigation continuing.
Domestic Violence / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Suspect Arrested
On January 7 at 2:48 p.m., a citizen was walking in front of a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress and heard a disturbance coming from inside. She felt that it was a physical altercation. An officer responded and contacted a male subject who denied any problem at the location. The officer persisted and asked the male to have the female and children come outside. Officers eventually took the male into custody for domestic violence since the female had visible injuries. The male was booked for felony domestic violence and delaying a police officer. A temporary restraining order was obtained against the male subject.
On January 7 at 2:59 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Pomona. The victim reported that his enclosed cargo trailer was broken into while it was parked in the industrial park. The suspects cut the lock to gain entry. The loss was approximately $6,300 in miscellaneous used electrical tools. Investigation continuing.
Felony Vandalism / Suspect Arrested
On January 8 at 12:10 a.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Monterey regarding vandalism in progress. Witnesses saw the suspect vandalizing City property. He was last seen walking north on Monterey. Officers conducted an area check and located a subject matching the description given by the witness. A field show-up was conducted and the subject was positively identified as the suspect by the witness. Officers checked the area for evidence and found a red marker which was used to damage the property near the area where the suspect was arrested.
On January 8 at 9:42 a.m., a caller reported tagging to the brick wall of his business. The wall is adjacent to the north-south alley between Monrovista and Hurstview. The officer noted that there was graffiti written in black spray paint in numerous different locations. The three vandalisms are related as the tagging is the same. Investigation continuing.
On January 8 at 10:07 a.m., an officer went to a business in the 1100 block of South Fifth regarding a burglary to a residence attached to the business. The residence is a one bedroom apartment attached to the business. The suspects broke a window to gain entry and stole old coins. This window is visible from the business office, but the attendant did not see or hear anything. Investigation continuing.
On January 8 at 2:46 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of West Duarte regarding a theft. He arrived and the victim reported that someone had cut the lock off his carport’s door. The loss has not been determined. Investigation continuing.
On January 8 at 3:27 p.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of West Duarte regarding a theft. The victim reported that someone had broken into his car that was parked in his carport. The suspects took his wallet and a jacket. Investigation continuing.
Driving Under the Influence / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Suspect Arrested
On January 8 at 11:31 p.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a lighting equipment violation. The driver did not yield for several blocks, until he stopped in front of his residence. He was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A search of the driver revealed he had a glass pipe commonly used for smoking cocaine in his possession. The driver was arrested and taken into custody for the above listed charges.
Possession of Methamphetamine / Suspect Arrested
On January 9 at 2:57 a.m., officers were patrolling the area of the pedestrian bridge in the 1200 block of South Fifth. They observed two subjects loitering in the tunnel and attempted to contact to them. One subject ran south away from the officers, while the other subject stayed. The subject gave consent to a pat down search, and during the search a methamphetamine pipe was located. There was a usable amount of methamphetamine in the pipe. The subject was arrested and booked for felony possession.
Attempt Vehicle Burglary
On January 9 at 11:06 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain. He arrived and contacted a witness, who stated he was in his parked vehicle and saw a male suspect break the window to a vehicle with his gloved hand. The suspect noticed the witness watching him. He then approached the witness and asked him what he was looking at. The suspect then entered a vehicle and left the area. The witness wrote down the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle as it drove away and called police. Investigation continuing.
On January 9 at 1:22 p.m., and officer responded to a business in the 600 block of West Huntington. He arrived and met with the victim, who reported his company truck had been parked in the rear parking area in the evening and secured. He returned to his business today and noted a window of the truck had been smashed. He checked the truck and determined some handheld electrical tools had been taken.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Suspects Arrested
On January 9 at 12:40 a.m., police responded to a dispute between two families having a party at a complex in the 800 block of West Walnut. The families are interconnected and have had conflict before over perceived abuse between a husband and wife. The initial call reported seven male subjects breaking glass and fighting at a party. Officers arrived and observed several subjects running inside the residence. Statements from the party goers indicate that one drunken subject had pushed his wife down, causing further conflict between all the attending family members. The investigation eventually revealed that there was no current domestic battery; however, members of each family had become involved in yelling and pushing, and at some point one male subject was cut during the altercation. He then struck the person who cut him over the head with a beer bottle. These two suspect/victims were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. One had a contusion on his head and the other had a laceration on his hand. Neither subject wanted to go to the hospital for treatment.
On January 11 at 7:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department air crew flew over Azusa Canyon searching for a missing person who had been reported to Monrovia Police Department on the evening of January 10. An elderly man had gone for a drive and had not returned home. The helicopter was requested to search the canyon and located the missing person’s vehicle over a cliff in the canyon. The missing person was still in the vehicle and had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment of broken bones and contusions.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
On January 12 at 3:30 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Fifth and Diamond when he saw a person riding a bicycle with no light. The officer attempted to stop the bicyclist, but he refused to stop. The officer eventually was able to stop and detain the subject. The subject was found to be on parole and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. The suspect was arrested without further incident.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
On January 12 at 5:15 a.m., officers were investigating a grand theft auto in the 100 block of East Central when a female driver getting off the freeway flagged them down. The driver reported that a vehicle had rammed her several times on the freeway and was following her. At that moment, the suspect vehicle exited the freeway in front of the officers. The officer stopped the vehicle and detained the driver and the passenger. The investigation revealed the two suspects intentionally rammed the female victim’s car several times on the freeway at approximately 65 miles per hour. The suspects then drove next to the victim and both flashed gang signs at her. Investigation continuing.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 to Saturday, January 9th, 2010 the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 323 calls for service.
Tuesday, January 5th
12:36 PM – Petty Theft, 50 Block W. Alegria Ave. Between 1:00 AM and 12:00 PM on 01-05-2010 suspect(s) stole a Pioneer in-dash car stereo from the victim’s unlocked vehicle. No suspect information is available at this time. Total loss is estimated at $150.00.
11:20 PM – Narcotics Arrest, Michillinda Ave/Foothill Blvd. An officer stopped a bicyclist for an equipment violation. The bicyclist, a parolee, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested for the felony violation and transported to the Pasadena Jail for booking.
For the period of Sunday, January 3, through Saturday, January 9, the Police Department responded to 1,116 calls for service of which 156 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, January 3:
1. An auto burglary occurred at an AMH parking structure between 7:00 p.m. on January 2 and 7:52 a.m. on January 3. Unknown suspect(s) broke a car window and took a handbag for a reported loss of over $3,500. The victim also advised that she was notified by her bank that unknown suspect(s) had attempted to withdraw money from ATM machines in Arcadia and Fontana.
2. Three auto burglaries occurred between 5:00 p.m. on January 2 and 11:00 a.m. on January 3 at 450 East Live Oak. Unknown suspect(s) broke windows to gain entry into the vehicles and stole GPS units and a car stereo.
Monday, January 4:
3. Around 3:30 p.m., an automated license plate reader system alerted officers to a stolen vehicle and a felony traffic stop was made in the 5100 block of Tyler. A 39-year-old male Hispanic driver and a 47-year-old male Asian passenger were contacted. The driver claimed that he had recently purchased the vehicle but did not have any paperwork, and the passenger indicated that he did not know the car was stolen. Both men were taken into custody without incident.
4. Between 5:00 p.m. on January 3 and 8:00 a.m. on January 4, a residential burglary occurred in the 1200 block of South Golden West. Unknown suspect(s) gained access into the victim’s locked garage, ransacked two vehicles, and stole a set of golf clubs worth over $4,100 and a spare car key.
Tuesday, January 5:
5. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., units responded to the 300 block of East La Sierra regarding a suicide. A 58-year-old woman, despondent over her failing health, hanged herself and a suicide note was found.
6. Around 2:18 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted at Foothill and Primrose for a code violation. Two occupants were contacted and record checks revealed that the 23-year-old male Hispanic driver has never been issued a driver’s license and he also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant; a 30-year-old female Hispanic passenger also had outstanding warrants totaling $56,000. Both subjects were arrested at the scene and a search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of pills that are used as precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine. When the female subject was being transported to the City jail, she attempted to discard a large amount of a white crystalline substance in the patrol unit and the substance was also falling to the ground from her pant leg, leaving a trail from the car into the police building. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of precursors of methamphetamine.
Wednesday, January 6:
7. Around 4:27 p.m., units responded to the 1100 block of Arcadia regarding a fraud investigation. The victim received a message from her credit card company regarding suspicious activities on her account. She checked her account and discovered over $3,210 in unauthorized purchases from December 24 to December 26.
8. Units responded to Phoenix Spa, 37 East Duarte, around 7:43 p.m. in reference to a grand theft that just occurred. Two female Hispanic suspects entered the business with two small children. While one suspect distracted the victim, the other suspect grabbed a bank bag and a young girl took the victim’s purse from behind the counter. The theft was caught on surveillance video.
Thursday, January 7:
9. Shortly after 4:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Burlington Coat Factory advised that they had detained a woman for theft. A 21-year-old African-American suspect entered a fitting room with numerous clothing items, concealed the merchandise, and left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and the woman was taken into custody for grand theft.
10. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., a male victim came to the station with his one-year old son to report a domestic violence incident. He advised that during an argument, his girlfriend struck him numerous times in the back, shoulder, and legs with a wooden dowel. She then retrieved a knife and pointed it at him in a threatening manner. Fearing for their son’s safety, he fled the residence and came to the police station. The victim also had numerous scars from previous assaults and fresh bruises. Officers went to the 1200 block of South Golden West and arrested a 25-year-old female Hispanic for inflicting corporal injury to cohabitant and assault with a deadly weapon.
Friday, January 8:
11. Two victims came to the station around 10:05 a.m. to file a forgery report. Unknown suspect(s) obtained a copy of their check by unknown means, created fake checks, and cashed them for $9,977.
12. Units were dispatched to Nordstrom around 7:57 p.m. regarding a woman detained for theft. She selected numerous items and concealed them in a shopping bag and in her pockets. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 28-year-old Asian was taken into custody for grand theft and over $1,740 in property was recovered.
Saturday, January 9:
13. Around 1:21 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. She advised that she discovered that her wallet was missing on January 8 and remembered last using it on January 7 at 99 Ranch Market located at 1300 South Golden West. At 11:00 a.m. on January 9, she contacted her credit card company and learned that over $2,700 have been charged to her credit cards without her authorization.
14. Shortly after 10:00 p.m., a female victim came to the station to report a robbery that occurred on Tenth Avenue, between Camino Real and Longden, at 9:00 p.m. She was walking home from the bus stop and talking on her cell phone when a male African-American suspect approached and demanded her purse. Fearing for her safety, she did not resist when he grabbed her purse and cell phone. The suspect was seen entering a waiting vehicle driven by another male African-American suspect.