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Police Blotters 11/29/12

Arcadia PD

Sunday, November 11:

At approximately 7:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Nordstrom’s parking lot at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a vandalism involving a vehicle. Both the driver and passenger side mirrors were broken off, and left on the ground next to the vehicle. The vehicle’s owner indicated that he believed the vandalism was the result of a parking dispute he had with another driver earlier that day. Though the owner did not actually see the vandalism occur, he can identify the person whom he had the dispute with if seen again.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration on Live Oak Avenue near Santa Anita Avenue. A subsequent investigation and consensual search of the vehicle revealed the driver had a suspended license, two outstanding warrants for his arrest, and was in possession of a stolen license plate. The 48-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Monday, November 12:

At approximately 11:59 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of S. Fourth Avenue regarding to a residential burglary. Investigation revealed the suspect(s) entered an open garage while the resident was home, and stole a set of golf clubs. There were no surveillance cameras, and no suspects were seen or heard during the incident.

At about 9:48 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on Baldwin Avenue near Huntington Drive. Upon contact with the driver, the officer discovered the driver had a suspended license. A consensual search of the vehicle revealed the driver was in possession of brass knuckles. The 26-year-old, White female was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, November 13:

At about 7:18 a.m., officers responded to the 11000 block of Clark Street regarding a suspicious male vandalizing a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers contacted the suspect standing next to a white Ford, carrying a metal bar. Investigation revealed the vehicle belonged to the suspect. Though initially calm and compliant, the suspect increasingly became frantic and delirious showing significant signs of drug use. The suspect attempted to run away, and resisted the officers’ attempts to detain him. As a result, the 50-year-old, Hispanic male was taken to the Arcadia City Jail where he was booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting officers.

Around 4:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of S. Baldwin Avenue in regard to a residential burglary. Officers discovered the suspect(s) removed a back window screen, and entered through the unlocked window. Further investigation revealed the bedroom was ransacked, and several pieces of jewelry were stolen. There were no witnesses or surveillance cameras.

Wednesday, November 14:

At approximately 8:44 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 000 block of Vaquero Road in reference to a theft that occurred earlier in the evening at 24 Hour Fitness, 125 N. First Avenue. The male victim reported his car keys had been stolen from an unsecured locker while he was using the gym facilities. The victim discovered his cell phone, cash, driver’s license and several credit cards stolen out of his vehicle. Further investigation revealed the unknown suspect(s) used one of the stolen credit cards at a Chevron gas station in Woodland Hills.

Around 9:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of San Simeon Road with regard to a residential burglary. The female victim entered her home, heard a loud sound coming from inside, and discovered her home had been ransacked. An investigation revealed the suspect(s) removed a bathroom window screen, and pried open the window. The victim did not see anyone in her home, and there were no surveillance cameras.

Thursday, November 15:

At about 1:37 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for swerving between the lanes on Santa Anita Avenue near Camino Real Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected an odor of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle. An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The 21-year-old, Chinese male was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing.

At about 3:23 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Campus Drive for a missing front license plate. A subsequent investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle had an outstanding felony warrant for their arrest. The 22-year-old, White male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, November 16:

At approximately 6:05 p.m., an officer responded to the Santa Anita Mall, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, regarding two male suspects in custody for theft. The suspects concealed clothing from Pac Sun inside their bags, exited the store without paying for the items, and ran off when the security alarm sounded. Security officers stopped the suspects and detained them until Arcadia Police arrived. Further investigation revealed the suspects had stolen clothing from several other stores in the mall. The 16 and 17-year old Asian males were arrested, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. Both were subsequently released to their parents.

Around 4:48 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of W. Duarte Road regarding a stolen vehicle. Investigation revealed a 2006 silver, Ford Taurus was stolen from the location between 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The female victim remembers locking her vehicle, but believes she may have left her keys inside. There were no witnesses and the stolen vehicle was not discovered in the surrounding area.

Saturday, November 17:

At about 4:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Foothill Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue regarding a solo vehicle crash in which the male driver fled the scene. During their investigation, officers contacted the driver at his home in Monrovia, and discovered he was under the influence of alcohol. The 23-year-old male was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing.

Around 5:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to Boutique No. 5, 733 W. Naomi Avenue, regarding a robbery. Investigation revealed a male suspect entered the store pretending to be a customer, concealed a purse, and exited the store without paying. A female employee followed the suspect outside, and while attempting to retrieve the stolen merchandise, was elbowed in the head by the suspect who fled the scene in a blue pickup truck. The suspect was described as a White male, 6 ft. tall, mid 20s, and can be identified by the victim if seen again.

 

Monrovia PD

Gang Violence Reduction – A Success Story
On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Los Angeles Times ran a two-part article in the local section about a young man, Davien Graham, who in 2008 was the victim of a gang shooting in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County adjacent to Monrovia. He was the victim of gang violence between two gangs that operated in the City of Monrovia and the unincorporated county areas adjacent to Monrovia and Duarte. The article recounted his experience of being the victim of gang violence and of the subsequent trial where he testified against the suspect. Davien showed strong character throughout his ordeal as he moved forward with his life and assisted Sheriff’s investigators with the investigation and prosecution of the case. The suspect, a Monrovia Nuevo Varrio gang member, was convicted of attempted murder earlier this year.

The article includes video and an interactive map about all of the violence that occurred in the region from 2006 to 2008. The author talks about Davien’s ordeal and the great strides he has made in his life, but leaves the reader with no understanding of the concerted efforts the community has made to reduce gang violence in this area.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform the residents of Monrovia, Duarte and the surrounding unincorporated areas about the tremendous strides this area has made in reducing gang violence in this region. These changes were accomplished through the cooperative efforts of the community members, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Monrovia Police Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and city leaders from Monrovia, Duarte and the County of Los Angeles. The collaborative efforts of everyone in our community have resulted in unprecedented reductions in gang violence in our area. From 2008 to 2011, we have seen a 64% decrease in gang crime in the City of Monrovia. The unincorporated county areas of Monrovia and Duarte have also seen significant reductions in gang crime.

In 2007, gang violence had escalated between three gangs that operated in the unincorporated areas around Monrovia and Duarte, the City of Duarte and the City of Monrovia. Two of the gangs are primarily Hispanic: Duarte Eastside and Monrovia Nuevo Varrio. The third gang is primarily an African-American gang, the DuRoc Crips. The violence was primarily between the DuRoc Crips and the two Hispanic gangs. In an effort to confront this increase in violence, the community members from all three jurisdictions came together in an unprecedented collaborative effort to reduce gang violence and stop the gangs from recruiting more children into their ranks.

We came up with a three-part strategy to reduce the gang violence that included prevention, intervention and suppression. The Monrovia Police Department came up with an innovative crime suppression strategy to immediately stop the violence. In collaboration with 18 of our surrounding San Gabriel Valley police agencies, we were able to provide extensive gang enforcement in the area. These 18 agencies each provided officers to this region over a period of several months, while investigators worked diligently to get these violent gang members in custody. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provided additional gang units to work the area and the California Highway Patrol provided a team of 18 officers to provide extra patrol in the area, as well.

All of these resources working together as a Monrovia/Duarte Gang Task Force were able to immediately stop the gang violence. In the first 18 months, the task force was able to take over 40 violent gang members out of our community and successfully prosecute them for their crimes.

The City of Monrovia and the County of Los Angeles, with the help of Supervisor Michael Antonovich, worked together to obtain a civil gang injunction against the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio and DuRoc Crip gangs. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was instrumental in helping us obtain the gang injunction and trained Monrovia police officers and sheriff’s deputies in the enforcement of the injunction. This gang injunction has been a significant tool to help reduce gang violence in the City of Monrovia and the unincorporated county areas.

Prior to the increase in violence, community members from Monrovia who lived in the affected areas had become local neighborhood leaders as part of a new program called the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP). MAP leaders were instrumental in their neighborhoods to bring neighbors together, working on solutions to help stem the violence. They went door-to-door in their neighborhoods talking to residents to dispel any rumors and providing them facts about crimes that were occurring. They were also a big part of the organization of several peace rallies that occurred in Duarte and Monrovia.

Community church leaders were also instrumental in reducing fear and violence. They hosted several community meetings to provide information to our citizens about resources available to individuals who would like to get out of the gang lifestyle and information on the gang injunction. Community leaders from the City of Duarte and the City of Monrovia came together and created the Community Mediation Team (CMT). The CMT met regularly to discuss strategies to reduce the violence, dispel rumors and bring all the resources of the community together to help at-risk youth.

Supervisor Antonovitch was instrumental in having this area designated as one of four trial sites for Los Angeles County’s gang violence reduction efforts. This program resulted in a number of prevention and intervention programs and resources being dedicated to our community. Many meetings were held to obtain feedback from the residents on ways to reduce gang violence and prevent youth in our community from joining gangs. All of the resources available to our community were identified through these meetings. A Los Angeles County probation officer was assigned to work as a coordinator for our area. This officer was also instrumental in obtaining funding for additional prevention programs.

The Monrovia Police Department created three innovative programs aimed at intervening in the lives of at-risk youth and preventing youth from going down the wrong path. One program called the Chaplains for At-Risk Youth (CARY), utilized Monrovia Police Department chaplains to help families of children who were at risk of joining a gang. When police officers would encounter or identify a child who was at risk, they would give this information to a police chaplain, who would then contact the child and their parents. Many times the parents were unaware of their child’s at-risk behavior. However, chaplains were able to direct parents to resources in the community for counseling, substance abuse, after school care and tutoring. Many families welcomed the help from the chaplain, where they may not have been so open to help from a police officer. Another program we created in collaboration with the Monrovia Unified School District is the Monrovia Anti-Gang Intervention Committee (MAGIC). MAGIC consisted of school counselors, police chaplains and gang officers. This committee identifies at-risk youth in the schools and works collaboratively to provide resources to the families of these at-risk youth. The third program is called the Formative Years Project. The Formative Years Project is a parenting program aimed at parents and children in the first through third grade-children still young enough to listen to advice from parents, teachers and police officers. Police officers provide training for the parents and the children to keep them safe and help prevent them from going down the wrong path. Teens from local youth groups and school leadership groups help mentor these young children and work with officers as positive role models for these kids.

In our community, these three innovative programs have been instrumental in preventing kids from joining gangs and they continue to help us to intervene with kids who we identify that are at risk. In 2010, the Monrovia Police Department won an international community policing award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for these programs. In 2011, the Monrovia Police Department won the James Q. Wilson Award from the California Regional Community Policing Institute for our Project Safe Neighborhoods, which included these intervention programs and our gang task force efforts.

Two summer programs to provide activities for youth at parks in the affected areas were created. In the unincorporated county area of Pamela Park, the County of Los Angeles provided the Parks After Dark program. This program was instrumental in providing a safe place for youth to come together with positive activities on weekend evenings. In the City of Monrovia, a YMCA program offered positive activities for youth in Library Park on Friday evenings. The County of Los Angeles also funded the Y-Life Project, which is a gang violence reduction initiative. Intervention workers receive formalized training to work with youth probationers and local gang members to help them find jobs, get education, receive substance abuse counseling and direct them to resources helping them get away from a gang lifestyle.
These are just some of the many programs that are available in our community that have helped reduce gang violence and provide positive alternatives to joining a gang. The collaborative efforts of everyone in our community have resulted in unprecedented reductions in gang violence in our area.

These results could not have been realized without the collaborative efforts of everyone in this community, particularly of people like Davien Graham who stood up and did the right thing, helping law enforcement and prosecutors prevent gang members from victimizing others in our community.

Domestic Violence Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
November 15 at 11:30 a.m., officers went to a residence in the 600 block of South Primrose to serve a domestic violence warrant. When they arrived, the suspect was located and identified. While officers were attempting to arrest the suspect outside of his residence, the suspect tried to get away from officers by running and jumping a fence. A brief struggle ensued, but the suspect was taken into custody. As a result of the struggle, the suspect and officers sustained minor injuries.

Residential Burglary
November 18 at 6:02 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Monterey. Upon arrival, they found the suspect(s) had entered the residence through the window of a backdoor and ransacked the home. A family member who responded did not know what had been taken. The owner was away at the time of the burglary. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 18 at 7:52 p.m., police responded to an injury traffic accident in the 400 block of East Colorado. A driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck a parked vehicle, which then pushed two other cars into each other. The driver complained of pain to the wrist, but declined medical treatment after being examined by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 19 at 2:17 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1500 block of California regarding an injury traffic accident. A driver fell asleep while driving home from work and he struck a tree. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision
November 19 at 4:49 a.m., a driver collided with a parked vehicle in the 200 block of Magnolia. Officers responded and conducted a DUI investigation. The suspect was arrested for driving under the influence. Investigation continuing.

Ex-Felon With a Firearm
November 19 at 9:44 p.m., a witness called police to report seeing a man stash something in the bushes along a driveway in the 800 block of West Duarte Road. The man returned a few minutes later and was detained by officers. A loaded pistol was found in the bushes; the suspect was arrested for ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Sierra Madre PD

Saturday November 17, 2012
At approximately 1:20pm, police responded to a residential burglary alarm in the 400 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard. It was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had entered the residence by removing a bedroom screen and climbing in through an unlocked window. Nothing inside was disturbed and it appeared that the suspect may have left quickly when the audible alarm activated. Physical evidence was collected from the scene.

During the afternoon, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 500 block of North Hermosa Avenue by smashing the glass portion of a rear kitchen door. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked much of the residence and removed property. Neighbors reported seeing a white delivery type truck parked on Carter Avenue just east of Hermosa Avenue during themid-afternoon. The witnesses did not recall seeing any makings or logos on the truck.

Tuesday November 20, 2012
Officers served felony arrest warrants for Arson and Insurance Fraud on Michael and Suanne Ellis. After a long investigation, the District Attorney had filed the felony counts in response to an incident that occurred in October 2011. It is alleged that the parties started fire to their residence in the 200 block of West Mariposa Avenue and then collected money from their insurance company for the damages.

At 2am, an officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on Santa Anita Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. During the investigation, the officer determined that the driver had been drinking and was not able to safely operate the vehicle. The driver (male 21 years of age) was arrested for DUI.

Saturday November 24, 2012
At 2am a vehicle was observed speeding in the area of Baldwin Avenue and Orange Grove Avenue. The officer initiated a traffic stop and determined that the driver had been drinking. The driver (male 25 years of age) failed to perform the Field Sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

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