Community Brief - May 2019
Courtesy of Police Chief John Perez:
This information provides a greater awareness to the Pasadena community. The critical events detailed below are merely a snapshot of the one-thousand calls received to the Police Communications Center every day. As your police department moves forward under new leadership, the principles of the “Pasadena Way” possess greater significance no matter what assignment, function, or mission an employee serves in the organization as we continue to police with compassion and best intentions.
May 1, 2019, 10:53 p.m., A 15 year old male was looking at his laptop at a school on south Hudson
Ave. An unknown male teenager approached on the school campus holding a 4" folding knife with
the blade exposed. The suspect said nothing, slashed at the victim's chest with the knife, cutting
the front of his shirt, but causing no injury. The suspect then ran southbound on Hudson and out
of sight. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect and the victim has never seen him
before. This case remains under investigation.
May 2, 2019, 12:43 a.m., Officers were monitoring the 100 block of east Colorado Blvd. as
patrons were leaving a nightclub and were advised a fight was occurring in the parking lot to the
rear. When the officers arrived, they saw the two male victims on the ground with significant
facial injuries. 2 male victims and 5 female witnesses stated they were waiting in the rear parking
lot for an Uber to pick them up when they were approached by a group of 4-5 male Hispanics in
their 20's. The suspects were aggressively making unwanted advances to the females and
harassing them. The two male victims stepped in and asked the suspects to leave their friends
alone. The suspects then attacked the victims with their fists and feet. One of the male victims
was "knocked out" and both suffered significant facial injuries. The suspects fled before the arrival
of police. Officers canvassed the Old Pasadena area for the suspects, but they were not
located. Both victims were transported to HMH for treatment of their injuries.
May 3, 2019m 10:03 p.m., Officers in the 1300 block of North Raymond Avenue attempted to
make a traffic stop. The driver decided to flee northbound and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The
driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed at Raymond Avenue/Woodbury Blvd. Officers
ordered the suspects to get out of the vehicle, but they did not cooperate. The suspect driver started
the vehicle and attempted to flee in the direct path of officers. An officer involved shooting ensued
and two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without injuries. No one was injured
during the incident.
May 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m., A motor officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a motorcyclist at
Euclid Ave. and Glenarm St. The motorcyclist refused to stop, and entered the Interstate 110
Freeway travelling south. A pursuit ensued during which the motorcyclist fled from the officer at
a high rate of speed. The involved officer discontinued the pursuit when he deemed it too
dangerous to continue. The officer independently weighed the need to pursue and apprehend the
violator versus threat to public and his personal safety. His decision to discontinue based on the
totality of the circumstances was absolutely correct. The identity of the suspect is unknown.
May 4, 2019, 9:18 a.m., Officers made a traffic stop in the area of Glen Ave. & Washington
Blvd. The driver claimed the vehicle he was driving was not his, and could not provide
identification. During the preliminary investigation, officers had developed probable cause to
search the vehicle. During the search, a Springfield .40 caliber handgun was located. Both
suspects were arrested without incident. This case was filed by LA County DA’s office.
May 6, 2019, 10:32 a.m., A male entered his car, which was parked inside his garage in the 1600
block of Las Lunas St., and noticed items had been pulled out of the glove box. He also saw an
unknown hiding inside the garage and armed himself with a metal rod to confront the suspect. The
suspect struck the victim on the head with a bottle opener and ran out of the garage. Responding
officers were not able to locate the suspect, but found personal property left in the garage by the
suspect, containing evidence from other vehicle burglaries in the area. The victim was treated by
paramedics at the scene.
May 8, 2019, 2:27 a.m., A resident called the police regarding three males on their property in the
1300 block of Glen Oaks Blvd. After ringing the doorbell, the suspects kicked in the front door
and entered, setting off the alarm. The residents yelled at the suspects to get out and they all ran
down the street. Their actions were captured on video surveillance. All three got into a Toyota
and drove off eastbound on Glen Oaks. Responding officers saw the car with the three suspects
near Glen Oaks Blvd. and Mooresque Dr. as they conducted a felony traffic stop. All three
suspects were taken into custody without incident. On May 10, 2019, the Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s Office filed first degree residential burglary charges against all three suspects.
The preliminary hearing has been set for June 4, 2019.
May 9, 2019, 6:43p.m., Officers responded to a call of a man pointing a gun at a family member
in the 1500 block of Glen Ave. The victim was on the phone talking to a friend when her son
demanded to know who she was talking to. The suspect grabbed the phone from the victim's hand,
yelled obscenities and accused her of the death of a family member. He continued to yell at the
victim and threatened to put a gun in her mouth. The suspect left the residence but was located
outside by arriving officers. He fled from officers on foot and ignored commands to stop. The
suspect stopped running and suddenly grabbed one of the officers by the neck. Officers struggled
with the suspect and he resisted arrest but was taken into custody. The victim was not injured and
the officers sustained minor injuries. No firearm was located but the suspect was found to be in
possession of cocaine.
May 10, 2019, 10:54 p.m., Officers responded to the 800 block of N. Garfield Ave. regarding
shots fired. The investigation revealed that an unknown suspect fired rounds into the air in front
of a residence. There was video evidence of the incident. No one was injured and the investigation
is ongoing. This case is under investigation.
May 11, 2019, 12:28 p.m., A male adult crossed Orange Grove Blvd, northbound at Manzanita
Ave, and was hit by a passing vehicle. The suspect was driving eastbound on Orange Grove Blvd,
approaching Fair Oaks Blvd. The suspect left the scene immediately after the accident. During
the course of the investigation, officers located the suspect and suspect vehicle. The suspect was
taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was
treated for critical injuries. The Major Accident Investigation Team responded to investigate.
May 12, 2109, 10:17 a.m., A woman entered an 84 year old victim's apartment through the
unlocked front door of a rehab center in the 100 block of south El Molino Ave. She then assaulted
the victim with her hands for unknown reasons, using one hand to cover her mouth and nose, and
the other hand to hit the victim in the face. The victim was struck multiple times. The suspect left
the victim's room, but remained in the apartment. The victim locked her bedroom door and called
the police. Officers arrived and located the suspect in the living room of the apartment where she
was arrested for elder abuse. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This case
was filed with the LA County DA’s office for one count of elder abuse.
May 13, 2019, 12:38 a.m., A lone suspect entered an ice cream establishment in the 1200 block
of Green St. as the business was closing. He threatened four employees while holding a knife. The
suspect demanded money and personal property, leaving north on Chester Ave. When police
arrived the personal property was recovered outside the business but the suspect had fled with the
money. No reported injuries.
May 13, 2019, 10:39 p.m., A male adult had an argument with three suspects in the 600 block of
south Arroyo Parkway after he had been bothering customers at a restaurant. The victim hit one
person in the face as his associate brandished a wooden bat. The man with the bat began to hit the
ground with it as Suspect #1 took the bat and hit the victim on the head causing major injuries. The
suspects entered a burgundy sedan and fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local area
hospital where he was treated for his injury. This case remains under investigation.
May 15, 2019, 4:27 p.m., The victim parked her car near Orange Grove Blvd. and Palmetto St.
with her dog and personal property locked inside. She left her windows rolled down for the dog
and went inside for a meeting. Upon returning to her car, she saw that her dog and personal
property were gone. When officer arrived, she stated that her husband had just called her cell
saying that he received a text message someone who claimed to have the dog and would return it
for a large sum of money. The husband's cell phone was on the dog's tag. A meeting location was
preplanned with officers surveilling the location. The victim texted the suspect requesting the dog
and all the property that was taken from her car. The suspect agreed to meet her at the location
and upon his arrival, he was arrested by officers without incident. He had the dog and other the
stolen items with him. A security camera of the parking lot captured the suspect reaching into the
car, opening the doors and removing the dog and other items. The dog and personal items were
returned to the victim at the scene and the juvenile suspect was arrest for grand theft and extortion.
A juvenile petition was filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Juvenile
May 17, 2019, 6:27 p.m., Officers responded to the area of Howard St. & Glen Ave., regarding a
male seen with a AR-15 type weapon. Upon arrival, an officer involved shooting occurred. The
suspect expired at the scene. LASD Homicide responded for the investigation along with the Los
Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
May 19, 2019, 12:06 a.m., Officers responded to the 1900 block of Juanita Ave. regarding
multiple calls of a fight in the street. A lone suspect had also fired a handgun into the air and
ground before leaving the scene in a dark colored vehicle. Upon arriving on scene, officers
discovered a large gathering of young adults at the location celebrating a birthday party. Ballistic
evidence was located in the street in front of a residence. The investigation is ongoing.
May 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Officers responded to the area of Hammond St. & Summit Ave.
regarding a male threatening another with a knife. When officers arrived, they spoke to the
victim. The victim stated he did not want to open a secured door to an apartment complex for the
suspect. The suspect apparently was insulted by the victim’s inaction. The suspect jumped a fence
and entered the complex. Once inside, the suspect confronted the victim and displayed a
knife. The suspect’s stepfather detained the suspect until police arrived. There were no injuries
during the incident. The suspect was arrested without incident.
May 22, 2019, 6:58 p.m., A male adult walked into a store in the 600 block of N. Los Robles Ave.
and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding the money from the cash registers. The clerk gave the
suspect the money and the suspect walked out of the store out of sight. He was described as a 20-
30 year old male White or Hispanic, 5'8", thin build, dark hoodie sweatshirt, light colored pants,
full beard, sunglasses, a gray baseball hat with white lettering and a white mesh backing.
May 23, 2019, 7:04 p.m., Dispatch received multiple calls of a male adult standing on the south
side of the Colorado St. Bridge on the outside of the fencing. PFD and PPD officers responded
and initiated negotiations with the male. The male was distraught over marital problems. PPD
Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene along with the victim's parents. After
approximately two hours of negotiations, PFD removed a portion of the wrought iron fence on the
bridge. The victim willingly climbed back over to safety. The victim was placed on a psychiatric
hold and suffered no injuries.
May 26, 2109, 1:59 a.m., Officers responded to the PPD jail for a transportation detail of an inmate
to county jail on a parole violation. The suspect chose not to comply with being handcuffed for the
transportation and became physically combative toward uniformed officers. The suspect continued
his violent and resistive efforts by flailing his legs and tensing his arms under his body. The
suspect's violent resistive efforts resulted one officer deploying a Taser, which was effective to
handcuff the suspect without further incident. The suspect was transported to the local hospital for
medical clearance. One officer sustained pain to the knee.
May 28, 2019, 2:03 a.m., Suspect(s) entered a residence in the 1200 block of Altadena Dr. while
the occupants were sleeping, by removing louvers in the living room. The male victim was
awakened and saw a male suspect standing in the doorway to his bedroom. The victim yelled at
the suspect who then left the location. Arriving officers searched the area but were unable to locate
the suspect(s). The investigation continues.
May 27, 2019, 4:18 a.m., A male adult was awakened in his residence in the 1200 block of Laurel
St. by a loud noise and found a door to his upstairs balcony had been broken. He looked out and
saw an unknown male climbing down from his balcony. Arriving officers searched the area for
the suspect but were unable to locate him. The suspect did not get inside the residence and there
was no loss other than the damage to the window.
May 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Officers responded to a call of a man breaking into a vehicle in the 600
block of east Green St. On arrival, one of the officers saw a male, who matched the provided
description inside a vehicle. Recognizing him from an earlier call, the officer asked him to get out
of the car and speak to him. As this subject exited the car he had a screwdriver and various car
parts in his hand and he was detained. Officers discovered a rear window of the car had been pried
off. Gloves and personal belongings of the suspect were also found inside the vehicle. The jacket
that the suspect had been wearing was ultimately identified as the victim's property that was inside
the car. This subject was arrested for auto burglary and booked into the Pasadena City Jail.
May 28, 2019, 3:06 p.m., A 17 year old female walked on the sidewalk in the 100 block of west
Washington Blvd. A male adult approached as asked her to use her phone. The victim handed the
male her phone and he began to walk away from her with the phone into a local apartment
complex. The suspect walked into a laundry room on the property and the victim followed. She
took her phone back from him and when she tried to leave, the suspect grabbed her from behind
and told her not to leave. She began to scream and he simulated a handgun and told her he would
shoot her. The victim ran from the location to a family member’s house and called the police. The
investigation is on-going.
May 30, 2019, 6:47 a.m., Officers responded to a residential burglary in the 400 block of Laguna
Rd., where the suspect was found naked inside the victim's bathroom. The suspect claimed he was
looking for his clothes. The victim found the suspect's jeans in the bedroom. He gave the suspect
the jeans and told him to leave. The suspect was wearing the victim's t-shirt and shorts. He left
the residence and was detained in the area of San Miguel Rd. and Nithsdale Rd. He was arrested
and transported to the PPD jail. The suspect was out on bond for another residential burglary that
occurred the day before in the City of South Pasadena. The victim was not injured during this