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Pasadena Rose Parade Security December 30, 2007

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Pasadena Chief of Police, Bernard K. Melekian has information regarding security for the Rose Parade this year. You can find the PDF here.

Old Town Shooter Charged With Attempted Murder December 29, 2007

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The Pasadena-Star News reports that Mark Anthony Cole, 18, of Claremont is being held in lieu of $1.63 million bail for the attempted murder of Gevork Chuldehyan, 23, of Arcadia with a .22 caliber handgun at close range Wednesday night on Colorado Boulevard. A second suspect is still at large. Credit for catching Cole goes not only to the Pasadena Police but especially to the Old Town Ambassador Guides who followed Cole (witnessing him ditch the gun) and kept him in sight until the police could arrest him.

Seen This Guy? December 28, 2007

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Posted Nov. 8, 2007 on the Pasadena Police’s website, the linked-to press release asks the public for any information regarding the man seen in the picture above. He’s a possible bank robber who robbed Citibank West across from the Paseo Colorado on Nov. 7. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena Police Detectives at 626 744-4522.

Old Town Merchants Share Concern for the Future December 28, 2007

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The Pasadena-Star News has this article concerning merchants’ reaction to the shooting in Old Town on December 26, 2007.

Shooting in Old Town; Suspect Arrested December 27, 2007

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On Wednesday, December 26, 2007, an altercation led to a shooting in Old Town. Check the L.A. Times coverage of the story and the Pasadena Star-News.  The L.A. Times has updated the story to say the shooting was the result of a botched drug deal. The Pasadena Star-News also has an update.

Visions of Jail Time Dance in Their Heads December 26, 2007

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From: Perrine, Lisa Gaye [mailto:lperrine@cityofpasadena.net]

While we were sleeping waiting for Santa to arrive,

patrol officers were hard at work:

Date: 12/24/2007

Time Occurred: 5:00 AM

Incident type: Property Crimes Arrest

Location: 300 W. California Blvd.                                                         

Incident Description:

Officers responded to a call of two suspicious men jumping over a secured fence into an apartment complex. Upon arrival patrol officers observed a vehicle quickly pull away from the location and drive away.  The two occupants matched the description of the men in the complex. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the car and determined it was stolen.  Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of both subjects for Grand Theft Auto and Possession of Burglary Tools.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa Perrine, Lieutenant, Pasadena Police Department Field Operations Division, Patrol Section, Team 5, Central Service Area

626-744-6501, prompt #3

lperrine@cityofpasadena.net

A Note From the Seven Streets East Neighborhood Association December 26, 2007

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Seven Streets East Neighborhood Association:

An Update:

This year-end update includes recommendations from the Pasadena Police and the National Crime Prevention Council.

Our local police say that many of our homes are not well lighted.  Avoid extensive dark areas around your property.  Install automatic lights (with energy saving light bulbs).  If out walking, go with a companion – or with a dog.  Keep your street active.  Show presence.

They also wanted us to make you aware of the newest crime technique called “Lock Bumping”.  Lock bumping is a lock picking technique for opening a pin tumbler lock using a specially-crafted bump key. One bump key will work for all locks of the same type.  If you google, ‘lock bumping’ you will find more information about this technique and which locks are “bump proof”.

If you see anything suspicious, call Pasadena Police Dispatch or Detective Uribe (626)744-7055 or Hilda Jurado, Police Specialist in our district (626)744-7650.  Stay alert and follow the above advice where possible.  Thank you to everyone that has sent us information about local activity.  We will continue to communicate any information we receive.

The L.A. Times and the Crime in Northwest Pasadena December 26, 2007

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Belmont Ave. 

The Los Angeles Times reports on the gang problem plaguing northwest Pasadena. Find the article here.  

Neighborhood Meeting Follow-Up; December 18, 2007 December 26, 2007

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To:       Neighborhood Watch Group

Re:       Neighborhood Watch Meeting December 4, 2007

 

At a well attended meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, Councilmember Steve Madison, acting and soon to become Chief of Police Chris Vicino, and Lieutenant Randel Taylor, Area Watch Commander for Southwest Pasadena addressed the Pasadena Police Department (PPD’s) response to burglaries and other crimes in our area.  Here are some of the key notes from the meeting:

 

1)     The PPD encourages its citizens to call the police department and report suspicious activity.  The key numbers are:

 

Central Call Center  626-744-4241. Program this number into your cell phone.

Open 24/7 – First call to report crime or suspicious activity.

                  

Lieutenant Randell Taylor  626-744-6501

Randy is the Area Watch Commander for Southwest Pasadena.  He is aware of the problem.  He encouraged concerned citizens to call him with problems.

 

Cynthia Murphy  626-449-2434 (o); 

626-255-1636 (c); 

626-449-4252 (fax) 

Cynthia is the neighborhood services representative and several people indicated she was helpful in finding answers inside the police department. If you don’t get a prompt answer, call or email Cynthia. 

cmurphy@cityofpasadena.net 

                       

Christopher Vicino  626-744-4533

Christopher will become the new acting Police Chief in January, 2008.  He encouraged people to call if your needs are not being met.

 

Steve Madison, Council Member  626-744-4739

smadison@cityofpasadena.net

                       

Takako Suzuki, Field Rep.  626-744-4739

tsuzuki@cityofpasadena.net

                       

2)   Violence in Northwest Pasadena has increased dramatically.  One of the reasons for the meeting were comments made by members of the PPD that “gang violence in Northwest Pasadena was the worst in 25 years.” Chief Vicino addressed the issue and said the PPD had increased resources and a new Fugitive Apprehension Group had been successful in arresting several gang members.  While it is difficult to draw conclusions, the car stolen from the driveway in August was found behind Kings Manor at the corner of Washington and Fair Oaks, the site that the PPD describes the center of the gang violence in Northwest Pasadena.

 

3)  Lieutenant Randy Taylor provided statistics looking at crime rates in our service area.  While pointing out that we live in one of Pasadena’s safest areas, the July to December numbers indicate 2007 to have a much higher crime rate than 2006.  Vehicle burglary and vehicle theft have increased significantly in city council District 6.

 

Randy also talked about the increase in “hot prowl” burglaries.  These are break-ins that occurred when residents are inside their homes.  Several incidents have been recently reported in South Pasadena, San Marino, and several areas within Pasadena. (Holliday Road/Orlando area), and San Rafael.

 

Randy stated that we could all be more careful in protecting ourselves.  Purses and other valuables should not be left in cars where clearly visible and all of us need to be more vigilant in leaving items in our own homes that are visible to potential intruders.

 

4)     Chief Vicino indicated the City of Pasadena is implementing a new software system which should provide a better interface between the PPD and its citizens.  Several people complained that once a burglary or robbery was reported it was hard to get follow-up answers. This new system should be in place early in 2008.

 

In follow-up conversations with members of the PPD, all seem interested in finding solutions.  Our Neighborhood Watch Group could be a great resource.  Please feel free to call the Call Center number (626-744-4241) with any suspicious activity. If additional information is required, follow the steps outlined earlier in this letter.

Attempted Break-In; Suspect on Tape December 26, 2007

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In the early hours of Dec. 19, 2007, there was an attempted break-in on Holladay Rd. A short time later a suspect was caught on a second homeowner’s video security system. The police are reviewing the tape.  Suspect Description: African American- wearing a whitish/light colored jacket, a foo-man choo mustache 5’8-5’10” more or less – 200 lbs. He had on pants, jacket and T shirt.