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From the Mailbag February 23, 2008

Posted by David S. in Incidents, Law Enforcement, Watching Emails.
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This email was sent to recipients on a Pasadena Neighborhood Watch email chain. Here’s a snippet:

Last night the relative calm of the last couple of months in the local neighborhood was broken by our doorbell ringing several times at 4:00 AM. Family members noted someone bobbing and weaving while attempting to peer into the glass in the front door and then he disappeared. I went to the back door and noticed a black male, 6 ft, 20 to 25 years old dressed in a light colored sweat top and dark pants prowling our garage and driveway area. When I called the 911 operator with this information she informed me the police were actively working an attempted break-in nearby on Orange Grove with the suspect there having the same description. As the police worked their way through the neighborhood they apprehended the suspect exiting a hedge at the corner of Grand and Ellis. I provided an ID of the suspect while he was handcuffed in front of your driveway (see what you are missing). Burglary and trespassing charges are likely and it appeared he may have partaken of some mood enhancing substance. The good guys won another round tonight.


Arrests in Car Break-Ins February 23, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News, Law Enforcement.
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The Star-News has it. Here’s a few ‘graphs:

Two men and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing items from cars in South Pasadena, Pasadena and San Marino, officials said.

Serge Vita, 19, Antonio Smith, 18, and the unidentified juvenile, all of Pasadena, have been booked on suspicion of grand theft and receiving stolen property, said South Pasadena police Sgt. Robert Bartl.

They were arrested about 3 p.m. after an officer noticed a suspicious Toyota Camry double-parked next to a Toyota Avalon on Grand Avenue near Charter Oak Street in South Pasadena, Bartl said.

The officer detained the three suspects who were in the Camry and discovered allegedly stolen property including checkbooks, ATM and credit cards, iPods, cameras, cell phones and more inside the car, Bartl said.

Two men, teenager arrested in series of car thefts in area – Pasadena Star-News.pdf

Cracks in the Gold Line? February 20, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News.
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The Star-News sez:

A Metro official said Tuesday the Gold Line is safe for riders, even though the agency is seeking $25 million in a lawsuit that claims shoddy construction led to “dangerous conditions” along the route.The 118-page suit, filed Friday, does not mention any specific problem locations along the Gold Line, though it does exclude the elevated portion of the line through Chinatown, which was built by another contractor. Parsons, a Pasadena-based engineering firm that designed the line, is one of several defendants named in the lawsuit. Metro accuses Parsons and several contractors of breach of contract, negligence and product liability in the construction of the line.

Find the PDF here.

Armed Robbery on 2/15/08 February 16, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News, Incidents.
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The Pasadena Star-News Reports: 

Two teens were victims of an armed robbery around the intersection of Madison Avenue and Villa Street on Thursday night, authorities said.The victims were on foot and were accosted by the suspect who hopped out of a car that was passing by, said Lt. Lisa Perrine.The suspect came over to the victims, pulled a knife, and ordered them to empty their pockets, according to Perrine.The victims were robbed of some cash, their cell phones, and an mp3 player, said Perrine.The suspect was described as an 18-year-old male Hispanic, said Perrine. Two other accomplices in the car with the suspect were described as a male and female Hispanic of an indeterminate age. 

Find the pdf of this article here

Goodbye, Columbus February 13, 2008

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, Law Enforcement.
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Sergeant Bobby C. Lomeli and Cynthia Murphy of the Pasadena Police Department sent this email to the folks currently on the Pasadena Neighborhood Watch email list:

The Crimes Against Property Unit graciously thanks all the police personnel who assisted in the apprehension of suspect Columbus Johnson. A special thanks to S.I.S. for their many hours of surveillance and ultimate arrest in Azusa. Together with Detective George Vidal and other detectives, everyone contributed to make all of Pasadena a safer place to live.Evidence indicates that Mr. Johnson is responsible for at least eighteen (18) “Hot Prowl” burglaries in Pasadena. There may be countless unknown burglaries in other jurisdictions for which he may be responsible. Two counts of residential burglary were filed by DDA Gentry, with total bail at $1.25 Million + a Parole Hold. Mr. Johnson is facing a minimum of 65 years to life!

Thanks again, to everyone!

Stolen property found in Mr. Johnson’s possession is still in need of identification. Contact Sergeant Lomeli in the Detective Section of the PPD at (626) 744-3816 if you have questions.

Arrests in Baseball Bat Attack February 9, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News, Law Enforcement.
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The Star-News reports:

Police arrested a woman and teenage boy Thursday on suspicion of critically injuring a man in a baseball bat attack at a South Pasadena park last week, officials said.

The alleged attacker is a 17-year-old La Puente resident and student at South Pasadena High School whose name is not being released because of his age, according to a police press release.

Jeniell Franco-Galvan, 20, of Glendora was also arrested Thursday in connection with the crime and is currently being held on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.The teen suspect and Galvan were involved in a romantic relationship, said South Pasadena police Sgt. Kim Valencia.The teenage suspect was arrested after West Covina police pulled over a car in which he was a passenger shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, Valencia said.West Covina police recognized him as a wanted person out of South Pasadena and turned him over to the South Pasadena Police Department, said Valencia.Galvan was arrested by South Pasadena police at her home about 10 a.m. Thursday, Valencia said.

The alleged attack occurred Feb. 1 at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave. in South Pasadena, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said in a written release.

Download the pdf here:Pasadena Star-News – Two arrested in baseball bat attack.pdf

Know Your Neighborhood February 4, 2008

Posted by David S. in Helpful Hints.
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watchdog.pngIf you’re curious about who might be living nearby and if they’ve ever had an encounter with the law, check this out: The Family Watchdog website.

Baseball Bat Attack in South Pas February 2, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News, Incidents.
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A man was attacked with a baseball bat in South Pasadena’s Garfield Park. Cops are calling it attempted murder. The Star-News has the details. Here’s a PDF if needed.