For the period of Sunday, July 27, through Saturday, August 2, the Police Department responded to 951 calls for service of which 124 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, July 27:
A traffic stop was conducted in the 100 block of West Duarte around 12:29 a.m. for an equipment violation. A 45-year-old female Caucasian driver and a 50-year-old male Caucasian passenger were contacted. The woman was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and a container of an off-white rock-like substance resembling cocaine and a smoking pipe were found. She was arrested for being under the influence, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was taken into custody for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Officers responded to County Park, 405 South Santa Anita, around 2:14 p.m. regarding a fight in progress. During a charity event, a victim and a known suspect got into an altercation. The 25-year-old male Hispanic suspect pulled out a knife from his arm sling, charged at the victim, and slashed the victim multiple times. The suspect then fled the scene and the victim was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Monday, July 28:
Shortly after 2:30 p.m., units responded to Motel 6, 225 Colorado Place, in reference to an attempted kidnapping, battery, and robbery incident. The victim advised that she was at the location to meet another woman who was involved in a love triangle with her boyfriend. While in the parking lot, her boyfriend/suspect, a 23-year-old African-American, showed up at the scene, grabbed the victim by the hair, and tried to push her into his car. He finally succeeded and started to drive off, but the victim was able to exit the vehicle and ran into the motel office for help. The motel clerk called police and the suspect took the victim’s purse and fled in his silver Toyota SUV. An area search was conducted, but the suspect was not located.
Loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained a 19-year-old woman for theft around 3:52 p.m. The woman was seen hiding merchandise in a shopping bag and left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and she was taken into custody for commercial burglary. Additional stolen items from Old Navy, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Wet Seal were recovered in the shopping bag. Officers reviewed the surveillance tape and discovered that another female suspect was also involved in the theft. The second 20-year-old suspect later came to the station to visit the arrestee, so she was taken into custody as well.
Tuesday, July 29:
A victim came to the station around 2:04 p.m. to report a road rage incident that escalated into an assault with a deadly weapon as the suspect driver tried to ram the victim on his motorcycle. The victim/motorcyclist indicated that a male Filipino driver in a gold Dodge Durango cut him off on the road, and he motioned to the suspect driver to use his turn signal. The suspect then drove off, with the victim following behind, but the suspect suddenly slammed on his brakes. This caused the victim to panic brake in order to avoid a collision. When the victim tried to pass the Durango, the suspect intentionally veered to block the victim’s path. Finally, the victim pulled his motorcycle to the curb, and the suspect steered his vehicle directly at the victim and attempted to ram him. The victim had to leap off his motorcycle to avoid being struck, and the motorcycle fell to the ground. The suspect then sped away from the scene.
Shortly before 9:00 p.m., an attempted carjacking occurred at Arcadia Supermarket, 645 West Duarte. A female victim was placing her grocery bags in her trunk when a male African-American suspect approached from behind and grabbed her around the neck with both hands. The victim tried to scream but she could not because of the tight grip around her neck. The suspect tried to pull the victim by the neck, but witnesses yelled at the suspect and he fled the scene on foot.
Wednesday, July 30:
Around 1:39 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington. A female victim was walking to her room when a male African-American, in his 30′s, 150 pounds, pointed a handgun at her back and ordered her into her room. A female Caucasian suspect, 20-25 years of age, 5’7″, blonde hair, with acne and crooked teeth, also entered the room. The male suspect ordered the victim to put on high-heeled shoes and do squats, while the female suspect went through the victim’s property. Every time the victim stopped doing the squats, she was struck on her face by the male suspect. After taking cash, clothing, and a luggage bag, the suspects fled the scene and the victim was transported to AMH for a fractured jaw.
Three male Hispanic suspects, ages, 31, 42, and 49, were arrested at the racetrack around 2:18 p.m. for grand theft and possession of burglary tools. They were behaving suspiciously in the parking lot and security personnel detained them. A freshly cut catalytic converter (still hot to the touch), reciprocating saws, and bags of tools were found.
Officers issued a parking citation around 10:48 p.m. to an illegally parked vehicle in the alleyway behind Bar Twist, 48 East Huntington. A record check of the vehicle revealed that the registered owner was currently on parole for narcotic sales. After issuance of the citation, the officer left the location but later saw the same vehicle being driven by a male subject. The car was pulled over and a consent search revealed baggies containing Ecstasy tablets, dried mushroom, marijuana, cocaine, and a digital scale. The 22-year-old male Hispanic was arrested for possession/purchase/for sale of narcotic controlled substance, possession of marijuana/hashish for sale, and felony parole violation.
Thursday, July 31:
Between 5:00 p.m. on July 30 and 6:20 a.m. on July 31, a vehicle tampering incident occurred in the 00 block of East Live Oak. Unknown suspect(s) entered a secured parking lot and drilled holes into the gas tanks of two commuter vans. It is unknown if fuel was stolen from the vehicles, and the Fire Department responded to handle the fuel leaks.
Units responded to Westfield mall around 6:30 p.m. regarding an assault at the mall. It was reported that four African-American suspects punched a male Hispanic victim several times, and the victim tried throwing a chair at them in retaliation. The possible suspects were later apprehended at different locations, but no witnesses could be located in a timely manner to identify the subjects. Information was gathered on the subjects and they were released.
Friday, August 1:
A grand theft occurred in the 100 block of West Duarte between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) removed gardening equipment from the victim’s truck. The total reported loss was over $1,500.
An attempted robbery occurred in the 100 block of West Longden around 4:36 p.m. Two male Hispanic suspects confronted two male victims near a construction site. The suspects displayed a handgun and demanded money and personal property from the victims. However, the victims did not have any money and offered to go back to the construction site to see if any of the other workers had money. The victims went back to their worksite to call police, and the 17 and 20-year-old suspects were later located and arrested.
Saturday, August 2:
Around 1:19 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated at La Cadena and Fairview for a code violation. Officers detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from the driver, and a field sobriety test was conducted. It was determined that the 34-year-old male Caucasian driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and was taken into custody.
A hit-and-run accident occurred in the 900 block of Arcadia between 12:00 p.m. and 2:36 p.m. An unknown driver struck a parked vehicle and damaged the driver’s front quarter panel.
The following summary highlights a few of the 501 calls for service received by the Monrovia Police Department during the period of Monday, July 28, through Sunday, August 3.
8:00 a.m. – Vehicle burglary 900 block W. Huntington Dr.
9:13 a.m. – Civil problem 1000 block S. Ivy Ave.
12:37 p.m. – Illega dumping 800 block E. Royal Oaks Dr.
3:43 p.m. – Shoplifting 100 block W. Foothill Blvd.
9:55 p.m. – Drug activity on California Ave.
Tuesday, July 29:
12:44 a.m. – Attempted burglary 400 block S. Myrtle Ave.
5:43 p.m. – Bear sighting 400 block N. Mayflower Ave.
11:17 a.m. – Vandalism 200 block N. May Ave.
5:46 p.m. – Threatening 400 block S. Ivy Ave.
11:43 p.m. – Shots heard on Monterey Ave.
Wednesday, July 30:
5:57 a.m. – Welfare check 800 E. Greystone Ave.
1:31 p.m. – Trash picking 600 block S. Myrtle Ave.
5:10 p.m. – Mental evaluation 900 block S. Myrtle Ave.
5:31 p.m. – Grand theft 200 block W. Huntington Dr.
8:00 p.m. 0 Residential burglary 200 block N. Fifth Ave.
Thursday, July 31:
4:53 a.m. – Grand theft auto in progress 300 block E. Lemon Ave.
9:45 a.m. – Vehicle burglary 700 block Olive Ct.
11:00 a.m. – Bicycle theft 700 block Monterey Ct.
1:40 p.m. – Commercial burglary 700 block E. Huntington Dr.
7:00 p.m. – Neighborhood dispute 100 block E. Los Angeles Ave.
Friday, August 1:
8:54 a.m. – Domestic violence 1000 block S. Magnolia Ave.
10:49 a.m. – Residential burglary 1000 Norumbega Dr.
2:14 p.m. – Personal robbery on W. Duarte Rd.
7:23 p.m. – Soliciting 200 block N. May Ave.
10:09 p.m. – Public assist 600 block W. Hillcrest Blvd.
Saturday, August 2:
7:43 a.m. – Peace disturbance 500 block S. Alta Vista Ave.
10:02 a.m. – Vandalism 400 block S. Fifth Ave.
2:00 p.m. – Battery report 500 block W. Lemon Ave.
3:39 p.m. – Soliciting 200 block E. Hillcrest Blvd.
6:24 p.m. – Snake problem 500 block Franklin Pl.
Sunday, August 3:
2:55 a.m. – Police impound 500 block Fano St.
9:57 a.m. – Indecent exposure 300 block E. Olive Ave.
12:14 p.m. – Grand theft automobile 200 block E. Colorado Blvd.
4:39 p.m. – Resisting arrest 200 block E. Cherry Ave.
5:22 p.m. – Relieving oneself in public 200 block E. Cherry Ave.
During the week of Sunday, July 20, to Saturday July 26, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 221 calls for service.
Sunday, July 20:
10:55 a.m. – Arrest, Sierra Madre Blvd. and Canon Ave. A motorist was stopped for an equipment violation. A records check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant out of Los Angeles. The driver was cited and released on a written to appear in court, per the request of the Los Angeles Police Department.
10:27 p.m. – Arrest, 200 Block of Sierra Madre Blvd. An officer made a consensual stop on a pedestrian. A records check revealed the man had an outstanding warrant out of Pasadena. The man was cited and released on a written promise to appear, per the request of the Pasadena Police Department.
Monday, July 21:
12:17 p.m. – Arrest, Sierra Madre Blvd. and Mountain Trail. An officer stopped a pedestrian. A records check revealed the man had an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The man was cited and released on a written promise to appear, per the request of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
5:34 p.m. – Burglary, 300 block of East Alegria Ave. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence via a rear bedroom window between 6 a.m. on Saturday, 7-20-2008 and noon on Sunday, 7-21-2008. A wedding ring was stolen; however, the total loss is unknown until the victims compile a list of the loss.
Tuesday, July 22:
1:40 p.m. – Arrest, 400 block of Crestvale Avenue. Officers assisted the Los Angeles County Probation Department in conducting a probation check. During the investigation, narcotics and paraphernalia were found. The probationer, a 19-year-old resident, was arrested for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and a probation violation. He was transported to the Pasadena jail for remand.
Thursday, July 24:
2:04 a.m. – Arrest, Sierra Madre Blvd. and Sunnyside Ave. A motorist was stopped for an equipment violation. A records check revealed the driver’s license was expired. The driver was arrested and released on a written promise to appear in court.
11:54 a.m. – Arrest, Windsor Lane. Officers did a follow-up investigation on a grand theft auto and tried to serve a no bail narcotics warrant from the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. The suspect retreated inside his home and barricaded himself. The family’s two pit bulls were also inside.
The suspect had earlier made threats toward public safety officers that prompted Sierra Madre officials to call for assistance from the Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, and Glendale Police Departments along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Pasadena Humane Society. About 8 p.m., the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau deployed tear gas into the residence. Within minutes the suspect came outside and was taken into custody. He was uninjured. A further check revealed that the suspect was a federal fugitive and had another no bail narcotics warrant. The man was transported to the Los Angeles County Jail where he awaited pick-up from the United States Marshals. The Humane Society took custody of the pit bulls.
Friday, July 25:
5:40 p.m. – Arrest, Orange Grove Ave. and Oak Meadow Drive. A motorist was stopped for an equipment violation. A records check revealed the driver’s license was suspended/ revoked. The driver was arrested and released on a written promise to appear in court.
Saturday, July 26:
10:55 p.m. – Arrest, Sierra Madre Blvd. and Hermosa Ave. A motorist was stopped for an equipment violation. A records check revealed the driver’s license was suspended/ revoked. The driver was arrested and released on a written promise to appear in court.