$20,000 Reward for Information in 2015 Pasadena Murder of Robert Calderon is Renewed

Published : Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 5:17 AM

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 22, to reinstate a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who gunned down a 27-year-old Altadena man in Pasadena before Christmas four years ago.

Robert Calderon was found on the evening of Dec. 18, 2015 lying in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue by Pasadena Police officers.

Calderon was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose 5th District includes Pasadena and Altadena, said Pasadena police investigators believe the reward will encourage witnesses to come forward with information to bring the suspect or suspects to justice. The reward, which expired in April 2018, will now be available for at least another 90 days.

“Pasadena PD investigators have received no viable clues and believe the offer of a reward will encourage witnesses to come forward and provide information to this investigation and bring closure to a very distraught family,” Barger wrote in her motion before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Lt. Jesse Carrillo of the Pasadena Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division said the reward’s renewal is welcome news.

“We certainly hope this will invigorate individuals with knowledge and intimate details to come forward,” Carillo said. “Our detective worked diligently in his efforts to bring the individual(s) responsible to justice, and unfortunately time and lack of cooperation became the challenge.”

Calderon’s mother Sarah Mendoza-Jaime said bringing the murderer to justice has been difficult.

“It’s a very tough case. We’re just trying to hope that somebody will just come forward and say something,” she said. “We hope that somebody will change their mind and will talk eventually.”

In 2016, Calderon’s mother, Mendoza-Jaime, said her son was outgoing and loved by everyone, as she urged community members to come forward to help catch his killer.

Before he was murdered, Calderon had completed a certificate program at Pasadena City College, intending to pursue a career as an electrical lineman or apprentice.

Barger urged anyone with information about the shooting or about the suspects to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501, Police Detective Jordan Ling at (626) 744-4081, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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