Interim Police Chief to Tell City Committee Today Pasadena Experienced 3 Murders in Less Than 5 Weeks

Published : Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 5:19 AM

Pasadena Interim Chief of Police John Perez (above, right) shown at a crime scene.

Pasadena Interim Police Chief John Perez is scheduled to tell a City Committee today that three homicides that have occurred over the past month in Pasadena and that his Department has arrested the alleged killer in each case.

Perez will present his Chief’s Monthly Report Wednesday before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and is expected to include details about the homicides, all of which involved knife attacks between people who were familiar with each other.

Last year, there were seven homicides in Pasadena; this year through the end of September, there have already been six.

During Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, Perez is also expected to present year-to-date crime statistics. Preliminary information showed there was a noticeable rise in thefts, which increased 18 percent from 925 incidents in 2017 to 1,807 as of September 9, and in-vehicle burglaries, which recorded a five percent rise, from 389 incidents in 2017 to 407 as of year-to-date.

Earlier in the meeting, Perez will also provide an update on the police department’s body-worn camera program which officially started in November 2016.

The recent murders began on September 12, when a stabbing occurred in the 2600 block of E. Colorado Blvd. near a bar. Jerry Chan, 42, and Dan Trevino, 32, were injured. Chan died shortly after the incident, and Trevino was treated for a stab wound in the leg.

The suspect, Joseph Antonio Santiago, 66, was arrested soon after the attack and was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

On September 24, Katrina Evans, a 67-year-old resident in the 1000 block of North Mentor Avenue, was stabbed in her home and died from multiple wounds. Police arrested her son, Alex Edwards Evans, 30, who they said had earlier called 911 to report the incident.

The LA District Attorney charged the suspect with one count of murder with an allegation of using a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon.

On the night of October 1, Demetrio Tapia, 22, was fatally stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl. Police reports said the victim and another man had engaged in a verbal dispute on social media and had agreed to meet in the area. The meeting led to a physical fight that eventually led to the victim’s death.

Days after the incident, police announced they have arrested Miguel Castaneda and Valentina Rosales, both 23. Castaneda was charged with murder, and Rosales was charged with being an accessory after the fact. The criminal complaint said Castaneda had been convicted in 2017 for vehicle theft, and Rosales also had a second-degree robbery conviction in 2015.

All of the suspects in the three homicides remain in custody, the police department said.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.

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