Pasadena City Hall Reacts to Indictment of Pasadena Police Lieutenant

Published : Friday, March 2, 2018 | 4:29 PM

Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez (at left) and City Manager Steve Mermell

The arrest and indictment of Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian Friday morning sparked reactions from Pasadena City Hall, where City Manager Steve Mermell characterized the news as “damaging to our City and to our Police Department.”

Earlier Friday, the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California announced an indictment alleging Gourdikian engaged in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, making false statements on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forms, and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

“Trust in our law enforcement is critical to effective policing and our officers must be beyond reproach,” Mermell said. “I support Chief Sanchez’s employment action against Lieutenant Gourdikian and the resumption of the internal investigation.”

In his statement, Mermell referred Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez’s decision to notify and place Gourdikian, who had been on paid administrative leave with the City of Pasadena since February 2017, on leave without pay.

Sanchez said the allegations against Gourdikian, if true, are “concerning.”

“We continue to cooperate with federal authorities and are continuing our Internal Affairs investigation into this matter. The men and women of the Pasadena Police Department continue to deliver extraordinary service to the community. We cannot understate our commitment to the City of Pasadena when it comes to the safety of our residents and quality of life issues,” Sanchez said.


For more, see Pasadena Police Lieutenant, Former Spokesman Arrested and Charged with Federal Gun Crimes, Pleads Not Guilty



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