Pasadena Police Launch New “Community Brief”

Published : Monday, February 4, 2019 | 3:24 PM

Pasadena police on Monday released the first edition of what a Dept. spokesperson said will be a monthly informational release called “Community Brief,” which highlights selected snapshots taken from the 1,000 calls for service the Dept. receives every day.

“This information provides a greater awareness to the Pasadena community regarding the daily occurrences your officers are tasked with,” Lt. Jason Clawson said.

The first edition reports on incidents which occurred from October, 2018 through January, 2019.

“As your police department moves forward under new leadership,” it begins, “the principles of the “Pasadena Way” possess greater significance no matter what assignment, function, or mission an employee serves in the organization as we continue to police with compassion and best intentions.

Here is that first edition “Community Brief,” reproduced in full:


October 20, 2018 / 6:01p.m. –Special Enforcement Section officers conducted a surveillance of a wanted fugitive in the 3600 block of Foothill Blvd. and contacted him as he met with another subject over a drug deal. The suspect possessed a loaded handgun in his waistband but surrendered without incident. He was also found to be in possession of indicia of identity theft and a controlled substance.

October 21, 2018 / 7:20p.m. –Occurred at Fair Oaks Avenue, between Claremont Street and Washington Blvd. Pasadena paramedics arrived on scene, where they pronounced a 27 year old female deceased in the roadway. The suspect vehicle was only described as being white in color, with major front end damage. The suspect vehicle fled the scene northbound on Fair Oaks Avenue, out of sight. The suspect was later arrested and the vehicle was impounded.

October 24, 2018 / 10:53p.m. -A male was stopped for a traffic violation at Orange Grove and Garfield. A police officer approached the vehicle and asked him to roll down the driver’s window, which was heavily tinted. The driver only rolled it down a couple of inches and refused to open it further. The officer could see the driver had a garment on his lap but little else. The officer asked to see a driver’s license and when the driver repositioned his body, the garment shifted to where the officer could see the barrel of a handgun pointed directly at him through the driver’s door. The officer drew his weapon and the suspect decided to surrender without further incident.

October 29, 2018 / 5:43p.m. – Officers responded to call of a suspicious device attached to one of the returned rental trucks in the 400 block of S. Raymond Ave. The area was evacuated and cordoned off for public safety concerns. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad were summoned to the scene. The bomb squad was able to render the area safe as it appeared to be a homemade device to store miscellaneous drugs and other contraband. A male adult was later arrested in Glendale, Ca.

October 30, 2018 / 11:14 p.m. -Officers responded to calls about shots fired in the area of Lincoln and Idaho. A vehicle parked in the area was located with 3 occupants who said they were shot at but no one was injured. The victims were reluctant but cooperative. A newer model red sedan had driven by them, made a U-turn and parked. The victims said they were not paying attention when someone in the sedan suddenly shot at them. Officers located bullet strikes on the victim vehicle and expended casings were recovered from the street.

October 31, 2018 / 4:45a.m. Park Safety Specialists and members of the PPD H.O.P.E. Team were conducting directed enforcement in the City parks due to on-going quality of life issues. Officers located five subjects illegally sleeping in the band shell in Memorial Park. Upon searching the backpack of one subject, a loaded handgun was located. Additionally, this suspect was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and he had a no bail warrant for probation violation.

November 8, 2018 / 9:37a.m. -A witness called police stating they had seen a man on the Colorado Bridge staring into the sky and talking to himself. Officers arrived and contacted the man who said he had come from Long Beach to end his life. He had tried repeatedly to scale the chain link fencing encasing the bridge, without success. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to a local hospital for psychological evaluation.

November 14, 2018 / 10:22a.m. -A witness reported seeing a male adult starting a fire in a building alcove in the 2000 block of Walnut St. Arriving officers saw the suspect and he fled south to the area of Grand Oaks and Colorado where he was taken into custody. When the fire department arrived, the fire had been put out by neighbors with a fire extinguisher, preventing the building from burning. The suspect was arrested for Arson and booked into the Pasadena Jail.

November 23, 2018 / 5:15p.m. -Three male entered the T-Mobile store at the 3600 block of Foothill Blvd. through the main entrance. The suspects were wearing black hooded sweatshirts with the draw strings pulled so only a small portion of their faces could be seen. Each of the suspects went to different areas of the store and cut the security cables to several cellular telephones on display and fled the scene to an undescribed vehicle.

November 26, 2018 / 3:13a.m. -Twelve suspects broke the glass doors to Victoria’s Secret in the 200 Block of E. Colorado Blvd. and stole numerous merchandise from throughout the store. Arriving officers found the store ransacked. There is video of the incident that is currently under review.

November 29, 2018 / 2:36p.m. -Officers responded to shots fired call near Tremont St. & Navarro Ave. Witnesses heard several shots in the area. One witness saw a male running southbound on Navarro Ave. and out of sight. PPD did not receive any reports of victims of the shooting. Expended shell casing were located in the 1800 block of Navarro Ave.

November 29, 2018 / 3:37p.m. -An adult male was detained at the Pasadena Superior Courthouse at the 300 block of east Walnut St. for having a gun in his backpack. The gun was discovered by court security as he was going through the metal detectors. The suspect was at the courthouse to pay a parking citation and he told officers that he did not think it was an issue having a gun in his backpack. The suspect was booked at the Pasadena City Jail.

November 30, 2018 / 12:08p.m. –Pasadena Fire responded to the 3200 block of Milton St. regarding an unconscious male who was a victim of an assault. The reporting party stated that the victim was assaulted two days ago in the 100 block of Mar Vista Ave. The victim was in critical condition but later died at a local area hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

December 1, 2018 / 12:26a.m. -Officers responded to the 1000 block of Elizabeth St. regarding a restraining order violation. Upon arrival, Officers contacted the suspect who was found sitting alone inside of a vehicle in front of the residence where he was detained without incident. A juvenile victim, who was home alone during the incident, was found safe inside her residence. During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, a loaded .40 caliber handgun was found in the trunk of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for Felon in possession of a firearm and a restraining order violation.

December 13, 2018 / 5:30p.m. -Special Enforcement Section officers were in the area of the Community Arms apartment complex at the 100 block of Painter St. Officers observed a subject who appeared underage smoking a cigarette on the grass area of Community Arms approximately 10 feet from the front door of one of the apartments. The officers contacted him and he was found to be in possession of a stolen, loaded .22 caliber handgun along with an open bottle of alcohol. The suspect was arrested for being an Ex-Con in possession of a firearm.

December 17, 2018 / 3:40p.m. -Officers responded to 200 block south Madison Ave. for a check the welfare call. The caller was concerned when she was not able to reach her mother. The officers made forced entry and found the victim deceased. The coroner was summoned to the scene and this case is being investigated as a homicide. A female suspect was later arrested.

December 20, 2018 / 8:54p.m. -A neighbor arrived at the 1900 block of Wagner St. to find that unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into the home through a side door. When the victim arrived at the home, he discovered that his safe, containing approximately 20 plus firearms was broken into and the firearms were missing.

December 21, 2018 / 4:18p.m. -Four of five suspects entered a business in the 00 block of east Holly Street. Two of the suspects produced hammers and began smashing the glass display cabinets. One subject had a handgun pointed at the victim during the robbery. The suspects were able to grab several pieces of jewelry before fleeing the scene. The victim was hit in the mouth by one of the suspects during the robbery. Old Pasadena guides were able to see the suspects get into the suspect vehicle. Special Enforcement Section officers located the suspect vehicle driving eastbound on the 210 freeway, at Lake Ave. A pursuit ensued, which led officers near the 101 Freeway and Marathon St, Los Angeles. All five suspects fled on foot. With the help of LAPD, Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando PD, and CHP, all 5 suspects were taken into custody. 3 of the suspects were located by assisting agency K-9 teams. Those three suspects sustained moderate dog bites and were cleared for booking into the Pasadena City Jail.

December 29, 2018 / 2:30p.m. -Officers responded to a shots fired call at the 200 block of Carlton St. When they arrived, several expended shell casings were located in two specific areas. No victims were hit by gunfire an apartment, two cars, a fence and another residence were struck by gunfire. Evidence indicated that a shootout occurred between two people. It was also discovered that an additional shooting occurred three days prior at the same location but it went unreported.

January 6, 2019 / 12:57pm. -PPD received a call in the 1500 block of El Sereno Ave. regarding shots fired. Officers arrived but did not locate the suspect. They discovered the victim and suspect were married that the suspect physically assaulted the victim the day before and threatened to return and shoot at the house. This morning, the suspect entered the residence, armed with a firearm. He pointed the gun at the direction of the victim and fired one round which struck a television. The victim was not injured but the suspect fled before officers arrived. After a brief investigation the Officers located the suspect in a Pasadena residence and was later taken into custody. The firearm was recovered by PPD Officers.

January 6, 2019 / 4:25p.m. -A Sergeant on patrol in the 3000 block of Foothill Blvd. and saw a vehicle being driven by a known parolee. A traffic stop was initiated but the suspect failed to yield and a short pursuit took place. The police helicopter responded and the pursuit went into tracking mode. The suspect attempted to evade arrest but stopped his vehicle behind a business in the area of Foothill Blvd. and Altadena Dr., and ran. The helicopter was able to direct officers to the suspect who was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was arrested for evading, not having a driver’s license and forgery.

January 11, 2019 / 9:08a.m. -Officers saw a wanted residential burglar in the 3800 block of E. Colorado Blvd. who ran into a motel room occupied by two additional people. The suspect was arrested, as well as the two other subjects for identity theft and receiving stolen property. The suspects were booked at the city jail as multiple search warrants were served. During the investigation, officers recovered loss including stolen mail and documents from victims of residential burglaries that occurred in Pasadena since December 2018. Detectives suspect personal paperwork stolen during the residential burglaries was used in at least two identity theft cases. Detectives are investigating the suspects’ involvement in over ten cases involving residential burglaries and identity theft.

January 18, 2019 / 10:44p.m. -PPD received a call of shots fired in the 900 block of Raymond Ave. Officers checked the area and spoke to three teenagers who stated a mid-size (light color) SUV drove past the location and yelled gang slurs. One round was fired from the vehicle as victims were sitting in a vehicle parked at the curb. One expended shell casing was also recovered from the scene and there were no injuries.

January 19, 2019 / 3:42a.m. –PPD received multiple calls of shots fired in the 100 block of north Hudson Ave. Upon arrival, officers did not locate any victims but found expended shell casings. Residents heard 3 to 5 shots and a car screeching away from the area.

January 21, 2019 / 8:55p.m. -PPD received multiple calls of shots fired at the north side of Jackie Robinson Park. The suspect was described as a male driving a black SUV. Additional information was received that a potential victim had returned fire at the suspect. When officers arrived on scene, the suspect and victims had fled the area. Numerous expended shell casings were located in the north parking lot of the park. No victims were located and it does not appear that anyone was hit by the gun fire.

January 23, 2019 / 1:18p.m. –Four to five subjects entered the T-Mobil store in the 3600 block of east Foothill Blvd. and ripped a dozen cellular phones and an I-pad from security cables that were attached to the devices. The suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle as a witnessed took photographs of the incident. Responding officers tracked the stolen merchandise and directed officers from San Bernardino PD to the moving vehicle that was located in a Home Depot parking lot in the 700 block of north D Street, San Bernardino, Ca. Four subject were detained in the vehicle and the stolen merchandise was recovered, along with a loaded handgun that was found secreted in the passenger compartment. All four suspects were arrested and the investigation is on-going.


Package thefts increased from November but were well below the December 2017 numbers.

Shoplifts were high last month with several organized retail theft crews active in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys.

Residential burglary increased but was 25% below the four-year average.

Vehicle burglaries dropped from November even after they started high in December but a member of a crew that plagued Old Pasadena was arrested in Burbank.






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