Pasadena Police Recap February’s Critical Incidents

Published : Monday, March 4, 2019 | 5:54 AM

This report from the office of Pasadena Chief of Police John Perez details selected critical events which occurred last month, snapshots of the one-thousand calls received by the Pasadena Police Communications on the average day.

Commercial Burglary February 1, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.- Two suspects entered the Apple Store on West Colorado Blvd. and went directly to an iPhone display. Both suspects began ripping several phones from the display and ran out of the store. Apple store security detained a female suspect and 7 phones were recovered. The second suspect ran to an awaiting older dark blue mid-size SUV, which fled eastbound on Colorado Blvd. Detectives filed the case with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, Candyce Smith, 19-year old female from Los Angeles, was charged with one count of grand theft. Smith’s arraignment has been set for March 19, 2019 and her bail has been set at $20,000.00.

Commercial Burglary February 4, 2019 at 4:19 a.m. – Officers responded to an alarm activation at the Footlocker on West Colorado Blvd. Responding units discovered the front window of the business had been shattered. Officers cleared the premises and video evidence show multiple suspects had arrived in several vehicles, stole the merchandise and quickly left, just prior to police arriving. There was a significant amount of loss and the investigation continues.

Residential Burglary February 6 at 1:05 p.m. – Officers responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 1200 block of Brookmere Road. A witness reported seeing the suspects flee from the location in a silver Nissan Sentra. Shortly after the burglary, an officer located a car similar to the suspect vehicle in the area of the burglary. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle, however the driver did not yield. A short pursuit ensued, during which a suspect fled the vehicle and ran on foot. He was quickly apprehended. The female driver of the vehicle eventually yielded and she was taken into custody without incident. Items from the burglary were located inside the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested for residential burglary. One suspect was on parole for a prior burglary. Detectives conducted up follow-up and presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Suspect Anthony Latroy Robinson, a 26-year old male from Los Angeles, was charged with one count of first degree burglary and Suspect Brytae Quchyne Glaude, a 30-years old female from Victorville, was charged with one count of first degree burglary. The preliminary hearing was set for February 28, 2019. Robinson’s bail was set at $125,000.00 and Glaude’s bail was set at $50,000.00. Excellent teamwork by Patrol, Traffic, and Air Operations Section personnel.

Robbery February 9, 2019 at 6:50 p.m. – A 61-year-old male was he was walking near his home in the 2400 block of Oswego St. The victim was hit from behind and rendered unconscious. When the victim gained consciousness, he noticed his keys, cell phone and wallet were gone. The victim went to a neighbor’s residence and asked for the police. The victim could not provide any suspect information. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. During the investigation, officers located the victim’s cell phone and physical evidence of the crime. The investigation is on-going.

Transportation of a Controlled Substance February 10, 2019 at 5:52 a.m. – An officer was driving on the 134 Freeway when he received an alert from the Automated License Plate Reader system of a reported stolen vehicle that just passed him. A traffic stop was made at the 210 Freeway off-ramp on Hill Ave. The lone occupant was taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed 12 ounces of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin and numerous Ecstasy and Xanax tablets. The suspect was transported to the city jail.

Robbery February 12, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. – A woman exited the Del Mar Station of the Gold Line and walked through Central Park. A male approached from behind and demanded her property. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse which was strapped over her shoulder. During the struggle the suspect struck the victim twice in the head and mouth. Unable to get the purse, the suspect knocked the victim to the ground and ran off in an unknown direction. Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. The investigation is on-going.

Car Jacking February 12, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. – A male parked his 1989 Toyota gardening truck in the area of Wilson Ave. and Emerson St. as he had just completed a gardening service. As he was loading up his equipment in the truck, a silver Toyota Tundra with no license plates pulled up next to his truck. A male passenger exited, ran towards the victim’s truck and got in the driver’s side door. The victim yelled at the suspect as he grabbed onto the truck while the suspect drove away. The victim was not able to hold onto the truck and ended up falling into the street. The vehicle has been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.

Robbery February 14, 2019 at 3:17 p.m. – While in Victory Park, a juvenile was confronted by two adult males and a juvenile who demanded his cell phone and wallet. The victim refused to give up his property as one suspect reached into the victim’s pants pocket and forcefully removed his phone. The suspects ran to an awaiting red Acura that fled the scene. The victim then ran to his brother’s vehicle and told him what happened. The victim saw the suspects driving on Mountain St. after the robbery and obtained the vehicle’s license plate. An alert patrol Sergeant located the suspect vehicle in the area of Lake and Orange Grove Blvd. and a traffic stop was conducted. Three suspects were arrested for robbery and the victim’s phone was recovered in the suspect’s vehicle. One suspect admitted to his involvement in the robbery and all three they were booked into the Pasadena City Jail. All suspects have been charged with robbery.

Illegal Marijuana Dispensary February 15, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. – Members of the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section along with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration served a search warrant at a marijuana dispensary in the 700 block of East Washington Blvd. This location had been operating illegally in the city for several months. Approximately 36 pounds of marijuana and marijuana products along with $2,732.04 and other documents were recovered. A total of five suspects were arrested for the possession of marijuana for sales. The street value of the marijuana products recovered is estimated at approximately $75,000.

Commercial Burglary February 16, 2019 at 3:57 a.m. – An officer was in the area of the Foot Locker on West Colorado Blvd. when he heard the sound of glass breaking. Five suspects were seen running out of the Foot Locker store and into two vehicles which were parked on Colorado Blvd. in front of the business. One vehicle, described as a dark BMW fled east on Colorado to south on Raymond Ave. at a high rate of speed. The second suspect vehicle, described as a light colored Chrysler 300 was last seen east on Colorado Blvd. Officers attempted to catch up to the BMW but it was last seen in the area of Raymond Ave. and Glenarm St. A check of the business revealed the suspects forced entry into the store but it appeared there was no loss.

Shots Fired February 16, 2019 at 6:29 p.m. – Officers responded to the area of Navarro Ave. & Tremont St., regarding 10-12 gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival, a dozen expended shell casings were located on Navarro Ave. During the investigation, officers saw that one round penetrated a metal fence gate and lodged in a refrigerator at the rear of the property. We did not receive any reports from local hospitals relating to a gunshot victim. No victims have been identified and the case is ongoing.

Residential Burglary February 20, 2019 at 5:36 p.m. – A resident was home when he heard three loud thuds on his back patio. When he went to check the noise he saw three males in his backyard. When they approached the back sliding door, the victim yelled at the suspects and they ran away. They hopped back over the fence and fled. The investigation continues.

Residential Burglary February 20, 2019 at 6:16 p.m. – The victim/resident was home in the 900 block of Glen Oaks Ave. when he heard 3 loud thuds on the side of his house. He then heard glass break and went to the back of the house to investigate. As he came down the hallway, a male walked past him and another walked up to him and told him to stay still. A third male was just outside the broken window on the back patio. The victim tried to get away from the suspect and find the other suspect who walked past him. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. Suspect 1 and 2 ran out the back smashed window and all three hopped the fence and fled. The investigation continues.

Residential Burglary February 20, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. – A 15 year old boy was home alone in the 700 block of Hastings Ranch Dr. when he heard noises to the rear of his home. The victim went to investigate the noises when he was confronted by an unknown male in the hallway. This suspect walked up to the victim and pointed his finger at him like a gun and demanded the victim show him where his parent’s safe and jewelry were hidden. The suspect also took the victim’s phone. The suspect grabbed the 15 year old by his collar and pulled him to the master bedroom. The victim showed the suspect where his mom’s jewelry was stashed. The suspect ransacked the bedroom and ran out of the back of the house with several items and the victim’s cell phone. The investigation continues.

Commercial Robbery February 21, 2019 at 4:35 a.m. – Two armed suspects entered the 7/11 in the 600 block of North Lake Ave. and approached the counter. Suspect #1 pointed a firearm at the victim and demanded money from the register. Once the register was opened suspect #2 grabbed the currency. Both suspects fled through the parking lot and were last seen east on Orange Grove Blvd. on foot. The victim was not injured. The investigation continues.

Terrorist Threats February 21, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. – PPD responded to the 200 block of South De Lacey Ave., regarding a criminal threats report. During the investigation, police learned that an employee of a local security company had expressed that he was contemplating a “mass shooting” at the location. The suspect was upset and communicated to another employee that it would be easy to come into the office and shoot supervisors. The employee also made statements that he wanted to have a shootout with the police. Detectives and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit were notified and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Identity Theft February 21, 2019 at 9:07 p.m. – The police department received a suspicious person call from an aware citizen. The caller stated that a couple of male would walk to an ATM in the 1700 block of East Colorado Blvd. each time an individual would take money out. The call saw this happen several times. The suspects were later seen being picked up in a dark Dodge Charger. Officers located the Dodge Charger and five passengers at the gas station near Allen Ave. & Colorado Blvd. As the investigation evolved, numerous credit cards and debit cards in various names, along with $4000 in cash were located with the suspects. A search warrant at a local motel located additional credit cards, check paper, a printer, laptop, and receipts for cash. All five suspects were arrested and booked into the Pasadena City Jail. Detectives are working on identifying additional victims.

Street Robbery February 25, 2019 at 7:34 a.m. – An adult male exited the Lake Ave. Gold Line station and walked north to Maple St. An unknown subject ran up from behind him and pushed him to the ground. The suspect picked up a computer bag the victim dropped and ran west on Villa St. out of sight. Arriving officers were unable to locate the suspect and the victim was not injured. Follow-up investigation has led to the recovery of the victim’s computer and the suspect has been identified. His arrest is forthcoming.

Street Robbery February 25, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. – An adult male was walking northbound in the 500 block of Rosemont Ave. when he felt pain to his forehead. This subject initially thought he ran into a low hanging tree branch and thought he was knocked unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he noticed his wallet was missing. Within the hour, the victim’s credit card was being utilized at a local Pasadena business. The victim was unsure if he was robbed, or if his wallet was removed from his pocket when he fell to the ground. Video footage was obtained that captured the suspect using the victim’s credit card to complete a fraudulent sales transaction. The investigation continues.

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