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Confrontation with Police Heats Up After Man Trespasses for a Swim to Cool Down

Pasadena man refuses to follow orders when police tell him it's time to get out of the pool

Published on Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 7:27 am
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[Updated Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 8:52 a.m.]   A Pasadena man who trespassed to swim in a pool refused to follow police orders and then held officers at bay with an aluminum pool skimmer pole before they used non-lethal means to take him into custody, authorities said.

Officers responded to a pool in the 800 block of South Marengo Avenue at 1:44 p.m. Friday, Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said.

They talked to the illegal swimmer and ordered him out of the pool but he became increasingly confrontational and aggressive, she said.

Neighbors reported that a police helicopter also responded to the incident.

“Officers continued to talk to him, negotiate with him for about 20 minutes,” she said, before the suspect got out of the pool and grabbed the 12-foot aluminum pole.

That’s when the officers “introduced non-lethal means” to subdue him, Taglioretti said.

The suspect was medically examined by Pasadena Fire Dept. paramedics after he was arrested. He was not injured and did not require transportation to a hospital, Taglioretti said.

She identified him as 26-year-old Pasadena resident Abeid Armour, who was booked for two misdemeanors, trespassing and resisting arrest. Armour was cited and released.

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