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Pasadena Police Chief Recaps Week’s Critical Incidents

Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip L. Sanchez runs down last week's major public safety incidents

Published on Monday, August 5, 2013 | 3:36 am

On July 25 at about 2:55 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue regarding a robbery investigation. On arrival, the officers learned the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by the suspect (Male Hispanic). The suspect argued with the victim and subsequently demanded his property. Fearing for his safety, the victim surrendered his property. The victim called the police to report the robbery. Pasadena Police Officers Garcia and Montiglio located the suspect. He was positively identified as the suspect, and arrested without further incident. He was booked at the Pasadena jail.

On July 27 at about 8:28 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) regarding a victim suffering from non-lethal stab wounds. On arrival, officers learned the victim and the suspect know one another. Officers determined the victim was stabbed during an altercation at a picnic earlier in the day at MacDonald Park. PPD officers responded to the suspect’s residence; however, he was not located. Our investigation is ongoing. On July 28 at about 12:31 p.m., the suspect turned himself into the police department. Pasadena Police Officer Murphy applied for a search warrant to search for the weapon used in the attack. The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

On July 27 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Sergeant Aguilar and Officer Montiglio were on routine patrol in the 200 block of Parke Street when they observed a male Hispanic Adult who they knew was on active parole. A struggle ensued when the officers contacted the parolee. The suspect’s actions were extremely aggressive, resulting in an injury to one of the officers. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.

On July 27 at about 11:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of California Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue regarding a possible protest of a financial institution. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Clawson and Sergeant Beene arrived at the location and saw approximately 25 protestors. Sergeant Beene talked with several involved persons who would not identify their group or purpose for the protest. They left a short time later. There were no arrests or injuries associated with the protest.

On July 27, the Pasadena Police Traffic Section conducted a DUI enforcement checkpoint. The checkpoint was located near Pasadena Avenue and Bellefontaine Street. Approximately 1,625 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, resulting in six arrests for DUI. The checkpoints are funded by California’s Office of Traffic Safety, which provides the framework, guidelines, and over sight for the checkpoints. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Pete Hettema served as the incident commander at the checkpoint.

On July 28 at about 3:17 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Navarro Avenue regarding shots fired. On arrival, officers located numerous casings. Officers did not locate any victims, however, and based on their preliminary investigation, determined the suspect(s) fired into the air.

On July 29 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Pasadena Police Officers Gligorijevic and Jones responded to the 800 block of East Mountain Street regarding suspicious circumstances. When the officers arrived, they saw a Male Black Adult suddenly run from the area. The officers chased the suspect and observed him discard a loaded handgun. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and booked at the Pasadena jail for weapon and parole violations. Officers Gligorijevic and Jones used exceptional restraint and judgment during this investigation. The outcome could have been deadly given the fact the suspect was armed.

On July 30 at about 7:40 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Howard Street and Glenn Avenue regarding a call of shots fired. On arrival, police officers discovered evidence suggesting a shooting had occurred. Witnesses reported that there may have been a few vehicles involved in the shooting. Later in the evening, two people contacted the police department and said there were victims of a car-to-car shooting. Pasadena police detectives are investigating. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tom Delgado was the on-duty Watch Commander and supervised the incident.

On August 4, at about 6:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Special Enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle that was driving on wrong side of roadway. Officers contacted the driver (known gang member) and sole occupant in the vehicle. SES Officers detected a strong order of marijuana emitting from the vehicle during their initial contact. The subsequent field investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of marijuana and a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 semi-auto handgun. The handgun was stolen out of San Dimas . The suspect was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing early this week. This case is another example of the proactive police work conducted by SES and other Pasadena police enforcement units. In addition to their enforcement duties, SES Officers also provide in-home gang intervention to help parents understand the consequences of a gang lifestyle when their off-spring are involved.

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