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Pasadena Police Report Overall Violent Crime Rate Down for August

Published on Friday, September 23, 2022 | 6:19 am

The Pasadena Police reported the violent crime rate for August went down compared to the previous month.

Based on the monthly police report, Pasadena Police received a total of 3,841 calls for service during the month, including 5,798 911 calls.  

Police officers seized a total of 21 firearms, including 14 pistols and 6 assault rifles. To date, a total of 163 guns were seized from January to the end of August. 

De-escalation techniques were employed by officers 45 times during calls. 

Here’s a detailed list of noteworthy incidents in August, supplied by the Department:

August 3 at 9:57 a.m. Pasadena police officers responded to the area of Victory Park regarding an assault that had just occurred. Upon their arrival, the officers made contact with the involved parties, who stated the suspect assaulted the victim by striking the victim and the victim’s dog with a folding chair. The suspect was infuriated because the victim did not have her dog on a leash. When officers contacted the suspect, he became belligerent and required several officers to detain him without a categorical use of force. Paramedics responded to the scene and treated the victim. Because the suspect stated the dog bit him and complained of pain to his ribs, he was treated at a local hospital and subsequently booked into the Pasadena Jail. 

August 3 at 7:49 p.m. Pasadena police officers were traveling southbound in the 300 block of North Lake Avenue when they observed a female chasing after a male. The two were running southbound on the west side of Lake Avenue from the area of a local gas station. Believing a crime had just occurred, the officers contacted the two individuals near the Lake Avenue Metro Station elevator. The officers determined that the male had forcibly robbed the female of approximately $600 while she was in the gas station. During a part of the initial chase by the victim, the suspect took a fighting stance, causing the victim to be in fear for her safety. The stolen money was recovered and returned to the victim. The suspect was booked in the Pasadena Jail. 

August 4 at 9:02 p.m. Members of the Pasadena Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit were providing extra service in the area of Sunset Avenue / Claremont Street. While doing so, they conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. During the traffic stop, officers developed probable cause and searched the vehicle. During the search, they located a loaded semi-automatic firearm underneath the front passenger seat. The suspect admitted ownership of the firearm and was arrested. 

August 6 at 8:48 p.m. Pasadena police officers responded to the area of 500 Summit Ave. regarding a man who had been stabbed. The Pasadena Paramedics responded and transported the male to the local hospital, where he was treated. Detectives from the Pasadena Police Department responded to the scene to commence a follow-up investigation. The whereabouts of the suspect(s) and the motive are unknown at this time. 

August 9 at 1:27 a.m. A Pasadena Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Altadena and Maple for a traffic violation. When the officer contacted the driver, he immediately recognized the driver from previous contacts and recalled that the driver was on probation with search conditions. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, and during the search, the officer located a loaded handgun in a hidden compartment. The driver was arrested for possession of a concealed handgun, a felon in possession of a firearm, and a felon in possession of ammunition. The two passengers were released at the scene. 

August 10 at 1:34 a.m. Pasadena police officers responded to the area of Holly and Fair Oaks Ave. regarding an armed robbery. Officers contacted the two victims that stated they had been drinking at Barney’s Beanery and were walking home when they were robbed by approximately five suspects with handguns. The suspects fled the location north on Fair Oaks Ave. in an older model black four-door sedan. The suspects robbed one victim of his backpack and wallet containing bank cards. 

August 12 at 10:53 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of 600 N. Lake Ave. regarding a male who had been stabbed. A suspect was seen running southbound on Lake Ave. The Pasadena Police helicopter arrived on scene, located the suspect, and directed officers to his location, where he was subsequently detained. At the scene, Officers located an unresponsive male with stab wounds. Pasadena Paramedics arrived and pronounced the male victim deceased. Detectives from the Pasadena Police Department responded to the location for the investigation. 

August 14, 2022, at 9:53 p.m. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the area of Washington Blvd and Fair Oaks Ave. Officers searched the area and located shell casings; however, they did not locate any victim(s). Local hospitals were contacted, but they did not have any gunshot victims. 

August 18, 2022, at 8:14 p.m. Members of the Pasadena Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Raymond Avenue and Mountain Street on a suspect wanted for attempted homicide. The original crime occurred at Brookside Park in June 2022. The suspect/solo occupant yielded and was detained without incident. The suspect was booked at the Pasadena Jail and her vehicle was impounded as evidence. 

August 19 at 12:44 a.m. Pasadena police officers responded to the area of Raymond Ave and Del Mar Blvd regarding a fight. When officers arrived, they did not locate any subjects but Huntington Hospital reported that a male walked in with a stab wound shortly after. Upon arrival at the hospital, officers observed the victim with a laceration to his back. The victim stated that he was walking in the area of the original call of a fight with his friend when they were surrounded and physically assaulted by unknown male assailants. During this altercation, one of the suspects stabbed the victim in the back. 

August 19 at 3:06 p.m. Officers from the Pasadena Police Department responded to a residence in the 900 block of Kirkwood Ave. regarding the suspect assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a pair of scissors. Prior to their arrival, the suspect fled the scene in his vehicle. The Pasadena Police helicopter located the vehicle, and ground units initiated a traffic stop. The suspect was detained without incident. During the investigation, it was determined that the suspect got into a verbal altercation with the victim and pointed a pair of scissors at her. The suspect also prevented the victim from leaving the location by blocking the front door; however, the victim was able to eventually persuade him to let her go. The suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. 

August 20 at 9:27 a.m. Officers from the Pasadena Police Department were flagged down by a male in the area of Colorado Blvd. and Harkness Ave. The male told officers he had been assaulted with a rock and pointed out the suspect, who was still in the area. The suspect was detained without incident, and it was discovered that the suspect had been acting erratically in the area, kicking the doors of nearby businesses and destroying a soda dispensing machine in a restaurant. While the victim was parked in the lot of one of the businesses, the suspect threw a rock at his vehicle. Upon exiting his vehicle and confronting the suspect, the victim was hit with a softball-sized rock thrown by the suspect. 

August 20 at 9:07 p.m. Pasadena police officers responded to a business in the 1000 block of E. Colorado Blvd. regarding a robbery that had just occurred. The suspect had fled the area prior to the arrival of the officers. During the investigation, it was determined that the suspect walked up to the front cashier, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash from the register. Fearing for her safety, the cashier did not resist and complied with the suspect’s demand. The suspect took the cash and fled the location. Officers searched the area for the suspect but were not able to find him. 

August 21 at 3:37 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Colorado Blvd and Raymond Ave. regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. The victim told officers he had gotten off from work and walked to his car only to find fecal matter on it. The victim stated that he confronted a male he found defecating within the parking structure. The male walked into a waiting car as the victim continued to confront him about his uncivilized actions. When the male got into the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle brandished a black pistol and said words to intimidate the victim. The victim walked away from the vehicle and heard a gunshot. Witnesses confirmed hearing a gunshot. 

August 24 at 4:30 a.m. Pasadena police officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of S. Marengo Ave. regarding a prowler in the victim’s bedroom. The victim told officers she woke up to the suspect standing in her bedroom completely naked. The suspect fled the residence when the victim woke up but was subsequently detained by arriving officers in front of the residence. The victim positively identified the suspect, and he was arrested for burglary. 

August 25 at 6:19 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a business in the 200 block of N. Altadena Dr. regarding a subject who was threatening store employees and patrons with a hammer and demanding cigarettes. When officers arrived, the victim pointed out the suspect, who was still inside the store. As the suspect exited the store, he was detained without any further incident. Officers recovered cigarettes, candies, and a sandwich which the suspect stole from the store. The suspect still had the hammer with him when he was contacted and was arrested for armed robbery. The stolen items were returned to the store. 

August 25 at 9:07 p.m. The Pasadena Police Department was contacted by a parent of a six-year-old that attends Don Benito Fundamental School. The parent stated that her son told her the parent that he heard another student stating there would be a shooting with “real guns” at the school. Her son could not provide any further details since he walked away as the other student made the threatening statement. The Pasadena Police Department immediately notified the Security & Safety Officer at PUSD. Per their protocol, the PUSD sent out an email notifying parents of the alleged threatening statements. School Security was notified to provide extra patrol at the school tomorrow and the Pasadena PD provided extra service at the school. The investigation is ongoing regarding the identity of the student that made the threats. 

August 26 at 2:12 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of N. Los Robles Ave. regarding an assault investigation. When officers arrived, they contacted the victim, who said that he was at the location visiting family members and drinking in the carport. The victim heard arguing going on in the suspect’s apartment and told them to stop. The victim then returned to the carport to clean up when the suspect struck him in the head from behind. The victim observed the suspect walking away holding a machete. The victim stated he knows the suspect by nickname and knows that he lives in the apartment complex. Officers responded to the apartment and arrested the suspect. Paramedics from the Pasadena Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital for a fractured skull. Officers transported the suspect to the hospital because he had injuries consistent with being in an altercation. 

August 27 at 10:40 p.m. Pasadena police officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Merrett Dr. regarding two individuals who were found dead in the residence. Officers arrived and discovered the two deceased individuals as well as physical evidence of a shooting. Detectives were called to the scene and have assumed the investigation. 

August 31 at 10:55 p.m. Officers from the Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Evaluation Team were providing extra service to a church in the 1000 block of N. Fair Oaks Ave. due to recent trespassing complaints. While providing extra service, officers located a loaded firearm behind three subjects who were seated together on the property. One subject was arrested for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and possession of narcotics. The other two subjects were cited for trespass

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