A hapless trio of alleged burglars chose the wrong Pasadena neighborhood Wednesday where they were suspected of burgling a house blocks from a police training session which sent heavily armed SWAT officers to help hunt them down.
All three — two men and a juvenile — were apprehended and arrested, police said.
The search shut down a quiet residential neighborhood just north of Pasadena High School, which itself was placed on lockdown.
Police were called to the 1000 block of Del Rey Avenue at 11:49 a.m. after a resident saw the suspects emerge from a parked car and head into a neighbor’s backyard. Shortly thereafter the resident saw one of the men inside his neighbor’s home.
It wasn’t difficult for arriving officers to locate the suspects’ getaway car: a red Chevrolet Camaro. They arrested the driver, Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The other two suspects fled in different directions, he said.
A police airship and nearby SWAT officers joined in the search.
“They were doing tactical training at the old St Luke’s building,” Hettema said.
When one suspect ran towards the Pasadena High School football field police informed the school, which reportedly imposed a brief lockdown
The two runners were apprehended.
Police identified the arrested men as Dalomte Womely, 19, of Tujunga and Haven Markquis Green, 18, of Monterey Park. were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Detectives were investigated the trio’s possible connection to other residential burglaries, authorities said.
Green was being held without bail at the Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles Thursday morning. No information on Womely could be located.