The Tattoed Bandit (er make that Mickey Mouse)

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San Marino police released this photo of a man suspected in the robbery of Wells Fargo on Huntington Drive Tuesday. The FBI hasn’t given this guy a name yet. So, Crime Scene is sponsoring a naming contest. I’ll post your nominations Saturday morning (unless he’s caught before then).
Update: Apparently this guy is called the Mickey Mouse Bandit, the FBI told us this afternoon, after earlier telling us he had no name…that’s ok though…you can still name him if you want.

Rosemead reports man with a gun (not a lighter)

This from reporter Jen McLain in the field and Tania Chatila in the newsroom:

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has placed Rosemead High School on lockdown and blocked off part of Rosemead Boulevard as they search for a man with a gun, officials said.
The unidentified man was first seen in an area neighborhood at 10:30 a.m., authorities said.
Officials at nearby Rosemead High were not available for comment, but did confirm the campus was on lockdown.
Rosemead Boulevard between Mission Drive and Lower Azusa Road has been blocked off to traffic.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, wearing shorts. He was last seen jumping over a fence at the corner of Rosemead Boulevard and Mission Drive, police said.

On guard for Hollywood

At least an unidentified Pasadena police detective had something to do Monday night besides knoshing from the catering truck at a movie shoot near Grand and Madeline Drive.
Brian Day reports:

PASADENA — Police sought a man Monday who allegedly crashed his car into a parked car in the presence of a police detective, then refused orders to stop and fled the scene, officials said.
The incident was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Grand Avenue at Madeline Drive, said Pasadena police Lt. Randell Taylor.
A uniformed detective was working at the intersection where a camera crew was filming …

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Not gang related after all

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It turns out that Pasadena police characterized a murder as “gang-related” when in fact it may not have been.
You can bet that jumping to an early conclusion about the nature of the murder of Jamal Tims has made it less likely the case will be solved anytime soon.
Most homicide investigators believe tat murders are solved int he 24-hours immediately after they occur.
Here’s an excerpt from the story by Molly R. Okeon:

PASADENA – Police now believe that the murder of a 28-year-old Pasadena man late last month was not gang-related but person in nature, though officials could not elaborate due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Jamal Lewis Tims was shot to death around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in the 500 block of North Mentor Avenue.
“It appears to be personal,” said Pasadena police spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens.
She said while no suspects have been arrested, detectives are “working on active leads.”
Tims’ shooting death was the second of two that occurred in the last week of September in the city’s northwest section.

Interesting blog from a TV guy

I came across this blog while looking for information about the El Monte street race tragedy that left Dora Groce and her two children dead. It’s run by a guy who describes himself as follows:

Bryan Frank, a Broadcast News Photographer working in the LA market. I work for the truth and I love what I do.

I like the blog. There’s plenty of nice insider photos and information from the center of the pack that jumps from story to story here in L.A.

Diamonds are forever – except in Rosemead

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A Chinese national got robbed in the parking lot of the Double Tree in Rosemead Thursday a.m., authorities said.
The take? (or “take out” if you prefer) $600,000 in jewelry stored in bags in the victim’s car. We’ve got a copy of the police report and will post it here when it’s scanned.
In the meantime, police are on the lookout for two or three men wearing ski masks and driving a white SUV.

Victims in El Monte crash identified

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Channel 7 is identifying the victims of the horrifying El Monte street racing crash as Maria Groce and her two children Robert, 8, and Katherine, 4.
Here’s what their story says:

Forty-one year Dora Groce and her two children, eight-year-old Robert and four-year-old Katherine, were killed in that car fire. Katherine apparently had a fever Monday night and the family was on its way to their family doctor at Kaiser.

Meanwhile El Monte police held a press conference Tuesday morning and identified the man they arrested and a man they are seeking.
Here’s what the Tribune is reporting …

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