Wanted parolee arrested after threatening suicide in Azusa

AZUSA — Police shot a wanted parolee with a Taser and arrested her Friday after she threatened to kill herself with a knife, authorities said.
Desiree Portillo, 35, of Azusa was booked on suspicion of violating parole stemming from a previous firearms-related crime, Azusa police Sgt. Mike Gurbada said in a written statement.
Police went to a house in the 700 block of South Vincent Avenue about 11 a.m. in search of the parolee-at-large, the sergeant said.
When police confronted Portillo at her home, they found her “armed with a knife, which she held against her throat, threatening to kill herself,” Gurbada said.
After Portillo refused several orders to drop the knife, he said, police shocked her with a Taser, which immediately incapacitated her.
Portillo dropped the knife and was taken into custody.
The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries, arrested for her outstanding warrant and turned her over to parole officials, Gurbada said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Portillo was being held without bail and was due for arraignment Monday in West Covina Superior Court.

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  • Espinola

    If she wanted to kill herself then let her. The city wouldnt have had to spend all the money to house, feed & court charges. It would have been a win win situration all around. Besides I don’t believe that she would have carried her threat out. She just did all that for attention.