Suspect jailed in South Pasadena ‘hot prowl’ burglary

SOUTH PASADENA — A parolee was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of trying to break into a South Pasadena home last month while residents were asleep inside, authorities said.
Police arrested Anthony Ace Martinez, 24, early Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles and booked him on suspicion of burglary, South Pasadena police Sgt. Jim Valencia said in a written statement.
Residents of a home in the 800 block of Kendall Avenue in South Pasadena were awakened about 2:30 a.m. July 18 by the sounds of two men trying to force their way in the back door, the sergeant said.
“(A) resident yelled and scared away the suspects,” Valencia said. “It was determined that the suspects tried to pry open the door and also removed the screen to a bedroom window.”
Fingerprints collected from the window screen matched Martinez, who was on parole for burglary and making criminal threats, police said.
South Pasadena police went to his home Wednesday morning and, after briefly hiding in the home’s attic, he was taken into custody, Valencia said.
The second suspect remained at large.
Martinez was being held without bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail, according to county booking records. Information on his initial court date was not available.

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