PASADENA — A Meridith Avenue resident helped police arrest a would-be burglar Saturday, authorities said.
Tiffany Tracy Hall, 31, of Pasadena, was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary following her 4 p.m. arrest, according to Pasadena police and county booking records.
A homeowner in the 100 block of North Meridith Avenue confronted the woman Thursday as she was trying to open a rear door of his house, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said.
The man reported the incident to police, but officers were not able to find her Thursday, he said.
The homeowner spotted the same woman in his neighborhood Saturday afternoon and called police, relaying her location to a dispatcher as he followed her, Torres said. Officers responded and took her into custody.
According to booking records, Hall was being held without bail at the Century Regional Detention Facility pending her initial court appearance.
PASADENA — No foul play was suspected in the death of a woman who collapsed along Green Street Saturday, police said.
The woman, who was estimated to be in her 60s, was driving along Green Street between Orange Grove Boulevard and Grand Avenue about 4:50 p.m. when she pulled over, apparently suffering from a medical problem, Pasadena police Lt. Cheryl Moody said.
She exited her car and collapsed, the lieutenant said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Authorities kept the area cordoned and shut down a brief section of Green Street as they waited on coroner’s officials to arrive.
ALHAMBRA — An Alhambra man suffered major injuries Saturday when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle, officials said.
The 44-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition following the collision, which took place about 12:45 p.m. at Palm Avenue and Main Street, Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese said.
According to the preliminary investigation, she said, the bicyclist was riding northbound in southbound traffic lanes of Palm Avenue when he was struck. Northbound and southbound traffic lanes are separated at the point where the crash occurred.
The car, a Mercedes-Benz sedan being driven by a 25-year-old Los Angeles man, made a left turn from northbound Raymond Avenue to main Street when he struck the bicyclist, police said.
Alcohol or drugs were not initially suspected to be involved, and the cause of the crash remained under investigation.
HERCULES — Police say a West Covina man and his wife arrested this week near Seattle after a jail escape, several carjackings and the shooting of a deputy in South El Monte are the prime suspects in the killing of a retired schoolteacher during a home-invasion in the San Francisco suburb of Hercules last week
Hercules police spokesman Connie Van Putten says after traveling to Washington and interviewing 24-year-old Darnell Keith Washington and his wife, 25-year-old Tania Lejune Washington, detectives believe the two are responsible for the death of Susie Ko.
The 55-year-old Ko was found dead on the floor of her home by neighbors on Oct. 5.
The Washingtons were arrested Wednesday in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle, driving a Subaru station wagon taken from Ko’s home. The couple allegedly rammed police cars repeatedly in an attempt to continue fleeing before being taken into custody.
They were also wanted for an alleged crime spree in Southern California, which began with Darnell Washington escaping from San Bernardino Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in San Bernardino with the help of his wife Aug. 27, officials said.
They were already linked to at least one carjacking when a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the sheriff’s Temple Station spotted the couple at a 7-Eleven store at Durfee Avenue and Michael Hunt Drive in South El Monte on Sept. 2, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Michael Parker said in the hours after the shooting. They opened fire on the deputy with a shotgun, resulting in only minor injuries from the blast of shotgun pellets.
The deputy returned fire, officials said, however it was unknown if the either Washington had been injured in the exchange before fleeing the scene in a previously carjacked SUV.
The deputy-involved shooting intensified the hunt for the already wanted prison escapee and his wife.
Darnell and Tania Washington carjacked another vehicle in South Gate within an hour of the South El Monte shoot-out and disappeared.
Booking records in King County, Washington, where the couple was being held, indicate they have been booked on suspicion of murder, assault, weapons charges, vehicle theft and attempting to elude police.
In a recorded voicemail message Saturday, Van Putten said no further information regarding the homicide investigation would be released, “until sometime next week.”
Darnell Washington was being held without bail, according to booking records, while Tania Washington was being held in lieu of $3 million bail. Information regarding their initial court appearance was not available.
PHOTOS of Darnell and Tania Washington courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
PASADENA — A burglar or burglars escaped with a safe containing about $100,000 worth of jewels and other valuables in a break-in at a Linda Vista Avenue home earlier this week, police said.
Residents discovered the burglary in the 1800 block of Linda Vista Street about 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said.
It appeared the intruder or intruders accessed the house via an unlocked window, the lieutenant added.
A similar crime was reported to the south in Pico Rivera Friday, authorities said.
According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer, a resident of the 9500 block of Woodford Street discovered about 3 p.m. Friday that his home had been burglarized and a safe containing $20,000 in cash and a gun had been stolen.
ARCADIA — A man was discovered dead in a dental office Friday morning.
Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner identified the man as a 27-year-old Chino Hills resident. He said the death is being investigated as a suicide.
The man was found by a relative in the rear room of a dental business on North 1st Avenue, according to Smith, who confirmed reports the man had a plastic bag over his head.
Smith didn’t know if the man worked at the business or was a patient. An autopsy is pending.
Lt. Colleen Flores said Arcadia police were called at 11:39 a.m. about a male adult found dead at the location.
– Ruby Gonzales
PICO RIVERA — A burglar or burglars took a safe containing $20,000 and a firearm from a residence, deputies said Friday.
Lt. Andrew Meyer of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said deputies went to the 9500 block of Woodford Street on a burglary call about 3 p.m. They discovered a safe with the cash and a weapon had been stolen.
The resident discovered the break-in Friday, Meyer said.
– Ruby Gonzales
PICO RIVERA — A domestic violence investigation led deputies to discover about $5,000 worth of marijuana and concentrated marijuana paste, authorities said.
A 19-year-woman called deputies Thursday morning to report her 32-year-old boyfriend had struck her several times, inflicting minor injuries, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Miguel Mejia. The suspect was no longer there when deputies arrived.
When deputies went to the suspect’s house in the 9500 block of Banat Road, where his mother allowed them in, the sergeant said.
The domestic violence suspect they had been seeking was not at the home, however deputies did discover several pounds of marijuana hidden in boxes, along with concentrated marijuana paste, officials said.
The seized pot is worth an estimated $5,000 on the street, Mejia added.
The suspect had not been found early Friday, sheriff’s officials said. His name was not released as the search continued.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
NORWALK — A man is expected to survive after being found stabbed in the neck in the driveway of an apartment building early Friday, authorities said.
A passerby called 9-1-1 about 8:25 a.m. after finding the wounded lying wounded on the ground along Imperial Highway, just east of Studebaker Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Mendoza said.
Rescuers rushed the man to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and was expected to survive, the sergeant said. He was estimated to be in his late-30s or early-40s.
The circumstances of the stabbing remained a mystery Friday afternoon, as the man’s injuries prevented investigators from getting a statement from him, Mendoza said.