PASADENA — Sheriff’s deputies and police were seeking suspects in Pasadena home-invasion robbery Thursday when they became involved in a gunbattle with fleeing suspects, authorities said Friday.
Three men were arrested in connection with the home-invasion robbery investigation during a massive manhunt following Thursday’s 12:20 p.m. shooting along Orange Grove Boulevard near Mar Vista Avenue, but they were not named as suspects in the shooting, Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez said.
“That’s still an ongoing part of the investigation,” he said.
Paul Darryl Scott, 31, and Marquice Garrett, 19, both of Pasadena, were arrested inside a large search perimeter that was cordoned off following the shooting, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Residents were kept from, or inside of, their homes as the massive search continued for about eight hours. The search area stretched from Lake Avenue to Hill Avenue, and from Villa Street to Orange Grove Boulevard, officials said. City officials set up two temporary evacuation shelters to accommodate those displaced.
A third suspect wanted in connection with the home-invasion robbery investigation, Eddie Brodney McFadden, 20, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. in his hometown of Arcadia, according to officials and booking records.
Pasadena police, including a SWAT team, and sheriff’s deputies showed up at a home in the 100 block of Alta Street, just southwest of the intersection of Huntington Drive and Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
Officials evacuated nearby homes and soon arrested McFadden without a struggle, officials added.
None of the three home-invasion robbery suspects arrested had gunshot wounds, Sgt. Kate Favara said.
The shooting took place while a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked car had been following a vehicle Thursday as part of the investigation into the robbery, police said. A second car struck the deputy’s vehicle and fled, police said.
The deputy continued following the original car, which pulled into a driveway along Orange Grove before at least two occupants exited and at least one opened fire, according to Pasadena police.
A deputy traded gunfire with at least one suspect, police said. No law enforcement officers were injured, and it was not clear if the suspects were wounded.
The home-invasion robbery that sparked the investigation took place about 11:00 p.m. Tuesday at the home of female senior citizen in the 1900 block of North Arroyo Boulevard, Perez said. Several other adult family members were also at the home at the time.
“Three individuals entered that home armed with weapons,” Perez said. The masked robbers made off with a “large amount” of money — thousands of dollars – along with other personal items, he said. No injuries were reported.
The robbery was not reported to police, Perez said.
The following day, the robbers contacted the woman by telephone and demanded that she withdraw more money from the bank and bring it back to the house, Perez said.
She went to the bank to comply, but bank employees found the withdrawal request suspicious and contacted police, Perez said. Upon speaking with the woman at the bank, she told officers of the previous day’s home-invasion robbery.
“We started doing all the different steps to determine who might be involved,” Perez said. Police teamed with sheriff’s deputies in a joint investigation. “That investigation led to Thursday’s surveillance operation.”
It was during the surveillance operation that the shooting occurred.
After an eight-hour manhunt Thursday, police announced the search in Pasadena had come to an end shortly after 8:30 p.m., and that no suspects in the shooting had been arrested. Residents kept away from their homes were allowed to return at that time.
The shooting itself was being investigated by detectives from the sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
Scott was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show, while Garrett was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. McFadden was being held without bail.