Robbery suspect arrested in Pasadena after chase, standoff

PASADENA >> Police jailed a robbery suspect Sunday after he led officers on a car chase, then climbed onto the roof of an apartment building before ultimately surrendering, officials said.
Officers received a report of the “strong-arm” robbery of a woman about 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The woman’s purse and cell phone had been stolen, he said. It was determined that the robbery took place across the city border in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department. Further details regarding the robbery were not immediately available.
Pasadena police spotted a car matching the description of the robber’s vehicle 10 to 15 minutes later in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Boulevard, the lieutenant said. The driver refused to pull over, kicking off a pursuit.
Police chased the suspect to the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, where he abandoned the car and fled into an apartment complex and climbed onto the roof of a building.
After about an hour, officers persuaded the man to climb down and surrender, Carrillo said.
The suspect’s identity was not available pending the booking process.

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UPDATED: San Gabriel woman dragged by truck during robbery; police, firefighters and witnesses team up to help victim


SAN GABRIEL >> Police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and witnesses took up a collection to help a single mother who was dragged 20 feet by a pickup truck while being robbed of her purse in San Gabriel Saturday, officials said.
The crime took place about 10:45 a.m. outside a dry cleaning business in the 400 block of West Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel police Lt. Riki Nakamura said.
A 36-year-old woman stopped into the dry cleaning shop as her 7-year-old son waited in the back seat of her car. The boy was dressed in a costume, as the mother and son were planning a trip to the movies to see The Jungle Book before heading to lunch.
The woman saw a man approach her car and open a door, the lieutenant said. Fearing her son was in danger, the woman ran out to confront the man, he said.
The robber grabbed the woman’s purse from the front passenger seat of her car and fled to his own vehicle, a pickup truck.
Nakamura said the victim clung to the truck as the robber accelerated.
“He heads north on Ardmore (Drive), while she’s clinging on the driver-side door,” he said. “She’s asking for help and pleading with him to stop.”
The woman fell from the vehicle, tumbling in the roadway, before the suspect sped away, Nakamura said.
“I don’t know what possessed me. I guess it was just adrenaline,” said the mother, who asked her name be withheld due to safety concerns.”
She suffered injuries to her arms and legs, but declined to be taken to a hospital.
Despite her injuries, and the loss of her money and other personal belongings, including their movie tickets and Souplantation gift card, “She was more worried about breaking a promise to take her son to the movies,” the lieutenant said.
Touched by the scene, police officers, firefighters, EMTs and passers-by who witnessed the incident took up a collection to present to the woman, Nakamura said. They presented the mother and son with tickets to the same theater they were planning to attend, as well as extra money for popcorn or lunch.
Though sore and healing from deep abrasions and an injured knee, the mother said she was recuperating well Sunday.
Her son was also doing well, though she said the incident left him a bit nervous.
“He’s a little afraid now where he’ll stay with me. He doesn’t want to leave me,” she said. She planned to seek counseling for him.
The youngster also told his mother he was worried because he feared the “bad guy” now knows their home address from the items stolen from his mother’s purse.
But despite Saturday’s ordeal, the mother and son made it to the movies as planned, the grateful mother said.
With her family in Northern California, and while dealing with financial challenges, the woman said the kindness of strangers made her not feel alone following the frightening incident.
“I couldn’t believe it. What started off as a really dark, horrible situation ended up being jut an uplifting situation,” she said. “Complete strangers filled us with love and comfort and made us feel so secure.”
Police and the victim described the robber as a Latino man in his 40s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, with a dark complexion. He drove a lowered, orange or copper pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado, with dark tint on the windows. The truck’s paint was very shiny and clean.
Anyone with information is asked to contact San Gabriel police at 626-308-2828.

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Tipster helps deputies nab Puente Hills Mall robbery suspect

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INDUSTRY >> A tip from the public helped deputies arrest a suspect who pulled a gun on a female security guard while stealing a pair of work boots from a Sears store at the Puente Hills Mall in Industry in February, officials said.
Investigators jailed Gerardo Garcia, 28, late Tuesday on suspicion of robbery in connection with the Feb. 23 incident at the mall, 1600 S. Azusa Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. His city of residence was not available, however officials described him as a San Gabriel Valley resident.
Garcia left the store without paying for a pair of work boots about 1:30 p.m. A woman working as a loss prevention officer confronted him in the parking lot.
“As the victim attempted to detain the suspect for shoplifting, the suspect produced a firearm from his pants pocket, pointed it at the victim, and cocked the hammer,” according the statement. The suspect fled in a black car.
Deputies on Tuesday released surveillance camera photos of the suspect in hopes of generating tips from the public.
The plan worked.
0422_NWS_SGT-L-SEARSFOLO1Within hours of the release of the surveillance camera images, “an anonymous caller provided information leading to the identification, and later arrest of Suspect Gerardo Garcia,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
Deputies found and arrested Garcia in connection with the crime about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Los Angeles County booking records. Investigators also recovered the stolen boots, and the revolver believed to have been used in the crime.
Garcia was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Man suspected of striking another man with chain during San Dimas robbery


SAN DIMAS >> Deputies arrested a homeless man after he whacked another man with a chain and robbed him of his backpack, officials said.
Jason Nicks, 37, was booked on suspicion robbery in connection with the incident, which unfolded about 1:15 p.m. along Arrow Highway, just east of Valley Center Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
Nicks struck the victim, another homeless man with whom he was acquainted, with a chain and stole the victim’s backpack, sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said. The victim was treated for injuries believed to be minor.
Deputies searched the area and soon found Nicks nearby. He was detained without a struggle and ultimately arrested in connection with the robbery, the lieutenant said.
Nicks was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Friday in Pomona Superior Court, records show.

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UPDATED: Rosemead residents threatened at gunpoint after interrupting home burglary


ROSEMEAD >> Two intruders pulled a gun on a woman and her adult son when they arrived home to interrupt a burglary in Rosemead Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The victims came home about 3:40 p.m. in the 4200 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ernest Bille said.
“The residents stumbled upon a burglary at their residence,” Bille said.
One of the two intruders pointed a handgun at the two victims before both ran out of the home, the lieutenant said.
They were last seen fleeing the area in a brown Toyota van, possibly a Toyota Sienna, he said.
Deputies described both burglars as Latino men. One was in his mid-30s, with short, bushy hair, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build, wearing a black-and-white flannel shirt and dark pants. The second was in his mid-20s, also of medium build, with a black hooded sweat shirt pulled over his face and dark shorts.
It was not immediately clear whether the burglars managed to steal anything from the home.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two gunmen rob Rosemead motel


ROSEMEAD >> Two men robbed a motel clerk and a patron at gunpoint Saturday morning in Rosemead, authorities said.
The robbery unfolded about 10:30 a.m. at the Royale Inn, 2618 San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ernest Bille said.
Both men brandished handguns as they entered the lobby and demanded property from an employee, as well as a patron who happened to be inside as well, the lieutenant said.
They obtained a little more than $200 and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone from the victims, he said.
According to initial reports from the scene, both robbers were described as black men in their 20s. One stood about 6 feet tall and was of thin build, wearing a red hat. The second was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavyset and bald.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man beaten, robbed in Whittier


WHITTIER >> Police are seeking four men who beat and robbed another man in Whittier earlier this week, officials said.
The victim was walking about 1 a.m. Wednesday along Painter Avenue and Mar Vista Street when a black Honda containing four men pulled up near him, Whittier police Sgt. Sam Reed said.
Four Latino men, all described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 140 bounds, with shaved heads, emerged from the car and confronted the victim, demanding his property.
The robbers then beat up the man before fleeing with his backpack, cell phone and wallet, Reed said.
The victim suffered no significant injuries, the sergeant said.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Teenage girl attacked, robbed at Pasadena park


PASADENA >> A man attacked a teenage girl and robbed her at knifepoint at Memorial Park in Pasadena late Wednesday, authorities said.
A 17-year-old Los Angeles girl was walking through the park, 85 E. Holly Street, about 6:05 p.m. when the robber grabbed her and pulled her into the men’s restroom, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The suspect threatened the victim at knifepoint,” he said.
He obtained the young woman’s wallet, cash, gold chain and cell phone, the lieutenant said.
After obtaining the items, the robber punched the victim in the stomach and fled north through the park toward Walnut Street, he said.
Luna said the victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
The robber was described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, of thin build, wearing all dark-colored clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Armed robbery reported in Monrovia


MONROVIA >> Police are seeking four men who robbed another man of his wallet and skateboard in Monrovia late Saturday, officials said.
The crime was reported about 10:50 p.m. at Colorado and Canyon boulevards, Monrovia police Lt. Patty Newton said.
Four suspects, described only as male, approached the man as he stood near his car, she said. One of them pulled a handgun and robbed him of his wallet.
The robbers also ransacked the victim’s car and stole a skateboard, the lieutenant said.
They were last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Anyone with information can reach Monrovia police at 626-256-8000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Shot fired during West Covina robbery; 1 suspect in custody, 1 sought


WEST COVINA >> Police arrested a woman and sought a man after they shot at, but missed, a man during a robbery on a walking path in West Covina early Sunday, authorities said.
The crime took place just after 7:15 a.m. on a walkway behind the 1700 block of Glenridge Circle Drive, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s approached the victim and demanded his belongings, the lieutenant said. The woman brandished a semi-automatic handgun.
At some point during the robbery, the woman fired a shot at the victim, but did not strike him, Patton said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, turned over his backpack to the robbers, who then ran northwest, toward Temple Avenue and Amar Road.
Police began searching the area and soon found a woman matching the description of the female robber, Patton said.
She was found to be in possession of a gun, as well as some of the victim’s property, he said.
Her male accomplice remained at large Sunday.
Police withheld the female suspect’s name as they continued searching for the second robber. She was booked on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500, or the department’s 24-hour voicemail tip line at 626-939-8668.

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