PASADENA >> Police used a K-9 to apprehend a Riverside County man early Sunday following reports that he had been pointing a handgun at passers-by in an upscale residential neighborhood in Pasadena.
Recently released convict Jordan Allenswan Creger, 26, of Wildomar, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and weapons violations, following the incident, which began about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of South Orange Grove Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Officers received a report of a man “pointing his gun at random people,” Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police found the suspect, later identified as Creger, hiding nearby in a front yard in the 300 block of Markham Place, officials said.
After about 30 minutes of negotiation, police sent in a dog, allowing them to take Creger into custody.
“A search of the area in which the suspect was hiding led to the discovery of a loaded firearm,” Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Creger, who appeared to be under the influence of some sort of substance, was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment of minor abrasions suffered during his arrest prior to booking, Lt. Mark Goodman said.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez commended the involved officers for their “sound decision, courage and tactics,” allowing a safe outcome and the avoidance of a lethal force encounter.
Sunday represented Creger’s sixth arrest in Los Angeles County since July of last year.
Most recently, he was arrested in Montebello on May 31, records show. He was ultimately convicted of resisting or obstructing police, while charges of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
Creger was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and released on July 22, after serving 52 days behind bars, records show.
Creger was convicted of grand theft in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court in January, according to court records. He served 140 days of a 150 days sentence before being released on June 1.
And he was convicted of burglary in August of 2015 in the West Covina courthouse following an arrest in the San Dimas area, records show.
He was sentenced to one year in county jail, but was released in November of 2015 after serving 124 days in custody.
Creger was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
ALTADENA >> A man was expected to survive his wounds following a shooting in Altadena Saturday night, authorities said.
Deputies received a report of a “person down” about 9 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Stanley said.
They found a man estimated to be in his late-20s suffering from a gunshot wounds to his legs, the lieutenant said. He was hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available. The circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation.
PASADENA >> Two men suffered wounds in a shooting near Robinson Park in Pasadena late Saturday, police said.
The gunfire was first reported about 8:20 p.m. at Hammond Street and Morton Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Arriving officers encountered one man suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene, he said. He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
A second shooting victim arrived at the hospital a short time later, Clawson said. His condition was also unclear.
Both victims were described as men estimated to be in their 50s, according to the lieutenant.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a Monterey Park man Thursday after he broke into several Pasadena businesses and cars, then attacked a business owner who confronted him with a brick, officials said.
Brian Anthony Wheeler, 45, was booked on suspicion of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats following the incident, which unfolded about 6:25 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A business proprietor caught Wheeler leaving his businesses, where a window had been smashed out with a brick, police said. Wheeler had stolen a can of beer.
Wheeler attacked the business owner with the brick, leaving him with redness to his face but no serious injuries, Luna said.
The attacker fled from the area, trying unsuccessfully to steal a car.
Witnesses pointed responding police officers in the direction where the fleeing suspect had jumped a fence onto Marengo Avenue.
Officers found Wheeler hiding in the community laundry room of a nearby apartment complex, Luna said.
Investigators soon found other windows allegedly smashed by Wheeler.
“Prior to this incident, the suspect attempted to enter two adjacent business and (several) cars,” Luna said.
Officials suspected Wheeler was under the influence of some sort of narcotic, he added.
According to county booking records, Wheeler was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Deputies are seeking an attacker show shot a man in the back as he walked down the street in Hacienda Heights early Thursday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 12:10 a.m. on Gale Avenue near Valencia Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Abel Moreno said.
The victim, a man in his 30s, suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening, he said.
“He was walking on Gale. He heard what appeared to be a gunshot and felt pain to his lower back,” Moreno said.
The wounded man did not see where the shot came from and no suspect description was available, the sergeant said. The motive in the attack was unclear.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ALHAMBRA >> Police sought a group of three to four suspects after shootout in a residential neighborhood left one man wounded, authorities said.
The gun battle was first reported about 2:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Winchester Avenue, just south of Commonwealth Avenue, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. It began as a drive-by shooting.
A man was standing in front of a home when a gray pickup truck containing three to four male attackers passed by, the sergeant said.
“(Someone) in the pickup truck starts to fire… at least 8-10 rounds at the victim,” Johnson said. It was unclear whether a single gunman fired, or multiple attackers.
“The suspect starts to shoot back. How many rounds, we’re not sure,” he said.
The target of the drive-by shooting was struck by the gunfire, Johnson said. It was unclear if any of the suspects inside the pickup truck were injured.
Johnson said the pickup truck was last seen speeding north along Winchester Avenue. A detailed suspect description was not available.
A private car showed up immediately after the shooting and took the wounded man to a hospital, which notified police that a gunshot victim had arrived in the emergency room, Johnson said. Doctors immediately rushed the victim into surgery. An update in his condition was not available.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation.
Anyone with information can reach Alhambra police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PHOTO courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department
LA HABRA >> A man showed up at an emergency room after being shot in a residential neighborhood in La Habra early Sunday, police said.
The victim, a La Habra man, arrived at an area hospital about 3:20 a.m., La Habra police Sgt. Daniel Barnes said.
He was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening and listed in stable condition, the sergeant said.
“The shooting is believed to have occurred in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue and is believed to be gang-related,” Barnes said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via text message by sending the tip, plus “LHPD,” to TIP411 at 847411.
SAN DIMAS >> Homicide detectives have identified a man already in custody for a custody in connection with armored car robberies and the shooting of an armored car driver as the alleged gunman in the fatal shooting of a San Dimas sandwich shop owner in San Dimas last year, authorities announced Friday.
Sergey Gutsu, 24, is suspected in the June 2, 2015, slaying of Pravin “Peter” Patel during a robbery at the Quiznos shop Patel owned and operated at 1034 W. Arrow Highway in San Dimas, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
He is already in custody in Sonoma County, where he and alleged accomplice Ivan Morales, 24, are accused of shooting an armored car driver during a robbery in Windsor on Tuesday, then fired shots at deputies during a chase that preceded their ultimate arrests, according to Sonoma and Los Angeles county sheriff’s officials.
“During the course of the investigation, “(Violent Crimes Investigation Unit) detectives developed information that Gutsu and Morales were likely involved in other crimes throughout the state,” Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said in a written statement.
“Although we cannot divulge specific details of the investigations, we are confident that one or both are responsible for an armored car robbery in Granada Hills and a robbery/homicide in San Dimas.”
Los Angeles County homicide detectives met with Gutsu in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, officials said.
“During the interview, the suspect admitted to being involved in the murder of victim Patel,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Morales had not been linked to the San Dimas slaying, Corina said.
In the San Dimas case, Patel was working behind the counter when a gunman robbed the sandwich shop, Lt. David Coleman of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said at the time.
Patel turned over the money from the register, amounting to no more than a few hundred dollars, when the robber threatened to shoot two customers inside the store, officials said.
But once the robber left, Patel followed him outside and became involved in a struggle with the robber, Corina said. The gunman opened fire, mortally wounding Patel.
Patel, 62, described by Coleman as a “loving, kind man,” worked alongside his wife at the family restaurant.
Authorities released a composite sketch of the killer and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Patel’s killer. But the gunman remained elusive, and unidentified, until he implicated himself in the slaying on Tuesday, Corina said.
A gun seized from Gutsu at the time of his arrest in Sonoma County is of the same caliber used in Patel’s killing, Corina said. Forensic testing was pending to determined whether the weapons were one and the same.
Gutsu grew up in Arcadia, and more recently split his time between southern and northern California, Corina said.
According to Sonoma County booking records, Gutsu remains in custody without bail on charges of robbery attempted murder, along with special allegations that he personally used a gun.
The investigation into his alleged crimes in Los Angeles County and elsewhere remained ongoing, officials said.
“We’re still working our case and putting it together,” Corina said.
PHOTO of victim Pravin Patel, below (courtesy)
PASADENA >> Police used a Taser to disarm and arrest a homeless burglary suspect believed to be high on drugs who confronted officers with a knife in each hand early Saturday, officials said.
Charles Romero, 50, was ultimately booked on suspicion of burglary and assault on police officers, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The incident began about 2:30 a.m. after officers received a report of a man in the street armed with a knife in the 100 block of West Dayton Street, the lieutenant said.
Officers encountered Romero, a homeless man known to frequent Pasadena, “with a kitchen knife in each hand.”
Romero appeared “agitated” and was “yelling incoherently,” but initially complied with police command to drop the knives and back away from the weapons, Goodman said.
The suddenly, Romero sprints back to the knives, picked them up and began advancing on officers, Goodman said.
“The suspect walked parallel to the officers while holding both knives over his head in a threatening manner,” he said.
Police used a Taser on the man, causing him to again drop the knives. Officer then took Romero into custody without a further struggle.
Officials soon learned that Romero had stolen the two kitchen knives during a break-in at a nearby apartment, Goodman said. Based on his behavior, police suspected Romero was under the influence of a stimulant, such as methamphetamine.
Goodman commended the judgement and restraint of the officers.
“Officers involved used exceptional decision making skills, combined with sound tactics, which clearly prevented as lethal encounter,” he said.
ALTADENA >> A in residential neighborhood in Altadena left a child and an adult seriously wounded late Tuesday, authorities said.
A deputy came across the two wounded victims shortly before 11 p.m. in the area of Figueroa Drive and Olive Avenue, Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Paramedics rushed a child and an adult to the hospital for treatment, she said.
Both victims were listed in critical condition, officials said.
No further details were immediately available.