ALTADENA >> A 49-year-old Torrance man reported missing while mountain biking in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena was found dead from an apparent fall Saturday following a 13-hour search, authorities said.
The man’s name was not released Sunday pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said.
Search and rescue teams searching for the missing man found about 10:30 a.m. Saturday along the Brown Mountain Truck Trail, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kim Shelton said.
The body was discovered a short distance from the man’s bicycle, and showed signs of trauma consistent with taking a fall from his bike, she said. No crime was initially suspected.
Sheriff’s officials received notification from Torrance police about 9 p.m. Friday that the cell phone of a missing Torrance man had been traces to a popular hiking trailhead north of Altadena, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The missing man’s SUV was found in the parking lot of the Millard Canyon Campground, Shelton said.
Officials from the Altadena, Montrose, Sierra Madre, San Dimas, Santa Clarita and Malibu search-and-rescue teams joined in the search, along with Sheriff’s Department helicopters, according to the statement. Additional resources from the California Air National Guard were requested, however the search concluded before they joined the search.
Investigators determined the missing man had started out for a mountain bike ride Friday morning.
Although the missing person was an experienced mountain biker, he was reported to have limited supplies with him, a storm was predicted to come in and there is over 30 miles of trail to search,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
Searchers handed out fliers with pictures of the missing man and his bicycle, Shelton said.
A hiker told authorities about 10 a.m. that he had seen the bicycle pictured on the flier in a remote area about three miles up the trail, officials said.
Officials quickly located the bike.
“After further searching, a body of a male was discovered,” according to the statement. “Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 lowered a paramedic and the person was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:30 a.m.”
The investigation is ongoing.
ALTADENA >> A car smashed through the front of an Altadena bank branch Wednesday morning, creating a mess of shattered glass and twisted metal but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
A 69-year-old woman accidentally stepped on the accelerator about 7:40 a.m. as she parked her Honda Accord in front of a Bank of America branch at 2345 N. Lake Ave., California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Hughes said.
The car lurched forward, crashing through metal hand rails and jumping up a curb before crashing through the glass doors and windows in front of the bank’s ATM foyer, Hughes said.
The bank was not yet open for business, however a woman was reported to have been using an ATM inside the foyer when the crash occurred, Hughes said. She had left the scene when CHP officers arrived.
The bank was expected to remain closed for the rest of the day, Hughes said. But the building was spared any structural damage.
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ALTADENA >> Deputies rushed into a smoke-filled house Thursday and rescued an 8-year-old dog trapped inside, officials said.
Los Angeles County firefighters and deputies responded to reports of a fire shortly after 2 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of East Sacramento Street. Deputies arrived first.
“When we got there, smoke was showing, coming out of the doorways and the roof area,” sheriff’s Sgt. Kim Shelton said.
“Deputies were able to make entry,” she said. Officials did not know at the time whether any victims, human or otherwise, were trapped in the smoke-filled house.
The deputies found no people inside, but encountered “Roxy,” an 8-year-old dog, Shelton said. They removed Roxy, who was very eager to get out, from the home safely. The dog was uninjured.
A resident of the home arrived a short time later, Shelton said. He was grateful that Roxy was OK.
Authorities determined a blanket strewn across the floor grate of a heating unit had begun melting, charging the home with smoke, Shelton said.
Officials arrived before the smoldering blanket spread to the structure itself.
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PASADENA >> Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against an Altadena man who led authorities on a three-hour chase throughout Los Angeles County over the weekend following a dispute with a neighbor, officials said.
Karnik Kendirian, 48, is accused of evading police, making criminal threats and five counts of vandalism in connection with Sunday’s lengthy, high-speed pursuit and the alleged crimes that preceded it, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Officials said in a written statement. He was arrested at his home Monday morning, hours after Pasadena police called off the wild pursuit as it passed through their city.
An arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to Thursday, court officials said.
The incident series of events began Saturday, when Kendirian scrawled graffiti on his neighbor’s property in Altadena, district attorney’s officials said. He then allegedly threatened his neighbor for reporting the incident to authorities.
“In addition, (Kendirian) is charged with smashing a car windshield, scratching another car door and two other acts of vandalism,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
California Highway Patrol officers found Kendirian driving about 5 p.m. Sunday and began pursuing him on the 210 Freeway in Altadena when he refused to pull over, officials said.
Traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph, the fleeing suspect led several police agencies on a chase along the 210, 134, 2, 605, 10 and 57 freeways, as well as surface streets.
Pasadena police took over the chase when it returned to their city for the second time after a lap around much of the county. Officers cancelled their pursuit, electing to follow-up with their investigation later instead.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kendirian about 8:35 a.m. Monday at his Altadena home, according to officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
If convicted as charged, Kendirian could face more than three years in state prison.
He was initially held in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show. Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be increased to $125,000.
A man described as a Pasadena resident and wanted on suspicion of making criminal threats led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase that began in Altadena and looped around Los Angeles County freeways and surface streets for nearly three hours Sunday, officials said.
Eventually, Pasadena police called off the pursuit and the black Honda slipped into the night.
The chase began about 5:07 p.m. on the 210 Freeway in Altadena, CHP Officer Michelle Bond said. The vehicle was wanted in connection with a criminal threats investigation, however further details were not available.
The fleeing motorist accelerated to speeds of more than 100 mph as the driver fled east beneath the lenses of television news camera, using multiple freeways, before making his way back toward the east via the 210 Freeway.
The fleeing car then headed south on the 605 Freeway before going east on the 10 Freeway through the San Gabriel Valley and transitioning onto the northbound 57 Freeway through Diamond Bar.
CHP officers followed closely behind as the sedan got back onto the 210 Freeway westbound.
The car briefly exited the 210 Freeway in Arcadia shortly after 7 p.m. The driver drove on the wrong side of the road along Foothill Boulevard for several blocks, narrowly avoiding head-on collisions.
Pasadena police, who took over the pursuit once it reached surface streets in their city, cancelled the chase shortly before 8 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
No further details were not available.
Police declined to discuss what their tactics will be in proceeding with the investigation.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers pulled a family of four from the wreckage of a car that went over the side of Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest Sunday, including a 12-year-old girl who was resuscitated after being found pulseless, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. near mile marker 53 of Angeles Crest Highway, just north of Santa Clara Divide Road, deep in the forest above Altadena, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
CHP officers, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, county firefighters, U.S. Forest Service officials and members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team responded to the crash. Rescuers used a helicopter to take the four patients to a trauma center.
The 12-year-old girl, who appeared to have suffered the worst of the injuries, was resuscitated after initially being found without a pulse, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Hofemeister said. She was rushed into surgery Friday afternoon.
The conditions of the three other occupants of the vehicle, described as a man, a woman and another child, were not available.
Officers from the Altadena area office of the CHP are handling the investigation.
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ALTADENA >> A man claiming to be delivering medical marijuana for a dispensary was robbed of both cannabis and cash early Thursday in a residential Altadena neighborhood, authorities said.
The crime was reported just before 2 a.m. at Beverly Way and Maiden Lane, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cruz Solis said.
Deputies first responded to the neighborhood after residents reported a man knocking on doors, apparently in some sort of distress, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a 26-year-old Pasadena man, told police he was delivering for a legal medical marijuana dispensary when a man grabbed him, threatened him and robbed him of marijuana, cash and his car keys, Solis said.
They keys turned up in some nearby bushes the following day, he said.
The amount of money and marijuana stolen was not available. A detailed suspect description was not available.
ALTADENA >> A 19-year-old autistic man who went missing over the weekend was found safe in Utah Friday morning, officials said.
Jonathan Taylor Clarke took his identification and some money from his mother’s purse during the early-morning hours July 18 and left on foot, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
He requires medication, and without it, officials said his mental capacity is that of a 7-year-old child.
Clarke’s mother received an e-mail from him stating that he loved her and was sorry, sheriff’s officials said.
“Jonathan was located by North Park Police Department in North Park, Utah. He was found this morning and was reported to be hungry, but not injured at all,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “Jonathan’s mother will be driving out to pick Jonathan. Thank you all who took the time to post flyers.”
ALTADENA >> Deputies are seeking a 19-year-old autistic man from Altadena who vanished early Saturday morning.
Jonathan Taylor Clark left his home in the 100 block of West Alta Loma Drive about 3 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Jonathan has autism and (needs) prescribed medication,” the statement said. “If Jonathan is without his medication, his mental capacity would be (that of a) 7-year-old.”
Clark took some money and his identification from his mothers purse and left home on foot,” according to Deputy Jeffrey Gordon of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“He has run away from facilities and his home before and is known to make poor decisions,” Gordon said.
Deputies notified their law enforcement counterparts in the area to be on the lookout for Clark, including the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau, which patrols train and bus lines, and the the Montrose and Altadena search and rescue teams, which searched the nearby forest.
Clark is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and was last seen wearing blue jeans, along with white and yellow shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena station at 626-798-1131.
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ALTADENA >> A man escaped injury Friday afternoon after a group of attackers twice pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun malfunctioned both times, authorities said.
The incident, which was believed to be gang-related, took place about 5:30 p.m. in the 600 block of West Altadena Drive, just west of Lincoln Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Booker Hollis said.
A man was standing along the side of the road when a blue, older-model Lincoln sedan with three attackers inside pulled up, the sergeant said.
One of the three male suspects inside the car pointed a handgun at the victim, he said.
“They attempted to fire a round, but the gun malfunctioned,” Hollis said.
“They drove around again and did the same thing again, and the gun malfunctioned again,” he said. The car then sped away. The victim was not injured.
Pasadena police stopped a car matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle about 9:08 p.m. at Claremont Street and Sunset Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. Two men, one a parolee and one a probationer, were arrested after police found a single .45-caliber round of ammunition in the car. Neither is allowed to possession ammunition due to their respective parole and probation statuses. Both were being held without bail pending their initial court appearances, records show.
The victim said he was unable to identify the two arrested man as being involved in the attack, Hollis said. The investigation was ongoing.