ALTADENA >> Detectives investigated a burning SUV found on a dirt road in Altadena early Saturday that had been rented by an Agoura Hills man reported missing earlier in the day, authorities said.
Officials found the Ford Explorer on fire about 8 a.m. on a dirt road near the end of Fair Oaks Avenue, at the northern edge of Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu said.
“La County fire extinguished the fire. Our arson investigators responded. The cause of the fire is undetermined,” Sgt. Brian Mann said.
Officials soon learned the SUV had been rented a man who had been reported missing to the sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station by a family member, Lt. John Lecrivaim said. The man was reported missing earlier Saturday morning, prior to the discovery of the burning SUV.
The SUV had been rented by 34-year-old Stephen Perryman, Lt. Tracy Stewart said.
Investigators searched the charred SUV and the nearby area for clues Saturday afternoon.
About 20 officials, including a Altadena Search and Rescue Team members aided by a helicopter, conducted an “exhaustive” search but found no signs of the missing person, Mann said.
Like all missing persons investigations, the case was turned over to the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit.
A family member confirmed reporting Perryman missing Saturday morning, and said that the family was “absolutely frantic” with worry.
Perryman’s father, Timothy Perryman, went missing under similar circumstances just over 10 years ago.
Timothy Perryman, then-53, disappeared in late March of 2004, according to a statement issued by the North American Missing Persons Network.
The family did not wish to comment on Timothy Perryman’s disappearance Saturday.
The elder Perryman was believed to have gone hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, according to reports published in The Acorn at the time.
No signs of Timothy Perryman have turned up since.
“He was last seen by neighbors walking south on Daylight Drive, away from the Garden Oaks (Court),” according to NAMPN statement. “Before he walked away, he apparently took his driver’s license with him but removed other items from his wallet. He left on his desk six dollar bills, some coins, credit cards, his Social Security card and family photos.”
Timothy Perryman’s disappearance is also under investigation by the Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit.
Anyone with information can reach the Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.
ALTADENA >> A man suffered serious stab wounds Thursday while breaking up a fight between two women believed to have started over cookies, authorities said.
The unusual alleged crime took place about 8:15 p.m. at Raymond Avenue and Woodbury Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said.
A 22-year-old Altadena man suffered a serious stab wound to his abdomen when he tried to break up a fight between two women that started over cookies, sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Waterman said. The man was in stable condition at a hospital Friday.
A 19-year-old woman suffered moderate injuries including slashes to her face during the incident, and was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
Shandra Easterling, 43, of Pasadena, was also treated for injuries suffered in the scuffle prior to being booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Waterman said.
Easterling and the younger woman became involved in an argument after one of them asked for cookies that the other had, but was refused. It was unclear Friday which woman had the desserts.
The argument escalated into a fight, officials said.
“The females were fighting,” Waterman said. “The male tried to intervene and stop the fight. He broke the two apart.”
Easterling pulled, “some type of edged weapon,” and stabbed the man in the abdomen, Waterman said. The 19-year-old woman also suffered injuries including cuts to her face.
The weapon had not been recovered Friday.
Deputies responding to reports of a stabbing detained Easterling at the scene and arrested her once she was identified as the alleged attacker, officials said. She was initially medically examined booked at the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station, but later taken to a hospital for further treatment of injuries possibly suffered during the fight.
The suspect and two witnesses were believed to be acquaintances, Waterman said.
According to county booking records, Easterling was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A 23-year-old Altadena man suffered major injuries in a solo-car crash early Sunday, police said.
The crash took place about 12:13 a.m. on Marengo Avenue at Elizabeth Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
The man had been driving a small sedan south on Marengo Avenue at a “high rate of speed” when the car left the road and struck a tree and a telephone pole, the lieutenant said.
Luna said the driver ended up “partially ejected” from his car.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital where he was in serious condition, Luna said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
ALTADENA >> An 85-year-old Altadena man escaped serious injury or worse Saturday after accidentally driving his car into a backyard swimming pool, authorities said.
The man was pulling into his garage just before noon in the 2700 block of Scripps Place when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Jeff Sims said.
The driver told rescuers his footwear was to blame, as his flip-flops had become tangled with the pedals, causing him to lose control of the car, the captain said.
The car went through a rear garage door and into a backyard swimming pool, ending up fully submerged Sims said.
“The gentleman that was in the vehicle was able to get himself out of there,” he said.
Paramedics examined him and found no significant injuries, and the driver declined to be taken to a hospital, Sims said.
Sims said the driver was fortunate to have avoided more serious injury, and that he was able to safely get out of the submerged car.
“It could have been worse,” he said.
ALTADENA — A person died following a two-car crash in Altadena Wednesday, authorities said.
Few details were available regarding the collision, which was reported about 7:40 p.m. at Ventura Street and Glenrose Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada.
The crash involved a Toyota Corolla and an Audi, according to CHP logs.
A person at a hospital following the crash, however no description of that person was available, officials said. It was also unclear which vehicle the person who died following the collision was inside of.
Officials cleared the roadway by 8:45 p.m., however officers from the Altadena office of the CHP continued investigating the fatal crash Wednesday night.
Sheriff’s officials raided an Altadena home Thursday, arresting four people and seizing 50 marijuana plants, methamphetamine, two guns and suspected stolen property, authorities said Friday.
Arrested were Christopher Mesa, 26, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale; Stephen Mesa, 36, on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and receiving stolen property; Jeffrey Ortiz, 29, on suspicion of receiving stolen property, as well as on outstanding narcotics warrants; and Lucero Rodriguez, 23, on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Members of the sheriff’s Altadena Station’s Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program and the Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau carried out a search warrant about 9 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 500 block of West Palm Street, according to sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
“Upon execution of the search warrant, detectives recovered more than 50 live marijuana plants being grown inside the house by an elaborate artificial growing system,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “Detectives also recovered two firearms, methamphetamine, and a large amount of items believed to be stolen, such as laptops and other electronic equipment.”
The four suspects were scheduled to appear for arraignment Monday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Pasadena Branch.
ALTADENA — Young people with an interest in law enforcement are invited to learn about the field from deputies this summer as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Altadena Station hosts a kids’ Crime Scene Investigation Camp.
The 5-day day camp for kids 11 to 14 years of age is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 9 through June 13 in the Davies Building at Charles S. Farnsworth Park, 568 Mt. Curve Ave. in Altadena, organizers said. The cost is $75.
“Participants will have an opportunity to have hands-on involvement in a realistic crime scene investigation that might surprise them on how different it might be from the television shows,” Capt. John Benedict said. “We also hope the exposure might develop an interest in our teen Explorer program or a career in law enforcement.”
Campers will learn investigative procedures and strategies at a simulated crime scene, officials said. They will examine fingerprints, question witnesses and work with polygraph tests under the supervision of station deputies.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials will teach campers about evidence and obtaining arrest warrants, Benedict said, and they will ultimately arrest and book their “suspect” on the final day of camp.
Spots are limited and filling up fast, Benedict said. “Many parents have already requested that we do a second camp session due to vacations , and we will offer one later this summer if there is continued interest.”
For more information, contact Deputy Scott Rule during regular business hours at (626) 798-1131, or email email@example.com.
Investigators following up on a burglary arrest from earlier this month carried out early-morning search warrants Thursday, arresting two more members of an alleged burglary ring, authorities said.
The multi-agency West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force and A.B. 109 Team arrested Shawn Ashton Sykes, 21, of Altadena and Koreana Channise Muhammad, 19, of Altadena early Thursday as they performed searched at five locations within Altadena and Pasadena, according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Sykes was booked on suspicion of residential burglary, while Muhammad was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and being an accessory to burglary, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
Thursday morning’s searches followed the arrest of Kenneth Wayne James, 21, of Altadena at the scene of March 13 residential break-in in the 1100 block of West Foothill Boulevard.
Three suspects were seen fleeing from the burglarized home, but only James was captured, Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson said at the time. But the suspects’ car was found abandoned in the area.
The car was found to belong to Muhammad, officials said. She reported it stolen shortly after the bungled burglary on March 13.
“Through investigation, the task force Detectives were able to identify all of the suspects, including the female who owns the suspect vehicle, as Pasadena/Altadena Blood gang members,” according tot he police statement. “The Task Force Detectives also uncovered that they were a burglary crew that is suspected of targeting several Arcadia homes in the past year.”
Further details of the alleged Arcadia burglaries were not available Thursday.
Property recovered during Thursday-morning’s searches yielded suspected stolen property, including a big screen TV reported stolen in a burglary in Los Angeles, police added.
James pleaded “no contest” to a charge of residential burglary during his initial appearance in Pasadena Superior Court on March 17, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He received a two-year prison sentenced, which was suspended, along with 90 days in jail, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service, Santiago said.
James was released from custody March 19, six days after his arrest, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Sykes, who was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, and Muhammad, who was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, were both scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, according to booking records.
PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department
PASADENA — Police jailed a parolee and juvenile late Sunday after they led police on a chase while toting a loaded handgun, officials said.
Marcus McClellan, 31, of Altadena and a 17-year-old Altadena boy were arrested following the incident, which kicked off shortly after 11:30 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers tried to pull over a Honda Accord being driven by McLellan for a traffic violation at Woodbury Road and Raymond Lane, he said. But the car sped off, initiating a chase.
The fleeing Honda led police to the 1400 block of North Garfield Avenue, Clawson said. “The driver stopped the vehicle but left it in drive.
The car continued moving forward as McClellan continued to flee on foot, striking a tree, Clawson said.
The teen was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and arrested, he added.
Police soon captured McClellan nearby in the 1500 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Clawson said. He was arrested on suspicion of evading police.
McClellan, who is on parole due to a vehicular manslaughter conviction, was being held without bail pending arraignment.
ALTADENA — Local and federal officials arrested two Pasadena gang members early Friday in connection with the beating and kidnapping of another man earlier in the week, authorities said.
James Patton, 27, and Jeffrey Butler, 20, were arrested by a task force comprised of Altadena sheriff’s deputies, Pasadena police officers and FBI agents during the service of two search warrants in the early-morning hours, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. They were booked on suspicion of assault, kidnapping and weapons charges.
The alleged kidnapping took place early Wednesday.
“An Altadena resident was assaulted, kidnapped and then held hostage inside a house on the 500 block of Stonehurst Drive,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
“Allegedly, the two suspects left him in the house to be watched by another younger male so they could steal his car,” the statement said. “The victim was able to escape through the back door and jumped over the rear fence. A short time later, the victim contacted several patrol Deputies on the 500 block of Figueroa Drive, Altadena and explained how he was beaten and threatened by two suspects with two different handguns.”
Butler was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Friday as officials searched a home in the 400 block of Athens Street in Altadena, according to sheriff’s officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“Detectives are still looking for a chrome handgun that was allegedly used by Mr. Butler,” according to the statement.
Patton was arrested about 6:30 p.m. during a search at a second, undisclosed location, officials said. Also recovered during the search was a revolver believed to have been used in the crime.
Another alleged gang member was arrested along with Patton due to an outstanding $15,000 misdemeanor warrant, according to investigators and booking records.
Patton and Butler were being held in lieu of $1 million bail each pending their initial court appearances.