ARCADIA >> A Pomona man and woman fled from Arcadia police in a stolen car before being arrested Friday night, officials said.
Michael Gomez, 35, and Chelsea Casas, 25, were expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft “at a minimum,” Arcadia police Lt. Vaughn Whalen said. Gomez was also accused of evading police.
Arcadia officers tried to pull over a 1996 Honda Civic about 8:10 p.m. at Huntington Drive an Second Avenue, the lieutenant said. The car had been reported stolen out of Pomona.
The car accelerated away, kicking off a pursuit.
The driver stopped at Huntington Drive and Fifth Avenue and let out a passenger before continuing to flee, Whalen said. Police detained the passenger, later identified as Casas.
Police chased Gomez onto the eastbound 210 Freeway before calling off the chase and electing to follow the car via helicopter, Whalen said.
Officers watched from a safe distance as Gomez exited the freeway, abandoned the car at a mobile home park at Foothill Boulevard and Garey Avenue and ran, officials said. Pomona police found and arrested him within minutes.
ARCADIA >> An El Monte man already sought on an auto theft warrant led police on chase in a stolen car from Arcadia to Temple City, where he was arrested following a crash early Sunday, authorities said.
Bryan Paul Sanchez, 20, was behind the wheel of a Toyota Sienna van when police tried to pull him over for a traffic violation about 3:30 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Duarte Road, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said. Sanchez sped away, and the chase was on.
“The pursuit entered the city of Temple City where the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a (Southern California) Edison telephone pole,”police said in a written statement.
Sanchez continued fleeing on foot following the crash about two miles to the south at Temple City Boulevard, just south of Olive Street, police said. But he was quickly apprehended in the area.
The car he had been driving was reported stolen the previous night in South El Monte, Flores said.
Officers also found drugs and a suspected stolen credit card in Sanchez’s possession, Flores said.
He was booked on suspicion of auto theft, evading police, receiving stolen property, drug possession, hit-and-run and his outstanding arrest warrant.
Sanchez, who was already wanted on a warrant for auto theft with a history of the same, was being held without bail, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
ARCADIA >> Two armed men helped themselves to money from a gas station cash register during a robbery along Huntington Drive late Wednesday, officials said.
The robbers were each armed with ha handgun about 10;30 p.m. when they barged into a 76 gas station at Huntington Drive and First Street, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
“They ordered the clerk to open the cash register,” he said. “One suspect removed unknown amount (of cash) from the register.”
The woman working at the gas station was unhurt, Castro said.
The robbers were last seen running east through the parking lot, the lieutenant said. No getaway car was seen.
Police described both robbers as Latino men in their 30s.
One was of medium build, with brown eyes, thick eyebrows, and a mustache. He wore a dark shirt, a brown plaid jacket and jeans.
The second robber as of thin build wearing a black T-shirt and a gray beanie.
ARCADIA >> A Pasadena woman suffering from schizophrenia who went missing in Arcadia Thursday turned up safe Sunday morning, officials said.
Linda Lee, 61, was found in San Bernardino County, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said. Further details regarding her discovery or how she ended up in San Bernardino County, were not available.
Loved ones reported the Pasadena resident missing Friday after she vanished during a visit to family in Arcadia on Thursday, police said.
ARCADIA >> A Pasadena woman suffering from schizophrenia went missing Thursday while visiting family in Arcadia, police said.
Linda Lee, 61, was last seen about 4 p.m. Thursday at the home of a relative in the 1100 block of South Second Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo said.
“At that time she left the home and has not been seen or heard from since,” he said.
“Linda has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and is required to take daily medication,” he said.
The woman, who lives at an assisted living facility in Pasadena, has never gone missing before, Cieadlo said.
Worried family members reported her missing to police when she still hadn’t turned up Friday, he said.
She’s described as Chinese, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and shorts of an unknown color.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.
PHOTO of Linda Lee courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
ARCADIA >> Sheriff’s deputies detained four people Thursday after a stolen car led them on a brief chase from Temple City to Arcadia, officials said.
The chase began shortly after 6 p.m., when deputies spotted a reportedly stolen car with a driver and three passengers traveling down Rosemead Boulevard near Broadway in Temple City, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Haynes said.
After following behind the car as backup amassed, deputies tried to pull the car over, but the driver failed to stop, initiating a pursuit, the sergeant said.
The driver stopped the car and ran at Huntington Drive and Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, officials said. He was soon captured.
The driver’s name was not available pending the booking process, Haynes said.
Three passengers of the car were also being detained as the investigation continued late Thursday.
PASADENA >> An Arcadia woman who went missing in Los Angeles Friday was found in Pasadena Sunday morning, authorities said.
Barbara Jean Joseph, 44, disappeared after leaving a Los Angeles substance abuse treatment center to attend a family funeral, according to Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther. The woman has a history of psychological issues, prompting loved ones to report her missing.
Police in Pasadena found Joseph about 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers responding to a report of a woman lying on the ground found Joseph, who appeared intoxicated but unharmed, the lieutenant said. She was taken to a hospital for examination, and it was soon determined she had been reported missing.
ARCADIA >> Police are seeking two men believed to have attempted to rob three women of their purses before successfully robbing a fourth woman Friday night.
The first crime took place about 9:40 p.m. in the 200 block of East Huntington Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement.
Three women were walking when two would-be robbers grabbed their purses, Flores said.
“A struggle ensued and the victims were able to maintain control of their purses despite one victim being punched in the back of the head and all three victims being pushed to the ground,” she said. The robbers fled in an older-model, four-door sedan.
The women did not require medical treatment, Flores added.
About 10 minutes later and 2-and-a-half miles away, a second purse robber was reported at Sunset Boulevard and Arcadia Avenue, the lieutenant said.
“Officers learned that a female victim was walking in the area and was pushed to the ground by two suspects who stole her handbag and fled in an awaiting vehicle,” she said. The car was described as a four-door vehicle with tinted windows.
“Based on the initial investigation it appears that these two incidents may have been committed by the same suspects,” Flores said.
They were described as Latino or Indian men between 18 and 30 years old, of thin build, with short, dark hair.
Police planned to field extra officers in the area in response to the robberies, Flores said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ARCADIA >> Authorities are seeking woman suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who went missing from an Arcadia hospital Friday.
Julielena Bocanegra, 23, was waiting to be treated for jaw pain at the Methodist Hospital, 300 W. Huntington Drive, but left the hospital before being seen by a physician, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement.
“Julielena has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but does not take medication,” she said.
She’s described as 5 feet 1 inch tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and a black skirt and carrying a black backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police at 626-574-5156.
PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
ARCADIA >> A multi-vehicle crash shut down all westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway in Arcadia Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place about 3:30 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway at Santa Anita Avenue, according to CHP logs.
The crash primarily involved a sedan and an SUV, however three to four other cars also sustained “collateral damage” from the collision, Arcadia Fire Department spokeswoman Beth Stogner said.
Two patients were hospitalized as a result of the crash, she said. One patient,a man, was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, His injuries were initially described as moderate to serious, but later determined to be minor to moderate.
The second patient, also described as a man, was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia for treatment of apparently minor injuries, Stogner said.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert for all westbound lanes of the freeway just after 4 p.m.
All lanes were reopened about 4:50 p.m., according to the CHP. The cause of the crash was under investigation by officers from the CHP’s Altadena area office.