Missing Arcadia woman found in Pasadena

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.

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Two sought in connection with robbery, attempted robberies in Arcadia

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.

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Arcadia police seek missing woman

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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.

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UPDATED: Crash shuts down westbound 210 Freeway in Arcadia


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.

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El Monte man arrested following Arcadia shoe robbery


ARCADIA >> A man who brandished a knife in an attempt to steal woman’s athletic shoes from an Arcadia department store Saturday found police officers waiting for him when he arrived home in El Monte, officials said.
Cuong Van Tran, 43, was booked on suspicion of robbery following the crime, reported about 4 p.m. at a JCPenney store at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Store security spotted Tran trying to steal Nike women’s athletic shoes and tried to detain him, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said.
“(Tran) brandished a knife. That’s when security stepped back,” the sergeant said. Tran dropped the shoes — valued at about $400 — and fled, but security officers were able to take down the license plate number of his car.
Arcadia and El Monte officers headed to a home in the 3000 block of Sastre Avenue in El Monte that was listed in the vehicle’s registration, Bonomo said.
“The car actually showed up while we were down there,” he said. Officers arrested Tran without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Tran was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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UPDATED: Elderly Arcadia woman found safe after going missing during morning walk

ARCADIA >> A 78-year-old Arcadia woman who vanished while out for a morning walk early Wednesday turned up safe in the afternoon, officials said.
Guo Xing was last seen about 8 a.m. in the area of Duarte Road and Holly Avenue, Arcadia police said in a written statement.
“At that time Ms. Guo was going for a walk in the area,” the statement said. “Since that time she has not been seen and family has been unable to contact her.”
Family and officials were especially worried because the missing person requires daily medication.
But the search was cancelled shortly after 5 p.m. after Xing was found unharmed and returned to her family, police said. Further details were not available.

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Arcadia woman suffering from schizophrenia missing for more than three weeks; last seen in Santa Ana

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ARCADIA >> Police and worried family members are seeking a schizophrenic Arcadia woman who’s been missing for more than three weeks.
Huong Tuyet Vu, 40, was last seen by family at a court hearing in Santa Ana on Aug. 4, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement.
“Since that time she has not been seen by any of her family and her cellular phone has been disconnected,” he said. Several family members have tried to reach the woman without success.
“According to the reporting party, Ms. Vu was diagnosed with schizophrenia but does not take medication,” Crowther said.
She’s described as Vietnamese, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.

PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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Man sought after groping two women near Arcadia schools

ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a man who groped two women near two different school campuses in Arcadia Tuesday, officials said.
The incidents took place about 8:55 a.m. in front of Richard Henry Dana Middle School, 1401 S. First Ave., and about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Arcadia high School, 180 Campus Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Roy Nakamura said.
“Each victim reported a male suspect came up from behind as they were either approaching or walking away from their vehicles and placed them in a ‘bear hug’ without saying a word,” Nakamura said. “While being held, the victims felt several pelvic thrusts from behind before being released,” he said.
The victim in the first case was a woman in her 20s who had just dropped her child off at the school, he said. The victim of the second battery was a woman in her 50s who had gone to the high school to help with a school program, the lieutenant said.
Detectives believed the same suspect was responsible for both attacks. He was described as an Asian man between 16 and 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, of ‘chubby’ build, with black hair and clean-shaven. He wore a black hooded sweat shirt and tan shorts during the crimes.

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Police seek San Bernardino County man who wandered away from Arcadia hospital

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ARCADIA >> Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 66-year-old San Bernardino County man who went missing from the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia Wednesday, officials said.
John Ben Disney was last seen about 6:15 p.m. at the hospital, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Disney apparently walked away from the hospital,” according to the police statement. “He suffers from high blood pressure and has been known to abuse alcohol. It is believed he does have access to cash and a debit card.”
Though believed to be a San Bernardino County resident, Disney was last contacted within the past month while driving a vehicle in Pasadena.
“He does not have access to the vehicle at this time and was last known to be on foot,” the statement said.
The missing man is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 225 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, shorts and a baseball cap with the word “Army” printed on the front.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.

PHOTO of John Ben Disney courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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UPDATED: Two armed robberies reported outside Arcadia shopping mall in recent weeks


ARCADIA >> Police are urging shoppers to be cautious after two armed robberies were reported recently a the Westfield Santa Anita mall, including one in which a woman was pistol-whipped late Wednesday, officials said.
A San Gabriel woman in her early-40s was near the west side of the Nordstrom store in the mall parking lot, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., when she was attacked just after 9:20 p.m., according to Arcadia police Sgt. Brett Bourgeous.
“Officers contacted the victim of a robbery who advised that she was hit over the head with a black semi-automatic handgun and robbed of her purse and cellular phone,” police said in a written statement.
The robber ran to a nearby car with a getaway driver waiting at the wheel, officials said. The car sped south through the parking lot and disappeared. The woman was treated at a hospital for a laceration to her head.
Police described the gunman only as a tall, skinny man wearing a hooded sweatshirt. No description of the driver was available, but the suspects’ vehicle was described as a small, silver or gray SUV.
Another similar armed robbery was reported in the south parking lot of the same mall about two weeks earlier on Aug. 4, according to the police statement.
A robber brandishing a handgun approached an 18-year-old Arcadia man as he walked to his car about 10:10 p.m., Bourgeous said.
“The suspect made off with the victim’s wallet and cell phone,” the sergeant said. The victim suffered no injuries.
Officials described the gunman as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a bandanna covering his face. He was last seen fleeing on foot with a second male suspect. No further description of the accomplice was available.
Detectives noted similarities between the crimes and were looking into a possible connection, though a concrete link had not been established, Bourgeous said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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