Hesperia man arrested following Arcadia home burglary

ARCADIA >> Police jailed a Hesperia man Saturday as he fled the scene of a home burglary in Arcadia, officials said.
Refugio Roy Gomez, 51, was arrested in connection with the 7:53 p.m. break-in at a home in the 900 block of Sunset Boulevard, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said in a written statement.
Officers responding a burglary alarm encountered a man, later identified as Gomez, running from the side yard of the home, according to the sergeant.
“A foot pursuit began, but the suspect soon surrendered to officers and was taken into custody,” he said.
Police recovered items from the suspect believed to have been stolen from the home.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Gomez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

BOOKING photo of Refugio Roy Gomez courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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Seven suspects arrested following Glendora break-in

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GLENDORA >> Police arrested seven people on suspicion of crimes including home-invasion robbery and being felon in possession of a gun after a break-in in a Glendora neighborhood late Tuesday, authorities said.
Doncell Alize Hannah, 23, of Palmdale; Christopher Tyrone Hicks, 24, of Pasadena; Howard Dennis Vaughn IV, 24, of Pasadena; Elante Lamar Gilliam, 25, of Altadena; Roger Rynell Tillotson, 22, of Adelanto, Jonee Jaquan Barnett, 25, of Lancaster; and Kayla Johnell Hunter, 28, of Pasadena were ultimately arrested on suspicion of crimes including burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspects were charged with crimes including residential burglary, home invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest an acting as an accessory, Glendora police Cpl. Shawna Celello said in a written statement.
The incident began about 9 p.m., when a resident of the 200 block of North Greencroft Avenue, when a resident called police to reports seeing suspicious people in ski masks making their way through his backyard via a home surveillance camera system, Celello said.
Responding officers noticed a suspicious, silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving through the neighborhood, the corporal said. Police stopped the SUV and ultimately arrested two men inside in connection with the burglary.
“At about the same time officers heard a resident screaming inside of her residence and then saw three males run from that home,” Celello said. “Investigation into the incident revealed that these homeowners had just arrived home and interrupted a burglary-in-progress at the same time the Glendora police officers were containing the area from the original call.”
Three men ran from the home, she said. “Several loaded firearms that had just been stolen from the residence were thrown by the suspects in the street and in a nearby yard.”
One of the fleeing suspects was immediately captured, police said.
Another nearby resident’s report of suspicious person in her neighbor’s yard led officers to find the second fleeing suspect hiding in the crawl space of a house and without a struggle.
The third and final fleeing suspect was found hiding in an parked, covered car and arrested with the help of Glendora police K-9 “Bo,” Celello said.
But the arrests continued.
Officers stopped a second suspicious car being driven by a woman. “Investigation revealed she was attempting to rescue the final outstanding suspect and she was arrested for accessory to the burglary,” according to Celello.
Police also stopped a third suspicious car that was driving through the area without license plates. The driver and passenger were both arrested for accessory to the crimes, but the passenger was ultimately released without charges.
Hicks and Vaughn, who are already on probation due to previous convictions, were being held without bail pending their initial court appearances, according to police and booking records. Hannah, Gilliam and Tillotson were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each, while Barnett and Hunter were released from custody after posting $20,000 bail each.

BOOKING PHOTOS courtesy of the Glendora Police Department

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GPS tracker hidden amid cash leads officer to Arcadia restaurant burglary suspects

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ARCADIA >> Police arrested four suspects in an Arcadia restaurant burglary earlier this week after a GPS tracking device hidden amonf the stolen cash led officers straight to them, authorities said.
The burglary took place early Tuesday at a restaurant in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police spokesman Tom Le Veque said in a written statement.
“They smashed the glass on the front door, disabled a CCTV camera, and made off with the cash drawer,” he said. The four suspects then fled in a car.
Unknown to the burglars, however, a GPS tracking device was hidden amid the cash in the register.
“The GPS device led officers to the four suspects, parked in their getaway vehicle on Peck Road in El Monte,” according to Le Veque.
Arrested were Draynesha Lanette Williams, 19, Rahmiko Ahnaz Harris, 18, Jordan Eleese Hayes, 19, all of Long Beach, as well as 17-year-old boy, according to Arcadia police and Los Angeles County booking records.
All three adult suspects were released from jail pending the legal process after posting $20,000 bail each, records show.

PHOTO: [left to right] Draynesha Lanette Williams, 19, Rahmiko Ahnaz Harris, 18, Jordan Eleese Hayes, 19, all of Long Beach. (Courtesy, Arcadia Police Department)

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Do you recognize this Covina Rolex burglar?


COVINA >> Police are seeking a man caught on surveillance video breaking into a downtown Covina jewelry store last month and stealing three Rolex watches valued at more than $10,000.
The crime took place about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Willy’s Jewelry, 142 N. Citrus Ave., Covina police Detective Ivan Ostarcevic said.
The burglar first disabled an overhead light behind the store before leaving to retrieve a sweatshirt, flashlight and pry bar, the detective said. He then forced open the back door, the detective said.
“He went straight for the three most expensive watches,” Ostarcevic. “It appears he’s been there before.”
Nothing was stolen other than the Rolex watches — valued at a total of $10,600, he said.
Police described the thief as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, clean-shaven, with short gray hair and eyeglasses.
Anyone who recognizes the burglar is asked to contact Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

VIDEO/PHOTOS courtesy of the Covina Police Department

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Police: Man jailed after breaking into Pasadena house where kids were home alone


PASADENA >> A man smashed his way into a Pasadena home with two children inside on Saturday afternoon before other family members arrived home to interrupt the break-in, chased him from the home and pointed him out to police, officials said.
Carlos Casares, 36, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of residential robbery and burglary following the 4 p.m. incident in the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 13-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home alone when they heard that sound of shattering glass.
“(They) discovered the suspect had made his way into a bedroom and was rummaging through a closet,” the lieutenant said.
After the siblings confronted the intruder and calling 911, the teenage girl locked herself in a bathroom to hide, Goodman said. Casares was in the process of kicking in the bathroom door when the terrified teenagers’ father and adult brother arrived home, just before police arrived.
“They chased the suspect from the location,” Goodman said. As officers arrived on scene, the men pointed out where the suspect had run. Police found and arrested him down the street.
Goodman said the children were frightened but unhurt.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Casares was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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UPDATED: Two arrested following Alhambra robbery, attempted carjacking


ALHAMBRA >> Two Pico Rivera men robbed and tried to carjack a man and woman at gunpoint when they caught them burglarizing her car in Alhambra before police found and arrested them nearby early Saturday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 12:30 a.m. in the 500 block of South Almansor Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Ruben Soriano said.
A woman and man saw two men rifling through the woman’s car, the sergeant said.
“Then the victims confronted the suspects, one suspect brandished a handgun and the other suspect brandished a knife,” police said in a written statement.
“They stole one victim’s purse and tried to take the victims’ car keys,” according to the statement.
The suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Police found the two suspects about 45 minutes later, two blocks away, after a resident called police to report two suspicious men in a backyard in the 400 block of South Cordova Avenue, police said.
Steven Perez, 21, and Anthony Bruno, 19, both of Pico Rivera, were booked on suspicion of robbery and attempted carjacking.
A search of the area during daylight hours turned up a replica handgun with its orange tip removed, which police said they believed was the gun seen by the victims.
According to county booking records, Perez and Bruno were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, scheduled Wednesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Man accused of burglary, attempted murder in attack on elderly man, son inside Pasadena home


PASADENA >> Police jailed a man late Tuesday after he attacked an 87-year-old man and his son inside their home, before the victims overpowered the suspect and held him until officers arrived, officials said.
Gregory Neal Park, 37, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary following the 9 p.m. incident in the 100 block of Arlington Drive, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The elderly man and his son, 63, were first alerted that something was wrong by the smell of smoke in the home, the lieutenant said.
The source of the odor was never determined, he said, but while investigating, the two men encountered Park in the kitchen of their home.
“A violent struggle ensued between the victims and the suspect,” Luna said “The suspect threatened to kill (the father) and struck him in the head with an unknown object.”
The elderly victim’s wife, 84, called 911.
Some type of glass object also became involved in the fight before the men managed to subdue the suspect and hold him down until police arrived and took him into custody without a struggle, Luna said.
The elderly man suffered an avulsion fracture to his head, while his son was treated for cuts to his forehead and bruising and abrasions to his face. The woman in the home was not hurt.
Both men’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Luna said.
According to county booking records, Park was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Four arrested following West Covina burglary

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WEST COVINA >> Police arrested three men and a teenage boy on Thursday night after a break-in at an occupied home in Covina, officials said.
Arrested were Shawn Keith Castilow, 26, of Compton; Michael Ormahn Davis, 19, of Riverside; Semaj Amantae James, 19, of Los Angeles; and a 16-year-old Los Angeles boy, whose name was not released due to his age, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said in a written statement.
A man called 911 about 8:55 p.m. to report he found four people trying to break into his home in the 400 block of North Ellen Drive, Lopez said.
“The victim, who was inside his residence at the time, was able to provide the license plate of the fleeing vehicle containing the four suspects,” according to Lopez. “West Covina Officers responding to the scene located the suspect vehicle on the 10 Freeway as it traveled westbound. The vehicle was stopped and the four suspects were then taken into custody without incident.”
Police recovered items from the suspect’s car, “that may possibly link the suspects to additional burglaries,” Lopez added.
All four suspects were booked on suspicion of burglary, police said. Castilow was additionally accused of violating his parole, stemming from a prior conviction.

PHOTOS: [Left to right] Shawn Keith Castilow, 26, of Compton; Micharl Ormahn Davis, 19, of Riverside; Semag Amantae James, 19, of Los Angeles; and a 16-year-old Los Angeles boy 9not pictured) were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home in West Covina on Friday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Courtesy, West Covina Police Department)

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Pasadena couple awakened by intruder in their home


PASADENA >> A senior citizen couple awoke Thursday night to find an intruder in their bedroom, authorities said.
The burglar fled once the victims, a man and woman in their 60s, woke up in the middle of the break-in at about 11:25 p.m. in the 1400 block of Loma Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police said the man made his way into the home by forcing open a rear kitchen door, then made his way upstairs to the master bedroom, where the homeowners slept.
They awakened to see the man rifling through their bedroom with a flashlight, according to the lieutenant.
Once detected, the burglar fled from the home with a shoulder bag belonging to the female resident, Mercado said. It contained a wallet and other miscellaneous personal items.
The burglar was described only as male.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Brothers arrested in connection with Arcadia burglary


ARCADIA >> Police jailed two brothers on Thursday as they fled from an alleged home burglary in Arcadia, officials said.
Jayshawn McKnight, 27, of Los Angeles and parolee Javon McKnight, a 30-year-old transient, were booked on suspicion of residential burglary, Arcadia police Sgt. Kirk Pedersen said in a written statement.
Officers responded to a burglary alarm about 10:30 a.m. in the area of Santa Anita and Grandview avenues, at the northern end of town, officials said.
As police were investigating the break-in, several witnesses reported seeing two men running through nearby yards.
Arcadia police, aided by their counterparts in the Sierra Madre police department, set up a search perimeter and soon arrested the McKnight brothers in connection with the burglary, Pedersen said.
Javon McKnight, who is already on parole following 2015 convictions for burglary and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records.
Jayshawn McKnight was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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