PASADENA — A Pasadena parolee was behind bars Thursday after he was found driving a stolen U-Haul van while in possession of a loaded gun, police said.
Ismael Carrasco, 21, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm following his arrest shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Avenue and Maple Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers were on patrol when an automated license plate reader system mounted on their patrol car alerted them that the U-Haul van had been reported stolen, Clawson said. The time and place when the auto theft was reported were not available.
The officers pulled over the U-Haul and detained Carrasco, the lieutenant said. They then discovered a loaded rifle-caliber pistol inside the van, he said. “That gun was stolen 15 years ago out of Montclair.”
A search of Los Angeles County court records shows that since 2010, Carrasco has been convicted of crimes including carrying a concealed firearm, child endangerment, unlawful taking of a vehicle, drug possession and possession of drugs while incarcerated.
According to county booking records, Carrasco was being held without bail Thursday pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police arrested a woman and 16-year-old girl Sunday after pulling them over in a car that had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Kern County, officials said.
Cynthia Alvarez, 18, of Bakersfield, who was riding as a passenger in the car, was arrested along with the teenage driver, also from Bakersfield, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
The arrest took place about 8:50 a.m. at California Boulevard and Hudson Avenue, after an automated license plate reader mounted atop a patrol car detected a license plate from a vehicle that had been reported stolen, police said. The car had been reported stolen shortly after midnight in Bakersfield.
The teenage driver pulled over, Lt. Jason Clawson said, and she and Alvarez were arrested without a struggle. Both were booked on suspicion of auto theft.
According to county booking records, Alvarez was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.
Deputies following the signal from a LoJack vehicle anti-theft system found and arrested a man and woman in a stolen car, authorities said.
The names of the suspects, initially described as a man and woman in their 20s, were not immediately available pending the booking process, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Perez said.
The incident began about 8:45 a.m. when deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Statin picked up on the signal in the Rowland Heights area, Perez said.
Deputies closed in on the SUV and spotted it getting onto the eastbound San Bernarindo (10) Freeway from the Orange (57) Freeway heading into Pomona, the sergeant said.
When the SUV exited the 10 Freeway at Garey Avenue and headed south, deputies attempted to pull it over, but it sped away instead, Perez said.
Deputies did not pursue the SUV due to safety concerns, Perez said.
“He started driving a little erratically,” he said. A sheriff’s helicopter kept track of the car from above.
After travling a short distance south on Garey Avenue, the SUV came to a stop near Pearl Street, Perez said.
The female suspect was arrested without a struggle near the SUV, while the man fled into a nearby apartment complex, officials said.
Witnesses pointed out which apartment the fleeing suspect ran into, Perez said. Deputies found him inside and took him into custody.
PICO RIVERA — Deputies jailed an auto theft suspect Sunday following a pursuit after a man reported spotting his truck, which had been stolen, parked in a Pico Rivera neighborhood, authorities said.
Suspected Lynwood gang member Daniel Gomez, 44, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, reckless driving and felony evading of police following the incident, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
A man called sheriff’s officials shortly before 2 p.m. to report seeing his red Ford F-150 pickup truck, which had recently been stolen, parked in the 6600 block of Baquette Avenue, Mendoza said.
On arrival, deputies saw a man — later identified as Gomez — and a woman standing beside the truck, the lieutenant said.
As deputies approached, the man jumped into the truck and drove off, initiating a chase, Mendoza said. The woman did not get into the car. She could not be found later.
Deputies chased the truck south on Rosemead Boulevard until it crashed into a curb near Rex Road and the driver got out and ran into a nearby neighborhood.
As officials were working to set up a search perimeter, Gomez made his way back to the truck and again led deputies on a brief vehicle chase, Mendoza said.
Gomez crashed the truck into the gate of an apartment complex in the 9000 block of Burma Road before exiting the vehicle and forcing his way into an apartment. The apartment was later determined to be the residence of an acquaintance of Gomez’s.
Deputies followed Gomez into the apartment, found him hiding in a closet and arrested him without further incident, Mendoza said.
Information regarding Gomez’s bail and initial court appearance was not available Sunday afternoon.
GLENDORA — Police arrested three men at a Pomona scrap yard Saturday after they were found with a trailer and other items stolen from a Glendora business earlier in the day, authorities said.
Luis Salazar, 30, and Daniel Saldana, 26, were booked on suspicion of auto theft, burglary and possession of stolen property following Saturday morning’s break-in at a business in an industrial neighborhood in the 1100 block of South Nicole Court, according to Glendora police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Alexander Torres, 22, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, though he was not accused of taking part in the initial burglary, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
The investigation began about 8 a.m. when police received a report of a break-in at the Nicole Court business, the lieutenant said.
“The suspects stole a trailer registered to the company, they loaded it up with pallets, propane tanks, scrap metal and other items before they hitched a truck to it and drove away,” he said.
At the suggestion of the investigating officer, a business employee began checking area scrap yards to see if he could find any of the stolen scrap, Lamborghini said.
“He located the stolen trailer and the suspects at a scrap yard in Pomona,” the lieutenant said.
Glendora police responded and arrested the three men.
Some of the scrap metal was recovered, while other items remained missing, Lamborghini said.
According to county booking records, Salazar was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail, while Saldana was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Both were scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
A man driving a stolen pickup truck was arrested after a car chase and foot pursuit Wednesday night.
The culprit abandoned the pickup which ended up hitting a parked car.
Covina Police Sgt. Jim McDonough said the officer found an EBT or Electronic Benefit Transfer card in someone else’s name in the stolen vehicle. A shaved key was also used to get the ignition started, he added.
The incident started around 11 p.m. on Vincent Avenue and San Bernardino Road when Officer Mario Corona saw a 1997 black Nissan pickup truck with no taillight.
The officer ran the license plate and found out the vehicle was reported stolen to the LAPD on Dec. 27, according to McDonough.
Corona followed the pickup. The chase began at Edna Place and Vincent Avenue.
It hit a top speed of 75 mph and lasted about two minutes. McDonough said the driver also drove on the wrong side of the street and ran two “Stop” signs.
After a mile and a half, the driver ditched the pickup and headed for a relative’s home.
McDonough said the man was trying to jump a fence to get into the
relative’s backyard when he was tackled by the officer.
Ruben Barcena, 40, from Glendale was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, felony evading police, possession of a burglary tool and possession of stolen property.
He was booked at Covina jail and his bail is $75,000.
- Ruby Gonzales
PICO RIVERA — Deputies arrested three men early Friday on suspicion of stealing two cars while they were in the process of looking for a third, authorities said.
Deputies were on patrol about 1 a.m. in the area of Millux Avenue and Underwood Street when they encountered three men who had apparently just parked a truck and were driving off in a Toyota sedan, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said.
As the deputies approached, one of the men ran away but was soon captured in the 5000 block of Millux Avenue, Smith said. The other two men were detained in the Toyota.
Investigators then found that both the truck and Toyota had been reported stolen, the lieutenant said. Officials suspected the men were looking for a third vehicle to steal when they were taken into custody.
Officials withheld the names of the suspects Friday, citing an ongoing investigation into the alleged auto theft ring.
WHITTIER — Police arrested a man and woman following a brief pursuit and crash after they were found sleeping in a stolen car early Friday, authorities said.
Michael Daniel Agredano, 20, and Martha Martinez, 23, were booked on suspicion of auto theft following the incident, which began about 5:25 a.m. in the 11500 block of South Circle Drive, Whittier police Lt. Randy Inman said. Additional charges, including resisting arrest, may also be sought against Agredano.
A patrol officer came across a parked stolen car with a man and woman — later identified as Agredano and Martinez — sleeping inside, the lieutenant said.
As officers tried to approach the car, the occupants awoke and Agredano sped away, officials said, but crashed into a an electrical pole a short distance away in the 5200 block of Rideout Way, Inman said.
Leaving Martinez in the car, Agredano continued fleeing on foot but was soon found hiding in some nearby bushes, police said.
Martinez was hospitalized in unknown condition and issued a felony citation, Inman said.
According to county booking records, Agredano was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
I doubt there’s any statistics to prove or disprove this theory, but I think the number of police chases increases nationally when new versions of Grand Theft Auto are released.
The latest version of the game, Grand Theft Auto IV was released a couple of weeks ago, and all of a sudden, it seems that I’m reading about more and more pursuits.
Here’s some examples:
Video shows police beating restrained suspects.
Police pursuit ends in arrest.
Police pursuit ends at LA Harbor.
Police pursuit requires air support.
San Diego cops chase man after he steals three copies of GTA IV