SOUTH EL MONTE >> A man faces up to 35 years behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday of two felony counts connected to a bizarre South El Monte burglary last year in which he allegedly broke into a house, claimed to be an FBI agent and ordered a woman to strip, officials said.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in Pomona convicted Robert Andrew Rodriguez, 51, of South El Monte, of first-degree burglary with a person present and making criminal threats in connection with the unusual break-in, which unfolded on the evening of Dec. 14 in the 2300 block of Santa Anita Avenue, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on two additional charges of attempted rape and impersonating a law enforcement officer, she said. Another charge of assault during the commission of a felony was dropped following Rodriguez’s preliminary hearing after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to support a trial on that count.
Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing on Feb. 23.
He climbed into the victims’ home through a bedroom window, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He confronted a 47-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter.
Rodriguez told the victims he was an FBI agent investigating a bomb threat, though he provided no identification, sheriff’s officials said. He then ordered the woman to remove her clothing, threatening to kill her if she did not comply.
The woman called out to other family members for help, officials said. Her husband came upstairs and confronted the intruder, who fled, while her son called police.
Aided by home surveillance camera footage, detectives identified Rodriguez as a suspect and arrested him the following day.
EAST PASADENA >> A married couple hid in a bathroom at their home as intruders forced their way into their house in the unincorporated county area of East Pasadena early Sunday.
The crime took place about 1:15 a.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Grayburn Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Carbajal said.
The couple first heard what they believed to be gunshots coming from their backyard, the sergeant said.
They locked themselves in a bathroom as several intruders, a least one wearing a mask, made their way into the home through a back door, he said.
Deputies arrived at the scene within minutes, but the robbers were already gone, Carbajal said. Deputies searched the area but found no suspects.
Investigators did not initially find any physical evidence of gunfire, and no other neighborhood residents reported hearing shots, Carbajal said.
It was unclear Sunday what may have been stolen from the home. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
AZUSA >> An intruder broke into a woman’s home, snatched her car keys from inside and drove off in her SUV Friday afternoon, police said.
A woman of about 20 years old was home alone about 2:30 p.m. at a house on Azalea Way, just north of Ruby Lace Way, when she heard her garage door open, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
She went downstairs and discovered someone had forced their way into her home through a window, the sergeant said.
Missing was the woman’s keys, along with her black, 2015 Honda CRV with a California license plate of 7MHC57.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police jailed a man early Saturday after he broke into a South Pasadena home occupied by a terrified woman and her 94-year-old grandmother, officials said.
Micah Darrell Everett, 22, of Los Angeles was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers arrested him following a lengthy search in connection with the 12:30 a.m. break-in at a home in the 700 block of Monterey Road, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“The homeowner had locked herself in the basement while her 94-year-old grandmother was asleep in the residence above her,” according to the police statement.
The burglar had removed a window of a sunroom and made his way in, but was apparently unable to remove the window to the main home, officials said. The intruder then made his way into the home’s attached garage.
Police searched the home and escorted the woman to safety, police said. Officers encountered the suspect — later identified as Everett — in the backyard of the home.
Everett ran from officers, officials said. He darted into a nearby neighborhood as officers rushing to assist in the capture were delayed by a passing train.
About 30 officers from the South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra and Monterey Park police departments joined the search, along with two helicopters and two police dogs.
“After an extensive hour-and-a-half search for the suspect, he was finally captured and arrested without incident as he ran from the police officers in the 800 block of Orange Grove Place,” the statement said.
Police found allegedly stolen items and burglary tools in a backpack the suspect dropped as he ran from the home, Sgt. Tony Abdalla said. Drug paraphernalia in the form of a glass pipe was found on his person.
The suspect was found in possession of burglary tools, stolen property, narcotics paraphernalia, authorities said. He has changed clothes to alter his appearance while fleeing police.
Everett was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Anyone with information was asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.
SOUTH PASADENA >> A woman awoke to find an intruder inside her South Pasadena home, where three small children were also sleeping early Thursday, police said.
While the residential burglar escaped, police hunting for him ultimately ended up apprehending a wanted parolee in connection with a separate car break-in, South Pasadena police Sgt. Matthew Ronnie said.
The incident began about 3 a.m. when the burglar made his way into her home through an unlocked rear door, he said.
“The victim heard noises and woke up to see a silhouette of a person standing in the room holding a flashlight,” Ronnie said. “The victim screamed and the suspect fled with not loss,” the sergeant said. The suspect was described only as a person wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap.
Ronnie said the woman soon discovered her car, parked in front of her home, had been broken into as well, Ronnie said. It was unclear if the same man who broke into the home also broke into the car.
Officers searching the area for the intruder detained two men walking in the neighborhood, police said.
The men could not be connected to the burglaries, and officers let one of them go, Ronnie said. But the second man was taken to jail after he was found to be an “armed and dangerous felon” who had absconded from his parole supervision.
Later Thursday morning, police learned that items such as pocket change and a skateboard the two men had with them when contacted by police had been stolen in another auto break-in along the same street, Ronnie said. The parolee was additionally expected to face a burglary charge, while a warrant was issued for the second 19-year-old suspect who had already been freed before police learned of the second auto burglary.
According to police and Los Angeles County booking records, Thamie Brian Humes, 25, of Los Angeles was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena man awoke to fund an intruder in his house and chased him from the home before police arrested the alleged burglar Wednesday, officials said.
Police jailed Gary Jones, 21, of Compton on suspicion of residential burglary following the 10:20 a.m. break-in at a home in the 300 block of South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said. Police described the victim as a man in his 30s.
“The victim was sleeping in a bedroom when he was startled by a noise,” the lieutenant said.
Upon investigating the noise, the resident encountered an intruder in his home, he said.
Calatayud said the burglar ran from the home once confronted by the resident. The burglar grabbed a small bag containing dog treats as he fled.
The resident chased the burglar briefly, then called the police, Calatayud said. Officers found Jones nearby and ultimately arrested him in connection with the break-in.
He got into the home through an unlocked, second-floor sliding glass window, Calatayud said.
Jones was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
PASADENA — A man awoke in his Pasadena condominium early Sunday to find an intruder rifling through his belongings, police said.
The break-in took place about 3:20 a.m. as the victim and his roommate were asleep in their condo in the 1000 block of East Del Mar Avenue, near the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. It was not immediately clear if the roommates were students at the university.
“During the night, the victim woke up and saw that there was somebody in his residence,’ Clawson said. Upon being notives, the intruder fled. He was only described as a man between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The victim looked around and realized items within his home had been moved around, and a “small amount” of cash was missing from his wallet, the lieutenant said.
The burglar had gotten into the home through a door left open by the residents overnight, he added.
PASADENA — A Pasadena woman awoke to find an intruder in her home early Saturday, police said.
The woman, who is in her 40s, woke up about 5:15 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Palm Terrace and discovered a burglar in her living room, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The suspect realized he had been noticed and ran out of the front door,” he said.
After looking around the home, the residents discovered several “minor” items missing, Clawson said. It was not clear exactly what was stolen.
The startled woman was only able to described the intruder male and wearing a red hooded sweat shirt.
SIERRA MADRE — Police jailed a 32-year-old Sierra Madre man Sunday after he broke into an occupied home in the middle of the night, officials said.
Benjamin Charles McMillan was booked on suspicion of burglary following his arrest shortly after 1 a.m. in the 400 block of East Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone said.
Police received a call from a woman reporting that there was an intruder inside her home, the chief said.
“Officers actually arrived in less than a minute and set up a containment,” he said.
About the same time, the woman’s husband encountered the intruder inside the home, and the alleged burglar ran out the back door.
Officers searched the area and found McMillan hiding in the backyard of the home. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
It was determined he accessed the home through an unlocked side door, the chief added.
According to county booking records, McMillan was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — A burglar or burglars ransacked a Pasadena senior citizen’s home as she was asleep inside early Sunday, officials said.
A 65-year-old woman as asleep in her home in the 1400 block of Glengarry Road about 12:15 a.m. when she heard some noises, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“She believed the noises were from another family member, so she did not investigate the sound,” Clawson said.
But when the woman got up in the morning, he said, she found someone had entered her home through an unlocked window, and several electronic items had been stolen.
No description of the intruder or intruders was available.