Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend at park in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A woman stabbed her boyfriend on a hiking trail in Hahamongna Watershed Park Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Police jailed Amber Popick, 21, following the 12:20 p.m. stabbing at the park, 101 Foothill Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. She was described as transient.
The victim, a 31-year-old homeless man, told police his girlfriend stabbed him with a pocket knife, Luna said. The man suffered injuries to his shoulder and hand.
Officers responded and arrested Popick on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the lieutenant said.
The wounded man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Luna said. He was initially examined, but left the hospital before receiving treatment.
It was not clear what motivated the alleged attack.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Popick was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood pending her initial court appearance.

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Police: Man robbed by acquaintances inside Pasadena home

PASADENA >> A dispute between acquaintances escalated into a home-invasion robbery Friday afternoon, police said.
The crime was reported about 6 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two men and a woman showed up at the home of the 20-year-old victim, Luna said.
“The victim had a prior dispute with one of the suspects,” he said.
“The suspects forced their way inside the resident’s home and confronted him,” the lieutenant said. The robbers punched the victim in the face during the incident, but he declined medical treatment.
Police said the three robbers stole a cell phone and other items from the victim’s home before fleeing.
The victim knew one of the male robbers by name, and knew a moniker used by the female suspect, Luna said. All three remained at-large Saturday.
Police did not release the name of the identified suspect as the investigation continued.

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Toddler found wandering along in middle of Pasadena street overnight; father accused of child endangerment

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man Friday night after his 2-year-old daughter was found wandering along in the middle of a Pasadena street Friday night, officials said.
Lucas Scott Mark, 33, of Pasadena remained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail Saturday after being booking on suspicion of felony child endangerment, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A good Samaritan called police to report finding the young girl wandering alone about 11:50 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“A motorist found a toddler in the middle of the roadway at Los Robles (Avenue) and Maple (Street),” Luna said.
Police arrived and picked up the child, who was unharmed, the lieutenant said. The child was, “very, very lucky,” not to have been struck by a car while wandering along in the dark street, he added.
About five minutes later, police received a report of a man in the area yelling and looking for his child.
Officers noted “unsafe and unfit” conditions at the man’s home and arrested Mark, Luna said. Police also summoned the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Suspect identified in Pasadena auto body shop arson

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PASADENA >> DNA evidence links a suspect to the arson of a Pasadena auto body shop last month that caused $375,000 worth of damage, officials announced Thursday.
Jesse Cole Nicholas, 30, was already in jail on unrelated cases when he was linked by DNA Wednesday to the Sept. 27 fire, according to Pasadena fire officials and arrest records.
The 7:20 a.m. blaze badly damaged a rear building used for detailing and prep work at Alliance Auto Body, 826 S. Arroyo Parkway, and destroyed two cars that were parked inside, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“Believing that the fire was suspicious in nature, a fire investigator was summoned to the scene,” Pasadena fire officials said in a statement. “The investigator was able to determine that the fire was an intentional act and initiated an arson investigation.”
Surveillance footage from the business shows a man hopping a fence and breaking into cars at Alliance Auto Body hours before the fire ignited, officials said. He then stole a car and fled.
But the burglar returned several hours later, broke into several more vehicles and set fire to a car parked in the rear building, authorities said.
1017_NWS_PSN-L-ARSONSUSPECT2Pasadena fire investigators teamed with Pasadena police detectives and distributed a suspect flyer seeking information. “As a result of viewing the video, (the fire investigator) believed the suspect may possibly be transient and began canvasing the areas of the city frequented by the homeless.”
The fire investigator found a man matching the description at Pasadena’s Central Park on Sept. 29, according to the statement. Police helped arrest the suspect on an outstanding felony warrant as the investigation into the arson continued.
Nicholas received a 60-day jail sentence for the unrelated warrant on Oct. 1 at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Los Angeles County records. He remained in custody Thursday at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.
Records show he was also sentenced to 10 days for violating the terms of Post-Release Community Supervision stemming from a prior conviction.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab notified Pasadena investigators Tuesday that DNA collected from one of the burglarized vehicles matched Nicholas, officials said.
A fire investigator interviewed Nicholas in jail Wednesday.
“Although the suspect denied knowledge and involvement in the break-in, auto theft and arson, he did provide the approximate location of the stolen vehicle, which was recovered,” according to the department statement.
Investigators planned to file their case with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Suspect jailed in Pasadena ‘hot prowl’ burglary

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.

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Death at Pasadena motel investigated as possible overdose

PASADENA >> The death of a Glendale woman at a Pasadena motel Friday is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, police said.
Cleaning staff called police about 12:35 p.m. after funding a 43-year-old woman unresponsive in her motel room in the 3300 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Pasadena Fire Department paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, Luna said.
Prescription pills were found in the room, and the death was being investigated as an apparent accidental drug overdose, the lieutenant said.
“Preliminary investigation does not reveal any evidence of foul play,” he said.
The police investigation is ongoing, and the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner will perform an autopsy.

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Pasadena burglary suspect jailed with help from camera-wielding neighbor

PASADENA >> Police jailed a burglary suspect earlier this week with the help of an alert neighbor armed with a cell phone camera, officials said.
Francisco Ricardo Tafolla, 18, of Pasadena who was already being sought for violating his probation stemming from a previous theft-related conviction, was booked on suspicion of burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The break-in occurred about 4 a.m. Friday at a house in the 1900 block of East Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A neighborhood resident spotted a man leaving his neighbor’s house with an oversized bag and became suspicious, the lieutenant said. The witnesses snapped a photograph of the man, which was was passed along to police about 7 a.m. once the homeowner confirmed the house had been burglarized.
An officer recognized Tafolla from a previous arrest, Clawson said. Officers soon tracked down the suspect at his Pasadena home.
Electronics and other items allegedly taken from the Villa Street home were recovered, along with, “other evidence,” Clawson said.
The arrest highlights the successful outcomes that occur, “when people are working together to keep their neighborhoods safe,” Clawson said. “If you see something, say something.”
According to county booking records, Tafolla was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Pasadena police talk suicidal man down from Colorado Street Bridge

PASADENA >> Two police officers talked a suicidal man down from the edge of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena Friday, officials said.
Los Angeles Police contacted their counterparts in Pasadena shortly after 8:30 a.m. after receiving information that a 41-year-old Los Angeles man was on his way to Pasadena to jump off a bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
Pasadena Police Department Homeless Outreach and Psychiatric Evaluation Team Officer Domino Scott-Jackson and patrol Officer Brian Petrella spotted a man matching the description given by LAPD about 10 a.m. on the Colorado Street bridge, Ibarra said.
As the officers approached the man, he ran from them and climbed over the railing along the side of the bridge, the lieutenant said.
After talking with the man for about 40 minutes, the officers persuaded him to climb back over the railing to safety, Ibarra said. He was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

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Pasadena police jail Rosemead man on suspicion of burglarizing home improvement stores

PASADENA >> Police arrested a Rosemead man early Sunday after catching him with a van full of items allegedly stolen from Southern California home improvement stores, officials said.
Pablo Armando Valencia, 37, was booked on suspicion of burglary and drug possession following his arrest shortly after midnight in the parking lot of a motel in the 2000 block of E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers were patrolling when they noticed Valencia standing next to a “suspicious vehicle”,” he said. A second person was standing near Valencia, but that person was not arrested.
“Upon contact, officers noticed several new objects in the rear of the van the suspects were next to,” Luna said.
Police determined the items had been stolen from several large Southern California home improvement stores, the lieutenant said.
Officials then found further evidence of burglary, as well as some suspected methamphetamine,inside Valencia motel room, Luna said.
No further details were available Sunday.
According to county booking records, Valencia was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Prius carjacked at gunpoint in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A gunman carjacked a group of three people at gunpoint outside a Pasadena hotel early Sunday, police said.
The crime took place about 4:25 a.m. as three people were getting out of the blue, 2005 Toyota Prius in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The owner of the car, a 29-year-old Santa Ynez man, was accompanied by \a 27-year-old Monterey Park woman and a 23-year-old man visiting from the Czech Republic, he said.
“The suspect confronted them with a handgun and demanded keys to the vehicle,” Luna said. “After threats were made, one of the victims, the owner of the vehicle, gave the suspect the keys.”
Police described the carjacker as a Latino man in his early-20s, with a shaved head, wearing a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, Luna said. He was last seen driving the stolen car east on Colorado Boulevard.

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