Attempted burglary suspect arrested at Rose Bowl in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police jailed a San Fernando man Friday on suspicion of trying to break into cars outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, authorities said.
Jason Lamar Buchanan, 27, was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary after officers found him hiding beneath a blanket in a car parked at stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers responded to parking lot F of the Rose Bowl after a jogger called police about 8:40 a.m. to report seeing a man trying to break into cars, Pasadena police Lt. john Mercado said.
Officers found the suspect, later identified as Buchanan, hiding under a blanket inside a car parked in the lot, the lieutenant said.
Buchanan was parked next to a GMC SUV with its handle broken off, Mercado said. But the would-be burglar had not managed to get inside the car.
The suspect, who is already on felony probation under AB 109 guidelines, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to police and booking records.

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Two gang members guilty of murder for fatal shooting of Pasadena youth coach on Christmas Day

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PASADENA >> After more than two weeks of deliberations, a jury convicted to gang members Friday of murder and other charges for fatally shooting a community coach and sheriff’s employee with an errant bullet intended for a rival gang member on Christmas Day, 2012.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Bloods gang members Larry Darnell Bishop, 23, of Chino and Jerron Donald Harris, 28, of Pasadena, guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Victor McClinton, 49, of Pasadena, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
The verdict followed a mistrial last year and came, “after 15 days of court deliberations.” Santiago said.
In addition to first-degree murder, the jury also found true the special circumstances that the killing was gang related, and that the shots were fired from a moving vehicle, Santiago said. The jury also found that Harris personally used a firearm in the crime, but did not find true the prosecution’s allegation that Bishop also fired a gun in the killing.
Both men were also found guilty of one count of attempted murder each, Santiago said. The jury convicted Harris of shooting at an occupied dwelling, but acquitted Bishop of the same charge.
McClinton2Though the special circumstances in the murder made Bishop and Harris potentially eligible for the death penalty, prosecutors did not seek capital punishment in the case, Santiago said. They were expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when they return to court for sentencing July 15.
McClinton, a father of two who worked as a law enforcement technician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and founded the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena, was walking down the street in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue about a 11 a.m. with a Christmas gift in-hand when the shooting occurred, according to police and prosecutors.
Harris and Bishop spotted, then opened fire on, a rival gang member, officials said. The intended target was wounded. McClinton was struck by a stray bullet and succumbed to his wounds at a hospital a short time later.

PHOTOS: [TOP]: Victor J. McClinton. Portrait photographed at memorial on the steps of Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena on Dec. 27, 2012. (Correspondent Photo by James Carbone/SVCITY) [BELOW]: Pamela Simmons, left, and Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez, center, hold hands with family and friends, during a Candlelight Memorial in Remembrance of Victor J. McClinton, on the steps of Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena, Thursday, December 27, 2012. (Correspondent Photo by James Carbone/SVCITY)

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63-year-old homeless man stabbed in the face in Pasadena; suspect sought


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a homeless man who stabbed another homeless man in the face late Tuesday.
The attack was reported about 9:30 p.m., when a bleeding 63-year-old homeless man arrived at Union Station Homeless Services, 412 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Union Station personnel first called 911 after the man showed up, apparently bleeding from his neck, the lieutenant said.
Police and paramedics determined the victim had been slashed in the jaw, the lieutenant said. He was treated for the injury, which was not considered to be life-threatening.
It was not clear where the stabbing occurred.
The victim described his attacker as a fellow homeless man in his 50s, however a detailed description was not available, Luna said. The motive also remained unclear Wednesday.
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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Robbery suspect arrested in Pasadena after chase, standoff

PASADENA >> Police jailed a robbery suspect Sunday after he led officers on a car chase, then climbed onto the roof of an apartment building before ultimately surrendering, officials said.
Officers received a report of the “strong-arm” robbery of a woman about 10 a.m. in the 1500 block of West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The woman’s purse and cell phone had been stolen, he said. It was determined that the robbery took place across the city border in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department. Further details regarding the robbery were not immediately available.
Pasadena police spotted a car matching the description of the robber’s vehicle 10 to 15 minutes later in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Boulevard, the lieutenant said. The driver refused to pull over, kicking off a pursuit.
Police chased the suspect to the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, where he abandoned the car and fled into an apartment complex and climbed onto the roof of a building.
After about an hour, officers persuaded the man to climb down and surrender, Carrillo said.
The suspect’s identity was not available pending the booking process.

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UPDATED — Officials: Pasadena woman tries to run down parents with SUV, strips nude at end of police chase in Downtown L.A.

PASADENA >> A woman allegedly tried to run down at least one of her parents with an SUV in Pasadena Friday night before leading police on a pursuit that came to an end in Downtown Los Angeles, where she stripped nude before being taken into custody.
The bizarre string of events began about 10:30 p.m. when police received a report of a family dispute at a home in the 1300 block of Linda Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Officers learned a woman had gotten into an argument with her parents, during which she allegedly tried to run them down with an SUV.
“She tried to strike one or both of her parents,” Gourdikian said. “They had to jump out of the way.” The parents were not injured.
The suspect also struck her parents’ parked car with her SUV and smashed a car window with a brick, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The woman fled the scene before police arrived, but officers soon spotted the woman driving near the Rose Bowl, the lieutenant said. She refused to pull over, initiating a chase.
News helicopters broadcast live as police chased the SUV down the 134, 101, 118 and 210 freeways toward Los Angeles.
Police cancelled their pursuit as a safety precaution and planned to seek the woman later, as they knew her identity, Gourdikian said.
But news helicopters continued to follow and broadcast live online as the woman got onto the 110 Freeway, exited in Downtown Los Angeles and parked the SUV in a parking lot along 3rd Street, just east of Main Street.
The woman exited the SUV and began walking down the street, speaking with several passers-by, a live stream broadcast online by CBS Los Angeles. More than 15 minutes passed for Los Angeles police arrived.
In the meantime, a freelance news photographer arrived on the scene. He approached the woman, camera in-hand, and appeared to speak with her briefly.
As police approached, the woman suddenly stripped off all of her clothing. Police handcuffed the suspect and tried to cover her with a shirt before placing her into a squad car.
She made “incoherent” statements to officers during her arrest, Carrillo said.
Simone Megan Gonzalez, 32, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and evading police, according to police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officials had yet to determine Saturday whether Gonzalez’s bizarre behavior may have been the result of mental illness or intoxication.
She was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.

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Mail carrier pepper-sprayed in Pasadena road rage attack

PASADENA >> A woman pepper-sprayed a postal carrier Wednesday in an attack prompted by road rage, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly after 10:40 a.m. as the postal carrier, a 55-year-old woman, was driving a mail truck in the area of Claremont Street and Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The postal carrier inadvertently cut off another vehicle,” Luna said.
The suspect, also a woman, became angry and followed the postal carrier to an apartment complex in the 1000 block of North Lake Avenue, between Claremont and Mountain streets, the lieutenant said.
Luna said the attacker then confronted the victim, yelled at her about the prior incident on the road and sprayed her in the face with pepper spray.
The attacker got into a late-model, light-colored pickup truck and fled south on Lake Avenue, he said. She was described as a Latina woman in her 50s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, of medium complexion, with dark hair. She wore a dark-colored shirt.
Paramedics provided first aid to the postal worker, who suffered irritation due to the pepper spray but was otherwise unhurt, Luna said. She declined to be taken to a hospital.
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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Two men wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in northwest Pasadena left two men wounded late Saturday, police said.
Police received “numerous calls of shots fired” about 9:15 p.m. from the 1000 block of North Summit Avenue, just north of Mountain Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“Officers also heard the shots and responded based on hearing the shots,” he said.
Police found no victims or witnesses to the shooting, but recovered spent bullet casings at the shooting scene, the lieutenant said.
A local hospital contacted police a short time later and reported to men had been dropped off at the emergency room with gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, an Azusa man in his late-40s, suffered a gunshot wound to the back, Mercado said. The other victim, a Pasadena man in his early-20s, was shot in the hand.
A detailed suspect description was not available Sunday, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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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Car-to-car shooting reported in Pasadena


PASADENA >> An attacker in a car shot at another driver in Pasadena Friday, causing the victims to crash his car but not striking him with gunfire, police said.
The shooting too place just after 6 p.m. on Los Robles Avenue, between Mountain and Jackson streets, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A man in his 20s was driving, with a woman in her 20s riding as a passenger, when the attacker opened fire from another vehicle, initially described only as a sedan, the lieutenant said.
The man and woman were not struck by bullets, but the shooting caused him to lose control of his car, which side-swiped several parked cars, Carrillo said.
The driver was treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, he added.
No further details were available.
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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Gang member sentenced for Pasadena crash that killed two during police chase on Christmas, 2012

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PASADENA >> A judge sentenced a gang member to more than three decades in prison for killing an 11-year-old boy and his 25-year-old cousin when he crashed an SUV into their family’s minivan in Pasadena on Christmas Day of 2012.
The Pasadena jury found Darrell Lee Williams, 25, guilty in November of two counts of manslaughter and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the crash at Marengo Avenue and Maple Street, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago. The conviction was his third strike under California’s Three Strikes Law. He was acquitted of a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dorothy L. Shubin sentenced Williams to 30 years to life in prison, Santiago said.
Killed were Tracey Ong Tan of Glendale and Kendrick Ng of Daly City. Ng was visiting relatives for the holidays. Ng’s parents and sister suffered serious injuries.
Williams was fleeing from an FBI SUV, driven by an FBI agent with a Pasadena police officer riding as a passenger, that had tried to pull over the Dodge Durango Williams was driving, authorities said.
“Williams refused to stop because he had a firearm in the SUV while on parole and a high-speed chase began,” Santiago said in a written statement.
William’s girlfriend and passenger in the fleeing SUV, 23-year-old Brittany Washington of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2014 and received a two-year jail sentence, officials said.
The fatal pursuit occurred as Pasadena police and FBI agents were conducting gang-suppression patrols following the fatal shooting of community youth coach and sheriff’s department employee Victor McClinton, 49, of Pasadena earlier on the same deadly Christmas Day in Pasadena.
A Los Angeles jury continued deliberating Friday in the case of alleged gang members Larry Darnell Bishop, 23, of Chino and Jerron Donald Harris, 28, of Pasadena, accused of gunning down McClinton with an errant bullet intended for a rival gang member.
The trial is the second for Bishop and Harris after a jury failed to reach a verdict in their first trial last July.

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New York man accused of selling bogus Lakers tickets in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Pasadena Police arrested a New York man Tuesday after he sold fake tickets to Wednesday night’s highly anticipated Lakers game — Kobe Bryant’s last ever.
Rahiem Adrian Watts, 27, was booked on suspicion of grand theft, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A 22-year-old Fontana man had arranged to meet the suspect via the online classified board Craigslist to buy four highly sought-after tickets to Wednesday’s Lakers game at the Staples Center for $1,300, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim and his friends met Watts at a Pasadena coffee shop to buy the tickets about 8:30 p.m.
But once the suspect was gone, the victim noticed the tickets didn’t appear authentic.
They called the seller back pretending to be another buyer, the lieutenant said. Watts offered to sell them the very same seats they had just supposedly purchased.
The victims reported the incident to police, who arranged a meeting of their own with the suspect, Luna said.
Officers met Watts in the area of Euclid Avenue and Walnut Street, near the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Pasadena courthouse, coincidentally.
He fled from police, discarding phony Lakers tickets along the way, Luna said. Officers captured him following a short foot chase.
According to booking records, Watts was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance at Pasadena Superior Court, near the scene of his arrest.

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