Suspect photos released in attack, robbery of elderly Pasadena man near Rose Bowl

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PASADENA >> Police released surveillance photos this weekend of four suspects who used the credit cards of an 87-year-old man after he was assaulted and robbed near the Rose Bowl Friday morning, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5:10 a.m. at West Drive and Salvia Canyon Road, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The elderly man was out for his morning walk when robbers snatched a fanny pack from his waist, knocking him to the ground, police said.
The robbers fled with the man’s belongings, Goodman said. Police found the victim lying face down in the pedestrian lane of the road when they arrived on scene.
0329_NWS_PSN-L-SUSPECTS2He was taken to a hospital, where he remained listed in critical but stable condition Saturday, police said.
As detectives investigated the robbery, they learned that suspects had used credit cards taken from the robbery victim at a Pasadena service station shortly after the crime.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspects in hopes of generating leads.
Police described the one robber as a Latino man in his 20s, of medium build, with dark hair and a beard, wearing a white T-shirt, light-colored shorts and tennis shoes. The second robber was a Latino man in his late-teens to early-20s, skinny, with short black hair, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt with a circular design on the front, light-colored shorts and black-and-white tennis shoes.
The third robber was a stocky Latino man in his 20s with thick eyebrows, police said. He wore a white T-shirt and dark pants.
The fourth and final suspects was described as a Latina teenager with long brown hair. She wore a dark hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.
The suspects were driving a black 2003 to 2004 Honda Accord coupe with a sunroof.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTOS of suspects courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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Pasadena police to crack down on traffic violations Friday

PASADENA >> Police will be out in force Friday hunting for traffic law violators during a traffic safety crackdown, officials said.
The traffic enforcement program will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. city-wide, according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
“Officers will be deployed at various locations throughout the city to look for violations including, but not limited to, primarily collision factors involving speed or red signals,” the lieutenant said.
“The need for driver education and enforcement is constantly on the rise due to the increased volume of traffic within the City of Pasadena,” Hettema added. The enforcement campaign is geared toward reducing crashes involving serious injuries and deaths.
Funding for Friday’s operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Woman seriously injured in Pasadena two-car crash

PASADENA >> A woman suffered serious injuries late Wednesday in a two-car crash in a residential neighborhood just west of the Brookside Golf Course, police said.
The collision took place just before 9:30 p.m. at Linda Vista Avenue and Lida Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A woman who was driving one of the involved cars suffered significant injuries and was hospitalized in serious condition, Luna said.
A woman driving the other car suffered no apparent injuries, he said.
No further information was available.
Police urged motorists to avoid the area Wednesday night as they conducted an investigation.

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Man fights off armed, would-be robber in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man suffered a cut to his cheek while fighting with an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The victim, a 23-year-old Azusa man, had just arrived to work about 2:50 p.m. at a restaurant in 3500 block of East Foothill Boulevard when the robber approached his car and opened the door, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The man pointed a handgun at the victim, threatened to shoot him and demanded he turn over whatever he had in his pockets, Luna said.
But the victim refused, and struggled with the would-be robber, the lieutenant said. The gunman ultimately fled empty-handed and got into a nearby green van, which was last seen east on Foothill Boulevard.
The victim suffered a cut to his cheek during the struggle, Luna said, though it was not clear exactly how he received the injury.
Police described the gunman as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build. He wore a dark baseball cap and white sweater.

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Man carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A carjacker pulled a man from his BMW before driving off in it late Saturday, police said.
The crime occurred about 8:30 p.m. as the victim was heading east on Del Mar Boulevard and stopped at a red light at Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber ran from a street corner up to the victim’s black, two-door, 2007 BMW 328i, Mercado said.
“(The carjacker) opened the driver-side door and ordered the victim to get out,” Mercado said.
The victim, a Pasadena man in his 50s, fumbled with his seat belt as he tried to exit the car, he said. The carjacker ultimately pulled him out of the car and threw him to the ground.
Police said the carjacker was last seen heading south on Raymond Avenue in the stolen BMW, which has a California disabled person’s license plate number of 370CN.
The victim was not injured.
Mercado described the carjacker as a black man between 20 and 30, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, 190 to 210 pounds, of muscular build. He was either balding or had very short hair, and he wore a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged not to approach it, but to call 9-1-1 immediately, Mercado said.

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Band instruments stolen from Pasadena high school recovered

PASADENA >> Musical instruments recovered by sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night are believed to be at least some of those stolen from John Marshall High School in Pasadena last weekend, officials said late Friday.
Burglars stole more than $10,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment from the band room high school, 990 North Allen Ave., late Feb. 28, police and school officials said.
The stolen gear included flutes, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitars, amplifiers, sound-mixing equipment and a flat-screen television, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said. The theft was discovered Monday. No arrests have been made.
Sheriff’s deputies patrolling in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard late Tuesday encountered a “suspicious” man rummaging through a 2001 Mercedes-Benz station wagon, according to Lt. Cruz Solis of the sheriff’s Altadena Station.
The man ran as deputies approached, the lieutenant said. He was not found.
“When the deputies looked inside the station wagon, they saw several musical cases and electronic equipment marked ‘Property of Pasadena School District.’” Solis said in a written statement. The deputies impounded the car and detectives are currently working the case.
Sheriff’s officials contacted Pasadena police Friday regarding the recovered instruments, officials said.
Though the instruments were believed to be at least some of those stolen in the high school break-in, school officials had not yet taken a look at them Friday night to confirm it, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A fundraiser website set up by the band to help cover the cost of the stolen instruments garnered more than $12,000 as of Friday night.

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Pasadena traffic stop leads to loaded gun, 27 grams of meth

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man and recovered 27 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun during what began as a routine traffic stop Thursday, officials said.
Sanjay Kumar Varma, 33, of Pasadena is accused of possession of methamphetamine for sale and several weapons violations following his 6:19 p.m. arrest in the 3400 block of East Foothill Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After stopping Varma for a traffic violation, officers conducted a pat-down search, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
They found a loaded 9mm handgun on his person, along with the drugs, he said.
Varma was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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Masked gunman rob Pasadena bank

PASADENA >> Two masked, armed men robbed a Pasadena bank branch Friday morning, police said.
The heist occurred about 11 a.m. at OneUnited Bank, 1335 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“Two male blacks entered the bank wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. They demanded money from the tellers,” the lieutenant said.
After obtaining an unknown amount of cash, the robbers ran from the bank and got into a getaway car with a driver waiting at the wheel, Mercado said. The small, older two-door sedan was last seen driving south on Lake Avenue.
No injuries were reported, Mercado said.
Police described both gunman was black, in their mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, and of thin build. Both wore black ski masks and black gloves. One wore a white hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants, while the other wore a black hooded sweatshirt and light-colored pants.
No description of the getaway car was available.

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Pasadena police, K-9 arrest teenage burglary suspect

PASADENA >> Pasadena police arrested a teenage burglary suspect from Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday with help from a police dog, authorities said.
A witness called police about 1:18 p.m. after seeing a young man trying to force his way into a neighbor’s house in the 2500 block of Monte Vista Street, just west of Altadena Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The teenage burglar ran from responding officers when they arrived, he said. Police set up a search perimeter.
An officer spotted the teen running south across Villa Street, Goodman said.
“The suspect refused to comply with the officers,” he said. a police canine was deployed, at which time the suspect was taken into custody.”
Goodman said the teen was treated for a dog bite to his arm and abrasions to his back before his arrest. He was not believed to have removed anything from the home he’s accused of burglarizing.

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Sex offender accused of lewd acts in public in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police jailed a convicted sex offender Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing him exposing and touching himself in Pasadena, officials said.
Edward Frank Valdivia, a 51-year-old transient, was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts in public about 9:45 p.m. in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
When officers responded to a report of a man exposing and touching himself in front of a restaurant, they encountered Valdivia, “who had his pants down,” the lieutenant said.
Police detained Valdivia without incident and arrested him once witnesses identified him as the person who exposed himself, Goodman said.
According to California’s sex offender registry, Valdivia has previous convictions for indecent exposure and for assault with intent to commit a sex offense.
According to county booking records, Valdivia was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Thursday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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