PASADENA — A 16-year-old Pasadena boy suffered stab wounds and head injuries in an attack Saturday, but refused to cooperate with investigators, police said.
Authorities first learned of the incident about 10 a.m. when the victim was brought to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena by a family member, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He had been stabbed several times to one of his arms and legs, as well as bruising to his head, though the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police later determined the attack likely took place at the Siesta Inn in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, the lieutenant said.
The wounded young man was “very uncooperative” when interviewed by police at the hospital, he said. “He said he was stabbed on Colorado Boulevard. He wouldn’t tell us any other circumstances.”
Officers had responded to the motel about 1:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight, however they found no one injured when they arrived, Clawson said. Police interviewed several people in the area, but made no arrests.
Officers returned to the motel later in the morning after learning of the stabbing and found blood in the area, he said. The time frame of the stabbing was unclear, and police were looking into any possible connection to the reported fight.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Two men climbed back to the roadway with only minor injuries early Saturday after their car plummeted 500 feet over the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road near the San Gabriel Reservoir, north of Glendora in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.
The crash was believed to have occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., when the men emerged on the roadway and flagged down a passing motorist for help, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
Though the vehicle ended up overturned and 500 feet over the side of San Gabriel Canyon Road, the two occupants were believed to have suffered only minor injuries, CHP Officer Brandon Curtiss said. No arrests were initially made in connection with the crash.
A sheriff’s search and rescue team returned to the scene later in the morning to confirm there were no additional victims and look into prospects for hoisting the vehicle back to the road, sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said.
Further details were not immediately available.
PASADENA — Police are seeking a man who struck a security guard in the head with a skateboard after being caught shoplifting at a supermarket earlier this week, authorities said.
The theft-turned-robbery occurred about 5 p.m. Monday at Vons, at Colorado Boulevard and Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena police Sgt. Victor Alaniz said.
A security guard in his 20s noticed the thief putting food items into a bag and tried to detain him outside the store, the sergeant said.
The shoplifter struck the security guard in the head with a skateboard, inflicting a cut above the victim’s eye, Alaniz said. The injured guard declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said the assailant dropped the stolen items and fled. He was described as a man of unknown race in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds.
PASADENA — An apartment house fire scorched two units early Sunday, displacing the residents but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
The fire broke out about 1:50 a.m. at a two-story apartment building in the 500 block of North Hill Avenue, just south of Orange Grove Boulevard, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
The first firefighters to arrive at the scene encountered flames emanating from an apartment on the second floor, with flames spreading into the attic, prompting officials to call in reinforcements, officials said.
After extinguishing the blaze, which damaged two units, investigators determined the cause of the blaze as a malfunctioning wall heater, Derderian said.
Three adults and a small child were displaced from the two damaged units, Derderian said. The Red Cross was summoned to help them find temporary housing.
Residents of the other 12 or so units in the building were evacuated during the fire, but allowed to return once it was out, she added.
Due to the “frigid cold,” police officers kept vulnerable evacuees such as young children inside heated police cars or the department’s mobile command center until they were able to return home, Derderian said.
Officials estimated the fire caused $375,000 worth of damage to the affected units and the contents inside.
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PASADENA — A crash involving an overturned big rig blocked traffic for westbound motorists on the 210 Freeway through Pasadena Saturday morning, officials said.
The crash took place shortly before 10 a.m. on the transition road connecting the westbound 210 Freeway to the continued westbound 210 Freeway at the 134 Freeway interchange, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
There was no initial word regarding potential injuries.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for both lanes of the transition road that remained in effect until about 1:30 p.m.
PASADENA — Police are seeking a predator who sexually assaulted in a 90-year-old woman at a Pasadena assisted living facility, authorities said Friday.
Little information was released about the crime as detectives continued their investigation, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
The “significant sexual assault” took place in recent weeks at an assisted living home in Pasadena, though the lieutenant declined to say exactly when or where the crime occurred citing the ongoing investigation and search for the perpetrator.
Police were notified of the alleged attack Thursday morning via a third party, Gourdikian added.
No further information was available Friday.
SANTA ANA >> Forensic science took center stage Thursday as the pathologist who carried out the autopsy on a homeless man who died following a violent 2011 encounter with Fullerton police took the stand to testify about the cause of death during the trial for two of three officers criminally charged in the death.
Kelly Thomas, 37, died five days after the July 5th incident after his family elected to remove him from life support. He had been declared brain dead.
During the third day of the trial of former Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, coroner’s pathologist Dr. Aruna Singhania was questioned by both the prosecution and defense regarding her investigation into Thomas’s death, and exactly how he died.
Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, while Cicinelli — who grew up in Whittier and graduated La Serna High School before embarking on a career in the U.S. Marines, then law enforcement — is accused of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. They were among six officers involved in subduing Thomas prior to his death.
Video (download, 305 MB) of opening statements by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, via the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A mentally disabled Monrovia woman who disappeared Saturday in Pasadena was found Sunday afternoon in Irwindale under suspicious circumstances, authorities said.
The woman reported she had been at a party in Altadena, but had no memory of what took place, leading authorities to look into whether she had been victimized while at the party, Irwindale police Sgt. Greg Gomez said.
Detectives from Los Angeles County sheriff’s Altadena Station were sent to meet the woman at a hospital to interview her, officials said.
The 21-year-old woman, who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old child, vanished about 10 a.m. Saturday while visiting family in the 200 block of South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Authorities asked the public’s help in finding the woman before she turned up about 3 p.m. Sunday the area of Foothill Boulevard and Irwindale Avenue in Irwindale, officials said.
No further details were available.
PASADENA — A 93-year-old woman woke up to find two prowlers rummaging through her room Tuesday night.
Pasadena Police Lt. Tom Delgado said the burglars took jewelry but didn’t have the estimated value. Police said she chased the suspects but they got away.
The burglary in the 500 block of Toolen Place was reported at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday.
The woman went to bed at 10 p.m. About 14 minutes later, Delgado said the woman was awakened by a loud bang and her security alarm going off.
She saw two men ransacking her bedroom. Delgado said one of the men took a bureau drawer containing jewelry. Both prowlers left through the back door.
Delgado said the suspects were only described as two black men.
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Live stream from Inglewood barricade situation, via NBC4-Los Angeles: