Alhambra karaoke club cited for serving alcohol without license

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ALHAMBRA >> Police cited workers at an Alhambra karaoke club Friday night after undercover officers investigating complaints from the public found the business was serving alcohol without a liquor license, authorities said.
The bust took place at K100 Karaoke Box, 7 N. 3rd Street.
Police had received complaints from the community that the business was serving booze without a license from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“The complaints also include that intoxicated patrons loiter on residential streets and cause disturbances to sleeping residents and are revving loud car engines and exhausts,” according to the statement.
Undercover officers visited the business Friday evening to investigate.
“The undercover officers were served liquor by staff at the business, even though the business did not have an ABC license,” the police statement said.
Police and code enforcement officials cited the employees and plan to conduct follow-up visits to ensure compliance with the law.

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Man and woman sought in Pasadena stereo shop robbery


PASADENA >> A man and woman used a screwdriver to rob electronic components from a car stereo shop in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The crime took place about 3:30 p.m. at Joys Sound, 849 N. Lake Ave., Psadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A man and woman, both in their 20s and both wearing dark clothing, entered the store together, he said.
As the man distracted the clerk by asking him about merchandise, the woman reached over the counter and grabbed stereo installation kit, according to the lieutenant.
“The clerk contemplate giving chase to the suspects, however, (the man) blocked the door and brandished a screwdriver while (the woman) got into a dark-colored sedan,” he said.
The male robber then joined the woman inside the car, which sped out of sight.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Man jailed after breaking into Pasadena house where kids were home alone


PASADENA >> A man smashed his way into a Pasadena home with two children inside on Saturday afternoon before other family members arrived home to interrupt the break-in, chased him from the home and pointed him out to police, officials said.
Carlos Casares, 36, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of residential robbery and burglary following the 4 p.m. incident in the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 13-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home alone when they heard that sound of shattering glass.
“(They) discovered the suspect had made his way into a bedroom and was rummaging through a closet,” the lieutenant said.
After the siblings confronted the intruder and calling 911, the teenage girl locked herself in a bathroom to hide, Goodman said. Casares was in the process of kicking in the bathroom door when the terrified teenagers’ father and adult brother arrived home, just before police arrived.
“They chased the suspect from the location,” Goodman said. As officers arrived on scene, the men pointed out where the suspect had run. Police found and arrested him down the street.
Goodman said the children were frightened but unhurt.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Casares was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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SWAT team responds to report of armed man barricaded in South Whittier home


SOUTH WHITTIER >> A SWAT team engaged in a standoff with a man who was believed to be armed and holed-up inside a home in South Whittier on Saturday afternoon.
The incident began about 1:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of Bona Vista Lane, in the unincorporated county area, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Special Enforcement Bureau deputies have assumed command of the tactical response and Crisis Negotiation Team personnel are on scene to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution,” Rouzan said in a written statement issued shortly after 5:30 p.m.
“Surrounding homes have been evacuated for the safety of the residents,” he said.
Deputies ultimately took the suspect into custody about 8:30 p.m., officials said.
No further details were available.

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Pasadena police talk distraught woman down from Colorado Street Bridge after eight hours

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PASADENA >> A distraught woman clung to the side of Colorado Street bridge in Pasadena for eight hours Saturday before police persuaded her to climb back to safety and accept help, officials said.
The incident began about 12:30 p.m. at the 144-foot-tall bridge spanning the Arroyo Seco, just south of the 134 Freeway.
The 34-year-old local woman had climbed outside of the safety rail along the south side of the bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A Pasadena Police Department Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaluation Team, as well as police crisis negotiators, engaged the woman in conversation.
The woman ultimately climbed back over the guardrail about 8:30 p.m. and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Lt. John Mercado said.
Traffic on the bridge, as well as Arroyo Boulevard below, were closed to traffic as the incident continued Saturday afternoon.

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Pasadena man fights off would-be armed robbers with lamp


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man used a lamp to fight off two would-be armed robbers, who then crashed their getaway car while fleeing the scene and ran on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The incident unfolded about 3 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A man in his 20s was standing in a driveway in the 1000 block of North Michigan Avenue when two suspects approached in a car and stopped in the street, he said.
Both suspects got out of the car. One of them brandished a knife “in a threatening manner” and demanded the victim empty his pockets.
The victim picked up a lamp that happened to be nearby and used it to defend himself, Luna said.
The robbers punched him in the face during the fight that ensued before fleeing empty handed.
Luna said the robbers got back into their car and sped off, but collided into another car being driven by a woman at Michigan Avenue and Mountain Street, Luna said. They abandoned their car and continued fleeing on foot. They were not found, though police seized the car as evidence.
The victim of the robbery attempt suffered cuts to his face but declined medical treatment, Luna said. The woman driving the car struck by the suspects was no hurt.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man sought in Pasadena purse-snatching


PASADENA >> A man robbed a woman of her purse in Pasadena late Wednesday, police said.
A 42-year-old Pasadena woman was walking about 10 p.m. in the area of Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street when the robber approached, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
“The suspect came from behind and forcefully removed the handbag from the victim’s left shoulder,” he said. “ The suspect fled with the loss westbound on Buckeye Street out of sight. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located.”
A detailed suspect description was not 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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Man accused of burglary, attempted murder in attack on elderly man, son inside Pasadena home


PASADENA >> Police jailed a man late Tuesday after he attacked an 87-year-old man and his son inside their home, before the victims overpowered the suspect and held him until officers arrived, officials said.
Gregory Neal Park, 37, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary following the 9 p.m. incident in the 100 block of Arlington Drive, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The elderly man and his son, 63, were first alerted that something was wrong by the smell of smoke in the home, the lieutenant said.
The source of the odor was never determined, he said, but while investigating, the two men encountered Park in the kitchen of their home.
“A violent struggle ensued between the victims and the suspect,” Luna said “The suspect threatened to kill (the father) and struck him in the head with an unknown object.”
The elderly victim’s wife, 84, called 911.
Some type of glass object also became involved in the fight before the men managed to subdue the suspect and hold him down until police arrived and took him into custody without a struggle, Luna said.
The elderly man suffered an avulsion fracture to his head, while his son was treated for cuts to his forehead and bruising and abrasions to his face. The woman in the home was not hurt.
Both men’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Luna said.
According to county booking records, Park was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Two men fatally shot at Pasadena vigil identified

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PASADENA >> Authorities have identified two Pasadena men who were shot to death while gathered at a vigil for another recent homicide victim in a suspected gang-related attack that also left two other people wounded late Friday.
Antoine Dewayne Sutphen Jr. and Ormani Dajan Duncan, both 24 and from Pasadena, died following the late-night shooting near Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Rudy Molano said.
They were gathered at a vigil for another Pasadena man gunned down on the same spot on Dec. 22 when gunfire erupted from a passing car, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A woman was also critically wounded in the shooting, and a man suffered a non-life-threatening injuries.
Hours later, gunfire again rang out on near the same corner about 5 p.m. Saturday, where a 25-year-old Pasadena man suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh, Goodman said.
A lack of cooperative witnesses in all of the shootings left investigators with no solid suspect description, police said.
The spate of violence was believed to be gang-related, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact 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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UPDATED: Man wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A man was wounded in a shooting along Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon in the same neighborhood where two people were killed and two more wounded Friday night while gathered at a vigil for a previous homicide victim, authorities said.
Saturday afternoon’s shooting took place shortly before 5 p.m. in the area of Claremont Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.
One man was hospitalized in serious condition, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The victim, a 25-year-old Pasadena resident, suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. The injury was not considered to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available.
The shooting came on the heels of another shooting in the same neighborhood that left two men dead and a man and woman wounded shortly before midnight on Friday.
A group of people had gathered along Fair Oaks Boulevard, near Hammond Street, for a vigil for a man who was shot to death at that spot on Dec. 22, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
An unknown attacker opened fire from a passing car, striking the four victims.
It was not immediately clear whether the two attacks were linked, but based on the proximity in both time and location, police were looking into the possibility, Goodman said.
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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