Man badly injured in Baldwin Park stabbing, woman accused of attempted murder


BALDWIN PARK >> A man was hospitalized in critical condition and a woman was behind bars after a family dispute escalated into a stabbing early Saturday, police said.
The violence took place about 12:40 a.m. at a home in the 14300 block of Cavell Place, Baldwin Park police Lt. Mark Adams said in a written statement.
Police first received a report of a “family disturbance,” he said.
“Upon their arrival, they discovered a male adult inside the residence suffering from several stab wounds,” Adams.
Paramedics took the badly injured man to a trauma center, where he underwent emergency surgery. He was listed in critical but stable condition.
Police arrested Nydessa Hooper, 26, of Baldwin Park on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Sgt. Joshua Hendricks said.
The relationship between Hooper and the victim was not available Saturday afternoon, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the stabbing.
According to county booking records, Hooper was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending her initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Police: Man jumps from Pasadena parking structure in suicide attempt

A man suffered major injuries, but is expected to survive, after he jumped from a parking structure in Pasadena on Friday afternoon, police said.
The suicide attempt was reported about 3:15 p.m. in the 100 block of East Holly Street, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
Police received a call reporting a man had fallen from the second floor of a parking structure, he said.
Officers soon learned that the 21-year-old Pasadena man had jumped from the structure in an attempt to end his life, according to the lieutenant.
He was hospitalized with injuries described as major, but not believed to be life-threatening.

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Car plows through salon supply store in Pasadena

The structure remains sound, and officials said the damage was primarily, well… cosmetic:

A car plowed through the front of a Pasadena salon supply store Saturday morning, causing significant damage but resulting in no injuries, officials said.
The crash was reported just after 10 a.m. at CosmoProf, 2237 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
For reasons that were under investigation by police, a Honda car smashed through the front plate glass window and ended up inside the store, officials said.
No one inside the store was injured, and the driver declined to be taken to a hospital, according to Derderian.
Officials examined the building at found it remained structurally sound, despite the damage, she said.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Protective dog chases burglar from Pasadena home


A protective dog chased a burglar from its owner’s home and into the arms of police in Pasadena late Friday, authorities said.
The break-in occurred about 9:40 p.m. at a house in the 700 block of South El Molino Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe.
A woman was awakened by the sound of her dog barking, the lieutenant said. A burglar had made his way into the home through an unlocked front door.
“The victim saw the suspect walk in, but then the dog scared off the suspect,” Grisafe said.
Responding officers found and arrested a suspect nearby, he said.
Castle Michael Brusa, 22, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of burglary, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in olieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Fire guts 131-year-old Pasadena home

A large fire gutted a 131-year-old Victorian-style home in Pasadena early Saturday, causing nearly $1.5 million worth of damage, authorities said.
The two-alarm blaze was first reported at 2:40 a.m. at the vacant, two-story home at 30 West Mountain Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Forty-three firefighters from Pasadena and neighboring cities extinguished the flames, she said. Two firefighters were evaluated for minor injuries and returned to duty, according to Derderian.
Officials estimated the fire caused $1.4 million worth of damage to the house, and another $50,000 in damage to contents stored inside, she said.
Mary Wright Falvey, 75, of Monrovia, said her great grandfather, Amos Wright, built the home in 1886.
Though she never lived in the home, Falvey said she feels a strong connection to it because of her family’s history there.
“I’m just sick,” she said. “It was just beautiful. It had the most beautiful oak baniser curled about the entrance,” she said.
Falvey said she’s been trying to work with the city in recent months to try to have the home designated a historical landmark. She was still trying when the fire occurred.
Several investigators were summoned to the scene to look into the cause of the fire, which was yet to be determined Saturday afternoon.
Falvey said she reported spotting trespassers at the vacant home in April and has been concerned about possible squatters there. She also once visited the home to find the rear door had been forced open.
Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said officials received reports of people seen leaving the home after the fire broke out. It was unclear who they were, or whether they had any involvement in the fire.

PHOTOS courtesy of Jamie Nicholson/Pasadena Fire Department

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Man robbed at gunpoint in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man lost his wallet to an armed robber along Colorado Boulevard in downtown Pasadena on Thursday night, police said.
The crime unfolded about 9:40 p.m. as the victim, a 22-year-old man visiting Pasadena from Northern California, was walking east along Colorado Boulevard near Los Robles Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar.
“The suspect approached him from behind and produced a handgun from his waistband,” Aguilar said. The robber demanded the victim’s wallet, which he turned over.
The robber was last seen running south on Los Robles Avenue, accompanied by four other people.
He was described as a Black man between 20 and 23 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds, with short curly hair, Aguilar said. He wore a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. No description of his four companions was 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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Gunshot victim shows up at Pasadena hospital

PASADENA >> A man showed up at a Pasadena emergency room with a gunshot wound to his arm late Thursday, police said.
The shooting was first reported just after 7 p.m. when the victim arrived at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
A Duarte man in his early-20s had been shot at least once in the arm, he said.
But the location and circumstances of the shooting remained unclear, according to the lieutenant. The victim and several others who accompanied him to the hospital provided conflicting information about what happened and did not appear to be cooperating with investigators.
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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Pasadena police to hold checkpoint Friday

Police in Pasadena are planning to hold a sobriety and driver licence checkpoint, as well as keep an extra eye out for red light violations, on Friday, ahead of the Labor Day weekend, authorities said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday and an undisclosed spot within the city, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said in a written statement.
Additionally, Pasadena police also plan special enforcement throughout the day, with an emphasis on red light violators, according to Torres.
Funding for both operations is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Suicide suspected after man found dead in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police did not suspect foul play after the body of a man was found hanging from a tree along Euclid Avenue in Pasadena in an apparent suicide early Sunday, authorities said.
The body was first discovered about 5:45 a.m., hanging from a tree in on a parkway in the 200 block of South Euclid Avenue, near Cordova Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
It was believed the man, estimated to his late-20s or early-30s, had taken his own life, Aguilar said.
Coroner’s officials took possession of the remains and will conduct an autopsy.

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