Pasadena man arrested after sitting on porch with handgun, yelling ‘incoherently’


PASADENA >> Police disarmed and arrested a Pasadena man seen sitting on a front porch, waiving a handgun and yelling incoherently Saturday afternoon.
Alfred Montoya, 59, was booked for brandishing a firearm following the 6 p.m. incident in the 700 block of North Chester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police received reports of Montoya sitting on the front porch of someone else’s home, “yelling and holding a handgun,” Mercado said.
It was unclear what the man was upset about. “He was yelling incoherently,” the lieutenant said.
Once officers arrived, Montoya obeyed commands to put down his gun and surrender.
The home he sat in front of was not his, but it was unclear whether he knew the residents, he added.
Officials were looking into the possibilities that intoxication or mental illness may have played a role in the incident.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Montoya was released from jail later in the day pending his initial court appearance after posting $25,000 bail.

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Two shooters sought following gunfire in Pasadena neighborhood


PASADENA >> Police found bullet casings from two different guns and a shattered car window, but no victims, after gunfire erupted in a northwest Pasadena neighborhood early Sunday, authorities said.
Numerous residents called 911 to report gunshots in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, near Navarro Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers ultimately found two separate groups of spent bullet casings along the street in the area, the lieutenant said. One of the groups of shell casings were from a 9mm handgun, while the other was from a .32-caliber handgun.
Police also noted the rear window had been shot out of a parked car.
But no victims were found at the scene, and a check of area hospitals also turned up no victims of the shooting, Mercado said.
No description of the shooters was available. It remained unclear whether the shooting had been a gunfight between two people, or if two shooters had fire their guns in concert.
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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Police: Armed jaywalker arrested in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Norwalk man early Saturday on suspicion of gun possession by a convicted felon after he jaywalked in front of a police car, officials said.
Mark Espinoza, 24, was arrested following the 3:55 a.m. encounter at Fair Oaks Avenue and Mountain Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
“Officers were on patrol when Espinoza crossed against the red light in font of them,” he said. “They attempted to talk about him for his violation and he took off running.”
The officers noted that Espinoza repeatedly reached toward his waistband as they chased him on foot, Mercado said.
When they ultimately caught up with him and placed him into handcuffs, the officers found a small revolver in Espinoza’s pocket.
Information regarding Espinoza’s bail and initial court appearance was not immediately available.

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Man jailed after three failed robbery attempts at same Pasadena pharmacy


PASADENA >> Police jailed a 19-year-old man after he tried, but failed, to rob the same Pasadena pharmacy three times on Friday, authorities said.
Christopher Russell was booked on suspicion of robbery in connection with the ill-fated, day-long crime spree targeting the same CVS Pharmacy, 727 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He was described as a transient known to frequent Pasadena.
He entered the store about 2:15 a.m., approached a clerk and demanded he open the register and hand over the money, the lieutenant said.
The employee refused and told the man, later identified as Russell, that the police were on his way. Russell left the store, but the incident was not immediately reported to the police.
Russell returned to the same store and approached the same cashier about two hours later.
Again, Russell demanded money from the register. And again, he fled when the worker told him police were coming, Mercado said.
As he left, he told the clerk, “I’ll be back.” The police were still not notified.
Russell made his third and final attempt to rob the store in the same manner about 11:40 p.m., Mercado said.
Employees called police, who quickly found and arrested Russell without a struggle.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Russell was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man robbed at gunpoint, bitten by robber in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man robbed another man at gunpoint and then bit him on the finger in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
The crime took place about 2:55 a.m. as Arizona man in his early-30s, who was visiting family in Pasadena, was walking in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The suspect approached him from behind, placed the gun to his temple and demanded the victim’s money,” Mercado said. “Fearing for his life, the victim surrendered his wallet and cell phone.”
The robber began to walk away when the victim turned around and tackled him, the lieutenant said.
During the scuffle, the robber bit the victim on the finger and managed to break free. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Mercado said the victim suffered a “visible injury” to his finger but declined medical treatment.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had short, black, slicked-back hair and a bandana covering his face.
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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Homeless man arrested in Pasadena cafe break-in


PASADENA >> Police jailed a homeless man early Thursday on suspicion of breaking to a Pasadena cafe, officials said.
Kenneth Eugene Johnson, 62, was booked on suspicion of commercial burglary following the break-in, reported just before 1 a.m. in the 200 block of East Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“A witnesses saw Mr. Johnson attempting to break into the closed cafe by smashing out the front window with a trash can,” police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Officers arrived to find Johnson still at the scene, next to the smashed cafe window, the lieutenant said. The witness identified Johnson as the man who smashed the window, and he was arrested.
Johnson was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior court.

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Taxi driver robbed, slashed with knife in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A taxi passenger turned into an armed robber late Wednesday when he slashed the cabbie with a knife while trying to skip out on the fare in Pasadena, police said.
The crime took place about 11:50 p.m. in the 300 block of Cordova Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The victim, a 57-year-old Glendale man, dropped a passenger off after an $88 cab ride, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect fled the can and tried to run away without paying,” he said. The taxi driver chased after him.
“After he confronted the suspect, a fight ensued, during which the suspect produced a small knife and swung it toward the victim,” Goodman said.
The cab driver suffered a minor cut but declined medical treatment.
Police searched the area but did not find the robber, Goodman said. A details suspect description was not available.

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UPDATED — Hazmat: Spilled chemicals prompt closure of Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> Firefighters and hazardous materials crews shut down a portion of Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena Saturday after three containers filled with potent acid fell from a passing truck, authorities said.
The incident was first reported about 11:40 a.m. along Foothill Boulevard, between Rosemead Boulevard and Halstead Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Three unlabeled, orange-colored, one-gallon plastic containers slipped off a truck and fell into the roadway, prompting safety concerns, Derderian said.
“They’re still trying to neutralize it,” she said shortly after 1 p.m. “Preliminary reports are it’s some kind of hydrochloric acid.”
The powerful and highly corrosive acid is used for many industrial purposes, such as controlling the acidity levels in swimming pools.
It was later confirmed the substance was, in fact, pool-cleaning acid, officials said.
Nearby businesses remained open, however workers and customers were being asked to “shelter in place,” Derderian said.
Firefighters cleared the jugs from the roadway shortly after 1:30 p.m., officials said. Both directions of Foothill Boulevard, as well as the Rosemead Boulevard offramp of the westbound 210 Freeway, were shut down as a result of the spill, officials said. Affected streets were expected to be reopened shortly after 2 p.m.

PHOTO courtesy of Landon Jensen/Pasadena Fire Department

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Shots fired as clerk, customers chase would-be robber from Pasadena market; suspect jailed


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man shot at a market clerk and a group of customers who chased him from the store during a robbery attempt Wednesday afternoon, police said.
A SWAT team ultimately apprehended Justin Shawn Bryson, 21, of Pasadena about five hours after the failed 12:50 p.m. heist at Chan’s Market, 1237 Lincoln Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He walked into the store with armed with a handgun and wearing a bandana over his face, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. He demanded money from the cash register.
“(The clerk) walked away from the register area and began throwing items at the suspect,” Luna said. \
“The suspect fired a single shot from his handgun at the victim.” The bullet missed.
Luna said the would-be robber pointed his gun at a woman shopping at the store as he fled the market and ran north along Lincoln Avenue.
The clerk, a 57-year-old La Crescenta man, got into his car and chased after his attacker.
Three customers from the store got into their car as well and followed after the clerk, police said.
“(Bryson) turned around at one point and possibly fired at least one gunshot at the victims,” Luna said. He was last seen running down MacDonald Street, between Mentone and Glen avenues.
Neither the clerk nor the customers — described as a 70-year-old woman, a 50-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl — were injured.
Police cordoned off the neighborhood and searched for the suspect with the aid bloodhounds and a helicopter, Luna said. He was ultimated tracked to a home in the 200 block of MacDonald Street. “where he voluntarily surrendered,” Luna said.
“Detectives executed a search warrant at the location and evidence was recovered,” he added.
Bryson was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Luna said.
He was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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Three stabbed in Pasadena street brawl


PASADENA >> Three men showed up at a Pasadena emergency room with stab wounds following a large street brawl in northwest Pasadena early Saturday, police said.
The melee took place about 1:45 a.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“We received multiple calls of a large group fighting in the middle of the street,” he said.
The combatants scattered and fled as police arrived, the lieutenant said.
Staff at a local hospital called police about 10 minutes later to report that three stabbing victims had just shown up at the emergency, Mercado said.
A Colton man in his mid-20s suffered stab wounds to his head and neck, he said. A Pasadena man in his late-teens was stabbed in the chest, and another Pasadena man in his early 20s was treated for a slash to one of his arms.
Mercado said all three victims were in stable condition, but “uncooperative” with investigators.
No suspect description was available.

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