Family dispute briefly shuts down 210 Freeway in Pasadena Thanksgiving night

PASADENA >> A family disturbance inside a car prompted authorities to briefly shut down the westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena late Thanksgiving Day, authorities said.
The incident began about 9:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway, just east of Madre Street, California Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Bond said.
Pasadena police officers were the first to respond to reports of a dispute involving a family in a vehicle, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. A family member had not taken his psychiatric medication, and officials received reports he had run into traffic lanes during the family disturbance.
Officers arrived to find family members working to restrain the man, Carrillo said. As a precaution, authorities shut down westbound traffic lanes as they detained the man and ultimately took him for psychiatric evaluation.
Traffic lanes began reopening one by one about 10 minutes later, Bond said.
No injuries were reported.

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Police: Man uses pepper spray to fend of knife attack in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man used pepper spray to defend himself after a family member attacked him with a knife amid a psychotic episode Sunday, police said.
The incident took place about 10 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of El Sereno Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 23-year-old Pasadena man attacked a 34-year-old family member, the lieutenant said.
“He was having a psychotic episode when he threatened to kill the victim with a knife he was holding in his hand,” Luna said. “He advanced toward the victim, at which point the victim pepper-sprayed the suspect in the face, thwarting the attack.”
The victim was unharmed, Luna said. The suspect was treated by paramedics for exposure to pepper spray and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Criminal charges were likely to follow.

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Ex-felon with gun arrested during Pasadena traffic stop

PASADENA >> A routine traffic stop Friday night ended with the arrest of a convicted felon in possession of a loaded handgun, police said.
Adrian Rodriguez, 22, of Pasadena was arrested following the 8 p.m. encounter at Raymond Avenue and Villa Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
Gang unit officers patrolling the area pulled over a car for a traffic violation, he said.
“As their conducting their investigation, they found the gun in the passenger compartment,” Mercado said. The weapon was described as a loaded 9mm handgun.
Rodriguez, who was recently discharged from parole for burglary, is barred from possessing firearms.
According to county booking records, Rodriguez was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Ice delivery man robbed outside Pasadena supermarket

PASADENA >> A man with a knife robbed an ice delivery man as he made a delivery to a Pasadena supermarket Friday, authorities said.
The robbery took place about 1:30 p.m. as the delivery driver, a Buena Park man in his 40s, was sitting in the passenger side of his truck in the parking lot of Smart & Final, 3299 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A robber approached with a knife in hand and demanded money from the delivery man, Mercado said.
“The victim said he didn’t have any money,” the lieutenant said. “The suspect pointed to a (Samsung) Galaxy tablet instead.”
Police said the robber fled with the tablet, described as a Samsung Galaxy 4. The driver was unhurt.
Officers canvassed the area but did not find the robber, described as a black man in his 40s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had a dark complexion, a mustache and short black hair. He wore a plain black T-shirt and blue jeans during the crime, and was armed with a black pocket knife.

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Man accused of firebombing Pasadena business; suspect arrested last month after 3-hour chase for vandalism, threats against same victims


PASADENA >> A man firebombed a Pasadena water store with two people inside Friday, less than a month after his arrest for threatening the same victims and vandalizing their property before leading authorities on a three-hour televised pursuit, officials said.
Karnik Kendirian, 48, is accused of attempted murder and arson after using gasoline to set fire to SoCal Water, 1677 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena police and fire officials said.
The suspect showed up at the businesses, which had an attacked residence where two adult residents were inside, about 1:20 a.m., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
1122_NWS_PSN-L-FIREBOMB2“He breaks their plate glass window, thrown in a gas can and ignites it,” Mercado said.
The residents escaped unharmed, officials said. Kendirian fled the scene.
The fire caused about $25,000 worth of damage to the store and its contents, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“Luckily, we got there quick. (Firefighters) were able to limit the damage.”
The two residents inside a home attached to the rear of the business got out themselves before firefighters arrived, she said.
At the time of the alleged arson attack, Kendirian was out on bail in connection with his previous alleged crime spree, which unfolded Oct. 25. He faces charges of evading police, making criminal threats and vandalism in connection with that case.
Aware of his penchant to flee, police sent an undercover fugitive apprehension team to his home in Pasadena, where he was taken into custody shortly before noon.
1122_NWS_PSN-L-FIREBOMB3Kendirian complained of shortness of breath following his arrest, so he was taken to a hospital prior to being booked into jail, Mercado said. Officers used no force while arresting him.
The nature of Kendirian’s dispute with his alleged victims was unclear, Mercado said.
Kendirian is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on the new charges Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, officials said. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, records show.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department


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UPDATED: Two burned in large Pasadena garage fire


PASADENA >> A fire erupted in a Pasadena garage Friday, burning two people and spreading to a second nearby garage, authorities said.
The fire broke out about 2:50 p.m. in a residential garage in the 1200 block of North Hill Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters declared a “second alarm” as the flames quickly grew, spreading to an adjacent garage on Wesley Avenue just to the east, spewing thick smoke into the air.
A man and woman in their 50s were treated for burn injuries, Derderian said.
Paramedics hospitalized the man in serious condition,while the woman suffered apparently minor injuries, Derderian said.
Joshua Manson was driving home from work down Hill and happened to glance towards the house on his left and saw smoke. He backed up and saw fire from the structure of the back of a house.
CUNj9kaUAAAHdnTHe said he saw an elderly man walking away from the burning garage with burns on his hands and his hair. The elderly man wanted to go back in the structure.
“We were trying to get him to come out because he was trying to go back,” Manson said. “After that we searched (the house) and there was on elderly lady in there.”
Manson said he and other good Samaritans made sure there was no one else in the structure.
A neighbor, described as a man in his 60s, suffered a shoulder injury while trying to help, Derderian said.
The cause of the initial garage fire remained under investigation, she said. It appeared the first fire may have caused power lines to fall, sparking the second garage to catch fire.
The Hill Avenue garage appeared destroyed by the fire, while the garage on Wesley Avenue sustained “significant” damage, Derderian said

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PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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Man stabbed while walking down street in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man stabbed another man in the back in an unprovoked attack as the victim walked down the street in northwest Pasadena early Wednesday, officials said.
A 41-year-old Pasadena man was walking down Los Robles Avenue, just south of Woodbury Road, about 5 a.m. and felt a sharp pain in his back, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“He saw man running south on Los Robles, then he discovered he was stabbed with an unknown object,” Luna said. No further description of the attacker was available.
The man was treated at hospital for a small stab wound that did not appear to be serious, the lieutenant said.

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Police: Men with gun, masks arrested while following Pasadena woman home

PASADENA >> Police arrested a parolee and a second man with a loaded gun and masks after they followed a frightened Pasadena woman driving home early Sunday, authorities said.
Investigators believe officers prevented a robbery that was about to unfold, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Parolee Christopher Jevon Savery, 23, of Hawthorne and Cory Marquell Hartfield, 19, of Las Vegas, Nevada were booked for suspicion of robbery, Mercado said. Savery is also accused of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
The victim, a 35-year-old woman, called police just after midnight and reported she was being followed by a Ford Focus with two men inside, he said. She noticed the car had been following her for at least a mile, from the area of Lake Avenue and California Boulevard to the 1400 block of Rose Villa Street, where she pulled over while talking with police. The suspicious car also stopped near the woman’s car.
“Our officers were able to respond very quickly. They found the car parked in front of a house with two occupants,” The lieutenant said.
“They conducted an investigation and recovered a loaded handgun in the trunk of the car, as well as bandana-style masks,” he said. The .40-caliber handgun had been reported stolen in San Bernardino.
The woman did not recognize the men, Mercado said. “Needless to say, she was pretty frightened.”
Investigators then went to Savery’s home in Hawthorne to conduct a parole search. They found a stolen shotgun, shotgun shells, and an additional loaded magazine for the pistol.
Savery was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records. Hartfield was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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UPDATED: Woman sought in stabbing of neighbor in Pasadena

1108_NWS_PSN-L-STABSUSPECTPASADENA >> Police sought a Pasadena woman Saturday who they say attacked a neighbor with a box cutter the previous afternoon.
Maria Herrera, 27, was considered armed and dangerous, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
She slashed a man in his 30s with a box cutter about 2:20 p.m. Friday at the apartment complex where both live in the 400 block of North Garfield Avenue as the result of an ongoing personal dispute, according to the lieutenant. The victim was treated for slash wounds to his hand and finger.
The victim was walking into the complex from a rear parking lot when he heard someone running up behind him, Mercado said. He turned to see Herrera rushing toward him with a box cutter in-hand.
“As he begins to backpedal, he trips and falls to the ground. She slashes at him,” Mercado said. The man blocked the blows with his hand, which suffered the brunt of the alleged attack, and managed to get away from Herrera.
The victim relayed that the woman had threatened to kill him about two weeks prior, but the incident was not reported to police, Mercado said.
Herrera fled. Police described her as 4 feet 11 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored sweatshirt. Herrera was believed to be driving a gray, four-door, 1990s-model Honda Civic.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court and booking records, Herrera was released from jail Oct. 27 after serving time in county jail for possession of burglary tools
Her previous convictions also include providing a false name to police in August, brandishing a firearm in 2011; as well as auto theft, drug possession and possession of burglary tools in 2008.
Anyone who sees Herrera is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241 or call 911.

PHOTO of Maria Herrera, 27, of Pasadena. (Courtesy)

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Pasadena man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and drove her around the city before police arrested him early Saturday morning, officials said.
Javier Vasquez, 21, was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and false imprisonment, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police received a report about 2 a.m. of a distraught woman sitting on a curb in the 200 block of South Oak Knoll Avenue, he said.
“(She) tells us that her boyfriend forced her into his car against her will,” Mercado said. “He drove her around the city of Pasadena and wouldn’t let her get out.”
The woman tried to escape several times as the car slowed or stopped for traffic, the lieutenant said. “He would grab her by her wrist or hair.”
Vasquez ultimately released the woman on Oak Knoll Avenue and drove off, Mercado said. Police arrested him as a returned home later in the morning.
The victim, an Altadena resident, suffered no serious injuries.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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