Man robs Pasadena bank branch; unclear if linked to serial bandit


PASADENA >> A man carried out a robbery at a Pasadena bank branch on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place about 12:30 p.m. at Chase, at Colorado and Sierra Madre boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said.
The robber entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing with cash, he said. No weapon was seen during the crime, and no injuries were reported.
The robber was initially described as a white man, possibly in his 30s, with an unshaven face.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that the robber was the same bandit sought in connection with two bank robberies on Wednesday in South Pasadena and Burbank, according to the lieutenant. But Saturday’s bank heist had not been formally linked to Wednesday’s crimes.
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.

PHOTO: Police and FBI officials are seeking the man and vehicle pictured in these surveillance photos in connection with bank robberies in Burbank and South Pasadena on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Courtesy, Burbank Police Department)

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Carbon-conscious suspect leads Pasadena police on chase in hybrid car


PASADENA >> A man in a hybrid car led police on a reckless but fuel efficient chase in Pasadena before being arrested early Wednesday, officials said.
The incident began about 4:10 a.m. when officers spotted a Toyota Prius run a red light at Lake Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and tried to pull it over, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The suspect failed to yield and a short vehicle pursuit ensued during which the suspect ran a red signal and disregarded traffic laws,” Goodman said in a written statement.
“The pursuit ended when the suspect tried to enter a parking structure but was prevented from doing so by a barrier blocking the entrance,” the lieutenant said. “The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”
Hector Maya, 27, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of felony evading and driving on a suspended license, Goodman said.
The brief pursuit lasted less than two minutes and covered just over a mile of distance, Goodman added. No injuries or property damage were reported.
According to county booking records, Maya was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance at the Pasadena City Jail.

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San Marino woman robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police in Pasadena are seeking a man who robbed a woman of her purse as she sat in her car on Thursday afternoon.
The crime took place about 1:35 p.m. in the 300 block of North Arroyo Boulevard, near the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Pasadena police officials said.
“The victim was sitting in her car with the windows down,” Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado. The victim was a San Marino resident in her mid-50s.
“The suspect reached into the passenger side and began to take her purse,” he said. The woman tried to hold onto her bag, leading to a brief “tug-of-war” before the robber managed to pull the purse away from her. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot. The woman was unhurt.
He was described as a Latino man in his early-20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a blue T-shirt and blue shorts. He had tattoos on his arms and his neck.
Anyone with information is urged 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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Arcadia man accused of DUI, hit-and-run following Pasadena crash


PASADENA >> An Arcadia man in a pickup truck blew through a red light while drunk, injuring a man and girl in a crash, then fled the scene late Thursday, authorities said.
Steve DiMartino, 46, was booked on suspicion of felony drunken driving and felony hit-and-run following the 11:05 p.m. crash at Green Street and Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
DiMartino was at the wheel of a pickup truck that ran a red light on eastbound Green Street at Lake Avenue and collided with a Honda sedan, according to the lieutenant.
The driver of the Honda, a man in his 30s, and his passenger, a young girl, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The man appeared to have suffered head injuries, and the girl’s injuries were included a bruised lung and lacerations to her face.
The pickup truck fled the scene of the crash, police said.
An off-duty police officer spotted the damaged car soon after, driving in the area of Washington Boulevard and Holliston Avenue, Mercado said. He thought the freshly damaged truck looked suspicious and reported the sighting to on-duty police.
“On-duty officers responded to the scene, stopped the car and found that he was intoxicated,” Mercado said.
According to county booking records, DiMartino was released from jail Friday afternoon pending his initial court appearance after posting $100,000 bail.

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Chino Hills man accused of breaking into Pasadena pharmacy


PASADENA >> A Chino Hills man is accused of breaking into a Pasadena pharmacy and fleeing with prescription drugs earlier this week.
Police responded to a report of a “burglary in progress” about 6 a.m. Thursday at Michael’s Pharmacy, in the 900 block of East Green Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“When we arrived, officers saw the suspect run from the location,” the lieutenant said. “They went into a short foot pursuit and caught the suspect.”
The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Joey Baldovinos of Chino Hills, was found to be in possession of prescription medication believed to have been stolen from the pharmacy, Mercado said. The type and amount of recovered drugs was not available.
Baldovinos was booked on suspicion of burglary.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records, Baldovinos was convicted of previous burglaries in August of 2016, and again in September of 2016. He served eight months of a 16-month sentence and was released from custody with three years of formal probation supervision in March, records show.
Baldovinos was released from custody hours after Wednesday’s arrest pending his initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail, records show.

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Pickup truck loaded with police gear, including gun, stolen in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a pickup truck belonging to a reserve police officer, which containing a handgun, ammunition, body armor and other equipment, that was stolen in Pasadena on Wednesday, officials said.
The truck theft took place between 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
The vehicle, owned by a Pasadena Police Department reserve police officer, contained a semi-automatic handgun and other law enforcement equipment, to include a duty belt (no radio), ballistic helmet, ballistic vest, gas mask and ammunition,” according to the statement.
Police described the missing truck as a white, 2000 Ford F-250 crew cab pickup truck with a matching camper shell and California license plate number 6J54905.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department

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Altadena man accused of attacking police in Pasadena


PASADENA >> An Altadena man is accused of assaulting police after allegedly punching one officer in the chest and kicking another in the groin early Sunday.
Aubrey Franklin Sullivan, 27, was booked on suspicion of felony assault on the officers following the incident, which unfolded about 1:35 a.m. in the 100 block of North Mar Vista Avenue , Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers headed to the residential neighborhood after receiving a report of a man assaulting a woman inside a parked car, Mercado said.
Officers found a parked car containing a man and woman and approached it.
As they did, Franklin emerged from the car, ran up to one of the officers and punched him in the chest, Mercado said.
The officers then struggled with Franklin to get him into handcuffs, during which time he kicked the other officer in the groin before being subdued, he said.
Neither officers suffered significant injury.
According to county booking records, Franklin was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Police: Ex-con with handgun arrested in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested an ex-convict with a loaded handgun who ran from them in Pasadena late Saturday, officials said.
Two officers were on patrol about 6:40 p.m. when they noticed a man riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the street at Mentone Avenue and Hammond Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
As the officers approached the bicyclist, “he dumped his bike and tried to flee on foot,” he said.
But the officers quickly chased down the fleeing suspect, and found him in possession of a loaded revolver, according to the lieutenant.
Kameron Crabtree, 20, of Pasadena was arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Mercado said. Crabtree is on felony probation as a result of a juvenile criminal case.
According to county booking records, Crabtree was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Police: Trio linked to eight robberies in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men and a teenage boy are accused of a string of at eight strong-arm robberies over the course of two days last week, police announced Thursday.
Police responded to eight reports of robberies on April 27 and 28 in which victims were assaulted and robbed of their personal items, such as wallets, purses, cellphones and iPads, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Preliminary information suggested the same suspects may be responsible for the numerous street robberies as the descriptions of the suspects were very similar,” according to the statement. “Robbery detectives investigating the events immediately focused on the cases and developed leads resulting in the identity of three individuals responsible for the robbery spree.”
Police found and arrested Tyrek Adam, 19, of Pomona within Pasadena about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. Officers found and arrested Calvin Mosley, 18, of Pasadena within the city on Wednesday night.
And officers found the third suspect, a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, in Pasadena about noon on Thursday, police said.
All three were expected to face robbery charges.
“Detectives successfully recovered some of the property,” according to the statement.
The two adult suspects were being held in lieu of $350,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, officials said. The 17-year-old suspect was taken to a juvenile hall.
“The Pasadena Police Department reminds citizens to be aware of their surroundings, especially while using their cellphones, and to promptly report any suspicious activity to the police department,” the statement said.
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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Young girl robs elderly woman in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 12- to 13-year-old girl who robbed a 73-year-old woman of purse in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 3:30 p.m. at El Molino Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A blue, four-door sedan pulled up next to the woman.
“The suspect exited the front, passenger side of the vehicle, approached the victim and started to forcefully pull the victim’s purse from her shoulder,” Goodman said. The purse strap broke, and the robber managed to return to the getaway car with it. The car was last seen heading north on El Molina Avenue.
The elderly victim suffered no injuries, according to the lieutenant.
Police described the robber as a black girl between 12 and 13 years old, about 5 feet tall, 80 to 100 pounds, with black hair. No description of the driver 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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