Las Vegas man jailed in series of Pasadena robberies


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Las Vegas man Sunday in connection with a string of at least four strong-arm robberies in northwest Pasadena over recent days, including one targeting a 12-year-old girl, officials said.
Tremarie Jackson, 18, was booked on suspicion of robbery following his arrest about 12:45 p.m., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
In response to a spate of four chain-snatching robberies targeting women and a girl since Sept. 16 in the vicinity of Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard, officers had been paying special attention to the area, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers spotted a man matching the description of the robber, even wearing the same clothing worn in a robbery the previous day, walking with a gold chain dangling from his hand, Mercado said.
The man, later identified as Jackson, ran from officers into a nearby apartment complex, the lieutenant said.
As officers were searching the area, they found a car trying to leave the area and stopped it.
Jackson was found trying to hide, lying down in the back seat of the car, Mercado said. All three suspected were arrested.
Driver Raven Dixon, 19, of Pasadena and front passenger Fox Devonte, 21, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The chain Jackson was seen carrying was not found, Mercado said. No victims had come forward Sunday afternoon to report have been robbed of a necklace in the area.
In each of the four crimes reported so far, a man approached female victims, snatched gold necklaces from their necks and ran off, Mercado said. In one of the cases, on Washington Boulevard, the man robbed a 12-year-old girl.
The string of robberies believed linked to Jackson were reported about 2 p.m. on Saturday at Glen Avenue and Pepper Street; about 3 p.m. on Thursday in the 500 block of East Washington Boulevard; about 9 a.m. Tuesday at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street; and about 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the 600 block of Palisade Street, police said.
Jackson, Dixon and Fox were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, records show.
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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UPDATED: 6 wounded in stabbing at Pasadena house party, suspect arrested

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PASADENA >> A man stabbed six other men, critically wounding two, at a house party in Pasadena early Saturday, authorities said.
Police jailed Aaron Hong Te, 21, of San Gabriel on suspicion of six counts of attempted murder in connection with the bloody melee, which unfolded just after 3 a.m. at a home in the 3100 block of California Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The investigation revealed that suspect Te bumped into someone at the party and a fight quickly erupted,” he said in a written statement. “During the fight, Te produced a knife and started to stab people who were standing close to him.”
Police responding to reports of the knife attack found Te in front of the home and took him into custody without a struggle, Mercado said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbings was recovered.
Two 25-year-old Arcadia men were hospitalized in critical condition, the lieutenant said.
A 22-year-old Claremont man was hospitalized in serious condition, he said. A 22-year-old El Monte man, a 22-year-old Alhambra man and a 21-year-old San Jose man were in stable condition.
All of the victims were expected to survive.
Paramedics took Te to a hospital for examination of apparently minor injuries prior to booking him into jail, officials said.
According to Los Angeles county booking records, Te was being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Pasadena City Jail pending his initial court appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police Detective Lt. Jesse Carrillo at 626-744-4507.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department

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UPDATED: Two women arrested in connection with Pasadena vehicle arson


PASADENA >> Police and fire officials arrested the second of two suspects Thursday connected to the torching of a car in Pasadena six months ago, authorities said.
Police found and arrested Artesha Daniels, 39, of Pasadena in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo and Los Angeles County booking records.
Fellow suspect Alejandra Martinez, 25, of Pasdena turned herself into authorities Tuesday, records show.
The suspects’ identities had been known to investigators since the days following the March 19 arson fire at La Tierra Street and Daisy Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“(Fire investigators) had been actively searching for the suspects with the police department,” she said.
An arrest warrant was issued months ago, but the two suspects eluded authorities until this week.
The alleged arson, which destroyed the victim’s 2002 Volvo as it was parked on the street, was believed to have been motivated by personal dispute between the suspects and victim, Derderian said. Further details regarding the motive were not available.
Investigators found the Volvo had been doused with flammable liquid and set ablaze, she said.

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Pasadena man accused of stealing can of soda at knifepoint


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man is accused of armed robbery over can of soda after he pulled a knife on a store employee who confronted him about the alleged theft Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Lorenzo Amado Matson, 22, was jailed immediately following the 12:45 p.m. incident at the 99 Cents Only Store, 442 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
He stole a can of soda from the store, and the employee confronted him, the lieutent said. Matson pulled a knife and threatened the employee before fleeing.
The worker followed after Matson and directed police to him, Luna said. Officers arrested him without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Matson was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Shots fired in La Habra neighborhood


LA HABRA >> Police are investigating a shooting reported in a residential La Habra neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
No victims or suspects were found following the possibly gang-related gunfire, which took place about 5:40 p.m. in the 600 block of Exeter Avenue, according to La Habra police Sgt. Jose Rocha.
“The shooting appears to have occurred between two groups of males, however no one was found injured on scene,” Rocha said in a written statement.
A SWAT team checked a nearby home for possible victims, but found no one inside, he added.
No further details were available as the investigation continued Friday.
“At this time, it is believed that this shooting was possibly gang-related,” Rocha said.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.tip411.com.

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Pasadena firefighters host open house Saturday

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PASADENA >> Firefighters invite the community to meet with them Saturday morning during an open house at the Pasadena Fire Department’s Open House,
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 34, adjacent to Caltech at 1360 E. Del Mar Blvd., city officials said in a written statement.
“Fire personnel and department volunteers will be there to meet the public, showcase fire equipment and rolling stock and provide tours, according to the statement.
Other city programs will be on-hand as well to highlight other programs and services.
For more information, email Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian at lderderian@cityofpasadena.net, or visit www.cityofpasadena.net/fire.

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Career criminal from Pasadena jailed for selling fake Disneyland tickets

LOS ANGELES >> A Pasadena man received a two-year prison sentence Thursday after admitting to selling bogus Disneyland tickets online, authorities said.
Brian Edward Anderton, 43, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to one county of grand theft, a felony, and four misdemeanor counts of petty theft, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said in a written statement.
Judge David Horwitz immediately sentenced Anderton to a two-year prison sentence, to be served in county jail under AB 109 guidelines.
“Anderton contacted victims through an online site where he advertised Disneyland tickets for sale,” Risling said. “Over an eight-month period, Anderton stole more than $2,400 from five people.”
One victim lost $1,300 in the con, resulting in the grand theft charge, Risling said. The other four victims lost between $180 and $400 dollars in the scheme.
California law defines grand theft, in part, as the theft of property valued at more than $950.
The victims discovered they’d been scammed when they arrived at the park and were told their tickets were invalid, officials said.
Anderton is no stranger to a jail cell, with a length criminal history, primarily comprised of theft- and drug-related offenses, dating back to 1992, when he was 18 years old. He’s garnered more than 20 criminal cases in Los Angeles County in that time.
Among Anderton’s more recent cases:
He was already on probation after being convicted of theft by false pretenses in a separate case in May, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. In that case, Anderton was sentenced to three months in jail and three years of summary probation.
He was convicted of making false financial statements in April, and again in May, records show.
Anderton was convicted of petty theft in November of 2015.
He was also convicted of grand theft and four counts of petty theft in September of 2015, records show.
And he was convicted of possession of drugs for sales and petty theft with a prior theft conviction in December of 2013. He was convicted of another petty theft and drug possession two months earlier.
In 2005, Anderson was convicted of identity theft and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

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Police still seeking missing Pasadena woman with dementia

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PASADENA >> Police renewed their call for the public’s help in finding a 71-year-old Pasadena woman with dementia who went missing more than a week ago.
Patricia Gwynn Williams was last seen about 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 6 at her home in the 800 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said in a written statement.
Her husband returned home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered her missing, he said. “It is believed that she walked away from her residence.”
Officers searched the area but found no sign of Williams, Gourdikian said.
A witness reported seeing the missing woman alone about 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Roy’s Restaurant, 641 E. Colorado Blvd., police said. But she walked away before officers arrived and could not be found.
“She suffers dementia and has a history of walking away from her residence,” Gourdikian said. “She has also been known to frequent the area of
Williams is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue-and-white patterned short-sleeve shirt, black and white slacks and gray Sketchers shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO: Patricia Gwynn Williams, 71, of Pasadena. (Courtesy, Pasadena Police Department)

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Police: Man arrested outside ex-girlfriends Pasadena home with knife, mask, gloves


PASADENA >> Police jailed a jilted lover Friday after he made threats via phone and text messages to his ex-girlfriend, then showed up at her Pasadena home, in violation of a restraining order, equipped with a knife, a ski mask and surgical gloves, officials said.
Joseph David Sosa, 18, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of felony stalking, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
An 18-year-old Pasadena woman called police about 4 p.m. to report her ex-boyfriend, whom she had a restraining order against, had made death threats over the phone earlier in the day and was sending her photos of himself standing in front of her home in the 1500 block of Locust Street via text message, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“When we arrived on scene, he ran from our officers,” the lieutenant said. “The officers noted that he was wearing surgical gloves.”
Once captured nearby, police also found Sosa had a 6-inch-long letter opener tucked into his waistband, as well as a ski mask in his backpack, Mercado said.
Sosa is on probation after being convicted of vandalism in June, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show.
According to booking records, he was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Woman robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man and woman who robbed woman at knifepoint in Pasadena on Thursday.
The crime was reported just before 11:15 a.m. in the area of Corson Street and Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 53-year-old Burbank woman was driving through town when the exited the freeway to look for someplace to use the restroom, the lieutenant said.
She parked her car an unknown street and exited when the two robbers approached.
The suspects assaulted the woman and robbed her of her money, Luna said. The male robber brandished a knife during the robbery.
Both robbers were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored vehicle, he said.
The victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
Police described one of the robbers as a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, skinny, wearing dark jeans and a T-shirt. His accomplice was described as a black woman, about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, with long hair.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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