Woman, children unhurt following Pasadena drive-by shooting


PASADENA >> A drive by shooting sent a bullets into a home occupied by a woman and two children late Saturday, but no injuries were reported, police said.
The shooting took place about 10:35 p.m. at Howard Street Navarro Avenue, Pasadena police L. Mark Goodman said.
A man in a passing black sedan opened fire on the home, striking the front window, the lieutenant said.
A 59-year-old woman, along well as a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl who were inside the home were unharmed, he said.
The motive for the shooting was unclear.

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Man beaten in Pasadena while meeting supposed cell phone seller from online ad

PASADENA >> A man who arranged a meeting in Pasadena to buy a cell phone through an online advertisement ended up the victim of a beating and robbery attempt, police said.
The crime took place about 6:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 22-year-old Pasadena man met with the supposed cell phone seller, the lieutenant said.
“While conversing with the main suspect, two other suspects came from behind,” Goodman said.
One of the men punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, he said. The attacker continued punching the victim as he rifled through his pockets in search of money.
The three would-be robbers fled empty-handed after being unable to get any money from the victim, Goodman said. They fled in a car left parked across the street.
Police said the victim suffered bruises and abrasions but declined to be taken to a hospital.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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UPDATED: Man fatally shot in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man died in a broad-daylight shooting along Washington Boulevard on Friday afternoon, police said.
The shooting took place just before 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot behind a series of business in the 1700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
Officers responding to several calls reporting shots fire found the victim, “lifeless,” suffering from gunshot wounds, the lieutenant said.
No further information regarding the circumstances of the shooting were released, and no suspect description was available as police continued their investigation late Friday.
Devastated family members of the victim gathered at the shooting scene identified the victim as 38-year-old Monte Russell of Los Angeles.
They said he was getting a haircut at a barbershop when the shooting occurred.
Russell’s mother, Yvonne Trice, said she was outraged but what she saw at the scene.
Trice said she believed police knew who Russell was when they encountered him and didn’t do everything they could to save his life or catch his killer.
Russell had a troubled past and was formerly involved with gangs, but had turned his life around and had become a hard-working father to three daughters, Trice said.
“They’ve been trying to kill my son for years,” Trice said. “Where’s the paramedics?”.
“I’m 3 to 4 miles away, and I got here before the paramedics,” said brother Rodney Trice.
Another brother said police at the scene asked him wither he owned a car which needed to be moved out of the crime scene, but did not ask him whether he heard or saw anything related to the shooting.
Yvonne Trice and other family members said they were also furious because the they didn’t think the shooting scene had been properly secured. People continued walking near, as well as in and out of the barbershop, as police investigated the scene, Yvonne Trice said.
“He wasn’t a gang banger,” the mother said. “He worked every day.”
Russell worked laying tile for a company in Altadena, family members said.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pasadena Fire Department to announce ‘Disaster Information Sites’ program at open house Saturday

PASADENA >> The public is invited to an open house at the Pasadena Fire Department’s Station 33 Saturday, where officials will discuss disaster preparedness the department’s new disaster information program, officials said.
Fire apparatus will be on display, station tours and live demonstrations will be held and the public will have an opportunity to meet with the men and women of the PFD during the open house, to be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Station 33, 515 N. Lake Ave., city officials said in a written statement.
The event will kick of a season of open houses at all eight Pasadena Fire Department stations, authorities said. Upcoming open houses at other stations are yet to be announced.
Each open house will feature a different theme, with “disaster preparedness being the topic of Saturday’s event.
Additionally, fire officials will announce details of its new “Disaster Information Sites” program.
“The City is designating Disaster Information Sites to be located outside each Pasadena Fire Station to distribute emergency public information when other traditional means of communication become unreliable after a major disaster or emergency,” according to the PFD statement.
Station 33, 34 and 28 are currently equipped to fulfill the role, with other stations to join the program later in the year.
“The sites will also help provide a way for neighborhoods to relay local information to the City’s Emergency Operations Center when it is activated,” the statement said.
Free parking for the open house will be available nearby at the Lake Avenue Church, off Villa Street, officials said.

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Man arrested following fatal fistfight in Pasadena released without charges

PASADENA >> Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a man who was arrested after another man he was involved in a fight with over the weekend died, officials said.
Police arrested Manuel Mejia Castillo, a 38-year-old transient, the morning after Sunday’s 9:30 p.m. fight with another transient in the 500 block of South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
Police responding to a report of a man lying on the ground discovered an unconscious 64-year-old man, police said. The injured man was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.
The name of the 64-year-old man has not been released pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. An autopsy had been completed, but the man’s cause of death had not been determined pending the results of additional testing.
Police found Castillo nearby and arrested him on suspicion of murder, police said.
But prosecutors who reviewed the case determined Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to support charges.
“At some point during the day, the 2 men began an argument,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney wrote on a charge evaluation worksheet.
“The only witness saw the 2 men struggling but did not see the suspect do anything that would cause the victim’s death. Nor did the witness see the beginning of the altercation. There is no video,” Dver wrote.
Both men had been drinking prior to the incident, and Castillo claimed the fight amounted to mutual combat and self defense, officials noted, adding that an officials cause of death was yet to be determined.
According to county booking records, Castillo was released from jail shortly after noon Thursday.

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Wanted sex offender captured in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police in Pasadena found and arrested a “high-risk” sex offender Wednesday sought for cutting off his court-ordered GPS monitor, officials said.
Jose Armando Cureno, 37, was arrested about 12:25 a.m. at Allen Avenue and Villa Street on a parole violation warrant, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police were notified Monday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that Cureno had removed his GPS tracker and was last known to have been in Pasadena, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two officers on patrol early Wednesday spotted Cureno and took him into custody.
He was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
According to California’s database of sex offenders, Cureno has a conviction for sexual battery and has been in violation of his registration requirements since late July.

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Senior citizen robbed after using ATM in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A masked gunman robbed a 62-year-old Pasadena man just after the victim withdrew cash from an ATM machine late Tuesday, police said.
The robbery took place about 9 p.m. at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Allen Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
“The victim withdrew money from the ATM and was walking back to his car when he was confronted by the suspect,” Luna said. The robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.
Luna said the victim turned over his wallet, $340 in cash and some keys to the bandit, who fled the area on foot.
The robber was described as a black man between 35 and 40, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 185 pounds. He wore a dark short-sleeve shirt, dark jeans and a black knit mask.
Another ATM patron, a 34-year-old woman, was also robbed by a tall suspect while trying to withdraw money from an ATM in another part of town late Sunday.

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More than 20 rounds fired in Pasadena shooting, no victims found


PASADENA >> Police responding to reports of gunfire found more than 20 spent bullet casings in the street early Saturday, but no signs of any victims or suspects, officials said.
Police received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshot about 12:45 a.m. in the area of Penn Street and Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers discovered more than 20 fired “large-caliber” bullet casings in the street, the lieutenant said.
But they found no victims or suspects during a search of the area, he said.

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Police: Man accused of assault after kicking man in head during fight in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police jailed a local transient Tuesday after he allegedly kicked another man in the head during a fight Tuesday evening, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a fight involving two men about 7:40 p.m. on a sidewalk along Fair Oaks Avenue at Hurlbut Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police learned the men had become involved in a fight over an unknown subject,
After being punched, the 54-year-old victim, also transient known to frequent the area, fell backward and struck his head on a cinder block wall, Goodman said.
“While the victim was on the ground, the suspect kicked the victim once in the head,” the lieutenant said.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital in stable condition, Goodman said.
Officers found and arrested Oscar Villamil, 38, on suspicion of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Villamil was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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Teen attacked, robbed by fellow youths in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A group of juvenile attacker including a child believed to be as young as 10 beat and robbed a 14-year-old boy near Pintoresca Park late Tuesday, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 9 p.m. as the teenage victim was riding his bike near La Pintoresca Park, along Washington Boulevard near Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Another teenage boy of about the same age riding a scooter began chasing the victim, the lieutenant said. When the victim reached Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, his pursuer rammed him with the scooter, knocking the victim off his bicycle.
Another four or so boys, including one described as about 10 years old, appeared, Goodman said. “They all began assaulting the victim.”
The teenage victim suffered bruising to his eye and injuries to a finger, but declined to be taken to a hospital, police said.
Goodman said the young suspects fled, one of them on the victim’s bicycle. Police searched the area but didn’t find them.
The scooter-riding suspect who first approached the victim made mention of a local street gang, he said.

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