PASADENA — Four robbers with a handgun fled with a woman’s purse after robbing her and attempting to rob another woman in a parking lot early Sunday, officials said.
The crime took place about 12:15 a.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and State Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.
A San Gabriel woman and a Los Angeles woman, both 28 years old, were walking to their vehicle in a parking lot when they were approached by the four robbers, Clawson said.
One of the robbers, “produced a handgun and ordered the victims to drop their purses,” the lieutenant said. Only one of the women complied.
“The suspects grabbed it and fled to a vehicle that was parked in the area,” Clawson said. The getaway car was described as a black Toyota Scion or Honda Civic.
Police described the robber clutching the handgun as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans. He was accompanied by a Latino man in his 20s wearing a tan T-shirt and two other robbers described only as male and black.
The women were not harmed in the crime.
PASADENA — Three men suffered stab wounds and another had several teeth punched out during a fight between neighbors on Marengo Avenue early Sunday, police said.
The melee took place about 1 a.m. in the 900 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
It began as a dispute between neighbors who share a common driveway, he said.
“There was an ongoing dispute. It resulted in a physical altercation,” the lieutenant said. During the fight, the alleged attacker pulled an unknown sharp object.
During the fight, a 23-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his buttocks, an 18-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back, a 32-year-old man was slashed on the cheek and a 37-year old was punched repeatedly in the face, knocking out several teeth, Clawson said.
Investigators identified a 34-year-old man as a suspect in the stabbings, but withheld his name Sunday as they continued searching for him, he said.
All of the people involved in the fight were Pasadena residents, he added.
PASADENA — The investigation continued Sunday into a collision between a car and bicyclist in front of Cal Tech that fatally injured the 25-year-old rider.
The name of the bicyclist killed in Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. crash on Del Mar Boulevard between Michigan and Wilson avenues was not released pending confirmation that his family had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. He was listed as a resident of Los Angeles.
He was riding with another cyclist west along Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“As he was riding, the vehicle struck him from behind,” the lieutenant said. “It launched him into another vehicle, a parked vehicle.”
The second bicyclist who accompanied the man was not struck, he said.
Paramedics took the badly injured rider to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where he was pronounced dead a short time later, officials said.
Clawson said the cause of the collision had not been determined Sunday.
The Pasadena man who was driving the compact car that struck the bicyclist remained at the scene and, “cooperated with the investigation, which is still pending,” Clawson said. No arrests were initially made.
PASADENA — A man died Saturday after being stuck by a car while riding his bicycle, police said.
The fatal collision took place about 5:30 p.m at Del Mar Boulevard and Wilson Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Cheryl Moody said.
The bicyclist, initially described as a man in his 30s, was taken to Huntington Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, the lieutenant said.
The driver of the compact car involved in the crash remained at the scene and was cooperating with officers, Moody said.
No arrests were immediately made following the collision, she said. The investigation remained in it’s early stages.
PASADENA — Suicide was suspected after a man apparently jumped to his death from the third floor of a parking structure early Saturday, police said.
The body of the man, described as a 22-year-old Los Angeles resident, was found about 4 a.m. on Fraser Alley at the base of a parking structure in the 00 block of De Lacey Avenue, Pasadena Lt. Jason Clawson said.
He was believed to have been drunking when he climbed to the third floor of the parking structure and apparently leapt from a stairwell, the lieutenant said.
No foul play was initially suspected, he said, however the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner planned an autopsy to determined the man’s official cause of death.
PASADENA — Police responding to reports of a shooting Sunday found a car with a bullet hole in it, but no shooting victims, officials said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” just after 2:50 p.m. in the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
They found no one injured, but a parked car had been struck by gunfire, the lieutenant said. Investigators initially suspected the car was not the target of the shooting, but was struck by a stray bullet.
No injured people were discovered in the area or at hospitals an hour after the shooting, he added.
A beige, full-size, possibly 1990s-model Chrysler sedan was being sought as a possible suspect vehicle, Clawson said. The investigation remained in its early stages.
PASADENA — Two brothers are accused of felony resisting arrest after injuring two police officers during a fight late Friday, officials said.
Raymond Malone, 19, of Pasadena and Ashton Malone, 20, of Altadena were jailed following the incident, which occurred just after 10 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Two officers were patrolling when they spotted a man, later identified as Raymond Malone, riding a motor scooter without a helmet, the lieutenant said.
“They observed the vehicle code violation and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on him,” he said. “He ignored the officers and rode down a driveway. The officers ran down the driveway after him.”
Raymond Malone struggled with the officers, and his brother soon joined in the scuffle, Clawson said.
One officer suffered a shoulder injury and another suffered injuries to his shoulder and elbow before the brothers were subdued, he said. The brothers were not injured.
According to county booking records, Raymond and Ashton Malone were being held in lieu of $25,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.
PASADENA — Police Friday continued seeking a man who pistol-whipped, robbed and carjacked another man on Penn Street earlier this week, officials said.
The crime took place about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Penn Street, though it was not reported to police until Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
The victim, a 46-year-old Pasadena man, went to a home to meet with suspect the lieutenant said. The purpose of the visit was not clear.
“During their meeting, a fight ensues between the two for unknown reasons,” Gourdikian said. “During the fight, the suspect in this case produces a handgun and strikes the victim across the head while demanding his wallet.”
The pistol-whipped man was knocked unconscious briefly, Gourdikian said. When the man awoke, his car was gone, along with other personal items including his wallet.
The victim did not know his attacker’s name, the lieutenant said, but he was believed to live in the San Fernando Valley. Police described him as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He had tattoos on both arms.
The stolen car, which remained missing Friday, is a black, 4-door 2001 BMW 325, Gourdikian said.
PASADENA — A man was wounded late Wednesday in a car-to-car shooting, police said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Prescott Street, near Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena man, was sitting in a parked car prior to the shooting, Clawson said.
“Another vehicle pulled up alongside him and a suspect only described as a male Hispanic fired shots at the victim’s vehicle,” the lieutenant said.
The victim was struck in the leg or legs and was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, Clawson said. He refused to cooperate with investigators.
The shooter’s car was described only as a Honda, he added. A motive was not clear, however the attack was being investigated as possibly gang-related.
An investigation into an alleged Tuesday attack by skateboarders on a janitor at South Pasadena Middle School took a different turn Wednesday after a video emerged online showing the janitor appeared to be the “primary aggressor” in the incident, police said.
The scuffle took place about 3 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1500 Fair Oaks Ave., as three young men believed to be of high school age were skateboarding on the campus, South Pasadena police Sgt. Robert Bartl said.
The sergeant said officers initially responded to a report that “the janitor was attacked by three skateboarders at the middle school. They had assaulted the janitor and taken off on foot.”
The janitor was taken to a hospital for treatment of facial injuries and has since been released, according to police and South Pasadena Unified School District officials. The skateboarders were not found.
But a video posted on YouTube seems to paint a different picture of the encounter between the janitor, a 58-year-old man whose name was not released, and one of the skateboarders, Bartl said.
After viewing the 1-minute, 47-second video clip, “It appears that the janitor was the primary aggressor,” he said.
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