PASADENA >> An Arcadia woman who went missing in Los Angeles Friday was found in Pasadena Sunday morning, authorities said.
Barbara Jean Joseph, 44, disappeared after leaving a Los Angeles substance abuse treatment center to attend a family funeral, according to Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther. The woman has a history of psychological issues, prompting loved ones to report her missing.
Police in Pasadena found Joseph about 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers responding to a report of a woman lying on the ground found Joseph, who appeared intoxicated but unharmed, the lieutenant said. She was taken to a hospital for examination, and it was soon determined she had been reported missing.
PASADENA >> Two armed robberies at a sandwich shop and a tanning salon in Pasadena late Friday may have been the work of the same gunman, police said.
The crimes were reported about 8:20 at a Subway sandwich shop at Orange Grove Boulevard and Lake Avenue, then about 15 minutes later at Sun Works Tanning, just over two miles away at Colorado Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
In the Subway robbery, the robber entered the eatery, brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the cash register, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A 23-year-old woman working behind the counter complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, he said. A second employee working at the restaurant was on break and did not witness the crime.
The robber was last seen fleeing through the parking lot on foot, Carrillo said.
A second robbery involving a “very similar” suspect was reported about 8:35 p.m. at the tanning salon, Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber walked into the salon, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the lone female employee and demanded money from the register, Mercado said. The woman complied, handing over an undetermined amount, and the suspect fled on foot.
In both cases, the robber was described as a Black or Latino man in his 20s or 30s, 5-10 to 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, unshaven, wearing a dark sweat shirt and dark pants.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the same man is responsible for both heists, Mercado said.
With no getaway car scene in connection with the two crimes, police were also looking into whether the suspect may have used public transportation — such as the Metro Gold Line — to travel between the two businesses.
PASADENA >> A man and woman died Friday night after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a compact car along Lake Avenue in Pasadena, police said.
The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old Monrovia man, and his passenger, a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman, succumbed to their injuries at a hospital shortly after the 8 p.m. at Lake Avenue and Union Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The motorcycle was heading south on Lake Avenue prior to the crash, the lieutenant said. A Mini Cooper driven by a 27-year-old Pasadena man was in the process of making a left turn from northbound Lake Avenue onto westbound Union Street.
The car and motorcycle collided in the intersection, Carrillo said.
Paramedics took the badly injured man and woman to Huntington Hospital, where they were soon pronounced dead.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
LOS ANGELES >> Officials asked the public’s help Friday in finding an Arcadia woman with psychological issues who disappeared Wednesday, police said.
Barbara Jean Joseph, 44, left a substance abuse treatment center in Los Angeles Friday to attend a family funeral, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
“Barbara has a history of psychological disorders and has attempted suicide numerous times in the past,” Crowther said.
She’s described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She had no vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5156.
PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.
PASADENA >> A Chino man is accused of using a car door signal “descrambler” device to target cars for burglary at a Pasadena apartment complex early Friday, authorities said.
Yuzhe Luo, 18, was booked on suspicion of auto burglary following his 3:20 a.m. arrest in the parking structure of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Valley Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
An officer was patrolling in the area, which has seen a spate of car break-ins lately, when he noticed Luo and thought him suspicious, Mercado said.
The officer followed from a distance, the lieutenant said. “He watched as the suspect opened up a door to a car and began rifling through the contents. The suspect then exited that car, went over to another car, and looked inside.” Luo was wearing gloves.
The officer detained Luo without a struggle, Mercado said. Inside a car rented by Luo found nearby, police found an electronic “descrambler” device used to open the doors of cars equipped with remote door locks.
It was unclear if anything was taken from the car Luo was seen rifling through.
He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending arraignment, records show.
PASADENA : Police jailed two Pasadena man — including one already on parole for burglary — who they say through more than an ounce of methamphetamine from their car during a short chase Thursday afternoon.
Manuel Navarro, 33, and Francisco Ricardo Tafolla, were arrested about 4:30 p.m., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. Police recovered 29 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $500.
Officers tried to pull over a Nissan van at Cypress Avenue and Villa Street for a traffic violation, but the van failed to pull over and sped away, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The van ran a stop sign on Villa and turned south on Lincoln (Avenue), and when they did so, the driver threw methamphetamine out the window,” Mercado said. Police recovered the drugs.
The driver — Navarro — turned onto Eureka Street and pulled over, the lieutenant said. Both men surrendered.
Police arrested Navarro and Tafolla on suspicion of transportation of methamphetamine and evading police, Mercado said.
Navarro was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show. Tafolla, who is on parole following an April burglary conviction, was being held without bail.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman late Tuesday after an automated license plate reader alerted police that the car she was driving through Pasadena had been stolen in Monterey Park, officials said.
An officer was on patrol about 11:45 p.m. at Foothill Boulevard and Madre Street when an automated license plate reader mounted on his vehicle indicated a nearby car had been reported stolen in the , Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The officer pulled the car over and arrested Candida Figueoroa, a 39-year-old transient, on suspicion of auto theft, as well as two outstanding drug-related warrants, Luna said.
A teenager riding in the car with her was released to a parent, he added.
PASADENA >> An 86-year-old Pasadena man suffered major injuries when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver while crossing the street Saturday, officials said.
The collision took place about 5:40 p.m. as the elderly man was crossing Villa Street, legally, at Madison Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
As the victim made his way south across the street, he was struck by a passing vehicle being driven by Marcos Lopez, 40, of Pasadena, the lieutenant said.
“Mr. Lopez stopped at the scene and cooperated with the investigation,” Goodman said. “Officers determined he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.”
Lopez was booked on suspicion of DUI.
According to county booking records, Lopez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Gunshot rang out near La Pintoresca Park late Friday, but police found no victims connected to the shooting, officials said.
Police received reports of “shots fired” and a group of people running about 9 p.m. at the east side of the park, along the 1400 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Officers canvassed the area and discovered several spent handgun-caliber bullet casings, but no victims or witnesses, the lieutenant said.
A check of area hospitals also turned up no signs of any gunshot victims injured in the shooting, he said.
EAST PASADENA >> Deputies arrested a man late Wednesday minutes after he robbed a woman in an unincorporated county area just east of Pasadena, authorities said.
A woman in her 20s was walking at Rosemead Boulevard and Huntington Drive when the suspect approached her and grabbed her purse, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Abi Ben-Sahile said.
“A struggle ensued, where she was able to prevent her purse from being stolen,” the sergeant said.
But the robber managed to snatch the woman’s cell phone from her hand before fleeing, he said.
Responding deputies spotted the suspect just to the north at Rosemead and California boulevards, Ben-Sahile said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
The suspect’s name was not available pending booking. He was initially described as a transient in his 30s.
Deputies recovered the stolen from the suspect and returned it to the victim, he said.