Man convicted of Pasadena barbershop owner’s slaying

PASADENA >> A 26-year-old man faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing next month after Pasadena jury convicted him of the fatal stabbing of a Pasadena barbershop owner in 2011, authorities said.
At his second trial following a hung jury and mistrial in September, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found Davon Westley Moore of Los Angeles guilty of first-degree murder for the Sept. 21, 2011, slaying of 43-year-old King E. King, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
King was found about 12:30 a.m., lying in a pool of blood behind his barbershop, King King’s Barber and Beauty Salon, in the 900 block of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena.
The stabbing, which police characterized as brutal, stemmed from robbery and burglary at the shop, according to district attorney’s officials and Pasadena police investigators.
King didn’t go without a struggle, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
“He was fighting to survive this attack,” she said.
In addition to first-degree murder, the Jury also found true the special circumstances of murder during a robbery and murder during a burglary, prosecutors said.
Moore is expected to receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court for sentencing Dec. 9, district attorney’s officials said.
Moore’s co-defendant, 22-year-old Sabrina Octavia King of Compton, who was not related to the victim, pleaded “no contest” to charges of voluntary manslaughter and robbery in March, officials said. She faces up to 21 years in state prison when she returns to court for sentencing,
A previous trial for Moore in September ended in a mistrial, with jurors hung 11-1 in favor of convicting Moore.

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Three fall into flood control channel at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl following USC vs. UCLA football game

PASADENA >> Firefighters rescued three football fans late Saturday after they tumbled into a dry flood-control channel in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl just after the USC vs. UCLA game, officials said.
The two women and one man, who estimated to be in their 20s, suffered “minor to moderate” injuries in the mishap, which took place about 9:15 p.m. in parking lot 7 of the stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The three had just left the stadium, where UCLA defeated rival USC 38-20 in an anticipated game that came to an end shortly before 8:30 p.m.
They had been walking along the channel when they slipped and fell in, tumbling about 20 feet down a steep slope into the concrete channel, officials said.
Paramedics took the two women and man to an area hospital for treatment.

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Armed robbery reported at Pasadena market

PASADENA >> Two robbers held up a Lake Avenue market at gunpoint late Saturday, Pasadena police officials said.
The 7:40 p.m. robbery unfolded at a market in the 1500 block of North Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
One of the two robbers was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the clerk, a 55-year-old man, while demanding money, the lieutenant said. They fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the store’s register.
Police described the robbers as two black men, both between 19 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of thin build.
The clerk was not injured during the crime, unlike a worker at another Pasadena store who was shot and wounded during a robbery Friday evening.
In Friday’s 7 p.m. robbery at Pepe’s Video & Wireless, less than two miles away at 313 E. Orange Grove Blvd., a man in his 50s who was working as an attendant suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder while two men robbed the business, Lt. Ed Calatayud said. No other injuries were reported.
The robbers in the Orange Grove Boulevard crime were described as two black men wearing all black clothing. One was about 300 pounds, while the other was thin, police said.
It was not clear Sunday if there was a connection between the two armed robberies.

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Man robbed of bike at knifepoint in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man lost his bicycle in a knifepoint robbery late Friday, police said.
The crime took place about 11 p.m. at Orange Grove Boulevard and Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
A 31-year-old local man was riding his bike when a car pulled in front of him, forcing him to stop, the lieutenant said.
A passenger exited the car, brandished a knife and demanded the man’s bike, Calatayud said.
The victim complied, and the suspect fled in the car with the bicycle and a driver.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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UPDATED: Pasadena convenience store clerk shot during robbery

PASADENA >> A convenience store clerk is recovering from a gunshot wound this weekend as police continued seeking two men who shot him during a robbery late Friday.
The clerk, a man in his 50s, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was hospitalized in stable condition following the 7 p.m. crime at Pepe’s Video & Wireless, 313 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena police officials said.
He had been released from a hospital by Saturday morning, Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
“(Two robbers) entered the store and attempted to rob the location,” Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said. “A clerk intervened, one gunshot was fired.”
No other employees or customers were hurt, Chute said.
The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Calatayud said.
Officials described the gunman as a black man of about 300 pounds wearing all black clothing. His accomplice was described as a black man of thin build, also wearing all black clothing. No getaway car was seen.
Police shut down Orange Grove Boulevard between Los Robles and Marengo Avenues for more than an hour as they investigated the scene.

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UPDATE: Elderly woman who went missing in Pasadena found safe

PASADENA >> Pasadena police Thursday found a 74-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Thursday in Pasadena.
The woman had been last seen about 4:10 p.m. at Pier 1 Imports, 422 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She suffers from dementia.
Officials located the woman, safe and sound, shortly after 8 p.m., police said.

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Two arrested in connection with early-morning Pasadena officer-involved shooting

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man and woman Sunday afternoon for allegedly assaulting an officer during an early-morning traffic stop, resulting in an officer opening fire, authorities said.
Neither the officer or the suspects were injured in the incident, which took place about 3:15 p.m. at La Tierra Street and Avocado Lane, Pasadena police officials said.
The Southwest Regional Pacific Fugitive Task Force tracked suspects Sanjay Kumar Varma, 32, of Pasadena and Crystal Buelas Orleans, 22, of Moreno Valley to a Van Nuys parking lot and took them into custody without a struggle about 4:20 p.m., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. Police described Varma as a gang associate.
Varma and Orleans escaped from police after a brief pursuit that followed the alleged assault and officer-involved shooting, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. Prior to the suspects’ arrest, it was unknown whether either had been wounded in the shooting.
An officer stopped an SUV containing the suspects for a traffic violation and saw the driver — later identified as Varma — had a handgun, Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The SUV then sped off, nearly striking an officer, police said. An officer fired at least one shot.
Varma and Orleans were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, officials said.
According to county booking records, Varma was being held in lieu of $130,000 bail pending his initial court appearance. Orleans was being held without bail.

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Police: Officer shoots at armed man during traffic stop in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A police officer shot at an armed man following a traffic stop early Sunday, however it was unclear if the suspect was struck by the gunfire, officials said. The incident unfolded about 3:15 a.m. at La Tierra Street and Avocado Lane. An officer pulled over a black SUV for a traffic violation, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. “When he approached the car, the driver was armed,” Hettema said. “He had a handgun.” The SUV suddenly accelerated, “and just about ran over the officer,” the lieutenant said. The officer fired at least one shot at the suspect, he said. The SUV continued fleeing. Officers briefly chased the SUV but lost sight of it on Sierra Madre Boulevard, Hettema said. It was unclear if the driver had been wounded, Hettema said. The officer was not injured. No further details were available Sunday morning.

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Backhoe ruptures natural gas main in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Officials evacuated several homes after construction equipment ruptured a natural gas main Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A backhoe working a the construction site of several townhomes at Altadena Drive and Mohawk Street struck the gas line shortly before 2:50 p.m., according to Pasadena Fire Department officials.
Officials evacuated about half-a-dozen nearby residents as a precaution and summoned utility workers to the scene, Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Officials shut down Altadena Drive between Colorado Boulevard for about three hours until repairs were made, Derderian.

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Woman interrupts burglary at her Pasadena home, suspect jailed

PASADENA >> A woman arrived home Saturday to find a burglar in her home, police said.
Donald Holden, 20, was arrested in connection with the crime, which was reported about 3:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of South Roosevelt Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 25-year-old woman, found an intruder inside her bedroom, the lieutenant said. The man ran from the home once spotted by the residence.
An officer spotted a man matching the description in the area about 40 minutes later, Luna said. Police arrested the man after the victim identified him as the burglar, and items taken from the home were found in his possession. Holden was booked on suspicion of burglary.
According to county booking records, Holden was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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