UPDATED: Man beaten and stabbed by suspected Mongols in Duarte

DUARTE >> Deputies are seeking half-a-dozen suspected Mongols motorcycle club members in connection with the beating and stabbing of a man outside a Duarte bar late Friday.
The victim, a 37-year-old man, was hospitalized in stable condition following the alleged attack, which took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. at the Route 66 Roadhouse & Tavern, 1846 E. Huntington Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
He and two other men became involved in an argument with six other men wearing “Mongols” motorcycle club vests in front of the bar, sheriff’s Sgt. Abi Ben-Sahile said.
“(The victim) was punched. He fell to the ground. He was kicked while on the ground, and it was later determined he was stabbed,” the sergeant said.
The other two men who accompanied the victim were not attacked, Ben-Sahile said.
The suspects fled the scene in several cars, he said. No further details were available.

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Pasadena teens arrested in failed auto theft

PASADENA >> Police caught three Pasadena teens who are not old enough to get a driver’s licenses in the act of stealing a car Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A resident of the 1900 block of Queensberry Road called police about noon to report three teenagers breaking into his car, which was parked in a driveway, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodwin said.
The man exited his home to confront the teens as the car began moving down the driveway, who abandoned the car and ran, the lieutenant said.
A police helicopter arrived overhead almost immediately, an d officers on board spotted the fleeing teens, Goodman said.
Officers set up a search perimeter and quickly found the young suspects.
Two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of auto theft, police said.

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Teen accused of carrying loaded, stolen gun in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested a teen and seized a loaded, stolen gun after officers spotted the young man smoking marijuana walking down Washington Boulevard, officials said.
Two officers patrolling about 10:30 a.m. in the 400 block of West Washington Boulevard saw a young man walking down the street smoking marijuana from a glass pipe, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The teen, 17, tried to run when the officers approached but was quickly captured, the lieutenant said. Police found a loaded .22-caliber Deringer-style handgun on his person, he said. Police soon determined the gun had been reported stolen.
Police arrested the teen on suspicion of weapons charges and took him to a juvenile hall, Goodman said.

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Suspect sketches released in Pasadena robbery, shooting

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PASADENA >> Police released composite sketches Wednesday of two men sought for shooting and wounding a store clerk during a November robbery.
The employee, a man in his 50s, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder during the 7 p.m. crime at Pepe’s Video & Wireless, 313 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said at the time.
Two robbers barged into the store and demanded money, police said.
“An employee armed himself with a handgun and attempted to detain one suspect,” Sgt. Mike Bugh said in a written statement. “The second suspect shot the employee and both suspects ran from the business.”
The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, Calatayud said. The worker was treated for a non-life-threatening wound.
0213_NWS_PSN-L-ROBSKETCH2Police described one of the robbers as a black man in his 20s, of dark complexion, about 5 8 inches tall, 300 pounds, with short curly hair. The second robber was a black man in his 20s, of dark complexion, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, skinny, clean-shaven, with short curly hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police Detective A. Torres at 626-744-7055 during business hours, or police dispatch after hours at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

SKETCHES courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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Abandoned newborn baby girl found by bicyclist in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD >> A passer-by discovered a newborn girl abandoned on a Lakewood Street corner Sunday, authorities said.
The infant was hospitalized in stable condition after an unidentified bicyclist found her about 6 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The bicyclist heard noises coming from behind a wall near Hardwick Street and Lakewood Boulevard, Lt. Dan Beringer said in a written statement.
“Thankfully, he checked further and discovered a baby girl, who appeared to be only a few hours old,” Beringer said. “He took the newborn infant to a nearby fire station, where Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics administered treatment to her and transported her to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.”
The baby was found lying in some grass and wrapped in a blanket, Lt. A. Malone said.
Under California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, newborns may be surrendered at hospitals and fire stations, which will accept them with no questions asked.
“Unfortunately in this case, we are now investigating a child endangerment incident,” Beringer said.
“Although we are investigating a crime, we are concerned about the mother’s health and well being. We urge her to seek follow up treatment from a qualified medical professional,” Beringer added.
- City News Service contributed to this report.

 

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Remote camera system helps capture Pasadena burglary suspect

PASADENA >> Police arrested a burglary suspect Saturday after a homeowner spotted the man inside his home via a remote camera system, authorities said.
Joseph Anthony Scorza, a 25-year-old homeless man who is already on probation for felony theft, is accused of residential burglary, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The homeowner called police about 9:45 a.m. after he saw an intruder inside his home in the 2900 block of East Del Mar Boulevard while monitoring a remote camera system from a different location, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers arrived to find the suspect riding away from the burglarized home on a bicycle, Luna said.
After detaining Scorza, officers found him in possession of camera parts from the victim’s home, Luna said. Police jailed him on suspicion of burglary after confirming he was the same man pictured in the home surveillance video.
Scorza was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.

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Pasadena man accused of unlawful sex with minor

PASADENA >> Police arrested a 19-year-old Pasadena man Friday on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, officials said.
Orlin Lopez Alvarenga was booked on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor about 9:25 p.m., Los Angeles County booking records show.
Police went to the suspect’s home in response to a tip received by county officials Friday afternoon regarding possible child molestation, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers determined that Alvarenga had had sex with the girl and arrested him, the lieutenant said.
He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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18-year-old Pasadena man accused of carrying loaded gun

PASADENA >> Police responding to reports of a group of people gambling Wednesday ended up arresting a young man on suspicion of gun possession and seizing a loaded revolver, officials said.
Khy Shawn Charles, 18, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police responded to a report of people playing dice in a cul-de-sac in the 100 block of West Pepper Street, police said.
“As they got there, one subject ran,” Clawson said. Pursing officers captured the fleeing suspect, later identified as Charles, in the 100 block of West Claremont Street.
Upon retracing the steps of the foot chase, police found a loaded revolver believed to have been discarded by the suspect as he ran by, Clawson said.
While police were still investigating where the revolver came from, Clawson reminded gun owners to be responsible and lock up their firearms to prevent them from being stolen and falling into the wrong hands.
A handgun was stolen Monday from an unlocked car parked at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Clawson said. The gun was not the same as that recovered during Wednesday’s arrest.
In Monday’s incident, a man came returned to his car to discover a revolver had been stolen from his car, which had been left unlocked, Clawson said. The theft was not reported until Tuesday.

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UPDATED: Woman injured in Pasadena stabbing


PASADENA >> A woman suffered injuries and a second woman was sought as a suspect after an argument escalated into a stabbing Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The stabbing took place just after 1:50 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
Police received reports of an altercation or dispute, followed by an updated report that a woman had been stabbed, the lieutenant said.
Officers learned the victim, a 44-year-old transient woman, had become involved in an argument with the suspect, a 35-year-old transient woman, over a man, Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The suspect pulled a knife, he said. The victim was slashed in the torso and suffered a puncture wound to her arm. She was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Clawson said the suspect fled the area in a gray car.
Detectives believed they knew the identity of the suspect, but withheld it Wednesday as they continued seeking her, Clawson said.

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Police: Suspect arrested after Pasadena theft victim finds stolen $10,000 watch for sale online

PASADENA >> Nearly a year after a $10,000 wristwatch was stolen from a locker at a Pasadena gym, police used an undercover sting last month to arrest a Thousand Oaks man accused of trying to sell the pricey timepiece online, authorities said.
The Panerai mens’ watch was stolen in a locker burglary at a Pasadena gym on Feb. 28, 2014, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a written statement.
It belongs to a Monrovia man, who had it stolen while at Gold’s Gym, 39 South Altadena Drive, Lt. Art Chute said.
“When he completed his workout, the victim discovered that his locker had been broken into and his property had been stolen,” Sanchez said.
The victim then began some cyber sleuthing, looking for his stolen watch online, police said.
“In January 2015, the victim saw a watch for bid that he believed was his, based on distinctive markings,” according to the chief.
The victim contacted the persons selling the watch and notified Pasadena police, officials said.
The watch, a PAM 188 Luminor Daylight Chronograph, was being offered for sale on eBay, Chute said. It had garnered a high bid of $909, with six days left in the online auction.
“Following a comprehensive investigation, (Detective James) Riehl identified a possible suspect,” Sanchez said.
The detective then worked with the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force to arrange a Jan. 22 meeting between an undercover officer and the suspect, 25-year-old Brandon Rodriguez, according to police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“When Rodriguez arrived at the meeting location, he presented the watch to a Pasadena undercover officer,” Sanchez said. “Rodriguez was immediately taken into custody without incident.”
He was booked on suspicion of grand theft and released from jail the same day on a $20,000 bond pending his initial court appearance, according to police arrest logs and county booking records. His occupation was listed as “unemployed.”
“This was a great arrest,” Sanchez said.
Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were also looking into other items being offered for sale online by Rodriguez to see if any of them were stolen as well, he added.

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