Cockatiel rescued from burning home in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> Firefighters rescued a cockatiel and saved residents’ prized possessions after a “stubborn” fire scorched a Pasadena Saturday afternoon.
A young man and woman who were home when the fire ignited about 1 p.m. along Las Lunas Street, just west of Altadena Drive, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Both occupants, a brother and sister, managed to get of the home before firefighters arrived after being alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and the smell of smoke, she said. The brother was examined for possible smoke inhalation, but did not appear seriously injured.
0703_NWS_PSN-L-PASFIREThe “very stubborn” fire remained primarily confined to the home’s attic and roof, Derderian said. Firefighters worked for about half an hour to extinguish it.
Firefighters rescued a caged pet cockatiel from the burning home, and also managed to save a poster autographed by basketball star Kobe Bryant, at the request of a resident, she said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation. A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not yet available, however Derderian described the damage to the home as “significant.”

PHOTOS courtesy of Pasadena Fire Department Chief Bertral Washington

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Man carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A carjacker apparently knocked a man unconscious before driving off in the victim’s car Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The carjacking took place about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 20-year-old Pasadena man arrived in the neighborhood to visit a friend and left his vehicle parked, unattended with the keys in the ignition, he said.
Upon returning to his late-model Nissan sedan, the victim was confronted by the carjacker, who had the car keys, the lieutenant said.
The victim demanded the keys back, and the carjacker threatened to assault him, Luna said.
The next thing the victim knew, he awoke on the ground with a cut on his forehead, Luna said. The victim believed the suspect had attacked him.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Well-dressed gunman flees empty-handed after failed shoe robbery in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A would-be sneaker thief fled empty-handed Thursday after arranging to buy an expensive pair of sneakers from another man via an online advertisement, then tried to rob the seller of the high-end shoes at gunpoint, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly after 11:15 a.m. at a shopping center at Washington Boulevard and Allen Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 26-year-old Pasadena man, arranged to meet the purported buyer at the shopping center to complete the transaction, Luna said.
“During the transaction, the suspectgave the victim a quantity of money, with a note instructing to give him the shoes,” the lieutenant said.
When the victim did not immediately respond, the would-be robber snatched back the money and lifted his shirt to display a handgun tucked into his pants, Luna said.
The robber ultimately fled without the shoes, he said. He was last seen running north along Allen Avenue.
Police described the gunman as a black man between 20 and 30, of thin build, with short hair. He wore a business suit and a hat.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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San Marino police arrest San Gabriel man, woman in connection with alleged burglary spree


SAN MARINO >> Police arrested a man and woman from San Gabriel in connection with a series of burglaries and other theft-related crimes after they broke into a San Marino home through a doggy door Tuesday, officials said.
Arthur Edward Hernandez, 31, and Tracey Lee Viera, 42, were booked on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, identity theft, receiving stolen property and trespassing following their arrests shortly after 9 a.m. in the 2300 block of Robles Avenue, according to San Marino police and Los Angeles County booking records.
A resident called police to report a unfamiliar black Acura was parked in their driveway, San Marino police Sergeant Tim Tebbetts said in a written statement.
“Officers arrived on scene within two minutes caught two suspects attempting to remove property from the location,” Tebbetts said. They were detained without a struggle.
Police found items from the home deposited around the house and backyard in advance of a quick getaway, the sergeant said.
The suspects — later identified as Hernandez and Viera — “entered the house by reaching through a dog door and unlocking the rear door,” Tebbetts said. They broke into the house, as well as the detached garage.
Officers found several pieces of mail not belonging to the suspects, as well as other suspected stolen items, in the suspects’ car, police said.
“Officers were able to link both suspects to two other burglaries in San Marino and one burglary in Pasadena,” Tebbetts said.
Detectives are seeking any additional victims of the burglars.
Hernandez and Viera were being held in lieu of $50,000 each pending their initial court appearances, scheduled Thursday in Alhambra Superior Court, records show.

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Pasadena man arrested after sitting on porch with handgun, yelling ‘incoherently’


PASADENA >> Police disarmed and arrested a Pasadena man seen sitting on a front porch, waiving a handgun and yelling incoherently Saturday afternoon.
Alfred Montoya, 59, was booked for brandishing a firearm following the 6 p.m. incident in the 700 block of North Chester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police received reports of Montoya sitting on the front porch of someone else’s home, “yelling and holding a handgun,” Mercado said.
It was unclear what the man was upset about. “He was yelling incoherently,” the lieutenant said.
Once officers arrived, Montoya obeyed commands to put down his gun and surrender.
The home he sat in front of was not his, but it was unclear whether he knew the residents, he added.
Officials were looking into the possibilities that intoxication or mental illness may have played a role in the incident.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Montoya was released from jail later in the day pending his initial court appearance after posting $25,000 bail.

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Two shooters sought following gunfire in Pasadena neighborhood


PASADENA >> Police found bullet casings from two different guns and a shattered car window, but no victims, after gunfire erupted in a northwest Pasadena neighborhood early Sunday, authorities said.
Numerous residents called 911 to report gunshots in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, near Navarro Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers ultimately found two separate groups of spent bullet casings along the street in the area, the lieutenant said. One of the groups of shell casings were from a 9mm handgun, while the other was from a .32-caliber handgun.
Police also noted the rear window had been shot out of a parked car.
But no victims were found at the scene, and a check of area hospitals also turned up no victims of the shooting, Mercado said.
No description of the shooters was available. It remained unclear whether the shooting had been a gunfight between two people, or if two shooters had fire their guns in concert.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Armed jaywalker arrested in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Norwalk man early Saturday on suspicion of gun possession by a convicted felon after he jaywalked in front of a police car, officials said.
Mark Espinoza, 24, was arrested following the 3:55 a.m. encounter at Fair Oaks Avenue and Mountain Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
“Officers were on patrol when Espinoza crossed against the red light in font of them,” he said. “They attempted to talk about him for his violation and he took off running.”
The officers noted that Espinoza repeatedly reached toward his waistband as they chased him on foot, Mercado said.
When they ultimately caught up with him and placed him into handcuffs, the officers found a small revolver in Espinoza’s pocket.
Information regarding Espinoza’s bail and initial court appearance was not immediately available.

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Man jailed after three failed robbery attempts at same Pasadena pharmacy


PASADENA >> Police jailed a 19-year-old man after he tried, but failed, to rob the same Pasadena pharmacy three times on Friday, authorities said.
Christopher Russell was booked on suspicion of robbery in connection with the ill-fated, day-long crime spree targeting the same CVS Pharmacy, 727 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He was described as a transient known to frequent Pasadena.
He entered the store about 2:15 a.m., approached a clerk and demanded he open the register and hand over the money, the lieutenant said.
The employee refused and told the man, later identified as Russell, that the police were on his way. Russell left the store, but the incident was not immediately reported to the police.
Russell returned to the same store and approached the same cashier about two hours later.
Again, Russell demanded money from the register. And again, he fled when the worker told him police were coming, Mercado said.
As he left, he told the clerk, “I’ll be back.” The police were still not notified.
Russell made his third and final attempt to rob the store in the same manner about 11:40 p.m., Mercado said.
Employees called police, who quickly found and arrested Russell without a struggle.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Russell was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man robbed at gunpoint, bitten by robber in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man robbed another man at gunpoint and then bit him on the finger in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
The crime took place about 2:55 a.m. as Arizona man in his early-30s, who was visiting family in Pasadena, was walking in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The suspect approached him from behind, placed the gun to his temple and demanded the victim’s money,” Mercado said. “Fearing for his life, the victim surrendered his wallet and cell phone.”
The robber began to walk away when the victim turned around and tackled him, the lieutenant said.
During the scuffle, the robber bit the victim on the finger and managed to break free. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Mercado said the victim suffered a “visible injury” to his finger but declined medical treatment.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had short, black, slicked-back hair and a bandana covering his face.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Homeless man arrested in Pasadena cafe break-in


PASADENA >> Police jailed a homeless man early Thursday on suspicion of breaking to a Pasadena cafe, officials said.
Kenneth Eugene Johnson, 62, was booked on suspicion of commercial burglary following the break-in, reported just before 1 a.m. in the 200 block of East Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“A witnesses saw Mr. Johnson attempting to break into the closed cafe by smashing out the front window with a trash can,” police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Officers arrived to find Johnson still at the scene, next to the smashed cafe window, the lieutenant said. The witness identified Johnson as the man who smashed the window, and he was arrested.
Johnson was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior court.

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