PASADENA — A Pasadena woman awoke to find an intruder in her home early Saturday, police said.
The woman, who is in her 40s, woke up about 5:15 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Palm Terrace and discovered a burglar in her living room, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The suspect realized he had been noticed and ran out of the front door,” he said.
After looking around the home, the residents discovered several “minor” items missing, Clawson said. It was not clear exactly what was stolen.
The startled woman was only able to described the intruder male and wearing a red hooded sweat shirt.
ALTADENA — Local and federal officials arrested two Pasadena gang members early Friday in connection with the beating and kidnapping of another man earlier in the week, authorities said.
James Patton, 27, and Jeffrey Butler, 20, were arrested by a task force comprised of Altadena sheriff’s deputies, Pasadena police officers and FBI agents during the service of two search warrants in the early-morning hours, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. They were booked on suspicion of assault, kidnapping and weapons charges.
The alleged kidnapping took place early Wednesday.
“An Altadena resident was assaulted, kidnapped and then held hostage inside a house on the 500 block of Stonehurst Drive,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
“Allegedly, the two suspects left him in the house to be watched by another younger male so they could steal his car,” the statement said. “The victim was able to escape through the back door and jumped over the rear fence. A short time later, the victim contacted several patrol Deputies on the 500 block of Figueroa Drive, Altadena and explained how he was beaten and threatened by two suspects with two different handguns.”
Butler was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Friday as officials searched a home in the 400 block of Athens Street in Altadena, according to sheriff’s officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“Detectives are still looking for a chrome handgun that was allegedly used by Mr. Butler,” according to the statement.
Patton was arrested about 6:30 p.m. during a search at a second, undisclosed location, officials said. Also recovered during the search was a revolver believed to have been used in the crime.
Another alleged gang member was arrested along with Patton due to an outstanding $15,000 misdemeanor warrant, according to investigators and booking records.
Patton and Butler were being held in lieu of $1 million bail each pending their initial court appearances.
PASADENA — A man armed man robbed a Pasadena Radio Shack store Thursday afternoon, police said.
The gunman entered the electronics store at 3535 E. Foothill Blvd. about 6:30 p.m. and demanded money, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdkian said.
He obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store, the lieutenant said.
Police described the robber as a white man between 40 and 45 years old, armed with a handgun. No getaway car was seen.
PASADENA — In an effort to streamline court visits for those who need to take care of some traffic-related issues, officials have opened a walk-up window outside Pasadena Superior Court, officials announced Wednesday.
The window, located on Garfield Avenue along the west side of the court, 300 E. Walnut Avenue, “now allows many people to take care of their traffic tickets without having to enter the courthouse,” Los Angeles Superior Court officials said in a written statement.
Services provided at the walk-up window include: paying traffic tickets and fix-it citations; setting traffic arraignment dates; extending traffic payments and appearances; and submitting proof of community service and fix-it ticket completion.
Requests for traffic school, as well as citations that have already gone to collection agencies cannot be handled at the walk-up window, and must be addressed in the clerk’s office inside the courthouse, officials said.
The traffic window is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments can be made at the window via cash, check, or credit card, including Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
PASADENA — Police sought a “person of interest” Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young woman inside a Raymond Avenue apartment, authorities said.
The fatal shooting was first reported about 8:45 a.m. at a home in the 1500 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire and encountered the wounded victim, a woman estimated to be 19 years old, Clawson said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“There’s a person of interest we’re looking for,” Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said. “We can’t label that person a suspect at this time.”
Police withheld the identity of the person they were seeking as a SWAT team, with help from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound, scoured the area.
“They are doing a comprehensive search of the outlying neighborhood,” Gourdikian said.
Meanwhile, forensic investigators combed over the homicide scene for clues.
Neighbor William Hernandez said a young man and his teenage brother lived at the apartment and that the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the older brother and his girlfriend.
Police declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, and would not describe the relationship between the dead woman and the person of interest.
Another neighbor, who asked that her name be withheld, said she heard three gunshots followed by female voices yelling, “Why did you do it?”
Police placed a teenage boy into a squad car and questioned him at the scene, however he was not placed in handcuffs.
Family members gathered at the scene did not wish to comment.
The homicide is the first reported in Pasadena this year. The city saw three homicides in 2013, according to department records.
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PASADENA — A San Gabriel man who punched a security guard while stealing a bottle of wine from a Vons store, and dropped his ID at the crime scene in the process, turned himself in to police late Saturday, officials said.
Steven Diaz, 18, was booked on suspicion of robbery after he arrived with his parents at the Pasadena Police Department about 11 p.m. Saturday in connection with the robbery, which was reported about 9:30 p.m. Friday at Vons, 2355 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The suspect went into Vons and exited the store without making an effort to pay for a bottle of wine,” Clawson said. The alleged thief was confronted by a security guard, and a struggle ensued.
“(Diaz) punched the security guard in the face and ran to a waiting vehicle,” the lieutenant said.
But in the struggle, the robber dropped both wine, as well as his wallet, he said.
After identifying Diaz from the ID he left at the store, police went to his home but did not find him, Clawson said.
Police were ultimately able to contact him and he agreed to turn himself in.
According to county booking records, Diaz was released from custody pending his initial court appearance within three hours of his arrest after posting $50,000 bail.
PASADENA — A taco truck worker is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for striking a fellow employee in the head with a hammer during an argument late Friday, police said.
Raul Villareal, 27, of Los Angeles was jailed in connection with the alleged attack, which took place about 10:05 p.m. at a taco truck parked at Fair Oaks Avenue and Bellevue Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“Two employees of a taco truck got into an argument during their shift that resulted in a fight,” Clawson said. “(Villareal) pulled out a hammer ands struck the other employee in the head.”
The victim suffered what was considered a minor injury, the lieutenant said.
Villareal was still at the scene when police arrived and taken into custody without a struggle, he added.
According to county booking records, Villareal was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police arrested a Pasadena man on suspicion of being an gang member in possession of a loaded handgun following a short foot chase late Friday, officials said.
Officers responded to a report of a fight about 8:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Painter Street, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said. The caller described one man who had been armed with a gun.
There was no fight ongoing when police arrived, but a man matching the description of the armed man described by the caller ran from officers, Gourdikian said.
Officers chase the man about half a block before catching him and taking him into custody without further incident, the lieutenant said.
“Upon retracing the steps of the foot pursuit, a loaded firearm was recovered,” he said.
Carl Anthony Lloyd, 19, of Pasadena, was arrested on suspicion of felony gun possession, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. The investigation was ongoing.
He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police searching the home of a man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a police officer who knocked at his door discovered a cache of 50 guns, including three banned assault weapons, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and a large amount of marijuana, authorities said.
Stephen Eric Paulsen, 43, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the initial incident, which took place about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. Investigators planned to present their findings from the subsequent search warrant to prosecutors for possible additional charges, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
An officer responded to investigate a report of a dispute or disturbance at an apartment in the 800 block of South Marengo Avenue, the lieutenant said.
“The officer knocked on the door in question and looked through the side window and saw the suspect point a firearm at the officer,” Gourdikian said.
Presumably realizing the person he was pointing an allegedly loaded handgun was a police officer, “The suspect put down the weapon and opened the door,” the lieutenant said. He admitted to pointing the gun at the officer and was immediately arrested.
As police were checking the house for any possible victims, they noticed dozens of boxes and other evidence, “that he was in possession of numerous firearms,” he said.
The initial report of a dispute proved unfounded, Gourdikian added.
Police obtained a search warrant and returned to Paulsen’s home Friday, where they found 50 weapons, Gourdikian said. They included 29 handguns, 16 rifles, including the assault weapons, and five shotguns. Thousands of rounds of ammunition, explosive targets and more than a pound of marijuana were also seized from the home, according to the lieutenant.
Police were continuing to look into the legal status of the weapons with help from agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he said.
According to county booking records, Paulsen was released from custody Friday pending his initial court appearance after posting $50,000 bail.
The search warrant was served later in the morning, officials added.
No one answered a telephone number listed in public records as Paulsen’s Friday night.
It was not clear why Paulsen allegedly had the arsenal.