Man and woman lock selves in bathroom during East Pasadena home-invasion robbery


EAST PASADENA >> A married couple hid in a bathroom at their home as intruders forced their way into their house in the unincorporated county area of East Pasadena early Sunday.
The crime took place about 1:15 a.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Grayburn Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Carbajal said.
The couple first heard what they believed to be gunshots coming from their backyard, the sergeant said.
They locked themselves in a bathroom as several intruders, a least one wearing a mask, made their way into the home through a back door, he said.
Deputies arrived at the scene within minutes, but the robbers were already gone, Carbajal said. Deputies searched the area but found no suspects.
Investigators did not initially find any physical evidence of gunfire, and no other neighborhood residents reported hearing shots, Carbajal said.
It was unclear Sunday what may have been stolen from the home. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Police: Wildomar man arrested after pointing gun at passers-by in Pasadena neighborhood


PASADENA >> Police used a K-9 to apprehend a Riverside County man early Sunday following reports that he had been pointing a handgun at passers-by in an upscale residential neighborhood in Pasadena.
Recently released convict Jordan Allenswan Creger, 26, of Wildomar, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and weapons violations, following the incident, which began about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of South Orange Grove Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Officers received a report of a man “pointing his gun at random people,” Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police found the suspect, later identified as Creger, hiding nearby in a front yard in the 300 block of Markham Place, officials said.
After about 30 minutes of negotiation, police sent in a dog, allowing them to take Creger into custody.
“A search of the area in which the suspect was hiding led to the discovery of a loaded firearm,” Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Creger, who appeared to be under the influence of some sort of substance, was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment of minor abrasions suffered during his arrest prior to booking, Lt. Mark Goodman said.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez commended the involved officers for their “sound decision, courage and tactics,” allowing a safe outcome and the avoidance of a lethal force encounter.
Sunday represented Creger’s sixth arrest in Los Angeles County since July of last year.
Most recently, he was arrested in Montebello on May 31, records show. He was ultimately convicted of resisting or obstructing police, while charges of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
Creger was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and released on July 22, after serving 52 days behind bars, records show.
Creger was convicted of grand theft in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court in January, according to court records. He served 140 days of a 150 days sentence before being released on June 1.
And he was convicted of burglary in August of 2015 in the West Covina courthouse following an arrest in the San Dimas area, records show.
He was sentenced to one year in county jail, but was released in November of 2015 after serving 124 days in custody.
Creger was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Two men wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> Two men suffered wounds in a shooting near Robinson Park in Pasadena late Saturday, police said.
The gunfire was first reported about 8:20 p.m. at Hammond Street and Morton Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Arriving officers encountered one man suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene, he said. He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
A second shooting victim arrived at the hospital a short time later, Clawson said. His condition was also unclear.
Both victims were described as men estimated to be in their 50s, according to the lieutenant.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.

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71-year-old Pasadena man with Alzheimer’s disease goes missing upon release from jail in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES >> Police sought the public’s help Saturday in finding a 71-year-old Pasadena man with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening after being released from jail following a DUI arrest in downtown Los Angeles.
Gerald Masao Sakamoto was last seen just after 7:30 p.m., when he was released from the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records. He had been arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving by officers from the California Highway Patrol’s Glendale-Verdugo Hills area office about 3 a.m. after being involved in a freeway crash.
But two-and-a-half hours later, Sakamoto was nowhere to be found, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. His wife reported him missing.
Sakamoto suffers from medical issues, including Alzheimer’s disease, police said.
He’s described as Asian, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241.

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Monterey Park man accused of Pasadena burglaries, brick attack


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Monterey Park man Thursday after he broke into several Pasadena businesses and cars, then attacked a business owner who confronted him with a brick, officials said.
Brian Anthony Wheeler, 45, was booked on suspicion of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats following the incident, which unfolded about 6:25 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A business proprietor caught Wheeler leaving his businesses, where a window had been smashed out with a brick, police said. Wheeler had stolen a can of beer.
Wheeler attacked the business owner with the brick, leaving him with redness to his face but no serious injuries, Luna said.
The attacker fled from the area, trying unsuccessfully to steal a car.
Witnesses pointed responding police officers in the direction where the fleeing suspect had jumped a fence onto Marengo Avenue.
Officers found Wheeler hiding in the community laundry room of a nearby apartment complex, Luna said.
Investigators soon found other windows allegedly smashed by Wheeler.
“Prior to this incident, the suspect attempted to enter two adjacent business and (several) cars,” Luna said.
Officials suspected Wheeler was under the influence of some sort of narcotic, he added.
According to county booking records, Wheeler was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Fireball streaks across SoCal sky


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >> A fireball seen streaking slowly across the northern sky before breaking into two pieces and vanishing late Wednesday left residents throughout Southern California and beyond wondering what they had just witnessed.
The unidentified object was seen, and in some cases, video-recorded, in the Southland skies shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Reports of the strange celestial activity flooded into Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies, officials said.
The National Weather Service in Reno reported witness sighting in their jurisdiction.
Astronomer Phil Plait took to Twitter to share his thoughts. He said the object was also reported in Utah and Colorado.
“#Meteor over western US almost definitely human space debris like a rocket booster or the like. Slow moving and broke apart,” tweeted the scientist, known as “The Bad Astronomer.”
At the sheriff’s Industry Station, in the central San Gabriel Valley, deputies received numerous calls from people who believed they’d just witnesses an aircraft breaking apart mid-air.
“Our helicopter crew and a pair of deputies on patrol reported they actually witnessed it also and it appeared to be a meteorite shower breaking up in the atmosphere,” sheriff’s Lt. John Gannon said in an email. “It must have been quite a show for a moment, because it was very noticeable and bright within the area of the valley between 605 and 57, 60 and 210 (freeways).”
There was no indication an aircraft had crashed, Gannon said.
It appears to have been just a natural phenomenon,” the lieutenant said. “We are in contact with LAX and local aviation officials and verifying no plane is unaccounted for, just to be sure.”

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Report: Alleged Arcadia-based ‘Gemcoin’ scam garnered more than $164 million in bogus investments

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A massive Arcadia-based suspected pyramid scheme revolving around a fraudulent, precious stone-backed digital currency called “Gemcoin” has grown five-fold in scope since federal authorities filed their allegations last year, now encompassing $164 in alleged fraud, according to court documents.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a federal lawsuit in October alleging Steven Chen and his company, U.S. Fine Investment Arts Inc., and their affiliates promised investors a sound investment in Gemcoin, which USFIA claimed was a burgeoning digital currency backed by precious gem reserves and amber mines. But officials, and investors, allege the claims were bogus, and the so-called investment amounted to nothing more than a “worldwide pyramid scheme” of epic proportions targeting primarily Chinese investors.
Investigators initially linked Gemcoin to $32 million in fraudulent investments. Authorities seized USFIA’s assets and the court appointed a receiver, Thomas Seaman, to oversee the seized assets.
“To date, the accounting indicates the Receivership Entities received funds from external sources in the approximate amount of $164 million,” Seaman wrote in his 3rd report, filed July 7 in federal court. “The accounting is ongoing and the Receiver’s goal for completion is September 30, 2016,” he continued. The amount will likely increase as the accounting process continues, he added.
Furthermore, the report found no source of income, other than the alleged scheme.

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Man guilty of murder for drowning death of baby daughter in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A jury convicted a man of murder and child abuse Wednesday for drowning his 1-year-old daughter five years ago in Pasadena, authorities said.
The jury deliberated for one day before finding Marquise Jackson, 26, of Lancaster guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in connection with the May 20, 2011, drowning of Mo’Nayjah Jackson according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials.
“According to the evidence presented at trial, Jackson drowned baby Mo’Nayjah Jackson at the apartment of the child’s mother, in the 100 block of West Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena while the mother was at work,” district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson admitted the killing, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said at the time. ”He (said he) wanted to be alleviated of his responsibilities of being a father,” she said.
Jackson later denied the charges and unsuccessfully argued he was mentally incompetent to stand trial for the crime.
Jackson faces 25 years to life in state prison when he returns to the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 12.

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Man and woman beaten, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A group of attackers beat and robbed a man and woman in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Tuesday, officials said.
The crime took place about 10:15 p.m. along Fair Oaks Avenue, near Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
A 29-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, both described as transient, were walking down the street when two women pulled up in a small, green or gray SUV.
The victims became involved in an argument with the to women, Hettema said. Two men then emerged from the nearby apartments and also confronted the two victims.
“All four suspects began assaulting the victims with their hands,” the lieutenant said.
The two victims dropped their cell phones, as well as a small red purse, during the struggle, he said. The robbers snatched up the victim’s property and fled.
The victim declined to be taken to a hospital, he said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.

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Man attacked, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who attacked and robbed another man in a Pasadena neighborhood early Friday.
The crime took place about 9:20 a.m. as the victim, an 18-year-old Pasadena man, was getting into his car in the 1300 block of N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“He was approached from behind by the suspect,” he said.
“The suspect pushed a hard object into his back,” Goodman said. The victim did not get a look at the object.
“The suspect demanded money and then rifled through the victim’s pockets,” the lieutenant said.
After obtaining about $600 in cash, the robber tripped the man, then kicked him in the upper body once he fell to the ground before fleeing, Goodman said. The robber was last seen running south along Raymond Avenue.
Goodman said the victim declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police described the robber as a black man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black tennis shoes.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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