PASADENA >> Police arrested 11 people Saturday night during a Beyonce and Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl, including a man accused of biting off the tip of another man’s finger after groping the victim’s girlfriend, authorities said.
An estimated 55,000 fans attended the concert, which was to continue with a second performance Sunday night, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Police arrested eight people for public drunkenness and two people for ticket scalping during the event, Luna said.
And Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, of San Diego man was arrested inside the stadium about 10 p.m. on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, legally defined as disabling or disfiguring a part of a victim’s body, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
The alleged attack occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped a woman in her 20s, Luna said.
“The suspect sexually assaulted the female victim,” he said. The woman’s boyfriend confronted the alleged groper, and a fight ensued.
“During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim, causing serious injury to his finger,” the lieutenant said. “He lost the tip of one of his fingers.”
Police took the suspect into custody at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A West Covina man was beaten and robbed while walking in Pasadena Friday afternoon, police said.
The 30-year-old man was attacked just after 1:15 p.m., Pasadena Police Lt. John Luna said.
“He was in the area of Bellefontaine (Street) and Fair Oaks (Avenue) when he was struck in the head from behind by a suspect with an unknown blunt object,” the lieutenant said.
The victim fell to the ground and struck his head before the robber snatched the man’s wallet and removed a little less than $1,000 before fleeing, Luna said. The victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his 20s or 30s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and of medium build. He was wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman after rescuing her two young children from a car left parked in the scorching summer heat Friday afternoon.
Corina Yolibet Lopez, 35, of Highland Park was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officials responded to a report of children locked inside a vehicle about 2:40 p.m. in the parking lot of the Pasadena Public Health Department, 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena police and fire officials.
“The interior of the car, when the fire department removed the children, was 120 degrees. They were dripping with sweat,” Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The kids appeared to be okay, but were taken to a hospital for examination, Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said.
Lopez told investigators she left the children in the car for only a few minutes while she visited a nearby convalescent home, officials said.
But witnesses indicated the 3-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl had been left inside the car longer, Derderian said.
A passer-by first spotted the children in the car as outside temperatures climbed past 90 degrees and notified a security guard, Derderian said.
The security guard tried to persuade the 7-year-old girl to open the door to the sweltering car, but she would not open the door to the stranger, Derderian said.
The girl ultimately opened the door to the Honda Fit and was removed from the car along with her little brother when uniformed firefighters arrived on-scene and instructed her to, she said.
“Our fire personnel were confident that if they’d been in there even a few minutes longer, it would have been a more serious scenario,” Derderian said. “Kudos to the security guard and the bystander who noticed that they were in the car.”
Lopez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, according to booking records.
NORWALK >> Authorities Friday said they could not identify an animal captured on a home security camera in a Norwalk neighborhood earlier this week, though it did not appear to be a lion, as initially suspected.
A home surveillance camera mounted in the 11000 block of Tina Street caught what appeared to be a large cat on video about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Los Angles County sheriff’s Lt. Cynthia Sanchez said.
Deputies notified the California Department of Fish and Game were notified, she said, however the animal was not spotted in the flesh.
Residents and officials alike expressed surprise at the apparent visit of a mountain lion in the suburb, situated more than 20 miles from the Angeles National Forest.
Fish and Wildlife officials investigated the reported sighting and visited the home where the sighting occurred, agency spokeswoman Janice Mackey said.
A video of the animal that’s made it’s way around the Internet in recent days provides a misleading depiction of the unidentified creature’s size, Mackey said. Upon reviewing the original footage from the camera system and measuring the unidentified creature against objects pictured in the footage, the animal was not believed to be more than two feet tall.
But exactly what did visit Tina Street remained a mystery.
“We just can’t identify it, based on that video. We just can’t make a call on it,” Mackey said.
PASADENA >> A car fire spread to a Pasadena nursing home Sunday afternoon, leaving more than 100 residents temporarily displaced, authorities said.
The fire was reported about 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Meadows Nursing Center, 150 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
A Dodge Avenger parked next to the Pasadena Meadows Nursing Home nursing home caught fire, spreading to the building, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire burned its way into a resident’s room and forced officials to evacuate the 127 primarily bed-ridden patients living at the nursing home, Derderian said.
“Firefighters were assisted by 55 staff members in moving the residents outside the structure, providing shade and hydration as paramedics carefully monitored their status,” Derderian said.
One firefighter suffered a knee injury while battling the blaze, she said.
Once the flames were extinguished, one room had been damaged by the fire, and two additional rooms had sustained smoke damage, she said.
All residents were allowed back into the building Sunday afternoon, and the facility made space elsewhere for the residents whose rooms were affected by the fire, Derderian said.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department
PASADENA — A 26-year-old Pasadena man was behind bars Sunday on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old relative of his common-law wife, authorities said.
Police arrested Pedro Munoz Zamudio Saturday afternoon on suspicion of child molestation and sexual assault, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers responded to a report of a sexual assault early Saturday morning at a home in the 100 block of Painter Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Investigators determined Zamudio had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old relative of his common-law wife, police said.
The girl was taken to a hospital for examination.
According to booking records, Zamudio was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> A man suffered major head injuries but was expected to survive after he was struck by a car while pushing a bike across the street Saturday afternoon, officials said.
A 30-year-old Pasadena man was pushing a bike east along Maple Street and crossing Los Robles Avenue about 2:20 p.m. when he was struck by a small sedan that was headed south on Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The pedestrian struck the windshield of the vehicle and was thrown into the street,” the lieutenant said.
He was taken to a hospital with major head injuries, but was expected to survive, Luna said.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles man who was driving the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with police, Luna said. The cause of the collision was being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section.
PASADENA >> An elderly Pasadena man turned up safe and sound after going missing from his retirement home Saturday, police said.
The 87-year-old man was last seen about 10:30 a.m. before going missing from his home in the 500 block of E. Villa Street, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Officials asked the public’s help in finding the man. But he returned home Friday afternoon.
Officials determined the man had gone for a walk in the heat and stopped in a nearby office building to cool down, Lt. John Luna said.
A good Samaritan offered him some water before giving the man a ride back to his retirement home, the lieutenant said.
PASADENA >> A man suffered a broken jaw when he was attacked by an acquaintance late Friday at Pasadena’s Central Park, police said.
A 43-year-old man homeless man was standing near a restroom at the park, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., just before 9 p.m. when he was confronted by the suspect, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. “He’s familiar with (the attacker), but doesn’t know him by name.”
After a brief argument, “The suspect punched the victim in the face with an unknown object in his hand, breaking his jaw,” Luna said.
The suspect was last seen running east along Del Mar Boulevard, Luna said. He was described as a black man in his mid-40s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds.
It was not clear what the dispute was about.
PASADENA — Two men escaped with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry late Thursday after robbing a pair of jewelry dealers on a freeway offramp in Pasadena, police said.
The heist took place about 9:50 p.m. on the Fair Oaks Avenue offramp of the eastbound 210 Freeway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two men from out of state who own a jewelry business were visiting town when a car stopped in front of them, Luna said.
The two robbers exited their car and confronted the victims, who were 35 and 45 years old, he said.
“They threatened harm if the victims did not comply with their demands,” Luna said. The robbers ordered the victims to open the trunk of their car.
Luna said the robbers grabbed jewelry valued at “several hundred-thousand dollars,” from the victims’ trunk before fleeing. The jewelry dealers were not injured, and no weapons were seen during the crime.
Police described the robbers only as two male suspects wearing dark clothing. They were driving a white sedan, possibly of German manufacture.
The victims did not recognize the robbers, Luna said. It was not clear how the robbers knew of the victims’ precious cargo.
“They were obviously targeted,” Luna said.