Altadena man jailed following Pasadena video game store robbery


PASADENA >> Police arrested an Altadena man hours after they say he robbed a Pasadena video game store on Wednesday afternoon.
Luis Javier Gallegos, 19, was booked on suspicion of robbery following the 1:45 p.m. robbery at Game Stop, 3401 E. Foothill Blvd., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He entered the store and asked to see a PlayStation video game console, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. Once the clerk returned with the item, Gallegos brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded it.
The robber also stole several hundred dollars from the store before fleeing the area in a car, Hettema said. But a witness managed to take down the fleeing vehicle’s license plate number.
Police, aided by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, made their way to the home where the getaway car was registered near Mariposa Street and Lake Avenue in Altadena, where they spotted the suspect’s car.
As officials took positions around the home in preparation to take the suspect into custody, he came out of his home and surrendered, the lieutenant said.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and discovered the stolen video game console and cash, as well as a BB or airsoft pistol, he added. The victim identified Gallegos as the man who carried out the robbery.
Gallegos was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, record show.

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Man shot to death in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man died after being shot in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena on Saturday night, authorities said.
Witnesses called police about 9:50 p.m. to report hearing gunshots in the 100 block of West Montana Street, Pasadena police said in a written statement.
Responding officers found the victim, a man in his 40s, lying in the street, wounded by gunfire, Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“Pasadena Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries,” according to the statement.
The victim’s name was not available Sunday pending notification of his family, officials said.
No further details, including a suspect description, were available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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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Two jailed following tool robbery at Pasadena hardware store


PASADENA >> Two men threatened a Pasadena hardware store manager with a knife while stealing a tool on Friday before police apprehend them minutes later on the 210 Freeway, police said.
Tracy Anthony Ingram, 48, of Baldwin Park and Eric Wayne Browne, 55, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon following the 6 p.m. robbery at True Value Hardware, 409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Browne asked an employee to show him a tool that was inside a locked display case, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“When the clerk opened the case to show him the tool, he grabbed it and ran out of the store to a waiting van with several other occupants,” according to Goodman.
The store’s manager chased after the thief and confronted him after he had climbed into the van as a passenger.
“The driver of the van, suspect Ingram, pulled out a knife and threatened the manager with it, Goodman said. “The manager, fearing for his safety, backed away and the vehicle left the parking lot.”
Witnesses were able to give police the description and license plate number of the van, and officers quickly found it driving on the eastbound 210 Freeway. Police pulled over the van at Altadena Drive and arrested the two suspects without a struggle. The stolen tool was recovered. It was not clear Saturday morning what it was.
Another man, a woman and a child were also riding as passengers of the van were released at the scene, along with the van, Goodman said.
Ingram and Browne were being held in lieu of $100,000 each pending their initial court appearances, records show.

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UPDATED: Woman arrested following Pasadena restaurant robbery

PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman minutes after she robbed a Pasadena fast-food restaurant while wielding a replica AR-15, officials said.
The crime took place about 7:50 p.m. at Lucky Boy, at Walnut Street and Oakland Avenue.
Witnesses flagged down passing officers about 7:50 p.m. to report an armed woman had just carried out a robbery at the business and fled with cash, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said. Others called 911 to simultaneously to report the heist.
Officers immediately began searching the area, Ibarra said. As an officer looked through some bushes at Oakland Avenue and Cordova Street, a woman emerged from the shrubs and ran.
Police chased the woman down and took her into custody near the scene of the robbery, on Walnut Street, just west of Oakland Avenue, according to the lieutenant.
An item that appeared to be an AR-15 rifle was found discarded in the bushes where the woman was hiding, wrapped in cloth, officials said. It was ultimately found to be a replica.
Officers also found the woman in possession of money believed to have been taken in the restaurant robbery, Ibarra said.
Palace Edna Williams, 23, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of robbery after being examined at a hospital due to complaints of a medical problem, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
She was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department

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Man found shot to death in Azusa aqueduct identified


AZUSA >> Authorities on Thursday released the identity of a 47-year-old man who was found shot to death in an Azusa aqueduct earlier this week.
Alexander Alfredo Morales was found dead just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday along the bed of an aqueduct running along the west side of Sierra Madre Avenue,north of Todd Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records. He was believed to be a transient who had recently been staying in a nearby encampment.
Morales had been shot several times in the “upper torso,” Sgt. Troy Ewing of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said. It appeared his body had lied along shrubs and rocks in the bed of the aqueduct for several days before it was discovered.
No information regarding the killer or the motive was available.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Street vendor robbed while using restroom at Victory Park in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Three men attacked and robbed a push cart vendor inside a restroom at Victory Park in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The crime unfolded just after 4 p.m. when a push cart vendor, a 44-year-old Arcadia man, stopped to use the restroom at the west side of the park, 2575 Paloma Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“While inside the restroom, the victim was approached from behind by the suspects who physically assaulted him,” Goodman said. “The suspects stole money from the victim and fled on foot.”
The vendor suffered no serious injuries and did not require medical treatment, according to the lieutenant.
Officers searched the area, but the robbers were not found, he added. Detailed descriptions of the three robbers were 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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Man on bicycle sought in Pasadena stabbing


PASADENA >> Police are seeking an attacker who repeatedly stabbed a homeless man under a freeway overpass in Pasadena before fleeing on a bicycle late Wednesday, officials said.
The stabbing took place about 9:25 p.m. along Rosemead Blvd. at the 210 Freeway, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The victim, a 51-year-old homeless man, and his girlfriend were sleeping under the overpass prior to the incident, he said.
“The victim saw his girlfriend engaged in an argument with the suspect and began to intervene,” Goodman said. “The suspect responded by stabbing the victim with an unknown object.”
Goodman said the victim suffered three non-life-threatening stab wounds to his upper body. He has since undergone treatment and been released from the hospital.
His assailant fled the scene on a bicycle and was not found.
Police described the attacker as a
Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, about 6 feet tall and 170 to 180 pounds. He had very short dark hair and wore a gray pullover shirt, along with short of an unknown color.
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 to hold checkpoint in Pasadena on Friday

PASADENA >> Police on Pasadena are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint this Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, 194 DUI-related crashes have claimed the lives of four people and left another 104 injures, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Police talk distraught woman down from Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police crisis negotiators spent two hours persuading a distraught woman to return to safety and accept help after she threatened to jump from the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena late Saturday, officials said.
The incident began about 10:15 p.m. when officers responded to a Pasadena home to investigate reports of an argument between a man and a woman, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police discovered the woman had been involved in an argument with her husband, he said. The woman, who officers recognized from a previous suicide attempt at the Colorado Street Bridge, got into her car and drove away once police arrived. Police then learned she had told her husband she was suicidal.
“Officers suspected she may be going to the bridge,” Goodman said. “Their suspicions were correct.”
Police found the woman clinging to the outside of the safety railing along the south side of the fence along the iconic 144-foot-tall bridge.
Police crisis negotiators, as well as members of the department’s Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaluation Team responded to speak with the woman.
“(They) spoke with her for about two hours and convinced her to climb back over to the safety of the bridge,” Goodman said.
The woman was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

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Convicted felon arrested after running from police in Pasadena; 2 guns seized


PASADENA >> Police arrested a previously convicted felon and seized two handguns from his car after he ran from officers after they pulled him over in Pasadena on Saturday morning, officials said.
Ronald Hopkins, 27, of Altadena was booked on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The incident just after 10 a.m. when officers tried to pull over a car for a traffic violation on Orange Grove Boulevard, just west of Los Robles Avenue, he said.
“During the course of the traffic stop, the suspect fled on foot,” Goodman said. “ Officers engaged in a foot pursuit and lost the suspect in a back yard in the 500 block of Ashtabula Street.”
Officers set up a search perimeter, with help from two police dogs and a helicopter, the lieutenant said.
Police ultimately found Hopkins hiding under a pile of debris in a residential backyard, he said.
He initially refused orders to surrender, but was ultimately taken into custody without a struggle, Goodman said.
“Two handguns were recovered from the vehicle being driven by the suspect,” he said. “Officers in this incident used excellent coordination and tactics to affect the arrest of a dangerous criminal.”
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Hopkins was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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