Pasadena police seek missing teen

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 14-year-old boy who ran away from a center for at-risk youths in Pasadena Saturday afternoon.
Rodjay Slutter, 14, was last seen about 3 p.m. at Hillsides, 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena police officials said.
He is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 195 pounds.
No further details were available. Anyone with information was asked to contact police immediately.

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Irritant, believed to be pepper spray, prompts evacuation of Pasadena office building

PASADENA >> A chemical believed to be pepper spray caused irritation to five people and prompted the evacuation of an office building early Friday, authorities said.
Officials responded about 8:30 a.m. to a report of a possible hazardous materials release at 333 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Five people who were in or near an elevator reported smelling an order and feeling ill, with symptoms such as throat irritation, she said.
Officials evacuated about 30 people from the building. The five people who complained of feeling ill declined to be taken to a hospital, and recovered quickly once they were out in the fresh air.
A Burbank Fire Department hazardous materials team responded to the building as a precaution, Derderian said.
A fire captain detected the odor of what smelled like pepper spray in the building’s basement area, she said.
The odor quickly dissipated without need for firefighters to ventilate the structure.
Police and fire officials said they had no information regarding how the irritant may have been discharged.
Southbound traffic on Arroyo Parkway was closed to traffic as officials dealt with the incident, Derderian added.

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Man robs woman at gunpoint, steals her car in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man robbed a woman of her cell phone at gunpoint and carjacked her outside a Target store Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A 39-year-old Tujunga woman was walking to her parked vehicle in a commercial neighborhood when she was robbed, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“She was approached by a suspect who pointed a handgun at herw, and demanded her cell phone. The victim complied,” Clawson said.
After obtaining the cell phone, the robber fled in the woman’s black, 2010 BMW 535i sedan, the lieutenant said. The woman was hurt.
The stolen BMW has a California license plate number of 6USY043, Lt. Art Chute said.
The robber was described as a Latino man, about 35 years old, 6 feet tall and of stocky build, Clawson said. He had thick black hair, along with a goatee and a mustache. He wore a blue baseball cap with a white logo on the front, a black shirt with writing on the back and dark pants.

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Witness helps police nab Pasadena burglary suspect

PASADENA >> A good Samaritan helped police chase down a man accused of burglarizing the garage of an elderly Pasadena woman Thursday, officials said.
Police arrested Victor Garcia, 20, of Alhambra, on suspicion of residential burglary following the 3:40 p.m. break-in the 100 block of South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The incident began when a 47-year-old man saw a burglar fleeing from the garage of his neighbor, an 83-year-old woman, Luna said. “When confronted, (the suspect) fled on foot.”
The witnesses chased after the man, ultimately pointing him out to responding police officers in the area of Del Mar Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue, Luna said. Nothing was believed to have been taken from the garage.
According to county booking records, Garcia was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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Gunman robs Pasadena market

PASADENA >> A gunman fled with cash late Tuesday after robbing an Allen Avenue market, officials said.
The crime took place about 8:45 p.m. at a store in the 200 block of North Allen Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The robber entered the store and confronted a female employee while the business’s cash register was open, Clawson said.
“He pulled out a handgun and forced her to the ground,” the lieutenant said.
The robber then grabbed the cash from the register and ran from the store, Clawson said. He was last seen getting into a white van, which sped away on Corson Street.
Clawson said the woman was not injured during the robbery, though she was very, “shaken up.”
Police described the robber as a Latino man wearing a black baseball cap and a jacket. Officials received conflicting reports regarding the color of the robber’s jacket.

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Man unhurt after car-to-car shooting in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man escaped injury when his car was struck by fire in a shooting New Year’s Eve shooting in Pasadena, police said.
The attack took place about 7:45 p.m. in the 300 block of West Washington Boulevard, near Mentone Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 40-year-old Pasadena man was driving down the street when he noticed a blue Chevrolet El Camino following behind him, the lieutenant said.
“Two shots were fired from that vehicle to his vehicle,” Clawson said. The bullets struck the victim’s car, but not the man himself.
Clawson said the man drove to a home and called police.
A further suspect description was not available late Wednesday, nor was information regarding the motive in the shooting.

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Whirlwind tosses canopy outside Rose Bowl; 4 minor injuries reported


PASADENA >> A large whirlwind outside the Rose Bowl sent a canopy airborne, resulting in four minor injuries, as preparations were being made for Thursday’s Rose Bowl Game authorities said.
Paramedics treated three men and a woman at the scene and none wished to be taken to a hospital, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. One of them sought his own medical treatment for a finger injury.
The “sporadic wind event” took place shortly before 2 p.m. in Lot H of the Rose Bowl, where Oregon will take on Florida State in the College Football Semifinals New Year’s Day.
“A strong gust of wind blew a large framed canopy up in the air,” Pasadena police Lt. Marie Sell said.
A video posted on Youtube.com shows a large whirlwind making its way through the lot, before picking up the canopy, lifting it high into the air.
About 20 people were in the area at the time, Derderian said. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Police officers and firefighters assigned to the Rose Bowl Wednesday were on-scene within seconds, she added.
But despite online speculation, the whirlwind was not a tornado, Derderian said. Lot H was closed Wednesday afternoon as officials cleaned up the mess, but was expected be reopened in time for Thursday’s Rose Bowl Game.

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Woman critically injured in fall from horse in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A woman suffered major injuries Friday when she was thrown from a horse along the Arroyo Seco trail in Pasadena, officials said.
The mishap took place about 11 a.m. in the lower Arroyo, near Arroyo Boulevard and Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The victim, a woman in her 50s, suffered serious head trauma in the fall, Derderian said.
Good Samaritans nearby called for help and tended to the woman as paramedics used a cell phone signal to pinpoint her exact location in the Arroyo, Derderian said.
The rider was taken to a hospital in critical condition, she said. An update on her condition was not available Sunday.
Pasadena Humane Society officials were summoned to the scene to take care of the woman’s horse, which was not injured, Derderian said.

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Pasadena house fire investigated as possible arson

PASADENA >> Investigators suspect a small fire that broke out early Sunday inside a Pasadena home with six people inside may have been intentionally set, authorities said.
A resident of the home in the 1200 block of north Hill Avenue noticed smoke and called 9-1-1 just before 10 a.m., Pasadena police and fire officials said. Several of the adult residents of the home were asleep at the time.
Residents had extinguished the small fire themselves before firefighters arrived, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
A man in his 60s was taken to a hospital with possible smoke inhalation, police said. The other five residents of the home were unharmed.
Firefighters went into the home to check for any residual fire and determined the fire appeared suspicious, Derderian said. An arson investigator responded to the scene.
Investigators suspected the senior citizen who was taken to the hospital, who was described as “despondent,” may have set the fire, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The arson investigator expected to present his findings to prosecutors this week for consideration of possible charges, Derderian said.
She added that the fire caused about $15,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents.

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Armed robbery reported at Pasadena market

PASADENA >> A man with a gun robbed a Pasadena market on Christmas Eve, but the crime was not reported until Friday, police said.
The robber entered the Futaba Food Center, 1507 Lincoln Ave., about 6 p.m. Wednesday and pulled a handgun on the 71-year-old owner, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The suspect demanded money from the cash register and fled the store on foot with approximately $100,” Luna said. The owner was not hurt. He did not report the robbery until Friday morning.
Luna said the robber was described as a black man of unknown age dressed in green hooded sweat shirt, dark jeans, dark gloves and sunglasses.

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