PASADENA >> Police chased down and arrested a parolee armed with a handgun who ran from officers late Thursday, officials said.
Davion Laquan Ogletree, 23, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The incident began about 8 p.m. when officers went to investigate a report of a fight in a bathroom at Brenner Park, 235 Barthe Drive.
A man, later identified as Ogletree, ran from officers as they approached, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers chased after the man and briefly lost sight of him as he rounded a corner onto Brooks Avenue, he said.
When the officers caught up with Ogletree, he was standing beside a trash can, the lieutenant said. Inside the trash can, police found a .22-caliber revolver.
Ogletree was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
PASADENA >> A man was hospitalized in critical condition following an early-morning residential garage fire, officials said.
A resident awoke just before 4 a.m. to the smell smoke emanating from a garage beneath a townhome in the 700 block of N. Garfield Avenue, just north of Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Another resident of the home in his 20s who was inside the burning garage suffered smoke inhalation, she said. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Two adults and two children got out of the townhome safely, and firefighters also rescued three Chihuahuas from the home, Derderian said. The fire did not spread to the townhome.
Investigators determined the cause of the fire was an electrical cord failure, she said.
The second-alarm fire caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to the garage and items inside of it, including a Mercedes-Benz sedan, Derderian said.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department
PASADENA >> Two Pasadena men suffered serious injuries in a shooting Thursday night, police said.
The victims, a man in his 20s and a man in his 30s, were both hospitalized in critical condition following the 10:43 p.m. shooting in the 100 block of Pepper Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. An update on their condition was not available Friday.
Officers responding to a report of a shooting found the older victim at the scene, the lieutenant said. The second gunshot victim was dropped off at the hospital minutes later.
The circumstances of the shooting remained unclear, and no suspect description was available, Mercado said.
PASADENA >> A man tried unsuccessfully to rob and kidnap a woman inside a parking structure at the Paseo Colorado shopping mall in Pasadena Wednesday, officials said.
Joshua Brandon McKnight, 19, of Pasadena was arrested in connection with alleged crimes, which took place about 10:50 a,m. in the parking structure of the mall in the 200 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 35-year-old Pasadena woman exited her car when a man approached, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect simulated a weapon in his pants pocket and told the victim she was being robbed and demanded she get back into the car,” Luna said.
The woman offered the man her purse, but he again ordered her to get back into her car, he said.
When the would-be robber was momentarily distracted by a passing vehicle, the woman took the opportunity to run to the mall’s security office, Luna said. Mall security then notified police.
Officers detained McKnight nearby, but released him when the victim was unable to identify him as her as the suspect, Luna said.
But police later found surveillance camera images of the suspect, whom they were able to identify as the man they had previously detained.
Officer found and arrested McKnight shortly after 3 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Paramedics took a Pasadena police officer to a hospital with moderate injuries after his patrol car collided with another car while responding to aid other officers in a pursuit Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The collision took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. at Walnut Street and Euclid Avenue, just outside Pasadena Superior Court, Pasadena police and fire department officials said.
The officer was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain, police Lt. John Luna said.
A man who was driving a gray, two-door car that collided with the police car declined to be taken to a hospital, Derderian said.
The involved officer was heading east on Walnut Street to assist fellow officers who were in pursuit of a man accused of making criminal threats against another man, Luna said. It was not clear whether the officer had his lights and sirens activated.
The other involved car was southbound on Euclid Avenue, Luna said.
The suspect being pursued by other officers was ultimately apprehended, Luna said.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A 27-year-old Fontana man died early Sunday after his motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Angeles Crest Highway, deep in the Angeles National Forest above Altadena.
The crash was first reported about 8:25 a.m. at mile marker 36.89 of Angeles Crest Highway, north of Ladybug Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol officials said. His name was not released pending family notification.
The rider was heading east on Angeles Crest Highway on a 2013 Yamaha R6 at an unknown speed just prior to the collision, CHP Sgt. Todd Kovaletz said in a written statement. A 2001 GMC Yukon was heading in the opposite direction.
“For an unknown reason, (the rider) drove across the painted double yellow lines into the opposing lane, directly into the path of the GMC,” the sergeant said. “(He) collided with the roadway, then with the GMC.”
Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV, a 40-year-old Hanford man, as well as a woman and three children riding as passengers were not injured, Kovaletz said.
The crash is being investigated by the CHP’s Altadena office. Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer J. Ortega at 626-296-8100.
SOUTH EL MONTE >> Coroner’s officials Sunday released the identity of a 19-year-old passenger who died in a South El Monte solo-car crash from which the driver fled late Friday.
Jonathan William Loaiza of Bell Gardens died at the scene of the 9:40 p.m. crash on the northbound Rosemead Boulevard on-ramp to the eastbound 60 Freeway, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corrall said.
The driver of the overturned 2006 Mitsubishi Galant fled from the crash scene and was not found, according to California Highway Patrol Officer T. Kinzler.
Detectives found two guns inside the crashed car and suspect the occupants may have been involved in the Pico Rivera shooting of a man who showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound just before the crash, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Sheriff’s officials released no further details regarding the Pico Rivera shooting.
PASADENA >> A Los Angeles woman is fighting for her life at a hospital after she was struck and severely injured by a car while crossing Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena late Friday, officials said.
The crash took place about 10:30 p.m. along Fair Oaks Avenue and Congress Street, just outside of Huntington Hospital, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The woman, who is in her mid-50s, was believed to be crossing mid-block when she was struck by a subcompact car, the lieutenant said.
She suffered major injuries and was hospitalized in critical condition, Hettema said.
The driver of the car, a man estimated to be in his 40s, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, he added.
PASADENA >> Police asked the public’s help Thursday in finding a man who suffers from schizophrenia and depression and has been missing since Monday.
Dion Andre Afeworki, 30, was last seen about 11 a.m. Monday at the Allen Gold Line Station, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Afeworki suffers from schizophrenia and depression and requires medication, Lt. Marie Sell said.
Police described Afeworki as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair in a Mohawk hairstyle, tattoos on both forearms and pierced ears.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.
PHOTO of Dion Afeworki courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A helmet camera video showing a motorcyclist colliding head-on with a fire truck on a mountain road north of Glendora two months ago has gone viral since being uploaded online nearly three weeks ago.
The video of the April 1 crash on Glendora Ridge Road has been viewed nearly 175,00 times on YouTube as of Wednesday afternoon.
In the video’s description, the rider, Jesse Lopez, said he had no memory of the crash.