PASADENA >> Pasadena police Thursday found a 74-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Thursday in Pasadena.
The woman had been last seen about 4:10 p.m. at Pier 1 Imports, 422 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She suffers from dementia.
Officials located the woman, safe and sound, shortly after 8 p.m., police said.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a man and woman Sunday afternoon for allegedly assaulting an officer during an early-morning traffic stop, resulting in an officer opening fire, authorities said.
Neither the officer or the suspects were injured in the incident, which took place about 3:15 p.m. at La Tierra Street and Avocado Lane, Pasadena police officials said.
The Southwest Regional Pacific Fugitive Task Force tracked suspects Sanjay Kumar Varma, 32, of Pasadena and Crystal Buelas Orleans, 22, of Moreno Valley to a Van Nuys parking lot and took them into custody without a struggle about 4:20 p.m., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. Police described Varma as a gang associate.
Varma and Orleans escaped from police after a brief pursuit that followed the alleged assault and officer-involved shooting, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. Prior to the suspects’ arrest, it was unknown whether either had been wounded in the shooting.
An officer stopped an SUV containing the suspects for a traffic violation and saw the driver — later identified as Varma — had a handgun, Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The SUV then sped off, nearly striking an officer, police said. An officer fired at least one shot.
Varma and Orleans were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, officials said.
According to county booking records, Varma was being held in lieu of $130,000 bail pending his initial court appearance. Orleans was being held without bail.
PASADENA >> A police officer shot at an armed man following a traffic stop early Sunday, however it was unclear if the suspect was struck by the gunfire, officials said. The incident unfolded about 3:15 a.m. at La Tierra Street and Avocado Lane. An officer pulled over a black SUV for a traffic violation, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. “When he approached the car, the driver was armed,” Hettema said. “He had a handgun.” The SUV suddenly accelerated, “and just about ran over the officer,” the lieutenant said. The officer fired at least one shot at the suspect, he said. The SUV continued fleeing. Officers briefly chased the SUV but lost sight of it on Sierra Madre Boulevard, Hettema said. It was unclear if the driver had been wounded, Hettema said. The officer was not injured. No further details were available Sunday morning.
PASADENA >> Officials evacuated several homes after construction equipment ruptured a natural gas main Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
A backhoe working a the construction site of several townhomes at Altadena Drive and Mohawk Street struck the gas line shortly before 2:50 p.m., according to Pasadena Fire Department officials.
Officials evacuated about half-a-dozen nearby residents as a precaution and summoned utility workers to the scene, Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Officials shut down Altadena Drive between Colorado Boulevard for about three hours until repairs were made, Derderian.
PASADENA >> A woman arrived home Saturday to find a burglar in her home, police said.
Donald Holden, 20, was arrested in connection with the crime, which was reported about 3:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of South Roosevelt Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 25-year-old woman, found an intruder inside her bedroom, the lieutenant said. The man ran from the home once spotted by the residence.
An officer spotted a man matching the description in the area about 40 minutes later, Luna said. Police arrested the man after the victim identified him as the burglar, and items taken from the home were found in his possession. Holden was booked on suspicion of burglary.
According to county booking records, Holden was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Three men were behind bars Saturday for allegedly scrawling graffiti in and around Brenner Park in Pasadena, officials said.
Police arrested Allen Rafael Padilla, 19, of Pasadena, Daniel James Blancarte, 18, of Pasadena, and Anthony Medina-Olvera, 19, of Alhambra, on suspicion of felony vandalism after a city worker caught them tagging about 6:30 a.m. Friday at Brenner Park, at Barthe Drive and Mountain Street, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“A city worker observed the suspects walking out of the women’s restroom at Brenner Park,” Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. The worker soon discovered that the bathroom had been vandalized with fresh graffiti, along with eight other spots in and around the park.
Officer found and detained the three suspects in the area and arrested them after the witnesses identified them as the taggers, Luna said.
“The suspects were in possession of paint cans and paint markers matching the vandalism,” the lieutenant added.
The vandalism spree caused nearly $1,000 worth of damage, he said.
According to county booking records, Padilla and Blancarte were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending their initial court appearances. Medina-Olvera, who had a pre-existing case against him, was being held in lieu of $35,900 bail.
PASADENA >> Three teenagers robbed a water vending business of its tip jar Friday, police said. The felony netted them $7.
The crime took place about 10:10 a.m. at a business in the 1200 block of North Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A woman working at the store suffered minor injuries to her hand while scuffling with one of the young robbers, he said.
“They intimidated the clerk and attempted to steal the tip jar,” Luna said.
The woman struggled with one of the teens before he ultimately managed to flee with the tip jar, along with his two accomplices, the lieutenant said.
The woman suffered a small cut and abrasions to her hand during the scuffle, he added.
The tip jar contained about $7, Luna said.
Police searched the area but did not find the robbers, described as three black teens of 15 or 16 years old, of thin build, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a parolee Friday after catching him in the act of an alleged home burglary, authorities said.
Michael Keith Trujillo, 22, of Highland Park, was booked on suspicion of residential burglary following the 10:30 a.m. break-in at a home in the 300 block of North Carmelo Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A neighbor called police to report seeing a stranger on his neighbors property, Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said.
When officers arrived, Trujillo had already forced his way into the home through a rear window.
Police ordered Trujillo out of the home and he surrendered without a struggle, Chute said. He was already in the process of gathering up items inside the home.
According to booking records, Trujillo, who is on parole, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> The ex-boyfriend of a Pasadena high school science teacher is accused of hacking into the teacher’s e-mail account and distributing nude photos of the educator to hundreds of students and adults, police said Thursday.
David Antonio Galvan, 38, was booked into Los Angeles County jail Wednesday, according to Pasadena police officials and county booking records. U.S. Marshal’s officials arrested him just over a week ago in Oregon.
He’s charged with a felony count of false impersonation, a felony county of identity theft, a misdemeanor count of electronic impersonation and two misdemeanor counts of distributing obscene matter, police said.
The investigation began on July 10 when an email containing nude pictures of John Muir High School science teacher Richard Rosa sent to more than 200 students, school staff and community members, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. Several recipients of the emails contacted police, Cmdr. John Perez said at the time.
“A criminal investigation was launched and detectives learned that Rosa was not responsible for the emails and he was out of the country at the time the emails were generated,” Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas said.
“Further investigation revealed the e-mails were sent by Rosa’s estranged partner, David A. Galvan, who had unlawfully accessed Mr. Rosa’s Pasadena Unified School District e-mail account. Suspect Galvan was reportedly angry over the relationship ending when he distributed the obscene pictures.”
Police presented their case to prosecutors on July 24, officials said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued a $110,000 warrant for Galvan’s arrest.
Galvan fled the state after learning he was being sought by police, Rojas said.
U.S. Marshals helped police find and arrest Galvan Oct. 21 in Hillsboro, Oregon, she said.
Galvan waived extradition proceedings and officials took him back to Los Angeles County to face charges Wednesday.
Galvan posted bail and was released from custody Thursday afternoon, booking records show. He was scheduled to appear in Pasadena Superior Court Nov. 21.
PASADENA >> A fist fight between two roommates in Old Pasadena early Saturday left one man on life support and another behind bars, police said.
Joseph Rafael, 31, of Alhambra, was not expected to survive the injuries he suffered in the 1 a.m. fight in the 100 block of South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said. He remained hospitalized on life support Saturday night with major head injuries.
Police arrested his roommate, 30-year-old Giorgio Inigo Bustamante, on suspicion of attempted murder.
The two men had just attended a birthday party when they became involved in a dispute on the sidewalk, Chute said.
“Mr. Rafael and Mr. Bustamante became involved in an argument with each other that escalated into a physical altercation.”
Rafael ended up on the sidewalk with a severe head injury, the lieutenant said. It was unclear if the injuries were the result of blows, or his head striking the ground.
No weapons were involved in the fight, Chute said. “Just fists.”
Police responding to a witnesses’ 9-1-1 call reporting a “person down” found Rafael pulseless, Chute said. Officers performed CPR until paramedics arrived to rush Rafael to the hospital.
Bustamante remained at the scene, Chute said. “He made no attempt to flee.”
According to county booking records, Bustamante was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.