Good Samaritan fights off would-be robber in Pasadena; suspect jailed

PASADENA >> A would-be robber attacked a man along Fair Oaks Avenue before a good Samaritan intervened and fought the attacker off Saturday, police said.
Jaime Medina Ruiz, 28, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery following the incident, which unfolded just after 7 p.m. along Fair Oaks Avenue, just south of Del Mar Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
Ruiz confronted the victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena man, and demanded money, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“When the victim told him he had nothing to give him, the suspect punched him in the face,” he said.
But a 27-year-old Pasadena man who witnessed the crime rushed to help the victim, Luna said.
“He fought with and attempted to restrain the suspect,” Luna said. The failed robber managed to flee.
Police, aided by officers hovering overhead in a helicopter, soon found and arrested Ruiz in connection with the crime, Luna said.

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Temple City man shot during Pasadena home-invasion robbery

PASADENA >> Five home-invasion robbers shot a Temple City man inside a Pasadena apartment before fleeing with watches late Saturday, authorities said.
The wounded man was shot in the arm and grazed in the torso during the crime, which took place shortly after 10 p.m. at an apartment in the 600 block of East Union Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A second victim of the robbery, described as a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, suffered abrasions to his arm during the home invasion, Luna said.
Police described the armed intruders as an Asian woman in her 20s, and four men of unknown race between 25 and 30 years old.
“The suspects entered the apartment and demanded jewelry at gunpoint,” Luna said. “A physical struggle ensued, and one of the suspects fired at the victim.”
The robbers fled with watches, he said, though the number or value of the watches was not clear.
Officers discovered the crime scene after responding to a report of gunfire, Luna added.
No further details were available Sunday.

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Pasadena man accused of attacking parking lot monitor with cane, rock

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man is accused of attacking a parking lot monitor and a woman with a can and a large rock Friday afternoon, police said.
Shawn Jess Adelman, 43, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, which took place about 1:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
He was loitering in a parking lot when the monitor, a 47-year-old Altadena man, asked him to move to a safer spot, Luna said.
Adelman struck the attendant with a cane, and threw a large rock at both him and a 61-year-old Pasadena woman who was standing nearby, the lieutenant said.
Police responded and arrested Adelman, Luna said. The parking lot monitor was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries to his elbow and hand. The woman was not hurt.
According to county booking records, Adelman was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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UPDATED: Three wounded in shooting following festivities at Robinson Park in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Three men were wounded in a shooting that took place following the conclusion of summer festivities at Robinson Park in Pasadena late Friday, authorities said.
The shooting took place just before 11:10 p.m. in a parking lot at the northwest corner of Robinson Park, at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
It occurred following the city’s final “Parks After Dark” event, which have been taking place regularly through the summer.
Police officers heard the sound of gunfire coming from the area and rushed to the scene, he said. Police received a 9-1-1 call about the same time reporting “shots fired.”
“There’s a group of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 people running from the scene,” the lieutenant said. “Officers came across three victims.”
One of the men was shot in the torso, shoulder and leg, Calatayud said. After undergoing surgery at a hospital, he was listed in serious-but-stable condition.
Another victim was wounded in the buttocks, and the third was shot in the hand, police said. Neither wound was believed to be life-threatening.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available Saturday, nor was any information regarding a suspect description or motive, Lt. John Luna said.
Police did not receive reports of any fights preceding the shooting, he added.
Police continued working an “active crime scene” beyond 2 a.m. Saturday.

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UPDATED: Pickup truck crash clogs traffic at Pasadena intersection; driver believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel

PASADENA >> The intersection of Lake Avenue and Villa Street in Pasadena is expected to be congested throughout the day as officials repair light posts and a bus bench destroyed in a solo-vehicle crash early Sunday, police said.
The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. as an 18-year-old La Canada Flintridge man was driving a pickup truck south on Lake Avenue, just north of Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossing traffic in a pickup truck, colliding with a bus bench and two light poles,” Luna said.
The car crossed over northbound traffic lanes before hitting the object along the east side of Lake Avenue, the lieutenant said. But no other vehicles were struck.
One light post was knocked down by the crash, and a second was also damaged, he said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus bench struck by the pickup truck was “destroyed,” Luna said. “It was in pieces,
But despite the damage, the driver walked away from the crash with only minor abrasions, officials said.
A 37-year-old Pasadena man also suffered minor injuries when he slipped and fell while rishing to get out of the pickup truck’s way, Luna said.
Both the driver and pedestrian were treated by paramedics.
The driver was not cited or arrested at the scene, and intoxicated driving was not suspected, Luna said.
While the intersection was not closed entirely Sunday, heavy traffic was expected in the area as a result of the crash.
“The traffic accident with minor injuries near (Lake Avenue and Villa Street) will cause traffic backups and detours for the remainder of the day while city public works crews repair light standards and MTA repairs a bus bench,” police said in a written statement. “Consider Los Robles Avenue for north-south traffic and Orange Grove Blvd for east-west traffic.”

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UPDATED: Eminem and Rihanna fans held up by man threatening to jump from Pasadena freeway overpass

PASADENA >> Concert-goers heading to a Rihanna and Eminem concert were stopped in their tracks Thursday by a man who threatened to jump from a 210 Freeway overpass, authorities said.
Both directions of the 210 Freeway were shut down, along with the Metro Gold Line shortly before 7 p.m. after the apparently suicidal man was spotted on the outside of the bridge railing, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
A cushion was put in place beneath the overpass as a precaution, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.
“The crisis negotiations team that was there talked to him for about 25 minutes or so, and convinced him to come back over,” the Calatayud said.
The man, who was in his 20s, was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, the lieutenant said.
The incident unfolded as tens of thousands of fans crowded into the Rose Bowl ahead of an anticipated concert featuring Rihanna and Eminem.
The closure caused traffic to back up for miles.
On the westbound side of the 210 Freeway, traffic was jammed all the way to the 605 Freeway.
Pasadena fire officials announced about 7:20 p.m. that the man was down from the overpass. The freeway opened minutes later once firefighters cleared their equipment from the roadway.

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Police: Man bites off other man’s fingertip during Beyonce-Jay Z concert at Rose Bowl in Pasadena; 10 other arrests reported

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.

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West Covina man beaten and robbed in Pasadena

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.

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Highland Park woman accused of leaving children inside hot car in Pasadena

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.

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Animal spotted in Norwalk still unidentified, but not believed to be a lion

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.

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