Pasadena condominiums scorched in fire

PASADENA >> Two condominium units sustained significant damage in a fire Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
No one was hurt during the fire, which ignited out about 5:15 p.m. at a five-unit strip of condominiums in the 600 block of North Wilson Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters declared a second alarm before extinguishing the fire about 30 minutes after it began, she said. The cause remained under investigation.
The two burned units were expected to remain uninhabitable for an extended period of time, Derderian said. The Red Cross responded to help the displaced residents find temporary lodging.
The residents of the other three units were expected to be able to return to their homes once utilities had been restored.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department
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Pasadena man suspected in two recent robberies

PASADENA >> Police arrested a Pasadena man already sought for robbing one woman after he robbed another woman early Sunday, authorities said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 22, was booked on suspicion of robbery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After approaching on a bicycle, Thomas used a water hose nozzle to simulate a handgun as he confronted a man and woman in their 20s about 12:05 a.m. at Del Mar Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He demanded property from the victims.
The woman threw her purse at the robber and ran, Mercado said. Thomas took the purse and rode off on his bicycle.
The victims called 9-1-1, and officers soon spotted Thomas nearby in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Oak Knoll, the lieutenant said. Police arrested him following a brief foot chase.
In addition to Sunday morning’s crime, Thomas is also accused of robbing a woman of her cell phone about 1:20 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of North Meredith Avenue, police said.

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Fire scorches Pasadena garage


PASADENA >> A fire tore through a residential garage late Friday, causing $165,000 worth of damage but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
The fire was first reported about 7 p.m. in the garage of a home in the 700 block of South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
About 20 firefighters quickly doused the flames, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
The fire did not spread from the detached garage to the home, and the residents were not displaced, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Officials estimated the fire caused $100,000 worth of damage to the garage, $50,000 in damage to items stored inside and $15,000 in damage to a vehicle.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Tires of 22 vehicles slashed inside Pasadena parking structure

PASADENA >> A vandal or vandals slashed the tires of 22 vehicles parked in a Pasadena parking structure early Wednesday, police said.
The tire-slashing spree was first reported about 3:30 a.m. at a parking structure in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
“A parking structure security officer observed 22 vehicles on the first two levels of the parking structure had flat tires that appeared to be punctured,” he said.
The targeted vehicles each had between one and all four tires flattened, Luna added.
No suspect information was available. The investigation was ongoing.

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Two sought in home-invasion robbery at Pasadena sober living home

PASADENA >> Police are seeking two masked gunmen who carried out a home-invasion robbery at a Pasadena sober living home early Tuesday, officials said.
The crime took place about 3:40 a.m. at a sober living home in the 100 block of East Montana Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two robbers, described only as male suspects wearing masks, entered the home through an unlocked door, the lieutenant said.
When the victim confronted the intruders, “He was ordered to the floor at gunpoint,” Luna said.
The robbers demanded money and fled with about $2,000, he said. The victim was unhurt.
No further details were available.

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Suspect photos released in attack, robbery of elderly Pasadena man near Rose Bowl


PASADENA >> Police released surveillance photos this weekend of four suspects who used the credit cards of an 87-year-old man after he was assaulted and robbed near the Rose Bowl Friday morning, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5:10 a.m. at West Drive and Salvia Canyon Road, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The elderly man was out for his morning walk when robbers snatched a fanny pack from his waist, knocking him to the ground, police said.
The robbers fled with the man’s belongings, Goodman said. Police found the victim lying face down in the pedestrian lane of the road when they arrived on scene.
0329_NWS_PSN-L-SUSPECTS2He was taken to a hospital, where he remained listed in critical but stable condition Saturday, police said.
As detectives investigated the robbery, they learned that suspects had used credit cards taken from the robbery victim at a Pasadena service station shortly after the crime.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspects in hopes of generating leads.
Police described the one robber as a Latino man in his 20s, of medium build, with dark hair and a beard, wearing a white T-shirt, light-colored shorts and tennis shoes. The second robber was a Latino man in his late-teens to early-20s, skinny, with short black hair, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt with a circular design on the front, light-colored shorts and black-and-white tennis shoes.
The third robber was a stocky Latino man in his 20s with thick eyebrows, police said. He wore a white T-shirt and dark pants.
The fourth and final suspects was described as a Latina teenager with long brown hair. She wore a dark hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.
The suspects were driving a black 2003 to 2004 Honda Accord coupe with a sunroof.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTOS of suspects courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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Pasadena police to crack down on traffic violations Friday

PASADENA >> Police will be out in force Friday hunting for traffic law violators during a traffic safety crackdown, officials said.
The traffic enforcement program will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. city-wide, according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
“Officers will be deployed at various locations throughout the city to look for violations including, but not limited to, primarily collision factors involving speed or red signals,” the lieutenant said.
“The need for driver education and enforcement is constantly on the rise due to the increased volume of traffic within the City of Pasadena,” Hettema added. The enforcement campaign is geared toward reducing crashes involving serious injuries and deaths.
Funding for Friday’s operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Woman seriously injured in Pasadena two-car crash

PASADENA >> A woman suffered serious injuries late Wednesday in a two-car crash in a residential neighborhood just west of the Brookside Golf Course, police said.
The collision took place just before 9:30 p.m. at Linda Vista Avenue and Lida Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A woman who was driving one of the involved cars suffered significant injuries and was hospitalized in serious condition, Luna said.
A woman driving the other car suffered no apparent injuries, he said.
No further information was available.
Police urged motorists to avoid the area Wednesday night as they conducted an investigation.

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Man fights off armed, would-be robber in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man suffered a cut to his cheek while fighting with an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The victim, a 23-year-old Azusa man, had just arrived to work about 2:50 p.m. at a restaurant in 3500 block of East Foothill Boulevard when the robber approached his car and opened the door, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The man pointed a handgun at the victim, threatened to shoot him and demanded he turn over whatever he had in his pockets, Luna said.
But the victim refused, and struggled with the would-be robber, the lieutenant said. The gunman ultimately fled empty-handed and got into a nearby green van, which was last seen east on Foothill Boulevard.
The victim suffered a cut to his cheek during the struggle, Luna said, though it was not clear exactly how he received the injury.
Police described the gunman as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build. He wore a dark baseball cap and white sweater.

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Man carjacked in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A carjacker pulled a man from his BMW before driving off in it late Saturday, police said.
The crime occurred about 8:30 p.m. as the victim was heading east on Del Mar Boulevard and stopped at a red light at Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber ran from a street corner up to the victim’s black, two-door, 2007 BMW 328i, Mercado said.
“(The carjacker) opened the driver-side door and ordered the victim to get out,” Mercado said.
The victim, a Pasadena man in his 50s, fumbled with his seat belt as he tried to exit the car, he said. The carjacker ultimately pulled him out of the car and threw him to the ground.
Police said the carjacker was last seen heading south on Raymond Avenue in the stolen BMW, which has a California disabled person’s license plate number of 370CN.
The victim was not injured.
Mercado described the carjacker as a black man between 20 and 30, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, 190 to 210 pounds, of muscular build. He was either balding or had very short hair, and he wore a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged not to approach it, but to call 9-1-1 immediately, Mercado said.

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