PASADENA >> Police are seeking the driver of a stolen Tesla who struck and killed a 60-year-old Pasadena man as he rode his motorcycle late Thursday.
Oscar Gary Chavez, 60, died following the 11:43 p.m. collision at Marengo Avenue and Washington Boulevard, according Los Angeles County coroner and Pasadena police officials.
He was riding his motorcycle through the intersection in an undetermined direction when he was struck by a 2015 Tesla heading north on Marengo Avenue “at a high rate of speed,” Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Chavez was thrown from his motorcycle in the collision, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Paramedics pronounced Chavez dead at the scene at 11:49 p.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
“The driver of the Tesla abandoned the vehicle at the scene and fled on foot,” according to the statement. The search for the driver continued Friday.
Police soon determined the Tesla had been stolen in Pasadena within hours of the fatal collision, Goodman said.
The owner of the high-performance electric vehicle was not aware it had been stolen until police notified him it had been involved in a crash, Goodman said.
“We are actively seeking the identity of the driver of that vehicle. We are seeking the public’s assistance in trying to solve this crime,” Goodman said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres at 626-744-7159, or the on-duty watch commander at 626-744-4620. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
WEST WHITTIER >> A woman was wounded in a shooting in West Whittier late Thursday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 9:35 p.m. in the 8100 block of Broadway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. A. Walters said.
Few details were available, as the victim did not appear to be cooperating with deputies, the sergeant said.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire when they encountered the victim, described in initial sheriff’s radio traffic as a woman in her mid-20s.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment, Walters said. An update on her condition was not available Thursday night.
No further information, including a suspect description, was available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Sightings, rumors and online chatter about menacing, sometimes-armed creepy clowns hanging around near Los Angeles County schools drew police responses on Thursday, but resulted in no arrests or incidents.
Police in Pasadena responded to Wilson Middle School, 300 Madre Street, about 10:45 a.m. in response to a “non-specific threat” involving possible sightings of clowns at the school, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Officials evacuated the school and searched the campus, ultimately finding nothing unusual, Goodman said.
Students at Willard Elementary School, across the street, “sheltered in place” as police search the area and the Wilson campus, Pasadena Unified School District officials said.
The threat was determined to be “completely unfounded,” Goodman said. No further details regarding the nature of the reported threat were available.
“(Police) thoroughly assessed the entire campus. There was no threat on campus,” Wilson Principal Sarah Rudchenko said in a statement sent to parents.
The school resumed normal operation about 11:45 a.m.
“Teachers will be providing students with an opportunity to discuss and debrief the incident,” Rudchenko said. “Counselors will be on site to assist if needed.”
In Rosemead, an officials Mildred B. Janson Elementary School, 8628 Marshall Street, called deputies about 1:30 p.m. to report seeing what appeared to be someone dressed as a clown near the campus, possibly carrying a handgun, Lt. John McClure of the sheriff’s Temple City Station said.
Deputies searched the area, but did not find any clowns, armed or otherwise, he said.
Police in Montebello were also keeping an eye out after receiving word that social media posts had indicated the creepy clowns would be showing up soon in their city.
Glendora police arrested a 19-year-old Azusa man Wednesday on suspicion of criminal threats after he posted messaged via social media involving clown-related threats against his alma mater, Sierra High School, as well as vague threats in the city of El Monte.
The suspect, 19-year-old William Salazar, indicated to detectives the threats were intended to be a joke.
PHOTO: Pennywise the clown, from Stephen King’s 1990 film, “It.”
PASADENA >> A woman was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle along Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The collision was first reported about 5:10 p.m. on Orange Grove Boulevard at El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The woman, estimated to be in her 40s, was hospitalized with “very serious” injuries, Lt. John Luna said.
The driver of the involved vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, according to Luna.
No further details were available as the investigation continued Sunday afternoon.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a homeless man believed to have tuberculosis on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he spit in a woman’s face for no apparent reason Wednesday evening, officials said.
Maurice Cornelius Spears, 33, was arrested following the alleged assault, which took place about 6:50 p.m. in the 200 block of East Walnut Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A Pasadena woman in her mid-30s was crossing north across the street when she passed by Spears, who was crossing south, the lieutenant said.
“When he drew up near to her, he spit on her, striking her in the face,” he said. There was no exchange of words or apparent motive for the attack. The woman went home and reported the incident to police.
Officers recognized Spears from the description provided by the woman, Mercado said. They found Spears nearby and arrested him.
During the arrest process, Spears told police he had the infectious and potentially deadly disease tuberculosis, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. Due to the danger of spreading the disease, police booked Spears on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
According to county booking records, Spears, who is already on probation due to a previous conviction, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a man wanted in connection with a San Bernardino County armed kidnapping following a short pursuit in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Pasadena police received information that a suspect in the San Bernardino County kidnapping investigation may be in their city, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Officers spotted the suspect driving a burgundy SUV the area south of the Rose Bowl, police said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a short pursuit.
“The suspect drove to a residence in the area of Manzanita Avenue and Orange Grove Blvd. where a brief police containment was established,” the statement said.
Police surrounded the home and ordered the suspect to surrender via a loudspeaker, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He complied and was taken into custody without a struggle.
The suspect is a 50-year-old man who’d been sought in San Bernardino County since November of 2015 in connection with an armed kidnapping case, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
No further details regarding the kidnapping case were available.
Police withheld the suspect’s name was not available Thursday afternoon as they continued their investigation.
PASADENA >> Police arrested a Las Vegas man Sunday in connection with a string of at least four strong-arm robberies in northwest Pasadena over recent days, including one targeting a 12-year-old girl, officials said.
Tremarie Jackson, 18, was booked on suspicion of robbery following his arrest about 12:45 p.m., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
In response to a spate of four chain-snatching robberies targeting women and a girl since Sept. 16 in the vicinity of Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard, officers had been paying special attention to the area, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers spotted a man matching the description of the robber, even wearing the same clothing worn in a robbery the previous day, walking with a gold chain dangling from his hand, Mercado said.
The man, later identified as Jackson, ran from officers into a nearby apartment complex, the lieutenant said.
As officers were searching the area, they found a car trying to leave the area and stopped it.
Jackson was found trying to hide, lying down in the back seat of the car, Mercado said. All three suspected were arrested.
Driver Raven Dixon, 19, of Pasadena and front passenger Fox Devonte, 21, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The chain Jackson was seen carrying was not found, Mercado said. No victims had come forward Sunday afternoon to report have been robbed of a necklace in the area.
In each of the four crimes reported so far, a man approached female victims, snatched gold necklaces from their necks and ran off, Mercado said. In one of the cases, on Washington Boulevard, the man robbed a 12-year-old girl.
The string of robberies believed linked to Jackson were reported about 2 p.m. on Saturday at Glen Avenue and Pepper Street; about 3 p.m. on Thursday in the 500 block of East Washington Boulevard; about 9 a.m. Tuesday at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street; and about 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the 600 block of Palisade Street, police said.
Jackson, Dixon and Fox were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, records show.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> A man stabbed six other men, critically wounding two, at a house party in Pasadena early Saturday, authorities said.
Police jailed Aaron Hong Te, 21, of San Gabriel on suspicion of six counts of attempted murder in connection with the bloody melee, which unfolded just after 3 a.m. at a home in the 3100 block of California Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The investigation revealed that suspect Te bumped into someone at the party and a fight quickly erupted,” he said in a written statement. “During the fight, Te produced a knife and started to stab people who were standing close to him.”
Police responding to reports of the knife attack found Te in front of the home and took him into custody without a struggle, Mercado said. The knife believed to have been used in the stabbings was recovered.
Two 25-year-old Arcadia men were hospitalized in critical condition, the lieutenant said.
A 22-year-old Claremont man was hospitalized in serious condition, he said. A 22-year-old El Monte man, a 22-year-old Alhambra man and a 21-year-old San Jose man were in stable condition.
All of the victims were expected to survive.
Paramedics took Te to a hospital for examination of apparently minor injuries prior to booking him into jail, officials said.
According to Los Angeles county booking records, Te was being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Pasadena City Jail pending his initial court appearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police Detective Lt. Jesse Carrillo at 626-744-4507.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department
PASADENA >> Police and fire officials arrested the second of two suspects Thursday connected to the torching of a car in Pasadena six months ago, authorities said.
Police found and arrested Artesha Daniels, 39, of Pasadena in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo and Los Angeles County booking records.
Fellow suspect Alejandra Martinez, 25, of Pasdena turned herself into authorities Tuesday, records show.
The suspects’ identities had been known to investigators since the days following the March 19 arson fire at La Tierra Street and Daisy Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“(Fire investigators) had been actively searching for the suspects with the police department,” she said.
An arrest warrant was issued months ago, but the two suspects eluded authorities until this week.
The alleged arson, which destroyed the victim’s 2002 Volvo as it was parked on the street, was believed to have been motivated by personal dispute between the suspects and victim, Derderian said. Further details regarding the motive were not available.
Investigators found the Volvo had been doused with flammable liquid and set ablaze, she said.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena man is accused of armed robbery over can of soda after he pulled a knife on a store employee who confronted him about the alleged theft Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Lorenzo Amado Matson, 22, was jailed immediately following the 12:45 p.m. incident at the 99 Cents Only Store, 442 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
He stole a can of soda from the store, and the employee confronted him, the lieutent said. Matson pulled a knife and threatened the employee before fleeing.
The worker followed after Matson and directed police to him, Luna said. Officers arrested him without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Matson was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.