A woman attacked a custodial officer at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail late Saturday while being booked in connection with a previous alleged battery in South Pasadena, officials said.
The jailer suffered a bloody nose but was not seriously injured in the 10 p.m. incident at the Pasadena jail, 207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. The South Pasadena Police Department uses Pasadena’s jail facility to house its inmates.
Angela Denise Adams, described as a 22-year-old transient, was being booked at the jail following her 9:30 p.m. arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor battery in South Pasadena, according to Mercado and Los Angeles County booking records.
“While the jail supervisor was fingerprinting her, without provocation, she turns and punches him in the face,” Mercado said.
The bloodied jail supervisor drew his Taser and ordered Adams to the ground before other guards assisted in re-handcuffing the woman, Mercado said.
Adams, who was initially to be released following the booking process with a citation in connection with her initial battery arrest, ended up held on suspicion of felony battery on a custodial officer, Mercado said.
She was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.
PASADENA >> One man remained hospitalized with serious injuries and another was behind bars Friday following a shooting in Northwest Pasadena the previous afternoon, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, arrived at a Pasadena hospital about 3 p.m. Thursday, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was listed in critical-but-stable condition.
“Hospital staff notified us of the victim and officers responded,” the lieutenant said. “Based on the preliminary statement, it appears the incident occurred in the area of Raymond Avenue and Montana Street.”
Officers canvassed the neighborhood in search of clues, detaining several people in the area for questioning, Lt. Diego Torres said.
Detectives ultimately determined Jesus Javier Miron, 19, of Pasadena, who was found on foot in the area, was the gunman, Torres said.
The motive and circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation Friday, police said. It was unclear whether the victim and suspect knew one another prior to the shooting.
Miron was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Torres said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
Police also arrested a second man, who was accompanying the victim at the hospital, on suspicion of possessing brass knuckles, Torres said. The 24-year-old Pasadena man was released from custody Friday afternoon pending his initial court appearance after posting $20,000 bail, records show.
Thursday’s shooting was the seventh in Pasadena in three weeks.
Police and city officials to host a meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent spate of violence, which began Dec. 18 with the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Robert Arthur Calderon of Altadena. The following day, a woman was wounded in a shooting during a gathering to memorialize Calderon.
Four out of the six shooting that preceded Thursday’s incident were gang-related, according to Cmdr. John Perez.
Investigators had yet to determine whether Thursday’s shooting was gang-related.
PARAMOUNT >> Authorities Thursday released the identity of a 26-year-old Southern California Edison worker who died in a mishap while working on a utility pole in Paramount Wednesday afternoon.
Jeffrey Jacob Moon of Los Angeles died in the 5:22 p.m. incident, initially reported by fire officials as an electrocution, at California Avenue and Jefferson Street, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Witnesses reported Moon was working up on a telephone pole when he fell, Winter said.
“The decedent lost his footing, slid down the pole an became entangled in the telecommunications lines below,” he said.
Coworkers freed Moon from the wires and brought him to the ground, officials said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Moon’s cause of death remained uncertain Thursday.
Though initially reported as an electrocution, and witnesses reported seeing the victim convulsing after his fall, there were “no obvious signs of electrical injury” on Moon’s body, Winter said.
An autopsy was pending.
The incident is being investigated by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials, Southern California Edison and the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
PARAMOUNT >> A utility worker was electrocuted while working on power lines in Paramount Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The fatal mishap was reported about 5:22 p.m. along California Avenue at Jefferson Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Sims said.
Paramedics pronounced the Southern California Edison worker dead at the scene, she said. A description was not available.
The worker was responding to a service call when the incident occurred, Sims said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials deferred comment to the utility.
SCE spokewoman Susan Cox said the investigation remained in its early stages.
“We can confirm a Southern California Edison employee fatality,” she said.
Details remained unclear Wednesday evening, she said.
“We’re aware of the incident, but we don’t know what happened,” Cox said. “An investigatin is under way.”
A sheriff’s homicide detective was summoned to the scene to investigate, however there were no initial signs of foul play, Deputy Crystal Hernandez of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health is also investigation, she said.
No further details were available.
PASADENA >> A federal judge this week convicted a former employee of a Pasadena-based avionics company of 32 counts of economic espionage for stealing company secrets and distributing them to three competitors, authorities said.
Derek Wai Hung Tam Sing, 44, of Glendale, was found guilty Tuesday by United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder, who issued a 28-page ruling convicted Sing of 32 counts, while acquitting him of one additional county of illegal possession of trade secrets from another company where he had worked as a contractor, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.
He faces up to 320 years in federal prison when he returns to court for sentencing March 21, officials said. Until then, he is confined to home detention and under electronic monitoring.
Sing worked as an electrical engineer for Rogerson Kratos Avionics in 2012. Until his termination for what Snyder described as “delays in completing assignments, late attendance and unprofessional attitude,” he had access to company trade secrets, Mrozek said. He had signed a non-disclosure agreement.
Sing was asked to return all trade secrets upon his firing, but retained trade secrets anyway, officials said.
“He packaged the trade secrets with sufficient supporting documentation and instructions so that other competitor companies would be able to use the trade secrets and reverse engineer RK’s products,” Snyder wrote in her ruling. “Defendant admitted that, in preparing these trade secrets, he ‘wanted to get back at Rogerson Kratos’ for not fully appreciating his work while he was an employee.”
Sing used a false name and a public Internet connection at a Starbucks coffee shop, Sing sent stolen trade secrets to other avionics companies in 2013, including one outside the U.S., Mrozek said. He also sent trade secrets via physical flash drives.
The plan came apart when one of the companies who received the ill-gotten trade secrets came forward, U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said.
“Sing attempted to hurt his former employer by stealing its trade secrets, making the material easily understood by engineers at other companies, and using an assumed identity to send the propriety information in the hope it would be used to develop a product to compete with his former employer,” Decker said. “If not for the ethical conduct of one competitor, Mr. Sing might have succeeded in delivering a crippling blow to the company that once employed him.”
“The Department of Justice recognizes that intellectual property is a vital part of the economy of both Southern California as well as the nation,” Decker added.
PASADENA >> Police searched a Pasadena neighborhood after receiving reports of a man with a rifle lurking in some bushed, but did not find a gunman, officials said.
Police received three separate calls shortly after 7 a.m. from witnesses who saw a man with some kind of rifle in the bushes near Orange Grove Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. Two of the three callers reported the man pointed the weapon at them as they jogged past.
Officers scoured the area for nearly three hours, but found no sign of the man, Mercado said. No additional calls regarding the man were received.
The witnesses described the person as a white man in his 20s or 30s, wearing a long-sleeve gray shirt and blue jeans.
PASADENA >> A driver escaped injury when another motorist opened fire on his car in a shooting believed to have resulted from road rage in Pasadena late Friday, police said.
The shooting took place about 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Columbia Street, just east of Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
It was preceded by an incident of road rage between two cars in Pasadena a short time earlier, the lieutenant said.
The attacker followed the victim, an Alhambra man in his 40s, as he drove through South Pasadena and into Pasadena, Mercado said. The victim pulled over his car on Columbia Street.
Mercado said the gunman drove past the victim, made a U-turn, and opened fire as he passed the victim a second time. The victim’s car was struck three times, but he himself was uninjured.
Police said the victim tried to chase after his attacker’s fleeing car to get its license plate number but was unable to catch up.
The shooter was described only as a Latino man in his 40s driving a dark-colored, older-model sedan.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> A man pushed a woman to the ground and robbed her of a bag containing a laptop computer and other items Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 5:45 p.m. as a 62-year-old Altadena woman was unloading items from the trunk of her car, parked at Catalina Avenue and Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
At least two suspects approached in a car, and one of them got out of the vehicle, approached the woman and demanded her purse, the lieutenant said.
The woman pulled her purse away from the man, so he grabbed another bag he was holding, pushed her to the ground, Evans said. The robber returned to the car, which drove off.
The stolen bag contained a laptop computer, among other items, he said. The woman complained of pain, but declined to be taken to a hospital.
A detailed description of the suspects or their car was not available.
PASADENA >> A gunman robbed a woman of her purse as she was walking down a Pasadena street late Wednesday, officials said.
A 27-year-old San Gabriel woman was walking along Dayton Street, near Pasadena Avenue, about 9:10 p.m. when the robber approached her from across the street, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
The man pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded her purse, he said. The woman complied, and the robber was last seen fleeing south on foot.
Evans said the woman suffered no injuries. A details suspect description was not available.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena child welfare agency has warned that of a computer security breach that may have exposed the personal information of nearly 1,000 clients and staff members.
Hillsides, 940 Avenue 64, announced the data breach Wednesday. It was first discovered Dec. 8, when Hillsides officials learned that an employee had sent unencrypted files to a personal, non-Hillsides affiliated email address on five occasions between Oct. 10, 2014, and Oct. 19, 2015, Hillsides representatives said in a written statement.
The information sent contained names, social security numbers, home addresses and phone numbers for 468 Hillsides staff members, as well as names, birthdates, genders, medical identification numbers, therapists’ names and rehabilitative therapists’ names of 502 Hillsides clients.
The employee has since been terminated for violation of company policy, officials saiad.
“To date, the agency has been unable to recover the data files from (the employee’s) personal email account or verify whether the files have been deleted,” according to the statement.
“While Hillsides has no evidence that any of the personal information has been further disclosed or misused in any manner, they have provided notice of the incidents to individuals whose information was contained in the files so that they can take any precautions they feel are appropriate or necessary.”
Those who has received a letter from Hillsides notifying them their information may be at risk are encouraged to consider contacting the three major credit bureaus — Eperian, Transunion and Equifax — to review account statements and monitor free credit reports.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern these incidents may have caused to our staff and clients, whose privacy is very important to us,“ Hillsides CEO Joseph M. Costa said.. “We will continue to investigate the incident, to reduce harm to potentially affected individuals, and to protect against future similar occurrences.”
The investigation has not resulted in a criminal case, Costa said Wednesday.
Hillsides does not call or email anyone requesting personal information, and anyone receiving an unsolicited call or email purporting to be from Hillsides should not provide any personal information, officials said.
“The agency is working with its legal counsel to ensure all appropriate steps and notifications are being followed,” according to the statement. “They are also implementing an employee re-training program to reduce the risk of future occurrences and improve its internal security awareness procedures.”
Affected clients and employees are also invited to contact Hillsides with questions. Privacy Officer Tony Aikins can be reached via telephone at 323-543-2800 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.,. Mondays through Fridays, via email at email@example.com or by addressing a letter to Hillsides Support Services, attention “Privacy Questions” at 815 Colorado Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90041.