Elderly Pasadena woman scares off prowlers


PASADENA >> An 83-year-old Pasadena woman was awakened by prowlers climbing on the roof of her house and shining flashlights into the windows late Sunday, police said.
The victim was asleep shortly after 10 p.m. at her home in the 300 block of California Terrace when an unknown number of prowlers used a patio table to climb onto the roof of her home, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“One of the suspects shined a flashlight into the residence, which awoke the resident,” the lieutenant said.
The prowlers ran away when the woman yelled at them, he said. Police searched the area but found no suspects.
The prowlers did not get into the woman’s home, Goodman added.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Slain sheriff’s Explorer, friend honored on 5th anniversary of South Whittier double-slaying

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Five years have passed since the day a sheriff’s Explorer Scout and his friend were gunned down in South Whittier. But more than 100 loved ones and fellow Explorers took to the street Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the double-slaying to make it clear that the victims are not forgotten and the search for the killer will not end until justice is served.
The army of marchers demanding justice for 19-year-old Norwalk sheriff’s Explorer Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas has maintained its annual vigil in the years since the Aug. 28, 2011, drive-by shooting in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue. Each year since the killings, family, friends, colleagues and sheriff’s officials have joined together to march through the streets of south Whittier, stopping to leave flowers and light candles on the parking lot where Rodriguez and Villegas lost their lives.
0826_NWS_WDN-L-MARCHmug-300x225At the end of the march, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, who is handling the investigation, addressed the crowd assembled at Amelia Mayberry Park.
“Don’t lose hope. I have not lost hope,” the sergeant said. “As long as I am in the sheriff’s department, and there is a homicide bureau, we will work this case.”
The lack of answers is the most difficult part of dealing with the loss of Cesar Rodriguez, said his mother, Lupe Rodriguez.
Cesar was friendly and well-liked, she said. “If (the killer) knew him, they would love him, too.”
And although justice would not bring her son back, the mother said it would help her heal a great deal.
“I have to live to see justice,” she said.
Rodriguez and Villegas had just left a friend’s house when a gray Toyota Scion drove up, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill Brauberger said at the time. The driver opened fire, mortally wounding booth, before fleeing the scene. The hunt for the killer has continued ever since.
0830_NWS_WDN-L-CESARb - CopyAnd family members have vowed to continue their yearly vigil until the killer is caught.
The key to solving the case likely lies with a witness who has yet to come forward, according to officials and family members. Rodriguez implored anyone with any information on the shooting to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PHOTOS: [ABOVE] – Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau speaks to marchers at Mayberry Park in South Whittier after a march commemorating the 5th anniversary of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old sheriff’s Explorer and his 24-year-old friend in South Whittier on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. [CENTER] – Cesar Rodriguez, 19, of Whittier. (courtesy) [BELOW] – A T-shirt worn by a marcher seeking information regarding the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s Explorer Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas during a march to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the double-slaying on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
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FedEx truck ends up teetering on hilltop in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> A FedEx delivery truck ended up precariously perched atop a Pasadena hillside after a crash late Friday, officials said.
The crash took place about 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Patrician Way, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The driver had just made a delivery when he apparently took a turn too sharply, the lieutenant said.
The truck came to a rest with one of its wheels hanging over the roadway, dangling atop a hillside, he said.
Police said the driver suffered no injuries. A home at the base of the hillside where the truck was perched was evacuated as a precaution as officials worked to safely bring the vehicle back onto the roadway.

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PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Man critically injured in Pasadena stabbing, suspect jailed


PASADENA >> One man was hospitalized in critical condition and another was accused of attempted murder on Sunday after an early morning stabbing near Central Park in Pasadena, police said.
Officers arrested 51-year-old transient Lewis Divens minutes after the near-fatal 1:37 a.m. stabbing at Del Mar Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“We received a call of a fight,” the lieutenant said. “They located a victim who had been stabbed during this fight.”
The victim, a 56-year-old man also described as transient, suffered “major injuries” in the stabbing and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, he said.
Officers found and detained Divens without a struggle about a block away.
Police recovered a knife from Divens that was believed to have been used in the attack, Lt. John Mercado said.
The motive in the stabbing remained unclear Sunday.

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Shots fired outside Pasadena apartment complex


PASADENA >> Shots were fired outside a Pasadena apartment building Friday afternoon, but no victims were found, police said.
The shooting took place about 6 p.m. in the 100 block of East Painter Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A black Hyundai sedan drove into the parking lot of an apartment complex, he said. Someone inside opened fire on a group of people who were on foot.
The apparent targets of the attack scattered and were not found, Clawson said. No gunshot wound victims believed linked to the shooting turned up at local hospitals.
Clawson said the Hyundai was last seen heading north from the area. No further description was available.
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.

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Gunman sought in failed Pasadena gas station robbery


PASADENA >> A masked gunman tried to hold-up a Pasadena gas station on Friday, but ran away empty-handed when the clerk refused to allow him into the locked business, police said.
The ill-fated robbery attempt took place about 12:15 a.m at an ARCO station, 1010 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The would-be robber wore a bandana over his face and carried a handgun when he approached the business, according to the lieutenant. But the doors of the gas station were locked overnight.
Police said the robber demanded the attendant let him in, but the employee refused.
Ultimately, the gunman fled empty-handed. He was described as a black man between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a long-sleeve black hooded sweat shirt.
He was last seen running south on Catalina Avenue.
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.

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Teen arrested following Pasadena carjacking


PASADENA >> A 17-year-old boy carjacked a man early Sunday before being quickly apprehended and arrested, authorities said.
A 47-year-old Pasadena man was asleep in his 1989 Toyota Corolla about 3:55 a.m. as it was parked in the 900 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The teenage suspect approached the victim and demanded his car while holding an item in his hand, the lieutenant said.
“The victim believed the suspect was in possession of a handgun,” he said. The man turned over his car to the suspect, who drove away.
“Officers responded and located the vehicle approximately one block away, being drive by the suspect,” Goodman said.
Police pulled over the Toyota at Summit Avenue and Painter Street and took the teenage suspect into custody. He was taken to juvenile, and the car was returned to the victim.
No gun was recovered, Goodman said. It appeared the suspect used a cell phone to simulate a handgun during the crime.

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UPDATED: 2 suspects in custody, 2 sought after pursuit ends in crash in East Pasadena


EAST PASADENA >> Deputies arrested two suspects and sought two more after a pursuit of a suspected stolen car ended with a crash near Pasadena Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crash occurred about 6:40 p.m. along Sierra Madre Boulevard, near Del Mar Boulevard, in the unincorporated county area of East Pasadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Oscar Lopez said.
Deputies had been chasing a car that had been reportedly stolen for a short distance when it collided with another car, he said.
A woman inside was treated for minor injuries, Lt. Tri Hoang said.
Deputies immediately apprehended a man and a woman at the crash scene, the lieutenant said. Two additional suspects, both described as male, escaped capture and ran.
Officials cordoned off the neighborhood and searched for nearly four hours, but the two outstanding suspects were not found.
The identities of the two suspects arrested were not immediately available.

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Man sentenced for murder of 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A judge sentenced a Lancaster man who drowned his 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena to 25 years to life behind bars on Friday, officials said.
A Pasadena jury convicted Marquise Jackson, 26, last month of first-degree murder, along with child abuse resulting in death for the May 20, 2011, murder of his daughter, Mo’Mayjah Jackson.
He drowned the young girl in the apartment of the girl’s mother in the 100 block of West Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena while she was away at work, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson, who was 21 at the time, told police he killed the girl because he no longer wanted the responsibility of being a father, police said.
But he went on to deny the formal charges, and argued unsuccessfully that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
The jury deliberated for less than one day before convicting Jackson, officials said.

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Man attacked, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A gunman robbed and apparently pistol-whipped a man walking in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena Saturday night, police said.
A 19-year-old Pasadena man was walking about 10:30 p.m. when a car pulled up next to him and stopped at Summit Avenue and Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The (passenger) got out of the car, displayed a handgun to the victim and demanded money,” Goodman said. The victims turned over his cash.
“After obtaining the money, the suspect told the victim to turn around, at which time he struck the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object, possibly the handgun,” the lieutenant said.
The victim fell ot the ground, and the gunman then returned to the car, which sped off. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be severe.
He was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, heavy-set, bald, wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and khaki shorts.
No description of the getaway driver or the car was available.
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.

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