PASADENA –Police jailed a transient on suspicion of attempted murder late Tuesday after he tried to strangle a woman he had been arguing with, authorities said.
Farris Tollette, 45, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Pasadena Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
The alleged attack took place about 9 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
Tollette and the victim, also a transient, have a history of domestic violence and had been arguing earlier int he day, the lieutenant said.
Tollette saw the woman alone and ran up to her, knocked her to the ground and choked her until she lost consciousness, he said.
Responging officers arrested Tollette without a struggle, Delgado added. The woman declined to be taken to a hospital.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the region and nationwide are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration Saturday to collect unwanted prescription drugs.
Residents are invited to drop off unwanted drugs at dozens of area police and sheriff’s stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the DEA.
“This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications,” DEA officials said in a written statement.
Collecting the drugs helps prevent them from falling into the hands of abusers, or ending up polluting the environment, officials said.
Locations participating in the drug take back program Saturday include Los Angeles County sheriff’s station, the Whittier Police Department, the La Habra Police Department, the La Verne Police Department, the San Gabriel Police Department, the Glendora Police Department and the Monterey Park Police Department.
To find a nearby collection site, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov and click the “got drugs” icon.
PASADENA — Police jailed an Altadena man Saturday who tried to carjack three different cars before one of the drivers struck him with a vehicle, officials said.
Cory Howard Macy, 27, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail Sunday at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail after being booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
The ill-fated crime spree took place about 5:25 p.m. near Holliston Avenue and Elizabeth Street, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
“The suspect approached three different vehicles that were travelling in the general area and flagged them down,” the lieutenant said.
He first attempted to steal the cars of a 73-year-old woman, then a 58-year-old woman, he said.
“He was yelling at victims to open the doors and give him their cars,” Calatayud said. “The victims had their car doors locked, and when they became aware that they were being the victims of a crime, they sped away.”
In the third carjacking attempt, Macy demanded the driver exit his vehicle while attempting to open the car door, police said.
The driver, a 48-year-old man, began driving away, Calatayud said. Macy allegedly jumped onto the hood of the victim’s car before rolling off.
Officers found and arrested Macy in the area, he added. He was taken for a medical examination before being booked into jail.
Calatayud said all three victims were wise to have their doors locked while driving around, which police normally recommend.
“The victims are commended for using safe practices,” he said.
PASADENA — Authorities Sunday released the name of a 37-year-old Covina man killed in a motorcycle crash on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena Saturday afternoon.
Leo David Villalobos Jr. died in the 3:45 p.m. collision on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just east of Lake Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
He was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail in the carpool lane at a “high rate of speed” when a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero ahead of him began slowing to a stop because of traffic ahead, Sgt. R. Lynch of the California Highway Patrol’s Altadena office said in a written statement.
“For an unknown reason, Villalobos Jr. failed to notice traffic ahead coming to a stop and collided into the rear of the Montero,” Lynch said. He was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 38-year-old Pomona woman, was not injured, he added.
The investigation was ongoing.
PASADENA — A motorcyclist died Saturday in a crash on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, authorities said.
The fatal collision was first reported about 3:50 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the freeway, just east of Lake Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.
The rider, initially described only as male, was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
The CHP described the other vehicle involved in the crash as a Mitsubishi Montero.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and three left lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway as they investigated the scene, Posada said. The Sig Alert was expected to remain in effect for about two hours.
LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are accused of filing a false police report in connection with a 2011 arrest outside a Huntington Park Bar, officials announced Friday.
Deputies Robert G. Lindsey, 31, and Charles G. Rodriguez, 38, were each charged Wednesday with felony counts of filing a false police report and conspiring to file a false police report, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
The allegations stem from an arrest the two deputies made outside the Durango Bar in Huntington Park on June 3, 2011, officials said. The information they put on their report was found to conflict with a video recording of the incident.
“The deputies’ account of the events in the police report differed from what prosecutors allege actually happened,” according to the D.A.’s statement. “The discrepancies were found after a defense counsel provided prosecutors with a videotape from a security camera in the bar parking lot.
Further details on the incident were not released. It was not clear why the deputies made an arrest in Huntington Park, which is patrolled by the Huntington Park Police Department.
BIG BEAR — A small airplane with four people onboard went down in Big Bear lake after experiencing engine problems, officials said.
No one was believed to be seriously hurt following the 10:40 a.m. incident, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.
“Several passengers were able to exit the plane and a couple of them have minor injuries,” she said.
The plane went down in shallow water in the southwest portion of the lake, according to Big Bear Airport and Federal Aviation Administration officials.
“An inbound announced having engine trouble, losing altitude,” airport Unicom Operator Bob Dow said.
The plane was cleared to land at the airport but didn’t make it, Dow said.
After hitting the water, “The aircraft came to a rest inverted,” FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
The Beech A36 bonanza sustained “substantial damage,” he added.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the incident, Kenitzer said, with the NTSB spearheading the probe.
A preliminary report on the mishap was expected to be published within a week or two, he said. A probable cause will likely not be determined for several months.
PASADENA — A man was taken to a hospital for psychological observation after he jumped from a utility tower Friday night.
Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson said the man fell about 50 feet and landed on an air bag that Pasadena firefighters placed under the Edison tower. The man wasn’t injured, he said.
The incident started at 3:38 p.m. when police received a call about a man on a tower at Kinneloa Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
Clawson said the man was standing on a railing of the tower.
The police department’s crisis negotiating team responded and were talking to the man. At 10:10 p.m., Clawson said the man jumped.
He didn’t know what led the man to climb the tower and leap.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — Police are investigating the death of a man who was found beneath the Colorado Street Bridge Thursday as a suicide, authorities said.
The dead man was a 51-year-old Chatsworth resident, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
The body was discovered shortly before 2 p.m., after a witness reported seeing the man apparently jump from the bridge, according to Pasadena police and county coroner’s officials said.
An autopsy was pending Friday, however the death was being investigated as a suicide.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — A man was killed when his vehicle went off Angeles Crest Highway and fell about 300 feet Wednesday night.
At 6:12 p.m. deputies were called to a car over the side of Angeles Crest Highway at mile marker 30.52.
Lt. Tonya Edwards of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station said someone saw the motorist drive off the road.
A sheriff’s homicide detective responded to the scene.
The Montrose Search and Rescue Team retrieved the body.
- Ruby Gonzales