Ex-employee accused of pulling gun on manager of Pasadena pizzeria

PASADENA >> A disgruntled ex-pizzeria employee is accused of returning to his former workplace in Pasadena Sunday and pulling a gun on his former boss, police said.
Sheldon Brooks, 25, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 4:20 p.m. incident at the restaurant in the 2400 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Brooks arrived at the business and threatened employees, the Clawson said. The manager ordered him to leave, and he complied.
The manager followed Brooks outside as he left,” the lieutenant said.
“The suspect produced a loaded handgun and pointed it at the manager,” he said. Brooks then drove away.
Police officers headed to Brooks home in the area of Lake Avenue and Belvidere Street and spotted his car, Clawson said.
As officers approached Brooks’ home, he tossed a bag containing the handgun out a window, police said. He then surrendered without a struggle.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Brooks was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Fire scorches home in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that ignited on the front porch of a home before it could cause major damage to the structure, officials said.
The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at a house in the 2000 block of North Raymond Avenue, near Montana Street, Pasadena fire and police officials said.
The flames first broke out on the porch of the home before working their way into the home’s siding, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“But quickly extinguished before it spread into the attic,” she said.
One woman was taken to a hospital after reporting that she felt faint, officials said.
Four residents were evacuated from the home and a back house on the same property were not able to re-occupy their homes pending repairs to the electrical system caused by the fire, Derderian said.
Derderian said the fire caused an estimated $26,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Police find 20 grams of cocaine during traffic stop in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A traffic stop led to the discovery of about 20 grams of cocaine in Pasadena Saturday afternoon, police said.
Two officers pulled over a car for a traffic violation just after 4 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Mountain Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“During the investigation, the officers recovered a quantity of cocaine from the driver,” Luna said. “The officers also recovered a moderate amount of U.S. currency.”
Police arrested the driver, a Pasadena man in his 40s, on suspicion of possession of cocaine for sales, Luna said. Police withheld his name Sunday, citing an active investigation.

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Altadena man badly hurt in Pasadena solo-car crash

PASADENA >> A 23-year-old Altadena man suffered major injuries in a solo-car crash early Sunday, police said.
The crash took place about 12:13 a.m. on Marengo Avenue at Elizabeth Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
The man had been driving a small sedan south on Marengo Avenue at a “high rate of speed” when the car left the road and struck a tree and a telephone pole, the lieutenant said.
Luna said the driver ended up “partially ejected” from his car.
Paramedics took the man to a hospital where he was in serious condition, Luna said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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Good Samaritan fights off would-be robber in Pasadena; suspect jailed

PASADENA >> A would-be robber attacked a man along Fair Oaks Avenue before a good Samaritan intervened and fought the attacker off Saturday, police said.
Jaime Medina Ruiz, 28, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery following the incident, which unfolded just after 7 p.m. along Fair Oaks Avenue, just south of Del Mar Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
Ruiz confronted the victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena man, and demanded money, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“When the victim told him he had nothing to give him, the suspect punched him in the face,” he said.
But a 27-year-old Pasadena man who witnessed the crime rushed to help the victim, Luna said.
“He fought with and attempted to restrain the suspect,” Luna said. The failed robber managed to flee.
Police, aided by officers hovering overhead in a helicopter, soon found and arrested Ruiz in connection with the crime, Luna said.

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Temple City man shot during Pasadena home-invasion robbery

PASADENA >> Five home-invasion robbers shot a Temple City man inside a Pasadena apartment before fleeing with watches late Saturday, authorities said.
The wounded man was shot in the arm and grazed in the torso during the crime, which took place shortly after 10 p.m. at an apartment in the 600 block of East Union Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. He was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
A second victim of the robbery, described as a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, suffered abrasions to his arm during the home invasion, Luna said.
Police described the armed intruders as an Asian woman in her 20s, and four men of unknown race between 25 and 30 years old.
“The suspects entered the apartment and demanded jewelry at gunpoint,” Luna said. “A physical struggle ensued, and one of the suspects fired at the victim.”
The robbers fled with watches, he said, though the number or value of the watches was not clear.
Officers discovered the crime scene after responding to a report of gunfire, Luna added.
No further details were available Sunday.

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Pasadena man accused of attacking parking lot monitor with cane, rock

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man is accused of attacking a parking lot monitor and a woman with a can and a large rock Friday afternoon, police said.
Shawn Jess Adelman, 43, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the incident, which took place about 1:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
He was loitering in a parking lot when the monitor, a 47-year-old Altadena man, asked him to move to a safer spot, Luna said.
Adelman struck the attendant with a cane, and threw a large rock at both him and a 61-year-old Pasadena woman who was standing nearby, the lieutenant said.
Police responded and arrested Adelman, Luna said. The parking lot monitor was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries to his elbow and hand. The woman was not hurt.
According to county booking records, Adelman was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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UPDATED: Three wounded in shooting following festivities at Robinson Park in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Three men were wounded in a shooting that took place following the conclusion of summer festivities at Robinson Park in Pasadena late Friday, authorities said.
The shooting took place just before 11:10 p.m. in a parking lot at the northwest corner of Robinson Park, at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
It occurred following the city’s final “Parks After Dark” event, which have been taking place regularly through the summer.
Police officers heard the sound of gunfire coming from the area and rushed to the scene, he said. Police received a 9-1-1 call about the same time reporting “shots fired.”
“There’s a group of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 people running from the scene,” the lieutenant said. “Officers came across three victims.”
One of the men was shot in the torso, shoulder and leg, Calatayud said. After undergoing surgery at a hospital, he was listed in serious-but-stable condition.
Another victim was wounded in the buttocks, and the third was shot in the hand, police said. Neither wound was believed to be life-threatening.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available Saturday, nor was any information regarding a suspect description or motive, Lt. John Luna said.
Police did not receive reports of any fights preceding the shooting, he added.
Police continued working an “active crime scene” beyond 2 a.m. Saturday.

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UPDATED: Pickup truck crash clogs traffic at Pasadena intersection; driver believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel

PASADENA >> The intersection of Lake Avenue and Villa Street in Pasadena is expected to be congested throughout the day as officials repair light posts and a bus bench destroyed in a solo-vehicle crash early Sunday, police said.
The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. as an 18-year-old La Canada Flintridge man was driving a pickup truck south on Lake Avenue, just north of Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossing traffic in a pickup truck, colliding with a bus bench and two light poles,” Luna said.
The car crossed over northbound traffic lanes before hitting the object along the east side of Lake Avenue, the lieutenant said. But no other vehicles were struck.
One light post was knocked down by the crash, and a second was also damaged, he said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus bench struck by the pickup truck was “destroyed,” Luna said. “It was in pieces,
But despite the damage, the driver walked away from the crash with only minor abrasions, officials said.
A 37-year-old Pasadena man also suffered minor injuries when he slipped and fell while rishing to get out of the pickup truck’s way, Luna said.
Both the driver and pedestrian were treated by paramedics.
The driver was not cited or arrested at the scene, and intoxicated driving was not suspected, Luna said.
While the intersection was not closed entirely Sunday, heavy traffic was expected in the area as a result of the crash.
“The traffic accident with minor injuries near (Lake Avenue and Villa Street) will cause traffic backups and detours for the remainder of the day while city public works crews repair light standards and MTA repairs a bus bench,” police said in a written statement. “Consider Los Robles Avenue for north-south traffic and Orange Grove Blvd for east-west traffic.”

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UPDATED: Eminem and Rihanna fans held up by man threatening to jump from Pasadena freeway overpass

PASADENA >> Concert-goers heading to a Rihanna and Eminem concert were stopped in their tracks Thursday by a man who threatened to jump from a 210 Freeway overpass, authorities said.
Both directions of the 210 Freeway were shut down, along with the Metro Gold Line shortly before 7 p.m. after the apparently suicidal man was spotted on the outside of the bridge railing, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
A cushion was put in place beneath the overpass as a precaution, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.
“The crisis negotiations team that was there talked to him for about 25 minutes or so, and convinced him to come back over,” the Calatayud said.
The man, who was in his 20s, was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, the lieutenant said.
The incident unfolded as tens of thousands of fans crowded into the Rose Bowl ahead of an anticipated concert featuring Rihanna and Eminem.
The closure caused traffic to back up for miles.
On the westbound side of the 210 Freeway, traffic was jammed all the way to the 605 Freeway.
Pasadena fire officials announced about 7:20 p.m. that the man was down from the overpass. The freeway opened minutes later once firefighters cleared their equipment from the roadway.

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