Pasadena police, K-9 arrest teenage burglary suspect

PASADENA >> Pasadena police arrested a teenage burglary suspect from Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday with help from a police dog, authorities said.
A witness called police about 1:18 p.m. after seeing a young man trying to force his way into a neighbor’s house in the 2500 block of Monte Vista Street, just west of Altadena Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The teenage burglar ran from responding officers when they arrived, he said. Police set up a search perimeter.
An officer spotted the teen running south across Villa Street, Goodman said.
“The suspect refused to comply with the officers,” he said. a police canine was deployed, at which time the suspect was taken into custody.”
Goodman said the teen was treated for a dog bite to his arm and abrasions to his back before his arrest. He was not believed to have removed anything from the home he’s accused of burglarizing.

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Sex offender accused of lewd acts in public in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police jailed a convicted sex offender Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing him exposing and touching himself in Pasadena, officials said.
Edward Frank Valdivia, a 51-year-old transient, was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts in public about 9:45 p.m. in the 200 block of South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
When officers responded to a report of a man exposing and touching himself in front of a restaurant, they encountered Valdivia, “who had his pants down,” the lieutenant said.
Police detained Valdivia without incident and arrested him once witnesses identified him as the person who exposed himself, Goodman said.
According to California’s sex offender registry, Valdivia has previous convictions for indecent exposure and for assault with intent to commit a sex offense.
According to county booking records, Valdivia was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Thursday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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Police: Auto burglar caught napping in stolen car in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested an alleged burglar and auto thief after he fell asleep in a stolen car early Wednesday, officials said.
Samuel Stokes, 34, of Pasadena is accused of auto theft, auto burglary and receiving stolen property, after being arrested shortly after 3:45 a.m. in the 400 block of South Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police responded to the street after neighbors complained that a Mercedes-Benz was parked and idling loudly, he said.
Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, who was asleep inside the vehicle,” Goodman said. Officers soon realized the car had been reported stolen out of Van Nuys.
“Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of additional stolen property, some of that was taken from a vehicle that was burglarized in the area prior to officers’ arrival,” the lieutenant said.
Stokes was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.

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Alhambra man suspected of raping coworker in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police jailed an Alhambra man Saturday on suspicion of raping an intoxicated coworker in Pasadena last month, police said.
Rene I. Flores, 29, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail Sunday at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, Los Angeles County booking records show.
Police arrested him Saturday morning at the workplace the suspect and alleged victim share in Rosemead, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The alleged rape took place the night of Feb. 20 after Flores and the victim, a woman in her early-20s, had gone out for drinks with coworkers, he said.
“She started feeling sick while she was out drinking,” Mercado said.
Flores took the woman home, then sexually assaulted her while she was “highly intoxicated” and “not coherent,” the lieutenant said.
The woman promptly reported the crime to police, who have been investigating ever since, he said.

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Masked gunman robs West Covina acupuncture and massage business

WEST COVINA >> A masked gunman robbed a West Covina acupuncture and massage business late Thursday, officials said.
The crime took place about 7:45 p.m. when the robber barged into the business in the 1400 block of West Garvey Avenue North, West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
A man wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt and a mask brandished a dark-colored handgun as he helped himself to cash and fled, police said.
No injuries were reported, and no further details were available.

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Two arrested in baseball bat attack, robbery in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police have arrested two suspects after a group of five males chased two other men with baseball bat and stole one of the victim’s cell phones Wednesday night.
At about 9:40 p.m., two black males were approached by five male Latino suspects, one of whom carried a baseball bat, in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, said Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas. The victims began to run away and were chased by the suspects to the area of Orange Grove and Los Robles Avenue, where they were assaulted by the suspects, Rojas said.
During the assault, one of the victim’s cell phones was stolen and both suffered bruising to their foreheads, Rojas said.
Both victims, a 25-year-old Pasadena man and a 27-year-old Pasadena man, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, Lt. John Luna said.
Soon after the alleged crime, a police helicopter spotted two of the suspects nearby, and officers detained them, Rojas said.
Police recovered the cell phone but were unable to locate the baseball bat and the three other suspects.
After being positively identified as two of the attackers, Arturo Chavolla, 18, of Apple Valley and Felipe Carranza, 25, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of armed robbery, according to police and county booking records. The two are being held in lieu of a $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances.
Rojas added that police believe the crime was believed to be gang related.

— By Stephanie Baer and Brian Day

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Police checkpoint planned in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location with Pasadena, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 6 lives and resulted in 84 injury crashes harming 125 of our friends and neighbors,” Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
Funding for the operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Alhambra man killed in Pasadena solo-car crash

PASADENA >> An Alhambra man died after being thrown from his SUV in a solo-vehicle crash in Pasadena early Sunday.
The victim, initially described as a man in his 20s, died at Huntington Hospital shortly after the 1:15 a.m. rollover crash on Oak Knoll Avenue just north of Old Mill Road, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man’s name was not available Sunday pending positive identification and notification of family, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corrall said.
The lone older-model, mid-size SUV involved in the crash overturned, ejecting the driver, Mercado said. The vehicle did not strike any other vehicles or objects.
Paramedics rushed the badly injured man to the hospital.
“He underwent emergency surgery,” Mercado said. “Due to massive internal injuries he did not survive surgery.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by Pasadena police.

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Three convicted of Pasadena shotgun slaying stemming from robbery attempt

PASADENA >> A jury convicted three men of murder and other crimes Friday for the 2013 shotgun slaying of a Pasadena man in an attempted robbery during a marijuana transaction, authorities said.
Gang members Peter Parra, 37, of Pasadena, Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 27, of north Hollywood and Raymond Frank Conchas, 26, of Covina each face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they return to Los Angeles Superior Court for sentencing April 17, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
A jury found each of the three men guilty of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to a commit a crime for the Jan. 15, 2013, slaying of 21-year-old Zane Goldstein at Maple Avenue and Chester Street in Pasadena, officials said.
“The jury also found true the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery and allegations that a shotgun was used and the crime was for the benefit of a gang,” Santiago said.
The victim was riding in a car with his then-24-year-old brother when the shooting occurred.
Prior to the fatal attack, the brothers had arranged to meet the suspects in an alleyway to by a small amount of marijuana, which police described as less than an ounce.
“When the victim arrived, the defendants attempted to rob him and shot him in the head with a shotgun as he tried to escape near Maple Street and Chester Avenue,” Santiago said. Goldstein’s brother escaped serious injury.
A fourth suspect in the slaying, 21-year-old Michael Piepoli, received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in November after being convicted of the killing, officials said. And a fifth defendant, 20-year-old Ward Lacey, is scheduled to go on trial for the killing in Feb. 23.

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Fire scorches Pasadena home

PASADENA >> A fire scorched a Pasadena home Thursday, causing an estimated $300,000 worth of damage, officials said.
Three residents, including an elderly woman, were at home when the fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. at the split-level house in the 1700 block of Kaweah Drive, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. But they got out of the home uninjured before firefighters arrived.
About 40 firefighters from the Pasadena, South Pasadena and Glendale fire departments extinguished the stubborn fire in about 45 minutes, she said. The fire had worked it’s way well into the walls of the home.
It sparked on the bottom floor of the split-level home, Derderian said. The cause was determined to be a malfunctioning forced-air heating unit.
No other structures were damaged.
Officials estimated the blaze caused about $200,000 worth of damage to the home, and another $100,000 worth of damage to its contents, Derderian said.
Red Cross officials responded to the scene to help the displaced residents find temporary housing.

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