PASADENA — A man showed up at a Pasadena emergency room with a gunshot to his foot late Saturday, officials said.
The man arrived at a hospital about 11:45 p.m. and said he had been shot, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
He told investigators he had been shot in the area of Mar Vista Avenue and Villa Street, but provided no further details of what had taken place, the lieutenant said.
Police received no reports of a shooting near Mar Vista and Villa, though they did respond to a report of “shots fired” shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Cedar Street.
Officers responded to the neighborhood after reports of shots heard, accompanied by the sound of a car speeding away, Clawson said. No victims or suspects were found at the scene.
Police were looking into the possibility the wounded man may have been related to the reported shooting along Fair Oaks, he added. The investigation was being handled by gang detectives.
PASADENA — Police subdued and arrested a man who held his 10-month-old daughter at knifepoint during a standoff with officers at a Pasadena motel early Saturday, officials said.
Steven Flowers, 32, of Pasadena is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment following the incident, which unfolded about 12:45 a.m. at the Lincoln Motel, on Lincoln Avenue just south of Howard Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Police were first summoned to the motel by staff who reported a domestic disturbance inside a room involving Flores and the mother of his baby, the lieutenant said.
“Upon arrival, they found that Mr. Flowers was in a motel room and armed with a knife,” Clawson said. “He had picked up his daughter and held her at knifepoint.”
He had locked himself inside the motel room with the infant in one hand, and a knife with a 6-inch-long blade in the other, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
An officer began negotiating with Flowers and urged him to drop the knife and release the baby, as other officers assembled a rescue team to force their way into the room if necessary, officials said. Flowers dropped the knife, but remained locked inside the motel room with his daughter.
Using a key card they had obtained, officers then rushed into the room.
“Upon entering the room, the suspect retreated into the corner of the bedroom and appeared to be squeezing the infant,” according to the police statement. “Flowers was aggressive, belligerent and appeared paranoid.”
Officers then engaged in a pre-arranged rescue plan, with each officer assigned a specific role in rescuing the child and subduing the father, police said.
Police shocked Flowers with a Taser as they took him into custody, Clawson said. He he also suffered a broken nose as police wrestled him into custody.
The baby was unharmed, and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was notified, police said.
Clawson commended the five officers and sergeant who took part in the rescue and arrest.
“They did an awesome job,” the lieutenant said. “They showed restraint in a confrontation that could have ended in the use of deadly force.”
Flowers was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to county booking records.
PASADENA — A jury convicted a Pasadena yoga studio owner and instructor Wednesday of sexually assaulting three women under the guise of so-called “private healing sessions,” city officials announced Thursday.
A Pasadena Superior Court jury convicted Naader Shagagi, 56, of four counts of sexual battery by fraudulent representation, city officials said in a written statement.
Shagagi, the proprietor of the Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, 553 S. Lake Ave., was ordered to return to court for sentencing Dec. 5, officials said. He faces up to four years behind bars, and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
“The City Attorney’s Office will recommend the maximum penalty,” Pasadena spokeswoman William Boyer said.
A total of six counts were initially filed, he said. The jury hung on two additional sexual battery charges against Naader.
The assaults took place during “so called private ‘healing’ sessions,” according to the city statement. “Evidence provided by Deputy City Prosecutor Joon Kim showed the victims were told that his intimate touching would help ‘heal’ the victims.”
“Other fraudulent representations that the defendant made to the victims included that he was ‘healer’ who had cured others of breast cancer and that he was a ‘messenger of the gods’ who could communicate with gods,” according to the statement. “The victims were convinced to participate in multiple private ‘healing’ sessions with Shagagi during which he repeatedly groped and touched them.”
The victims were all described as young women, Boyer said. The assaults took place in 2012, however a more specific time frame was not available Thursday.
We are grateful that the jury has sent a strong message that sex crimes will not be tolerated, Pasadena City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris said.
She also called upon any additional victims who have not yet made themselves known to come forward.
“If other victims step forward, our office will pursue these matters and seek justice for the victims,” she said.
Bagneris encouraged all sexual assault victims to report the crimes to police.
PICO RIVERA — A sheriff’s bomb squad investigated the discovery of an artillery shell at a Pico Rivera home Wednesday, but ultimately found the device to be inert, authorities said.
The incident was first reported shortly after 5 p.m. at a home in the 8200 block of Lowman Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jacqueline Sanchez said.
Dan Gonzalez, who owns Pacific Home Tech, was helping the property owner with maintenance when he said he noticed the unexploded munition in a backyard garden, previously covered by weeds. The renters, who were fairly new residents, did not know what the device was or where it came from.
He described it as rusted, about 5 inches in diameter and 22 inches long.
Gonzales called sheriff’s deputies, who in turn summoned the Sheriff’s Arson-Explosives Unit to investigate, Sgt. Robert Jones said. After about an hour, the bomb squad determined the shell contained no explosives and sounded the all-clear.
Deputies suspected the shell may have belonged to a former military veteran who lived in the home before the current residents, Jones said.
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PASADENA — A man suffered a wound to his shoulder in a Pasadena shooting early Sunday, but did not appear to be cooperating with investigators regarding the attack, police said.
Officer responded about 12:45 a.m. to reports of gunshots heard in the Washington Boulevard and Marengo Avenue when they found a 24-year-old Pasadena man sitting along the curb with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, Pasadena police Lt. Randell Taylor said. The injury was not considered life-threatening.
His bullet-riddled car was came to a rest on the porch of a Marengo Avenue home, but did not strike the house, Taylor said.
The shooting victim gave police little information, the lieutenant said.
“He said hew as driving down the street and someone was shooting at him,” the lieutenant said. “He did not give us a description.”
Bullet casings were found nearby, Taylor added.
A motive in the shooting was not clear.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.
PASADENA — Officials arrested a Pasadena man Friday on suspicion of setting fire to his own car in an alleged arson earlier in the year.
Mazi Taylor, 55, was arrested about 2 p.m. on suspicion of four arson-related charges, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian and Los Angeles County booking records.
He’s accused of torching his own 2007 Suzuki Forenza in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 as it was parked in the 1200 block of North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena police and fire officials said.
A man was spotted running from the scene, and the fire was immediately suspected to be the work of an arsonist, officials said.
He told investigators at the time that he was at work when the fire broke out, and had been notified by his girlfriend that his car was on fire.
But the Pasadena Fire Department’s arson investigator concluded differently, arresting Taylor in connection with the fire Friday afternoon.
The motive in the alleged crime was not available.
According to booking records, Taylor was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — An 18-year-old Los Angeles man received 1-year jail sentence this week after admitting carrying a concealed handgun and brandishing it at a police officer who was pursuing him in July.
An officer fired a shot at Tyshawn Goodman during the July incident in the 1400 block of Garfield Avenue, Pasadena police officials said at the time. The suspect was not struck by the gunfire, though he was treated for a shoulder injury he suffered while running from police through an apartment complex.
He was originally charged with assault on a peace officer with a firearm and felony possession of a concealed handgun, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
At a hearing Monday in Pasadena Superior Court, Goodman pleaded “no contest” to one felony count of possessing a concealed firearm and a misdemeanor count of exhibiting or drawing a firearm, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.
He was immediately sentenced to 365 days in jail, along with three years of probation, Davila-Morales said. He was given credit for 230 days of that sentence — 115 days for actual time served, and another 115 days for good behavior.
Officers encountered Goodman about 9:30 p.m. July 13 as they responded to a report of a fight, Pasadena police officials said at the time.
As officers arrived, a witness indicated a man — later identified as Goodman — had just run off and was armed with a handgun, police said.
As an officer chased Goodman through an apartment complex, he raised a handgun, and an officer fired a single shot.
Goodman, who was not struck by the gunfire, dropped his gun and jumped through an apartment window, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said. He was soon apprehended in the area.
No police or officers were injured in the incident, officials said.
PASADENA — A transient arrested for being drunk in public Tuesday afternoon was re-arrested Tuesday night after he promptly vandalized three police cars upon his release from the city jail, authorities said.
Manuel Julian Venegas, 48, was being held in lieu of $20,000 pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police first jailed him Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of public intoxication, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
After sobering up, Venegas was released from custody about 10 p.m., Delgado said.
But as he walked away from the police station, he began “beating up” on three police cars parked along Walnut Street, just west of Garfield Avenue, Delgado said.
A witness reported seeing the vandalism, and Venegas was back in custody within minutes of release, the lieutenant said.
The vehicles sustained minor damage, including a broken mirror and bent antennas, which was valued about $1,000. Venegas was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.
PASADENA — A car and an occupied house were struck by gunfire early Sunday in Northwest Pasadena, though police found no gunshot victims, officials said.
Officers responded about 3:10 a.m. to multiple reports of “shots fired” at Garfield Avenue and Douglass Street, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
“They canvassed the area and found bullet casings on the street,” the lieutenant said. “A vehicle and residence were struck by gunfire.”
The home was occupied at the time of the shooting, however no one was found injured from the shooting either at the scene or at area hospitals, Delgado said.
A small, tan sedan was seen driving away from the area at the time of the shooting, he added.