Gunman robs Pasadena liquor store


PASADENA >> An armed man held up a drive-through liquor store late Saturday, police said.
The crime took place about 10:45 p.m. at Gerlach’s Liquor at Fair Oaks Avenue and Glenarm Street, Pasadena police Lt. Art Chute said.
The robber walked up to the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from man working there, the lieutenant said.
Chute said the employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The robber was last seen leaving the store on foot.
Police described the robber as black man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a dark complexion.

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UPDATED: Police search Pasadena neighborhood for gunman

PASADENA >> Police searched a Pasadena neighborhood Thursday for an armed man who ran from officers responding to reports of gunfire, but ultimately came up empty-handed, authorities said.
Officers responded about 6 p.m. after receiving calls reporting an armed man, and at least one call reporting shots fired, in the area of Washington and Raymond avenues, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Officers spotted the armed man, who ran from them, the lieutenant said. Officials briefly chased after the man, but turned their efforts to a search perimeter after he escaped their view in the 1400 block of north Summit Avenue.
Police conducted yard-to-yard searches, Gourdikian said. Officers were confident the armed suspect was pinned down within the search perimeter.
About four hours later, “after an extensive and systematic search,” the search was called off, police said in a written statement. The suspect was not found.
There were no initial signs of anyone or anything being struck by the reported gunfire, Gourdikian said.

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Police use pepper spray to break up fight outside Pasadena bar; 3 arrested

PASADENA >> Police pepper-sprayed and arrested three men early Sunday as they fought with a bouncer outside Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena, authorities said.
Gilberto Zaragoza, 44, of Pacoima, Victor Rivera, 38, of Sylmar, and Byron Reyes, 40, whose city of residence was unclear, were booked on suspicion of battery following the 1:23 melee outside the restaurant and bar, 99 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The suspects had been escorted out of the bar,” Luna said.
When they reached the sidewalk, Zaragoza began fighting with the 26-year-old bouncer, and the other two suspect joined in, the lieutenant said.
The fight continued when officers arrived, he said. Officers sprayed the suspects with pepper spray to break up the fight and take them into custody, Luna said.
Police said the bouncer suffered bruising to his face but declined to be taken to a hospital. Paramedics treated the suspects for pepper spray exposure before were taken to jail.
Zaragoza, Rivera and Reyes were released from custody later Sunday morning pending their initial court dates after posting $20,000 bail each, records show.

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Suspected gang member arrested, gun seized in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man who threw a handgun while running from police late Saturday, officials said.
Officers jailed alleged gang member Unique Dedwin Robinson, 22, of Fontana on suspicion of carrying a concealed handgun, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officers spotted a group of suspected gang members about 10:30 p.m. at Sunset Avenue and Hammond Street, outside of the Kings Villages apartment complex, Luna said.
As officers approached the group, Robinson walked away, the lieutenant said. But he walked toward other officers who were approaching from another direction.
Robinson threw a .22-caliber, semi-automatic handgun as he fled from the police into a nearby home, where he was arrested a short time later, Luna said.
Los Angeles County booking records indicated Robinson was being held in lieu of $90,000 bail pending his initial court date.

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Bicycle stop in Pasadena leads to arrest of alleged meth dealer

PASADENA >> Pasadena police arrested a suspected gang member and recovered 18 grams of methamphetamine, along with replica handgun, Friday afternoon, officials said.
Victor Aguilar Mendoza, 21, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The arrest came after an officer tried to stop Mendoza for committing a traffic violation while riding a bicycle about 5 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Police chased the suspect as he fled into a nearby apartment, the lieutenant said. He obeyed commands to come out about five minutes later.
Mendoza consented to a search of his apartment, during which police found 18 grams of methamphetamine and a pistol only capable of firing “blanks,” Luna said.
Mendoza was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.

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Two wounded in shooting at Washington Park in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Two men suffered serious injuries in a shooting at Washington Park in Pasadena Wednesday, officials said.
The shots rang out shortly after 6 p.m. at the park, in the 700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
Officers on patrol nearby heard gunshots coming from the area about the same time someone called police to a report some sort of disturbance involving a large group of people at the park, the lieutenant said.
The officers encountered many people leaving the park on foot and in cars when they arrived, Ibarra said.
The two wounded men were soon found in the park, she said. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment. An update on their conditions was not available. The victims were initially described as men in their late-20s or early-30s.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting or a description of the shooter or shooters was available as detectives continued their investigation late Wednesday, Ibarra said.
Traffic on Washington Boulevard was expected to remain shut down between El Molino and Hudson avenue well into the night Wednesday as officials gathered clues at the scene, she said.
Police believed the shooting was witnessed by many people, and asked anyone with information to contact 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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Pasadena man accused of burglary, assault

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man on suspicion of assaulting a party bus driver early Sunday before discovering the suspect had also just broken into a nearby home, officials said.
Mario Anjel Caraveo, 22, of Pasadena is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary following hi 8:30 a.m. arrest at Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records
Officers first responded to a report of a burglary just after midnight in the 1800 block of Monte Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 62-year-old man returned home from a bike ride to find an intruder inside his home, Luna said. The resident went to a neighbor’s house and called the police.
The burglar was gone when officers arrived, and he was not found during a search of the area, the lieutenant said. Several items, including a replica handgun, were stolen in the break-in.
Police responded to a second report of an alleged assault about 3:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard.
A party bus driver, 51, told police a man had approached him and pointed what appeared to be a handgun directly at him, Luna said. But the man ran off when another person approached the bus. It was not clear whether the incident was an abandoned robbery attempt.
Police did not find the suspect immediately following the crime, Luna said. However, an officer spotted a man matching the description of the assault suspect walking in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Craig Avenue about 6:30 a.m. and took him into custody.
Not only did officers identify Caraveo as a suspect in the assault on the bus driver, but they soon discovered that a replica handgun he was carrying had been taken in the Monte Vista Street burglary, Luna said.
Officer arrested Caraveo in connection with both crimes.
According to county booking records, Caraveo, who already has a previous criminal case pending against him, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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UPDATED: Missing Pasadena woman found safe in Los Angeles

PASADENA >> A missing autistic woman with bipolar disorder and high blood pressure who went missing Wednesday turned up safe and sound at a Los Angeles bus stop Saturday, police said.
Authorities sought the public’s help in finding Gena Richardson, 46, after she disappeared from her home Pasadena home Wednesday afternoon. She had possibly been spotted at the Memorial Park Gold Line Station the same day.
A woman who recognized Richardson from media coverage saw her Saturday morning at a bus stop at the corner of Adams Boulevard and Figueora Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. The good Samaritan flagged down a Los Angeles police officer.
Luna said Richardson was unharmed and was being reunited with her family.

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La Verne middle school aide accused of molesting 13-year-old girl

LA VERNE >> Police arrested a volunteer aide at a La Verne middle school Wednesday on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl, authorities said.
Police jailed Anthony Michael Valdez, 21, of Ontario on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a child under 14 years old, La Verne police officials said in a written statement.
He served as a volunteer aide at Ramona Middle School, police said.
“The victim, who is now 14 years old, said the unlawful sex began when she was 13 years old and the suspect was 20, according to the police statement.
Investigators arrested Valdez about 4 p.m., according to Los Angeles County booking records.
“The investigation is ongoing,” according to the statement. “It is unknown at this time if there are any additional victims.”
Valdez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the La Verne Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.
No further information was available late Thursday.
La Verne police asked anyone with information to contact detective Laura Toscano at 909-596-1913.

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Transient accused of arson ‘for amusement’ in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested a transient early Sunday after he tried to light a strip mall on fire as a form of entertainment, officials said.
Jeremy Skinner, 42, was booked on suspicion of arson in connection with the small, 12:45 a.m. fire in the 2500 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“He gathered newspapers and trash and placed it adjacent to the strip mall building,” Luna said. “He proceeded to light the newspaper and trash on fire.”
With help from rainy weather, the building did not catch fire, and firefighters quickly extinguished the burning debris, Luna said.
After being identified as a suspect by police, “The suspect admitted starting the fire for amusement,” the lieutenant said.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Skinner was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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