PASADENA >> Police arrested an armed ex-convict with a long criminal history early Sunday after finding him asleep in a parked car with a loaded handgun, authorities said.
Hayrapet Oganesyan, 29, of Glendale is accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm about 9 a.m. in the 400 block of South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Someone called police to report a suspicious person in a vehicle parked in the residential neighborhood, the lieutenant said.
Officers arrived and found Oganesyan, along with a woman, asleep inside a car, he said.
As police tried to get Oganesyan’s attention and ask him what he was doing, an officer saw a loaded .40-caliber handgun sitting on the vehicle’s floorboard, Clawson said.
Police took Oganesyan into custody without a struggle, he added. The woman was not arrested.
According to county booking record, Oganesyan’s criminal record dates back to 2004, when he was 18 years old.
He has casing pending for accusations of drug possession and possession of paraphernalia, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
He was convicted of drug possession, drug sales, possession of drugs for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm in December of 2014, records show. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, but released less than three months later in late-February.
Oganesyan was also has conviction including domestic battery, drug-related crimes, false impersonation and forgery, court records show.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a woman on suspicion of robbery after an associate of hers intervened in a heist at a Pasadena gas station Saturday afternoon, police said.
Vanessa Leigh Bova, 32, of Pasadena was ultimately booked on suspicion of robbery, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The incident began about 4:05 p.m. when Bova, along with another woman, entered a Chevron station at California Boulevard and South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Bova grabbed herself a drink and asked the clerk for cigarettes from behind the counter, Clawson said. When the clerk turned his back, Bova pulled a what appeared to be a handgun, which was later determined to be fake, walked behind the counter and began trying to open the cash register.
The other woman who accompanied Bova asked her what she was doing and began wrestling the suspect for the gun, Clawson said. The woman succeeded, pulling the replica pistol from Bova’s hand and throwing it to the floor.
Clawson said both women left the store. Bova took with her cigarettes and other items stolen from the gas station.
Officers were investigating the crime when they received a report a short time later of two people arguing about a robbery in the 900 block of South Marengo Avenue.
On arrival, they found the second woman who had accompanied Bova into the store, but not the suspect herself, the lieutenant said. Police, aided by a helicopter overhead, soon found her near Allendale Park in Pasadena and arrested her without a struggle.
Bova was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.
PASADENA >> Three attackers kidnapped a woman in Pasadena, beat her unconscious and robbed her before dropping her off in Glendale Wednesday night, police said.
The victim, a 19-year-old Los Angeles woman, suffered “serious facial contusions” in the attack but was hospitalized in stable condition, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
She told investigators she had taken a Metro Gold Line train to Pasadena to sell the suspects a small amount of marijuana prior to the incident, which was reported to police about 11 p.m., police officials said.
The suspects, who she did not know by name, told her to meet them in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
She got into the suspects’ newer-model, silver Honda Pilot, Luna said, Inside were two men and a woman. Detailed descriptions of the three suspects were not available.
“The victim heard what sounded like a gunshot and saw one of the windows shatter,” Luna said. The two men then began punching the woman in the face until she lost consciousness.
“She came to when the suspects dropped her off in the city of Glendale,” Luna said. The woman flagged down a passer-by, who drove her to a hospital.
The woman’s cell phone had been stolen, along with the marijuana, Lt. Vasken Gourdkian said.
PASADENA >> A bullet shattered the sliding glass door of an apartment late Tuesday as a man and woman struggled over a handgun in a parking lot outside, police said.
The incident took place just after 9 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Painter Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“We responded to a report of a man and a woman wrestling over a handgun in the parking lot,” Goodman said. “The caller also indicated that a single shot had been fired, possibly the woman involved in the incident.”
Both the woman and man were gone when officers arrived, he said.
But a nearby sliding glass door had been shattered by a bullet, and a spent bullet casing was found on the ground in the parking lot, Goodman said.
Several people were inside the apartment, but none were injured, he said.
Detailed descriptions of the involved man and woman were not available.
Police checked area hospitals, but found no reports of gunshot victims believed to be connected to the incident.
PASADENA >> Drunken driving is suspected after a collision between a commuter train and compact car in Pasadena left two people injured and shut down a portion of the Metro Gold Line route in Pasadena Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place about 11:30 a.m. at the train crossing at California Boulevard, between Raymond Avenue and South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police and fire officials said.
Two men inside a Toyota Corolla that was struck by the train were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. None of the 24 passengers aboard the train were hurt.
Officials shut down California Avenue between Raymond Avenue and South Arroyo Parkway as they investigated the scene and worked to clear the wreckage.
The westbound car was struck by a southbound train, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“We have evidence, statements, that the car went under the arm and was on the track,” Mercado said. The conductor was unable to stop in time to avoid a crash, the lieutenant said.
The two driver and passenger were hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, he said.
Officers suspected the driver had been drinking and planned have blood drawn at the hospital for analysis, Mercado said.
Gold Line service between the Fillmore and Del Mar stations was initially stopped due to the collision, Metro officials said. Limited service resumed about an hours later, though passengers were cautioned of expected delays of about 20 minutes as trains in both directions sharing a single track.
Normal service resumed about 1:20 p.m., and trains were back on their normal scheduled by 2:30 , according to Metro.
California Boulevard was also reopened to vehicle traffic about 2:30 p.m., Mercado said.
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PASADENA >> A 73-year-old Pasadena man engaged police in a standoff for more than an hour Saturday after pointing a rifle at his female roommate during an argument, authorities said.
John Fletcher was expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats following the incident, which unfolded about 11 a.m. at a house in the 1000 block of Sunset Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He was taken to a hospital prior to booking for medical examination.
The incident began when Fletcher became involved in an argument with his roommate, a woman in her early 40s, Mercado said.
“Fletcher became angry, went and retrieved a rifle from somewhere in the house, pointed it at his roommate and threatened to kill her,” Mercado said. The woman fled from the home uninjured and called police.
Officers made contact with Fletcher by telephone, but he refused to exit the home and surrender, the lieutenant said.
After more than an hour, he said, officers spotted Fletcher exit the home, unarmed, and arrested him without a struggle.
Police recovered two .22-caliber rifles from the house, Mercado said.
PASADENA >> A woman returned to her SUV to find a man rummaging through it late Tuesday, police said.
Gabriel Rodrigo Vasquez, 18, who was described as transient, was ultimately booked on suspicion of auto burglary in connection with the 9:40 a.m. break-in in the 900 block of East Walnut Street, just east of Lake Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The victim returned to her vehicle to find the suspect ransacking the interior, with her purse between his legs,” Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The 46-year-old Palmdale woman called police, who began searching for the burglar.
An officer found a suspect matching the description nearby. The victim was able to identify him as the burglar, and items taken from her Honda CRV were found in his possession, Luna said.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking three burglars who smashed their way into a gas station early Wednesday and stole a safe containing cash and lottery tickets, officials said.
A burglar alarm activation at 4:37 a.m. first drew the attention of police to a has station at the southwest corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Officials soon learned three male burglars had smashed through the glass front door of the business and made off with the businesses’ safe, Luna said.
A detailed suspect description was not available. A dark-colored sedan was used as the getaway car.
PASADENA >> Tee public is invited to offer comments on the Pasadena Police Department’s developing police body camera policy Monday during a meeting of the Public Safety Committee, officials said.
The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, one the second floor of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.
Police are planning to begin fielding body-worn camera on officers, as well as non-sworn personnel assigned to patrol and jail duties, city officials said in a written statement.
“The City is seeking input from residents and others about possible elements for a new policy such as handling and storage of video recordings; how and when body cameras should be activated or turned off; public access to the recorded videos, and privacy issues,” according to the statement.
Pasadena officials allocated $300,000 to outfit the Pasadena Police Department with body cameras in June, but elected to delay deployment of the cameras pending the development of a policy.
And the city received $250,000 in federal funds for the program in September as part of a $23 million initiative by the Obama administration to outfit police with body cameras throughout the nation.
In a separate but related matter, officials issued a Request for Proposals was issued last week for the hiring of a consultant to study police oversight models for the department, officials said. Responses are due at the city manager’s office by 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.
ARCADIA >> A Pasadena woman suffering from schizophrenia who went missing in Arcadia Thursday turned up safe Sunday morning, officials said.
Linda Lee, 61, was found in San Bernardino County, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said. Further details regarding her discovery or how she ended up in San Bernardino County, were not available.
Loved ones reported the Pasadena resident missing Friday after she vanished during a visit to family in Arcadia on Thursday, police said.