7-Eleven clerk robbed of cell phone in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man attacked a convenience store clerk and stole his cell phone in Pasadena Wednesday, police said.
The assault and robbery took place about 8:10 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 1661 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
An employee noticed a man loitering in front of the store and went outside to ask him to leave, Mercado said.
The man became angry and punched the clerk, causing him to drop his cell phone, the he said. The attacker grabbed the phone, an iPhone 6, and ran.
Police described the robber as a black man in his 20s, with a light complexion, wearing a green hooded sweat shirt, gray sweat pants and white tennis shoes.
The employee, a man in his 50s, suffered no significant injuries, Mercado said.

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UPDATED: Woman shot during Pasadena vigil for homicide victim


PASADENA >> A woman was wounded but expected to survive after gunfire erupted Saturday night at a Pasadena vigil for a man shot to death the night before, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 11:15 p.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A large group had gathered to memorialize Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, of Altadena, who was gunned down Friday night less than two miles away in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, officials said.
An attacker opened fire, striking a woman in the arm and abdomen, Mercado said. The woman, a Pasadena resident in her mid-20s, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Bullet casings recovered at the scene indicate at lease one additional person returned fire, Mercado said.
It was unclear whether the gunman targeted a particular person in the group, or the group as a whole, the lieutenant said.
Witnesses did not cooperate with police to provide information about the shooting, Mercado said. No detailed suspect description was available.
Calderon’s fatal shooting late Friday also remained shrouded in mystery Sunday, and no suspects were in custody.
Police responded to numerous reports of gunfire before finding Calderon lying on the roadside, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He died at the scene.
Anyone with information can reach 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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Altadena man fatally shot in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A shooting in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Friday left an Altadena man dead, authorities said.
Robert Arthur Calderon, 27, died in the 10:45 p.m. shooting in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue, Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Police received several call reporting “shots fired” before discovering Calderon lying wounded on a grass parkway along the sidewalk, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado. The victim had been shot several times.
No suspects were in custody, and no further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were released Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas at 626-744-4517, or the on-duty watch commander at 626-744-4620. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man carjacked at gunpoint in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man carjacked a driver at gunpoint in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Tuesday, police said.
A 30-year-old Pasadena man was sitting in his 2006 Toyota Camry about 7:40 p.m. as the car was parked in the 1800 block of El Sereno Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The suspect approached on foot, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the vehicle,” Luna said. The carjacker was last seen driving east on Tremont Street in the stolen car.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Suspect charged with 1988 Pasadena cold case slaying

PASADENA >> Prosecutors filed a murder charge Wednesday against a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man in Pasadena more than 27 years ago, authorities said.
A U.S. Marshals task force arrested Albert Ahmad Clark, 53, on Monday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of the Feb. 27, 1988, shooting death of Leroy Galloway, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Previously labeled a “cold case,” advances in forensic technology, along with tenacity of family members of Galloway who have never given up the pursuit of justice for him, led to recent, new developments in the case.
Police initially arrested Clark shortly after the shooting at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
“Due to the limitations of forensic science at the time, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Albert Clark for homicide and he was released without any charges in February of 1989,” according to the police statement.
But family members of the victim approached detectives in 2013 and asked them to take a fresh look at the case, police said.
“An extensive examination of the case file by Pasadena Police Homicide Detectives identified items of evidence that were suitable for modern forensic analysis. The ultimate test results by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab implicated Albert Clark in the crime.”
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Clark Wednesday, along with the special allegation that he personally used a gun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.
He said Clark’s arraignment was continued to Dec. 23 at Pasadena Superior Court.
Clark was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, police added.
A motive or other further details regarding the 1988 slaying were not available Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

  • Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report.
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Pasadena police seek missing developmentally disabled senior

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PASADENA >> Police issued a Silver Alert Thursday as they sought a developmentally disabled 66-year-old man went missing in Pasadena.
Albert Rojas was believed to have wandered off about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday from the assisted living home where he lives in the 1600 block of N. Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Rojas has a mental capacity similar to that of a 13-year-old child, the lieutenant said.
He is familiar with the area, police added.
Rojas is 5 feet tall, 145 pounds, with black hair and black eyes, Goodman said. He was last seen wearing a beige jacket, beige pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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UPDATED: Man arrested after SWAT stand-off in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A Pasadena SWAT standoff ended Wednesday when a wanted suspect was taken into custody after more than two hours, officials said.
The incident came to an end about 1:20 p.m. when the man surrendered to police at his home in the 400 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Kelly Evans said.
The stand-off began about 11 a.m. when officers spotted Daylon Camp, 21, of Pasadena, who was wanted on a burglary warrant, the lieutenant said.
As gang officers approached, he ran into his father’s home, police said.
“He didn’t respond to officers commands to come out,” he said.
A SWAT team responded to the scene and surrounded the home, Evans said. About two hours later, Camp surrendered without further resistance.
The barricade situation unfolded at the same time as a manhunt for a shooter or shooters involved in a mass shooting the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, leading to wide, incorrect speculation the incidents were linked.
“Broadcast news erroneously reported the Raymond Avenue suspect was connected with an active shooter incident in San Bernardino,” Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said. “The two incidents are not connected.”

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Bystander wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A man described by police as an innocent bystander was recovering at a hospital Sunday after being wounded by gunfire intended for someone else, officials said.
The shooting took place about 8:10 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, near Summit Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
Police received several calls reporting gunshots in the area before discovering the victim, a Pasadena man in his 50s, lying wounded on the sidewalk lining the south side of Orange Grove Boulevard, he said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and listed in stable condition.
“The investigation revealed that the victim was not the intended target of the shooting,” Mercado said. “Two to three other men were likely the intended targets.”
The suspected intended victims of the shooting were not found, Mercado said. But officers recovered 9mm bullet casings at the scene.
“The reason for shooting unknown at this time,” Mercado added.

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Police grab suicidal woman as she jumps from Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> The quick thinking of a concerned father coupled with the fast reflexes of Pasadena police officers saved the life of a suicidal young woman who tried to jump from the Colorado Street Bridge Saturday, but was snatched by rescuers as she fell, authorities said.
The harrowing rescue unfolded about 1 p.m., Pasadena Police Lt. John Mercado said.
The woman’s father called police about 10 a.m. to report she had been depressed and left home about 4 a.m. without telling anyone where she was headed, Mercado said.
“In the past she had talked about jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge,” he said. “(The father) checked her credit card purchases online and saw that she had made a purchase at a Starbucks coffee shop in Pasadena.” That’s when he called Pasadena police and asked them to check the iconic 140-foot-tall bridge spanning the Arroyo Seco.
“We found her sitting on the outer ledge. We talked to her for about two hours,” Mercado said.
As Officer M. Baffigo and Officer M. Armendariz tried to persuade the woman to return to safety through vertical openings in a cement wall lining the bridge, she turned around to face them.
“She leaned back and let go,” Mercado said. “Our officers were there talking to her and were able to reach out and grab her arms. They held her as the rest of her body fell off the ledge.”
Firefighters, who were already on-scene, rushed into action, he said.
They secured the woman and removed a portion of the metal bridge fencing to pull the woman back onto the bridge, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.
The woman was physically unharmed and taken for psychiatric evaluation.
“Our search and rescue team specializes and trains in these types of rescues hoping we never have to use it,” Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. “Unfortunately we see this situation too often. But Thanksgiving holiday has new meaning for police and fire knowing they were able to make a difference for a very concerned family.”
Authorities encourage those feeling hopeless or thinking of harming themselves to reach out for available help, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

*File Photo by Phil Coombes

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Ex-cons arrested for burglary, gun possession in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested two convicted felons from Mission Hills in connection with a Pasadena auto burglary early Saturday and seized a loaded handgun from their car, officials said.
Officers conducting a “directed patrol” aimed at suppressing burglaries about 4:50 a.m. spotted a parked car that had been broken into at Colorado and San Gabriel boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The also saw another car driving in the immediate area and pulled it over, suspecting it may have been related to the break-in, he said.
Both the driver, Cornelio Felix, 33, and passenger, Giovanni Prado, 21, were wearing gloves, Mercado said. Police soon discovered that Felix was an ex-convict, and Prado was on Post-Release Community Supervision following a robbery conviction under California’s AB 109 guidelines, which allows “non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenders” to be dealt with by county jails and probation agencies, rather than state prisons and parole agents.
Mercado said police found a loaded handgun under the passenger seat of suspects’ car, along with burglary tools in the back.
Felix and Prado were both booked on suspicion of burglary, Mercado said. Prado was additionally accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to county booking records, Felix and Prado were released from custody later in the morning pending their initial court appearances after posting $20,000 and $50,000 bail, respectively.

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