Attack on interracial couple in Pasadena being investigated as hate crime

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man in connection with an unprovoked attack on an interracial couple outside a Pasadena coffee shop, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime, officials said.
A 29-year-old black woman and a 36-year-old man of Armenian descent, both Glendale residents, were outside a Starbucks at Los Robles Avenue and Colorado Boulevard about 7 p.m. when the attacker confronted them, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“Without provocation, he made reference to the race of both victims,” Luna said. “The suspect spat on the female victim and punched the male victim.”
The male victim sought his own medical treatment for a cut to his lower lip, the lieutenant said. The woman wasn’t hurt. The couple did not report the crime to police until several hours later.
Luna said the suspect apparently objected to the fact the man and woman were of different races.
“Based on the fact that race was the provocation, we’re investigating it as a hate crime,” he said.
Police described the suspect as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 190 pounds, with his hair in dreadlocks. He wore a red jacket and blue jeans.

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Pasadena man wounded in shooting

PASADENA >> A gunman shot and wounded another man early Sunday as the victim sat in a parked car on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, officials said.
The 34-year-old Pasadena man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg in the attack, which occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The victim said he was resting inside his vehicle when an unknown suspect approached his vehicle from behind and fired three shots at his vehicle for no apparent reason,” Luna said.
Responding officers did not find the shooter during a search of the area, he said.
The gunman was described as a black man in his 30s or 40s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothing.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Luna added.

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UPDATED: Teenage passenger dies in alleged DUI, street racing crash in Pasadena

PASADENA >> An 18-year-old Altadena man is accused of being drunk and street racing when he crashed a car in Pasadena late Thursday, killing a 17-year-old passenger and injuring three others, police said.
Police arrested Gerardo Garcia on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter following the 12:20 a.m. crash on Washington Boulevard at Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The name of the teenage passenger who died following the crash was not available Sunday. Police described him as a 17-year-old Riverside resident. Garcia and three other teenage passengers of the car suffered minor to moderate injuries.
“According to independent witnesses, two vehicles had been street racing while traveling on Washington when the collision occurred,” Luna said.
Garcia was at the wheel of a 2004 Nissan sedan, Lt. Art Chute said.
“It appears they were street racing, and during the race, they collided,” Chute said.
The Nissan then went out of control, police said.
“(The car) lost control and struck the freeway overpass embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn at least once,” Luna said.
The badly injured Riverside teen was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where he succumbed to his injuries at 7:39 a.m., Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Dana Bee said.
The teen who ultimately died from his injuries was outside the car when rescuers arrived, however it was unclear whether he had been thrown from the car in the crash, or pulled from the wreckage afterward, officials said.
Two teenage girls riding in the Nissan suffered injuries described as moderate, while fourth passenger — a teenage boy — suffered minor injuries, Chute said.
After being treated for his injuries, Garcia was booked at the Pasadena Police Department Jail, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
The crash remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team.

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Two scorned lovers jailed in connection with two separate alleged attacks in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two jilted lovers ended up behind bars Friday after attacking their exes with weapons in two separate incidents, police said.
The incidents unfolded about 10:40 a.m. at an assisted living home in the 1500 block of East Washington Boulevard, and shortly after 6 p.m. behind a homeless resource center in the 200 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
In the earlier alleged attack, Paulino Hellan, 37, of Los Angeles is accusing of slashing his former girlfriend, a 38-year-old Los Angeles woman, after confronting her at the assisted living facility where they both work, the lieutenant said.
“A verbal argument ensued and the suspect brandished a folding knife,” Luna said. “A struggle ensued over the knife, and the victim suffered a laceration to her hand in the struggle.”
Two employees intervened and managed to disarm Hellan before police arrived and arrested him, Luna said. The woman was treated for an injury described as minor to moderate.
Witnesses reported that Hellan threatened to kill the victim during the incident, and he was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.
The second incident of violence involving a scorned former lover unfolded Friday afternoon when the victim, a 36-year-old homeless man, encountered his former boyfriend, a 29-year-old homeless man.
Efrain Gomez pulled a knife and threatened to stab the victim, Luna said. The victim walked away to call police, but Gomez allegedly caught up with him in a nearby alley. The suspect struck the victim in the face with an unknown blunt object.
The victim was treated for minor to moderate injuries, including bruising and cuts to his forehead and face, Luna said. Police arrested Gomez nearby and booked him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Hellan was being held in lieu of $1.03 million pending his initial court appearance. Gomez was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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Power outage reported in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A power outage affected a several pockets in southeast Pasadena along the 210 Freeway late Wednesday, officials said.
Officials first received word of the outage about 6:45 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said.
The boundaries of the outage were Colorado Boulevard to the south, Villa Street to the north, Hill Avenue to the west and Sierra Madre Boulevard to the east, the lieutenant said.
The entire area was not without power, but rather sporadic pockets within the area, he said.
The cause of the outage was not clear.
The utility announced via its Twitter account that power was expected to be restored by 11:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, police monitored intersections with blacked-out traffic signals to help prevent crashes, Calatayud said.

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30 jailed during San Gabriel Valley AB 109 compliance sweep

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY >> A task force charged with monitoring convicts released from jail under AB 109 guidelines arrested 30 people during a compliance check throughout the western San Gabriel Valley early Wednesday, officials said.
The task force visited the listed homes of 88 people who are free on Post-Release Community Supervision, under the 2011 state prison alignment plan, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement. The probationers were contacted at 61 of the homes, while the remaining 27 were either not home or not longer living at their listed addresses.
Compliance checks took place in Arcadia, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monrovia, El Monte and Monterey Park, Sgt. Brett Bourgeous said.
“The zero-tolerance focus of the enforcement campaign was aimed at apprehending AB 109 absconders with outstanding warrants, and conducting compliance checks in accordance with a person’s probation conditions,” Flores said. “Many of the probationers contacted during the course of the operation were known to have previous court violations to include weapons charges, assault charges and property crimes.”
The 30 probationers arrested Wednesday were accused of crimes ranging from violating probation to drug charges, officials said. Officers jailed at least one of the probationers on suspicion of gun possession and seized a firearm.
The West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force is comprised of officers from the Arcadia, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monrovia, El Monte and Monterey Park police departments, as well as the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Officials from the Long Beach, Burbank, Glendale and San Fernando police department also took part in Wednesday’s campaign, along with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and officials from the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.

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Man accused of punching, knocking out woman in Old Pasadena

PASADENA >> A drunken man punched and knocked out a woman during a dispute in Old Pasadena early Sunday, police said.
Jose Alfredo Castellanos, 27, of Los Angeles is accused of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the alleged 1:40 a.m. attack on a sidewalk at Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said Castellanos approached the victim, a 21-year-old Los Angeles woman, and her friend and “tried to engage them in conversation.”
The victim became uncomfortable when Castellanos touched her friend on the hip, Luna said.
“The victim asked the suspect to leave, at which time the suspect pushed the victim,” the lieutenant said.
“The victim pushed the suspect back,” Luna said. (Castellanos) punched her in the head, rendering her unconscious.”
Responding police officers captured Luna following a short foot chase, Luna said.
After regaining consciousness, the woman complained of pain to her head and chest, but declined to be taken to a hospital, Luna said.
According to booking records, Castellanos was being held in lieu of $30,00 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.

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Rape of teenage girl reported in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police are investigating a report of the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Pasadena alley earlier this week, officials said.
The alleged attack took place about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, but was not reported to police until Saturday afternoon, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
The teen told investigators she was walking down McGrew Alley, which runs just west of Los Robles Avenue, between Orange Grove Boulevard and Parke Street, on her way to a market when she was approached by a young man she did not recognize, the lieutenant said. He was initially described only as a Latino man between 17 and 19 years old and riding a BMX-style bicycle
“This young man came up to her and started a conversation,” Hettema said.
The man ultimately forced himself on the teenage girl, police said. No weapons were reported to have been involved in the attack.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4501.

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Pasadena mounted volunteer thrown from horse, injured

SOUTH PASADENA >> A Pasadena Police Department mounted volunteer suffered injuries Sunday when she was thrown from a horse at a South Pasadena stable, officials said.
The volunteer, a woman in her mid-60s, was taken to a hospital with injuries including broken bones, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The accident took place about 11:30 a.m. at the San Pascual Stables along the Arroyo Seco Trail, where the Pasadena Police Department’s Mounted Volunteers Unit stables its horses, the lieutenant said.
“She wasn’t sure what spooked the horse, but something did,” Hettema said.
The horse bolted, tossing the rider to the ground, he said.
The animal was recovered unharmed.
Hettema said Pasadena’s mounted police volunteers based out of the South Pasadena stable patrol park areas that are difficult to access by vehicle, such as the Arroyo Seco and the Rose Bowl.

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Man convicted of Pasadena barbershop owner’s slaying

PASADENA >> A 26-year-old man faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing next month after Pasadena jury convicted him of the fatal stabbing of a Pasadena barbershop owner in 2011, authorities said.
At his second trial following a hung jury and mistrial in September, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found Davon Westley Moore of Los Angeles guilty of first-degree murder for the Sept. 21, 2011, slaying of 43-year-old King E. King, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
King was found about 12:30 a.m., lying in a pool of blood behind his barbershop, King King’s Barber and Beauty Salon, in the 900 block of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena.
The stabbing, which police characterized as brutal, stemmed from robbery and burglary at the shop, according to district attorney’s officials and Pasadena police investigators.
King didn’t go without a struggle, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
“He was fighting to survive this attack,” she said.
In addition to first-degree murder, the Jury also found true the special circumstances of murder during a robbery and murder during a burglary, prosecutors said.
Moore is expected to receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court for sentencing Dec. 9, district attorney’s officials said.
Moore’s co-defendant, 22-year-old Sabrina Octavia King of Compton, who was not related to the victim, pleaded “no contest” to charges of voluntary manslaughter and robbery in March, officials said. She faces up to 21 years in state prison when she returns to court for sentencing,
A previous trial for Moore in September ended in a mistrial, with jurors hung 11-1 in favor of convicting Moore.

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