Man sentenced for murder of 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A judge sentenced a Lancaster man who drowned his 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena to 25 years to life behind bars on Friday, officials said.
A Pasadena jury convicted Marquise Jackson, 26, last month of first-degree murder, along with child abuse resulting in death for the May 20, 2011, murder of his daughter, Mo’Mayjah Jackson.
He drowned the young girl in the apartment of the girl’s mother in the 100 block of West Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena while she was away at work, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson, who was 21 at the time, told police he killed the girl because he no longer wanted the responsibility of being a father, police said.
But he went on to deny the formal charges, and argued unsuccessfully that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
The jury deliberated for less than one day before convicting Jackson, officials said.

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Man attacked, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A gunman robbed and apparently pistol-whipped a man walking in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena Saturday night, police said.
A 19-year-old Pasadena man was walking about 10:30 p.m. when a car pulled up next to him and stopped at Summit Avenue and Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The (passenger) got out of the car, displayed a handgun to the victim and demanded money,” Goodman said. The victims turned over his cash.
“After obtaining the money, the suspect told the victim to turn around, at which time he struck the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object, possibly the handgun,” the lieutenant said.
The victim fell ot the ground, and the gunman then returned to the car, which sped off. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be severe.
He was described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, heavy-set, bald, wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and khaki shorts.
No description of the getaway driver or the car was available.
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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Police: Man leaps to death from Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Suicide is suspected after a man plummeted to his death from the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Witnesses discovered the body of a man believed to be in his mid-20s just before 1 p.m. in the Arroyo Seco, beneath the bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. No one reported seeing the man fall from the bridge.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.
There were no initial signs of foul play, he said. “It’s believed the man jumped from the bridge.”
The iconic 144-foot-tall bridge spanning the Arroyo Seco has a history dating back to the Great Depression of attracting troubled souls seeking to end their lives.

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Home struck by gunfire in Pasadena, no injuries reported


PASADENA >> A teen unleashed a barrage of bullets in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Wednesday, piercing the window of an occupied home but injuring no one, police said.
The shooting took place about 8:10 p.m. at Glen Avenue and Pepper Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
An unidentified shooter opened fire for unknown reasons, striking a fence, a yard and sending a bullet through the bedroom window of a house in the 200 block of Pepper Street, Luna said.
Three adults were inside the home at the time, but no injuries were reported, the lieutenant said.
Police described the shooter as a teenager. A detailed description was not available. No vehicle was seen.
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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Man and woman lock selves in bathroom during East Pasadena home-invasion robbery


EAST PASADENA >> A married couple hid in a bathroom at their home as intruders forced their way into their house in the unincorporated county area of East Pasadena early Sunday.
The crime took place about 1:15 a.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Grayburn Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Carbajal said.
The couple first heard what they believed to be gunshots coming from their backyard, the sergeant said.
They locked themselves in a bathroom as several intruders, a least one wearing a mask, made their way into the home through a back door, he said.
Deputies arrived at the scene within minutes, but the robbers were already gone, Carbajal said. Deputies searched the area but found no suspects.
Investigators did not initially find any physical evidence of gunfire, and no other neighborhood residents reported hearing shots, Carbajal said.
It was unclear Sunday what may have been stolen from the home. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Police: Wildomar man arrested after pointing gun at passers-by in Pasadena neighborhood


PASADENA >> Police used a K-9 to apprehend a Riverside County man early Sunday following reports that he had been pointing a handgun at passers-by in an upscale residential neighborhood in Pasadena.
Recently released convict Jordan Allenswan Creger, 26, of Wildomar, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and weapons violations, following the incident, which began about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of South Orange Grove Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Officers received a report of a man “pointing his gun at random people,” Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police found the suspect, later identified as Creger, hiding nearby in a front yard in the 300 block of Markham Place, officials said.
After about 30 minutes of negotiation, police sent in a dog, allowing them to take Creger into custody.
“A search of the area in which the suspect was hiding led to the discovery of a loaded firearm,” Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Creger, who appeared to be under the influence of some sort of substance, was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment of minor abrasions suffered during his arrest prior to booking, Lt. Mark Goodman said.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
His motive, as well as what he was doing in the affluent Pasadena neighborhood, remained a mystery.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez commended the involved officers for their “sound decision, courage and tactics,” allowing a safe outcome and the avoidance of a lethal force encounter.
Sunday represented Creger’s sixth arrest in Los Angeles County since July of last year.
Most recently, he was arrested in Montebello on May 31, records show. He was ultimately convicted of resisting or obstructing police, while charges of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
Creger was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and released on July 22, after serving 52 days behind bars, records show.
Creger was convicted of grand theft in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court in January, according to court records. He served 140 days of a 150 days sentence before being released on June 1.
And he was convicted of burglary in August of 2015 in the West Covina courthouse following an arrest in the San Dimas area, records show.
He was sentenced to one year in county jail, but was released in November of 2015 after serving 124 days in custody.
Creger was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Two men wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> Two men suffered wounds in a shooting near Robinson Park in Pasadena late Saturday, police said.
The gunfire was first reported about 8:20 p.m. at Hammond Street and Morton Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Arriving officers encountered one man suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene, he said. He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
A second shooting victim arrived at the hospital a short time later, Clawson said. His condition was also unclear.
Both victims were described as men estimated to be in their 50s, according to the lieutenant.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available as the investigation remained in its early stages.

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71-year-old Pasadena man with Alzheimer’s disease goes missing upon release from jail in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES >> Police sought the public’s help Saturday in finding a 71-year-old Pasadena man with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening after being released from jail following a DUI arrest in downtown Los Angeles.
Gerald Masao Sakamoto was last seen just after 7:30 p.m., when he was released from the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records. He had been arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving by officers from the California Highway Patrol’s Glendale-Verdugo Hills area office about 3 a.m. after being involved in a freeway crash.
But two-and-a-half hours later, Sakamoto was nowhere to be found, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. His wife reported him missing.
Sakamoto suffers from medical issues, including Alzheimer’s disease, police said.
He’s described as Asian, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241.

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Monterey Park man accused of Pasadena burglaries, brick attack


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Monterey Park man Thursday after he broke into several Pasadena businesses and cars, then attacked a business owner who confronted him with a brick, officials said.
Brian Anthony Wheeler, 45, was booked on suspicion of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats following the incident, which unfolded about 6:25 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A business proprietor caught Wheeler leaving his businesses, where a window had been smashed out with a brick, police said. Wheeler had stolen a can of beer.
Wheeler attacked the business owner with the brick, leaving him with redness to his face but no serious injuries, Luna said.
The attacker fled from the area, trying unsuccessfully to steal a car.
Witnesses pointed responding police officers in the direction where the fleeing suspect had jumped a fence onto Marengo Avenue.
Officers found Wheeler hiding in the community laundry room of a nearby apartment complex, Luna said.
Investigators soon found other windows allegedly smashed by Wheeler.
“Prior to this incident, the suspect attempted to enter two adjacent business and (several) cars,” Luna said.
Officials suspected Wheeler was under the influence of some sort of narcotic, he added.
According to county booking records, Wheeler was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Fireball streaks across SoCal sky


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >> A fireball seen streaking slowly across the northern sky before breaking into two pieces and vanishing late Wednesday left residents throughout Southern California and beyond wondering what they had just witnessed.
The unidentified object was seen, and in some cases, video-recorded, in the Southland skies shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Reports of the strange celestial activity flooded into Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies, officials said.
The National Weather Service in Reno reported witness sighting in their jurisdiction.
Astronomer Phil Plait took to Twitter to share his thoughts. He said the object was also reported in Utah and Colorado.
“#Meteor over western US almost definitely human space debris like a rocket booster or the like. Slow moving and broke apart,” tweeted the scientist, known as “The Bad Astronomer.”
At the sheriff’s Industry Station, in the central San Gabriel Valley, deputies received numerous calls from people who believed they’d just witnesses an aircraft breaking apart mid-air.
“Our helicopter crew and a pair of deputies on patrol reported they actually witnessed it also and it appeared to be a meteorite shower breaking up in the atmosphere,” sheriff’s Lt. John Gannon said in an email. “It must have been quite a show for a moment, because it was very noticeable and bright within the area of the valley between 605 and 57, 60 and 210 (freeways).”
There was no indication an aircraft had crashed, Gannon said.
It appears to have been just a natural phenomenon,” the lieutenant said. “We are in contact with LAX and local aviation officials and verifying no plane is unaccounted for, just to be sure.”

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