PASADENA >> Investigators are seeking a man who sexually assaulted a male student in a locker room at Pasadena City College earlier this week, officials said Friday.
The attack took place about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the campus, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., according to a crime bulletin issued by PCC.
“A male PCC student was forcefully raped inside the W-building men’s locker room,” the bulletin said.
The victims was an adult, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The sexual assault occurred as the victim was retrieving items from the locker room.
Police learned of the incident the following day, when they responded to an area hospital after the victim reported the attack, the lieutenant said. Police declined to confirm the gender of the victim.
Officials described the rapist as a Latino man between 20 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair anbrown eyes. He had his head shaved in the front, with long hair in the back, and has a nose ring through his septum. He was last seen wearing a dark, long-sleeve shirt and Khaki pants.
“The circumstances of the assault remain unclear, but preliminary investigation reveals no known threat to public safety,” Clawson said.
Pasadena police are assisting PCC police with the investigation.
No further information was available Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of two counts of murder and other charges for torching a Pasadena boarding home in 2012, killing two men and leaving another severely burned.
A Pasadena jury deliberated for less than an hour before declaring Garth Allen Robbins, who turned 54 on Wednesday, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson causing great bodily injury and one count of arson of an inhabited structure in connection with the deadly and intentional Nov. 1, 2012, fire at a three-story illegal boarding home where he was staying at 1385 El Sereno Ave., according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling.
“Evidence presented at trial showed that Robbins started the fire at about 2 a.m., when 17 others were asleep inside the house,” Risling said in a written statement. “He doused his room with gasoline and set it ablaze.”
The jury also found true the special allegations of multiple murders, as well as murder in the commission of the arson of an inhabited building, making him potentially eligible for the death penalty, he said. But the prosecution previously elected not to seek capital punishment in the case.
Robbins is expected to be sentenced to two life terms in prison, without the possibility of parole, when he returned to the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court for sentencing on June 7.
Pasadena Fire Department Battalion Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal Wendell Easton said the date of the fatal fire was “a tragic day in Pasadena history.”
The motive in the deadly arson was never fully explained. But there was no indication his roommates were specifically targeted.
Robbins stated during the trial process that he’d lit the fire because “he wanted his life to go away,” Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Robbins has been in custody since the day after the fire, more than four years ago.
“After four days of dramatic testimony by victims, firefighters and police officers, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts,” Eaton said.
Prosecutors initially filed 15 additional counts of attempted murder against Robbins for the 15 other survivors of the arson attack, but those charges were dismissed by the court prior to trial, Risling said.
Killed in the fire were Cliff Juan Clark and Paul Richard Boyd, who succumbed to smoke inhalation, coroner’s officials said. Another resident of the boarding home, then-65-year-old Perry Simmons, suffered sever injuries in the fire, but survived.
The owner of the boarding home has since pleaded guilty to violating a 2007 city ordinance barring boarding homes and group homes of more than six residents in most parts of the city.
Jeannette Broussard was initially charged with 136 municipal code violations, but ultimately agreed to plead guilty to 23 violations. She was received three years of probation, $6,200 in fines and penalties and victim restitution.
Eaton commended the many police and fire investigators who handled the complex case.
“Thank you to everyone involved, from the day of the fire to the successful prosecution of this case,” he said. “This incident highlights the unique and successful relationship between the Pasadena Police Department and the Pasadena Fire Department in the investigation of arson related offenses.”
PHOTO: Garth Allen Robbins, 54, was convicted of two counts of murder and two counts of arson on Friday, April 7, 2017, for a Nov. 1, 2012, arson fire at a Pasadena boarding home that left two men dead and another badly burned. Robbins is pictured during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.(SGVN/Staff File Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)
PASADENA >> A Pasadena woman who went missing after visiting a Pasadena pharmacy on Tuesday was found dehydrated, but safe, in Joshua Tree National Park on Thursday, where she apparently drove after becoming disoriented, authorities said.
Constance “Connie” Sullivan was reported missing after failing to return home after a visit to a pharmacy in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She was last heard from when she called family to report she was lost.
Police managed to track her cell phone to a last known location in San Dimas before losing a signal, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
Sullivan continued driving and ended up in a remote part of Joshua Tree National Park, where her car became disabled Wednesday night.
Morongo Valley residents David Franco, 28, and Jennifer Thompson, 35, came upon the stranded woman while riding off-road vehicles about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to the lieutenant.
“After a brief conversation, they realized Ms. Sullivan was somewhat disoriented and appeared to have suffered minor dehydration,” he said. “Ms. Thompson managed to obtain information from Ms. Sullivan that she was a resident of Pasadena.”
Pasadena police, as well as Sullivan’s family, were soon contacted. The missing woman was medically examined and reunited with her family.
No foul play was suspected in the disappearance, Carrillo said.
“Ms. Sullivan became confused and disoriented at the time she went missing,” he said.
Police thanked the community, and especially the two good Samaritans, for their concern for Sullivan’s safety.
PASADENA >> Prosecutors charged one man with murder on Wednesday, but declined to file charges against his roommate, in connection with an armed confrontation between the two men ended with the fatal, unintentional shooting of a woman visiting the home, authorities said.
Prosecutors filed charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against Felipe More, 63, of Pasadena for Saturday’s shooting in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard, which claimed the life of 37-year-old Kelly Clark of Pasadena, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court and was scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing setting on April 26, Risling said.
More’s roommate, 55-year-old Andrew Moore, was initially arrested on suspicion of murder along with More.
But prosecutors declined to file a case against Moore, citing “insufficient evidence,” according to Risling.
Clark, an acquaintance of both roommates, was visiting the home when the shooting took place, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
“(More and Moore) have an ongoing dispute that escalated,” the lieutenant said. It was not clear what the subject of the dispute was.
Moore retrieved a handgun and threatened More with it, he said. More than retrieved a handgun and returned, continuing the argument with his roommate.
As the argument continued, More fired two shots from his gun, Carrillo said. Clark was struck by the gunfire. Paramedics pronounced her death at the scene.
Police initially jailed both men on suspicion of murder. While More was accused of firing the shot that killed Clark, Moore was also accused of murder under California’s Felony Murder Rule, allowing for defendants to be charged with murder for unintentional death resulting from the commission of a serious crime.
According to county booking records, More was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
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PASADENA >> Police and worried family members have asked the public to keep an eye out for a 76-year-old woman who became lost and went missing in Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon.
Constance “Connie” Elizabeth Sullivan was last seen about 2:45 p.m. at a CVS Pharmacy at Sierra Madre Boulevard and San Pasqual Street about 2:45 p.m., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Constance Sullivan telephoned family members and stated she was ‘lost,’” according to the statement. She hasn’t been seen since.
Sullivan was driving a dark blue 2008 Honda Civic with a California license 6CZA307.
She’s described as white, 5 feet tall, 170 pounds, dark red hair, a light complexion and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
PHOTO of Constance “Connie” Elizabeth Sullivan courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.
PASADENA >> A woman died after being struck by bullet fired by one of two roommates who armed themselves with guns while arguing with one another late Saturday, officials said. Two two roommates, both men, were jailed on suspicion of murder.
Police first learned of the fatal shooting shortly after 10 p.m., when someone flagged down a passing police car and reported someone had been shot inside a home in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said in a written statement.
Officers found a 37-year-old woman inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound, he said. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Her identity was yet to be released Sunday.
Investigators determined the shooting stemmed from an argument between two men who lived at the home, identified by police and county booking records as Felipe More, 63, and Andrew Raymond Moore, 55. The men are not related.
“During the argument, both Moore and More armed themselves with handguns,” according to Carrillo. “More fired his handgun, striking the 37-year-old woman.”
Police arrested both men on suspicion of murder.
It was not clear whether the victim also lived at the home with the two suspects.
Though not suspected of personally firing his gun, Moore is accused under California’a Felony Murder Rule, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman explained. The legal precedent allows for defendants to be charged for unintentional deaths resulting from the commission of serious crimes.
According to county booking records, More was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance, while Moore, who already has a prior criminal case pending against him, was being held in lieu of $3.18 million bail.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> A Pomona man suffered minor injuries while fleeing from a volley of gunfire in Pasadena early Saturday, but escaped serious harm, officials said.
The shooting unfolded about 3:10 a.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of Barthe Drive, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 20-year-old Pomona man was standing in front of a home when he heard his two attackers yell at him, according to the lieutenant.
“The yelling was followed by five to six gunshots, none of which struck the victim,” Goodman said. “The victim sustained minor abrasions to his hands when he fell down while running away from the gunfire.”
Officers found evidence of the shooting at the scene, he said. But the attackers, who fled on foot, remained at large.
They were described as two Latino men between 20 and 25 years old, both armed with handguns. One wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, and the other wore a hooded sweatshirt of unknown color.
The motive in the shooting was not yet known. It was unclear if it was related to an ongoing spate of gang violence blamed for other recent shootings and slayings in the Pasadena and Pomona areas.
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.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena man arrested in connection with a series of five armed robberies at Pasadena-area businesses in late-January and early-February received a four-year prisons sentence this week, officials said.
Terry Wayne Wilson, who turned 22 on Tuesday, pleaded “no contest” on Wednesday to two counts of robbery, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
Police arrested him Feb. 5, capping off the series of robberies that took place at three sandwich shops and a pizza parlor in Pasadena, as well as a shoe store in unincorporated East Pasadena, that took place in the span of just over a week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4.
At a scheduled preliminary hearing setting on Wednesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wilson pleaded “no contest” to two counts of second-degree robbery under a negotiated plea arrangement, Ardalani said. Four additional counts of robbery were dismissed.
“He was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison,” she said. “The defendant was also ordered to pay $2,714 in restitution.
The string of armed robberies took place Feb. 27 at a Subway sandwich shop in the 3000 block of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; Jan. 28 at Subway locations in 2300 block of East Colorado Boulevard and the 1700 block of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena; Feb. 1 at a Dominos’s Pizza in the 1900 block of East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; and Feb. 4 at a Shoe City in the 200 block of Rosemead Boulevard in unincorporated East Pasadena, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
There were two victims in the first robbery, resulting in the six counts of robbery initially filed by prosecutors, authorities said.
Police identified Wilson as the suspect in the crimes and arrested him in Pasadena Feb. 5.
PASADENA >> What began as a traffic stop for failing to display license plates late Wednesday led to the recovery of a stolen car, the seizure of a cache of alleged identity theft-related materials and netted three arrest, authorities said.
The bust took place about 7 p.m. after an officer pulled over a car for having no license plates at Peoria Street and Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
“Further investigation revealed the car was stolen,” he said.
A search of the car turned up “numerous instruments of ID theft,” including credit card readers, computers, fraudulent tax returns and documents in the names of other people, according to Hettema.
Police jailed Philip Laurel Marmolejo, 28, of Pasadena and Noelia Gaeta, 39, of Duarte on suspicion of crimes including identity theft, the lieutenant said. Joseph Anthony Camerano, 30, of Pasadena was being held on a parole violation stemming from a previous conviction.
None of the defendants are strangers to jail cells, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Marmolejo pleaded “no contest” to a single count of ID theft in March of 2016, while another ID theft charge, two counts of burglary and one count of grant theft by credit card fraud were dismissed. He was sentenced to a year in jail, but released less than four months later in June of 2016.
He was also convicted of being under the influence of drugs in 2010, and of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 2007, court records show.
Gaeta also has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for false personation of another person, vehicle theft and driving on a suspended license in 2015, being under the influence of drugs in 2014, petty theft in 2013 and possession of stolen property in 2011.
Camerano, who remains on parole, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in 2009. Charges of murder and attempted murder were dismissed. He received a prison sentence of 17 years. It was not clear Thursday when he was paroled.
Camerano was also convicted of burglary in 2005.
According to county booing records, Marmolejo was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, while Gaeta and Camerano were being held without bail.
PASADENA >> Two men pulled a woman from her car, beat her and robbed her of her cell phone in Pasadena early Thursday, authorities said.
The violent robbery unfolded about 1:20 a.m. as the victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena woman, was sitting in her parked car at Lake Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
“The victim was sitting inside her parked car inside a parking lot when the two suspect approached the driver side of her car,” Hettema said. “The suspects opened the driver side door and pulled the victim out.”
The men demanded money as they began beating the woman, the lieutenant said. They ultimately fled with only the woman’s cell phone.
Hettema said the woman suffered cuts to her face and back pain, but declined medical treatment.
A detailed description of the attackers was not available. They were last seen running south along Lake Avenue.
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.