Man accused of burglary, attempted murder in attack on elderly man, son inside Pasadena home


PASADENA >> Police jailed a man late Tuesday after he attacked an 87-year-old man and his son inside their home, before the victims overpowered the suspect and held him until officers arrived, officials said.
Gregory Neal Park, 37, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary following the 9 p.m. incident in the 100 block of Arlington Drive, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The elderly man and his son, 63, were first alerted that something was wrong by the smell of smoke in the home, the lieutenant said.
The source of the odor was never determined, he said, but while investigating, the two men encountered Park in the kitchen of their home.
“A violent struggle ensued between the victims and the suspect,” Luna said “The suspect threatened to kill (the father) and struck him in the head with an unknown object.”
The elderly victim’s wife, 84, called 911.
Some type of glass object also became involved in the fight before the men managed to subdue the suspect and hold him down until police arrived and took him into custody without a struggle, Luna said.
The elderly man suffered an avulsion fracture to his head, while his son was treated for cuts to his forehead and bruising and abrasions to his face. The woman in the home was not hurt.
Both men’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Luna said.
According to county booking records, Park was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Two men fatally shot at Pasadena vigil identified

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PASADENA >> Authorities have identified two Pasadena men who were shot to death while gathered at a vigil for another recent homicide victim in a suspected gang-related attack that also left two other people wounded late Friday.
Antoine Dewayne Sutphen Jr. and Ormani Dajan Duncan, both 24 and from Pasadena, died following the late-night shooting near Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Rudy Molano said.
They were gathered at a vigil for another Pasadena man gunned down on the same spot on Dec. 22 when gunfire erupted from a passing car, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A woman was also critically wounded in the shooting, and a man suffered a non-life-threatening injuries.
Hours later, gunfire again rang out on near the same corner about 5 p.m. Saturday, where a 25-year-old Pasadena man suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh, Goodman said.
A lack of cooperative witnesses in all of the shootings left investigators with no solid suspect description, police said.
The spate of violence was believed to be gang-related, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact 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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UPDATED: Man wounded in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> A man was wounded in a shooting along Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon in the same neighborhood where two people were killed and two more wounded Friday night while gathered at a vigil for a previous homicide victim, authorities said.
Saturday afternoon’s shooting took place shortly before 5 p.m. in the area of Claremont Street and Fair Oaks Avenue.
One man was hospitalized in serious condition, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The victim, a 25-year-old Pasadena resident, suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. The injury was not considered to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available.
The shooting came on the heels of another shooting in the same neighborhood that left two men dead and a man and woman wounded shortly before midnight on Friday.
A group of people had gathered along Fair Oaks Boulevard, near Hammond Street, for a vigil for a man who was shot to death at that spot on Dec. 22, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
An unknown attacker opened fire from a passing car, striking the four victims.
It was not immediately clear whether the two attacks were linked, but based on the proximity in both time and location, police were looking into the possibility, Goodman said.
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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Two dead, two wounded after drive-by shooting targets homicide victim’s vigil in Pasadena

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PASADENA >> An attacker or attackers opened fire into a group of people gathered at a homicide victim’s vigil in Pasadena late Friday, leaving two men dead and two other victims wounded, police said.
The deadly drive-by shooting took place at 11:53 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Claremont Street, as a group of people was gathered for a vigil for the victim of a previous fatal shooting that took place in the same neighborhood on Dec. 22, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“Unknown suspects shot from a vehicle into the group gathered for the vigil,” he said. “Four people were shot.”
A 24-year-old Pasadena man was found wounded around the corner on Pepper Street and pronounced dead at the street, officials said.
A 37-year-old Pasadena woman wounded by the gunfire managed to make her way across the street to a Pasadena Fire Department Station 36, where paramedics treated her before taking her to a hospital. She was listed in critical condition.
Two additional gunshot victims, a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, were placed into a private car by others who were at the vigil, Goodman said.
A woman attempted to drive the men to a hospital, but became involved in a crash at California Boulevard and St. John Avenue, authorities said. The car struck another car before hitting a fixed object.
Authorities responding to the crash scene pronounced the 24-year-old gunshot victim dead at the scene, Goodman said. The second wounded man was hospitalized in stable condition.
The woman at the wheel of the car was treated for non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the crash.
The identities of the men who died in the shooting were not available Saturday pending positive identification and notification of their families, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
No suspect description was available, nor was a description of the vehicle from which the shots were fired, Goodman said. The motive in the attack was also unclear.
“We are having difficulty locating cooperative witnesses,” Goodman said.
The vigil came in the wake of the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Brandon Douglas of Pasadena.
He died after he was found lying wounded on a sidewalk in the 1200 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian. No suspect description or motive was known.
And the violence did not end Friday night.
Police returned to the same neighborhood about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday after a man was shot at Claremont Street and Fair Oaks Avenue, police and fire officials said.
Police encountered a 25-year-old Pasadena man who had been shot in the thigh, Goodman said.
He was hospitalized in serious-but-stable condition and expected to survive, officials said. No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were 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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Pasadena couple awakened by intruder in their home


PASADENA >> A senior citizen couple awoke Thursday night to find an intruder in their bedroom, authorities said.
The burglar fled once the victims, a man and woman in their 60s, woke up in the middle of the break-in at about 11:25 p.m. in the 1400 block of Loma Vista Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police said the man made his way into the home by forcing open a rear kitchen door, then made his way upstairs to the master bedroom, where the homeowners slept.
They awakened to see the man rifling through their bedroom with a flashlight, according to the lieutenant.
Once detected, the burglar fled from the home with a shoulder bag belonging to the female resident, Mercado said. It contained a wallet and other miscellaneous personal items.
The burglar was described only as male.
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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Woman fights off man who groped, tried to rob her in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man groped and tried to rob a woman in Pasadena late Thursday before she managed to fight him off by hitting him with her purse, officials said.
An Altadena woman in her 40s was waiting for a taxi about 10:25 p.m. in the area of Holly Street and Raymond Avenue when the attacker approached, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
The man groped the woman, then demanded her wallet, he said.
“She defended herself by hitting him with her purse, which caused him to run away without any loss,” the lieutenant said.
He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Mercado said the suspect was described as a Latino man in his 20s, about 5 feet tall, of thin build, wearing a red hat, a white T-shirt, a black jacket and dark-colored jeans.
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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Gunman sought in Pasadena gas station robbery


PASADENA >> A man with a handgun robbed a Pasadena gas station late Thursday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10:15 p.m. at USA Gas, 2800 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A man entered the store and acted as if was going to make some purchases, the lieutenant said.
But when the clerk opened the cash register to accept payment, the robber pulled a handgun and demanded the money.
The clerk, a La Puente man in his 30s, complied and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash, Mercado said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his 40s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, of medium build, with a mustache, wearing a green hood sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. He carried a dark, semi-automatic handgun.
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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Elderly Pasadena woman killed in house fire identified

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PASADENA >> Coroner’s investigators have identified an elderly woman who died in a fire at her Pasadena home in late November.
Sandra Bassler, 80, was found dead shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 25 inside her burning home in the 300 block of Redwood Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Though Bassler was the home’s lone resident and has been unaccounted for since the fire, official identification was delayed to the badly burned condition of the remains. Her cause of death remained under investigation.
Neighbors called 911 to report the fire, a neighbor suffered burns as he twice attempted to rescue the elderly woman from the home, but was driven back by a “wall of fire,” Pasadena Fire Department Chief Bertral Washington said at the time.
Firefighters found Bassler and pronounced her dead at the scene, officials said.
Investigators noted multiple possible causes of the fire, but had not isolated a specific cause, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Overloaded wiring, excessive use of power cords and strips, an electric space heater, an electric blanket, candles and smoking materials were all found inside the room where the fire started, she said.

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Pasadena man charged with manslaughter in alleged DUI crash that killed Altadena man


PASADENA >> A driver accused of killing a motorcyclist in a drunken driving-related crash in Pasadena early New Year’s Day faces a vehicular manslaughter charge, officials said.
Prosecutors charged Shawn Antonio, 42, of Pasadena vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence on Wednesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The charge stems from a crash between his BMW X3 SUV and a motorcyclist about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday at Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard.
Killed was Carl Steve Perry, 57, of Altadena, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. An autopsy determined Perry died from traumatic injuries, and the death was ruled accidental.
Perry was southbound on Fair Oaks Avenue when Antonio made a left turn in front of him, causing the collision, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman. Paramedics took Perry to a hospital, where he soon succumbed to his injuries.
Police determined Antonio was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Goodman said.
Antonio appeared in court but entered no plea Wednesday, district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said. His arraignment hearing was postponed to Jan. 11 in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Initially held in lieu of $2 million bail, Antonio’s bail was reduced to $50,000 bail during Wednesday’s proceedings, officials said.
He was released from custody Thursday morning pending the legal process after posting bail, Los Angeles County booking records show.
If convicted as charged, Antonio faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

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Parolee arrested for robbery, sexual battery of young woman in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man already on parole for robbery is accused of robbing and sexually battering a 19-year-old woman as she walked down a street in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 24, was arrested following the incident, which unfolded about 7:45 a.m. on Los Robles Avenue, just south of Walnut Street, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The victim was walking from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station and was approached from behind by the suspect,” Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The suspect asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone and then refused to return it to her,” he said. “During the crime, the suspect touched the victim in an inappropriate manner.”
The suspect, later identified as Thomas, ran off but was soon found and arrested by officer. Police recovered the woman’s cell phone.
Thomas was convicted of robbery in August of 2015 and sentenced to two years in state prison, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show. The crime took place on April 3, 2015.
He was since paroled, and remained on parole at the time of Saturday’s arrest, officials said.
According to county booking records, Thomas was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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