Sierra Madre man attacked during robbery attempt at Pasadena park

PASADENA — A man suffered slashes to his head and arms while fighting off two robbers at Eaton Sunnyslope Park Friday afternoon, police said.
A 20-year-old Sierra Madre man was sitting on a bench at the park along Orange Grove Avenue just east of Sunnyslope Avenue about 4:15 p.m., when the crime took place, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“(One of the robbers) came up behind him and asked for his property,” Clawson said. “At the same time, he put unknown blunt object into victims abdomen.”
The victim began fighting with the would-be robber, the lieutenant said.
“During the fight, the victim gets sliced with some type of sharp instrument, several times about the arms and head,” he said. “The victim is able to fight his way out of the confrontation, an the suspect fled. They were not able to take any property.”
The injured man went home and reported the crime to police a little over an hour later, Clawson said. He sought medical treatment on his own.
Police described the attacker as a Latino man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with black hair. He was accompanied by a second Latino man, also about 18 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 155 pounds.
Both were last seen fleeing the area on foot.

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Jewelry stolen in Sierra Madre hot prowl burglary

SIERRA MADRE – A burglar or burglars took an estimated $500 worth of jewelry from a house Thursday.
The residential burglary in the 400 block of Michillinda Avenue was reported to police at 11:10 a.m.
Sierra Madre Police Sgt. Enrique Gonzalez said footsteps in the house woke up the resident’s sleeping granddaughter. She then heard the suspects running away.
She called police.
Gonzalez said officers found two rooms ransacked. The suspects got in the house through an open window, he added.

– Ruby Gonzales

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Man beaten during dispute over parking space in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — A man pummeled another man late Saturday in a dispute over a parking space, police said.
The incident, which police are investigating as an assault with a deadly weapon due to significant injuries suffered by the victim, took place about 11:40 p.m. in an apartment complex parking lot in the 400 block of West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Rueben Enriquez said.
The victim, a man in his early 50s, became involved in an argument over a parking space with another man, initially described only as being in his late 20s or early 30s, the sergeant said.
The younger man attacked, striking the older man in the face multiple times, Enriquez said.
Though the older man suffered significant injuries to his face, including several lost teeth, he declined to be hospitalized, he added.
The victim and suspect did not know one another prior to Saturday night’s incident, the sergeant said.
Enriquez said the attacker had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, and the investigation was ongoing.

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Home burglarized in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — An Alegria Avenue resident arrived home to a burglarized house Thursday, police said.
The burglar, or burglars, made off with about $6,000 worth of property, primarily electronics and jewelry, in the break-in, which took place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Alegria Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
“There was forced entry through a window,” he added.
No description of the intruder, or intruders, was available.

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Man arrested after Sierra Madre police chase

SIERRA MADRE — Police arrested a 22-year-old Los Angeles man Friday following a brief chase, authorities said.
A police officer tried to pull over a two-door coupe for speeding about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit.
Police chased the fleeing car at high speeds down Sierra Madre Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue before it got into the westbound 210 Freeway, Ortiz said.
The driver pulled over and surrendered on the freeway near Santa Anita Avenue, he added.
In addition to receiving a speeding ticket, the driver was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of evading police, Ortiz said.
The suspect’s name was not available pending the booking process, he added.

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Rescuers take part in massive rescue drill in Angeles National Forest

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — About 100 rescuers including firefighters, search and rescue teams and law enforcement officers spent three days this week practicing how to deal with major car crashes involving vehicles over the side of mountain roads.
Foothill officials are no strangers to mountain rescue operations, however the large drill carried out Tuesday through Thursday gave them practice for the the type of massive, multi-injury mountain crashes that would require multiple public safety agencies to work together, according to Lt. Andy Berg of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
“The ultimate goal of these exercises was to provide and open working relationship between county, state and federal resources to provide an efficient, unified response to incidents that occur in our local mountains, in order to provide life-saving services to the community we protect and serve,” Berg said. “By all accounts, this goal was not only met but was exceeded.”
Officials practiced coordinating with one another to perform rescues at simulated multi-vehicle, over the mountainside crashes, including ones involving buses. The simulated crashes were staged along Glendora Mountain Road and Mt. Baldy Road in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley.
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Deputies and search and rescue team members from San Dimas and Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino fire officials, California Highway Patrol officers and the Cole Schaefer ambulance company took part in the drill, Berg said.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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Car scorched inside carport in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — A car was found in flames inside a carport outside an apartment building early Thursday.
The fire was first reported about 8:50 a.m. in the 00 block of Esperanza Avenue, Sierra Madre police officials said.
Officers arrived to find an unoccupied car fully engulfed in flames, which were spreading to the carport structure, police said.
Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire, police said. The cause was under investigation.
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Resident confronts intruders in Sierra Madre home

SIERRA MADRE — Two burglars fled Thursday after confronting a resident inside a Hermosa Avenue home, police said.
The crime took place between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Hermosa Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Two intruders entered a home through an unlocked door, apparently unaware that a resident was inside, the sergeant said.
“They confronted the resident who was still home,” Ortiz said. “When that happened, they ran out the door.”
It was undetermined Friday what, if anything, had been stolen from the home.
Police described the intruders as a Latino man in his mid- to late 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 220 pounds, and a Latino man between 18 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 130 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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Senior citizen victim of “distraction-type burglary” in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — Two men posing as utility workers used a ruse to burglarize a senior citizen’s home Thursday, police said.
The “distraction-type burglary” took place about 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of East Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Two men knocked on door of the victim, a woman in her 70s, and told her they needed to check her home’s water, Ortiz said.
One of the men kept the woman occupied in her backyard, while the second ransacked her home and helped himself to a significant amount of cash, the sergeant said. The amount of money stolen was not released.
The burglars were both described as heavy-set Latino men, one of about 20 years old and the other about 50, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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