Gunmen steal cash, lottery scratchers, craft beer in South Pasadena liquor store robbery

SOUTH PASADENA >> Two men armed with handguns made off with cash, lottery scratchers and a 12-pack of craft beer in a liquor store robbery late Friday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10 p.m. at Ocean Liquor Store, 2005 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said.
The robbers entered the store and threatened the lone clerk, a man in his 60s, at gunpoint, the sergeant said.
They took money from the cash register, as well as from the clerk, Abdalla said. The robbers also helped themselves to lottery scratcher tickets and a 12-pack of Stone IPA beer before fleeing.
Abdalla said the two robbers were last seen heading out of the store toward the parking lot. No getaway car was seen.
Police described the robbers as Latino men between 20 and 22 years old.
One stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 145 pounds, Abdalla said. He had short black hair, wore all dark clothing and carried a stainless steel revolver.
The second robber was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 165 pounds, wearing a silver jacket and some type of garment covering his face. He also carried a handgun.
Police were working on obtaining surveillance video footage from the store to develop additional clues, Abdalla said.
Anyone with information can reach South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.

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Man exposes self to girls outside South Pasadena Middle School

SOUTH PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who exposed himself to two South Pasadena Middle School girls in front of the campus Thursday.
The indecent exposure took place about 1:40 p.m. in front of the school, 1500 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“A male subject exposed himself in the presence of two female middle school students as he drove past the school,” the statement said.
“Both students believe the suspect was unaware of their presence as he drove passed the school westbound on Oak Street, then turning northbound on Fair Oaks Avenue,” the statement continued. “The subject did not approach the two students or attempt to contact them.”
Police described the suspect as a man of unknown race, between 30 and 55 years old, wearing a white baseball-style T-shirt with red sleeves. He was driving a grey Lexus sedan of unknown year and license plate number.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.

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Man bilks Girl Scouts with fake $100 bill in South Pasadena


SOUTH PASADENA >> Police are seeking a young man they say used a counterfeit $100 bill to rip off a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of a South Pasadena grocery store last week.
The incident took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 outside Vons, 1129 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena police Sgt. Richard Lee said in a written statement.
The suspect first tried to use a fake $100 bill in the store to by some detergent, but employees recognized the bill was phony, Lee said. The suspect left the store with the counterfeit currency.
The suspect left the store and used the same fake bill to buy three boxes of Girl Scout cookies from scouts who were selling them at a table in front of the store, Lee said. In addition to the cookies, he also received change for the bogus bill, which a Girl Scout leader ultimately realized was fake.
Police described the thief as a black man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 130 pounds. He wore blue jeans, a white hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front and dark shoes with white laces.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.

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Good Samaritan, police rescue five people from fiery South Pasadena crash; driver suspected of DUI

SOUTH PASADENA >> A good Samaritan and police pulled five people from an overturned, burning car early Sunday following an alleged DUI crash at Fair Oaks Avenue and Huntington Drive, authorities said.
The crash took place just before 2 a.m., South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.
A 21-year-old Glendora woman was driving a 2012 Mazda sedan south on Fair Oaks Avenue at high speed when she lost control while trying to make a left turn onto Huntington Drive, Solinsky said.
“The car struck a center median and then a mailbox and fire hydrant on the south sidewalk of Huntington, shearing off the hydrant,” police said in a written statement. “The car just missed hitting a tree, struck a sign and wall, flipped over and landed on its roof.”
“Four adult females, including the driver, were able to crawl from the wreckage with the help of passersby after one of the female passengers kicked out a window,” according to the statement.
But a man who had been knocked unconscious in the crash was still inside when police arrived on scene, Solinsky said. The car was rapidly becoming engulfed in flames.
Officers smashed a window with a baton and pulled the unconscious man to safety, Solinsky said.
By the time the fire was extinguished,the car was “torched,” Solinksy said, adding that he doubted anyone left inside the burning car could have survived.
The driver and four passengers were all taken to a hospital for treatment, the sergeant said.
The driver, a 21-year-old Glendora woman whose name was not available Sunday, suffered injuries described as moderate, Solinsky said. They appeared to include injuries to her head and face.
The woman had not been formally arrested Sunday afternoon due to her injuries, but was expected to face a felony drunken driving case, Solinsky said.
The four passengers, residents of Glendora and Azusa who were also in their early-20s, suffered injuries described by police as minor.

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Los Angeles man jailed following South Pasadena break-in


SOUTH PASADENA >> Police jailed a man early Saturday after he broke into a South Pasadena home occupied by a terrified woman and her 94-year-old grandmother, officials said.
Micah Darrell Everett, 22, of Los Angeles was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers arrested him following a lengthy search in connection with the 12:30 a.m. break-in at a home in the 700 block of Monterey Road, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“The homeowner had locked herself in the basement while her 94-year-old grandmother was asleep in the residence above her,” according to the police statement.
The burglar had removed a window of a sunroom and made his way in, but was apparently unable to remove the window to the main home, officials said. The intruder then made his way into the home’s attached garage.
Police searched the home and escorted the woman to safety, police said. Officers encountered the suspect — later identified as Everett — in the backyard of the home.
Everett ran from officers, officials said. He darted into a nearby neighborhood as officers rushing to assist in the capture were delayed by a passing train.
About 30 officers from the South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra and Monterey Park police departments joined the search, along with two helicopters and two police dogs.
“After an extensive hour-and-a-half search for the suspect, he was finally captured and arrested without incident as he ran from the police officers in the 800 block of Orange Grove Place,” the statement said.
Police found allegedly stolen items and burglary tools in a backpack the suspect dropped as he ran from the home, Sgt. Tony Abdalla said. Drug paraphernalia in the form of a glass pipe was found on his person.
The suspect was found in possession of burglary tools, stolen property, narcotics paraphernalia, authorities said. He has changed clothes to alter his appearance while fleeing police.
Everett was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Anyone with information was asked to contact South Pasadena police detectives at 626-403-7280.

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Woman awakened by intruder in her South Pasadena home

SOUTH PASADENA >> A woman awoke to find an intruder inside her South Pasadena home, where three small children were also sleeping early Thursday, police said.
While the residential burglar escaped, police hunting for him ultimately ended up apprehending a wanted parolee in connection with a separate car break-in, South Pasadena police Sgt. Matthew Ronnie said.
The incident began about 3 a.m. when the burglar made his way into her home through an unlocked rear door, he said.
“The victim heard noises and woke up to see a silhouette of a person standing in the room holding a flashlight,” Ronnie said. “The victim screamed and the suspect fled with not loss,” the sergeant said. The suspect was described only as a person wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap.
Ronnie said the woman soon discovered her car, parked in front of her home, had been broken into as well, Ronnie said. It was unclear if the same man who broke into the home also broke into the car.
Officers searching the area for the intruder detained two men walking in the neighborhood, police said.
The men could not be connected to the burglaries, and officers let one of them go, Ronnie said. But the second man was taken to jail after he was found to be an “armed and dangerous felon” who had absconded from his parole supervision.
Later Thursday morning, police learned that items such as pocket change and a skateboard the two men had with them when contacted by police had been stolen in another auto break-in along the same street, Ronnie said. The parolee was additionally expected to face a burglary charge, while a warrant was issued for the second 19-year-old suspect who had already been freed before police learned of the second auto burglary.
According to police and Los Angeles County booking records, Thamie Brian Humes, 25, of Los Angeles was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Woman, infant and dog struck by hit-and-run driver in South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA >> A woman and her infant escaped serious injury when they were struck by a hit-and-run SUV Sunday, authorities said.
The woman was walking with her baby and a dog about 7:30 p.m. at Orange Grove Boulevard and Columbia Street when all three were struck by an SUV, South Pasadena police officials said. The SUV fled the scene.
Dispatcher A. Burgos said the woman and baby were taken to a hospital for treatment and were expected to be released Sunday night.
“It looks like they’re going to be OK,” he said.
The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic, Burgos said. An update on the animal’s condition was not clear.
A description of the hit-and-run SUV was not available, as police were sorting out conflicting initial reports, Burgos 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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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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South Pasadena home destroyed by fire


SOUTH PASADENA >> Firefighters responded about 4 a.m. to the fire at the single-story house in the 800 block of Kendall Avenue, South Pasadena Fire Department Capt. Chris Szenczi said.
The fire caused an estimated $600,000 worth of damage to the house and it’s contents, however no injuries were reported, the captain said.
Los Angeles firefighters who happened to be nearby arrived first at the scene, and were soon joined by their counterparts in the South Pasadena Fire Department, as well as other nearby fire departments, Scenczi said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in slightly less than an hour.
The home was vacant following the recent death of resident, Scenczi said. The items inside had been boxed up in preparation to remove them from the home.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, however officials were looking into the possibility the fire was ignited by boxes left on top of a gas floor heater, Szenczi said.


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