Man sought in Pasadena purse-snatching


PASADENA >> A man robbed a woman of her purse in Pasadena late Wednesday, police said.
A 42-year-old Pasadena woman was walking about 10 p.m. in the area of Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street when the robber approached, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
“The suspect came from behind and forcefully removed the handbag from the victim’s left shoulder,” he said. “ The suspect fled with the loss westbound on Buckeye Street out of sight. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located.”
A detailed suspect description was not 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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Glendora selects first female police chief

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GLENDORA >> City officials on Wednesday selected San Pablo Police Chief Lisa G. Rosales to take the reins of the Glendora Police Department as first female chief in the department’s 106-year history.
Rosales has 30 years of law enforcement experience, city officials said in a written statement. A former Glendora resident of 19 years, she served with the Pasadena Police Department from 1987 to 2014, before being selected to head the San Pablo Police Department in 2014.
She replaces former Police Chief Tim Staab, who retired last month of 33 years of service to the Glendora Police Department.
Rosales will begin her duty in Glendora on Feb. 6. Capt. Joe Ward is serving as interim chief in the meantime.
Prior to her career in law enforcement, Rosales grew up in Highland Park and worked as a substitute school teacher.
“Her interest in police work was the result of two friends who in 1977 were kidnapped and murdered around her quiet hometown area. The victims were killed at the hands of the “Hillside Strangler” who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late-1970’s with the killing of 10 women,” according to the statement.
“While in the teaching field, Rosales somehow knew she had to do more to help people and families in the community terrorized by violent crime,” the statement said. “She was hired by the Pasadena Police Department who sponsored her to attend Rio Hondo Police Academy.”
Rosales has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego, as well as Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. She is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College Program.
She worked in positions including patrol, detective bureau and administration as she rose through the ranks of law enforcement, officials said.
The selection was made during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.
Upon accepting a the position as San Pablo’s police chief in 2014, she kept her home in Glendora with plans to return one day, according to the statement.
The Glendora Police Department, with 54 sworn officers and 45 non-sworn employees, is larger that the San Pablo Police Department, which is comprised of 55 officers and 24 civilian employees.
City Manager Chris Jeffers welcomed her back to the community.
“Her desire to contribute and live in Glendora has come true, and we are very fortunate to have her wealth of experience and leadership become part of the Glendora Police Department,” he said.

PHOTO  courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department

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Man opens fire on El Monte police during pursuit, suspect arrested in Baldwin Park


EL MONTE >> A fleeing suspect fired gunshots at El Monte police during a high-speed pursuit before he was taken into custody in Baldwin Park late Wednesday.
Richard Cortez, 26, of Baldwin Park was ultimately arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on a peace officer, evading police, resisting arrest, burglary and hit-and-run, El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said.
“He’s shooting at my vehicle,” an officer is heard calmly saying over the radio as the chase sped down the 60 Freeway. “My windshield’s now broken. We’re still westbound. Probably about five or six rounds.”
The incident began about 10 p.m. in the southwest portion of the city, when an officer spotted and began following a suspicious car, according to the sergeant.
When the officer tried to stop the car for a traffic violation, the driver sped away, initiating a chase that worked its way to the 60 freeway.
While on the 60 Freeway, the suspect opened fire on pursuing officers several times, Luna said. One officer initially believed his patrol car had been struck, but no damage was ultimately found.
Police continued chasing the suspect, who reached speeds as high as 100 mph, as he got onto the 10 Freeway and ultimately exited at Frazier Avenue in Baldwin Park.
He was involved in a minor crash with a parked car as he ditched his vehicle and continued to flee on foot.
Cortez fled through the neighborhood and broke into a home before he was apprehended with the help of a police K-9, Luna said. Television news helicopters broadcast footage of the chase arrest.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment prior to booking, officials said.
No additional suspects were believed to be outstanding.
The investigation was ongoing, Luna said.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, Cortez was previously convicted of vandalism, brandishing a handgun and burglary in 2016; fighting in public and spousal abuse in 2013; possession of methamphetamine in 2012; and being under the influence of a controlled substance in 2010.
Cortez was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Friday in the El Monte branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, county booking records show.

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San Gabriel robbery suspects arrested following pursuit

SAN GABRIEL >> Two men accused of robbing a San Gabriel cell phone store on Wednesday afternoon led police on a high-speed chase before being cornered and apprehended in Los Angeles, authorities said.
An officer first tried to stop the suspects’ car about 5:51 p.m. for a routine traffic violation in the area of San Gabriel Boulevard, south of Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel Police Lt. Tony Hernandez said.
The driver failed to pull over, instead starting a chase during which he drove recklessly and at high speed down the westbound 10 Freeway, he said.
As the pursuit was ongoing, police received information that the car was believed to have been involved in a robbery that occurred about 5:45 p.m. at a cell phone store in the 800 block of Valley Boulevard, according to the lieutenant.
Two men with at least one gun had entered the store and fled with about 20 phones, he said. It was not immediately clear if cash was also taken.
Officers continued chasing the suspects as they exited the freeway at Mission Road in Los Angeles and crashed into another motorist, Hernandez said. The two suspects abandoned the car and continued to flee on foot. The other driver involved in the crash was unhurt.
The fleeing suspects ran directly into a commercial property enclosed by a 6-foot-tall, razor-wire-topped fence, he said. They surrendered once they realized they were trapped.
The suspects identities were not immediately available.
Police were re-tracing the path of the pursuit late Wednesday in search of items possible tossed from the suspects during the chase, he added.

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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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UPDATED: Woman killed, man wounded, suspect surrenders in Temple City Samurai sword attack

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TEMPLE CITY >> An intruder attacked a woman with a wrench and fatally stabbed with a Samurai sword, also injuring a friend of the victim’s who tried to intervene, before turning himself in to deputies on Wednesday, authorities said.
The deadly attack was first reported about 12:05 p.m. at a duplex in the 6000 block of Temple City Boulevard, between Garibaldi and Woodruff avenues, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials.
Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said the woman, 40, was at home with a friend, described as a 42-year-old San Gabriel man, when the attacker barged in through the unlocked front door.
He attacked the woman with a wrench detectives believed he had brought with him to the home, the lieutenant said.
The killer then grabbed an ornamental Samurai-style sword that was hanging on the wall and used it to continue the attack, Corina said.
“(The friend) sees what’s going on. He tries to stop him,” Corina said. The friend ended up receiving non-life-threatening wounds of his own before the attacker fled from the home. The injured friend was expected to be released from the hospital later Wednesday.
The woman’s 10-year-old son was also inside the home at the time of the attack, but was unhurt, Corina said.
As deputies conducted a search of the neighborhood, the suspect approached deputies and surrendered himself, according to the lieutenant.
The 44-year-old man, who lived nearby, was taken into custody without a struggle. His identity was not available pending booking.
The identity of the woman killed in the attack was also unavailable pending positive identification by coroner’s officials and notification of family members.
The relationship between the suspect and victims was unclear, and the motive in the double-stabbing was yet to be determined, Corina said.
Both the wrench and the sword believed to have been used in the attack were recovered at the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO by Walt Mancini

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Arcadia sporting goods store robbed


ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a crook with a comb-over who robbed an Arcadia sporting good store late Sunday.
The crime took place about 5 p.m. at REI, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave., according to Arcadia police Sgt. Jimmy Trabbie.
“A man walked up to the cashier and presented a demand note,” he said in a written statement. “There was no weapon seen.”
After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the robber left the store and fled the area in a black Mitsubishi SUV, police said.
He was described as a Latino man between 28 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, of thin to medium build, with a mustache and black, combed-over hair.
Anyone with information can reach Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Glendora man accused of selling heroin near high school in Covina

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COVINA >> Police jailed a Glendora man Sunday on suspicion of selling heroin at an apartment building across the street from a high school in Covina, officials said.
Christopher Michael Strohl, 30, was booked on suspicion of possession of heroin for sales, as well as an existing traffic warrant, following his 9 a.m. arrest at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of West Cypress Street, across the street from Northview High School, according to Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers had received complaints of drug dealing in the area when they spotted Strohl, who appeared suspicious, standing in a carport, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
They soon realized the man, later identified as Strohl, had an outstanding traffic warrant, he said.
While searching the suspect, officers discovered 9.8 grams of heroin, as well as a small amount of methamphetamine, the sergeant said.
The heroin had an estimated street value of $1,000, he added.
Strohl was being held in lieu of $65,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department

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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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