Is it safe to walk in Old Pasadena?

You would think that in the weeks leading up to the Tournament of Roses parade that Pasadena PD would have a better handle on the streets of Old Pasadena. Apparently not.

Last year about this time there was a shooting after a drug deal went bad.

Last night a guy was reportedly stabbed by a panhandler.

So here’s the Crime Scene question of the day …

Is Old Pasadena safe?


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Vietnam ready to send suspect back in ’83 cold case

Nate McIntire reports:

ALHAMBRA – A suspect in a 25-year-old murder investigation who once told police that his alleged victim fell on a knife is being extradited from Vietnam and is expected to return to the United States today, authorities said.

Members of an FBI task force will escort Vietnamese national Ninh Kim Nguyen, 52, back to the United States to face murder and robbery charges after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death in Alhambra in 1983.

“Soon after the investigation began, he became the prime suspect,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Joe Romero said.

Nguyen, who is also a convicted rapist, fled the country after being charged with murder a week after Khuyen Thi Bui, 38, was found by her son in her North Fifth Street apartment with a kitchen knife sticking out of her throat.

Nguyen was a friend of the victim and was arranging to assist her in the sale of $30,000 worth of jewelry before her death, according to authorities.

“At the time of the murder, Nguyen was allegedly trying to defraud the victim in a scheme involving diamonds, with which he allegedly absconded before he fled the United States,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.


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Teens injured in El Monte stabbing

Possible gang ties:

EL MONTE — Police are seeking an attacker who stabbed a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man late Tuesday, authorities said.

The incident was reported about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Magnolia Street and Mountain View Road, El Monte police Sgt. David Vautrin said.

Both victims were taken to an area hospital where they were listed in stable condition.

A motive in the attack was not known late Tuesday, and the suspect was described only as Latino man, Vautrin said.

The victims, who were believed to be walking together when the stabbing occurred, gave conflicting accounts of the incidents, he added.

The male victim was believed to have gang ties, however it was not clear Tuesday if the attack was gang-related, Vautrin said.

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Man stabbed in La Puente

Not much detail yet, but reports from the overnight police logs indicate there was a stabbing in La Puente near Nogales High School just before 10 p.m.

Sheriff’s homicide is handling the investigation into the case. The slaying happened near the intersection of La Puente Road and Nogales Avenue.

Here’s the latest on our Web site. I’ve also posted a map of the area below.


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