For the period of Sunday, March 7, through Saturday, March 13, the Police Department responded to 843 calls for service of which 136 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.
Sunday, March 7:
1. An auto burglary occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 125 North First. Unknown suspect(s) removed a door lock to enter the vehicle and stole a wallet containing $1,800. The suspect(s) also used the victim’s debit card at two locations to make unauthorized purchases.
2. Shortly before 5:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect entered the store with empty shopping bags in a stroller. She selected clothing items and hid the merchandise in the bags while in a fitting room. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 38-year-old Asian was taken into custody for commercial burglary.
Monday, March 8:
3. A battery incident occurred at Duarte and Santa Anita around 12:45 p.m. A 17-year-old male juvenile was walking home when he was attacked by 2 male Asian suspects, both described in be in their 20’s, 5’10” tall, thin build, and with shaved heads.
4. Units responded to the library parking lot, 20 West Duarte, around 6:50 p.m. regarding a brandishing/terrorist threat investigation. The victim advised that he got into an argument with a male Asian suspect, and the suspect produced a knife and threatened the victim with physical injury. Several hours later, the victim contacted police again and indicated that the suspect was following him. Officers later located the suspect’s vehicle at Santa Anita and Longden, and a traffic stop was conducted. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a pair of nunchaku, and the 35-year-old man was taken into custody for exhibiting a deadly weapon, possession of weapon, and making terrorist threats.
Tuesday, March 9:
5. Officers responded to the 2300 block of South Sixth around 10:14 a.m. in reference to a possible child abuse incident. A five-year-old girl claimed that her father had struck her with a belt several times for failure to maintain proper hygiene. The girl had bruises on her buttocks, and the incident was reported to the Department of Children and Family services.
6. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., units were dispatched to the 400 block of East Lemon regarding a grand theft that occurred on March 3. The victim advised that a male Hispanic suspect had stolen two UPS packages from her front porch on March 3 and then removed the security camera by the front door. The security video footage showed that the suspect was driven to the residence in a blue passenger vehicle.
Wednesday, March 10:
7. Loss prevention personnel from Nordstrom came to the station around 4:54 p.m. to file a grand theft report. Their investigation showed that a male suspect entered the store on March 8 and stole two leather jackets worth $900 each.
8. Around 10:23 p.m., units responded to the 00 block of East Forest regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at the location. Five occupants were contacted and officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle was conducted and an open container of alcohol and 21 ecstasy pills were found. An 18-year-old male Caucasian passenger was cited and later released for possession of an open alcohol container, and an 18-year-old male Caucasian driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Thursday, March 11:
9. Around 1:43 a.m., a driver was seen swerving between lanes of traffic at Colorado and San Rafael. Officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The driver sped onto the 210 freeway, then to the 57, and then onto the 10 freeway, where the CHP took over the pursuit. After a 32-mile pursuit, the driver finally exited the freeway in West Covina and was detained. A 38-year-old female Caucasian was taken into custody for unlicensed driver, evade peace officer with wanton disregard for the safety of others, and speed greater than 100 mph.
10. A witness notified police around 5:15 p.m. that a driver was seen falling out a vehicle and then got back inside the car and sped away. Officers located the vehicle in the 700 block of West Huntington and conducted a traffic stop. An intoxicated 46-year-old male Caucasian driver was arrested for DUI.
Friday, March 12:
11. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., a 27-year-old female African-American suspect was arrested at Bank of America, 169 East Foothill, for attempting to cash a $2,900 fraudulent check.
12. Officers were dispatched to the 00 block of West Lemon around 8:00 p.m. in reference to a possible elder abuse incident. Investigation revealed that during an argument, the suspect threatened his mother-in-law with a knife and then pushed her to the ground. A 35-year-old male Caucasian was arrested at the scene.
Saturday, March 13:
13. An injury traffic collision occurred at Holly and Las Tunas around 5:46 p.m. An intoxicated driver struck a curb and veered into oncoming traffic, hitting the victim’s vehicle head-on. A passenger from the victim’s vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, and a 34-year-old female Hispanic driver was arrested for DUI.
14. Around 9:30 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at 180 Campus. An intoxicated 19-year-old male Caucasian driver struck a parked vehicle and was taken into custody for DUI and minor driving under the influence.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 522 service events, resulting in 124 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
On March 5 at 6:28 a.m., officers responded to a call of a woman down and not breathing at a residence in the 300 block of West Lemon. Paramedics responded and attempted rescucitation, with negative results. The woman was pronounced dead. It was determined that the woman was a severe alcoholic and her death is likely related to health problems from alcohol abuse. The Coroner’s Office was called.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On March 6 at 2:06 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Shamrock and Huntington noticed a vehicle swerving on the roadway. He stopped the driver and determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the station for booking.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On March 6 at 2:36 a.m., an officer in the area of California and Los Angeles observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway with no headlights. She stopped the driver and determined the driver to be under the influence. The driver was arrested and taken into custody for booking.
Felony Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
On March 6 at 10:06 a.m., dispatch received a call from a witness following a vandalism suspect in a vehicle. The witness saw the suspect get out of his vehicle at Central and Myrtle, where he wrote graffiti on two traffic signals with a large yellow paint marker. He also tagged a trash dumpster in the 1200 block of South Myrtle and a city power transformer at Primrose and Huntington. Officers responded and detained the suspect. He was positively identified by the witness and arrested for felony vandalism. The suspect was uncooperative and denied any gang involvement. The witness will receive Monrovia Police Department’s $100 graffiti bounty reward for reporting this incident, which led to the arrest of the suspect.
Grand Theft Auto
On March 6 at 12:34 p.m., police received the report of a stolen vehicle. An employee of a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain parked and locked his vehicle in the parking lot. He was away from his vehicle for approximately 30 minutes and returned to find it missing. The vehicle taken was a 1994 Honda Accord. Investigation continuing.
Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On March 7 at 11:12 a.m., an officer responded to a burglary alarm call at an elementary school in the 200 block of Jasmine. As he arrived, a witness reported that the suspect had jumped a fence and fled toward Jasmine. Additional units were requested to search for the suspect. He was detained at Canyon and Foothill. The witness positively identified the suspect. The suspect was wearing a backpack and was in possession of a slidehammer, which was used to gain entry into a classroom. The suspect did not have enough time to take anything. He is currently on parole for burglary. Investigation continuing.
On March 8 at 7:05 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 1500 block of California regarding a burglary. They arrived and met with the owner, who told the officers he closed up on Sunday and set the alarm. In the morning, he got a call from his gardener, who told him someone had broken into the business. The suspects had cut through a sheet metal bay door and entered the building. Investigation continuing.
Outside Agency Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On March 8 at 3:48 p.m., officers observed a male subject who is a known gang member. The subject saw the officers and ran toward a residence in the 200 block of East Olive. One of the officers gave chase and detained the subject around the building. A computer check revealed two outside warrants for his arrest. The officer found a Bowie-type knife near where the subject had been. Azusa Police Department responded on the outstanding warrants and took custody of the suspect.
Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested.
On March 9 at 11:41 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Fig on a robbery alarm call. Officers arrived and checked the location. They saw clothing on the ground at the rear of the location and a male subject came into view. His belt was undone, pants open, and jacket askew on his body. The officers tried communicating with him, but he did not respond. He continued to ignore instructions and began to pick up a chrome barbell. He became combative with the officers and appeared to be under the influence. One of the officers activated his taser, which had no effect on the suspect. As officers moved in and detained the suspect, they saw he had something in his mouth, which turned out to be a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be rock cocaine. He was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment. Another baggie of rock cocaine was recovered from the suspect at the hospital. He was eventually cleared for booking and brought to the station.
Foothills Special Enforcement Team Outside Agency Search Warrant – Assisting Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
On February 11 at 5 a.m., the Foothills Special Enforcement Team in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency served a search warrant at a residence in the City of El Monte. The search was for narcotics and firearms believed to be at the residence. The residence was secured and the suspect was located. Though the search was not completed at the time of this report, a quantity of narcotics packaged for sales had already been located. This search warrant was part of a larger investigation that is ongoing.
Duarte and Monrovia Anti Gang Enforcement (DAMAGE) Task Force / State Parole Operation
On March 10 at 6:30 a.m., Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies, State Parole and Monrovia Police Department personnel conducted a parole compliance check of a residence in the 100 block of South Encinitas. A loaded 9mm pistol, ammunition, a small quantity of methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia were recovered. Two male adults were arrested. One male parolee was charged with ex-felon with a gun, ex-felon in possession of ammunition, possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation. The other male was charged with possession of an unregistered handgun and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 8:38 a.m., a second parole compliance check was conducted at a residence in the 100 block of Montana on a known gang member. Items with gang graffiti and two different kinds of ammunition were recovered. The parolee was arrested for ex-felon in possession of ammunition and a parole violation.
At 10:00 a.m., a third parole compliance check of a known gang member was conducted in the 300 block of East Walnut. A relative stated that the parolee has not lived at the address for two weeks. It is believed he has moved out of state without permission from parole. There is a warrant pending for his arrest.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, March 7th, to Saturday March 13th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 321 calls for service.
Monday, March 8th:
4:21 PM – Theft from vehicle, 600 block W. Highland Ave. A caller reported a theft in progress after seeing two teenagers taking property from the back of a parked truck. Officers detained two teenage boys and arrested them for theft. Police took the minors to the Sierra Madre Police Department, booked them for petty theft, and released them to their parents on a written promise to appear in court. One minor was from Sierra Madre; the other was from Pasadena.
Thursday, March 11th:
13:03 PM – Residential Burglary, 300 block Olive Tree lane. Construction tools were stolen from a home under renovation. The crime occurred between 7:00 pm Wednesday, 3/10/2010 and 12:50 pm Thursday, 3/11/2010. The tools were taken from various rooms throughout the home. The front door was unlocked and the rear doors were found ajar. The total loss was estimated at $4400.00.
Friday, March 12th:
11:25 AM – Theft from vehicle, 100 block Jameson Court. A Canon camera, two credit cards and a set of keys were stolen from an unlocked car parked in the driveway. The crime occurred between 3:30 pm Thursday, 3/11/2010 and 8:30 am Friday, 3/12/2010. The loss was estimated at $200.00.