The last 10 days have been filled with a significant amount of violence and trauma in the Pasadena area. Much of this violence has taken place right in the heart of where the families of Lake Avenue Community Foundation reside. The staff of LACF staff has been compelled to use our last 30 minutes together to pray for our community before our students take off for spring break.
Everyone is invited for a 30 minute per time at 6 PM March 21 to join us at Villa 500 with our elementary program or in the LAC Warehouse at 393 North Lake with our middle school/high school program. Whether you are a student in our programs, a parent with our programs, volunteer in our programs or a concerned person about what’s happening in Pasadena, we invite you to join us.
Below you will find the notes from the chief of police for Pasadena to community leaders about the most recent events in our city.
The Staff of LACF
On March 8 at about 3:38 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Victory Park regarding a robbery investigation. On arrival, officers learned that the victim was meeting a friend in the park to possibly furnish him with some marijuana. Three suspects approached the victim and asked his if he was carrying narcotics. When the victim opened his backpack, one of the suspects grabbed the marijuana from inside the pack. Subsequently, a physical fight ensured. Pasadena Police officers arrived quickly and detained two suspects (juveniles). They were later arrested without further incident. The robbery victim, also a juvenile, was also arrested for possession of a concealed weapon. Pasadena Police detectives will conduct a follow-up investigation.
On March 10 at about 1:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Howard and Mentone regarding a Domestic Violence Investigation. On arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, Male Black, 26, allegedly argued with his girlfriend and attempted to forcefully take custody of their child. The victim (girlfriend) attempted to stop the suspect and ended up on the hood of his car. As the suspect drove away, the victim was thrown onto the roadway, sustained a head injury, and lost consciousness. PPD officers contained the neighborhood and searched for the suspect. The Los Angeles Police Airship assisted PPD officers with the search. The officers were not able to locate the suspect; however, they know his identity. Lieutenant Ed Calatayud was the incident commander.
On March 12, a home invasion robbery occurred in the 1900 block of North Arroyo Boulevard. Three armed, masked gunmen entered the residence at approximately 11:00 pm, and held two women captive. The Pasadena Police Department was not made aware of the crime until the following morning, when bank personnel phoned the police department reporting that a female was at the location withdrawing money under duress. Pasadena officers responded and began their investigation. The robbery victims were not injured.
On March 14, 2013, at approximately 12:20 p.m., Pasadena detectives and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) plainclothes deputies were jointly investigating the robbery, when deputies encountered two suspects. One of the two suspects shot at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The two suspects fled on foot and a containment was established in the area of Mar Vista Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. It is unknown if either suspect was wounded. No law enforcement personnel were injured. Pasadena detectives subsequently arrested Marquis Garrett (male, African American, age 20, a Pasadena resident) and Paul Scott (male, African American, age 31, a Pasadena resident) and Eddie McFadden Jr. (male, African American, age 20, an Arcadia resident) for kidnapping for financial gain. Each suspect is being held on $1 million dollars bail.
The Pasadena Police Department continues to investigate the home invasion robbery. The attempted murder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, and the subsequent deputy involved shooting, are being investigated by the LASD, Homicide Unit. The home invasion robbery and attempted murder of a peace officer are violent crimes that necessitate a swift response. The subsequent arrest of the suspects was the result of a collaborative effort involving law enforcement entities including: the Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol, and Canine search teams from South Pasadena, Alhambra, and El Monte Police Departments. Anyone with information regard the home invasion robbery is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Individuals with information regarding the attempted murder of the LASD Deputy are asked to contact the LASD at (323) 890-5500. You may report anonymously through Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or http://lacrimestoppers.org(insert key word Pasadena).
On March 15 at about 9:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Summit Avenue regarding several calls of shots fired. On arrival, officers located two gunshot victims (Male Hispanic Adults) suffering from non-life threatening wounds. Officers were told that a third victim (Male Hispanic Juvenile) was transported to a local hospital by relatives prior to their arrival. The juvenile victim was suffering from a serious gunshot wound and was alert and talking at the hospital. During their preliminary investigation, Pasadena Police officers learned the victims were standing near their residence when the suspects fired several shots, striking the victims. The suspects were last seen running south on Summit Avenue. Pasadena Police officers contained the area and established a nearby command post. The incident was managed by Sergeant Roger Roldan and Lieutenant Jason Clawson. Pasadena Police detectives responded to the incident and began their investigation. If you have any information about this senseless crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.
On March 16 at about 2:11 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the intersection of California Boulevard and Euclid Avenue regarding a major traffic collision. On arrival, officers learned the driver of a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when he broadsided a vehicle making a turning movement. At least one of the vehicles flipped on to its side and subsequently caught fire. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles until the Pasadena Fire Department arrived and extricated them. In one case, the rescue took nearly 30 minutes while the second rescue lasted about an hour and a half. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital and were listed in critical condition. Pasadena Police Traffic officers responded to the location and began the painstaking effort to reconstruct the incident. If you happened to witness this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson was and the incident commander while Sergeant Max Dahlstein is supervising the investigation.
On March 16 at about 7:38 p.m., Pasadena Police officers received a call of shots fired in the 2000 block of El Sereno Avenue. Patrol and Special Enforcement officers arrived quickly at the incident after hearing the shots. The officers recovered some evidence at the scene and located several uncooperative witnesses. There were no injuries associated with this incident. Sergeant Kate Favara was the on-scene incident commander. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You may report anonymously through Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).
On March 16 at about 8:02 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 600 block of Hill Avenue regarding a major traffic collision. On arrival, officers discovered two vehicles had been involved in a horrific collision. Both subjects were transported to a local hospital by Pasadena Fire Paramedics. Later, one of the drivers (Male Hispanic Adult) died as a result of the collision. The second driver may have been drinking; however, officers have yet to confirm their suspicions. Pasadena Police Traffic officers were working DUI saturation patrol and responded to the incident. Lieutenant Jason Clawson andSergeant Max Dahlstein supervised the investigation. The victim was a Pasadena resident. Our investigation is ongoing. If you happened to witness this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.
On March 16 at about 8:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 200 block of East Del Mar Boulevard regarding an accidental discharge of a firearm. On arrival, Pasadena Police officers contacted a Male Adult who said he was cleaning his rifle in his residence when he accidently fired one round through the floor, into an underground carport. The projectile struck a neighbor’s unoccupied vehicle. Fortunately, no one was injured. Officers recovered the rifle as evidence along with a shotgun and pistol for safekeeping. The case will be forwarded to the City Prosecutor’s Office for review.
On March 17 Pasadena PD received information regarding a major collision on the eastbound 134 freeway at the Colorado/ Orange Grove off ramp. The incident was contained on the freeway and it was reported that the two vehicles involved were on fire with victim’s trapped inside. Officers Herrera and L. Mercado arrived on scene and saw both vehicles ablaze, with one being fully engulfed by flames. The occupants of one vehicle had been either ejected or extracted by witnesses and were being assisted by an on duty Glendale motor officer who was passing by. Officers Herrera and L. Mercado immediately ran to the other burning vehicle where they were assisted by good Samaritans in rescuing two of the occupants and dragging them from the fire hazard.
Several PFD units responded and treated four victims who were suffering from massive injuries. No officers suffered any injuries. California Highway Patrol arrived on scene and took command of the incident. Park Safety personnel were instrumental in helping shut down the freeway onramps during the investigation. All media inquiries are behind forwarded to CHP. The eastbound 134 Freeway is expect to be closed down for another hour.
The following information is preliminary and subject to change:
On March 17 at about 7:10 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a major traffic accident on the 134 Freeway at the Colorado Street off-ramp. Several vehicles were involved in the accident and apparently PPD officers were first on scene. One of the cars bursted into flames and PPD officers pulled the victim from the wreckage