Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (11/04/12)

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November 4, 2012


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

For your Information:  

The victims of Hurricane Sandy are in need of supplies and resources.  If you would like to help, you can use the following link: http://www.fema.gov/, which will take you to the FEMA web site. You can click on the “How to Help” button under the Hurricane Sandy photo. .    

Save the Date:  

The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy announced that three new garden projects in the city will receive Community Gardening Awards at the Conservancy’s first annual Sustainable Sunday Supper, Can U Dig It?, which will be held on November 4.  The awardees are:  

  • John Muir High School’s Muir Ranch Community Supported Agriculture project  
  • Harambee Ministries’ Harambee Community Garden in Northwest Pasadena   
  • Pasadena Community Gardens’ Community Garden in Southwest Pasadena  

For more information, please contact Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy President and CEO, Eileen Read, at eileenwhiteread@hotmail.com, or phone (202) 641-0779.   

The Pasadena Youth Center will host their 2nd Annual Adelante Young Men Conference on November 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference will take place on the campus of Pasadena City College (PCC) and will feature Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President/General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, as the keynote speaker.  The conference features lectures, interactive workshops, career and academic planning, and much more.  For more information about the conference, please call (626) 798-1538, or visit http://pasadenayouthcenter.org/aym_conference/adelante_young_menStella R. Murga is the founder and Executive Director for the Pasadena Youth Center.   

Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA) is hosting its 9th Annual Lincoln Village Festival on November 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. between Montana Street and Idaho Street. The event is always a community favorite and this year should be no exception.  The festival will feature food, music, health screening, and much more.  For more information, please call (626)794-5889.  

Youth for Human Rights International, Pasadena High School Chapter, will host Education and Responsibility Human Rights Day Forum 2012, on December 8, 2012 at the Louis Creveling Lounge, Pasadena City College. Youth for Human Rights International is dedicated to teaching youth about human rights, specifically, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.  For more information on Youth for Human Rights International, please visit: http://www.youthforhumanrights.org. Tim Bowles is the Executive Director for Human Rights International and is accepting forum RSVPs at tbowles@tbowleslaw.com.   

Our Community: 

On October 28, Pasadena Police Sergeant Ed Calatayud visited the new location of La Iglesia Christian Church, located in the 2000 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue.  Ed was invited by Pastor Javier Ayala. The church provides fundamental need like food and clothing items.    

On October 29, PUSD School Board member Ramon Miramontes, Pasadena District 5 Council Representative Vannia De La Cuba, Pasadena Police Officer Andrea Perez, and I met with 5th grade students at Madison Elementary School to discuss personal safety, educational opportunities, and other related topics.  Vannia and Andrea met with the young ladies while Ramon and I talked with the young men in separate meetings. The students were very well behaved and asked some very interesting questions.   

On October 29, Commander John Perez and I met with representatives from Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) to discuss general topics concerning the role of local law enforcement (vs. the role of the Federal Government) when undocumented people are contacted by the  police.  As with all people who live in, work, or visit Pasadena, the police department initiates contacts based on probable cause, operating within the law.  The meeting was productive.  

On October 30, Pasadena Police Officer Joe Longoria attended a meeting of the Pasadena American Red Cross Advisory Council of the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army Major Norton discussed the upcoming 125-year anniversary of the Salvation Army.    

On October 30, Sergeant John Luna and Officer William Shipman attended Councilmember Victor Gordo’s District 5 community meeting.  Approximately 30 community members attended the meeting.  John and William discussed general safety and crime issues.  District 5 Field Representative, Vannia De La Cuba, coordinated our participation.   

On October 30, Commander Chris Russ and Lieutenant Pete Hettema attended Councilmember Steve Madison’s Quarterly Town Hall Meeting.  General public safety topics were discussed and community members also heard from representatives from the fire department, public works, PUSD, and the Rose Bowl.  

On October 30, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Twilight Club of Pasadena Speaker’s Series.  Club President Nat Read served as the emcee for the program, which featured COPs Director Bernard Melekian as the keynote speaker.  Director Melekian provided an overview of policing in the United States from his perspective as the COPs Director.  Mayor Bill Bogaard and Nancy Melekian were among the VIPs.   

On October 31, several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended Halloween in the Park, which was held at Victory Park this year.  The collaborative effort between PPD and Human Services & Recreation helped create a safe and fun evening for all involved.  The evening featured youth dancers (all decked out in costumes), games, and booths.  District 4 Councilmember, Gene Masuda, and his field representative, Noreen Sullivan, were among the many people attending the event.  Special thanks to Human Services & Recreation Director, Mercy Santoro, Pasadena Police Lieutenant, Rodney Wallace, and the entire Community Services Section for coordinating the event.   

On November 1, several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended the “Turkey Tussle” where the John Muir High School Mustangs met the Bulldogs of Pasadena High School.  This particular football game is a community favorite and this year was no exception. It was pretty special watching the young Mustangs and Bulldogs play on the turf of the famed Rose Bowl.  Each school had the opportunity to introduce their seniors prior to the game.  One of the highlights of the game came during half time when Pasadena High School Senior Ahmanie Cohill, was awarded a full-ride music and academic scholarship to Alabama State University. The Mustangs prevailed again this year . As an aside, Pasadena Police Corporal Robert “Bobby” Jenkins is a coach on the Muir Football Squad.   

On November 2, I attended the Women’s Health Conference & Expo, which was hosted at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Pasadena Community Leader, Lena Kennedy, organized and coordinated the event and Deborah K. Sanchez served as Mistress of Ceremonies.  More than 2500 women attended the conference, which included workshops and a fashion show. Pasadena Police Administrator Alicia Patterson participated in the fashion show as a models. Dr. Eric Walsh was the keynote speaker during the luncheon. About 30 Pasadena Police women attended the event.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

In August 2012, two Male Hispanic adults committed a carjacking in La Puente and drove the vehicle to Pasadena.  The suspects drove to a business in the 3600 block of Foothill Boulevard, because the car they had stolen was running out of fuel.  The suspects observed a driver seated in his car and approached him.  When the suspects reached the driver, they produced a handgun and stole his 2011 Toyota Camry.  The suspects then fled the location. On August 7, Pasadena Police Detective David Duran began investigating the incident. He worked with detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Industry Station, but they were unable to locate the vehicle or suspects.  On October 11, the victim from the Pasadena case received a parking citation in the mail.  The victim drove to the area where the citation was issued and observed his vehicle parked on Hartsville Street, in La Puente.  The victim called the LASD Industry Station to report his observations.  LASD deputies arrived a short time later, and following their investigation, arrested two suspects believed responsible for the carjacking.  The sheriff’s department notified the Pasadena Police Department of their arrest.  On October 25, David and his partner, Detective Carolyn Gordon, drove to the Industry Sheriff’s Station to continue their investigation.  They later searched the recovered vehicle and recovered a .40 cal. semi-automatic pistol. Search warrants were secured for the suspect’s residence.  During the subsequent searches, David, Carolyn, and LASD deputies recovered additional evidence, including another pistol.   

On October 16, detectives assigned to the Pasadena Burglary Task Force (BTF) assisted Detective Sheri Schwab with a vehicle burglary investigation in El Monte.  Sheri and the BTF Detectives contacted a subject at his residence and began their investigation.  During their investigation, detectives discovered that the suspect was cultivating marijuana plants. He was subsequently arrested for the marijuana, and when presented with physical evidence, admitted to the vehicle burglary.  The suspect was transported to Pasadena jail and booked.   

On October 29, I received notice that State Farm Insurance awarded a community grant to the Pasadena Police Department – Traffic Section for our efforts to educate young drivers about driving while impaired.  Pasadena Police Motor Officer, Derek Locklin, is leading the department’s efforts to ensure our young drives are well aware of the consequences associated with driving while intoxicated. The grant funds will be used to enhance the department DUI Trailer, which is a valuable tool in the effort to connect with our young motorists.   

On October 23, Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) were contacted about a murder suspect wanted by the Fresno Police Department.  The detectives learned the suspect might be living in the Los Angeles region.  PSWRFTF detectives developed information on the suspect’s location and responded to his residence.  Detectives subsequently observed the murder suspect walk outside his residence to a pick-up truck.  The detectives quickly contacted the suspect, who was arrested without incident.  Fresno Police detectives responded to the southland to take custody of the suspect and search his vehicle.  The PSWRFTF is supervised by Pasadena Police Sergeant, Victor Alaniz.   

Critical Incidents:  

On October 28 at about 10:45 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard regarding a large gang fight.  On arrival, PPD officers located a group of males involved in a fight.  PPD officers then attempted to contact the group of males to investigate the incident.  As they approached the group, one of the subjects fled. PPD officers chased the suspect, ordering him to stop; however, the suspect failed to obey the officer’s commands.  As PPD officers continued to chase the suspect, they observed him reach into his jacket, retrieve a handgun, and throw it.  Officer Matt Jones eventually caught the suspect, and along with assisting officers, arrested him without further incident.  The weapon was retrieved nearby and the suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail.    

It is obvious that this case was extremely dangerous for the officers, innocent bystanders, and the armed suspect. The officers involved used tremendous restraint and judgment to avoid a lethal encounter. All are commended for their dedication, courage, and professionalism.  PPD personnel involved were:  Lieutenant Cheryl Moody, Sergeants Max Dahlstein and Bobby Crees, Officers Matt Jones, John Calderon,Rodney Saunders, Maclaurin Adesina, John Yoo, Scott Vandergrift, David Alba, Joe Reinbold, Carlo Montiglio, Jordan Ling, Tim Mosman, Ryan Smith, Carol Eldridge (helicopter pilot),  and Irvin Myles (Tactical Flight Officer).     

On October 29 at about 1:59 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 3400 block of East Colorado Boulevard to investigate a strong arm robbery that just occurred.  Officer Edward Bondarczuk quickly arrived and observed the suspect.  The suspect fled the location and Ed chased him. The suspect subsequently surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.   

On October 29 at about 6:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Mentone Avenue and Howard Street regarding a call of shots fired.  PPD officers located and recovered evidence of the shooting in the 1800 block of Mentone Avenue.  Several witness described the suspects as Male Black adults.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the shooting.  The incident was managed by the on-duty Watch Commander, Lieutenant Pete Hettema. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241, or you can report your information through CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 222-8477.   

On October 30 at about 530 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Sunset Avenue and Washington Boulevard regarding reports of multiple gunshots.  On arrival, officers interviewed witnesses who said they saw suspects shooting at a passing car.  While offices were conducting their investigation, the police communications center received a telephone call from a local hospital reporting that a male adult had arrived with a single gunshot wound to his hand.  PPD officers responded to the hospital and contacted the victim, a Male Black, in his 20s, a Pasadena resident. The victim was uncooperative and provided vague information about the incident.  PPD detectives are investigating.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626)744-4241, or you can report your information through CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 222-8477.   

The incident was covered by the local media: http://pasadena-ca.patch.com/articles/pasadena-man-shot-in-hand-refuses-to-cooperate-with-police.   

On November 1 at about 2:25 a.m., Pasadena Police and Pasadena Fire Departments responded to a structure fire in the 1300 block of El Sereno Avenue.  When officers and fire personnel arrived at the location, they found the lower level of the structure fully engulfed by fire.  Two Male Adults were found dead inside the dwelling and a third victim, suffering from burns, was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.  Pasadena Homicide Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.  As the investigation progressed, the evidence indicated the fire was intentionally set. The focus of the investigation shifted from a suspicious fire to a murder. Pasadena Homicide detectives identified a suspect and passed the information to our field units.  On November 2, at about 5:42 a.m., Pasadena Police Corporal Richard Padilla and Officer Joe Reinbold located the suspect at a local restaurant and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail and the case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing early this week. Police Volunteers John Kendall and Tom Pico assisted with traffic control during the investigation. The incident was covered in the local media: http://www.pasadenasun.com/news/tn-626-pasadena-police-arrest-man-related-to-deadly-house-explosion-20121102,0,1919083.story.   

On November 1 at about 11:25 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Hammond Street and Fair Oaks Avenue regarding shots fired.  Officers arrived quickly and found two Male Black victims (minors), who had been shot (non-life-threatening gunshot wounds).  The victims, Pasadena residents, were transported to a local hospital for treatment – their parents were notified.  Police Volunteers Keith Chow, David Kilgore, Lou Oronoz, and Sergio Fajardo-Acosta assisted with traffic control during the investigation. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or you can report your information through CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 222-8477. The incident was covered by the local media: http://pasadena-ca.patch.com/articles/two-juveniles-wounded-in-pasadena-shooting-thursday-night.   

On November 2 at about 9:50 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 900 block of North Marengo Avenue regarding shots fired.  Officers recovered evidence of the shooting at the location and talked with a witness, who was extremely uncooperative. The suspects were described as Black Males. While officers were investigating the shooting, they contacted a Male Black adult in the immediate area. During their field investigation, the officers discovered that the male was in possession of a loaded revolver.  The suspect was not associated with the shooting; however, he was arrested for possession of a concealed weapon.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or you can report your information through CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 222-8477.    

On November 2 at 11:45 p.m., the Pasadena Police helicopter flight crew (Pilot Mark Mendenhall and TFO Ryan Smith) were the victims of a laser strike while patrolling over Pasadena. Mark and Ryan directed ground units to the suspect’s location.  The suspect was contacted, arrested without incident, and booked at Pasadena jail.  The laser device was recovered.   

Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always





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