On November 20, 2012, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Pasadena Police Detectives arrested Palmdale resident, Rashad McCoy, Black Male 23, for the senseless murder of a young man in the early morning hours of September 26, 2012. The victim, a Pasadena resident Joseph E. Jones, male 23, was visiting with friends near the corner of Howard Street and Mentone Avenue, when they were approached by McCoy who attempted to rob them.
Following the attempted robbery, Joseph and others tried to detain McCoy who ultimately hid in the rear yard of a residence near Stanton Street and Newport Avenue, where he laid-in-wait for the victims to approach.
As Joseph neared McCoy’s concealed location, he was shot once in the upper torso resulting in his death. McCoy then fired additional rounds toward the remaining victims as they fled. McCoy ran to a nearby car and left the area.
For the past two months, lead Detectives Broghamer and Pham diligently investigated various leads, ultimately identifying McCoy as the homicide suspect. McCoy is a known gang member with prior felony arrests.
On November 21, 2012, Chief Phillip L. Sanchez and police detectives met with Joseph’s parents. Chief Sanchez stated, “I was pleased to share the news of McCoy’s arrest with the family. The detectives’ commitment and hard work brought this perpetrator to justice. McCoy’s arrest is the first step on the long road to healing for the family.”
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for filing consideration.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department Detective Section at (626) 744-4511. You may also report information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).
For More Information:
Lt. Tracey Ibarra: (626) 744-4517
Watch Commander: (626)744-4620