Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/28/13)

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July 28, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

Save the Date: 

National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.  The Pasadena Police Department will collaborate with our community stakeholders to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. Kings Villages will host the kick-off celebration beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to begin the evening at Kings Villages.  If you have questions, please contact Pasadena Police Specialist Hilda Jurado at (626) 744-7659, or email at: Hjurado@cityofpasaden.net.   

Our Community: 

On July 13, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended New Revelations Missionary Baptist Church Pastor William Turner, Jr’s 75th Birthday Party, which was held at New Revelations Church.  The room was full of community leaders, elected officials, and well-wishers.  Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard stopped by to wish Pastor Turner a very happy birthday.   

On July 20, Pasadena Police Chaplains Father Bob Gaestel, Rev. Chip Rittenhouse, and Rev. Jaye Curry attended the Area C Chaplain meeting, which was held at the South Pasadena Police Department. Bob, Chip, and Jay received training from an FBI agent on the nature of weapons of mass destruction.  A presentation was also given on human trafficking by a member of the Oasis organization.  

On July 25, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander Chris Russ, Sergeant Kathryn Jorge, Corporal Glenn Thompson, Officers Darin Craddolph and David Thomas, PS Michele White, and others attended the Pasadena Police Park Watch Program, which is designed to impart park safety tips.  The event was very well attended by Pasadena young people and from what I heard, the safety information was well received (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On July 27, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra,  Park Safety Officers Nick Ortiz and Antonio Ambrozevicius, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Pasadena Police Kid’s Safety Academy Graduation.  The event was held at the police department and was coordinated by Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, PhD, and PS Karla Kauhola.  More than 20 kids graduated from the program, which is designed to teach very young people how to act in an emergency, stranger danger, and other personal safety tips.  The Kid’s Safety Academy is supported by the Pasadena Police Foundation. PPF Board President Myron Yanish and Board Member Sandra Greenstein attended the graduation in support of our young people. For more information about the Kids Safety Academy, please visit the Pasadena Police webpage at: http://cityofpasadena.net/Police.   For more information on the Pasadena Police Foundation please visit, www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org. (Photos at @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On July 27, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped by the Traffic Control Training, which was held at the police department and presented to the Pasadena Citizens Assisting Pasadena Police (CAPP) volunteers.  There were more than 60 Pasadena police volunteers attending the training.  The Pasadena Police Volunteer Core, which includes the CAPPs section, is supervised by PPD Officer Kimb Henry-Baecker.  To learn more about the volunteer program, please email Kimb at KBaecker@cityofpasadena.net.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On July 8, I received a letter from El Monte Chief of Police Steve Schuster commending Pasadena Police Canine Officer Steve Arcand, K9-Figo, and Sergeant Jesse Carrillo for their assistance during a terrorist threat investigation.  Chief Schuster wrote, “…We appreciate the great working relationship we enjoy with the Pasadena Police Department…”   

On July 9, I received a letter from Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca commending several Pasadena Police officers for their participation in an “Active Shooter Training Day,” which was held at Eliot Middle School.  The Altadena Sheriff’s Station facilitated the training, which was well received.  Sheriff Baca wrote, “…I would further like to express my gratitude for the continued spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance between our Departments…”   

On July 19, Harambee Ministries and Preparatory School held their annual “End of Summer Camp” celebration for students, family, and faculty.  Commander Chris Russ and his mentee, Rogelio Campos Jr., barbequed hotdogs and hamburgers for the attendees. Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Cheryl Moody, Officers Barry Glockson and Aaron Villicana stopped by the event.  Harlan Redman, Director, and Ericka Stephens, Chairperson, Board of Directors, organized the well-attended end of summer camp celebration. Harambee’s summer day camp provides children and youth an academic program that includes reinforcement of basic skills (reading, writing, and math) and recreation as well as organized games and sports like basketball and soccer. For more information about Harambee Ministries and Preparatory School visit http://www.harambeeministries.org/.  

On July 20, Commander John E. Perez participated in the first annual “Unsolved Homicide Summit” sponsored by the Justice for Murdered Children (JFMC) & Justice for Homicide Victims organizations.  The summit was hosted by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca at the Sheriff’s Headquarters and provided emotional, legal, and professional assistance to many of the family members in attendance.  Commander Perez was one of several panelist that included participants from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police, and the Long Beach Police Departments as well as members from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  The Mission of the JFMC is to support efforts to reduce the murder rate and unsolved homicides and to assist families that have lost loved-ones to homicide.  For further information and ways you can support JFMC, please visit their website at http://www.jfmc.org/. News story at: http://photos.sgvtribune.com/2013/07/20/photos-la-county-sheriffs-dept-and-justice-for-murdered-children-unsolved-homicide-summit.   

On July 23, I received a letter from Rosemary’s Children’s Services Executive Director Greg Wessels, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Pete Hettema.  Greg wrote, “…The time and commitment that Lt. Pete Hettema has given Rosemary’s has made us a better agency.  His leadership has brought about a great working relationship with the Pasadena Police Department and we now work as a team.  We truly value character and integrity of Lt. Hettema.  Thank you for a terrific Police Department…”   

On July 25, Pasadena Police Volunteer Tom Pico retired after more than two decades of service to the Pasadena Police Department and the community.  Tom worked several assignments as a volunteer including Citizens Assisting Pasadena Police (CAPP), Parade Watch, and other critical assignments.  Tom was presented with a Chief’s Commendation and a service plaque for his dedication and service.   

Critical Incidents: 

On April 25, a female adult victim contacted the Pasadena Police Department and told detectives she had been kidnapped and raped.  The case was assigned to Pasadena Police Corporal Monica Cuellar, who immediately began her investigation.  Monica was able to identify the suspect, who was arrested on July 17.  Monica interviewed the suspect, who admitted he had taken the “victim” to an abandoned house where they engaged in consensual sex for money.  The “suspect” had recorded the act and the verbal agreement with the “victim.”  When the evidence was presented to the victim, she recanted her allegations.   

On July 20 at about 4:12 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1600 block of El Sereno Avenue regarding shots fired.  On arrival, officers quickly obtained a suspect description and contained the area.  Within minutes of their arrival, PPD officers located and arrested the suspect without further incident.  At the time of the arrest, the suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Fortunately, no one was hit by gunfire. The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for attempted murder.   

On July 21 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Officer Panfilo De La Cruz was on foot patrol in Villa Parke when he recognized a suspect wanted for domestic violence.  When the suspect saw Panfilo, he fled the location.  Panfilo chased the suspect and took him into custody a short distance later.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On July 22 at about 8:45 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1600 block of Forest Avenue regarding a disturbance investigation.  On arrival, PPD officers learned the suspect (Black, Female Adult) had taken a rifle from a closet at the residence and threatened to shoot her mother (the suspect pointed the rifle at the victim).  The victim told officers her daughter was still inside the Forest residence with the weapon.  Pasadena Police Sergeants Vic Alaniz and Greg Afsharian, and Lieutenant John Dewar responded to the location to manage the incident.  The location was contained and PPD established a command post nearby.  The Bear-Cat Rescue vehicle was deployed as a security measure.  PPD officers contacted the suspect and ordered her out of the residence.  After a period of time, the suspect complied with the officer’s orders.  She was arrested without further incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On July 24 at about 2:06 a.m., Pasadena Police Officer Francis Cutkelvin conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Del Mar Boulevard and San Gabriel Avenue. During his investigation, Francis thought the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Without notice, the driver drove off.  Francis broadcasted the information and requested assistance.  The suspect driver ultimately lost control of his vehicle in the 1600 block San Pasqual Street.  He was taken into custody without further incident.   

On July 25, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of East Washington Boulevard regarding a child molestation investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the minor children who said they had been inappropriately touched by the suspect on several occasions. The suspect is the boyfriend of the victim’s grandmother.  PPD officers identified the suspect and detectives will follow up.  Our investigation is ongoing.   

On July 27 at about 8:28 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Huntington Memorial Hospital regarding a victim suffering from non-lethal stab wounds. On arrival officers learned the victim and the suspect know one another.  Officers determined the victim was stabbed during an altercation at a picnic earlier in the day at MacDonald Park. PPD officers responded to the suspect's residence; however, he was not located. Our investigation is ongoing.   


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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