Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (11/03/13)

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November 3, 2013


Dear Community Members & Department Personnel: 

For your Information: 

The Pasadena Youth Center will host their 3nd Annual Adelante Young Men Conference on November 9th, 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 Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ray Santana and Los Angeles County’s Mental Health Deputy Director, Dr. Tony Beliz, as keynote speakers.  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://www.pasadenayouthcenter.org/aym_conferenceStella R. Murga is the founder and Executive Director for the Pasadena Youth Center and we are extremely thankful for her efforts in preparing our youth for college and professional careers.   

Pasadena’s Finest:  

In September 2013, Pasadena Police Detective M. Hooker received several theft reports from Marshall Fundamental High school. The reports indicated cellular telephones were stolen during the crimes.  Detective Hooker developed information implicating a school security guard as a possible suspect in the theft cases.  On September 16, Detectives Hooker, C. Gordon, and R. Padilla conducted surveillance and later stopped the campus security guard.  Their subsequent investigation led to the recovery of several electronic items, including an IPAD, which had been reported stolen the very same day.  On September 18, Detective Hooker presented her case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.  The DDA filed three counts of Commercial Burglary and two counts of Theft with Prior Convictions. On October 16, the suspect was sentenced to four years in State Prison.  

On Wednesday, October 23, the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) hosted Mass Causality Incident training at the Rose Bowl for its Mutual Aid Law Enforcement partner agencies. The training was designed to integrate first responders from neighboring jurisdictions with Pasadena police and fire personnel. The training simulated real-time incidents necessitating a high-level of coordination, critical thinking, and expedient intervention to address presented safety threats and triage priorities.  There were approximately 100 law enforcement officers and fire fighters from participating agencies including: Alhambra PD/FD, Burbank PD, Glendale PD/FD, Monterey Park PD, San Gabriel PD/FD, San Marino PD/FD, South Pasadena PD/FD, Cal State Los Angeles PD, Arcadia FD, FBI - West Covina, and California Highway Patrol. The training coordinators also enlisted the assistance of 100 civilian volunteers and role-players to make the event more realistic. Though safety measures are in place in preparation for the upcoming 2014 New Year’s Day events and upcoming BCS Game, the Pasadena Police Department also utilized the training to provide valuable information to participating agencies that may be called upon to assist in improving emergency responses to any unfortunate large scale event that may arise at the Rose Bowl. Special Enforcement Officers A. McGlade and J. Lopez organized and planned the event.  

On October 23, I received a copy of an email from Tournament of Roses Director, Stacy Houser, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant T. Ibarra for her presentation at a safety meeting.  Director Houser wrote, “… I think the group of PD we have this year working on the TofR is the best I have ever seen.  I was so proud that you were making such a great impression…” (Director Houser works for the City of Pasadena, Parks & Natural Resources Division).  

On October 24, I received an email from AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School Principal, Talin P. Kargodorian, Ed.D, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant P. Hettema, Officers D. Locklin, R. Hsu, P. Klotz, and S. Arcand for their presentation during a student assembly.  Principal Karodorian wrote, “… The Pasadena Police Department continues to enrich the city of Pasadena with all the great work they carry out in regards to safety, education, and community outreach…”  

On October 24, I received a copy of an email from Pasadena Fire Deputy Chief K. Costa commending Pasadena Police Corporal A. McGlade and J. Lopez for coordinating the Mutual Aid Mass Causality Response Training Event at the Rose Bowl.  

Our Community:  

On October 25, Pasadena Police Commander J. Perez, Sergeants J. Carrillo, and K. Jorge, and Detectives M. Lang, and S. Vidales attended the Peace Over Violence (POV) Gala, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  The event was packed with local elected officials and VIPs including: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry, Scott Gordon, Supervising Judge Family Law Division & Mrs. Gordon. POV Executive Director, Patti Giggans, provide remarks during the program, which honored several people.   

On October 26, Pasadena Police Sergeants J. Luna, C. Gutierrez, and I attended NATHA’s Lincoln Village Community Festival, which was held on the campus of John Muir High School. The festival was packed with federal and local elected officials (US Congresswoman Chu, Mayor Bogaard, Vice Mayor Robinson, Councilman Kennedy, PUSD Board President Cooper, and PUSD Superintendent Gundry) community leaders, students, family, and friends.  Entertainment included Aztec Dancers, JMHS Alumni Drum Corp, Wilson Middle School Drum Corp, and other drill teams. Ms. C. Walker is the Executive Director at NATHA (Neighbors Acting Together Helping All).  You can learn more about NATHA at www.NATHA.org (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 26, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended Women at Work’s Fall Gala, “Pasablanca.” The event was held at the University Club and was packed with community leaders and federal and local elected officials. VIPs included: US Congresswoman Chu, Mayor and Mrs. Bogaard, City Manager Beck, Assistant City Manager Gutierrez, Liberty Director Sanders, and Retired Pasadena Police Lieutenant P. Riddle.  Former Pasadena PIO Ann Erdman served as co-emcee and Gala Chair.  Women at Work honored Cynthia Kurtz (Trailblazer Award); CA State Senator Carol Liu (Heritage Award); Wendy Welch-Keller (Accolade Award); Lola Osborne, Andrea Damina, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Jan Madsen (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 27, I attended CASA Glamor Gown’s “Day at the Races” to raise funds for young women to attend the prom.  The event was held at the Santa Anita Race Track on a beautiful day in SGV. Community leaders, supporters, and Los Angeles Council Woman Jan Perry attended. Pasadena community leaders and philanthropist Bill & Brenda Galloway helped sponsor the event.  

On October 27, Deputy Chief Qualls, Commander Russ, Lieutenant Clawson, Sergeant Beene, Office Supervisor Bogar, and I attended the “Mother’s Behind Bars: the Parent Puzzle,” which was held at Hillside School.  Flintridge Center Executive Director, Jaylene Mosley, was the honorary chairperson and the event was coordinated by Shirlee Smith (About Parenting).  US Congresswoman Chu, CA Senator Liu, Assemblyman Holden, Mayor Bogaard, & PUSD Board President R. Cooper were among the VIPs (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 29, I attended the Central Park Landscape Improvement Project dedication ceremony, which was held near the El Centro de Accion Social Building. There were several VIPs at the event (too many to list).  Mayor Bogaard, District 6 Councilman S. Madison, City Manager Beck, Tournament of Roses Executive Director Flinn, and a representative from Scott-Miracle Gro provided remarks. Public Works Director Foster and several members of the city’s executive staff attended the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On October 29, I attended Flintridge Center’s Speaker Series, which was held at the Flintridge Community Room.  Pasadena Public Health Director, Dr. E. Walsh, talked about “Crime as an Infectious Disease.”  At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience asked several follow up questions.  Flintridge Center Program Directors Pickens and Biery also attended the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On October 30, several Pasadena Police and Fire personnel attended the annual Coldwell Banker Appreciation Luncheon.  The event was packed with hungry first responders, volunteers, and other community leaders.  Ms. Rosie Bell coordinates the annual event, which is always a favorite among city staff.  Thank you Rosie and Coldwell Banker (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). Event photos provided by James Macpherson, Pasadena Now: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/coldwell-banker-real-estate-says-thank-you-to-local-first-responders 

On October 31, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers attended the Human Services & Recreation Department’s 2013 Fall Festival at Victory Park.  The event was packed with young people in costume, parents, and other community members.  This October event is always a community favorite.  

On November 1, Commanders Perez and Rosales, Lieutenants Ibarra, Moody, Clawson, Calatayud, and Torres, Administrator Persons, Officer Baecker-Henry, Office Supervisor Bogar, Supervisor Nuño, Communications Operator Bartoli-Figueroa, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the 2013 Southern California Women’s Health Conference.  Pasadena Community leader Lena Kennedy coordinated the event.  CBC Pastor J. Burch provided the opening prayer at the luncheon and Vice Mayor Robinson provided opening remarks.  Councilman J. Kennedy also attended the conference during the morning session.  This was another great year for our local women who received health and wellness tips at the workshops (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

Critical Incidents:  

On December 13, 2011, at about 11:15 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a shooting investigation in the 1600 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue.  The victim, Trevell Thompson (a known local gang member), was shot once on the face, causing serious injuries.  Pasadena Police Officers Harris, Ordonez, and Okamoto arrived on scene and quickly identified several key witnesses.  The case was assigned to Detective William Broghamer, who was assisted by detectives from the Homicide / Assault Unit. Detective Broghamer and his team developed critical evidence in the days following the shooting that led to the suspect, Anthony Mitchell, a known rival gang member.  On March 5, 2012, Homicide detectives developed information that Mitchel was in the area of 1629 North Fair Oaks Avenue.  The detectives responded and arrested Mitchell without incident. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.  Several felony charges were filed, including attempted murder. On October 21, 2013, a jury trial began and closing arguments were heard on October 30th.  On October 31, at 3:30 p.m. the jury returned with a guilty verdict on all counts (Attempted Murder, Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon, Gang Enhancement). Mitchell will be sentenced in the near future.  

Despite the drama, fanfare, and allegations of inappropriate conduct raised by the defense during the trial (a common court room tactic), the jurors saw the truth in our evidence, facts, and investigative protocols resulting in a guilty verdict.  The integrity, dedication, and investigative talents of Detective Broghamer and his coworkers in this case prevailed, resulting in the conviction of a local gang member.  The case was well supervised by Sergeant Ernie Devis. Officer Jonny Calderon and personnel from SES & Patrol contributed to the investigations. I am grateful we were able to remove a predator from our community through a solid legal investigation.  

On October 31, at approximately 11:37 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to investigate a call of “shots fired on Tremont Street, between Fair Oaks Avenue and Glen Avenue.  On arrival, officers located three vehicles which had been struck by gunfire.  Officers interviewed witnesses who said several males were seen shooting at each other in the street. Luckily, no one was injured by the gunfire.  Local hospitals were checked; however, there were no gunshot victims admitted. Sergeant Afsharian supervised the investigation. Our investigation is ongoing.  

On October 31, at about 8:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 400 block of Allendale Road regarding a residential robbery.  On arrival, officers talked with the elderly victims who said they answered the front door of their home expecting to greet children who were trick or treating. When the door was opened, two suspects wearing masks forced their way into the residence. The suspects were armed with handguns and forced the victims into a closet while demanding money. After several minutes, the suspects fled the location – the victims were shaken, but uninjured. Our investigation is ongoing. Local media article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131101/culprits-in-skull-masks-behind-pasadena-takeover-robbery.  

On November 1, at about 11:26 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers D. Morris and A. Villicana responded to a “We-Tip” alert regarding a wanted fugitive.  The notification indicated the suspect might be staying in an East Pasadena motel.  Within minutes of receiving the We-Tip information, the officers located the fugitive’s vehicle, which was parked in the 3500 block of East Colorado Boulevard.  Officers Morris and Villicana subsequently located the suspect and arrested her without incident.   At the time of the fugitive’s arrest, she was in the company of two male companions. Officers Morris and Villicana determined one of the males also had a fugitive warrant for his arrest.  The second male was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  All three suspects were later booked at the Pasadena jail.  Local media article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131102/tip-leads-to-three-arrests-in-pasadena.  

We-Tip was founded in 1972 as an anonymous crime-reporting resource for citizens and a tool to aid law enforcement. The successful program has dramatically impacted crime and has significantly reduced crime incidents in communities and schools nationwide.  We-Tip is committed to providing an effective anonymous crime reporting system to its users as they promise to insure absolute anonymity, not just confidentiality.  To report crime information via We-Tip, contact: (800) 782-7463. 


Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545 | Email: psanchez@cityofpasadena.net
Mission First, People Always

Posted: 11/3/2013 11:25:00 AM
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