Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (11/10/13)

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November 10, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps! Please take a moment to commend and offer thanks to those brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United State Marine Corps.  On November 10, 2013, the Marine Corps will celebrate its 238th Birthday.   

On December 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council (PAPAC) will host its 18th Annual Christmas Toy Drive at the Pasadena Police Department (207 North Garfield Avenue).  Prior to the event, if possible, please bring new, unwrapped toys to 1160 East Walnut Street, in Pasadena.  For more information, please call Harry Kouladjian (626) 945-3031, or Hovannes Sarkissian (626) 792-9597.   

Our Community: 

On October 18, I received a letter from a recent graduate of the Pasadena Police Department en Español, commending the program.  The community member wrote, “…We are writing you in appreciation for the opportunity that you have given to our people (Hispanic/Latin community).  These reunions were of great importance and allowed community members to learn the different laws and how the department operates. We appreciate and acknowledge everyone that worked to make this possible for the involved families, as this is very important, I’m referring to the different laws.  We hope that we (Hispanics/Latinas) will all be able to work with you.  A special thanks to Officer Ordonez, Hilda Jurado, Christian Allen, Sergeant Lomeli, Lieutenant Calatayud, Commander Perez, and Command Russ.  We wish each of you the best and look forward to the next course…” You may recall the Pasadena Police Department launched its first all-Spanish informative academy tailored for our Latino Community a few weeks ago.  There are already plans for other sessions in 2014.  

On November 2, Commanders Rosales and Russ attended the Pasadena Police Department’s Kids Safety Academy graduation, which was hosed at the department.  13 local youth (with their parents) graduated from the seven-week long program, which is focused on teaching young people how to act in an emergency. The program is supported by the Pasadena Police Foundation and board member Mary Wilson attended the graduation.  PPD Volunteers Tom Kester and Ishmael also attended. At the conclusion of the graduation, the young people received an emergency preparedness bag containing flashlights and an assortment of life sustaining items. This session was coordinated by Pasadena Police Specialist K. Kauhola (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On November 4, Pasadena Patrol Team 1 held its morning briefing at Learning Works Charter School.  Officers met with Headmasters Dr. M. Rahn and S. Ginyard, who provided an overview of school programs, which included the Mission, the Principles, and the partnership it has with Homeboy Industries.   

On November 6, Commander Russ attended the Upper Hastings Ranch Neighborhood Association meeting, which was held in the Don Benito School Auditorium. Commander Russ discussed safety tips, crime trends, and other safety related topics.  I understand the meeting was well attended. 

On November 6, Lieutenant Dewar, Sergeant Crees, and I attended the San Rafael Community Meeting.  The main topic was AB109, which is the parole reentry program started by the State of California in 2010.  The meeting was well attended.  

On November 9, Pasadena Youth Center hosted the 3nd Annual Adelante Young Men’s Conference at the Pasadena City College.  The conference provided academic planning and interactive active workshops for over 1200 young men interesting in attending college.  The event featured Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ray Santana and Los Angeles County’s Mental Health Deputy Director Dr. Tony Beliz as keynote speakers and each provided extraordinary insight and advice in achieving academic and professional accomplishments.  Attendees included PCC President Dr. Mark RochaPUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry, PCC Board Member  Berlinda Brown, Pasadena Mayor William Bogaard, Pasadena Police Commander John Perez, me and a host of other educators and community supporters.  The Pasadena Police Department continues to be extremely proud to be involved with the Adelante Conferences and I wish to thank Sergeant Javier Aguilar, Officer Edgar Sanchez, and Forensics Specialist Alex Padilla for donating their time as the public safety workshop presenters.  We should all take a moment and thank the founder and Executive Director of the Pasadena Youth Center, Stella R. Murga for her dedicated commitment to our youth.  For information about future conferences, visit http://www.pasadenayouthcenter.org/aym_conference 

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On October 9, I received a letter from Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck commending Pasadena Police Officer B. Petrella for participating in the 1st Annual “Battle at the Academy.”  The funds raised from the boxing competition were donated to the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, an organization geared towards caring for the families of the Los Angeles Police Officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.  Officer Petrella has been an amateur box for several years.   

On October 28, I received a letter from San Marino Chief of Police Timothy M. Harrigan commending Pasadena Police Pilot P. Polimeni and Tactical Flight Officer T. Corralez for attending their annual Police and Fire Open House.   

On November 5, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ibarra, Sergeant Lemos, and Corporal Broghamer facilitated a Los Angeles County Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to determine funding priorities.  The meeting was attended by chiefs of police and other law enforcement representatives.  

On November 7, several Pasadena Police employees attended the 8th Annual Pasadena Police Women’s Luncheon.  The event celebrated our local female heroes at the Pasadena Police Department. VIPs include City Manager Beck and Assistant City Manager Gutierrez.  The keynote speaker was Hermosa Beach Police Chief Sharon Papa, who provided an overview of her law enforcement journey.  The women’s luncheon committee consisted of civilian and sworn personnel, including:  Randi Cornelius, Susan Gomez, Tai Wotherspoon, Marie Sell, Gena Persons, and Lisa Rosales. Honorees at the luncheon included:  Randi Cornelious, Leticia Garcia, Arlene Ramos, Erika Silva, Veronica Burris, Jasmine Diaz, Julie Finney, Lola Files, Rachel Johnson, Melissa Lewis, Fabiola Mancillas, Lynda Mercado, Gena Persons, Sara Presley, Terysa Rojas, Lisa Rosales, Marcia Taglioretti, and Tai Wotherspoon.  On November 7, Deputy Chief Qualls and Commander Rosales attended a reorganization dinner to honor our Police Cadets and their families.  The event was held at the police department and was very well attended.  Commander Rosales has worked and mentored the cadets for several months.  

On November 8, several Pasadena Police employees attended the 2013 Turkey Tussle, a traditional football game featuring the Muir Mustangs and the Pasadena High School Bulldogs.  The game was much closer than predicted.  However, at the end of the day, the perpetual brass bell and all spoils when to the Mustangs!  Deputy Chief Qualls and Retired Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle are Muir Hall of Fame Members.  

Critical Incidents: 

On June 5, 2013, a male Victim came to the Pasadena Police Department to report a Carjacking and Attempted Robbery that occurred in the 400 block of Penn Street.  Pasadena Police Officers talked with the victim, who said he was assaulted inside the residence by an unknown male. During the fight, the suspect produced a handgun from his waistband and threatened to kill the victim. The suspect overpowered the victim and took his car keys, leaving the location. The victim sustained a laceration to his forehead from the assault. Officers responded to the location of the crime and found evidence of a struggle; however, the residents were uncooperative.  

After a two month investigation and with the assistance of Pasadena's Special Investigative Unit, the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force, and LAPD; the suspect was identified as Charles Simpson. It was then discovered Simpson had been arrested a month after the incident by the Los Angeles Police Department following a vehicle pursuit on an unrelated case.  While serving his sentence in Los Angeles County Jail, Simpson was contacted by Pasadena Police Detectives A. Russo and R. Stinson. Simpson provided a full confession on the Penn Street Robbery. Prior to the Pasadena robbery case being filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office, Simpson was released from custody pursuant to AB109. On October 29, Simpson was re-located and arrested without incident.   

On July 13, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1400 block of North Garfield Avenue regarding a possible man with a gun call.  On arrival, witnesses pointed to the suspect telling officers he was armed with a pistol. Pasadena Police officers attempted to contact the subject; however, he immediately fled into the apartment complex. The suspect ran into an apartment followed closely by the officers.   

The suspect, Tyshawn Goodman, pointed a loaded firearm at one of the officers resulting in an Officer Involved Shooting.  The suspect was not injured by gunfire and was immediately arrested without further incident. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.  On November 4, Goodman pleaded guilty to PC 417-brandishing a firearm, PC 25400(a)(2)-carrying a concealed firearm on his person, one year county jail time (must do 85% or 310 days) and 3 years’ probation. Goodman must also register as a gang member.  

On November 3, at about 3:11 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Douglas Street and Garfield Avenue regarding a call of shots fired.  On arrival, officers determined that a residence, garage, and parked vehicles had been damaged by gunfire.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. Several witnesses provided officers with information about the shooting, including a possible vehicle description.  Our investigation is ongoing. Local media article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131103/home-car-struck-by-gunfire-in-pasadena-shooting.  

On November 3 at about 4:40 p.m., Pasadena Police received information about a critical missing person.  The victims, an elderly grandmother and her grandson, went missing from El Monte.  At approximately 8:00 p.m., a Good Samaritan found the victims wandering the streets of Pasadena and brought them to the police station.  The victims were uninjured and subsequently reunited with their family.  

On November 7 at about 11:40 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1300 block of Oakland Avenue regarding a Strong Arm Robbery.  On arrival, officers learned that the suspect entered the offices of Fuller Seminary and demanded money.  Fearing for his safety, the victim surrendered twenty dollars in US Currency.  The suspect fled the location; however, he was later located near Los Robles Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.  Following a positive identification, the suspect was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On November 7 at about 10:42 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1500 block of Kenmore Road regarding an attempted residential burglary. On arrival, the victim told officers that she was awakened by sounds in her backyard.  She investigated the noise and observed the suspect (Female Hispanic, 30s, black hair) attempting to climb on to the balcony.  When the victim confronted the suspect, she fled. The suspect entered a 2000 dark colored compact vehicle and fled the location.  

On November 10 at about 12:25 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Washington Blvd and Marengo Avenue.  On arrival, the victim (Black Male, 25 yrs., Gang Associate, Glendale/Pasadena Resident) was located sitting on the s/w corner of Washington Blvd & Marengo Avenue.  The victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper left arm.  His vehicle was located resting against the front porch of the residence located at 1318 N. Marengo Avenue.  The vehicle has also been struck by gunfire.  

The victim told officers he was shot while driving near Marengo Avenue and Washington Blvd.  He said he accelerated away from the shots and drove south on Marengo Avenue, striking a house and then blacking out.  The victim was uncooperative with officers and did not provide much information.  He was transported to a local area hospital (stable condition) where he was treated for a GSW. The hospital staff indicated Norris would likely survive his injuries. Officers canvased the area for witnesses and  evidence.  PFD responded and examined the porch of the house at 1318 N. Marengo Ave., where the victim crashed into.  It was deemed safe to occupy and the residents remained in their house.   


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

Posted: 11/10/2013 01:25:00 PM
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