Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
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
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.
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
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.
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 Rocha, PUSD
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always