Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (01/19/14)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
January 19, 2014


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your Information:  

On January 20, the MLK Community Coalition will host a celebration at Robinson Park to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King.  The event is supported by PUSD, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Aspires West Pasadena in conjunction with the City of Pasadena, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc, Gamma Lambda Chapter, and the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Congregations. The celebration starts at 8:30 a.m. with a Freedom March Video. The program and breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.  

On January 23, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will host the State of the City, 2014. This year’s theme is “Arts + Innovations equals Pasadena.” The event will be held at Pasadena City College – Center for the arts, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program start at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Lorain Nagahiro in the Mayor’s Office, at (626) 744-7210, or by email at LNagahiro@cityofpasadena.net 

Our Community:  

On January 12, several Pasadena Police employees stopped by the Silver Gloves’ Boxing Championship event at Victory Park.  The columniation of the three day tournament featured the championship boxers from seven western states, including Hawaii.  The Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament this year was extra special and I hope you were able to attend at least one day. 

On January 13, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, on behalf of the City Council, offered hearty congratulations to the Tournament of Roses and City Staff for a successful parade, Rose Bowl Game, and BSC 2013-14.  City Manager Beck, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins, Fire Chief Wells, Public Works Director Foster, Rose Bowl Manger Dunn, Rose Bowl COO George Cunningham, and I provided brief comments following the mayor’s remarks.  

On January 15, I met with Adam Carter (District Reprehensive for Senator Carol Liu), William Syms, and Samuel Tapia regarding community outreach.  The meeting was productive and several ideas where discussed. The group will continue to meet in the effort to create opportunities for local youth.  

On January 16, Pasadena Police Corporal Julie Finny attended a meeting with the Rose Bowl Neighbors to discuss traffic concerns associated with the BSC Football game. I understand the meeting was well attended and a follow-up meeting is forth coming.  

On January 17, Pasadena Officer Supervisor Beverly Bogar and I attended the grand re-opening of the Pasadena Community Job Center.  Mayor Bogaard and I provided brief remarks to the group of community members in the audience.  Assistant Manager Julie Gutierrez, District 5 Field Representative Vannia De LaCuba, and Northwest Manager Lola Osborn were also present (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

Pasadena Finest:  

On January 9, several Pasadena Police employees and I attended the graduation of Pasadena Police Cadet Class #1.  Cadets Brandon Anderson, Alexis Bartoli-Figueroa, Omar Elhosseiny, and Magaly Hernandez completed the rigorous eight (8) month Academic program.  Their Mentors, Corporals Carolyn Gordon, Dustin Gomez, Kim Smith, Steve Oberon, and Officer Andrea Perez, provided them guidance and support.  And their Advisors, Retired Records Supervisor Terry Dunnaway, Records Supervisor Rosa Nuno, Records Administrator Alicia Patterson, and Commander Lisa Rosales, provided program management and structure.  The mentors and advisors provided a positive influence for the cadets as well as taught classes in police orientation, public presentations, uniform appearance, their role during a police ride-a-long, law enforcement test taking, interview and resume preparation, court proceedings, demeanor, and testimony.  Each Cadet also went through a videotaped mock interview where their Mentors and Advisors sat as Oral Board raters in which the Cadet received immediate feedback regarding their interview. Several Police employees also instructed the cadets on various topics:   Lieutenant Terysa Rojas instructed on personal conduct and public perception; Officer Jack Rappuchi covered physical and mental fitness; Lieutenant Tom Delgado instructed on California Law; Sergeant Mike Bugh instructed on report writing; and Sergeant Javier Aguilar instructed on field investigations.   Special Thanks also goes to the Pasadena California Pizza Kitchen General Manager, Alex Montes, for graciously filling each Cadet’s wish list of office supplies.  

On January 13, Pasadena Police Sergeant Jesse Carrillo was appointed at the City Council’s Sergeant of Arms. Jesse was selected from several applicants and will serve for a period of time.  The council Sergeant of Arms is a coveted position and allows police sergeants the opportunity to observe the local democratic process.  

On January 15, Wendell Mendoza became the department’s new reserve police officer. Wendell has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Regis University.  He served in the United States Army and achieved the rank of Major.  In 2012, Wendell was honorably discharged after 28 years of service.  At the time of his release, Wendell was commanding a unit in Program Acquisitions. There were several police executives, supervisors, employees, and volunteers at Wendell’s badge-pinning ceremony.  City Clerk Mark Jomsky issued the “oath of office” (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On January 14, the Pasadena Police Department received a service excellence survey from a citizen who came in to make a crime report and obtain information to register as a Narcotics offender.  The citizen commended Records Police Specialist Keem Hendrix.  The citizen advised that PS Hendrix was knowledgeable and helpful.  The citizen was able to register as a narcotics offended, which exceeded their expectations since they were unaware that this process could be completed on a Sunday.  PS Hendrix embraced the values of the department by providing service to the community with the personal touch! The Pasadena Police Department also received a service excellence survey from a Bail Agent who was in contact with our department as he was posting a bond for someone in our custody.  The agent commended Jailor Jerin Cloutier for his professionalism.  He wrote that his needs were addressed promptly and when the survey asked how we could improve our service he wrote, “They couldn’t, he was great!”  The agent commented that Jailor Cloutier was “helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and polite.”  Jailor Cloutier’ s continued professionalism is appreciated.  

On January 16, Pasadena Police Tom Delgado retired after more than 3 decades of serving the citizens of Pasadena.  More than 150 family, friends, and coworkers packed the reception hall to honor his dedication, service, and professionalism.  Tom started his law enforcement career as a Police Explorer in El Monte and later, in Irwindale. He was hired by the Los Angeles County Housing Authority Police Department and attended the Rio Hondo Police Academy. Tom later transferred to the Pasadena Police Department in 1983. He worked several assignments promoting through the ranks to police lieutenant.  Tom is an exceptional leader and community servant. He will be missed.   

Critical Incidents:  

On January 11 at about 4:56 p .m., the Pasadena Police Department received a call from a male trapped on the roof of a vehicle by a Pit Bull who chased after him while he was riding his bicycle across Washington Boulevard.  Pasadena Police Corporal Burgess responded and located the victim.  The Pit Bull was circling the vehicle.  Burgess called for an Animal Control officer who responded and attempted to capture the dog.  The Pit Bull; however, was able to break free from the AC officer and charged at Corporal Burgess.  Burgess was able to use a less lethal device to stop the Pit Bull’s attack.  The dog ran away seemly unharmed.  AC officers attempted to identify the dog’s owner and their investigation is ongoing.  Fortunately, because of Corporal Burgess’ quick thinking no one was injured in this incident even though the Pit Bull attempted to attack him and the cyclists.  

On January 16, at about 10:40 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of West Del Mar Boulevard regarding a check the welfare call.  The Pasadena resident (35 year old Asian female) had not been to work in several days.  Her coworkers were concerned and notified PPD.  After knocking at the door for several minutes, officers obtained a passkey and entered the location.  They found the victim deceased. Pasadena Police detectives were notified and there were no signs of foul play.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded.  

During the latter part of 2013, Arcadia Police Department Detectives requested the assistance of the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force (WSGVACTF), our area AB 109 Compliance Team, to assist in the apprehension of a suspected residential burglar.  The suspect was also wanted as a Parolee at Large, having not complied with terms of his parole.  The suspect eluded the team for several months, but was located in the lobby of a local Rosemead motel during the last week of December.  He was subsequently taken into custody.  Ironically, on the day of his arrest, Arcadia Detectives received confirmation on a "DNA hit," positively identifying the suspect in a 2012 Arcadia burglary. 

At the time of the arrest, WSGVACTF also detained a second male accompanying the suspect who was also taken into custody for violating terms of his AB 109 release. When searching the suspect's room, detectives found a semi-automatic handgun stolen in a West Covina residential burglary two weeks prior. Jewelry and other stolen items were also seized along with a small amount of narcotics. The primary suspect, Sergio R. Armendariz, a 36-year-old from La Puente, was booked on the PAL warrant and later charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with felony residential burglary. Armendariz is now facing a third strike case and his bail is set at $1,095,000.00. 

The West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force is based out of the Arcadia Police Department and the primary focus of the team is AB 109 compliance. The team is led by  Pasadena Police Sergeant Chris Kirby and has assigned detectives are from Arcadia PD, El Monte PD, Monrovia PD, Monterey Park PD, Pasadena PD, and South Pasadena PD. Other participating agencies include the Alhambra PD, Montebello PD, and San Gabriel PD. Costs associated for the team are offset by contributions from the State for an AB 109 enforcement program approved in the State budget. 

On January 17 at about 11:39 p.m., Pasadena Fire and Police responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Carlton Avenue. The property is a single-structure duplex consisting of two separate residences. The front unit was fully involved on arrival. Residents from the rear unit claimed their uncle was inside the burning home.  Pasadena Fire entered the location and discovered a lone male adult (Male Black, 95 years old) deceased.   The victim lived alone in the front duplex and is related to the family living in the rear dwelling.  Family from the rear unit awoke to the odor of smoke and noticed that the front unit was on fire.  They attempted to enter the dwelling, but the smoke and flames were too intense.  The Arson Investigator and the Los Angeles County Coroner were notified.  The entire property is uninhabitable; however, the displaced family members have other relatives in the area where they will stay.  Media calls were directed to PFD PIO Lisa Derderian who was at the scene.   



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



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