02-03-2014 Night Watch
Arcadia/Pasadena: PD-1 was on patrol when the air crew
monitored a vehicle pursuit that was initiated by the Arcadia Police
Department. A lone officer was pursuing
a wanted suspect who drove in the City of Pasadena. Shortly after entering the City of Pasadena,
the suspect lost control of his vehicle and drove into an unoccupied residence
in the 3100 block of E. California Boulevard.
The helicopter was immediately overhead and the suspect exited the
vehicle he had been driving and began to flee on foot. Once the suspect noticed the presence of the
helicopter he stopped, dropped to his knees, and waited for responding officers
to take him into custody. This is an
excellent example of the helicopter’s ability to cause suspects to surrender
peacefully to the police and assist in mitigating liability associated with
these types of incidents.
02-04-2014 Day/Night Watch
Arcadia: PD-1 was on patrol when a report of a
residential burglary in progress in the City of Arcadia was monitored by the
air crew. Response was immediate and led
to a large containment of the area in which the suspects were seen fleeing on
foot. One suspect was quickly
apprehended within the containment area.
A second suspect was seen running to the rear of a residence near the
location of the original incident. A
command post was established and a systematic search of the containment area
was conducted using multiple officers, canines and the police helicopter. The incident started during the day and
extended into the early evening. The
second suspect was found hiding inside of an unlocked (unoccupied)
residence. The finding of this suspect
demonstrated the tenacity of all of the officers involved in the incident and
potentially prevented an innocent family from coming home to discover a wanted
felon hiding in their place of residence.
Both suspects were ultimately arrested for residential burglary.