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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (02/23/14)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
February 23, 2014
@PPDChiefSanchez


 

Dear Community Members & Department Personnel: 

  

A Message from City Manager Michael Beck: 

“One of the principle goals for local government is to provide for the safety of our public, so when we are faced as a community and as an organization with the realization that two young lives were cut short by senseless violence, our sorrow and frustration is immense.  On behalf of the City, I want to express our sincere condolences to the families and the loved ones of the two young people who lost their lives this week in Pasadena. Our thought and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time.  The violence in our country, particularly gun violence, continues to extract a heavy toll on victims, their families and the neighborhoods where these crimes occur. 

Pasadena is a remarkably safe community and when these incidents occur, we put the full resources of our Police Department to investigate these heinous crimes and to bring those responsible to justice. In fact, one person has already been arrested as the sole suspect in one of the shootings.  Detectives, meanwhile, continue to search for those responsible in the second shooting.  Unfortunately, as the causes are many, there are no easy solutions to stopping crime and gun violence from happening.  As a society and as a nation we must work together to reduce the incidents of violence.  The City will continue our efforts, locally, to help prevent tragedies like these from occurring and we ask all citizens to consider what they might do to assist in reducing crime and gun violence.” 

I would like to echo the City Manager’s message and provide some additional information regarding the shooting in the 1500 block of Raymond Avenue that occurred on February 16, at about 8:48 a.m. Within 48 hours of the homicide, the suspect, Jonjon Crummie (Male Black, 18 years old, Pasadena Resident), was taken into custody without incident after his mother took him to a psychiatric ward. The relentless pursuit by Pasadena Police detectives helped bring about Crummie’s arrest.  On February 19, Pasadena Police Detective Schuyler Sandeen presented his case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  The District Attorney’s Office formally charged Crummie with two felony criminal counts in the murder of his girlfriend, Iraqis Acosta (Female Hispanic, 19 years old).  Charges included: Penal Code Section 187 -homicide and Penal Code 12022.53(d) - Personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and death. Crummie’s bail was set at $2,000,000.00.  He remains in custody at the Los Angeles County jail. The incident was supervised by Lieutenant Terysa Rojas and Sergeant Erne Devis.  Detectives on the case included: Schuyler Sandeen, Dustin Gomez, and Sal Vidales.  

On February 14 at about 9:45 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1400 block of El Sereno Avenue regarding calls of gunshots.  On arrival, officers located three victims, all Male Hispanics (two adults and one juvenile), who had been hit by gunfire.  One of the victims, approximately 20 years old, died at the scene.  Pasadena Fire Paramedics transported the two remaining victims to a local hospital with minor gunshot wounds. Pasadena Police officers contained the area, established a command post, and notified detectives.  Police detectives arrived on scene and started their investigation; however, the remaining victims and witness were uncooperative during the preliminary stages of the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You may report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222 8477 or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key work Pasadena).  

On February 15, at about midnight, Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of West Hammond Street regarding a dispute.  On arrival, officers talked with the involved parties (husband & wife). The preliminary investigation suggested the couple was arguing in the driveway of their residence.  Suddenly and without warning, the husband struck his wife on the face. The wife retreated into her home and armed herself with a kitchen knife.  She then returned to the driveway and stabbed her husband in the upper torso.  The husband was subsequently transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The wife was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail. Officers documented the incident on a police report, which included the initial assault by the husband.  

On February 16, at about 3:02 a.m., Pasadena Police Officers Mike Gligorijevic and Mat Jones observed a vehicle speeding on the roadway.  Mike and Mat conducted an enforcement stop at Arroyo Parkway and Glenarm Street. During their investigation, the officers discovered the driver was driving on a suspended California Driver’s License (CDL).  The officers also detected a strong order of marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle.  The driver was arrested without incident for driving on a suspended CDL.  During a subsequent inventory search of the vehicle, the officers discovered a large amount of marijuana, miscellaneous marijuana products (hash oil, marijuana candy, and brownies), and related paraphernalia.  The suspect was subsequently booked at the Pasadena jail (Please see attached photos).  

On February 19 at about 5:00 p.m., Pasadena Council Member Gene Masuda was participating on a Fly-Along with the Pasadena Police Air Operations crew when they received a radio call to assist ground units with an armed gang member in the area of Euclid Avenue and Mountain Street. Pasadena Police Pilot TJ Gonzales, TFO Tommie Corralez, and Council Member Masuda (rear passenger seat, obviously) arrived quickly over the incident and began searching for the suspect who had fled on foot.  TFO Corralez observed a possible suspect and directed ground officers (Pasadena Police officers assigned to Special Enforcement Section, FBI agents, and LASD deputies assigned to SSFT) to his location. The suspect was contact and detained without incident. During their subsequent investigation, offices recovered two handguns from the suspect’s car, which he abandoned during the initial stages of the incident. The suspect is a known gang member and was booked at the Pasadena Police Department Jail.   

On February 21 at 5:00 a.m., Pasadena Police Officers assigned to the Safe Streets Taskforce, the FBI, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search/arrest warrants at two locations in Altadena. The arrest warrants charged Assault with a Deadly Weapon on two separate suspects. Both suspects are known street gang members and were taken into custody without incident.  The officers recovered a handgunbelieved to have been used in the crime.  

Our Community:  

On February 16, Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and I attended the John Muir High School Football Awards Banquet, which was held at Brookside Gold Club.  The event was well attended by family, friends, football players, and staff.  In 2013, the Mustangs were Pacific League Champions advancing to post-season play in CIF.  The team played very well in the post season; however, they were stopped short of the final round.  Pasadena Police Corporal Bobby “Coach” Jenkins is a defensive coach for the Mustangs and has served in this role for several seasons. Congratulations Mustangs!  (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On February 19, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers attended an Appreciation Luncheon at the Rose Bowl along with other city staff. The modest event celebrated the dedication, talents, and commitment of the staff members who helped produce the 2014 Tournament of Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, and the BCS National Championship Game. The T of R hosted the event.  

On February 20, I attended a “Black History Bee” at San Rafael Elementary School. San Rafael students selected to compete in the history bee had been studying for several weeks under the supervision of Quincy Hocutt. The guest panel included Pasadena Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson, US Army Air Force Tuskegee Airman Frank Ashford, and Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle (ret.).  The panelistsread each question carefully to ensure the contestants had every opportunity to answer correctly.  Each student demonstrated tremendous courage as they listened to the question and gave their answers.  In the end, only six students advanced to the next level, which is a district-wide contest that will occur later in February. San Rafael Elementary School Principal Rudy Ramirez facilitated the event for students, parents, and guests (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On February 20, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian attended Councilmember Steve Madison’s Neighborhood Town Hall Meeting, which was held at the Pasadena Convention Center, Room 208.  The meeting was well attended and several topics, including public safety, were discussed.  

On February 20, I had the opportunity to lecture to a group of law enforcement professionals and community members on Leadership.  The leadership series is hosted by Pasadena Police Commander Chris Russ and past presenters have included:  Mayor Bogaard, Councilwoman Margaret McAustin, Dr. Eric Walsh, and Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell to name a few.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud facilitated the leadership discussion.   

On February 21, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Diego Torres, Cheryl Moody, and Vasken Gourdikian, Administrator Gena Persons, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, Corporal Glenn Thompson, Officer Cristian Allen, and PPD Retired Lieutenant Rodney Wallace attended the Pasadena Senior Night Out.  I understand the event was very well attended.  Pasadena HS&R Supervisor Jarvis Emerson coordinated the event to honor our senior citizens.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

In January 2014, I received a letter from Staff Pro Team Company commending the Pasadena Police Department on a “successful” Rose Parade.  The author wrote, “… On a personal note, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to Sergeant Art Chute, Corporal Julie Finney, and Officer Sean Dawkins.  The professionalism that Sergeant Chute displayed and the courtesy he extended over the whole planning phase was reflected time and again in his supportive nature…” The police personnel listed in the letter are assigned to the department’s Event Planning Unit, which is commanded by Lieutenant Randell Taylor.  

On February 5, I received a copy of a letter from San Rafael Neighborhoods Association (SRNA) Executive Board Member Stan Clark commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Pete Hettema for attending the SRNA general meeting.  Stan wrote, ‘… the information you provided in response to the many questions and opinions from neighbors was greatly helpful to all of us…”  

On February 5, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Ralph Ordonez for his service during a recent Curbside Coffee & Chat event.  The author wrote, “… Many of our neighbors showed up and appreciated the assistance from the police officers.  Three additional officers stopped by for a while and have provided us with additional safety information. Officer Ordonez has done a great job. All of our neighbors are satisfied for the fine services by the caring police officers in our area…” For more information about Curbside Coffee & Chat, please email Officer Ralph Ordonez directly at: ralphordonez@cityofpasadena.net.  

On February 18, I traveled north to Monterey to lecture at the Naval Postgraduate School, Fusion Center Leadership Program. The program is designed to help promote and advance the role of our national, state and local fusion centers. Almost 30 Fusion Center Executive Directors or their second in command attended the class, which was held on the NPS Campus.     

Sincerely,  

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: 2/23/2014 11:25:00 AM