Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/22/14)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 22, 2014


Dear Community& Department Personnel: 

For your information: 

The Pasadena Police and Fire Departments remind the public that it is illegal to sell, use, or possess fireworks in Pasadena.  The City maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for fireworks.  Violators are subject to arrest and impound of vehicles.  For more information, please visit www.cityofpasadena..net.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On June 11, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Detective Richard Padilla and Officer David Thomas.  The author wrote, “… I sold a bronze statue to an antique dealer in March 2014.  The dealer asked me to hold the check until April 2014.  Needless to say, the check came back NSF.  I called the Pasadena Police Department and talked with Detective Padilla.  He listened to what I had to say and took it seriously.  Then he promptly went about helping me.  Detective Padilla told me a police officer would be by to take a police report.  And that is EXACTLY what he did.  To make this day even more extraordinary, the officer (David Thomas) came to my shop.  I’m sure you have more than enough complaints coming across your desk daily and I thought it might be nice to hear from someone who is grateful, thankful, delighted, and thinks that these two officers are the cat’s meow….”  

On June 14, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officers Tudic and Weiker for their professionalism during a field investigation.  The author wrote, “… approximately 3 weeks ago our alarm accidently went off.  The Pasadena Police Department, and officers Marco Tudic and Jeremiah Weiker were kind to enough to come.  It was late at night and they were very kind, compassionate, and concerned for our well-being.  We thank them and also the Pasadena Police Department for your fine work…”  

On June 17, I received a copy of an email commending Pasadena Police Officer Cristian Allen. The author wrote, “… It was a pleasure meeting you at the car show. I appreciate what is involved in putting something like this on.  I also appreciate the fact that something I started long ago is still been continued.  You did a great job and I thank you for your efforts…”  Cristian coordinated the 2014 Pasadena Police Department’s Classic Car Show.  

On June 21, eight young Pasadena Police Explorers graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy.  Several Pasadena Police officers and employees attended the graduation, which was held in Whittier.  The auditorium was packed with family, friends, and law enforcement officials.  Pasadena Explorers graduating from the academy include:  Rebecca Gio, Omar Bugarin, Hagop Tatolian, Gabriel Robles, Dylan Dillard, Michael Bentley, Arron Sanchez, and Luis Martinez.   Pasadena Police Corporal Glenn Thompson is the Explorer’s Post Lead Advisor (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On June 15, I received a phone call from a local community member commending the Pasadena Police Department for the excellent work they do every day.  The caller said they recently had contact with several police officers at the Pasadena Police Department’s Classic Car Show and was impressed with their professionalism.  

On June 16, Pasadena Police Chaplin Father Bob Gaestel assisted police offices with a death notification.  The case involved a victim who had gone missing for a few weeks.  Unfortunately, the victim was later located (deceased) in her vehicle.  

Our Community:  

On June 15, several Pasadena Police officers, employees and volunteers spent their Father’s Day at the Pasadena Police Department’s Classic Car Show, which was held on Green Street. The annual show is in conjunction with the Chalk Festival.  The events were very well attended and I received several positive remarks from the community.  Special thanks to PPD’s Community Relations Unit for coordinating the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On June 17, Pasadena Police Officer Victor Cass and I attended a workshop on Autism, which was hosted at the Pasadena Health Department.  The program was informative and focused on factors associated with Autism (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On June 17, I attended the Learning Works Charter School Graduation, Class of 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens.  106 students received graduation certificates and were supported by family, friends, community leaders, and school staff.   

On June 18, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Officer Ralph Ordonez, and I attended the District 3 Town Hall Meeting, which was held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  Councilman John Kennedy provided opening remarks and speakers included: City Manager Michel Beck, PW Assistant General Manager Shari Thomas, District 3 Commissioner Greg Gunther, PFD BC Anthony Bagan, and me.   District three field representatives Jana West and Christian Cruz organized the meeting.  Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez also attended (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On June 19, Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers participated in the Annual Skillz Hot Dog Lunch, which was held at Lake Avenue Church.  The Skillz Program is designed to help students with their academic skills and provides them an opportunity to earn high school credits.  PPD personnel included:  Lieutenants Calatayud and Clawson,Sergeants Lomeli and Luna, Officers Ordonez, Vindiola, Luevano, Ramos, and Bondarzuk, Police Volunteer Harry Kaloudgian, and Police Specialist Kauhola (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On June 19, Pasadena CMDR John Perez and Lieutenant Ed Calatayud facilitated “On Leadership” at City Hall.  The leadership lecture series was created by Pasadena Police CMDR Russ.  The lecture was well attended and Whittier Police Sergeant James Ulh was the guest speaker (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On June 19, I attended the Los Angeles Crime Stoppers Annual Fundraiser, which was held at Noor Restaurant.  The event was very well attended and several organizations were recognized for their efforts to help keep our communities safe.  The 2014 Honorees included:  The Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, Television Stations KCBS2 & KCAL9, Metrokink, and Target.  Jim Pietsch provided brief remarks in his capacity as President of the BOD for Los Angeles Crime Stoppers.  To learn more about crime stoppers, please visit: http://www.lacrimestoppers.org (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

Critical Incidents: 

On June 12 at about 10:10 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Howard Street regarding a Hit-and-Run Investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim was crossing Fair Oaks Avenue (north of Cedar Street) when he was hit by a vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene south on Fair Oaks Avenue after the collision.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.  Our investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this incident, you can call the Pasadena Police Department at (626)744-4214, or contact Crime Stoppers at: (800) 222-TIPS (8477).  Your call is encrypted and a private code is assigned to the tipster.  You can text a tip as well by texting 275637. For more information on Crime Stoppers, please visit:  Http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.  

On June 14 at about 9:43 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 500 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an assault investigation.  On arrival, PPD officers learned that the victims (Male and Female Hispanics) said they were assaulted by the suspects (Male Hispanic Adults). The fight allegedly started because the female was dating two separate individuals.  During the assault, the suspects produced a handgun and pointed it at the victims; however, no shots were fired.  The suspects were arrested without incident and later booked at the Pasadena jail.   

On June 15, Pasadena Police officers responded to Angeles Crest Highway (approximately 4 miles north of the 210 Freeway, Pasadena’s Jurisdiction) to assist CHP officers with a traffic collision.  On arrival, PPD offices learned that a vehicle was found over the embankment in a steep ravine with an obviously deceased person seated in the driver’s seat. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was listed in a missing person’s investigation from June 3.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to the incident to recover the victim’s body.  They will determine the victim’s identity.   

On June 16 at about 6:22 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1500 block of East Mountain Street regarding a death investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim’s wife who called paramedics after discovering her husband unresponsive in the bedroom.  The subsequent investigation determined the victim was in ill-health and had committed suicide.   

On June 16 at about 7:34 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1000 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue regarding a kidnapping investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the suspect and victim were involved in a dating relationship.  The suspect grew angry with the victim while attending a meeting at the Jackie Robinson Center (JRC).  The two began to argue outside the center when the suspect suddenly struck the victim with his fist causing a contusion to her eye.  The suspect then grabbed the victim and dragged her towards the east alley.  The suspect left the location prior to the arrival of the police; however, the officers know his identity.   Officers searched for the suspect, but were not able to locate him.  Our investigation is ongoing.  

On June 17 at about 10:15 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 700 block of North Raymond Avenue regarding a robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim who said he was riding his bike on Raymond Avenue when a maroon 97 Toyota Corolla pulled up next to him.  Two suspects (Male Black Adults) exited the car and punched the victim, causing him to fall off his bicycle.  The suspects then stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet.  The suspects fled the location prior to the arrival of the police.  Our investigation is ongoing. 

On June 18 at about 9:11 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded a local hospital regarding a stabbing victim.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim who said he was walking around the Rose Bowl with a female friend.  A Male Hispanic (walking in the opposite direction) bumped into the female without warning.  The victim (Male Black Adult) confronted the Male Hispanic, who pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment (moderate injury).  PPD officers checked the Rose Bowl area for a crime scene; however, they were not able to locate a specific location.  Our investigation is ongoing.  


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: 6/22/2014 11:30:00 AM
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