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.
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.
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
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
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
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