Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 29, 2014
Community& Department Personnel:
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.
June 21, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Corporal Glenn Thompson, and
several other department representatives attended the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Explorer Academy, Class 92 graduation, which was held at Whittier
High School. The graduation was very well attended by family, friends,
and law enforcement officials. Five Pasadena Police Explorers (local
young people) graduated from the academy and will be assigned to the
department’s Explorer Post 19. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 21, Several Pasadena Air Operations officers participated in
the Heroes Air Show, which was held at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex. Attendees
learned about helicopters and the critical role they play in law enforcement.
June 21, I
attended the 2014 June-Teen Festival, which was held at the Jackie Robinson
Center. The event was well attended by local vendors, community members, and
city Staff. Human Services & Recreation Administrator
Horace Wormely and Supervisor Jarvis Emerson coordinated the event,
which is a community favorite. Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly
Bogar also attended the event. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 21, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Vasken Gourdikian, Jason Clawson, Officer
and I attended a memorial reception at the Studenmund residence for United
States Army Staff Sergeant Scott Studenmund. Scott was a Special
Forces Green Beret serving in Afghanistan when he was killed in combat.
By all accounts, Scott was an exceptional young man and well suited for the
rigors of the Special Forces. Pasadena Mayor Bogaard (a longtime
family friend) was also at the memorial. Mrs. & Dr. Studenmund were
surrounded by family, friends, and Special Forces Soldiers who served with
their son, Scott.
June 21, Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar and I
attended the Altadena Community Garden Annual Picnic. The event featured
wonderful food, entertainment, and garden tours. The event is a community
favorite and is always well attended. This year was no exception. PasadenaCommunity leader Walt Jackson was also at the event. Photos
June 21, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian and I
attended a reception to celebrate the unveiling of the “First American Armenian
Rose Float,” which will be featured in the 2015 Rose Parade. Attorney
Mark Geragos served as the emcee and VIPs included: US Congresswoman
Judy Chu, Pasadena Councilman Terry & Mrs. Tornek, Mrs. & Mr. Richard
L. Chinen (2015 Tournament of Roses President), Mrs. & Mr. Chris Chahinian,
and Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle (ret.). The event was
held at a private residence in Pasadena. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 21, Corporal Steve Oberon and Officers Panfilo De La Cruz and
Domino Scott attended the Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA)
Teen Club Carwash. The event was held to benefit autistic children
and other young people with various disabilities. Steve, Panfilo, and Domino
donated their personal funds to support the carwash. PPD’s participation
was coordinated by Officer Andrea Perez, who is affiliated with PCDA.
June 22, I attended “Happy Birthday Pasadena,” which was held
at the Pasadena Museum of History. This year marked the city’s 128th
year. The event was very well attended by local officials, community
leaders, and other stakeholders. Elected officials included: Mayor
Bogaard and Council Members Terry Tornek, Gene Masuda, and John
Kennedy. Rhonda Stone (Field Representative for Mayor Bogaard), Christian
Cruz (District 3 Field Representative), Assistant City Manager Julie
Gutierrez, City of Pasadena PIO William Boyer, and
Northwest Commissioner Michele Bailey also attended the birthday
party. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 23, I attended the AGBU Summer Camp Kick Off, which was held
at the AGBU campus. The event was very well attended by students, staff,
and AGBU Executives. The program is focused on academic enrichment and
development. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 24, I met with the Vision 20/20 Community Group, which was held
at the Flintridge Center. The meeting was well attended by local community
members and Flintridge Staff. Brian Biery (Flintridge Center)
facilitated the meeting and District 1 Field Representative Tina Williams was
also present. I focused my remarks on the 2013 Pasadena Police
Department’s Personnel Complaints data, Use of Force Recap, and Officer
Involved Shooting (OIS) investigations. The department’s 2013 personnel
investigations and UOF data is available on line at: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police.
June 23, I received
an email from John Blanchard (The John Blanchard Company, Inc.)
commending Pasadena Police Officer Daniel Morris for his organization skills
while assigned to the department’s Event Planning Team. John wrote, “… It
was a pleasure to work with you and I hope that you make your way back to Event
Planning as you have the personality and professional ability to excel in that
position. You have a lot to offer and the department will be well
June 24, several Pasadena Police employees, families, friends, and Pasadena
Police Officers Association (PPOA) Board Members, attended the PPOA’s
Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The Large Assembly Room was pack as several young
people were recognized for their academic achievements. Pasadena
Police Commander John Perez, PPOA President Robert Mercado, and Vice
President Sean Dawkins provide brief remarks about the honorees and their
achievements. Several of the scholarships were sponsored by the Kirby Family
in memory of Pasadena Police Officer Lloyd Kirby, who served the
city and police department honorably for 29 years. Mrs. Kirby, her
son, Pasadena Police Sergeant Christopher Kirby, and his family were at the
ceremony to congratulate the honorees. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 24, I
received a letter from DAR PRO Solutions Corporate Security Director Gary H.
Edgington, commending Pasadena Police Detective Mary Hooker and Pasadena
Police Sergeant Tory Riley. Mary arrested Dexter Davison for Inedible
Kitchen Grease Theft (IKGT) after a comprehensive investigation.
June 24, several Pasadena Police supervisors, officers, employees and
attended “The Pasadena Police Department’s Years of Service” ceremony.
The event recognized employees who have served the department for 10 and 20
years. Each employee received a city pin for their exceptional service
and tenure. Photos @PPDChiefSanchez.
June 26, the Pasadena Police Department’s CREDIT (Community
Response to Eradicate and Deter Identify Theft) Unit celebrated its 10th
Anniversary. The unit is staffed entirely by POLICE VOLUNTEERS in
conjunction with the Financial Crimes Unit. The CREDIT Volunteers contact
every identity theft victim my phone and to date have investigated over 7,000
cases. These dedicated and special public servants include: Liz Diott,
Duane Allen, Tom Lenzo, William Jennings, Larry Johnson, Julie Paque, and
Peter LeSourd. They are supported by PPD Detectives Joseph Allard,
Derrick Carter, Paul Granados, Dena Nestlerode, Sergeant Mike Bugh, and
Lieutenant Teresa Rojas.
June 26, several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers attended the
Parsons Emergency Preparedness Fair, which was held at the Parsons corporate
headquarters. The event focused on preparedness through interactive
events, watching demonstrations, and meeting emergency personnel.
June 23, Pasadena and Glendale SWAT officers assisted the FBI in the service
of several arrest warrants throughout the region. The warrants focused on
suspects from a local street gang known for their violence. One gang
member was arrested with approximately $12,000 in US Currency and six (6)
ounces of methamphetamine. A total of 50 arrests were made during the
mission. The investigation and warrant service is a great example of the
collaborative team work among local, county, and federal law enforcement
June 21, Pasadena Police Detective J. Knighton distributed a
wanted flyer requesting assistance in the effort to arrest a Kidnapping suspect
(Ellis). During his investigation, Detective Knighton learned that, a few weeks
earlier, Suspect Ellis had assaulted, punched, and strangled his
girlfriend while at the Jackie Robinson Center. Suspect Ellis was confronted by
a witness and subsequently fled the center. Officer Glockson learned
that Suspect Ellis was wanted and staying in Pasadena. Glockson
enlisted the assistance of Corporal Burgess, Officers Villcana, M. Jones, and
M. Gligorijevic. They developed a plan and drove to the suspect’s
home. The officers located Suspect Ellis and arrested him without
incident. Ellis was subsequently booked at the Pasadena jail.
June 23 at about 3:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to
Del Mar Boulevard, between Holliston Avenue and Hill Avenue regarding a serious
traffic collision. On arrival, officers located a vehicle that had
crashed into a street pole. The driver (Male 28, Pasadena Resident) was
killed in the solo traffic collision. The department’s Major Traffic
Investigation Unit was notified and responded to investigate the
collision. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was notified and
responded to remove the victim’s body. Our investigation is ongoing.
June 25 at about 10:57 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to
Altadena Drive, one block north of Colorado Boulevard, regarding suspicious
circumstances. A community member (anonymous caller) advised the police
dispatcher of a strong order of marijuana emitting from a building. On arrival,
Officer David Thomas identified the source of the odor. David
notified the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Detectives about his
observations. Officers applied for a search warrant, which was
subsequently approved by a judge. Armed with the search warrant, officers
entered the building and discovered an indoor marijuana cultivation farm (the
farm was a very sophisticated hydroponic system). The officers ultimately
seized approximately 200 marijuana plants. The marijuana plants were
removed and booked as evidence at the Pasadena Police Department. Our investigation
is ongoing. SIU is supervised by Pasadena Police Sergeant David
June 26 at about 6:28 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received
several calls about bees stinging community members in the 300 block of Anita
Drive. PPD and PFD responded to the incident to mitigate the occurrence.
On arrival, emergency personnel learned that a home owner had sprayed water in
her front yard near an active bee hive. The bees swarmed the victim
stinging her several times. Three neighbors ran to assist the victim and they
also received bee stings. On arrival, the officers and firefighters were also
swarmed by the bees; however, they were not stung. The victims were
subsequently transported to a local hospital for medical assessment. The hive
was removed by a professional vector company.
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always