Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
November 25, 2012
Community Members and Department Personnel:
hope you and your family enjoyed a Blessed Thanksgiving. Pasadena is a
fortunate community rich in resources, educational opportunities, history, and
diversity. While our community was enjoying the holiday, Pasadena Police
officers, employees and volunteers remained on duty to ensure the police serves
were available as needed.
Sunday, December 2 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Villa Esperanza Service is hosting
its 4th Annual Deck the Villa Volunteer Event. Join Villa’s very
special adult residents and help decorate their homes for the holidays.
Villa is trimming the tree, stringing lights, and enjoying cookies and hot
chocolate. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Vanessa Voors at
(626) 499-2919 ext. 168, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 27 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., The Pasadena Police Activities
League (PAL) is hosting a Sneak Peek Preview of the 2013 Rose Parade floats
before they head down Colorado Boulevard. The preview will be held at
Phoenix Decorating Company, 835 South Raymond Avenue. Admission is $25 for adults,
$10 for kids (under 15) and food/drinks will be available. For more
information, or to RSVP, please contact Jill Hawkins at email@example.com, or 626-791-1225.
November 14, forty-three
3rd Grade Students, teachers, and chaperones from High Point Academy
arrived at the Pasadena Police Department to tour our facility. Police
Specialist Arlene Ramos and Officer Veronica Burris helped with
the tour and explained how policing occurs in Pasadena.
Commander Chris Russ and HOPE Team Officers Elgin Lee and Bill
Shipman attend the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness (SGVCH) at
the First Church of the Nazarene. The City of Pasadena was showcased during one
of the breakout sessions: “Pasadena Success Story: Project Housed, A successful
Supportive Housing Project.” The speakers for the breakout session
included Anne Lansing, Project Planner with the City of Pasadena Housing
Department; Elizabeth Gross, Ph.D., Mental Health Clinical Program Head; Medik
Anjargolian, DDD, Department of Public Social Services, Pasadena District; and
Pasadena Police Officer Bill Shipman, HOPE Team.
mission of the consortium is to implement community-designed solutions to
homelessness through regional partnerships. Speakers included Executive
Director of the SGVCH, Todd Palmquist; Associate Pastor of First Church of the
Nazarene, Scott Anderson; President of the Board of Directors of SGVCH, Jason
Hobson; and Advisory Council of SGVCH, Jan Cicco. The keynote speaker was
Matthew Doherty, Regional Coordinator of the United States Interagency Council
on Homelessness. The closing speaker for the consortium was Mark Hovarth,
Founder of Invisible People.tv, internationally recognized as an ambassador for
the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, tents
along streets, and under highway bridges across the country.
Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I stopped by the Tribute for Assemblyman
Anthony Portantino, which was hosted by Pasadena Delta Foundation, Inc., in
partnership with Pasadena City College, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. Mayor Bill Bogaard was one of many speakers
who praised Anthony for his long and distinguished public service. I had the
opportunity to offer a few brief remarks about Anthony’s long-standing relationship
with the Pasadena Police Department and our collaborative effort to improve the
quality of life in Pasadena.
November 18, Lieutenant
Phlunte Riddle and I attended the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick Off,
which was held at Eden Gardens (Holly Street). Salvation Army Major Darren
Norton, Fire Chief Calvin Wells and I welcomed Santa Clause to the
event and escorted him to his sleigh. The Police Command Post Vehicle, Fire
Trucks, and a vintage Pasadena police car, owned by retired Police Corporal Ted
Sarif, were on display. Pasadena Police Officer Nicole Bazzo and
Volunteers Veronica Turner, Robert Matonti, and Renee Lopez
helped at the event, which was hosted by Publisher and Editor Steve Tobia.
November 20, Lieutenant
Phlunte Riddle and I attended the 74th Annual Queen’s Breakfast,
which was hosted by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce at the Langham
Huntington Hotel. The event was well attended and speakers included:
Mayor Bill Bogaard, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, and
Fire Chief Calvin Wells. Press Information Officer William Boyer
also attended the event. Pasadena Firefighters served as color guard and
escorted the queen and her court to the head table.
several Pasadena Police employees, explorers, and youth advisors helped serve
Thanksgiving meals and deliver holiday baskets. The officers, employees,
explorers, and youth advisors give the gift of time and compassion during these
special events. Special thanks to Julie Finney, Andrea Perez, Lara
McDonald, Marcia Taglioretti, Donovan Jones, Jason Van Hecke, Paul McKinney,
Mark Lang, Chris Russ, John Perez, Derek Locklin, Ryan Smith, and Raeyna
November 1, I
received a letter from Glendale Community College Instructor Michael E.
Korpal, commending Pasadena Forensic Specialist Ralph Chapman for
his lecture on evidence collection and preservation. Ralph talked with a
group of Glendale College students enrolled in a Criminal Investigations
course. As an aside – Mike retired in 2011 as the Deputy
eight cities from Los Angeles County Mutual Aid Area “C” participated in
Critical Incident training at the Glendale Galleria. Pasadena and Glendale
Police Departments co-hosted the event, which involved over 150 police
officers, FBI agents, firefighters, paramedics, volunteers, and chaplains.
Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) Sergeant
Bobby Crees, Officers Mike Gligorijevic and Sean Dawkins
wrote the training scenarios and managed the event along with Glendale Police
SWAT members. Pasadena Police Department Volunteer, Lou Oronoz,
represented the CAPS Volunteer Program, and Police Chaplain Chip Rittenhouse
represented the department’s Chaplain Corps. Glendale Galleria management
graciously opened the Galleria after closing time to allow for real-time
November 12, I
received a letter from Caltech Security Director of Operations William Heim,
commending Pasadena Police Specialist Arlene Ramos, for her presentation
during a Crime Stopper Meeting, which was hosted by the university.
William wrote, “… Arlene’s ability to convey serious information with a sense
of humor made for an evening of a few laughs and a great deal of relevant and
Pasadena Police Dispatcher Christina Bergstrom dispatched Community
Service Officer Cynthia Murphy to a burglary report call in the 400
block of North Fair Oaks Avenue. Several propane tanks were taken during
the theft. Christina believed the tanks represented a significant threat and
alerted Sergeant Rudy Lemos and Officer Brad May, who are
assigned to the department’s Counter-Terrorist/Intelligence Unit. There
have been periodic propane thefts throughout Los Angeles County, and given the
number of tanks taken in the Pasadena incident, it was prudent for the
I received a letter from a Pasadena business owner commending Pasadena Police
Corporal Joseph Allard for his assistance during a fraud
investigation. The citizen wrote, “…I was most impressed with your
professionalism, which reflects very favorably on the Pasadena Police
I received an email from Rose Bowl Stadium Chief Operating Officer George W.
Cunningham, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Bruce George,
Sergeant Art Chute, Corporal Julie Finney, and Officer David
Thomas for their assistance during the UCLA vs. USC Football Game.
George wrote, “…The operational plans that your special events department came
up with and implemented were first class, and should be taught at any event
operations training seminar…” George went on to commend all the Pasadena Police
employees involved in game day duties.
November 16 at about 10:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers and Pasadena
Fire Paramedics responded to the 1100 block of North Mar Vista Avenue regarding
a deceased person. On arrival, PPD officers discovered a male,
approximately 64 (Pasadena resident) lying on his bedroom floor. Pasadena
Police detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Investigator evaluated
the scene. It appears the victim sustained fatal injuries, possibly from
a fall. The incident is under investigation. Sergeant Paul
Carpenter was the Incident Commander.
Friday, November 16, at approximately 11:14 p.m., Pasadena Police
officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress at a residence in the
400 block of North Allen Avenue. On arrival, officers received additional
information that the suspect (male, minor) was armed with a large knife and a
pick-axe. PPD officers contained the area because the suspect attempted
to flee the area. As officers started their area search, they
received another call of a suspect breaking into a residence in the 1600 block
of Wagner Street. Officers quickly responded and arrested the suspect
without incident. During the investigation, officers discovered that the
suspect held a victim at knife point. Officers conducted field show-ups with victims
and witnesses and the suspect was positively identified. He was processed at
the Pasadena jail and the weapons (knife and axe) were recovered.
Sergeant Max Dahlstein was on scene as Incident Commander and Officers
Sean Porter, Marko Tudic, Donovan Jones (K9), Jack Rappuchi, Matthew Jones,
and Aaron Villicana were involved in the incident.
November 17 at about 5:25 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to
the area of Lincoln Avenue and Montana Street regarding a structure fire.
On arrival, officers found that the structure where NATHA (Neighbors Acting
Together Serving All) is housed was completely engulfed in flames. PPD
officers also discovered a burglary at 2025 Lincoln Avenue. Both
structures are owned by NATHA. NATHA Executive Director, Celestine Walker,
responded to the location and she was assisted by Ronald Mathews.
PFD Arson Investigator, Wendell Eaton, is investigating the incident and
Pasadena Police Volunteers assisted with traffic control. If you would like to
help Celestine and her board recover from this tragic loss, please visit www.natha.com/, click on “Contact” and then
November 17 at about 2:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a
local hospital regarding suspicious circumstances. On arrival, PPD
officers learned a male adult victim had been transported to the hospital by
friends. Shortly after the officer’s arrival, the victim died.
Witnesses told PPD officers that they had come across the victim lying on the
sidewalk near Orange Grove Boulevard and Summit Street. The victim was
reportedly ill and in need of medical care. Los Angeles County Coroner’s
Office was notified and responded to take custody of the victim’s body.
PPD detectives later determine there was no foul play associated with the
November 19 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Pasadena Police Detectives arrested a
homicide suspect for the senseless murder of a young man in the early morning
hours of September 26. The male adult victim, a Pasadena resident, was visiting
with friends near Howard Street and Mentone Avenue, when they were approached
by the suspect who attempted to rob them. Following the attempted robbery,
the victim and others tried to detain the suspect, who ultimately hid in the
rear yard of a residence near Stanton Street and Newport Avenue, where he
laid-in-wait for the victims to approach. As the victim neared the
suspect’s location, he was shot once in the upper torso, resulting in his
death. The suspect then fired additional rounds toward the remaining
victims. He then ran to a nearby car and left the area. For the
past two months, lead Detectives William Broghamer and Cuong Pham
diligently investigated this case, ultimately identifying the suspect who is a
known gang member. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is
reviewing the case for filing consideration. This case was well
supervised by Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and Sergeant Ernie
Devis. William and Cuong were assisted by Detectives Jason Van
Hecke, Ara Bzdigian, Grant Curry, and Keith Gomez. The local
media covered the story: www.pasadenasun.com/the626now/tn-626-1121-pasadena-arrest,0,4840638.story.
November 20 at 10:57 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1900
block of East Colorado Boulevard regarding an assault with a deadly weapon
(firearm). On arrival, the officers secured the crime scene and developed
several leads. Pasadena Police detectives responded to the scene and
started their investigation. Lieutenant Richard Aversano was the
Incident Commander and our investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information
regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department
Detective Section at (626) 744-4511. You can also report information
anonymously through CRIME STOPPERS, at (800) 222-8477.
November 21 at about 7:49 p.m., Pasadena Police Officer Panfilo De
La Cruz was on routine patrol in a marked police vehicle. He stopped the
driver of a 2000 Buick for a traffic violation. As Panfilo approached the
driver, he immediately noticed the driver was a wanted parolee at large
(PAL). Panfilo called for assistance and several additional police
officers (Sergeant Vasken Gourdikian, Ralph Ordonez, Sean Dawkins, and James
Lopez) responded. The suspect was arrested without incident and
booked at the Pasadena jail. The passenger in the vehicle, a female
adult, was also arrested for outstanding warrants totaling 850 thousand
Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Mission First, People Always