Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (01/13/13)

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January 13, 2013

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

Save the Date: 

On January 23, the Pasadena Police Department will host a promotional ceremony at the Main Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 East Walnut Street.  The event will start at 8:00 a.m., and will last approximately two hours.  Seven law enforcement professionals will be promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant or Sergeant. Light refreshments will be served and our community is encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Pasadena Police Office Supervisor, Beverly Bogar at (626) 744-4545, or BBogar@cityofpasadena.net.  I hope to see you there to help celebrate these extraordinary public servant leaders.     

On April 13, 2013, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pasadena Alumnae Chapter is hosting the 2013 Young African American Women’s Conference at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard.  The conference is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and features diverse workshops, engaging presentations on educational choices, career options, embracing youth’s uniqueness, as well as personal development.  Dr. Rema Reynolds, Assistant Professor from Azusa Pacific University, will be the keynote speaker addressing students, parents, and others attending the conference.  If you have questions, email Pasadena.yaawc@gmail.com.  To register, please visit online at http://yaawc2013.evenbrite.com.   

Our Community: 

On January 6, the Armenian Community Coalition & DAAD hosted a Holiday Party at Robins Wood Fire BBQ.  Roy Boulghourjian coordinated the event.   

On January 8, I met with Mr. Dick Davis and Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney Wallace on the topic of youth development opportunities.  Mr. Davis has dedicated much of his adult life to investing in the development of our community youth.   

On January 9, Lieutenant Tracy Ibarra and I attended the Clergy Community Coalition (CCC) monthly meeting, which was held at Lake Avenue Church. Recently, Pastor Jean Burch handed over the leadership to Pastor Kerwin L. Manning, after serving as CCC President for more than seven years.  Pastor Kerwin is the religious leader at Pasadena Church.  At this particular meeting, we received updates from the Altadena Sheriff’s Department, PUSD, and Pasadena Public Health.  Dr. Eric Walsh and Human Services Recreation Director Mercy Santoro also attended the meeting.  I provided an overview of the Christmas Day Homicide of Victor McClinton, and I announced that the police department had arrested three suspects as a result of our investigation.  I also discussed the Christmas Day pursuit and fatal traffic collision that killed two people.  As you may know, the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed murder charges against two suspects in the fatal collision.   

On January 10, Pasadena Police Commander John Perez, Sergeant Vasken Gourdikian, Corporal Ara Bzdigian, Officer Sahak Nersesyan, and I attended the Armenian National Committee of America, Pasadena Chapter’s Annual Holiday Reception.  There were several elected officials at the event, including:  Pasadena Vice-Mayor Margaret McAustin, Councilmembers Jacque Robinson, Terry Tornek, and Gene Masuda.  Assembly Member Chris Holden, Congresswoman Judy Chu, PCC Board of Trustees Berlinda Brown and Bill Thompson, PUSD School Board President, Renatta Cooper and Board Member Ed Honowitz, and PACP Board Members Hovannes Sarkissian and Harry Kouladjian also attended. Field Representatives form Congressman Adam Schif and California State Senator Carol Liu, and former State Assembly Member, Anthony Portantino, were also at the event.   

On January 10, I attended a Community Listening Session at All Saints Church, which was coordinated by Director of Creative Connections, Juliana Serrano.  This session focused on gun violence.  There were several personal testimonies about gun violence and how it has impacted the quality of life for involved parties.  VIPs included:  Mayor Bill Bogaard and his wife Claire, Councilmembers Steve Madison and Jacque Robinson, Dr. Eric Walsh, Director of Libraries Jan Sanders, and Flintridge Center Director, Brian Biery.    

On January 10, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Diego Torres, Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, and I attended the Pasadena Human Relations Commission’s “Rekindling the Light of Peace” program.  The event was held at Pasadena City College.  Mayor Bill Bogaard opened the event with a few words. Vocalist Allisonne Crawford sang “The Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and the Keynote address was delivered by Mr. Cameron Turner.  VIPs included CouncilmembersJacque Robinson and Gene Masuda, City Manager Michael Beck, Human Relations President Nat Nehdar, and Community Leader, Robin Salzer. The Good Shepard Church of Pasadena choir performed and Pastor Rick Eisenlord provided words of reflection.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On December 21, 2012, Pasadena Police Officer Anthony Russo attended a meeting with members of the Community Violence Intervention-Prevention Institute at the Flintridge Center.  The Intervention Institute is made up of diverse neighborhood and community representatives committed to working collaboratively to prevent gang and community violence as part of the Vision 20/20 Initiative.  Anthony spoke about the responsibilities of the police department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) and how the Intervention Institute and Law Enforcement can work together to reduce the escalation of violence in our community.  To learn more about the prevention and intervention programs at the Flintridge Center, please visit: https://www.flintridge.org/partners_in_change/the_results.htm. Jaylene Moseley is the Executive Director of the Flintridge Center.   

On January 1, I received an email from a citizen commending Pasadena Police Officers Linda Mercado, Kim Jones, and James Riehl for their assistance during a burglary investigation. The author of the email was walking in the 1700 block of Las Lunas when he noticed evidence of a burglary.  He called the police department and moments later, officers arrived on scene. Unfortunately, the suspect(s) had already left the location; however, officers collected evidence and document the incident.   

On January 4, I received information that Pasadena Police Officer Derek Locklin was successful in securing a $20,000 grant from State Farm GNC Insurance.  The grant will be used to improve the department’s driving simulator.  Over the past few years, Derek has secured about $34,000 in total grant funding.  State Farm Insurance is a committed partner in the effort to educate our community’s youth on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.    

On January 5, Pasadena Police officers assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES) served a narcotics search warrant in the 1800 block of East Colorado Boulevard.  During execution of the warrant, officers recovered crack cocaine. Officers Tai Wotherspoon and Jacob Carey were the lead investigators in the case.  The operation was supervised by Sergeants Jason Clawson and Bobby Crees.   

On January 7, I received an email from a community member commending the Pasadena Police officers involved in a suicide intervention effort on the Colorado Bridge last week.  The author of the email said, “… I send my compliments to you and all your personnel involved for saving that person…”  You may recall from last week’s edition of Touching Base that the involved personnel were: Officer Darryl Harris, Corporal Deanne Nestlerode, and HOPE Clinician Rocio.    

On January 8, I received information from Pasadena Police Officer and Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Bazzo that long time Pasadena Volunteer, Yvonne Dultz, was leaving the department.  Nicole wrote in part, “It is with bittersweet feelings I report that Volunteer Yvonne Dultz will be moving to the San Diego area and will no longer be a PPD Volunteer.  Yvonne has been with our program for almost 8 years. During that time she has been a General Volunteer, a CAPP member, an Executive Steering Committee member and my overall “go to” right hand person.  There have been several times that Yvonne has been requested by Command Staff to work on a project which required her professionalism and knowledge. Her dedication and commitment to the Volunteer Program is second to none….”  I echo Nicole’s observations.  Yvonne is an exceptional person.  Her kind and warm personality lights up a room and where willingness to give to others is beyond measure – she will be missed.   

On January 9, Commander John Perez and I attended the Commencement Ceremony for the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), Class 317.  It was a pleasure to watch as Pasadena Police Sergeant Mario Ortiz accepted his certificate of graduation.  SLI is an intensive leadership development program which covers a variety of topics over an eight month period. Mario is no stranger to academic riggers.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and continues to strive for excellence.   

On January 10, I received information that Pasadena Police Officer Anthony Riley was accepted to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  Anthony is pursuing his second Master’s Degree and will start the program this month.   

On January 10, I received an email from District 6 Field Representative Takako Suzuki commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant, Pete Hettema.   In her email, Takako said, “… Lieutenant Hettema was a guest at the WPRA board meeting last night and made a presentation that was well-received by the members. Pete is an exceptional public servant.  He is mature, experienced, and dedicated to our community.    

Critical Incidents: 

Since the 2012 Christmas Day Homicide of Victor McCLinton, Pasadena Police Department Homicide/Assault detectives have worked vigilantly to identify and arrest the suspects responsible for this senseless crime.  In last week’s edition of Touching Base I highlighted the arrest of two suspects involved in the murder.  The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges (with special circumstances) against Larry Bishop.  The second suspect, Gary Davis, was charged with Accessory after the Fact.  On January 5,   Lead Detectives Keith Gomez and Grant Curry, the Pasadena Homicide/Assault Unit, U.S. Marshalls from the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested another suspect responsible for the shooting.  Jerron D. Harris, Male Black, 25, of Pasadena, was arrested without incident in Gardena.    

Keith and the Pasadena Homicide/Assault Unit determined there were two persons of interest in the victim’s car, which was driven by Mr. Taylor at the time of the shooting. On January 8, Pasadena Homicide/Assault Unit, U.S. Marshalls from the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies located one of the occupants. Upon contact, officers discovered the subject was armed with a loaded firearm.  The subject (Male Black, 16) was arrested without incident for Minor in Possession of a Handgun.  The suspect remains in custody at Eastlake Juvenile Facility.  On January 8, Keith presented his case to the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney and secured the following charges against Harris: Murder, attempt murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and a gang enhancement.  The suspect is scheduled for arraignment later this month and remains in custody.  The Pasadena Police Department’s Homicide/Assault Unit, Forensic Specialists, other police personnel, and our law enforcement partners have been committed to solving this crime and proactively reducing the impact of gangs on our community.  Our collective efforts have taken violent offenders off our streets. Our investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or you may report anonymously through CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 222-8477, or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).    

On January 5 at about 9:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded 1400 block of Rexford Avenue regarding a missing adult.  The elderly victim, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s, walked away from a relative’s home.  Sergeant Mike Bugh took command of the search to locate the victim.  Several hours later, the victim was located in Sierra Madre in good health.  Pasadena Police Volunteers and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Canine Search Team also assisted in the search.   

On January 8 at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Lake Avenue and Maple Street regarding a strong arm robbery.  On arrival, officers talked with the victim, who said he was sitting on a bus bench when the suspect approached and demanded his headphones.  The victim refused, and the suspect punched him on the face and attempted to steal the headphones.  The victim fought back by striking the suspect, which caused him (the suspect) to retreat.  

On January 9 at about 3:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of Carlton Avenue regarding shots fired.  On arrival, officers discovered evidence suggesting a shooting had occurred.  Officers talked with witnesses, who said they heard the shots.  Our investigation is ongoing.  If you have information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.   

On January 10 during the day, Pasadena Police detective and officers served a narcotics search warrant in Highland Park.  The suspect is a known gang member who was involved in narcotics sales.  The suspect was arrested without incident and officers recovered various packages of methamphetamine. The suspect’s narcotics activity had a direct nexus to Pasadena.   

On January 10 at about 3:10 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 400 block of Chester Avenue regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.  On arrival, officers learned the victim and the suspect are friends.  However, on this day the two individuals got into an argument which turned violent.  The suspect used some kind of edged weapon to cut the victim’s face.  The suspect was arrested without incident. The suspect is a Male Hispanic, 30 to 35 years, 5’9” tall, with a thin build.  He was wearing a DK Zip up hoody and jeans. If you have any information on this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  


Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always



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