Touching Base: A Message From The Chief (02/17/13)

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February 17, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:   

For your Information:  

Free Gun Disposal Offered by the Pasadena Police Department:  I would like to remind community members that they may dispose of unwanted firearms through the Pasadena Police Department.  All types of firearms are accepted; including pistols, rifles, shotguns, antiques, or replicas, regardless of their condition.  There are no costs associated with surrendering your firearm.    

Community members can request a police officer to respond to their home or business in Pasadena, where they can surrender the weapon.  Individuals may also transport the unloaded weapon to the Pasadena Police Department at 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena.  If you intend to transport the firearm into the police station, please contact the Pasadena Police Department beforehand at (626) 744-4241.  The police operator will provide instruction on the safe and legal means for transportation.  Gun registration or related paperwork is helpful, although not necessary to voluntarily surrender the firearm.  

The police department also accepts unwanted ammunition; however, military ordinance requires special handling and will be evaluated for safe disposal by law enforcement personnel on a case by case basis.  Removing unwanted firearms by turning them into law enforcement is an important step community members can take to ensure guns never end up in unintended hands and possibly used in a violent crime.   

Save the Date: 

Black History Month Events for 2013 include:  


  • February 21, “Where We Are, Where We’ve Been:  Stories from African And African-Americans”
  • February 22, “Senior Night Out” 
  • February 24, “Praise Dance Jubilee” 
  • February 28, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:  An Evening with David ‘Sonny’ Lacks”  

For more information, contact numbers, and helpful internet links, please visit the City of Pasadena’s Website at: cityofpasadena.net.   

On February 25, the Ecumenical Council Pasadena Area Congregations is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter. Supporters can enjoy a wonderful meal at El Portal Restaurant, Yahaira’s Café, or Vanessa’s.  15% of the sales will be donated to the shelters. To learn more about the restaurants please visit, www.elportalrestaurants.com.    

On March 9, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. the Pasadena Community will celebrate Former NAACP Pasadena Branch President Joe Brown for his dedicated service to our youth and community.  The Rose Bowl Stadium will be the venue for this special day to honor a community hero. Tickets are $20 (each) and may be purchased at http://thankyoujoe2013.eventbrite.com or at Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ, 385 N. Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena.  The day will include entertainment, food, field games and door prizes.  For further details you can contact, thankyoujoe2013@gmail.com. I hope to see you there!  

On March 16, Harambee Ministries is celebrating 31 years of serving Northwest Pasadena.  Their Annual Benefit will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 533 West Rose Road, San Gabriel.  The theme for this year’s event is “Shaping Hearts and Developing Minds.” For more information, please contact Harambee Ministries at (626) 798-7431 or www.harambeeministries.org.    

El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its Annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration and Peace Walk, March 30.  The peace walk will start at Villa-Parke Community Center (363 East Villa Street) inside the Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.  Following a rally for peace, participants will march from Villa-Parke to Robinson Park, where a few community leaders will speak on reducing violence and creating peace.  For more information, please contact El Centro de Accion Social Executive Director Randy Ertll, at (626) 792-3148, or randy.ertll@elcentropasadena.org.  For more information on El Centro de Accion Social, please visit www.elcentropasadena.org.   

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 29, Commander Chris Russ and Council District 5 Field Representative, Vannia De La Cuba, met with Madison Elementary School Principal Carmen Serrano and Jefferson Elementary School Principal Amin Oria to discuss general school safety.  Chris noted that both principals were very proactive regarding school safety.  Both schools have school safety plans, which help create a safe environment for the children.   

On February 8, Pasadena Police Sergeant Max Dahlstein and Motor Officer Sam De Sylva hosted the Motivational Media Presentation “Power of 3” to Senior and Junior Blair High School students. The presentation features contemporary music, graphics, and celebrity vignettes to underscore the consequences of DUI and distracted driving.  The focus of the program is to support and promote good decision making to novice drivers.  Around 1,000 students and staff attended the two screenings and many approached the officers afterward to express their pleasure and enthusiasm about the program.  The “Power of 3” is funded by State Farm Insurance Company, who also sponsors “Every Fifteen Minutes.”    

On February 11, I attended the Summit on Mental Illness and Gun Violence Forum, which was hosted by Fuller Seminary.  Fuller School of Psychology, Dr. Winston Gooden, started the forum with a few remarks.  Pasadena Police Officer and NAMI San Gabriel Valley Vice President, Victor Cass, introduced the presenters, which included: Mayor Bill Bogaard, Dr. Eric Walsh, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, and me. The presenters all spoke on mental health issues and gun violence.      

On February 11, Pasadena Police Sergeants Max Dahlstein and Marcia Taglioretti assist at the Pasadena City Council Meeting.  Part of the meeting was dedicated to the 710 Freeway issue. A modest number of community members attended the council meeting to express their views.  There were no incidents associated with the meeting.  

On February 13, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander John Perez and I attended the monthly Clergy Community Coalition, which was held at the First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena.  The meeting was well attended by pastors and other religious leaders.    

On February 13, Lieutenant Kelly Evans and I visited the Salvation Army’s Substance Abuse Treatment Center located on Del Mar Boulevard.  Major Charles Fowler and Facility Administrator, Bob Vernand, provided a tour of the center.  Clients attending the center must participate in work and spiritual programs.  

On February 13, I visited the JRC Community Hot Meal program.  The evening was well attended by community members.  Pastor Burrell, Community Leader Walt Jackson, and Human Services & Recreation Administrator, Horace Wormely, also assisted with meal distribution.   

On February 13, I met with several key community stakeholders regarding the possibility of hosting a Gun-Buy-Back-Program (GBBP).  Once the framework is established, the proposal will be presented to the Pasadena Public Safety Committee (PPSC). I anticipate, in addition to collecting unwanted firearms, the event will also include a gun education component. Lead coordinators include: Jill Shook, Yvette McDowell, Jaylene Mosely, Melissa Hofstetter, and the Clergy Community Coalition.  Please keep an eye open for future information regarding the GBBP.   

On February 14, Lieutenant Eduardo Calatayud and I met with Mr. Dick Davis and representatives from the Paton Group and the PUSD Education Foundation regarding 3D printing technology.  The meeting was very informative and we will be researching opportunities to embrace this emerging technology.   

On February 15, I met with Blair High School Principal Trudell Skinner and Michelle Bailey about public safety issues related to campus security and student safety. The meeting was informative and helped me better understand the challenges and opportunities at Blair High School.  

On February 16, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Cheryl Mood, Deborah K. Sanchez,  and I marched in the Black History Parade.  We were flanked by Pasadena Sergeant Javier Aguilar, Officer Carlo Montiglio, and Officer Jacob who were all riding bicycles.  As in years gone by, the event was very well attended and this year was no exception. The weather was perfect as community youth, marching bands, and honorees made their way south on Fair Oaks Avenue from Altadena. KTLA 5 Co-Anchor Michaela Pereria march with police representatives along the parade route.  Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar and other police employees supported the parade as well. VIPs and elected officials  included: Mayor Bill Bogaard, Council Members Jacque Robinson, Victor Gordo, Terry Tornek, PUSD Renatta Cooper, City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, Human Services & Recreation Director Mercy Santoro, and Finance Director Andy Green (we saw him along the parade route) to name a few.  Human Services & Recreation Supervisor Jarvis Emerson, HS&R Administrator Horace Wormely and their staff organized the parade.     

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On January 14, I received a letter from Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Mike Ingram and the entire Pasadena Air Support Unit for their participation in the Los Angeles Air Support Division annual fly-in and training day.  Chief Beck stated, “… This year, as well as past years, the PPD Air Operations Section has been an instrumental participant in this exercise…”  

On February 4, I received a letter from a community member commending Police Corporal Mark Lang and P.S. Alex Hernandez for their efforts to return some lost property.  The author lost his passport at the Rose Bowl.  The author wrote, “… when I called your lost property department, they were quite courteous, highly efficient, and immediately retrieved and identified the passport. I cannot tell you how much this fine police work and wonderfully responsive attitude meant to me and my family…”  

On Thursday February 7, Lieutenant Randell Taylor attended the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce 125th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner held at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Randell was a guest of Chamber Vice President Ed Reyes, and Bryan Erckenbrack, Agency Field Executive from State Farm Insurance. State Farm Insurance has been a long time sponsor and supporter of Pasadena Police Department's youth education initiatives, specifically the “Every Fifteen Minutes” program and, most recently, our interactive Distracted Driver Simulator. Randell also had the opportunity to visit with Cynthia Kurtz and Jim McDermott, who were also in attendance at the dinner.  

On February 12, I received a letter from Salvation Army Major Darren Norton, commending Pasadena Police Corporal Glenn Thompson, for his leadership while serving as the PAL Director.  Major Norton wrote, “… You and your department should be very proud of Corporal Thompson and the lasting imprint he will leave on all the people involved in the PAL program.  I have enjoyed working with him and he will be missed but not forgotten…”   

On February 14, I received an email from a community member commending Commander John Perez for his assistance in a financial crimes investigation. The author wrote, “… Thank you very much for your prompt response to my letter.  You have truly restored my confidence in our Police Department leadership…”   

On February 14, I received an email from Human Resources Manager Richard F. Kunz commending Pasadena Police Detective Michael Lewis for his assistance in a recent investigation.   

Critical Incidents: 

On February 9 at about 5:56 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Congress Street regarding a missing male adult.  The victim, a Male White, suffers from severe autism was last seen at his residence in the 500 block of Pasadena Avenue.  Sergeant Paul Carpenter coordinated the search operation and located the victim near Fair Oaks Avenue and Glenarm Street.  The victim was unharmed.   

On February 9 at about 8:30 p.m., approximately 300 vehicles and motorcycles arrived at a large shopping center parking lot as part of a car-rally.  The group is best characterized as car and motorcycle enthusiasts.  The group parked in an orderly fashion, obeying all laws. Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Sergeant Chris Kirby, Air Support, and SES officers monitored the rally for about 90 minutes.  There were no citations or arrests associated with the gathering.   

On February 10 at about 9:00 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers Mario Calderon and Cesar Aguilar were paroling the area of Lake Avenue and Washington Boulevard when they observed the driver of a vehicle chasing another vehicle at a high rate of speed.  Mario and Cesar conducted a traffic stop; however, after the vehicle came to rest, the suspects immediately exited in an apparent attempt to escape.  The officers ordered the four suspects to stop and detained them without incident.  The victims spoke with the officers and said they had been assaulted while sitting in their vehicle.  When the victims fled from their attackers, the suspects chased them until the Mario and Cesar intervened.  When officers searched the suspect’s vehicle, they located some methamphetamine.  The suspects were later booked at the Pasadena jail for assault with a deadly weapon, threats, and possession of drugs.    

On February 11, Detective David Garcia and other sworn PPD officers received information about a suspect wanted for criminal threats.  The suspect, an active gang member, was known to reside in Los Angeles; however, he frequented Pasadena.  David, Sergeant Bobby Crees, and Officers Jordon Ling, Carlo Montiglio, Jacob Carey, and Jason Cordova drove to Los Angeles observed the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On February 11 at about 3:33 p.m., Pasadena Police Sergeant Denis Beene received a Lo-Jack alert in the area of Altadena Drive and Colorado Boulevard.  Denise broadcasted the information, and moments later, Officers Jones and Morris located the vehicle occupied at a gas station near the intersection of Altadena Drive and Sierra Madre Boulevard. The suspects were arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.  The vehicle was a reported stolen from the City of Los Angeles.   

On February 13, Pasadena Police Officer Jordan Ling received information on a suspect wanted for Child Molestation.  The suspect was accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with his niece.  Jordan drove to the suspect’s last known residence and observed a group of males standing nearby.  Jordan recognized the wanted suspect and immediately contacted him.  Once the suspect identification was confirmed, Jordon arrested him without incident. The suspect was later booked at the Pasadena Police jail   

On February 13 at about 10:46 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Waverly Drive and Fair Oaks Avenue regarding a car-jacking investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim was parking his car when the suspect walked up to the driver’s door and demanded the he (the victim) exit the vehicle.  Fearing for his safety, the victim stepped out of the car.  The suspect entered the car and drove away.  The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a Male White, 25 years old, 5’-8” to 5’-9” tall, approximately 180 pounds.  The suspect was unshaven and was wearing a black hoody sweatshirt, dark beanie, & dark baggie pants.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  

On February 16 at about 12:50 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the report of a possible trespasser in the backyard of a residence located in the 800 block of North Oakland Avenue.  When officers arrived they contacted a male and located what appeared to be a make shift altar, adorned with charred artifacts, animal bones, incense and candles.  Officers also located what appeared to be human bones, which included a human skull.  Pasadena Police detectives, along with the Los Angeles County Coroner Office, responded to the residence and collected the items for further analysis.  Our investigation is ongoing.   

Until Next Time,   

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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