Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (08/18/13)

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August 18, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

Our Community: 

On August 11, Pasadena Police Officer Allen, PS Officers White and Herrera, and I attended the 25th Annual Free Youth Hair Cut Day, which was held at Robinson Park.  More than 300 local youth received free haircuts and school supplies. Northwest Representative Lola Osborn coordinated the event, which was partly funded by the Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF) and the Pasadena Police Athletic Association (PPAA). Vice Mayor Robinson, Councilman Kennedy, Human Services & Recreation Administrator Wormely, and Retired Pasadena Police Commander Law were among the many local officials attending the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).   

On August 13, Commander Russ and I attended the Cleveland Elementary School Ribbon Cutting ceremony to open its newest building. Vice Mayor Robinson and PUSD School Board Member Hampton were among the many VIPs.  PUSD Superintendent Gundry provided a few brief remarks to underscore the value of the new structure.  Pavement and safety fencing were also part of the campus upgrades (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On August 14, PUSD students started the new school year.  Pasadena Police officers, Motorcycle Enforcement, and others provided extra patrols near the campuses to ensure student safety.  Pasadena Police officers will continue to monitor schools throughout the year.  Please visit the Pasadena Police webpage (http://cityofpasadena.net/Police) for school safety tips (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On August 15, several Pasadena Police employees attended a presentation from David Ripley, Associate Director of Casa de Las Amigas. “Casa” is a certified 24-hour alcohol recovery home for women seeking treatment for addiction.  It was the first recovery home in Pasadena specifically catering to women struggling with alcohol and chemical dependency, opening its door in 1967.  To learn more about “Casa,” please visit:  www.Casadelasamigas.org (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

On August 15, Deputy Chief Qualls and I attended the swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed Superior Court Judge Beverly Bourne.  The ceremony was held at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is located in Pasadena.  The event was very well attended by family members, friends, bench officers, and local community members. Pasadena Fire Chief Wells also attended the ceremony (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On August 5, I received a letter from Pasadena Kiwanis former President W. Reid Allen commending Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar.  Reid wrote, “…We are excited about having a member of your staff joining our Pasadena Kiwanis family….”   

On August 7, I received a letter from Sierra Madre Chief of Police Larry Giannone commending several Pasadena Police employees for their assistance during a vehicle pursuit of wanted burglary suspects.  The crime started in Sierra Madre; however, Pasadena police became involved at the request of SMPD.  The following Pasadena police personnel were involved in the incident:  Police Dispatchers McGlothlin, Johnson, Correa, Crooks, Kiser, and Caldera, Sergeants Jorge, Goodman and Ortiz, Officers Polimeni, Thomas, Shipman, Widger, Calcanas, Harris, Klotz, Karg, Watkins, and Arcand.   

On August 8, I received an email from Pasadena City Clerk Jomsky commending Pasadena Police Sergeant Grisafe.  In part Mark said, “… I just wanted to send you a quick note letting you know that Bill Grisafe was extremely helpful the last couple days in assisting with the setup of the meeting location for the Public Safety Committee…”  

On August 12, I received a copy of a note from City Manager Michael Beck commending Pasadena Police Corporal Anthony Russo on his presentation at the Public Safety Committee meeting on August 7.  Corporal Russo lectured on the Impact of Stress on the Cogitative process, decision-making, the Training Methodology used by the Pasadena Police Department, and other related topics.   

On August 12, I received a copy of a note from City Manger Beck commending Pasadena Jail Administrator Michele Robinson for the success of a recent jail audit/inspection. The Pasadena Police Department maintains a Type 1 Jail Facility and is routinely inspected by the California Board of Corrections, the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Los Angele County Grand Jury, and other agencies. The inspections are part of the certification process.   

Critical Incidents: 

Starting in July 2013, Pasadena Police Detective DeLeon tracked a pattern of daytime apartment burglaries in the south end of the city.  Between July 6th and July 13th, the suspects committed approximately 11 residential burglaries.  Police resources from Field Operations, Detectives, and the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Taskforce aggressively worked the area providing overt and covert coverage.  Detective DeLeon developed several investigative leads, which included a partial license plate number that led to the distribution of a crime alert, which was also shared with neighboring jurisdictions. On August 7, Alhambra Police Department (APD) responded to a suspicious persons call in a residential area of their city.  APD officers detained three suspects (all Pasadena Residents). During the follow up investigation, APD officers located the suspect’s vehicle (described in Pasadena Detective DeLeon’s crime alert) and searched it.  During the vehicle search, APD officers recovered several stolen items, which were taken from victims who live in the City of Los Angeles.   Pasadena Special Enforcement officers, APD, and PPD detectives searched the suspect’s residences and discovered additional stolen property linking them to the Pasadena burglaries.  The three suspects (two adults and one minor) were booked for the burglaries.   

On August 8, a concerned citizen called the Pasadena Police Department to report a suspicious person loitering in the 400 block of Mercedes Avenue.  The suspicious male was riding a bicycle and looking into residences. Pasadena Police Sergeant Tucker responded to the area and detained a Male Black on a bicycle matching the description provided by the concerned community member. Sergeant Tucker was not able to establish a nexus to the reported crime so he released the subject and responded to the residence.  Once at the dwelling, Sergeant Tucker determined that a burglary had occurred.  He reported the information to responding PPD police officers, who located two Black Males riding bicycles nearby. The subsequent field investigation revealed the suspects were in possessed of stolen property from the Mercedes Avenue residence.  The suspects (minors) were arrested and booked at the Pasadena jail.    

On August 9 at about 9:53 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Green Street regarding an attempted suicide.  The victim, a Male Armenian Adult, threw himself under an approaching truck (18-wheeler) as it traveled north on Orange Grove Boulevard.  He was subsequently run over and suffered critical injuries.  A witness heard the victim say he wanted to die prior to throwing himself under the truck.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and died a few days later. www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23829948/police-man-hurls-self-front-18-wheeler-pasadena.   

On August 13, several Pasadena Police officers assisted the Burbank Police Department with a large crowd of protestors who gathered to protest a local business in the Empire Center. The protest was a planned event and PPD officers assisted as part of an Area C Mutual Aid regional squad. There were no major incidents associated with the protest and the officers returned to Pasadena a few hours after their initial deployment. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/08/13/car-enthusiast-flash-mob-draws-thousands-in-burbank.   

On August 13, Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) were tracking a wanted (from Arizona) sex offender. During the investigation, one of the Task Force officers noticed that he was being watched by four subjects, apparently unrelated to the investigation. One of the subjects walked up to the undercover vehicle and attempted to identify the officer.  Moments later, the subject walked away seemingly disinterested. A few minutes later, the same subjects were seen walking back toward the officer’s vehicle.  This time; however, one of the subjects was carrying a nylon bag concealing a long object. Given the conduct of the subjects, the officer exited the vehicle and secured an alternate position, believing the subjects were possibly armed with a long-barrel firearm. The subjects aggressively approached the undercover police vehicle unaware the officer had exited. The task force officer identified himself as a Pasadena Police officer and ordered the subjects to drop the bag.  The subjects dropped the bag and fled on foot.  The area was contained and moments later, three of the four suspects (all gang members) were arrested without incident.   The remaining suspect is known to the police; however, he remains at large. The nylon bag was searched and a Mossberg shotgun was recovered.  This incident underscores the dangers associated with undercover police work.  If not for the superior tactics, sound decision-making skills, and maturity of the victim officer, the incident could have resulted in a lethal encounter.      

On August 15, Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Madison Avenue & Orange Grove Boulevard regarding a domestic violence investigation.  The caller said her child’s father was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was attempting to take their 3-year old.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Villalovos arrived and made contact with the suspect.  The suspect was yelling at Sergeant Villalovos saying, “… shoot me.”  A struggle ensued while the suspect was still holding the child.  Sergeant Devis arrived and assisted in the effort to control the suspect.  The suspect was subsequently arrested and the child was rescued without injury.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail on felony charges.   


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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