Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
November 3, 2013
Community Members & Department Personnel:
The Pasadena Youth Center will host their 3nd
Annual Adelante Young Men Conference on November 9th, from 7:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. The conference will take place on the campus of Pasadena City
College (PCC) and will feature Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ray
Santana and Los Angeles County’s Mental Health Deputy Director, Dr. Tony Beliz,
as keynote speakers. The conference features lectures, interactive
workshops, career and academic planning, and much more. For more
information about the conference, please call (626) 798-1538, or visit http://www.pasadenayouthcenter.org/aym_conference. Stella R. Murga is the founder and Executive
Director for the Pasadena Youth Center and we are extremely thankful for her
efforts in preparing our youth for college and professional careers.
September 2013, Pasadena Police Detective M. Hooker received several
theft reports from Marshall Fundamental High school. The reports indicated
cellular telephones were stolen during the crimes. Detective Hooker
developed information implicating a school security guard as a possible suspect
in the theft cases. On September 16, Detectives Hooker, C. Gordon, and
R. Padilla conducted surveillance and later stopped the campus security guard.
Their subsequent investigation led to the recovery of several electronic items,
including an IPAD, which had been reported stolen the very same day. On
September 18, Detective Hooker presented her case to the Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. The DDA filed three
counts of Commercial Burglary and two counts of Theft with Prior Convictions.
On October 16, the suspect was sentenced to four years in State Prison.
Wednesday, October 23,
the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section (SES)
hosted Mass Causality Incident training at the Rose Bowl for its Mutual Aid Law
Enforcement partner agencies. The training was designed to integrate first
responders from neighboring jurisdictions with Pasadena police and fire
personnel. The training simulated real-time incidents necessitating a
high-level of coordination, critical thinking, and expedient intervention to
address presented safety threats and triage priorities. There were
approximately 100 law enforcement officers and fire fighters from participating
agencies including: Alhambra PD/FD, Burbank PD, Glendale PD/FD, Monterey Park
PD, San Gabriel PD/FD, San Marino PD/FD, South Pasadena PD/FD, Cal State Los
Angeles PD, Arcadia FD, FBI - West Covina, and California Highway Patrol. The
training coordinators also enlisted the assistance of 100 civilian volunteers
and role-players to make the event more realistic. Though safety measures are
in place in preparation for the upcoming 2014 New Year’s Day events and upcoming
BCS Game, the Pasadena Police Department also utilized the training to provide
valuable information to participating agencies that may be called upon to
assist in improving emergency responses to any unfortunate large scale event
that may arise at the Rose Bowl. Special Enforcement Officers A. McGlade and
J. Lopez organized and planned the event.
October 23, I received
a copy of an email from Tournament of Roses Director, Stacy Houser, commending
Pasadena Police Lieutenant T. Ibarra for her presentation at a safety
meeting. Director Houser wrote, “… I think the group of PD we have this
year working on the TofR is the best I have ever seen. I was so proud
that you were making such a great impression…” (Director Houser works for the
City of Pasadena, Parks & Natural Resources Division).
October 24, I
received an email from AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School
Principal, Talin P. Kargodorian, Ed.D, commending Pasadena Police
Lieutenant P. Hettema, Officers D. Locklin, R. Hsu, P. Klotz, and S.
Arcand for their presentation during a student assembly. Principal
Karodorian wrote, “… The Pasadena Police Department continues to enrich the
city of Pasadena with all the great work they carry out in regards to safety,
education, and community outreach…”
October 24, I
received a copy of an email from Pasadena Fire Deputy Chief K. Costa commending
Pasadena Police Corporal A. McGlade and J. Lopez for coordinating
the Mutual Aid Mass Causality Response Training Event at the Rose Bowl.
October 25, Pasadena Police Commander J. Perez, Sergeants J. Carrillo, and K. Jorge, and
Detectives M. Lang, and S. Vidales attended the Peace Over Violence
(POV) Gala, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was
packed with local elected officials and VIPs including: Los Angeles Mayor
Garcetti, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry, Scott Gordon, Supervising
Judge Family Law Division & Mrs. Gordon. POV Executive Director, Patti
Giggans, provide remarks during the program, which honored several
October 26, Pasadena Police Sergeants J. Luna, C. Gutierrez, and I attended NATHA’s
Lincoln Village Community Festival, which was held on the campus of John Muir
High School. The festival was packed with federal and local elected officials (US
Congresswoman Chu, Mayor Bogaard, Vice Mayor Robinson, Councilman Kennedy, PUSD
Board President Cooper, and PUSD Superintendent Gundry) community
leaders, students, family, and friends. Entertainment included Aztec
Dancers, JMHS Alumni Drum Corp, Wilson Middle School Drum Corp, and other drill
teams. Ms. C. Walker is the Executive Director at NATHA (Neighbors Acting
Together Helping All). You can learn more about NATHA at www.NATHA.org (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
October 26, Deborah K. Sanchez and
I attended Women at Work’s Fall Gala, “Pasablanca.” The event was held
at the University Club and was packed with community leaders and federal and
local elected officials. VIPs included: US Congresswoman Chu, Mayor and
Mrs. Bogaard, City Manager Beck, Assistant City Manager Gutierrez, Liberty
Director Sanders, and Retired Pasadena Police Lieutenant P. Riddle. Former
Pasadena PIO Ann Erdman served as co-emcee and Gala Chair. Women at Work
honored Cynthia Kurtz (Trailblazer Award); CA State Senator Carol Liu
(Heritage Award); Wendy Welch-Keller (Accolade Award); Lola Osborne, Andrea
Damina, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Jan Madsen (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
October 27, I attended
CASA Glamor Gown’s “Day at the Races” to raise funds for young women to
attend the prom. The event was held at the Santa Anita Race Track on a
beautiful day in SGV. Community leaders, supporters, and Los Angeles Council
Woman Jan Perry attended. Pasadena community leaders and philanthropist Bill
& Brenda Galloway helped sponsor the event.
October 27, Deputy Chief Qualls, Commander Russ, Lieutenant Clawson, Sergeant
Beene, Office Supervisor Bogar, and
I attended the “Mother’s Behind Bars: the Parent Puzzle,” which was held at
Hillside School. Flintridge Center Executive Director, Jaylene Mosley,
was the honorary chairperson and the event was coordinated by Shirlee Smith
(About Parenting). US Congresswoman Chu, CA Senator Liu,
Assemblyman Holden, Mayor Bogaard, & PUSD Board President R. Cooper were
among the VIPs (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
October 29, I
attended the Central Park Landscape Improvement Project dedication ceremony,
which was held near the El Centro de Accion Social Building. There were several
VIPs at the event (too many to list). Mayor Bogaard, District 6
Councilman S. Madison, City Manager Beck, Tournament of Roses Executive
Director Flinn, and a representative from Scott-Miracle Gro
provided remarks. Public Works Director Foster and several members of the
city’s executive staff attended the event (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
October 29, I
attended Flintridge Center’s Speaker Series, which was held at the Flintridge
Community Room. Pasadena Public Health Director, Dr. E. Walsh, talked
about “Crime as an Infectious Disease.” At the conclusion of the
presentation, the audience asked several follow up questions. Flintridge
Center Program Directors Pickens and Biery also attended the event (Photos
several Pasadena Police and Fire personnel attended the annual Coldwell
Banker Appreciation Luncheon. The event was packed with hungry first
responders, volunteers, and other community leaders. Ms. Rosie Bell
coordinates the annual event, which is always a favorite among city
staff. Thank you Rosie and Coldwell Banker (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
Event photos provided by James Macpherson, Pasadena Now: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/coldwell-banker-real-estate-says-thank-you-to-local-first-responders
several Pasadena Police officers, employees, and volunteers
attended the Human Services & Recreation Department’s 2013 Fall Festival at
Victory Park. The event was packed with young people in costume, parents,
and other community members. This October event is always a community
November 1, Commanders Perez and
Rosales, Lieutenants Ibarra, Moody, Clawson, Calatayud, and Torres,
Administrator Persons, Officer Baecker-Henry, Office Supervisor Bogar,
Supervisor Nuño, Communications Operator Bartoli-Figueroa, Deborah K. Sanchez, and
I attended the 2013 Southern California Women’s Health Conference.
Pasadena Community leader Lena Kennedy coordinated the event. CBC
Pastor J. Burch provided the opening prayer at the luncheon and Vice
Mayor Robinson provided opening remarks. Councilman J. Kennedy
also attended the conference during the morning session. This was another
great year for our local women who received health and wellness tips at the
workshops (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).
December 13, 2011, at
about 11:15 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a shooting
investigation in the 1600 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue. The victim, Trevell
Thompson (a known local gang member), was shot once on the face, causing
serious injuries. Pasadena Police Officers Harris, Ordonez, and Okamoto
arrived on scene and quickly identified several key witnesses. The case
was assigned to Detective William Broghamer, who was assisted by
detectives from the Homicide / Assault Unit. Detective Broghamer and his team
developed critical evidence in the days following the shooting that led to the
suspect, Anthony Mitchell, a known rival gang member. On March 5,
2012, Homicide detectives developed information that Mitchel was in the area of
1629 North Fair Oaks Avenue. The detectives responded and arrested
Mitchell without incident. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County
District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Several felony
charges were filed, including attempted murder. On October 21, 2013, a jury
trial began and closing arguments were heard on October 30th.
On October 31, at 3:30 p.m. the jury returned with a guilty verdict on all
counts (Attempted Murder, Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon, Gang Enhancement).
Mitchell will be sentenced in the near future.
the drama, fanfare, and allegations of inappropriate conduct raised by the
defense during the trial (a common court room tactic), the jurors saw the truth
in our evidence, facts, and investigative protocols resulting in a guilty verdict.
The integrity, dedication, and investigative talents of Detective Broghamer and
his coworkers in this case prevailed, resulting in the conviction of a local
gang member. The case was well supervised by Sergeant Ernie Devis.
Officer Jonny Calderon and personnel from SES & Patrol contributed to the
investigations. I am grateful we were able to remove a predator from our
community through a solid legal investigation.
at approximately 11:37 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to investigate
a call of “shots fired on Tremont Street, between Fair Oaks Avenue and Glen
Avenue. On arrival, officers located three vehicles which had been struck
by gunfire. Officers interviewed witnesses who said several males were
seen shooting at each other in the street. Luckily, no one was injured by the
gunfire. Local hospitals were checked; however, there were no gunshot
victims admitted. Sergeant Afsharian supervised the investigation. Our
investigation is ongoing.
October 31, at
about 8:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 400 block of
Allendale Road regarding a residential robbery. On arrival, officers
talked with the elderly victims who said they answered the front door of their
home expecting to greet children who were trick or treating. When the door was
opened, two suspects wearing masks forced their way into the residence. The
suspects were armed with handguns and forced the victims into a closet while
demanding money. After several minutes, the suspects fled the location – the
victims were shaken, but uninjured. Our investigation is ongoing. Local media
article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131101/culprits-in-skull-masks-behind-pasadena-takeover-robbery.
November 1, at
about 11:26 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers D. Morris and A. Villicana
responded to a “We-Tip” alert regarding a wanted fugitive. The
notification indicated the suspect might be staying in an East Pasadena
motel. Within minutes of receiving the We-Tip information, the officers
located the fugitive’s vehicle, which was parked in the 3500 block of East
Colorado Boulevard. Officers Morris and Villicana subsequently located
the suspect and arrested her without incident. At the time of the
fugitive’s arrest, she was in the company of two male companions. Officers
Morris and Villicana determined one of the males also had a fugitive warrant
for his arrest. The second male was found to be in possession of
methamphetamine. All three suspects were later booked at the Pasadena
jail. Local media article at: www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131102/tip-leads-to-three-arrests-in-pasadena.
was founded in 1972 as an anonymous crime-reporting resource for citizens and a
tool to aid law enforcement. The successful program has dramatically impacted
crime and has significantly reduced crime incidents in communities and schools
nationwide. We-Tip is committed to providing an effective anonymous crime
reporting system to its users as they promise to insure absolute anonymity, not
just confidentiality. To report crime information via We-Tip, contact:
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 744-4545 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission First, People Always