[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Oct. 6 -12. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 534 service events, resulting in 111 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
Theft / Receiving Stolen Property - Suspect Arrested
On October 6 at 11:39 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 2000 block of South Myrtle regarding the theft of an iron grate from a sewer drain at the location. The officer went to the recycling center in the 100 block of West Duarte to see if anyone had tried to get money for the grate, but did not find the grate there. While walking back to his patrol unit, he observed a male subject pushing a cart with an iron grate on it. The grate weighed 125 pounds. During the investigation, the suspect admitted to stealing the grate. He was arrested and brought to the police station for booking.
Warrant Arrest - Suspect Arrested
On October 6 at 9:09 p.m., officers noticed a suspicious subject trying to hide from them as they were driving their patrol unit in the area of Alta Vista and Maple. The subject was contacted, identified, and found to have an outstanding narcotics warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
On October 6 at 10:08 p.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 800 block of East Huntington on the report of a male subject sleeping in his car. The officers arrived and found the vehicle sitting at one of the gas station pumps. The subject was passed out behind the wheel and the engine of his vehicle was running. The officers could smell the strong odor of alcohol emitting from the subject's breath. The suspect was determined to be under the influence and was arrested.
Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
On October 7 at 2:14 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 2100 block of South Peck Road. An officer responded and determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.
Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
On October 7 at 3:05 a.m., an officer responded to the scene of a traffic collision and found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol. The reporting party had followed the driver from Hollywood. The driver was arrested.
Disorderly Conduct / Peeping
On October 7 at 6:27 a.m., a female subject was taking a shower at a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress. She observed a shadow across the street that appeared to be the silhouette of a male subject. She yelled out that she could see him and saw a male subject jump out from the darkness. She described the subject as a male Hispanic, unknown age, last seen getting into a smaller, white compact car. Officers conducted an area search, but could not locate the suspect. The investigation is continuing.
On October 8 at 1:30 a.m., an officer reported hearing several shots fired east of his location at Ivy and Chestnut. He started in that direction immediately. Calls came in from the area of 200 East Colorado reporting shots fired, but no victim or suspect information was given. Officers were in the area very fast and the Foothill Air Support Team airship arrived quickly and began checking the area. No victims or suspects were located and no bullet impacts could be found. Area hospitals were also checked, but not victims had reported for treatment.
Weapons Offense - Suspect Arrested
On October 8 at 9:46 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers were working an area regarding gang enforcement when they observed several subjects who appeared to be gang members walking in the area of the Monrovia/Duarte border, at California and Euclid. They turned their police unit around to contact the subjects, and as they did, they observed a white Chevy Lumina occupied by four young male subjects and people in the area were running away. Because of the suspicious circumstances, they decided to stop the car and investigate.
Upon contact, the occupants acted very strange. They were nervous and making statements about a friend who was stabbed at a location on California. During a pat-down search of one of the occupants, the officer located a loaded revolver. The suspect was arrested for possessing a concealed weapon and was taken into custody. The gun was determined to have belonged to a deceased person. The suspect was later transported to Eastlake Juvenile Hall.
Monrovia police were informed shortly after the stop that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was investigating the stabbing of a young male subject by several other males at a party in the 2100 block of South California.
On October 8 at 7:17 p.m., an employee of a business in the 400 block of West Huntington was leaving for a break when a male subject grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground, causing minor injury to her elbow. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, wearing blue jeans, a dark hat, a Pendleton-type shirt, and white shoes. The victim did not require medical attention. Officers responded and made an area check, but were unable to locate the suspect or the stolen purse. Investigation continuing.
On October 9 at 1:56 p.m., officers located several locations in the City of Monrovia that had been vandalized with graffiti. Maroon, black, and green paint was found at each location. At the end of shift that same day, several other locations were discovered. Investigation continuing.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon
On October 9 at 11:55 p.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Methodist Hospital regarding a victim that checked himself in with a stab wound to his right thigh. An officer contacted the victim, who stated that he was standing in front of his house in the 200 block of West Cypress at about 11:00 p.m. and was drinking a beer. He was approached by two male subjects. One of the subjects asked the victim to share his beer. When the victim refused, one subject punched him in the face and the other stabbed the victim in his right thigh with an unknown sharp object. Both suspects ran westbound on Cypress.
The victim reported that he does not know the suspects. They are described as two male blacks in their twenties; one suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap with the letter "D" on it and the other was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The victim's injury was minor and he was treated and released from the hospital.
On October 10 at 6:20 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot located in the 500 block of South Mountain. One of the vehicle windows was smashed and cash and a GPS unit were stolen.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon - Suspect Arrested
On October 10 at 7:58 p.m., police received a call from Arcadia Methodist Hospital. They had a stabbing victim in the emergency room. The victim said he was drinking and playing cards with family members at a residence in the 800 block of West Olive. He began to argue with his cousin/suspect, which escalated into a physical fight. Family members broke up the fight and they separated.
A short time later, the suspect returned and began threatening everyone by brandishing a knife. The victim and suspect became involved in another physical altercation, after which, the victim noticed a deep laceration on his left wrist. The suspect's brother also suffered a cut on his finger as a result of his efforts to break up the fight. Officers went to the location and arrested the suspect without incident.
On October 10 at 8:16 p.m., police received a call reporting a victim chasing a suspect on foot in the area of Primrose and Lemon. The victim exited a building and saw the suspect stripping parts from his bicycle, which was locked in a bicycle rack. The suspect stole the front wheel, forks, handle bars, and seat. He ran southbound through a park and out of site. He was described as a male white, 20 years old, 6'4", thin build, dark curly hair, wearing a gray beanie, dark blue windbreaker, dark shorts, and he had a black backpack. Officers responded, but the suspect was not located.
Grand Theft Auto
October 11 at 6:25 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Violet regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim parked his vehicle on Linwood at Violet in the evening and secured it. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and found it missing. There was no broken glass on the ground where the vehicle was parked, all keys were accounted for, and no one had permission to take his vehicle. The vehicle is a white, 4-door Honda Accord.
On October 11 at 9:13 a.m., a victim reported the theft of a water-tank trailer from a construction site at the corner of Magnolia and Chestnut. The reporting party told the officer the trailer was stolen from the location during the night.
Suspicious Circumstances / HazMat Incident
On October 11 at 6:27 p.m., a caller reported a release of some type of chemical at a market located in the 300 block of West Huntington. The Monrovia Fire Department responded and advised they would be handling the incident as a bomb threat/HazMat incident. When officers arrived, they learned a male suspect, for unknown reasons, ran into the store and discharged a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. The building was evacuated. None of the occupants became ill or showed any sign of exposure to anything dangerous. The suspect was described as a male white, 25 yeas old, 5'10", with a thin build. He drove away in a peach colored, 2-door vehicle. The HazMat unit from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded and determined the substance was non-toxic and the scene was cleared. Investigation continuing.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant - Suspect Arrested
On October 12 at 8:14 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of West Colorado regarding suspicious subjects living in a shed. The officer arrived and contacted the subjects. He conducted a computer check on them and found the female subject had a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. A search of her property revealed she had a baggie of methamphetamine and a drug smoking pipe in a small pouch. She was arrested for the above listed charges.
On October 12 at 10:22 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of North Encinitas was called by his alarm company to report an alarm activation at his home. He responded to his home and saw the garage door and the rear door of his home were open. He then called police. Officers arrived, cleared the house and did not find anyone inside. The victim did a walk through with the officers, but could only determine an Ipad and a watch missing at this time.