[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 5-8. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
April 5 at 2:14 p.m., a robbery was reported in the 1600 block of South Mountain. A female victim went to a business parking lot to meet a subject she contacted on Craigslist. The victim was purchasing a brand new iPhone from the suspect. The suspect approached the victim, who was standing outside her vehicle, and handed her a box. As she inspected the box, the suspect grabbed her money from the front pocket of her sweatshirt, and the force caused her to fall backwards. The suspect fled with the money, running north towards Evergreen. He was described as a male White, 30 years old, 6'0", 180 pounds, black spiked hair, wearing a grey sweatshirt. Investigation continuing.
April 5 at 5:42 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Mountain reported that someone had broken into their home. The suspect entered the location through a front window and ransacked the home, taking jewelry, a safe, and other miscellaneous items. A neighbor saw a possible suspect on the property. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic or Filipino, 25 years old, 5'5", thin build, wearing glasses, a tan sweater and blue jeans. The suspect was driving a white, 2 door, older model Acura, with pink primer around the doors and a black paper license plate with the word "power" written on it. Investigation continuing.
April 5 at 5:54 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of South Canyon. The victim parked her vehicle on the street at 7:30 p.m. and returned to her vehicle the next morning at 9:00 a.m. There were no signs of forced entry, and the victim did not realize a seat was missing from the vehicle until 5:00 p.m. that day. She then reported the burglary to police. Investigation continuing.
April 6 at 10:48 a.m., a vehicle was reported burglarized in the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue. The vehicle was parked in the street in front of a residence at 1:00 a.m. and locked. The victim returned to vehicle 10:30 a.m. and found the passenger door unlocked. The glove compartment was ransacked and her purse was taken from the trunk. The investigation is continuing.
Brandishing a Handgun in a Threatening Manner
April 8 at 7:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Los Angeles Street regarding a suspect that drove by in a black Nissan Altima, brandishing a handgun in a threatening manner. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was monitoring the radio frequency and located the suspect vehicle. The helicopter directed responding units to the vehicle and it was stopped at Ivy and Cypress. The victim positively identified the vehicle and the driver, as the suspect, but she did not desire prosecution. The vehicle was searched, but the gun was not located. The driver was unlicensed and did not have valid identification. He was arrested and later released upon verifying his identity. A passenger was arrested for violation of Monrovia's gang injunction and was taken into custody. Two other occupants in the vehicle were identified and released.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity
Weapons Violation - Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 8:20 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Treelane and Camino Real because the license plate was found to have a warrant associated to it. Upon contacting the female driver, she was found to be unlicensed. A search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle and a handgun was found concealed in the engine compartment; the gun was wrapped in a white towel and wedged against the vehicle battery. The male passenger is the registered owner of the vehicle. He was arrested and charged for possessing the firearm. He was also found to be in possession of a stolen access card.