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Monrovia Police: Pulling Wires While Nude; Assaulting Grandma With Canned Corn; Waving Handgun While Wearing Only Underwear

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 27- June 2. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weeks highlighted issues and events.

Weapons Offense / Possession of Marijuana – Suspects Arrested

May 27 at 7:49 a.m., an officer observed a male and female subject coming out from behind a church in the 500 block of East Duarte Road. The church was not open for services, and the officer felt it was suspicious they were there. He contacted them, and a consent search revealed the male subject to be in possession of marijuana and the female was in possession of a large, straight-edged knife, wrapped in a towel. Both subjects were arrested. The female was later found to be in possession of marijuana, also.

Warrant / False Information to a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested

May 27 at 4:00 p.m., an officer on patrol saw two female subjects in possession of shopping carts that had been removed from their properties. He spoke to them and identified the women. One provided a false name, using the name of her sister, who lives out of state. When her true identity was revealed, it was determined she had a warrant for her arrest out of San Bernardino. She was arrested and charged for providing false information to a peace officer and for using the personal identifying information of another to avoid being identified.

Felony Vandalism / Indecent Exposure / Mental Evaluation

May 28 at 7:27 a.m., a subject known to officers to have mental health problems was pulling on electrical wires on the roof of a business in the 600 block of West Huntington and yelling obscenities. He was nude, except for a shirt. When officers arrived, he had fled the scene, but was located and detained at a mobile home complex a short distance away. He was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation. He did about $1500 in damage to the business.

Indecent Exposure – Suspect Arrested

May 28 at 3:29 p.m., a witness called police to report a male suspect masturbating as he stood behind three junior-high-aged girls, who were waiting at the bus stop at Huntington and California. The girls were unaware he was doing this behind them. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, but the girls and the reporting party had left the location. The reporting party returned, identified the suspect and was willing to be listed as a witness for prosecution. The suspect was found to have prior convictions for similar offenses, qualifying this incident as a felony. He was arrested for the felony charge and held on bail.

Residential Burglary

May 30 at 10:00 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Crescent left her house for the day and returned home at 3:00 p.m. She didn't notice anything out of place immediately. After about an hour, she discovered a side window to the house was open, as well as the backdoor. She looked to see if anything was missing and discovered her jewelry missing from her jewelry box in her bedroom. She immediately called the police. The investigation is continuing.

Elder Abuse / Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested

May 30 at 8:15 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Genoa regarding a report of elder abuse and domestic battery. The 83-year-old grandmother of the suspect had a water bottle blessed by the pastor of her church and instructed her grandson, who lives with her, not to touch it. While she was cooking, the suspect grabbed the bottle of water and began drinking it. The grandmother attempted to take the bottle from the suspect and he slapped her in the face and threw an open can of corn at her, which did not hit her. The suspect then stormed out of the residence, and the grandmother locked the door and called police. While she was on the phone, the suspect grabbed a brick and threw it through the kitchen window.

Officers arrived quickly and detained the grandson. The grandmother stated she had been trying to get him out of the house because he was becoming more abusive. The suspect was arrested. The officer was able to obtain an Emergency Protective Order, and the suspect was held for bail and served in jail with the order.

Petty Theft From a Vehicle

May 31 at 8:00 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 1100 block of Carmelita when they observed a white BMW parked in a residential driveway. The officer noticed the passenger door was not closed all the way and thought it looked suspicious. Officers investigated and discovered the vehicle had been ransacked. The owner was contacted and was unaware of the incident. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The ashtray, containing money, was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation / Weapons Confiscated

June 1 at 9:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1800 block of South Mayflower. A man was reportedly standing on his porch, waving a handgun. The man was wearing only underwear. The reporting party had knowledge that the man is mentally ill. Officers arrived and saw the man seated near the garage with a holstered handgun on a table about two feet away. The man was disoriented and talking to himself. An officer yelled verbal commands to the man. He complied and was detained without incident. No one was injured. The man said he was off his medication and was hearing voices. He was taken to a hospital, where he was held for a 72-hour mental evaluation. The handgun and several other weapons were confiscated and held for safekeeping.

Petty Theft / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested

June 1 at 9:34 p.m., dispatch received a call from a business in the 100 block of West Foothill reporting a theft. A male and female had exited the store pushing shopping carts containing food, and they had not paid for the items. A few minutes later, police received a second call reporting two subjects going to the rear of a residence, pushing shopping carts. Officers responded and detained the suspects. They were arrested and, during the pat down search, one of the suspects was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Residential Burglary

June 2 at 3:00 p.m., a homeowner in the 1400 block of South Fifth left their house to go shopping. When they returned home at 4:00 p.m., they discovered their house had been burglarized. The backdoor was left unlocked, which is how the suspect gained entry. A laptop, an iPad mini and an unknown amount of U.S. currency in change was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

June 3 at 5:24 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of West Duarte Road reported seeing two male suspects breaking into a vehicle parked to the rear of an apartment complex. When officers arrived, the suspects were gone. A window had been shattered on the vehicle and the dashboard had been dismantled. Officers located the victim and processed the vehicle for evidence. The investigation is continuing.

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