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Monrovia Police: Cop Saves Baby; Sketch Leads to Arrest; Pawning Parents' Power Tools; Suspect Flips Out on 210; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 1-7. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the week's highlighted issues and events.
Residential Burglary  
July 1 at 9:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of West Lemon.  The burglary occurred sometime between 7:00 p.m. on June 29 and 9:45 a.m. on July 1.  Unknown Suspect(s) forced open a bedroom window on the east side of the house.  The suspect(s) then entered the location and stole a laptop computer, a small amount of cash and jewelry.
Medical Assist
July 1 at 8:18 p.m., an officer responded to a medical assist at the corner of Shamrock and Olive, regarding an infant not breathing.  When the officer arrived, there was no one at the location.  He had the dispatcher call back while he searched the area.  He ran to a church parking lot where he saw a group of people.  He yelled out to ask if they had a baby that wasn't breathing.  They ran up to the officer with the unconscious infant.  
The officer took the baby, turned him over and gave him several strikes on the back.  He cleared the infant's mouth, gave him an additional strike on the back and the baby started to cry.  Monrovia Fire Department paramedics arrived quickly and the baby was taken to a hospital for observation.    
Theft from a Vehicle
July 2 at 7:49 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of North Alta Vista reported a theft from her vehicle.  The victim parked her vehicle, locked the car and set the alarm.  When she returned to her car at 7:30 a.m. the next morning, she found the center console had been ransacked.  An older-model iPod and costume jewelry was stolen.  There was no sign of forced entry.  The investigation is continuing.
Driving on a Suspended License / Vehicle Burglary – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 8:43 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle that matched the description of a car used in several recent vehicle burglaries.  An artist's sketch of the suspect had been released, and the officer noticed the driver looked similar to the sketch.  He stopped the driver to investigate and observed several unopened wine bottles and other possible stolen property.  The driver was found to have a suspended license, and the vehicle he was driving had expired registration.  The driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license and for further questioning regarding the recent burglaries.
Through investigation, it was learned that the suspect had served prison time for burglary.  A victim responded and positively identified the car and the suspect from a recent burglary that occurred on Foothill Boulevard.  The suspect was charged with burglary and is being held on bail.  The investigation is continuing.
Residential Burglary
July 2 at 11:49 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Cypress.  The suspect(s) entered the home through a rear door, breaking a glass window in the door and unlocking it.  A jewelry box was taken.  The burglary occurred sometime between 8:00 and 11:30 a.m.  The investigation is continuing.
Domestic Battery / False Imprisonment / Child Endangerment – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 12:05 p.m., officers responded to the report of an assault in progress at Huntington and California.  They arrived and observed a male subject grab a female in a bear hug as she tried to get away; he then threw the female to the ground.  A small child was in a stroller, nearby.  The officers detained the male suspect.  The suspect and victim have a two-month-old child together.  They had been arguing over custody of the child, and the argument escalated and became physical.  The suspect was arrested for domestic battery, false imprisonment and child endangerment.
Receiving Stolen Property – Suspects Arrested
July 2 at 4:19 p.m., an officer on patrol observed two young male subjects walking with backpacks and several power tools in their hands.  Due to the recent burglaries in the area, he watched them enter a pawn store and contacted the two subjects concerning the power tools.  They could not provide a credible story about where they acquired the power tools.  The officer arrested both subjects for receiving stolen property.  
Through investigation, it was determined the tools had been taken from the garage of one of the suspect's parents.  The parent was contacted and discovered additional tools had been taken and pawned.  Despite this fact, the parent signed a refusal to prosecute.
Residential Burglary
July 3 at 2:35 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of Norumbega Drive.  The resident came home at 2:35 p.m. and found his front door open.  The victim did not enter the home and called the police.  The residence was checked, but the suspect(s) were already gone.  The home was ransacked and it is unknown what property was stolen.  The investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary / Outside Assist – Arcadia Police Department – Suspects Arrested
July 4 at 9:31 a.m., a suspicious vehicle with two occupants was seen parked at a closed business near Fifth and Huntington.  As officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, they observed a marijuana pipe inside the vehicle.  When they investigated further, they found a scanner inside the vehicle set to the Arcadia Police Department frequency.  There were other items of property in the vehicle that seemed suspicious.  The officer contacted Arcadia Police Department and they responded to the location.  
Through investigation, it was determined that the property inside the vehicle was stolen from a vehicle in Arcadia and officers were still on scene investigating the burglary.  The victim was brought to the location and identified the scanner as his, along with other property in the vehicle.  Arcadia officers arrested the suspects and took over the investigation.
Burglary Alarm Activation
July 5 at 2:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm activation at a residence in the 600 block of East Almond.  An officer saw what he believed was a possible suspect in the location.  The homeowners, who were out of town, were contacted and stated no one should be in their residence.  Containment of the area was established and when calls for the suspect to come out went unanswered, officers made entry with the assistance of the Pasadena police service dog.  After a thorough search, the house was cleared and no suspect was located.  The investigation is continuing.
Attempt Murder / Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspect Arrested
July 6 at 5:51 a.m., an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a bicyclist was reported at Mountain and Huntington.  Officers arrived and located a witness.  The witness reported that the bicyclist was stopped in the left turn bay, facing south on Mountain.  The vehicle approached from behind and almost struck the bicyclist.  The driver pulled forward, began circling the bicyclist with his vehicle, and then intentionally struck the bicyclist with his vehicle.  The vehicle then fled to the 210 Freeway and two male citizens/witnesses followed in their vehicle, calling the California Highway Patrol to report the incident. 
When the suspect realized he was being followed, he pulled over on the Freeway.  As the two witnesses were passing in their vehicle, the suspect drove into them.  The suspect then lost control of his vehicle, hit the center divider, and flipped his vehicle several times at the 210 Freeway and Vernon.  The driver managed to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Azusa Police Department officers.  The driver was taken to a local hospital, where CHP continued their investigation.   
It was later learned that the driver had struck another bicyclist at Myrtle and Shrode, in an unincorporated area just outside Monrovia, just prior to hitting the bicyclist in Monrovia.  The bicyclist from the Monrovia incident was taken to a hospital for treatment.  Monrovia Police Department will follow up and request charges of attempt murder and assault with a deadly weapon be filed by the District Attorney's office.

1 comment:

  1. Can someone please tell me how and why people STILL leave valuables in their cars? I don't understand this at all - it makes absolutely no sense. Thieves will break into your car just to grab the coins/change. They'll certainly break in for a laptop, purse, or other valuables (that should never leave your line of sight). Unfortunately, they don't care that you'll have to pay for a new window, so breaking it is not a deterrent, and they certainly don't care that they've violated and traumatized you.