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Monrovia Police: Mother vs. Son; Assault Over Sleeping Bag; Fight Over Colliding Mirrors; Firefighter Cop

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 17-19. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 381 service events, resulting in 83 investigations.

Vehicle Burglaries
February 17 in the early afternoon, two vehicle burglaries and one theft from a vehicle were reported to police. The incidents occurred in the 200 block of Valle Vista, the 300 block of Valle Vista, and the 200 block of North Grand Avenue. Miscellaneous items that were left in the vehicles were taken. One of the vehicles had been left unlocked, and in one of the incidents a window was shattered to enter the vehicle. The investigations are continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 7:40 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 600 block of South Mountain when he saw a suspicious adult male subject at Olive and Mountain. He contacted the subject, who consented to a pat down search for weapons or drugs. During the search, the officer found one small baggie of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Assault – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 6:30 p.m., a male subject called police to report he had just been assaulted. He told officers he was sitting in his car when he was approached by a former roommate who accused him of stealing a sleeping bag and then challenged him to fight. When the victim refused to fight, the suspect pushed him and ripped the victim's necklace from his neck and threw it on the ground. As the victim bent over to pick up the necklace, the suspect kicked the victim in the face, causing his mouth to bleed. The victim spit blood at the suspect and the suspect fled. The victim called police.

Officers responded to the suspect's home, but he wasn't at the location. The suspect walked into the police department lobby and turned himself in a few hours later. He admitted to the crime and said he was attempting to instigate a fight with the victim. He said he only fled to wash the blood off his face. The suspect was arrested.

Child Abuse – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 9:00 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Lemon regarding a family fight between a mother and her 14-year-old son. The mother was intoxicated and was yelling at her son for no apparent reason. She pushed him to the ground, punched him in the face several times, and scratched his body with her fingernails. The 14-year-old boy did not fight back, but covered his face in defense. Officers were called to the scene and the mother was arrested for child abuse. The boy was released to his father, who does not live with the mother.

Assault Report
February 19 at 7:49 a.m., two female subjects were dropping off their kids at school in the 200 block of Jasmine. They were driving on Jasmine in opposing lanes and their mirrors collided. The drivers exited their vehicles and began arguing. One of the females pushed the other and a fight ensued. Another parent saw the fight and separated them. One of the subjects went to the police station to report the assault; the other called from the scene, and then came to the station, as well. One of the females was pregnant and complained of pain, so she was taken to a hospital. A verified complaint will be filed with the District Attorney’s office on both parties.

Structure Fire
February 19 at 9:49 p.m., a female resident in the 100 block of South Mayflower called 9-1-1 because her apartment's kitchen had caught on fire. An officer arrived at the location. The female said no one was inside, but the officer entered the apartment with his patrol car's fire extinguisher in order to confirm the home had been completely evacuated. After confirming no one was inside, he could see the flames rising from the kitchen stove. He sprayed the flames with his extinguisher and the fire was quickly put out, preventing it from spreading throughout the home and into other apartments in the complex.

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