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Monrovia Police: Missing Man Arrested; Power Company Scam; Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves License Plate Behind; Drugahol Driving


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 21-24. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 1:10 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Mountain and Huntington when he stopped a motorist for unsafe speed. Investigation revealed the motorist was intoxicated. The officer arrested the motorist for driving under the influence and he was held for sobering.

Driving Under the Influence / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 3:00 a.m., an officer stopped a motorist in the area of Peck and Live Oak for driving without lights during darkness. The motorist was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI. She was taken into custody, and during the booking process, a clear plastic baggie of methamphetamine was located in her purse. She was additionally charged for possession of a controlled substance.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs / Warrant / Voluntary Missing Adult Located – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 1:00 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of East Lime on the report of a missing person. The missing subject was given permission to use his nephew’s car to go to the unemployment office in Pasadena on May 20. He had not returned and could not be reached by phone. The reporting party did not desire to report his vehicle stolen, but just wanted to make sure his uncle was okay. The uncle was entered into the law enforcement missing persons system. On May 25 at 3:06 a.m., and officer stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation. The investigation determined the driver was under the influence of narcotics and he was arrested for DUI. A computer check revealed the suspect had been reported missing to the Monrovia Police Department on May 22 and that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was removed from the missing persons system and the warrant was added to his charges.

Suspicious Circumstances / Possible Scam
May 22 at 3:49 p.m., a resident in the 1700 block of Leafwood called police to report a suspicious person. A male subject contacted the resident at their door and stated he was with Edison. He told the resident that money was due on their account. He did not have any identification and was holding an iPad. When the resident told him they had solar power and did not owe any money, the subject left immediately. Officers responded and searched the area to contact the subject, but were unable to locate him. The subject is described as an adult, male Asian.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 23 at 1:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Sixth and Duarte regarding a hit and run traffic collision. The reporting party witnessed a vehicle collide into a lamp pole and flee the area, heading south on Sixth Avenue. The vehicles front bumper and license plate were left at the scene. Officers located the vehicle at Sixth and Wisteria, unoccupied. A search of the area for the driver was unsuccessful. The vehicle was stored as evidence. The pole sustained minimal damage. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 8:13 a.m., a witness called police to report he had observed a vehicle strike a parked car near Magnolia and Duarte Road, and then continue on Duarte Road. The witness said the vehicle was swerving and the driver pulled into a business parking lot. Officers arrived and told the driver to put the car in park and exit the vehicle. The driver could not get the car in park and almost backed into the police vehicle. He eventually parked and exited, almost falling. The driver was determined to be under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs. He was arrested for DUI and for the hit and run accident. He was held for sobering.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 3:27 p.m., and officer on patrol observed a driver acting suspiciously and attempting to hide near a drive through in the 700 block of East Huntington. With probably cause, the officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. He discovered the driver had a suspended license. Additional investigation revealed the license plate on the vehicle was not issued to that vehicle. There were no licensed drivers in the vehicle. One female occupant was determined to have a $150,000 outstanding warrant for assault, as well as a minor warrant for unlicensed driver. She was arrested for the warrants. The vehicle was stored for the display of a false license plate and for the suspended license violations.

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