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Monrovia Police: Fake Firearm; Two Dead From Gunshots; Car Stolen at ATM; Burglar Leaves Clues; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 16-19. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Domestic Violence/Possession of a Replica Firearm/Possession of a Dirk or Dagger – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 7:00 a.m., an officer responded to a call reporting a male suspect pushing and dragging his girlfriend through the grass at a park in the 700 block of East Lemon. The officer arrived at the location and detained the suspect. He was found to be in possession of a dagger and a replica firearm. The suspect had melted the red tip off the barrel to give the gun an authentic appearance. The suspect's girlfriend did not sustain any injuries during the incident. The suspect was arrested and held, pending his court appearance date.

Disturbance/Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 7:05 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Central regarding a disturbance. Upon contacting and identifying the subjects, one of them was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Death Investigation
July 17 at 1:46 a.m., Monrovia Police Dispatch received a call reporting possible shots heard in the area of 100 Grand Avenue. Monrovia Police Officers arrived and located a male and female adult deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation indicates a domestic dispute. There are no suspects being sought at this time. The investigation is continuing and is being handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 9:21 a.m., police received a call reporting a suspicious male subject looking into parked cars in the 200 block of Montana. Officers responded and located the suspect. He was identified and found to have several warrants for his arrest. He admitted that he was looking into the cars and had actually entered a couple looking for things to steal. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Burglary/Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 3:32 p.m., police received a call from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reporting a burglary in progress. The suspect had stolen merchandise from the Alhambra location of the business earlier in the week and was now at the Monrovia store. Officers responded to the location and detained the suspect. The suspect was found to be in possession of burglary tools, which was added to his charges.

July 17 at 9:13 p.m., a burglary was reported at a residence in the 300 block of Valle Vista Avenue. The victim had just arrived home at her residence and found it had been ransacked. Officers responded, but no suspects were located at the residence. The victim had left the garage door to her residence open while she was gone, and the interior door from her garage to the residence was closed, but also unlocked. Several items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 18 at 1:57 a.m., officers observed a vehicle stopped at a red light at Duarte and Myrtle without headlights during hours of darkness; the vehicle then made an abrupt lane change and accelerated through the intersection. The vehicle was stopped for the vehicle code violation, and after investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Warrants/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
July 18 at 10:12 p.m., an officer stopped a driver at Mountain and Huntington for a vehicle code violation and discovered the driver had several outstanding warrants. The driver was subsequently arrested. During a search, the subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and several access cards that did not belong to him. The additional crimes were added to his charges.

Grand Theft Auto
July 19 at 12:19 a.m., the victim of a grand theft auto phoned police to report her vehicle had just been stolen. The victim exited her vehicle to use an ATM in a parking lot in the 600 block of West Huntington and left her vehicle unlocked and running. While she was outside of the vehicle, a male suspect got into the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary – Suspect Arrested
July 19 at 7:48 a.m., an employee from a preschool in the 900 block of West Duarte called to report someone possibly inside the school. Officers responded and it appeared someone had been at the location, as a bicycle and clothing had been left behind. One of the officers recognized the bicycle from previous contact with a local male subject. After officers cleared the school, a resident in the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue called and reported a male suspect was trying to get into his rear shed. When officers arrived, the subject ran to the rear of a business, but was quickly detained. This was the same male subject the officer had contacted several days earlier on the bicycle. The suspect was wearing a shirt taken from the preschool. He admitted to being at the school and was arrested and taken into custody.

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