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Monrovia Police: Traffic Accidents; Black Beard Steals Purse; Meth Bust; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 11-13. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 354 service events, resulting in 63 investigations.

Vandalism in Progress – Suspect Arrested
January 11 at 3:19 p.m., police received a report of a subject vandalizing a park in the 500 block of West Olive. An officer responded and detained a subject, who was positively identified by two witnesses and arrested.

Traffic Offense/Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer/Bench Warrants – Suspect Arrested
January 11 at 5:06 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a subject in the 1300 block of South Shamrock that he knew had several warrants outstanding for his arrest. The subject saw the officer and fled on his bicycle. As the officer pursued him, the subject ran several stop signs and eventually abandoned his bicycle and fled on foot. The officer eventually caught up to him on foot and placed him under arrest. 

Traffic Collision with Injuries
January 12 at 3:40 p.m., a vehicle was traveling westbound on Huntington and ran a red light. The vehicle struck another car that was traveling south on California, causing a rollover collision. There were no serious injuries, just complaints of pain.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Possession of a Controlled Substance/ Warrants – Suspect Arrested
January 12 at 10:35 p.m., officers responded to the report of a suspicious male subject loitering in the area of King and Highway Esplanade. When officers arrived, they located a subject matching the description given and made contact with him. The subject had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was also found to have a methamphetamine pipe and a useable amount of methamphetamine on his person. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Significant Traffic Collision Investigation
A traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 12:54 p.m. As a result of the traffic collision, nine people were injured and required medical attention, including the adult driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the collision. Several others were taken to local area hospitals. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the questioning of the driver believed to have caused the collision is pending, as they are being treated for their injuries and have not regained consciousness at this time. Witnesses stated that the driver of a late model Mercedes-Benz station wagon was driving west on Foothill Boulevard at a very high speed, failing to come to a stop behind the already stopped vehicles at the intersection. The driver then drove around the stopped vehicles and through the intersection against a red light, striking the first vehicle, facing east in the number one lane of Foothill Boulevard. The impact caused an additional number of vehicles to collide into each other. The Mercedes-Benz struck a Toyota sedan, which became airborne, landing on the hood of a large pickup truck. The Toyota then rolled off the truck onto the south sidewalk of Foothill Boulevard, narrowly missing a mother walking her child in a stroller. The child was thrown from the stroller and was later taken to the hospital for medical examination. Due to the extensive scene and the serious nature of several of the injuries, a specialized traffic investigations unit was called to assist. Several vehicles were stored as part of the investigation process so accurate data can be gathered regarding the cause of this collision.

As of January 14, the two most seriously injured persons remain hospitalized in critical condition, but are expected to survive. The infant child that was thrown from the stroller was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Vehicle Burglary
January 13 at 1:31 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 500 block of West Huntington. An unknown suspect smashed the right rear passenger window of a vehicle and stole a purse containing cash, credit cards, and the victim’s driver’s license. The suspect fled the scene and was chased by a witness for several blocks, but he was not caught. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 5'7” tall, with a black beard. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

1 comment:

  1. The 2 red light accidents this week caught my attention.
    For the last 20 or so years I have crossed Foothill going North or South at Myrtle. Many times over the years I have been seconds away from being T boned at this intersection. I no longer start to cross until I know for sure that all oncoming traffic is going to stop. I am surprised that no one has been killed at this intersection. Any ones life can be changed forever at a blink of an eye As you know it takes a lot more effort to stop than go faster.
    Sometimes they never even slow down or know that the light is even red. It wouldn't surprise me if both were on a cell phone.
    Just my thoughts.