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Monrovia Police: Busted for Cigarette Lighter; Mountain Lion; New-Car Fire; Woman Found; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 3-6. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

False Gun Scare
March 3 at 12:20 a.m., officers responded to the high school in the 700 block of Colorado regarding a student that possibly had a gun in his backpack. Officers detained the student to determine if there was a gun. The investigation revealed the student had a cigarette lighter that was shaped like a gun. The student received a citation for the lighter.

Critical Missing Adult Located
March 3 at 8:00 p.m., the family of an 88-year-old female contacted Monrovia Police Department to report her missing. The subject left her residence in the 200 block of West Evergreen Avenue at 4:00 p.m. in her vehicle and had not returned. The subject has minor dementia, is diabetic and takes medication. The subject does not usually drive at night and becomes disoriented. An area check was made for the subject and local hospitals were checked, but the subject was not located. A Silver Alert was put out on Freeway signs through the California Highway Patrol, all Southern California law enforcement agencies were notified, and the subject was entered into the missing person’s database, along with her vehicle information.

On March 4 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the critical missing subject was found in Newport Beach and was reunited with her family.

Mountain Lion Sighting
March 3 at 11:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the report of a mountain lion carrying a domestic cat in the area of Stedman and Scenic. The mountain lion was located north of the reported area. Officers were able to confirm that it was an adult female mountain lion. The mountain lion was persuaded to go north, back into the hills.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
March 4 at 2:25 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Monterey and Bonita when he observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. He immediately noticed signs of intoxication. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. The driver was held for sobering.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 5 at 8:28 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious male and female looking into a parked vehicle in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue. Officers contacted the subjects, who were now sitting in a vehicle. Investigation revealed one of the subjects was in possession of smoking paraphernalia; she was arrested and taken into custody. The subject was booked and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Vehicle Fire
March 6 at 1:12 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Diamond called to report his vehicle was on fire in his driveway. Officers responded and located the vehicle, which was fully engulfed in flames and parked near the garage. The intense flames were near the roof of the structure. Officers used two fire extinguishers to hold down the flames until the Monrovia Fire Department arrived. The vehicle was recently purchased and had been parked at the location for several hours prior to catching fire. The quick reactions of the officers kept the home from catching fire. The vehicle was a complete loss; the cause is believed to be an electrical malfunction.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 6 at 8:36 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Montana regarding a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they determined a male and female adult were involved in an argument. During the argument, the male struck the female in the face with an open palm. The male subject was arrested for domestic battery.


  1. I'm interested in knowing the make of the car which caught fire while parked in its driveway. Specifically, I'm wondering if it's an electric vehicle, given the problem some cars have had in the past with their batteries.

    1. As a Volt owner, I second this request. Mine is parked in the garage, which is under my house. A Volt fire would pretty much wipe me out.

    2. I've sent a note to the Police Department asking about this. I'll post here if I find out.

    3. Got this from PD: "Because this was a fire and no crime was involved, a police report was not taken and I do not have the vehicle information. We are contacting the Fire Department to see if they have any information on the type of vehicle and I will get back to you as soon as I hear from them." I'll update if I hear more.

    4. Thanks for following up Brad. If it is an electric car I guess it would be good to know if they plugged it in per manufacturers instructions or if they used an extension cord and that was the problem.