Touching Base: A Message from the Chief – December 10, 2017

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Touching Base:  A Message from the Chief

December 10, 2017

Twitter: @PPDChiefSanchez




For your information:

The Preliminary Monthly Statistical Report (MSR) for November 2017 is available at   MSR information is preliminary and subject to change upon further analysis. In summary, persons crimes rose slightly from October and were 16% above the four-year average but were still within normal range.  Simple assaults were the driving factors for the increase at 48% above the four-year average and an increase of five total incidents from October. Property crimes were again low at 26% below the four-year average.  Residential burglaries were low, dropping 2 from October and ending at 34% below the average.  Burglaries from vehicles increased from October but were still 23% below the four-year average.  Stolen vehicles were down 17 from the previous month and dropped to 38% below the four-year average. As always, please be aware of your surroundings and report non-emergency suspicious activity by calling (626) 744-4241.


Important Rose Parade Information:

The Pasadena Police Department will begin closing the route used for the annual Rose Parade effective December 31, 2017, at 10:00 p.m. The closure will occur along Colorado Boulevard at Orange Grove Boulevard, east to Sierra Madre Boulevard and up Sierra Madre Boulevard to Paloma Street.  The earlier closure time for most of the route is being done to enhance public safety and provide for a more efficient deployment of public safety resources.  Key intersections will be staffed by law enforcement personnel to allow vehicles to cross Colorado Boulevard, either north or south, until 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 1, 2018.  At that time, the entire route will be closed to all public vehicles.  Currently, there are no known credible threats to either the Rose Parade or the Rose Bowl Game.  However, public safety at these premier events is our top priority.  The Pasadena Police Department is taking these steps on a proactive basis to help provide a more secure environment as part of our ongoing analysis of the special events and activities around the world. Our additional security measures are done in full cooperation with the Tournament of Roses Association as well as other key stakeholders; other law enforcement agencies and security experts. The road closure information is important so that everyone can plan accordingly if they intend to be in Pasadena on New Year’s Eve.


The map and other public safety information for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game will be posted on the City’s website, For all other event information, go to; on Twitter, @RoseParade,; Facebook, @roseparade,

On Twitter, follow Pasadena, @PasadenaGov, and Pasadena Police, @PasadenaPD. On Instagram @PasadenaGov,; and Facebook, @cityofpasadena, Or call the Pasadena Citizen Service Center,, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.


Pasadena’s Finest:

On November 27, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson for engaging her son and helping him address several concerns.


On November 29, I received a letter from La Salle High School President Richard Gray commending the Pasadena Police Department for its quick and efficient response to a security alarm.  President Gray wrote, “… We here at La Salle have regularly benefited from the supportive efforts of the Pasadena Police Department and want to thank you for your leadership of the Department and the officers who are sensitive to the needs of the community we occupy in East Pasadena…”


On November 30, I received a letter from Sierra Madre Chief of Police Joe Ortiz commending members of the FAST Air Support Team.  Chief Ortiz wrote, “… I am also pleased to see that FAST, led by Lieutenant Michael Ingram, continues to accomplish its key goals in providing more efficient and timely assistance to residents and ground units as working together to provide safer communities within our perspective cities.”


On December 7, I received an email from a local community member commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Mark Goodman and police officers for increasing their presence during the holiday season.


Critical Incidents:

On November 11, at about 9:53 a.m., Pasadena Police officers conducted a periodic check at an abandoned property following several complaints of trespassers in the 1300 block of East Villa Street. Officers encountered three people inside of the structure and later determined one of the subjects was in possession of a firearm.  The suspect (a known gang member) was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.


On December 1, at about 10:49 p.m., Pasadena Police Traffic Section was conducting a DUI checkpoint in the 800 block of South Arroyo Parkway.  A vehicle entered the checkpoint; however, before reaching the officers, the driver exited the cone patter and fled. PPD officers attempted to stop the driver; however, he failed to yield to the officer’s emergency equipment.  The suspect drove to the 1700 block of South Los Robles Avenue in San Marino, where he abandoned his car and fled on foot.  He was arrested a short time later without incident.


On December 2, at about 8:31 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Lake Avenue and Rio Grande Street.  During their field investigation, SES officers located a firearm in the vehicle.  The suspect, a male adult, was arrested without incident and transported to the Pasadena jail.


On December 3, at about 6:40 a.m., Pasadena Police officers investigated a traffic collision in the 200 block of Barthe Drive.  On arrival, officers located a vehicle that impacted a structure.  The Chevy truck drove into the residence and completely penetrated the front bedroom.  Three occupants were sleeping in the bedroom at the time of the incident.  Two suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital.  Our investigation is ongoing.


On December 4, at about 9:45 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 2900 block of New York Drive regarding a death investigation.  On arrival, officers located the victim, a lifeless male adult.  Evidence at the scene suggested the victim suffered fatal lacerations while attempting to trim a large tree branch.  PPD detectives and the personnel from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to assist with the investigation.


On December 6, at about 2:58 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a burglary call in the 30 block of West Del Mar Boulevard.  On arrival, officers found the rear door pried open and the location had been ransacked.  Our investigation is ongoing.


On December 9, at about 11:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Lincoln and Mountain (freeway underpass) with the conclusion of a vehicle pursuit.  LAPD and CHP has pursued the suspect’s vehicle from Los Angeles to Pasadena. When the pursuit concluded, the occupants refused to exit the vehicle. Initial reports indicated the suspect had outstand warrants totaling 1.6 million dollars and was connected with dangerous weapon charges. LAPD, CHP and PPD contained the area and began talking with the occupants in the car.  Subsequently, the passenger exited the vehicle following orders from law enforcement officials; however, the driver (suspect) refused to cooperate. After a prolonged period of time, officers safely approached the car and the suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a CHP canine. The suspect driver was taken to a local area hospital by PFD for evaluation.


Touching Base will resume in 2018.  Until then, we’re wishing you a wonderful and blessed holiday season and a Happy & Safe New Year.


Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police

Pasadena Police Department

207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA  91101

Office: (626) 744-4545  |  Email:

Mission First, People Always