Touching Base: A Message from the Chief – February 11, 2018

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Touching Base:  A Message from the Chief

February 11, 2018

Twitter: @PPDChiefSanchez



Preliminary Monthly Statistical Report:

The Preliminary Monthly Statistical Report (MSR) for January is available at   MSR information is preliminary and subject to change upon further analysis. Crimes against Persons remained steady from December to January.  Simple assaults were low again at 37% below the four-year average.  Domestic violence assaults were high at 54% above the average.  Robberies were 25% above the average with 16 reports.  Part of the increase in robberies is due to shoplifts where the suspect becomes violent or threating to employees.


Property crimes decreased in January, down 19 from December.  Residential burglaries were 39% below the four-year average with 23 reports.  Thefts were down from December, helped by a decrease in package thefts in January.  Vehicle burglaries increased by 20 from December, but were still within normal levels.  Thefts of opportunity are common as would-be thieves look for purses, computers, and other valuables displayed in plain sight in vehicles.  It only takes seconds to smash a window to get at your property.  Please remember to remove your valuables, take your car keys with you, and secure the car each time you park.  As always, please be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling (626) 744-4241.


Critical Incidents:

Recently, media reports referenced an ongoing homicide investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, which culminated with the arrest of a possible suspect, having occurred in the 500 block of South Arroyo Parkway. The Pasadena Police Department is working collaboratively with LAPD detectives on the investigation.


This senseless act of violence was not random.  There are strong indicators that the victim was known to the suspect.  Pasadena continues to be a safe community.  Overall, Part 1 Crimes dropped about 22% over the past year (YTD according to PPD’s preliminary analysis).  Although this homicide allegedly occurred in an abandoned commercial property on South Arroyo Parkway, the Pasadena Police Department only responded to the location three times in 2017; for homeless-related issues. PPD will continue to work closely with the Pasadena Code Enforcement Department to conduct high-visibility patrols and ensure that the structure on the property is secured.


The public is reminded to report suspicious activity; if you “See Something, Say Something.”  In-progress crimes or emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1 or text to 9-1-1.  Non-emergencies can be reported by calling (626) 744-4241, or by calling Crime Stoppers at  (800) 222-TIPS, use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


On January 30, at about 9:58 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a local hospital regarding an Assault with a Deadly Weapon investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim had been assaulted in or near Washington Park.  Due to a severe head wound, the victim was not able to make a statement; however, officers responded to Washington Park and identified the crime scene.  Our investigation is ongoing.


On February 2, at about 7:13 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Cypress Avenue for vehicle code violations.  During their field investigation, SES officers determined that the driver was on active probation and was operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.  When SES officers contacted the passenger in the right front seat of the car, he (the suspect) said he was armed.  SES officers safely disarmed the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The firearm was loaded and tucked into the suspect’s waistband. Officers also recovered a backpack in the vehicle.  The backpack contained personal property.  When SES officers contacted the person named on the identification, he told them his property had been stolen while he was at PPC earlier the same day.  The suspects were booked in the Pasadena jail.


On February 4, at about 7:03 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1900 block of Woodlyn Road regarding a residential burglary.  On arrival, officers discovered that the suspect(s) had forced their way into the victim’s home.  Our investigation is ongoing.


On February 7, at about 1:48 p.m., Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) served a search warrant at a residence in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Esther Street.  The warrant was generated by a robbery investigation which had occurred earlier in the week. The primary robbery suspect was arrested without incident and two firearms were recovered.  He was booked at the Pasadena jail.


On February 7, at about 7:07 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Colorado Boulevard and Holliston Avenue regarding an armed robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers talked to the victim who said he was walking alone when the suspects drove up to him in a red car.  One of the suspects called the victim’s name and demanded his cell phone.  When the victim refused, two of the suspects exited the car, pointed guns at the victim, and demanded his wallet.  Fearing for his safety, the victim surrendered his property. Our investigation is ongoing.


On February 10, at about 10:20 p.m. Pasadena Police officers investigated a car-jacking incident in the 700 block of Lake Avenue.  On arrival officers talked with the victim who said he was parked in the lot at fast food restaurant when the suspect walked up to the driver’s side of the car and without warning began to punch the victim.  The victim attempted to drive away; however, the suspect held on to the car. A short distance later the victim stopped the car and the suspect continued the assault. Finally, the suspect let go of the victim’s car and fled.  When PPD officers arrive they observed the suspect who attempted to run away; however, he was quickly arrested without incident.  The suspect was transported to the Pasadena jail and booked for several charges. The victim were treat for their injuries.


Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police

Pasadena Police Department

207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA  91101

Office: (626) 744-4545  |  Email:

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