Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
January 7, 2018
Happy New Year! Once again the City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses ushered in the New Year as millions of people around the world focused on our community. Thousands of people lined Colorado Boulevard to watch the parade and later, more than 80 thousand fans watched the “Grand Daddy of them All,” the BCS Semi-Final Football Game featuring Georgia and Oklahoma on the grid iron. The Rose Bowl was the perfect venue for a world-class college football game. In the end, Georgia prevailed in an overtime win. Pasadena Police officers arrested a total of five (5) people during the game. Another four (4) people were arrested at the parade, which represents an all-time low. Visitors from Georgia, Oklahoma, and other parts of America were very complimentary about our officers, employees, and volunteers. I received countless positive remarks about the professionalism of our personnel.
Public safety at the parade, the Rose Bowl Game, and in our community is our top priority. The success or failure hinges on many factors; not least of which is our city staff and Tournament of Roses representatives. To that end, I want to thank the many city departments who assisted with the parade and game. Their efforts supported Pasadena Police personnel ensuring a successful outcome.
During 2017, Pasadena Police officers removed 286 firearms from our community (176 as evidence; 13 were found; and 97 for safekeeping). The weapons included pistols, rifles, shotguns, and a submachine gun. The number of firearms in our community is alarming and unsecured in vehicles, residences, businesses, or dwellings are easy targets for burglars. If stolen, the guns often end up on our streets posing a serious threat to police officers, other first responders, and the public. Firearm owners are encouraged to secure their guns in an approved safe to reduce access. Unwanted guns should be surrendered to the Pasadena Police Department for destruction.
The Preliminary Monthly Statistical Report (MSR) for December 2017 is available at http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Police/Crime_Statistics/. MSR information is preliminary and subject to change upon further analysis. In summary, crimes against persons dropped sharply from November, down to normal levels and 6% below the four-year average. This was mostly due to a drop in simple assault calls. There were no rape reports in December and assaults with deadly weapon calls were also low at 32% below the four-year average. Property crimes increased from a low in November but most of the categories were still below the four-year average. Thefts were the only category above average at 13%. The theft category was partially pushed higher with an increase in package thefts; typical of the holidays. There was a drop in vehicle burglaries from November by 9 incidents, which was 42% below the four-year average. Remember, “See Something, Say Something” – it is a great way for our citizens to contribute to a safer community and strengthens communications with their local law enforcement. As always, please be aware of your surroundings and report non-emergency suspicious activity by calling the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.
Over the past several weeks, several outstanding public servants retired from the Pasadena Police Department, including: Sergeant Paul Carpenter (28.5 years of service); Police Officer Nick Cheung (27 years of service); Executive Assistant Beverly Bogar (23 years of service); Forensic Specialists Kevin Roon (27 years of service); Community Service Officer Kitty Johnson (31 years of service); Communications Operator Kelly Kaiser (34 years of service); and Communications Operator Debbie Crooks (22 years of service). Together these employees represent more than 170 years of public service and institutional knowledge. Each was well respected in and beyond the police department. They were talented and known to the Pasadena community. We wish our recent retirees much success in the next phase of their lives.
On December 14, 2017, the Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council hosted its 22nd Annual Christmas Toy Drive at the police department. Hundreds of gifts were collected and later distributed to local nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Door of Hope, Villa Park Community Center, and the Harambee Center. The Pasadena High School choir sang several holiday songs, adding to the cheer and good will. PPD efforts helped ensure many local families received gifts during this special time of the year.
On December 16, I received an email from a local restaurant manager commending Pasadena Police officers for their professionalism while dealing with a mentally ill person. The author wrote, “… I would like to commend all three officers on their handling of the situation…”
On December 19, 2017, Alexis Tavera and Eric Ochoa were promoted to Police Supervisor; Communication-Dispatch. Alexis and Eric were promoted from a list of extremely qualified candidates and were previously assigned to the Communication Center as Police Operators.
On December 20, 2017, the Pasadena Police Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST) hosted the 10th Annual Christmas Toy Drive (Polar Wind) at the Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH), Pediatrics Ward. The toy drive is a special event for PPD Air Operations, FAST, and PPD personnel. For weeks in advance of the drive, personal donations are collected to raise enough money to purchase hundreds of toys for our local children. In addition to HMH, toys are provided for Peace over Violence (POV); All Saints Latino Ministry; and many other toys were donated to Pasadena community leaders for distribution to local families who would otherwise go without a gift during the Christmas Season. The holiday efforts go a long way toward community outreach and building community trust.
On December 29, 2017, Pasadena Police Lieutenant J. Clawson and City Prosecutor Michael Dowd drove to 359 West Del Mar Boulevard regarding several complaints of trespassers. On arrival, Lieutenant Clawson saw two subjects on the property. Following a call for assistance, Lieutenant Clawson conducted a field investigation which resulted in two arrests (trespassing). Moreover, Lieutenant Clawson and CP Dowd coordinate a multi departmental response to address the community concerns at this location.
On November 7, 2017, at about 12:27 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to several calls of shots fired in the parking lot of Showcase Liquor. Officers arrived and located evidence in the parking lot indicating a firearm had been discharged. Officers also interviewed several witnesses who stated that two males were in the store arguing and causing a disturbance prior to the shooting. According to the witnesses, one of the males was talking about street gang affiliation. Shortly thereafter, both males exited the store and the witnesses reported hearing gunshots. The witnesses provided a description of the males and a vehicle. PPD officers canvased the area and located the victim (male adult, Pasadena resident and known gang member). Even though the suspects attempted to murder the victim, he refused to cooperate and would not provide a statement. The case was assigned to Pasadena Police Detective J. Buchholz, who, with the assistance of Detective J. Ling, completed a comprehensive investigation subsequently identifying the attempted murder suspects (Alexander Paul Krehbiel, male adult, Los Angeles resident and known gang member; Randy Rashawn Jernagin, male adult, Riverside resident).
Detective Buchholz secured arrest warrants for both suspects. On December 2, 2017, United States Marshalls, Southwest Pacific Regional Task Force, arrested Krehbiel without incident in Los Angeles. Pasadena Police SES officers served a search warrant in Riverside; however, Jernagin was not at the location. Later the same day, Jernagin was contacted by telephone and subsequently surrender without incident at the Pasadena Police station. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed felony attempted murder charges on Krehbiel and Jernagin. This case is an excellent example of the progressive investigative work completed by Detective Buchholz, Detective Ling, and others in the Homicide-Robbery Section.
On December 28, at about 10:10 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the Colorado Street Bridge (CBS) regarding a suicidal subject. Nearly at the same time, police dispatchers received a call of a person, down on Arroyo Boulevard, under the CSB. Officers located the victim (male adult, Hacienda Heights resident) lifeless on the roadway. The victim’s vehicle was located nearby. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to assist with the investigation. There was no evidence of foul play.
On July 23, 2107, at about 12:06 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to 1720 East Colorado Boulevard regarding a robbery investigation. On arrival, officers learned that the suspect, Jeffrey Dorsey, male adult, Pomona resident, was caught stealing from the 99 Cent Store. When contacted by the Loss Prevention officer, Dorsey violently resisted, injuring the private security officer. The case was assigned to Pasadena Police Detective V. Cass who identified Dorsey following a comprehensive investigation. On November 11, 2017, Detective Cass presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The DA filed two counts of robbery against Dorsey. On December 29, 2017, at about 9:50 p.m., Detectives Cass and A. Riley were assigned to foot patrol in Old Pasadena. They saw Dorsey and arrested him without incident.
On January 4, at about 3:55 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a call of a “man with a gun” in the 1800 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Witnesses said the suspect (Lamont Maynard, male adult, Pasadena resident) was involved in an argument with another male. During the altercation, an accomplice (male juvenile, Pasadena resident) was observed handing a gun to Maynard. Maynard took possession of the gun and contacted the victim. Maynard then removed a gun from his waistband and threatened the victim. Special Enforcement Section officers arrived at the call and quickly located the suspect walking on Idaho Street, east of Lincoln Avenue. SES immediately ordered the suspect to surrender. However, rather than complying with the officer’s orders, the suspect started walking backwards and then without warning, spun around (facing away from the officers) subsequently lying on the ground. During the suspect’s movement, he discarded a firearm. SES officers contacted the suspect and arrested him without incident. The gun was recovered as evidence. The minor suspect was also located in the general area and arrested without incident. Both suspects were taken to PPD. Officers clearly avoid a lethal situation given the fact the Maynard was armed and noncompliant during the initial contact with police officers.
On January 6, at about 7:39 p.m. Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (SES) were on routine patrol when they attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations in the 800 block of N. Raymond Avenue. SES officers activated the emergency lights (red and blue lights) on their police vehicle; however, the driver of the car failed to yield accelerating away from the officers at a high rate of speed. Moments later, the vehicle abruptly stopped and five male adults exited and continued to flee. SES officers chased the primary suspects while responding officers contained the area. Subsequently, all suspects were arrested without incident. During the field investigation officers located a firearm which has been discarded during the chase. SES officers determined all five suspect are known gang members and on parole, PRCS, or probation. The suspects were transported to PPD jail and the gun was booked as evidence.
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
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