Touching Base: A Message from the Chief – October 22, 2017

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Touching Base:  A Message from the Chief

October 22, 2017

Twitter: @PPDChiefSanchez


Pasadena’s Finest:

On October 12, I received a copy of a letter sent to Pasadena Police Lieutenant Pete Hettema congratulating him for more than 40 years of dedicated service.  Lieutenant Hettema has a broad base of police experience and currently serves as the department’s Patrol Day Watch Commander.  Although Pete has spent more than four decades as a first responder, his humble roots began as a local business owner turned Pasadena Police Reserve Officer. 


On September 25, I received a letter commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Marie Sell for her participation in the Oxnard Police Department’s promotional process for police sergeant.  Oxnard Chief Scot Whitney wrote, “… We appreciate the time Lieutenant Sell devoted to us and realize this was a considerable commitment for her to make.  Her commitment will help us decide on the future leaders of our organization…”


Critical Incidents:

On October 13, Jeremy Brown and Danisha Worship were caught burglarizing a vehicle parked in the underground structure located in the 200 block of south Arroyo Parkway.  The victims approached their vehicles and saw the suspects. They took photos of the suspects and notified the police.  The suspects fled the location prior to the arrival of the officers.  The case was investigated and subsequently the detective identified the suspects.  The information was shared with enforcement units and on October 19, the suspects were located and arrested without incident.  Both Brown and Worship were taken to the Pasadena jail and booked for auto burglary.


On October 16, Pasadena Police officers investigated a parking dispute in the 1200 block of Summit Avenue.  On arrival, officers learned that one of the people involved in the dispute was driving a stolen vehicle.  He was arrested without incident for GTA.


On October 16, Pasadena Police officers arrested a male adult as he walked in the area of Arroyo Parkway.  Officers contacted the subject and determined that he was wanted for an outstanding federal warrant for bank robbery.  The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the Pasadena jail.  The FBI was notified who will follow-up with PPD.


On October 15, Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Claremont Street and Sunset Avenue regarding a hit & run traffic investigation. On arrival, officers talked to the victim who said he confronted the suspect following a collision with his parked car. During the engagement, the suspect displayed a firearm and told the victim that it would be a mistake to call the police.  The investigating officers located the suspect a short distance away from the collision.  The officers chased the suspect as he (suspect) attempted to run away. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and he (the suspect) told the officers where he hid the firearm.  The weapon was recovered and the suspect was transported to the Pasadena jail.


On October 20, Pasadena Police officers investigated a child molestation incident in the 100 block of north Marengo Avenue.  Officers learned that the victim was a minor and had been assaulted several times by the suspect.  The suspect (male adult, 28) is related to the victim and resides outside Los Angeles County.  Pasadena Police detectives are investigating.


On October 20, Pasadena Police officers on routine patrol saw a motorists commit a traffic violation.  The officers detained the driver near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Villa Street. During the subsequent field investigation, the officers determined that the driver was in possession of controlled substances (methamphetamine).  He was arrested without incident and taken to the Pasadena jail.


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