With the number of new folks on the street make sure they are aware of Neighborhood Watch as well as this blog for what's going on in town. With so many new folks should we plan on a Neighborhood Watch Meeting and have the MPD Liason visit? Chime in the comments if you want a meeting.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 504 service events, resulting in 122 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
Involuntary Manslaughter - Suspect Arrested April 15 at 4:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to a location in the 1300 block of South Alta Vista regarding two subjects fighting. Officers arrived on scene and found an unconscious victim. The suspect had fled the area. Witnesses reported that the suspect and victim had argued earlier in the day. The suspect went to the victim's residence and told him to come downstairs. They argued and eventually the victim walked downstairs, where he met the suspect. The suspect punched the victim in the face. The victim fell to the ground and lost consciousness. The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect voluntarily turned himself in at the Monrovia Police Department, was arrested and taken to the Los Angeles County Jail. The suspect later posted bail and was released pending court proceedings. The District Attorney's Office filed involuntary manslaughter charges.
Burglary / False Impersonation - Suspect Arrested April 16 at 4:11 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of West Huntington recognized a female subject with a distinct tattoo they had observed stealing items during a prior visit to the store. She came back to the store and attempted to return the items using another person's identification. They allowed her to complete the transaction and followed her in the store. She took three items into a dressing room and came out with two items. She then exited the store with the merchandise concealed in her purse. She was stopped by loss prevention outside the store. She did not have adequate means to pay for the items. She was arrested and taken into custody.
Assault April 16 at 4:49 p.m., a fight occurred between a father and his daughter's boyfriend. The boyfriend and daughter have a child together. The boyfriend was there to visit the child and words were exchanged, and then several punches were exchanged. Both subjects desired prosecution, but refused to make a citizen's arrest on scene. A verified complaint will be completed by the officer.
Grand Theft Auto Recovered April 18 at 8:28 a.m., an officer responded to the carport area of a residence in the 800 block of West Duarte Road regarding a stolen vehicle report. The victim told the officer his 1991 Honda Civic was taken from the carport during the night. A couple of subjects approached the victim a few days prior to the theft and wanted to buy the rims and tires off the car, which the victim declined to sell. At 11:27 a.m., Arcadia Police Department located the vehicle on blocks in the 700 block of Encino Place. The vehicle was processed for evidence and the investigation is continuing.
Critical Missing Child Returned April 18 at 1:01 p.m., police responded to the report of a missing 7 year old child from a residence in the 100 block of North Garfield. The father was inside the house with another child when he realized his daughter was missing. He hadn't seen her for approximately ten minutes when he called the police department. The mother of the child was also gone and had turned off her cell phone. Other relatives said the child was possibly with the mother shopping, but this could not be confirmed. Officers responded to local stores the mother frequents and searched parking lots for her vehicle. The mother's credit card company was called, but no charges had been made. While officers were still at the residence, the mother eventually arrived home with the missing child.
Domestic Violence April 18 at 1:45 p.m., a victim of domestic violence walked into the police lobby to report she had been battered by her boyfriend, who is a known gang member. Both victim and suspect were visiting a grandmother at a residence in the 200 block of North Ivy when they started arguing. During the argument, the suspect slapped the female across the face and hit her in the chest, causing an injury. Officers went to the location to arrest the suspect, but he had left the location. Both victim and suspect reside in the city of Arcadia. Arcadia police went to their residence looking for the suspect, but he was not located. A wanted person computer entry was made for the arrest of the suspect.
Sexual Battery Investigation April 18 at 5:51 p.m., a female subject came to the police lobby and reported she had been sexually battered and beaten up by a known friend. Officers interviewed the victim. The alleged suspect came to the police station voluntarily to be interviewed. Two witnesses were interviewed that discredited the victim's allegations. This case will be forwarded to the Detective Bureau for further investigation.
Driving Under the Influence / Possession of a Controlled Substance April 18 at 8:37 p.m., a detective was heading south on Mayflower when he saw a vehicle traveling north, toward him, in the southbound lanes of travel. The vehicle swerved around his patrol unit and turned east on Lime. The detective made a u-turn and followed the vehicle. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed without stopping for stop signs, but eventually stopped due to traffic. The detective conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence. A search of the driver revealed a baggie of methamphetamine and several pills of ecstasy. The driver was arrested and the vehicle was towed.
Commercial Burglaries April 18 at 11:29 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington on a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front door locks had been removed with some type of tool. After further investigation, officers found the locks on the business next door had also been removed. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter responded and checked the roof for suspects. The locations were cleared by the officers and they found the cash registers had been taken. Investigation continuing.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon - One Suspect Arrested April 19 at 6:50 p.m., three male subjects got in an argument with three other male subjects, and during the argument, one of the subjects pulled a knife from his waistband. The three subjects with the knife chased the other three subjects west on Olive from Monterey. Three male juveniles were walking by the intersection of Monterey and Olive while the confrontation was occurring. The three juveniles also ran when they saw the subject pull out the knife. The three juveniles feared for their lives. Police arrived and were able to detain the suspect who had the knife. One of the juveniles positively identified the subject as the one who pulled the knife. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. There were no injuries involved with this incident.
Vehicle Burglary April 20 at 7:38 a.m., an officer went to the 1000 block of Maurice Street regarding a vehicle burglary. When he arrived, the victim reported that someone had broken into two of their vehicles. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto April 20 at 8:11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Maple regarding a stolen vehicle. When he arrived, the reporting party told him his father had parked his vehicle last night, leaving a window down about two inches. He went out this morning and it was gone. The father later found the vehicle about 50 yards down the street. It appears the suspects could not start the vehicle. They attempted to take the stereo, but only succeeded in destroying it. Investigation continuing.
Vehicle Burglaries / Attempt Grand Theft Auto April 21 at 7:29 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1800 block of South Myrtle regarding a vehicle burglary. On his arrival, the reporting party told him two of the company's trucks had been broken into and tools had been stolen. While the officer was taking the report, an employee from the business next door approached and reported that two of their trucks had also been broken into and equipment stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, but one of the vehicles at the second location had indications that the suspects tried to steal it. Investigation continuing.
Mental Evaluation April 21 at 8:16 a.m., an officer responded to a pay phone in the 400 block of West Foothill regarding a subject reporting he was suicidal. The officer contacted the subject and learned the subject had attempted suicide before. He determined the subject was a danger to himself. The subject was taken to a hospital and held for a 72-hour mental evaluation.