Thursday, February 24, 2011

Highlighted Activity - February 17 - 23, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 434 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

Grand Theft

February 17 at 4:43 p.m., the victim of a grand theft came into the police station. He reported that he parked his vehicle in a parking lot at Myrtle and Pomona in the morning. When he returned in the afternoon, he found someone had stolen the catalytic converter off his 2004 Toyota Pickup. Investigation continuing.

Felony False Impersonation

February 17 at 10:33 p.m., a male subject was arrested in San Bernardino County for a Monrovia battery warrant from an incident that occurred in 2001. An officer was sent to bring the suspect to the Monrovia jail. The officer dispatched had investigated the original case and discovered the suspect was actually the mother of the male subject's children and she had used his name and information to identify herself to officers in 2001, and on other cases, as well, which resulted in the warrant being issued for the wrong person, the male subject. A felony false impersonation report was completed by the officer and the warrant was reentered into the system with a note as to the true suspect.

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested

February 18 at 10:36 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the High School in the 800 block of West Colorado regarding a male student being detained. When the officer arrived, he learned the student had been brought into the discipline office for wearing a t-shirt with the word ecstasy written across the front, which is a school dress code violation. While in the office, the student became very nervous and kept reaching into his pocket. School security searched him and found three ecstasy pills in his pants pocket. The student was arrested, booked, and later released to a parent.

Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested

February 18 at 7:25 p.m., a male subject came home and got into an argument with his wife. During the ongoing argument, the wife tried to take the husband's phone from him. He responded by biting her hand, causing visible injury. He was arrested for domestic violence.

Grand Theft

February 19 at 9:58 a.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of West Lime regarding a grand theft report. The victim told the officer he parked his vehicle on Mayflower the evening before, but did not lock it. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and saw the interior had been ransacked and some property taken. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

February 19 at 5:48 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business parking lot in the 500 block of West Huntington. The victim had parked his vehicle in the parking lot and secured it. When he returned, he saw the door lock had been punched and the third row seat had been taken. Investigation continuing

Commercial Burglary

February 19 at 9:34 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington observed three suspects cutting tags off of and secreting items on their persons. Officers responded and were in place when the suspects left the store with the merchandise. The officers detained the suspects without incident. Stolen merchandise was found on all three of the suspects. One suspect was found to be on probation for burglary and another was on parole for robbery. A consent search of their vehicle revealed further merchandise that is believed to be stolen from another retail store. The three suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery

February 20 at 9:07 a.m., an officer was patrolling a shopping center parking lot in the 600 block of West Huntington. The officer noticed an unoccupied vehicle and discovered it to be a stolen vehicle. The vehicle is a 1999 Honda Civic and was reported stolen February 19 out of Baldwin Park. The officer recovered the vehicle.

Grand Theft

February 20 at 10:48 a.m., an officer responded to a business in the 1400 block of South California regarding a theft of copper wire. Suspects removed a large amount of copper wire from a spool at a business. The suspects possibly gained access from a back alley. Investigation continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision

February 20 at 11:36 a.m., an officer responded to a solo traffic collision at Myrtle and Colorado. A driver was attempting to make a turn onto Colorado from Myrtle when they hit the signal on the corner and knocked it down. Monrovia Fire Department and the Edison Company responded for exposed live wires.

Residential Burglary

February 22 at 5:59 p.m., officers responded to a residential burglary in the 300 block of North Mountain. It appears the suspect entered through an unlocked door and stole miscellaneous valuables from the home. Two shotguns were taken, but the suspect left them on the lawn as he fled the area, he may have been startled by a neighbor. During the investigation, it was discovered that a neighbor had seen a suspicious subject sitting in a parked vehicle just south of the victim's house at approximately 7:10 a.m. The subject is described as an 18-19 year old male, 5' 10", with a thin build. He was sitting in an older model, Dodge Plymouth minivan, white in color, with the engine running. The neighbor did not report the suspicious subject to police. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

February 23 at 6:13 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred in a hotel parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington. A window on the vehicle was smashed and a purse was stolen. Investigation continuing.

Unreported Grand Theft Auto - Suspect Arrested

February 24 at 5:14 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department called to report they had been in pursuit of a 1995 Saturn and had one male suspect in custody. They requested a Monrovia officer contact the registered owner, who lives in the 200 block of East Pomona. The vehicle was stolen from the street in front of the registered owner's residence during the night. The victim was unaware of the theft and does not know the suspect.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Highlighted Activity - February 10 -16, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 494 service events, resulting in 82 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

Monrovia Special Enforcement Team Search Warrant - Three Suspects Arrested

February 10, Monrovia's Special Enforcement Team conducted a search warrant with the assistance of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT). The warrant was served at a business in the 2100 block of Huntington and a residence in the 3500 block of Conata; both locations are in the City of Duarte. Two male subjects were arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a female subject was arrested for a warrant. The business was also found to have a number of code violations and was cited by Duarte code enforcement.

Commercial Burglary

February 10 at 7:47 a.m., an officer heard an alarm going off and tracked it to a business in the 9100 block West Huntington. Upon arrival, he found a smashed window at the location. No suspects were located and the investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary

February 10 at 1:28 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of West Lemon on the report of a burglary. The suspect forced a vertical sliding window open and climbed into the house. The items taken were two video game stations. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery

February 10 at 3:29 p.m., an officer located a stolen vehicle in the area of Lime and California. He confirmed it was stolen out of LAPD Pacific Division on February 9, 2011. The vehicle recovered is 2010 Chevy Malibu. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision

February 11 at 12:46 a.m., a female driver was heading west on Foothill in the 800 block when she struck a parked car. Officers arrived and determined the driver to be under the influence of alcohol and she was arrested.

Felony Obstruction / Possession of Alcohol / Trespassing / Petty Theft - Two Suspects Arrested

February 10 at 10:57 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting two intoxicated subjects refusing to leave a theater in the 400 block of South Myrtle. A male subject had bought a ticket and then let several friends in a side door. Theater staff asked them to leave, but they refused. Officers arrived and contacted the subjects, who then became verbally abusive. A male and a female subject were arrested for trespassing, public intoxication, and the male was arrested for petty theft for sneaking people into the theater. Both subjects were determined to be minors. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Fight in Progress / Under the Influence of Drugs / Possession of Marijuana - Three Suspects Arrested

February 11 at 6:20 p.m., an officer observed a fight in progress in the parking lot across from the police station and requested assistance. Officers responded and all subjects were detained. It was determined that three subjects who are friends had been drinking at a bar and two of them began to fight. One of the subjects was determined to be under the influence of a stimulant. Two subjects were arrested for fighting and one was charged with being under the influence and another was charged with possession of marijuana. They were later cited and released.

Found Elderly Subject

February 11 at 7:25 p.m., officers responded to the report of a subject with dementia found driving in the area of Acorn and Meadow Lane. She is a 74 year old female from Fullerton. Officers were able to obtain information about her family, who live in Irvine, and they responded to pick her up. They were counseled regarding the seriousness of her condition and a DMV reevaluation form was completed.

Parole Violation / Warrant - Suspect Arrested

February 12 at 3:19 p.m., an officer saw a subject he recognized as having a no-bail warrant for parole violation. He detained the subject and confirmed the subject was still wanted. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery

February 12 at 3:42 p.m., the victim of grand theft auto called to report she had found her vehicle in the 700 block of West Huntington at a hotel. A known suspect was named in the report. Officers responded to the location and contacted a male and female subject by the vehicle. After investigation, the male was arrested for receiving stolen property and told officers the named suspect was possibly in the immediate area. The vehicle was released to the victim. Officers searched the area and located the named suspect near a restaurant in Arcadia. The suspect was detained, his identity confirmed, and he was arrested for grand theft auto.

Attempt Rape

February 13 at 5:30 a.m., police received a call alleging a 44 year old male attempted to rape his 19 year old niece while she was sleeping. She was able to fight him off and the uncle fled the location. The suspect is on parole for burglary and is a narcotics and sex registrant. The suspect was not located despite an extensive search. Parole was advised and has set their fugitive team in motion.

Missing Hiker Located

February 14 at 8:09 p.m., a female subject called and stated her husband had left their residence at 5:00 a.m. to hike up to Monrovia Peak and had not returned. She became worried and called police. Officers located the hiker's vehicle parked on Canyon, just south of Ridgeside. His cell phone and jacket were visible in the car. An airship responded to check the lower hills for signs of the hiker, but he was not located. The upper elevations could not be checked due to darkness. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue was called out and a command post was set up at the gate to Canyon Park. After several hours, police received a call from Arcadia Police Department reporting the lost hiker had shown up at a residence on Highland Oaks, next to the foothills. The hiker was cold, wet and slightly bruised up, but refused medical assistance. He stated he had tried to hike back a different way and got lost.

Parolee-at-Large - Suspect Arrested

February 16 at 1:45 p.m., police received a call from a female who reported there was a parolee-at-large at her residence. Further investigation revealed the parolee was wanted for drug charges and was considered armed and dangerous. Officers and the Special Enforcement Team responded to the location and arrested the parolee without incident.

Residential Burglary

February 17 at 4:44 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of California woke in the morning and discovered his set of golf clubs had been taken during the night from his attached garage. The garage had been left unlocked and the suspect entered through the garage door. No suspect was seen or heard and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence

February 17 at 4:52 a.m., a 19 year old female subject was driving east on Foothill and turned north onto Canyon. The driver failed to steer the vehicle correctly and struck the curb, which caused two flat tires. The driver continued northbound for a short period. Residents heard the collision and called police. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and the female subject attempting to remove the spare tire to change one of the flat tires. Through investigation, officers determined the driver was under the influence and she was arrested. No damage was caused to city property.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Highlighted Activity - February 3 - 9, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 525 service events, resulting in 101 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

Update - Gang member sentenced for 2007 attempted murder

February 2, 2011, Monrovia Police Department detectives concluded the prosecution of a Monrovia Nuevo Varrio gang member who was responsible for the 2007 shooting and attempted murder of an individual in the 200 block of Cherry. The suspect was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

Vehicle Burglary

February 3 at 8:06 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Wildrose regarding a vehicle burglary. He arrived on scene and the victim reported his vehicle had been broken into during the night. The loss is unknown and the investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision

February 3 at 8:15 p.m., a vehicle collided into a light pole at Mountain, just north of the 210 Freeway. The light pole fell onto a main power grid line. Officers blocked Mountain until Edison arrived to clear the downed active line. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt; however, the passenger had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery

February 4 at 10:46 p.m., an officer on patrol located an unoccupied stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a 1995 Honda and was parked on Chestnut in front of a business. A DMV computer check confirmed it was stolen out of Monterey Park. No suspects were located.

Driving Under the Influence / Possession of Marijuana / Outstanding Warrant - Three Suspects Arrested

February 5 at 4:30 a.m., an officer stopped a driver at Magnolia and Lemon for possibly driving under the influence. After conducting an investigation, it was determined the driver was, in fact, under the influence. The front passenger was found to be in possession of a paper bag full of Marijuana, totaling just over three ounces. The rear passenger was found to have an outstanding warrant. All three subjects were arrested.

Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Public Intoxication - Suspect Arrested

February 6 at 1:12 a.m., officers responded to a disturbing subject call at a night club in the 300 block of South Myrtle. As the officer arrived, the subject ran from him. The officer apprehended the subject near Ivy and Palm. The subject was determined to be a minor under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fighting / Drunk in Public - Three Subjects Arrested
February 6 at 1:56 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Palm and Myrtle observed several females fighting. He requested assisting officers, who responded and the involved parties where detained. The investigation revealed the females all know each other, but due to their intoxicated state, they argued and two of them got into a physical altercation. All three subjects were arrested.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested

February 6, a Special Enforcement Team officer conducted a traffic stop, and the resulting search revealed the subject was in possession of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine smoking pipe. He was arrested for the narcotics charges and three outstanding warrants.

Police Pursuit - Suspect Arrested

February 6 at 9:09 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of North Lincoln Place regarding vehicle vandalism in progress. The suspect was last seen driving north on Lincoln. An officer located the suspect vehicle at Hillcrest, east of Myrtle. Officers attempted a traffic stop with emergency lights, but the vehicle failed to yield and increased speed. The vehicle went through several posted stop signs and a residential alley. The pursuit ended in the 200 block of Canyon Crest, where the suspect fled on foot. Containment was set up with the assistance of two units from Arcadia Police Department. Officers conducted a search of the area with no results. As officers were about to leave the area, the suspect was spotted in the 100 block of North Ivy. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and positively identified by the witness. The suspect was also wanted for criminal threats.

Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Possession of Methamphetamine - Suspects Arrested

February 6 at 4:43 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting two male subjects fighting in the 800 block of West Duarte. When the officer arrived, he saw a subject loitering near the passenger side of a parked vehicle and another subject in the driver's seat. The subject on the outside of the vehicle had head injuries consistent with a fight. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped off south on Eighth and pulled into the carport area of an apartment complex, where the driver fled on foot. The second subject also tried to flee, but was detained. The Foothill Air Support helicopter assisted in the search for the first suspect. Officers eventually located the suspect hiding in the laundry room of the complex. Further investigation revealed the subject received the head injuries from an unrelated traffic collision and had just been released from the hospital. The suspects were arrested for resisting and delaying officers. One of the suspects was in possession of methamphetamine when arrested.

Disturbing Subject / Resisting and Delaying a Pease Officer - Suspect Arrested

February 6 at 9:51 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North Canyon regarding an intoxicated adult throwing furniture and demanding vehicle keys from his family members. The family members refused to give the suspect the keys because he was too intoxicated to drive. The family members locked themselves in a bedroom and called police. When officers arrived, they were greeted by the intoxicated suspect, who became aggressive and yelled profanities at the officers. Officers attempted to check the welfare of the family members, but were obstructed by the intoxicated suspect. Officers had to arrest the suspect in order to control him. The officers were then able to check on the family members and found they were not harmed. The suspect was taken into custody and later released after a sobering period.

Animal Problem - Coyote

February 7 at 6:49 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Wildrose called to report a coyote had jumped her fence and attacked her cat. Animal Control responded to the location and found the coyote had attacked and killed the cat. The coyote had left the location and returned again several times during the incident. While animal control was at the location the coyote was seen again near the yard before it fled the area. Later that same evening police received another call of a coyote seen at an apartment complex at Foothill and Magnolia, and later there was another sighting at Magnolia and Huntington. The Department of Fish and Game was notified.

Search Warrant - Three Suspect Arrested

February 8, 2011, Special Enforcement Team officers and detectives served a search warrant in the 500 block of East Foothill. Officers recovered a handgun, drugs and stolen property. Three suspects were arrested.

Mountain Lion Sighting

February 9 at 9:06 p.m., a resident driving in the 1100 block of Norumbega saw a mountain lion in the middle of the road that was approximately 125 pounds. An officer was dispatched to the area and located the mountain lion. The officer used a beanbag gun and managed to send the mountain lion back into the hills.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Highlighted Activity - January 27 - February 02, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 470 service events, resulting in 87 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

Vehicle Tampering - Suspect Arrested

January 27 at 11:19 p.m., a resident was driving home on Sunset Place and observed a male subject in dark clothing hide behind a car. He proceeded to his driveway and parked, where he continued to observe the suspect. He saw the suspect walk into the driveway he was parked in and enter his roommates unlocked car about ten feet away. The resident exited his car and detained the suspect until officers arrived. The suspect had not yet taken anything from the car; however, his criminal history indicated he had numerous theft-related arrests in the last thirty days. He was held pending his court appearance due to the likelihood of reoccurrence.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested

January 28, officers conducted a traffic stop behind a night club in the 300 block of South Myrtle. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. The driver saw a police car heading north on Myrtle and tried to avoid the officer, not realizing another officer was following him.

Residential Burglary - Suspects Arrested

January 29 at 7:03 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Montana regarding two male suspects that had gone into the resident's garage and had taken her weight machine. She last saw the men at Myrtle and Montana pushing a shopping cart. Officers responded and located one of the suspects. Computer checks revealed he was in violation of his parole for burglary. He was arrested. The second suspect was located later and was also arrested. The weight machine was returned to the victim, but the weights are still outstanding.

Domestic Abuse - Suspect Arrested

January 29 at 11:50 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Monterey regarding a female subject that was hit by her live-in boyfriend and was having chest pains. Officers responded and located both subjects in the apartment. Both subjects are deaf, but officers were able to communicate with the assistance of a video translator the couple has in their apartment. The female had a bruise on her chest and was taken to a hospital for chest pains. The male subject was arrested and booked. The officer obtained an Emergency Protective Order and the male subject was served with the order.

Violation of Court Order - Suspect Arrested

January 29 at 2:26 p.m., a female subject came to the police station to report her husband was in their house in violation of a court order. The female was battered the previous night and her husband had been arrested. An Emergency Protective Order had been obtained and the husband had been served. The husband returned to the house and entered through a window and got into bed. Officers responded to the residence and found the husband asleep. He was taken into custody and held for the likelihood of reoccurrence.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery

February 2 at 12:06 p.m., an officer was sent to the 1600 block of South Shamrock regarding a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, a male subject fled from the passenger seat of the vehicle and ran. An area search was conducted, but he was not located or identified. A female occupant was detained, pending further investigation. The rear license plate did not match the front license plate, which belonged to the vehicle. A DMV computer check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen from the City of San Dimas. Further investigation led officers to believe the female occupant did not have knowledge of the vehicle being stolen. She was identified and released. The vehicle was recovered. The male suspect is described as five foot seven inches, 160 pounds, shaved head, wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. The investigation is continuing.