Thursday, May 26, 2011

Highlighted Activity - May 19 - 25, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 520 service events, resulting in 95 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

False Information to a Peace Officer / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant - Suspect Arrested

May 19 at 2:50 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 200 block of West Foothill stopped a bicyclist for a violation. The officer had suspicions that the bicyclist did not provide his true name. The officer's fingerprint reader revealed the suspect did give a false name. The suspect was found to have a warrant out for his arrest and a search revealed a small package of methamphetamine on his person. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Felony Evading / Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested

May 22 at 2:35 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Duarte Road and Sixth noticed his radar activate, which indicated a vehicle was approaching at a high rate of speed. The vehicle passed by and the officer went in pursuit, attempting to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and made numerous sharp turns in an attempt to get away. The driver finally stopped at the 210 Freeway and was detained. During the investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Outstanding Warrant - Suspect Arrested

May 22 at 9:35 a.m., an officer was patrolling a business parking lot in the 100 block of West Foothill when he saw a male subject loitering in front of a store. He recognized the subject and knew he had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. He detained the subject and confirmed the warrant, then arrested him without incident.

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

May 23 at 5:00 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at a business in the 300 block of West Huntington. Upon arrival, they found someone had forced a back window open and entered the location. There was no evidence of any property taken. One of the officers noticed a suspicious person on a bicycle leaving the area of Cypress and Magnolia. The bicyclist was detained and found to be in possession of numerous packages of cigarettes. A search of the area revealed that a neighboring business was also burglarized by a suspect using a cutting tool to create a crawl space into the location. The investigation revealed that the cigarettes found in the suspect's possession were stolen from that business. The suspect was arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

May 23 at 6:17 a.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the 200 block of West Lemon. The window on the victim's vehicle was broken and items inside the vehicle were stolen.

Grand Theft Auto

May 23 at 7:12 a.m., a victim called to report his green, 2005 Honda Pilot had been stolen sometime during the night. The victim's son parked and secured the vehicle in front of the residence the night before. He believes this is related to a burglary at his residence in which his extra keys to his vehicle were taken. There were no signs of forced entry.

Theft from a Vehicle

May 23 at 11:22 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of North May called to report a theft from her vehicle. The suspect took checks and other items from the vehicle during the night. The victim believes she left the doors unlocked.

Robbery - Suspect Arrested

May 23 at 4:18 p.m., loss prevention officers from a business in the 700 block of East Huntington called regarding a female subject they detained for shoplifting. The female would not comply with the loss prevention officer's request to walk back inside the store. After several attempts, the loss prevention officer tried to take the female's hand to control her and she began to fight him. As they fell to the ground, the suspect kicked at the loss prevention officer. A police officer arrived and the female suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Residential Burglary

May 23 at 4:49 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Oakdale Avenue called to report that someone had broken into her home. She had left the location and had been away from her home overnight. When she returned the next day at about 4:30 in the afternoon, she found the rear, sliding glass door had been smashed. Officers arrived and checked the premises. Miscellaneous items, jewelry, and a rifle and revolver were taken.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Evading Police / Attempt Suicide / 72-Hour Mental Evaluation

May 23 at 11:55 p.m., police received a call reporting a man and woman arguing in the area of Palm and Canyon. Officers arrived and contacted the female subject. She said she had been arguing with her boyfriend, who then left her there and drove away. An officer saw the boyfriend driving north on Primrose from Colorado, then east on Lemon. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the man drove through the red light at Myrtle. He continued east on Lemon and ran the stop sign at Ivy. He lost control of his vehicle and collided into a parked car in the 200 block of East Lemon. The suspect fled the accident scene on foot. The suspect was not located, but his identity was determined. Officers attempted to locate the suspect at his home, but he was not at the location.

The next morning at 8:18 a.m., officers were dispatched to the suspect's residence in the 200 block of Poinsettia. The 19 year old suspect had returned and was threatening suicide. Officers arrived and were told the suspect locked himself in his room and he had two knives with him. The suspect refused to open the door for officers. Officers forced entry through the door and detained the suspect without further incident. He was taken to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation. Charges will be filed with the District Attorney's Office.

Vehicle Burglary

May 24 at 6:29 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of McKinley called to report that someone had broken into her vehicle. An officer was dispatched to the location and found that the suspect had broken out a rear passenger window. The victim had left her purse in the vehicle and it had been taken by the suspect.

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

May 25 at 1:59 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reported that a female subject had taken merchandise and exited the store without paying. She fled in a black vehicle driven by a male subject. Loss prevention officers obtained the license plate number. An officer responded and contacted the loss prevention officers, who provided the license plate number of the vehicle and a photo of the female suspect. A DMV check of the license plate indicated the vehicle is registered to a residence in the county area of Arcadia. The officer contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and requested they drive by the location to check for the vehicle. The vehicle was located at the residence. Monrovia officers went to the location and contacted the female suspect. She was arrested for burglary without incident.


Detective Bureau - Case Follow-up

This week the Detective Bureau filed two significant cases with the District Attorney's Office and completed a third case for filing consideration:

Felony Filing for Second Degree Commercial Burglary

Patrol arrested a subject on May 23, 2011 at 0455 hours for the suspected burglary of the cigarette kiosk business at 336 W. Huntington Drive. This suspect was in possession of ninety-six packs of cigarettes from the business. The handling detective processed all of the cigarette packs for latent print evidence. The detective recovered four latent prints from the cigarette packs. The detective obtained the owner's fingerprints and had a forensic fingerprint expert compare the latent (evidence) fingerprints to the owner's fingerprints. The latent (evidence) fingerprints belonged to the owner. This is important because it eliminated the argument of a second suspect actually committing the crime. The person arrested with the cigarettes was wearing gloves when he was arrested. This person is suspected of committing other burglaries and he was arrested two weeks before and charged with trespassing. The detective presented the cigarette case to the District Attorney's Office and the District Attorney filed a felony complaint against this subject for second degree commercial burglary.

Felony Filing for Three Counts of Second Degree Commercial Burglary

Patrol arrested four subjects for burglary on May 18, 2011 for stealing alcohol from the Pavilions' store at 130 W. Foothill Boulevard. These four people matched the descriptions of the four subjects who had just previously committed a burglary of alcohol from our Albertson's store at 725 E. Huntington Drive. These four subjects also had alcohol bottles our Pavilions' store determined to have been from the Pavilion's store in Arcadia. The four subjects made bail and were released from custody. The handling detective conducting his supplemental investigation obtained evidence these four individuals were responsible for the Albertson's burglary and had indeed committed a similar burglary at the Arcadia Pavilion's. The detective presented this case to the District Attorney's office and the District Attorney filed three counts of second degree commercial burglary against all four suspects.

Case Submitted to the District Attorney for Filing Consideration

Patrol responded to a residential burglary at 133 E. Pomona on February 20, 2011. The suspect stole $5, 950 worth of women's jewelry. The handling patrol officer obtained a latent print from a cigarette wrapper found on the residential property. The latent print was processed by the Crime Lab and the print was identified. The handling detective conducted his supplemental investigation and discovered this subject had been arrested by deputies from the Temple City substation on the same day as our burglary. Our detective coordinated with the Temple City detective and learned this subject was arrested with women's jewelry in his possession which the deputies booked into their evidence system as property under observation. Our detective contacted the victim and the victim identified the jewelry as hers. The jewelry was returned to the victim. The detective has submitted this case to the District Attorney to obtain an arrest warrant case of residential burglary against the suspect.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Highlighted Activity - May 12 - 18, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 533 service events, resulting in 88 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:

Grand Theft Auto / Vehicle Burglary

May 13 at 9:12 p.m., police responded to the report of a stolen vehicle in the 900 block of South Primrose. The victim parked his 1994 Honda Accord at the location. When he returned to where he parked his vehicle, approximately an hour later, he discovered his vehicle was missing. The victim did not know his license plate number. The vehicle was located an hour later, half a block away in an alley. The stereo and speakers were missing from the vehicle.

Attempt Suicide / Mental Evaluation

May 13 at 9:29 p.m., a female subject came to the police department lobby to report her ex-husband had stated that he was going to commit suicide. He had grabbed the garden hose and left the location in his truck, which has a camper shell. When his son called him, he stated that he was going to park somewhere, connect the hose to the exhaust pipe, and die of carbon monoxide poisoning. The ex-wife had driven around searching for the ex-husband, but when she was unable to find him, she came to the police station. The father refused to tell his son where he was parked.

Police dispatchers where able to locate the vehicle by using the cell phone and discovered the vehicle was parked in a parking lot in the 400 block of East Foothill. Officers arrived and located the vehicle with the hose attached to the tailpipe, leading into the camper shell. The officers opened the rear hatch and smelled a strong odor of carbon monoxide. The subject was lying in the bed of the truck, lethargic. Paramedics responded and took the subject to a hospital for treatment, where he was held for 72-hour mental evaluation.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Suspect Arrested

May 13 at 10:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Montana regarding a large party at the location, and someone reported seeing a firearm on a subject. A few seconds later, dispatch received a second call reporting a fight at the location and someone had been stabbed in the neck. Officers arrived and saw numerous subjects running from the location. A stabbing victim was found on the ground. Witnesses reported seeing the victim fighting with another male subject. Sometime during the fight, the suspect stabbed the victim. The suspect was last seen running south through the property. Containment of the area was established. During the investigation, police received a call from a business reporting a subject lying on the ground in front of their establishment between two vehicles. Officers responded and noticed the subject matched the description of the suspect from the stabbing incident. The subject was positively identified as the suspect, and he was arrested and held for bail. The investigation is continuing.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Suspect Arrested

May 15 at 10:31 a.m., officers responded to the area of Mayflower and Evergreen, where a fight between two male subjects had just occurred. One of the subjects had a pocket knife and slashed at the victim, causing a laceration to the victim's arm. The suspect ran north on Mayflower, where he was detained by an officer. The suspect still had the knife in his pocket. The suspect had gone to the location to drop off his child and an argument ensued between the suspect and the boyfriend of the child's mother, which escalated into a fight. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injury.

Attempt Suicide / Mental Evaluation

May 15 at 2:31 p.m., a female subject called to report she had received a telephone call from her mother, who told her she had taken an entire bottle of pills. The mother hung up the phone and then would not answer. Officers responded to the residence located in the 400 block of East Foothill and were able to gain entry through an open sliding glass door. They searched the house, which was empty except for one bedroom that was locked, and no one was answering inside the room. An officer forced entry into the room and found the woman unresponsive. The officer performed first responder emergency aid until paramedics arrived. She was then taken to a hospital for medical treatment and held for 72-hour mental evaluation.

Vandalism / Emergency Restraining Order Issued

May 16 at 8:01 a.m., police responded to the 800 block of West Olive regarding a disturbance. An adult male that had just moved in with his grandparent's became verbally abusive toward them and his mother. The police were called to mediate the situation. While police were at the residence, the subject broke the bathroom window with his fist. He refused medical treatment and was placed under private person's arrest by his family. He was taken into custody and booked. When he was released from custody, he went directly back to his grandparent's house, where he began yelling at them again. The grandmother called back and said she was scared and didn't want him there. She requested an emergency protective order against him and a judge immediately issued a protective order. Officers served the order and removed the male from the home without incident.

Commercial Burglary - Suspects Arrested

May 19 at 6:19 p.m., a business in the 700 block of East Huntington advised a theft of alcohol had just occurred. The male and female suspects fled in a black Honda. A witness followed the suspect's vehicle and directed officers to them by phone. Officers apprehended the suspects on the 210 Freeway. The investigation revealed they had stolen alcohol from multiple stores. Four subjects were in the vehicle and all four were arrested and booked for burglary. Several of the suspects were admitted gang members or gang member associates and said they had taken the alcohol for a party. One of the male subjects is on parole for burglary and the female had recently been arrested for theft

Friday, May 13, 2011

Important numbers

As an fyi...the Cell Watch number is your best number for reporting crimes and seeking assistance here in Monrovia if you don't have a land line based phone any longer. Why? If you dial 911 from a Cell Phone your call goes to CHP that has to vet out what city you actually need help in before they can transfer you to MPD Dispatch...which can waste precious time in an emergency. Cell Watch is manned 24/7 and is ready to take your call immediately to provide you help here in Monrovia.

Highlighted Activity - May 5 - 11, 2011

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 556 service events, resulting in 96 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:


May 6 at 3:45 a.m., an officer was flagged down regarding a shattered front window at a business in the 300 block of West Foothill. The owner of the business was notified and an investigation was conducted. It was determined that there was no theft at the location.

Outside Assist - Alhambra Police Department - Suspect Arrested

May 6 at 9:49 p.m., a subject entered the Monrovia Police Department lobby requesting advice from an officer regarding a dispute he had with his girlfriend in Alhambra. While talking with the officer, the subject stated he had been involved in a minor altercation in Alhambra. Alhambra was contacted and advised the officer that the subject was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm. The subject was detained for Alhambra Police Department. A search of the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot rendered the recovery of the firearm. The suspect was taken into custody by Alhambra Police Department.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested

May 7 at 2:42 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Evergreen observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver was leaning to one side as he drove the vehicle. The officer stopped the driver when he failed to use a turn signal in the 100 block of Montana. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver was under the influence and the driver was arrested.

Unlawful Sexual Intercourse - Suspect Arrested

May 8 at 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of East Huntington after receiving a 911 call from a citizen. The citizen reported hearing a female screaming for someone to get off of her from inside the hotel room. Officers arrived, contacted several subjects, and discovered a 19 year old male who admitted to having consensual intercourse with a 16 year old female. The suspect was arrested. The female subject was later released to a guardian.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested

May 9 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to a solo vehicle traffic collision in the 500 block of West Duarte Road. The vehicle had crashed into a light pole and a tree on the south sidewalk. The driver was identified and officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested.

Possession of Burglary Tools - Suspect Arrested

May 9 at 9:02 p.m., the manager of a business in the 900 block of West Huntington called to report a subject on their roof. He was concerned because of recent burglaries at their store, so he called the police. Officers arrived and were informed that a male, white, subject, thin build, and balding had just left on a bike. Officers checked the roof area and found a storage shed, which is normally kept closed, was now open and several backpacks were found. The backpacks contained burglary tools, including a lock-pick set. A male subject matching the description of the suspect was detained within minutes by officers. The subject was known by the officers to have recently been arrested for possession of burglary tools. He told the officers the bags and contents on the roof of the business were his. After being identified by a witness who saw him in possession of one of the bags a short time earlier, he was arrested and charged for possession of burglary tools.