Monday, July 30, 2012
On July 26 at 8:34 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of East Greystone. The victim reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle during the night and took a gas credit card, change, receipts and a cup holder. Investigation continuing.
On July 26 at 12:39 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of West Olive regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke in to her vehicle sometime during the night and took property from her vehicle. She had parked her vehicle in the parking structure and returned to find her driver's door ajar. The property taken was a baby stroller and a pair of Gucci sunglasses. No signs of forced entry. Investigation continuing.
On July 26 at 3:34 p.m., an officer went to the 1300 block of Orange regarding a residential burglary. The suspect(s) broke a bedroom window to the rear of the house and made entry. The suspect(s) took gold jewelry items and a portable 7" TV. It appears they left the same way undetected. Investigation continuing.
On July 27 at 6:59 p.m., a small bear tore the screen off of a residential window and entered the residence in the 800 block of Ridgeside. It ate some cat food that was placed on the kitchen floor and left the location. Approximately 20 minutes later the bear returned and ate more cat food that was placed on the front porch which was intended for the cat.
On July 28 at 8:10 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a male subject who verbally threatened to kill the security guard. The security guard pepper sprayed the subject and called the police. The subject was located and arrested for criminal threats.
On July 28 at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 1800 block of Estrella Avenue regarding a suspicious device that was affixed to a street sign. In the interest of public safety Monrovia Police Officers evacuated residents and established a perimeter around the immediate area. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was notified and arrived within 30 minutes. Sheriff's Deputies detonated the device and rendered it safe. Residents were allowed to return to their homes. The device was not found to be an explosive.
On July 29, a Monrovia Police Dispatcher received a phone call from a man who claimed he was on the Red Box Trail, he and a friend started a hike from Mount Wilson. They followed the trail, but got turned around, ran out of water and his phone was dead. The dispatcher had his phone number so she contacted the phone company and they were able to determine the general location of the phone. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was contacted and given the coordinates from the phone and the Sheriff's Rescue Helicopter Team located the hikers.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity
Warrant - Suspect Arrested
On July 25, Special Enforcement Team members conducted a traffic stop at California and Los Angeles. The passenger of the vehicle is a known gang member with a no bail warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody.
Warrant - Suspect Arrested
On July 25, Special Enforcement Team members conducted a pedestrian check in the 200 block of East Maple on a known gang member. He was arrested for an outstanding Monrovia Police Department warrant.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Threats / Annoying Phone Calls
July 23 at 5:09 p.m., a mental health facility in the 2600 block of South California called to report a disturbed client who was making threatening phone calls and was now at the facility. The client is a 42-year-old, male Hispanic subject. He was upset at his doctor and was demanding a termination of service form. The subject is schizophrenic, off his medication, and was acting oddly and making wild allegations. Officers responded, but the subject left the location prior to their arrival. The suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.
July 24 at 8:58 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in a business parking lot in the 700 block of East Huntington. The burglary occurred between 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. The victim left the windows of the vehicle down 4 to 5 inches. A wallet and the car stereo were stolen. Investigation continuing.
Tip of the Week
Distraction Burglaries - Don't Be a Victim
Recently, there have been a number of burglaries in the San Gabriel Valley where suspects have posed as either city workers or utility workers. Please be cautious anytime someone comes to your door claiming to be a utility worker. In these recent cases, the suspect wore a shirt and/or hat that identified him as a worker with a particular city or utility. They convinced the resident to go into the backyard to look at either an electrical pole or some other meter. While the victim is distracted in the backyard, a second suspect enters the home, ransacking various rooms and stealing property. In each case, the suspect has either had a cell phone or wireless headset that allowed him to keep in contact with the second suspect.
Anytime someone contacts you at your residence claiming to be a utility or city worker, request that they show you valid identification. A genuine caller will be happy to comply and there is no need to be embarrassed. Distraction burglars often target single occupant homes and the elderly, but anyone can become a victim if you are not on your guard. Remember, you do not have to open your door to anyone. If you have any concerns about the validity of their employment, please call the Monrovia Police Department and have an officer come out and verify that they are a legitimate utility or city worker.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Vehicle Burglary / Fraud
July 19 at 10:10 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of West Foothill. Sometime between 5:00 p.m. on July 18 and 10:00 a.m. on July 19, suspect(s) used an unknown object to break the front passenger window, reach in and remove the victim's purse from the front seat. The suspect(s) attempted to use the victim's credit cards that were in the purse at several locations in town and made an online purchase. Investigation continuing.
July 19 at 1:06 p.m., officers responded to the report of domestic violence in progress in the 100 block of Melrose. The female victim and her boyfriend were arguing, and the argument led to the male striking the female on the forehead and on the right side of her torso. The male subject left the location prior to officers arriving. The female complained of pain to her right side. She was checked by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics and taken to a local hospital. A wanted person entry was completed for the suspect. Investigation continuing.
July 20 at 7:03 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of Meadow Lane. The victim parked the vehicle in the street in the evening and returned to the vehicle the next morning to find a window had been smashed. An Ipod was taken from the vehicle. Investigation continuing.
Forgery / Counterfeit Money - Suspect Arrested
July 20 at 9:45 p.m., a 16-year-old male suspect passed a counterfeit $20.00 bill at the Monrovia Family Festival at a business on Myrtle and Lemon in exchange for merchandise. The clerk confronted the juvenile suspect and he ran east on Lemon. A group of citizens chased the suspect and detained him. Friday night bike patrol officers were first to arrive at the location and took custody of the suspect.
Subsequent investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of 9 additional counterfeit $20.00 bills. All of the bills were of poor quality and several of them had identical serial numbers. The suspect was arrested and the Secret Service was contacted. Investigation continuing.
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor - Suspect Arrested
July 21 at 12:50 a.m., officers responded a residence in the 200 block of Valle Vista regarding juveniles consuming alcohol at the location. Investigation revealed an 18-year-old male subject was hosting a gathering of 11 minors at his residence while his parents were out of town. Several of the minors were consuming alcohol at the location. Empty beer cans and plastic cups were found. The 18-year-old resident did not have any identification in his possession. He was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Grand Theft Auto
July 16 at 1:35 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of South Mountain. The victim parked her car on the street at 9:00 a.m., and when she returned to the car at about 12:00 p.m., she found it had been stolen. The vehicle is a green, 2000 Honda Civic. Investigation continuing.
July 16 at 2:56 p.m., the victim of a vehicle burglary that occurred in the 900 block of Monterey came to the police station to file a report. The victim parked his 2007 Chrysler 300 in his carport and locked the vehicle. When he returned to the car in the morning, the trunk was slightly open and his driver-side door was unlocked. The center console had been ransacked and a gym bag was stolen that contained his wedding band and his keys. The investigation is ongoing.
July 16 at 6:55 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington on the report of a robbery. The store owner observed a male suspect leaving the store without paying for merchandise he was carrying. When she approached him, the suspect pushed her aside. Her husband then grabbed the suspect by his shirt and was punched by the suspect. The suspect ran out of the location to a waiting vehicle that was driven by another male suspect. They fled in the vehicle southbound on Magnolia.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 25-30 years old, 5'10", heavyset with a mustache, wearing a black baseball hat, gray Dodgers shirt, and black and white plaid shorts. The suspect vehicle is a newer-model, four-door, gray Nissan with Carmax paper plates. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
July 17 at 6:47 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of West Cypress. The victim parked his white, 2003 Chevy Silverado around midnight and locked it. He returned to the vehicle at 6:30 a.m. the next morning and found his truck had been stolen. He did not hear or see anything unusual. Investigation continuing.
July 17 at 7:02 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of West Colorado regarding a residential burglary. The burglary occurred sometime between 6:00 p.m. on July 16 and 6:30 p.m. on July 17. The suspect(s) entered through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. Three laptop computers, an iPad, and two cameras were stolen. Investigation continuing.
Possessing Stolen Property / Resisting Arrest - Suspect Arrested
July 18 at 2:16 a.m., an officer on patrol saw a male subject riding a bicycle while pulling another bike through a parking lot at Myrtle and Foothill. When the subject saw the officer approaching, he immediately dropped both bikes and ran westbound, towards Primrose. The suspect evaded officers for a short time, but was eventually detained.
The suspect told the officer he had just stolen both bicycles; however, when he offered to show the officers where he had taken them from, no victims could be located. The suspect was arrested for suspicion of possessing stolen property and resisting arrest. Police will attempt to locate the victims.
Suspicious Persons / Grand Theft Auto - Suspects Arrested
July 18 at 5:22 p.m., a caller reported two suspicious persons in the 600 block of West Foothill. The reporting party stated that a male and female subject had been sitting in a vehicle with collision damage for over half an hour and the caller did not recognize them. Officers responded and were informed by dispatch while on their way to the location that the vehicle was reported stolen to the Ontario Police Department. Officers arrived and detained the male and female suspects.
The male suspect detained in the driver's seat is a known gang member. Both suspects were determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and a pipe used to smoke controlled substances was found. The suspects were arrested.
July 18 at 9:32 p.m., police responded to the 800 block of West Huntington regarding two vehicle burglaries that occurred in a business parking lot. The two vehicles were parked near each other. The suspect(s) smashed a window on each vehicle and stole laptop computers from the vehicles. Investigation continuing.
Detective Bureau Case Follow-up
Theft / Robbery - Suspect Arrested and Awaiting Trial
Over the course of two weeks, a male Black suspect committed thefts at three locations in Monrovia. On one occasion, the suspect forced his way past the store clerk, striking him on the chest, which constitutes robbery. This suspect has been contacted numerous times recently, in addition to the thefts, for pan handling and threatening customers when they refuse to give him money.
This case was assigned to a detective, who through investigation, was able to obtain a felony warrant for the suspect's arrest, which was entered into the system. The detective searched for the suspect at locations he frequented and found him walking on Myrtle Avenue, near one of the theft locations. He was taken into custody without incident. The suspect is awaiting trial.
Robbery - Suspects Identified
On June 10, a 15-year-old girl was a victim of a robbery when two female suspects shoved her and took her cell phone. Officers had a description of the suspects and photos from a business security camera.
On July 16, a detective observed two subjects that appeared to be the suspects from the robbery. He contacted the subjects and identified them. The victims confirmed they were the suspects of the robbery. The suspects were interviewed and admitted to the crime. Charges will be filed with the District Attorney.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Its a pretty simple affair. You buy a Passport for $35 and get a drink at the participation locations. The business participating are Jake's, T. Phillips, Sena, Rudy's and the London Gastropub. You present your Passport, they stamp it for you and you get your drink. Then its off to the next stop enjoying some great art along the way.
Passports can be purchased at Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle just a few doors down from the theater. You may also purchase them on the MAFA web site HERE.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Grand Theft From a Vehicle
July 12 at 9:47 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 200 block of West Palm. The victim parked her vehicle in the rear parking area of her complex for the evening. She is unsure if she locked the vehicle. She returned to the vehicle in the morning and discovered her work laptop was missing. There were no signs of a break-in. Investigation continuing.
July 12 at 2:36 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a commercial burglary. A male and female suspect had stolen merchandise from the Glendora location of the business. The items taken were two bathroom faucets. The suspects were in a silver Chevy Impala with tinted windows. The two suspects showed up at the Monrovia store and were trying to return the stolen merchandise. Loss prevention personnel from the Monrovia store called police to report the suspects were in a vehicle leaving out the main entrance. An officer responded, but the vehicle had already left the location. The female suspect had returned the items and was given store credit. She had presented her driver license at the time of the return. An officer completed a want for the female suspect that was entered into the computer system. Investigation continuing.
July 12 at 3:37 p.m., a robbery occurred at a business parking lot in the 300 block of West Huntington. The victim was placing groceries in the trunk of her vehicle when the suspect approached her on a bicycle. He asked her if she knew of a video store nearby. The victim turned to look and point at a video store across the parking lot, and when she turned to look back at the suspect, she saw him take her wallet out of her open purse, which was in the front of the shopping cart. The suspect rode away on the bicycle, south on Magnolia. The suspect is described as a 16 or 17-year-old male White with red hair, freckles, wearing a light blue t-shirt and jeans. Investigation continuing.
Injury Traffic Collision - Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
July 12 at 6:51 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of South California regarding a traffic collision with injuries. A 16-year-old male was riding his bike east on Walnut, approaching California, when he entered onto California without making the stop or checking northbound traffic. He collided with a vehicle traveling north on California. The juvenile sustained some bruises and abrasions, and he bumped his head. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol - Suspect Arrested
July 13 at 2:27 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 2200 block of South Myrtle Avenue for speeding, and the driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He was also driving with a suspended license and has two prior incidents of driving under the influence. The driver was arrested.
July 13 at 8:27 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1300 block of Monterey. The victim parked her 1992, four-door, burgundy Honda Civic on the street in the evening. She returned to it the next morning and found it missing. The victim locked the vehicle, but the front passenger door on the vehicle does not lock. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
July 13 at 5:10 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 600 block of West Lemon. The victim left for work at 6:30 a.m. in the morning and left his 2006, black Isuzu Ascender parked in the driveway. All of the doors were locked and a club steering lock was in place. He returned home at 5:10 p.m. and found the vehicle was missing. There was no broken glass on the driveway. Investigation continuing.
July 13 at 10:32 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Lemon. The victim parked her vehicle in the parking garage of her apartment complex and locked it. When she returned to her vehicle, she found the passenger side rear window down and her garage clicker and wallet were missing from the center console. The victim reported that her window was broken and could be slid down easily. Investigation continuing.
Strong-Arm Robbery - Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 12:22 a.m., an officer responded to a strong-arm robbery that occurred at Mayflower and Huntington. The victim was on his bicycle waiting for the light to change when approached by a suspect who told him to give him his bicycle. When the victim asked why he should give him the bicycle, the suspect pushed the victim off the bike, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect then fled westbound on the bicycle. Officers arrived and spotted the suspect on the bike, but he was able to elude them. Officers continued searching the area and eventually found him behind a business in Arcadia. The suspect was positively identified by the victim. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Theft From a Vehicle
July 14 at 3:42 p.m., a vehicle theft was reported in the 200 block of East Scenic. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence at 1:30 a.m. He returned to the vehicle at 12:30 p.m. the next day and found the center console and glove compartment open. He reported a brown leather wallet missing from the center console containing identification and a debit card. Other miscellaneous items were taken from the glove box. The windows were left rolled down about two inches and the victim may have left the vehicle unlocked. Investigation continuing.
Child Endangerment - Suspect Arrested
July 15 at 4:24 p.m., a male and female subject arrived at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington with their child from their home in Duarte. The male is bi-polar and off his medications and had been making threats to the female that he would kill everyone in the house if she ever called the police on him in the future to have him taken to the mental hospital. The female went into the business alone and called the police for help. When officers arrived, the male exited the car with the baby in his arms and ran into the business, ignoring officers' commands to stop and put the baby down. The business was evacuated.
Officers arrived and ordered the male subject to put his baby down, but he refused and yelled at the officers to shoot him. The officers were able to get the child from the subject. The suspect was subdued and taken into custody. An emergency protective order will be obtained for the child and mother. The Department of Child and Family Services will also be notified regarding the child endangerment.
Home Invasion Robbery
On Sunday, July 15, 2012, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Monrovia police officers responded to the 200 block of East Chestnut regarding a late reported home invasion robbery investigation. One female adult victim was at home during the incident and she was not harmed.
The victim told officers that at approximately 4:50 p.m., she arrived home and went directly to her upstairs bedroom, when she heard the sound of something being knocked over downstairs. The victim was in the process of returning downstairs to investigate the sound when she was immediately confronted by a suspect armed with an unknown caliber handgun. The suspect ordered the victim to lie down on her bedroom floor as he blocked her vision by wrapping a t-shirt around her face. The suspect remained in the bedroom monitoring the victim as a second suspect ransacked the residence. The suspects eventually left the location without further incident. The victim was scared and went directly to a relative's house in Los Angeles before reporting the incident to the police.
The investigation revealed that the suspects entered the victim's apartment by removing the exterior living room window screen and pulling the sliding living room window off of the track. Once inside the residence, the suspects stole a laptop computer, a play station console and a wallet. The suspects left the location by exiting the front door. The victim described one suspect as a male black in his early 20's with short black hair, approximately 5'06", and wearing a t-shirt.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity
Possession of Methamphetamine - Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 4:56 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team was on patrol at a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle. One subject was arrested for possession of a methamphetamine pipe and one was cited for littering.
Burglary Warrant - Suspect Arrest
July 11 at 7:39 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team stopped two suspicious subjects on Lemon, near Magnolia. One subject was arrested for an outstanding wanted persons warrant for burglary out of San Dimas Sheriff's Department. The suspect was arrested and taken to the San Dimas Sheriff's Station.
Drunk in Public - Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 6:04 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team responded to a call of a subject harassing customers at a business parking lot in the 300 block of West Huntington. The subject was contacted and arrested for being drunk in public.
Warrant - Suspect Arrested
On July 14, Special Enforcement Team assisted patrol on the surveillance of a vehicle on Ivy, north of Los Angeles, where the registered owner had several outstanding warrants. The vehicle was stopped and the female driver was arrested. The vehicle was stored since her license was expired.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Battery - Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 4:44 p.m., police were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West Huntington regarding a battery incident. A male adult subject walked past a female adult subject and intentionally brushed his hand on her buttocks. The woman immediately called police, who responded and located the suspect. Video surveillance of the business shows the suspect intentionally touch the victim. He was arrested, booked and released on citation for misdemeanor battery.
July 10 at 5:18 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 400 block of West Walnut. Suspect(s) smashed two windows on a car, which was parked off an alley. The windows of the vehicle were smashed, but there was no loss of property. The female victim does not know why anyone would have vandalized her property. Investigation continuing.
Petty Theft / Drunk in Public - Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 11:52 p.m., employees at a business in the 100 block of East Olive called police and reported that a suspect had just stolen a purse and ran out the door. Two employees chased the suspect west on Olive and then south on Myrtle, where they detained him. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect for petty theft of a purse and being drunk in public.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Vandalism - Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 7:06 a.m., dispatch received a call from a business in the 100 block of West Foothill reporting a male suspect attempting to assault a security guard. Officers arrived and detained a male suspect who was holding a large wooden post in his hands. The suspect refused to stop skateboarding in front of the business, where people were walking, and made threats to return and harm the security guard after he was told to leave the premises. The suspect then walked to a city park, broke off a wooden tree support post and returned to confront the security guard. He made attempts to intimidate the security guard by acting like he was going to strike him with the post. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 7:19 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of West Olive regarding a subject who was acting odd and hearing voices. Officers detained a known subject who has a history of drug use. He was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. His family stated he had been up for most of the week.
July 11 at 5:09 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a UPS vehicle striking a fire hydrant. Officers responded and determined there were no injuries involved. The Fire Department and Water Department were requested to assess the damage and handle the large amount of water streaming from the damaged hydrant.
Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
On July 11, Special Enforcement Team officers observed a possible narcotics transaction and drug use in a park located in the 300 block of South Myrtle. Officers detained a subject who was found to have a methamphetamine pipe in his possession. He was arrested and charged with the offense.
Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 10:41 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Myrtle and Camino Real and determined the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Tip of the Week
"KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25" CAMPAIGN
"KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25" is a traffic safety campaign to raise awareness of the residential speed limit. In California the speed limit in residential areas is 25 MPH, unless posted otherwise. The goal of the "KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25" organization and the Monrovia Police Department is working together to end injuries and deaths that result from speeding vehicles in our neighborhoods. The street in front of your home is over twice as dangerous as highways when it comes to number of deaths per miles driven (Federal Highway Administration).
The "KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25" organization, the Monrovia Police Department and the Monrovia Unified School District are working collaboratively to create safe streets through education and active community Involvement.
Monday, July 9, 2012
July 5 at 7:44 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of West Olive. The owner of a 2010 Ford Escape went to her vehicle in the morning and discovered it had been burglarized sometime during the night. The suspect smashed out a window and took music CD's. Investigation continuing.
July 5 at 9:08 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of West Walnut. The owner of a 2006 Honda Pilot went out in the morning to discover her car window shattered and a lug nut socket wrench stolen from the vehicle. Officers searched for witnesses and located a neighbor who had heard a car alarm during the night. She looked out her window and saw a male Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, with slicked back black hair, running from the victim's car. She did not call the police. Investigation continuing.
Robbery – Suspect Arrested
July 5 at 6:05 p.m., police responded to a market in the 1200 block of South Myrtle regarding a robbery. A suspect entered the location and selected a beer. The store clerk recognized the suspect from a couple days prior when he had also stolen a beer. The clerk told the suspect to put the beer down and leave the location. The suspect pushed the clerk out of his way and left the store with the beer. A photo line-up was presented to the clerk and he immediately identified the suspect. Later in the shift, the suspect was seen by an officer and was taken into custody.
Grand Theft Auto
July 5 at 7:35 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 900 block of South Canyon. The vehicle was parked in a condominium complex parking area when it was taken. The vehicle is a burgundy, 1995 Honda Accord. Investigation continuing.
Domestic Battery / Providing False Information to a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
July 6 at 1:20 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of West Duarte. The female at the location alleged that her boyfriend had choked her after an argument and had left the location. The victim was uncooperative with officers, but provided her name and the suspect’s name. A report was taken and she was provided domestic violence information. She was told to call police if the suspect returned.
At 4:49 a.m., officers were dispatched to the residence again regarding domestic violence. Through investigation, the officers determined that a battery did occur and the male subject, who had returned to the location, was arrested. It was also discovered that the first officers on scene were given false information by the victim regarding the suspect’s name, as well as her own name. A complaint will be filed for providing false information to a peace officer.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon / Battery – Suspect Arrested
July 6 at 10:16 p.m., a motorist was driving his vehicle and became angry at a group of bicyclists. The motorist intentionally swerved his vehicle toward the bicyclists, forcing one of them to crash into a parked vehicle. The motorist then pulled to the side of the roadway, exited his vehicle and began punching another bicyclist. Police arrived and the motorist was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. The two victims’ injuries were not life threatening and they were treated at the scene by Monrovia paramedics.
July 7 at 6:23 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 200 block of West Walnut. The victim parked his truck in the evening in the parking area behind his property, which is adjacent to an alley. He returned to his truck in the morning and found the truck had been spray painted all over in four different colors. Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
July 7 at 3:49 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen in the 100 block of West Palm. The victim parked and locked his vehicle at 10:00 p.m. and went into a business. He returned to his vehicle at about 11:55 p.m. and the vehicle was gone. There was no broken glass on the ground and there was a spare key in the glove box. The vehicle is a silver, 2011 Nissan Altima with paper plates. Investigation continuing.
Detective Bureau Case Follow-upOn February 9, 2012, a male subject carrying groceries was walking home in the area of Colorado and Violet. Three suspects approached the victim and demanded money. When the victim refused, one of the suspects held the victim as a second suspect beat the victim about the head and upper body. As the victim pled for the suspects to stop hitting him, he gave up his wallet. The suspects then fled on foot. The victim called police, and a short time later, two of the three suspects were apprehended. One of the
suspects was in possession of the victim’s iPod at the time he was arrested. During interviews of the suspects, the third suspect was identified.
Detectives were assigned the case. Search Warrants were served and the third suspect was arrested at his girlfriend’s house on February 16, 2012.
Court trials have been ongoing over the past two months. On July 6, 2012, the third suspect pled to the robbery charges and received 2 years state prison, and is now a second striker.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Grand Theft Auto – Suspects Arrested
July 2 at 12:37 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of West Duarte Road to take a stolen vehicle report. A 1997 Honda Accord was stolen from the residence sometime between 7:25 and 11:18 a.m. The West Covina Police Department made a traffic stop on the vehicle and found three occupants inside. While investigating, they were able to establish that the vehicle did not belong to the occupants. They contacted the victim, who confirmed the vehicle was in fact stolen. The suspects were arrested.
July 2 at 2:33 p.m., a male subject who lives in the 900 block of West Colorado called police to report he was being threatened by his ex-girlfriend. She left a recorded message in which she stated she was going to kill him. The investigating officer was able to listen to the message. The victim desires prosecution and said he feels threatened and is fearful she will make an attempt to harm him. A wanted person entry was made in the system for the suspect. Investigation continuing.
July 4 at 10:56 p.m., an attempt robbery was reported in the 100 block of Fig. A male victim was leaving his girlfriend’s house when he was confronted by a male, African-American suspect who asked him for money. When the victim said he did not have any money, the suspect began grabbing at the victim’s pockets. The victim hit the suspect several times. The suspect continued trying to reach into his pockets and the victim was hitting his hands away when the suspect grabbed hold of the victim’s left hand and bit him. The victim yelled out to his girlfriend, who came over and hit the suspect several times until he let go of the victim’s hand. The suspect then left the area walking
south to Central and out of sight. The victim was treated at a hospital for his injury. Investigation continuing.
Tip of the WeekThe Summer Heat is On! – Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe and Cool!
Summer is a time for vacations and outdoor activities, but the heat and health risks of the summer heat should not be taken lightly, especially for the elderly. As a person becomes older, they become less sensitive to higher temperatures, putting the elderly more at risk to heat related illness. The elderly are more likely to not notice the warning signs of heat-related diseases and injury. Health conditions caused by the heat can range from heat stroke, the most serious, to cramps caused by lack of water intake, nausea and weakness, and headaches caused by exhaustion due to the summer heat. Following are some tips for seniors to stay safe and cool during the summer heat:
Maintain plenty of water intake to keep hydrated, about 4-8 glasses a day; eating fresh fruits and vegetables can also help hydrate the body. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks; drink water or a sports drink instead.
Reduce strenuous activities during hot weather. Exercise in the cool morning and evening hours to avoid the heat.
Avoid too much sun and always use sunblock when going outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
When planning for a family outing in the summer, ensure there are cool places with shade and ventilation for seniors to retreat to.
Snack on cool treats, such as popsicles, ice cream, and other frozen treats to keep cool.
If you have an elderly family member or friend, check on them or have a neighbor check on them to ensure their safety during hot summer months.
When the heat rises to extreme temperatures, seniors should stay in cool places out of the sun, such as an air-conditioned room.
If you see signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration, such as weakness, nausea, heavy sweating or no sweating, rapid pulse, or fainting, move the senior immediately to the nearest cool shaded area and provide with ventilation and hydrants like cool juice or water. You can also help cool them down by applying a cold compress. Call for medical assistance immediately if it is necessary.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On June 28 at 5:19 p.m., security personnel from a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain called to report they had a male suspect in custody for shoplifting. The suspect admitted to going to the location to steal merchandise. A pat-down search of the suspect revealed a key for a vehicle. Officers checked the parking lot and located the vehicle, and additional stolen property was found. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.
On June 29 at 10:05 a.m., an officer responded to the 1500 block of California regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke into his vehicle sometime during the night and took property from his vehicle. He had parked and locked his vehicle, but left the driver’s side window open approximately one and a half inches. It appears the suspect used this opening to unlock the vehicle and gain entry. Investigation continuing.
On June 29 at 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Colorado regarding a strong-arm robbery. The victim was at the Monrovia Street Fair sitting on a curb when a male suspect in his twenties, unknown race, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and tan shorts, ran by the victim, grabbed her purse from her and fled. The suspect ran east on Colorado. Several witnesses ran after the suspect, but were unable to catch him. The victim waited approximately 30 minutes before reporting the incident to police and the witnesses left the area prior to police arrival. The investigation is continuing.
Theft From a Vehicle - Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 9:56 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of East Cypress. The victim called police to report seeing someone in her vehicle. The suspect
attempted to flee the scene, but the victim followed him and reported his location to police. Police arrived and took the suspect into custody. It appears that the suspect entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and removed coins, which were located in the suspect's possession. The suspect was charged with petty theft with a prior and is currently on parole. A parole hold was obtained.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 30 at 2:34 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of Duarte and observed the driver of a vehicle throw trash out of the window. The driver was stopped for littering. During the investigation, the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was cited.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 12:06 a.m., an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked along the curb in the 800 block of Alta Vista. The engine was running and the vehicle was occupied by a male subject who appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. The officer approached and contacted the subject. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.
Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 3:14 a.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 300 block of East Wildrose. Officers arrived and detained a male and female subject. During an argument, the male subject broke a photo of the couple, cutting his finger. The female subject then struck the victim in the face, causing visible injury. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.
Stop Graffiti Bounty ProgramOne of the methods the Monrovia Police Department is using to combat graffiti in the community of Monrovia is the Stop Graffiti Bounty Program. If a citizen reports an incident of graffiti in the City of Monrovia that leads to the arrest of the suspect, the citizen will receive a $100 bill. Help keep Monrovia looking great!