Update: ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Narcotics Suspect Arrested in South Pasadena

The suspect leads officers on a car chase and is found hiding in the backyard of an Oak Hill Avenue residence.

South Pasadena Police Department car.
South Pasadena Police Department car.


The South Pasadena Police Department assisted the Los Angeles Police Department in the search and arrest Tuesday of an armed narcotics suspect driving a stolen vehicle.

The male suspect was arrested in South Pasadena after he was found hiding in the backyard of a residence on the 1300 block of Oak Hill Avenue, according to SPPD Sgt. Brian Solinsky.

Initial reports by City News Service (see below) said the suspect was arrested in Los Angeles, across the South Pasadena border. 

Officers of the SPPD and the LAPD cordoned off the Oak Hill Avenue area following a car chase that began on Huntington Drive in El Sereno, Solinsky said, adding that LAPD officers from the Hollenbeck Division initially saw the suspect driving a Chevy Impala sedan that had been stolen in Los Angeles in December.

When LAPD officers attempted to stop the suspect, he drove off on Huntington Drive toward South Pasadena, triggering a pursuit by the officers, Solinsky explained. 

Officers saw the suspect armed with a handgun, but no weapon was found on him when he was taken into custody at 2:26 p.m. following a perimeter search, Solinsky said.

The entire incident lasted two hours and about 10 SPPD officers assisted in the search for the suspect and his eventual arrest, Solinsky said.


By City News Service 

An “armed and dangerous” narcotics suspect sought by Los Angeles and South Pasadena police was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after a large perimeter was set up near the border of both cities.   

The man was arrested without incident, along with two others, about 3:15 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera.

The arrest occurred on the Los Angeles side of the border between the two cities.

South Pasadena police had told residents to stay inside and lock their doors and windows as they sought the suspect, described as a six-foot-tall Hispanic man with a goatee and tattoos on his face. His name was not immediately disclosed.

Rene Daley January 07, 2014 at 08:03 PM
To the men and women of the South Pasadena Police Department - THANK YOU. I appreciate your successful efforts at containing the suspects, assisting in the apprehension of the suspects, protecting the community, and using social media to alert the community about the incident. Well done!
Rene Daley January 07, 2014 at 08:07 PM
For people who are unaware, you can sign up to receive free email or text alerts from the South Pasadena Police Department through a service called Nixle. You can learn more by visiting the Police Department's social media page at: http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/index.aspx?page=340
Justanotheropinion January 08, 2014 at 02:12 AM
Thanks Rene - first I've heard of this.


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