Elderly Woman Assaulted by Attempted Murderer

A parolee at large allegedly gained entry to an elderly woman's home Monday morning, beat her and threatened her with a kitchen knife. He was apprehended by police about 30 minutes later after he fled on foot.

Update: The suspect, who was charged for attempted murder and burglary Monday, was identified as Alonzo Bernard Johnson of Los Angeles. 

A mug shot is unavailble at this time. 

Previously: An elderly woman was assaulted in her home on the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue Monday morning after a parolee at large gained entry to her residence. 

Around 7:40 a.m., the female victim, 80, was alone in her home when a male suspect, 51, allegedly walked in through a closed door and asked to charge his cell phone. 

When the victim told him to leave, he allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened to kill her, according to reports.

While holding the knife to her, the suspect then forced her into a rear bedroom, face down onto the bed, police reported. 

The suspect attempted to tie the victim’s hands behind her back while beating her into submission with his hands and fists; this is when he was interrupted by the elderly woman's family members, and he fled the residence on foot, police said. 

With the help of the Pasadena, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, and San Marino Police Departments, the suspect was apprehend in the 5100 block of Huntington Drive in the city of Los Angeles, about 30 minutes later without incident. 

The suspect is a parolee at large and has a significant violent criminal past. He is currently being booked at the Los Angeles County Jail on multiple charges which include attempted murder and burglary, according to police. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

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detrich August 07, 2012 at 02:10 AM
this is precisely why the city of Beverly Hills has been fighting tooth & nail to prevent metro rail from tunneling under them and setting up stops there. there is a good reason for it. subways, rails, freeways etc. all bring in crime, because it's an easier escape or as u mentioned, cheap transportation. south pas is disadvantaged, because we are near the 110. so, these losers can come over do their crimes and disappear rather quickly on the freeway or by train. =(
Betty Jean August 07, 2012 at 02:31 AM
What's strange is he was so far from the Mission Station unless he got off at the H. Park station?
Gabriela Spilman August 07, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Thanks for the mugshot link. I found it too and was going to post it. He is listed on the Megan's Law website too. Not a good fellow at all!! Rather scary! The recent criminal events have really made me uneasy. So much for a safe community. :(
Anonymous August 07, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Please visit the link below. Feel free to contribute to it, if you wish. It is a page created by South Pasadena residents to highlight the positive aspects of our community, but also raise awareness about possible serious issues. http://www.facebook.com/associationsouthpasadenaresidents?ref=stream
Anonymous August 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Betty Jean August 07, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Don't know why you're doing this here but OK.
William August 07, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I truly hope the victim is able to recover from this horrific attack. South Pasadena is not the Mayberry some seem to think it is; I am appalled by the elitism displayed in some of the above posts. The Gold Line and Metro offer a wonderful alternative to the daily drive on the 110, and a viable way to get around. Being just ten miles from downtown we will clearly have problems, but that doesn't mean we have to be ignorant of the reality.
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Betty Jean. What are you talking about? He WALKED from the Mission station down El Centro Street and made a left on Indiana. Don't obfuscate the reality. It's about 4-5 blocks.
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
All the web pages in the world won't make a difference. The South Pas police need to set up a Cruiser at the Mission St station EVERY MORNING, and watch the vagrants getting off and going for a walk. That is all. Yesterdays BEATING and the July 19th burglaries would NOT have occurred. OH, and if you see SCUM walking down the street keep an eye on them and call the Police.
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
William: It's not elitism; it's safety. I am just pointing out that the folks from yesterday and July 19th came here on the GOLD LINE, went for a walk and committed crime. Yesterday's was a home invasion and beating. Make WHATEVER EXCUSE you like, but I m talking about what is ACTUALLY happening and you are talking B.S. You are the one with your head in the clouds.
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Let me add, you're right. It's a wonderful alternative to the 110 and a viable way to "get around." And, to go for walks in "not your neighborhoods" looking for opportunistic open windows, open doors, to go in and BEAT the F out of people. Why do YOU support SCUM?
William August 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Steve, you are out of line. Nowhere in my comment do I condone crime. My point is that South Pasadena will have urban crime problems as long as South Pasadena is in proximity to an urban center. Unless you plan on moving this quaint little town to rural middle-America you can expect that there will be problems. Your rants are irresponsible, irrational, and do not propose solutions but rather encourage anger and hatred. Offer a solution to the problem that is viable and realistic.
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The solution is for the South Pas police to watch the morning trains, on the reverse commute, for vagrants, scums and losers going for their opportunistic walks. The METRO police won't do anything. I'm not saying it's a quaint little town, but we don't need SCUMBAGS beating the F out of ladies in their own homes, when they go to get a cup of coffee. I do the research. Do you even know about July 19th? You should also check out WHOM is getting busted for drunk driving every night. Check the police blotter. Wee, the truth hurts!
Betty Jean August 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I agree with some of what Steve is saying but keep in mind it's not just the Metro. Thanks to the city hundreds if not thousands of cars are cutting through neighborhoods {especially Indiana} streets everyday. Some of these drivers are casing the neighborhoods. I've seen it and have reported it many times. The SPPD has always been pretty good about sending their officers out. My point is it's not just Metro. Everyone needs to be on their toes and report suspicion people coming into their neighborhoods.
Betty Jean August 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It's still a strange path to take from Metro regardless to what YOU think, Steve. Has SPPD stated he got off at Mission? If they haven't then nobody knows. Btw, check your emotions Steve and stop lashing out people who generally are agreeing with you. Sheeeesh!
Steve Burke August 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
OK Betty!
Rob August 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Steve, I absolutely concur with you and all your comments are spot on! I am horrified by this crime. I live right down the street from where this happened and know the victim and her family personally This could have easily been me or any member of my family. I feel sorry for people like William who can't stop being so idealistic, bleeding hearts who'd rather look the other way when something so tragic happens right in their own backyard. Rather than patrolling the Goldline at Meridian or the main arteries(i.e., Indiana Ave. ) for inordinate amounts of traffic entering S. Pas., you can find SPPD on any given day meandering around all the film shoots in the city.....NOT patrolling! Maybe the city officials could utilize the police for their purpose of fighting and deterring crime where it's really needed. I only ever see the police presence on Thursdays on Meridian and Monterey Rd handing out their tickets to all the farmers market patrons ( so predictable ).
Natasha Prime August 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Why are there no names associated with this group? The link is posted by 'anonymous' and there is not one name on the group's website or FB page. Just wondering why such a strong need for anonymity when the mission seems fairly straight forward?
Kristen Lepore (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
More info here: http://patch.com/A-wKlf
South Pasadena Sheepdog August 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Does this person need to be walking the streets or have a nice jail cell to hide in until he is released again due to so called jail overcrowding? Maybe if someone in the house was trained in safe weapons handling, this person with the MTA bus and rail pass would no longer be assaulting and beating on your mothers and grandmothers or your daughters. Oh that's right the powers in charge in Sacramento wish to disarm the law abiding citizens of Calif upon orders from BHO who cannot stand us defending ourselves against these thugs who roam our streets and ride our mass transit at working taxpayers expense. Citizens of South Pasadena stop being sheep being led to the path of sub-servitude! Our great police dept can not be everywhere and we must be able to defend our families safety. We must be the sheepdogs to protect our families. Our local assemblyman upon being term limited out, will pack up and return to his home state of New Jersey leaving us disarmed with all of the new anti gun laws he passes while he has his concealed carry permit and security squad to protect his family. Is that fair? Are we not citizens or are we now slaves to the powerful politicians and their minions? Just something to think about... www.stopsb249.org "A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government" George Washington
South Pasadena Sheepdog August 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
When is SPPD going to start reporting to www.crimemapping.com so we can know what is happening with the crime stats? Pasadena and LAPD report to this site and it is eye-opening to see where the crimes are taking place on a map...
Jim Valencia August 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
SPPD uses www.crimereports.com. Det. Sgt. Jim Valencia
Kristen Lepore (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Update for those who haven't seen it: http://patch.com/A-wMv5
Sgt. Tony Abdalla August 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Rob, officers that are assigned to film shoots are hired and paid for by the production companies through the city's film liaison, Joan Aguado. The officers are hired on an overtime basis (usually on an officer's day off) with the purpose of enforcing the terms and conditions of the film permit, to assist with intermittent traffic control and will take other enforcement action as necessary. The officers ARE NOT pulled from the department's standard patrol deployment for any given day or shift. You might look at it this way, the film production companies are actually paying for another officer (or more) to be in your neighborhood. Hope this clears things up.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 01:15 AM
@Anonymous: Would love to hear more about your website and the Association of South Pas Residents. Please email me if you'd like to talk: kristen.lepore@patch.com
Sam August 10, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Rob, of course you would disparage the police and spout off what you believe are facts without verifying anything. Forget the fact that SPPD somehow tracked this suspect down in LOS ANGELES, which is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Never mind the persistence and grit that the officers showed in investigating the case, which resulted in a successful filing of charges against the suspect. You live in the city and you take advantage of the blanket of protection offered by your local police department while unjustly criticizing it. How dare you.
William August 10, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Rob: What in my comments leads you to believe that I am a "bleeding heart" or being "idealistic?" You clearly do not comprehend what i have posted. Just because I support public transportation and acknowledge the reality of being in an urban environment doesn't mean I am idealist. I acknowledged the horrific nature of the attack, and I applaude SPPD for the fine work that they continually do.
Rob August 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Dear Sgt. Tony Abdalla, I believe you seem to be missing the point of what I was trying to make, so let me make myself a little more clear to you. I am very well aware like most residents of this city that the police department is not paid to be on the movie sets by the city but by the studios themselves. So is it to be my understanding that if a crime happens to happen directly in front of a movie shoot while our police officers are enjoying the craft services then this is what you consider to be a positive deterrent to crime in our city? Yes, these film production companies are paying our officers (overtime) to be on these movie sets but their not paying them to be patrolling the city as well. My family have owned multiple properties in throughout this city for many generations and it is my hope that you and your police department can take some honest criticism that the only time I ever see police officers visible throughout this city is generally when I'm driving by a film shoot on any given day. I can assure you that this sentiment is also felt by many of my fellow neighbors and fellow residents as well for many years. It's sad to say but it's been a running joke amongst my neighbors that if you want to find a police officer in this city find out where the film shoots for the day are. It is my hope that you can become a much more needed visible force throughout this city to help aid in deterring crime. Especially areas surrounding the Gold Line, Best Regards!
Sgt. Tony Abdalla August 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Good Afternoon Rob, Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I respect your opinion and we certainly welcome any suggestions that would result in more effective and efficient policing for the citizens of South Pasadena and other visitors to our community. I would just offer one item for your consideration. Often times, perceptions can differ substantially from reality. I would encourage you, and anybody else who is interested for that matter, to review the South Pasadena PD's 2011 Year End Report which can be found at http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/police/PDFs/2011AnnualReport.pdf. The report provides an in-depth look inside your police department and details the challenges we face together as a professional law enforcement agency and community. The report includes a comprehensive review of everything from the department's organization, to crime statistics, to available resources and other valuable information in between. It is my hope that this report will provide you with some helpful insight into what it is your police department does on a day-to-day basis, the challenges we face and perhaps bring perception and reality into closer alignment. If you happen to have any questions as you sift through the report, feel free to call me directly at 626-403-7277. Have a great rest of your weekend! Sgt. Tony Abdalla
South Pasadena Sheepdog August 13, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Thank You Det. Sgt. Valencia, we will check out the www.crimereports.com web site listings now we know about it. Have a great day!


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