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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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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