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Police Blotter: Man Shaves Head To Elude Police

This week a suspected vehicle burglar shaved his head to allegedly trick police but was found sleeping in an alley anyway. Read on for more.

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Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Warrant / Parolee at Large - Suspect Arrested

August 16 at 7:20 a.m., police were requested to the 800 block of West Chestnut regarding a male transient sleeping on a bench on a business property near their front lobby. Officers arrived and recognized the subject from prior contacts. Computer checks revealed he had an outstanding warrant out of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and a no-bail parolee-at-large warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Disturbed Subject / Mental Evaluation

August 16 at 16:27 p.m., police dispatch received a call reporting a male subject walking around holding a knife in the 300 block of West Duarte. After making the initial report the caller hung up the phone. Officers responded and located the subject in a parking area. The subject was holding a large knife and refused to drop it at the request of officers. He stated to the officers that he wanted them to shoot him. One of the officers eventually talked the subject into dropping the knife. The subject was taken into custody.  

A check of the subject's cell phone revealed the phone number was the same as the reporting party. It appears the subject was the one who made the initial report on himself. The subject was taken to a hospital, where he was placed on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.      

Traffic Collision - Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

August 17 at 8:49 p.m., a 73-year-old female was walking east on Royal Oaks and began to cross Mountain in the pedestrian walkway. The female claims she had a white figure facing her, indicating she was clear to cross the street, when a vehicle turned southbound onto Mountain from Royal Oaks. The driver claims she had a green signal facing her direction of travel. The pedestrian managed to push away from the vehicle with her arms, but still fell to the ground, striking her head on the asphalt. She complained of pain to her left leg, left arm, and her head. She was taken to a hospital, where she is expected to recover from her injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

August 18 at 8:34 a.m., an officer was dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked her vehicle in a guest parking stall to the rear of the complex in the evening. She locked the vehicle, but had left her purse and laptop on the floorboard, behind the front passenger seat. When she returned to her vehicle the next morning at about 8:30 a.m., she found the rear passenger side window shattered. Her purse, credit cards and laptop were all missing. Investigation continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

August 18 at 10:36 a.m., the victim of a grand theft auto called to report he had located his stolen vehicle in the 100 block East Colorado. The victim was out riding his bicycle around town and happened to come across his vehicle. The vehicle is a silver, 2005 Toyota Camry and was reported stolen on August 15. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Warrant / Receiving Stolen Property - Suspects Arrested

August 18 at 12:22 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Lemon. The victim parked her vehicle in her designated parking stall at her apartment complex and locked it. When she returned to the vehicle the next morning it was missing. The vehicle is a green, 1997 Acura Integra.

At 2:02 p.m. the same day, a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of California. The reporting party ran out of his house when his wife told him someone had just broken into his vehicle. He ran to the alley and saw three suspicious subjects in and around a green Acura Integra. He was able to get a picture on his cell phone of the driver, suspects, the vehicle, and the license plate. He attempted to follow the suspects, but lost them. He then went home and called police. Police responded and checked the area. An area search was made and two of the suspects were eventually located. The vehicle license plate was found to belong to the stolen Acura from earlier that morning. The pictures taken by the reporting party positively identified the driver of the stolen vehicle. The second suspect was found to have an outstanding warrant. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.      

In the early morning hours of the next day, officers located the third outstanding suspect sleeping in an alley. He had shaved his head in an attempt to alter his appearance. He was taken into custody with incident. 

August 19 at 8:38 p.m., an officer on patrol was driving through an alley in the 200 block of West Colorado and located the stolen green Acura parked in a carport stall of an apartment complex. The vehicle was recovered.

Grand Theft Auto

August 19 at 9:17 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of East Central. The victim parked and locked his black, 2004 Chevy Silverado in front of his residence about 9:00 p.m. in the evening. He noticed the vehicle missing the next morning at 9:00 a.m. The vehicle has 20-inch chrome rims. Investigation continuing.

Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested

August 19 at 4:27 p.m., officers responded to a fight in progress between two subjects at a business parking lot in the 200 block of West Huntington. When the officers arrived, they detained a male subject in the parking lot. The other half involved in the fight was the male subject's girlfriend, who was last seen walking west on Huntington. Officers located the girlfriend, who was found to have injuries from the fight. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence.

Laurel Hiestand August 22, 2012 at 02:50 AM
My heart aches for that poor man who called in a report on himself. Here's what will probably happen: he'll be placed on a 72 hour hold, after which time the hospital may or may not be able to find somewhere else to send him. If he's lucky, he could get sent to a different hospital with a long term psych ward where he can get help. If he's not so lucky, he'll be released to return to whatever life he was living before. He may have a long history of mental illness, and he has simply fallen through the cracks. People don't really care about the mentally ill in our society.

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