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Police Blotter: Motorist Punches Bikers After Running One Down

Some road rage turned especially ugly last week when a motorist allegedly aimed his car at a group of bicyclists, stopped his car, got out, and started punching them. Read on for more.

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Vehicle Burglary
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.

Vehicle Burglary
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.

Felony Vandalism
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-up

On 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.

Jerry Baker July 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Sounds like the block between Walnut and Olive and Primrose and Magnolia is a problem area.
Gayle M. Montgomery July 11, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I understand that bike riders enjoy riding in Monrovia, but some of them have no sense either. They will get out in front of traffic and pretend they are cars. They cannot go as fast as a car, they annoy the drivers, they should probably be ticketed for failing to go with the flow and possibly reckless endangerment. This kind of stupid action is what happens when they do. I do not condone such actions, and obviously not all bicyclists are this way, but I've seen enough of this to make me wonder what are they thinking or are they? Only thing that topped that was the kid that went skateboarding down the middle of the street, with cars coming in opposite directions because he could. It may feel cool and free to do these things, but booboos hurt.
Mike July 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The problem is that if you dont bike in the middle of the lane you are practically invisible to motorists. This leads to them cutting you off at almost every intersection, parked vehicles opening doors infront of you, or drivers not obeying stop signs because they didnt realize you participate in traffic. Biking in the middle of the lane may annoy motorists at times, but at least it doesnt lead to traffic accidents. Theres ample space in the other lane to pass if you want to.
R Terry July 11, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Re: Dectective Bureau follow up...Obviously at least one suspect has a serious prior record and most likely the others as well. They didn't just rob this guy but forcibly detained him and beat him. The sentence this guy got was very lite for simply the beating. The detaining could be considered as something very serious up to kidnaping. Remember OJ? He and his guys simply detained those others in their hotel room for a while. The charge was kidnaping and OJ and one other is doing something like up to 30+ for this. Guys so bold as to hold up a pedestrian and beat him on the street have no business or right to walk the streets again.
Henry Gray July 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Cyclists have the right to occupy a traffic lane. It is legal and sometimes safer. They do not however have the right to violate traffic laws. They can not pass motor vehicles on the right while the vehicle is stopped or run stop signs or lights. however many do this routinely. Seems like they want a special preference to violate traffic laws at their discretion. Cyclist violating traffic laws can further delay motorists. That attitude angers many motorists.
Gayle M. Montgomery July 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Mike, it may be your perception that there is room to pass, but the fact of the matter is there often is not. If they can go with the flow of traffic, that's one thing. But they often impede it. Regrettably, there is no bike lane of which I am aware, but sensing from your commentary, i don't think you'd use it.
David D July 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Actually that is not entirely true Henry: CVC 21202(a) requires a cyclist who is riding slower than other traffic to "ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway", under those conditions single-file riding is arguably implied. I have seen police in Monrovia and Arcadia ticketing cyclist for impeding the flow of traffic
Chris Ziegler July 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Read the entire section of 21202, my friends! The requirement to ride to the right does not apply unless the roadway is wide enough to safely share side by side and lists a ton of other exceptions to the 'far to the right rule'. If government were doing their job, you would have been trained during the education process to know that bicyclists, using the full width of the traffic lane is a good thing (saves lots money). Yes, it pisses-off uninformed motorists and sometimes they runover or assualt the bicyclists as a response BUT that situation is a LOT less likely to take place than being "innocently" runover by an age imparied driver, a drunk, a texter etc or someone that just makes poor decisions. Also, the groups we commonly see are not always riding abreast, they are constantly changing the "pace setter" at the front thus "overtaking". The law allows this and does not limit how many bicyclist may overtake at a time. While bicycling has risks, it is 20 to 25 times more safe than being sedentary, is very close to carbon neutral, uses existing facilities - no increased cost of infrastructure and with a minimal effort by our electeds, could be easily managed to reduce the negative impact on the old fuddy-duddies that can't manage to share the roadway. (Kind of funny how we can tolerate umpteen billion stop signs, traffic lights that all force speeds of zero or the freeway with speeds averaging 17 MPH but someone on a bike, intollerable)
Gayle M. Montgomery July 11, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Chris, I'm not saying they're intolerable. I'm saying some are careless and inconsiderate. I LOVE to see a pack of bicylists zooming down the road, especially on a weekend. To me, that connotes people are having fun, and there's not enough of that lately. I am speaking specifically of the patch of Foothill where you make a left turn off Mountain to just about Myrtle. It's just not street smart for them to ride in the manner you address because it's fairly blind all the way around. There are cars on the curb side which encroach into the narrow traffic. Then you have bicyclists who do not have or use rear view mirrors and zoom in doing stupid tricks (yes, i am not arguing that drivers don't do stupid car tricks). But, when they come to a stop and are in the car lane, it takes a bit to get the gears going for MOST riders. And you have to remember that, while it appears biking is a passion for you, some of us fuddy duddies just cannot bike. It's not an option. I hate to see people get punched, but I guess it would say it goes with the rest of the road rage. Frankly, some portray the same stupid mindset that people with fancy cars do. To that I say, you own the bike or the car, but not the whole damn road. Be considerate.
Henry Gray July 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I'm glad to see some discussion o this issue. I am an advocate for more cycling. Nice discussion. There is a program called "Share the Road" that I have encountered which strives to educate both motorists and cyclists as to how to coexist on the roadways amicably. And BOTH cyclists and motorists could use some education as to how to be more empathetic. :)
Chris Ziegler July 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Gayle, My terse comments were aimed more towards folks like David D: David D went through all the trouble to look-up the vehicle code but then cherry-picks it to support his own personal view - misleading the Patch readers and further abraiding a sensitive situation (David D, if people are already trying to run over bicyclists, you already have suffcient hate in the community, no need to cultivate more hate - and now we get to pay to incarcerate the motorist and lose their tax dollars. Nice work, very productive life you are living!). Look an element of species is prone to hate anything it doesn't understand, our nation fought it bloodiest war over skin color. Many folks do not understand bicyclists and thus they are easy to hate. I too have concerns about some of the behaviors exibited by some of the bicyclists but I am much more frustrated that city hall's only tool to address the issue is to put together a police task force and go on a ticket writting spree. I've been to council meetings and met with electeds and department heads, I've explained the issues, as well as, examples of solutions other communites have employed (and public health agencies encourage) but nothing. Voicing your support of equitable solutions to city hall is recomended.
David D July 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
There you go again Chris talking about stuff you have no idea about kinda like when you failed at trying to get elected...I happen to be one of the riders in an older group that rides on the weekends. I have seen first hand the younger riders that brag about impeding traffic and enjoy aggravating the drivers they see it as a game. When there are cops out they call each other on their cell phones to warn the others to be careful then take parrallel roads to avoid getting busted. I have seen them spit on cars, kick doors and curse out people who have young children in the car. This is the behavior that makes riding more dangerous for the rest of us. So next time try to think (try it) before spouting inflamitory garbage.
Chris Ziegler July 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
David, You got me. I've ridden roughly a million miles on most of the contients of the world, raced just about every discipline except track, served on a transportation committee for more than a decade and somehow I don't know poop. Brilliant spin! If there is any truth to your claims at all, you are citing behaviors of the less-than-1% of bicyclists. How about I cite the drunks that drive through restaurants, killing diners and then claim that is representitive of all motorists. I bet you are leaving out significant details such as the motorist first throwing an object at the bicyclist, honking the horn, buzzing etc. Looking at your history of comments, I suspect that you have issues and are not a happy person. Also, my run for council was exploratory at best. We spent a miniscule percentage of the financial resources at our disposal. If I decide to run again it will be to win on my own terms, when we want to lay the ground work for a more prosporus future; If I really wanted to win a council seat, I'd join Rotary or Kiwanas, the historic preservation and art groups and befriend Donna Baker and/or Gloria Grudgeington. I have no interest in getting elected just for the sake of winning an election - Winning in Monrovia isn't about the issues.
David D July 13, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Right so you spent your time and resources to run for office you didnt want? Sounds like sour grapes to me...Complain all you want about Monrovia and the politics here but at least we were smart enough not to vote for a self centered db... Grow up...and as far as the mass generalities you keep inferring.. I have just commented on my personal experience and never stated it was all but you have never been one to let facts get in your self serving ways.. you are a part of theproblem but think you are the answer the only answer...you define ignorance at its worse
Chris Ziegler July 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
David, We didn't have mailers, webpage or advertising. We spent 50% more on the post election party than the election campaign - it was just research for a possible future run. But we're getting off- track, you misquoted the law, conveniently leaving out, "When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge" and provides a list of examples "including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes). Substandard width lanes are the norm in the San Gabriel Valley. If you look around other communities, ie Pasadena, La Cresenta, etc. you may notice they have "sharrows" in the middle of the right hand traffic lane on some of their arterials. That is where the traffic engineering folks want the slow bicyclists to ride. The bicyclists capable of moving at or above traffic speeds have zero restrictions on surface streets.

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