Blotter: Robbed of Binoculars at Gunpoint

A wrap-up of the incidents investigated by the Monrovia Police Department so far this week.

This week a dog allegedly attacked a woman and broke her wrist, a man told police he was robbed of his binoculars at gunpoint, and foggy car windows led to a driver hitting a pedestrian. Read on for more.

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The weekend's highlighted issues and events from Dec. 8 - 11:

Dog Bite

On December 8 at 10:27 a.m., an animal control officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Encinitas on the report of a dog bite. During the power outage on December 1, an 80-year-old female subject was in her front yard when a dog approached her and bit her on the arm. The dog owner tried to stop the dog, but failed. The woman fell to the ground and was assisted by the dog owner. The woman refused medical attention and no call was made to police to report the incident. On December 8, the woman was taken to a doctor and discovered she had sustained a broken wrist. The woman's daughter then called police to report the incident. An animal control officer was dispatched to investigate.

Robbery at gunpoint

On December 8 at 10:30 a.m., a male victim was walking in the 1100 block of Norumbega when a dark colored sedan stopped ahead of him and a male suspect exited the vehicle. The sedan drove up the street and the victim continued walking. The suspect then approached the victim and pointed a black handgun at him and demanded his property. The victim handed over his binoculars. The suspect demanded the victim's wallet and then reached for the victim's rear pocket, but the victim slapped the suspect's hand away. The suspect then fled south on Norumbega and got back into the sedan, which was waiting down the street. The vehicle was last seen heading south on Norumbega out of sight.  The victim did not call police until 5:00 p.m. that evening, after being encouraged to report the incident by family members. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

On December 9 at 4:09 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West Cypress regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked his car at approximately 6:00 p.m. and went to work with his co-worker. On his return at about 4:05 a.m., he discovered a window on his vehicle smashed and his stereo missing. A screwdriver was found on the front seat. Investigation continuing.


On December 11 at 2:33 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a subject drive through a stop sign at Myrtle and Walnut. The officer stopped the driver and noticed a strong odor of alcohol and, after investigation, determined the driver to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested.

Traffic Collision - Vehicle Versus Pedestrian

On December 11 at 6:04 a.m., a woman was walking to work and crossing in the crosswalk on a green light when she was struck by a driver whose windows were fogged up. The driver did not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk. The pedestrian complained of pain in her arm and side and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Stolen Bicycle Recovered - Suspect Arrested

On December 11 at 7:21 p.m., an officer took a report on a bicycle that was stolen from the 700 block of West Walnut. At 8:11 p.m., another officer stopped a bicyclist in the 100 block of West Maple for not having a light during darkness. The bicyclist had a warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody; the bicycle he was riding was brought to the police station. The officer who took the stolen bicycle report noticed that the bicycle matched the description of the victim's stolen bicycle. The victim came to the police station and positively identified the bicycle. The suspect was additionally charged for receiving stolen property. He claimed the bicycle belonged to a family member and he borrowed it without their knowledge or permission.

Outside Assist - Possible Attempt Suicide

On December 11 at 10:20 p.m., the Monterey Park Police Department called to report a suicidal female subject, possibly driving a black Honda in Monrovia. The female was text messaging her boyfriend in Monterey Park and told him she took 30 sleeping pills because she wanted to die. The female told her boyfriend she was in the 400 block of East Evergreen. The boyfriend called Monterey Park Police Department and reported the incident. Monrovia officers searched for the female, but she was not found. Approximately two hours later, Monterey Park police called back and reported the female was now possibly in the 300 block of North Myrtle. Monrovia officers began a second search and an officer eventually located the female subject in the 300 block of North Melrose. She claimed to have taken 20 sleeping pills and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. 

Ellen Zunino December 15, 2011 at 04:27 AM
The incident on Norumbega is too close to home. My elderly dad is often out by the street and I'm often out there with my camera "shooting" birds. I wish there was a better description of the car and/or the suspect. There seems to be an epidemic of people being injured and, unfortunately, killed while crossing the street. Traffic signals, walk/don't walk signs and being within the crosswalk lines do not confer special, super-human powers that prevent injury or death on pedestrians. It's so simple to just watch the traffic and, if a car isn't slowing, don't step in front of it.
Steve Buckner December 16, 2011 at 04:01 PM
There are only two ways to get in and out of this area. With all the shots being fired off and houses being robed around the 600 to 1000 block area, we should install a video system at saw pit bridge and on the other side @ Bradoaks. I would be willing to supply the power to the system on Norumbega and sawpit. If this would help catch these turds then lets do something. The cost of a good system would run around $1100.00. The police dept can access the system via internet to check on any cars or people that go in or out of this area. If someone calls in or an alarm system goes off, look at the video around the time frame and note any cars going in and out. Ok, there is the black sedan that was seen leaving. His or her lic plate is ####. It would sure help the police track down these turds. Neighborhood Watch is only good if you watch the Neighborhood.
Patrick December 17, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Im in Steve great idea. It would be nice to see units on patrol up here. Bottom line the only unit we ever see is if we call due to something going on. Sadly enough when we do see a unit it's the community patrol ride or the ticket patrol for the sweeper............


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