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Police Blotter: Unconfirmed Pepper-Spraying in Hotel Fight

This week a man claimed he was pepper-sprayed in a fight at a local hotel. Read on for more.

From the Monrovia Police Department:

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Man Attempts to Lure Teen into Car

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 15-year-old high school student was walking to school in the 500-600 block of West Olive when she was approached by a male white suspect driving a white, four-door, pickup truck, unknown size. The suspect asked the student to get into his vehicle, but the student refused, stating she did not know him. He drove forward and turned onto the 600 block of Monterey, parking along the curb. He waited for the student to approach. As the student approached the vehicle again, the driver offered the student $200 to get into his vehicle. The student refused, and the suspect left the area. The student notified school officials as soon as she arrived at school. 

It is unknown if this is related to the incident which occurred on November 8, but detectives are investigating and are coordinating their investigation with school officials. 

Suspect Description:  male, white, 30-35 years old, unknown height, thin build, black shaggy hair - medium length, wearing black framed prescription glasses. The victim could not describe the suspect's clothing.

Suspect Vehicle Description:  older model, white, four-door, pickup truck.

Residential Burglary

November 30 at 10:50 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of North Alta Vista to investigate a burglary that had occurred within the last two days. The victims had been out of town and returned home to discover someone had broken into their home. The suspect(s) smashed the glass backdoor and gained entry into the home. Once inside, they took a purse and some jewelry from the home. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary

November 30 at 4:14 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 800 block of Ridgeside Drive. The location is a vacant residence that is in the process of being remodeled and was left unlocked. The suspects entered the residence and took tools from the attached garage. The suspect(s) then left the location undetected. Investigation continuing.

Elder Abuse / Grand Theft

November 30 at 5:24 p.m., an elderly male subject came into the police department lobby and reported that several guns he owns were stolen from his apartment while he was in the hospital. Further investigation revealed he had begun to associate with two female neighbors, who steadily gained his trust and took over his finances. While he was in the hospital, they went into his apartment and took his property, including bank statements and gold jewelry. He told the investigating officer that he never gave anyone permission to go into his apartment and take his property. A call was made to the female neighbors, who admitted they had his property, but claimed he told them to take it for safekeeping while he was in the hospital. An Adult Protective Services referral was generated. The investigation is continuing.

Parolee at Large - Suspect Arrested

November 30 at 8:11 p.m., an adult male subject was aggressively confronting two people who were waiting for the bus at Magnolia and Huntington. An officer in the area had stopped, noticing the subject, and was waved over by one of the people waiting for the bus. The officer contacted the male subject, who then immediately became confrontational with the officer. Additional officers arrived and the subject was determined to be intoxicated and had been in possession of an open container of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody. At the police station, a computer check revealed the subject is a parolee at large and considered armed and dangerous. He has an extensive history of violent crimes. A parole hold was obtained for the suspect.

Transformer Fire and Power Outage

November 30 at 8:48 p.m., a transformer on California, south of Evergreen, blew after the pole it was on fell due to the soft soil from the rain. The transformer then struck another power pole. Officers responded with fire personnel and contained the area. Southern California Edison was called and responded. Power was restored quickly and Edison was to repair the downed pole.

Possession of Fraudulent Social Security and California Identification / Drinking in Public - Suspect Arrested

November 30 at 12:55 p.m., an officer observed a subject with an open alcohol container on Myrtle Avenue. He stopped and detained the subject. The subject presented a fraudulent identification card. He was subsequently arrested and booked. The investigation is continuing.

Fight in Progress

December 1 at 1:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to a possible fight in progress at a hotel in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue. Several subjects were detained, and one male subject was checked by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics after reporting he had been sprayed with pepper spray. He declined medical treatment and officers could not confirm the fact the he was sprayed with pepper spray. One female subject was arrested for a warrant. All of the subjects were detained and field interview cards were completed. All persons not staying at the hotel left the premises.

Grand Theft Auto

December 2 at 9:10 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of Los Angeles. The vehicle is a red, 1996 Honda Civic, which was taken from the street in front of the victim's home. The investigation is continuing.  

Domestic Violence / Driving Under the Influence / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer

December 2 at 10:43 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a maroon van driving east on Huntington at an unsafe speed. The van turned into a parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington and scraped the bottom of the front bumper. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the male driver and two female occupants. One of the female subjects was found to be a juvenile. The driver was determined to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The female juvenile gave a false name and was arrested. The adult female complained of medical problems and was taken to a hospital, and while at the hospital, she stated the male driver had physically abused her. The male driver was arrested for driving under the influence and domestic violence.

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