From the Monrovia Police Department:
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
Soliciting Without a License / Warrant - Suspect Arrested
On January 25 at 10:59 a.m., residents in the 1000 block of Orange called regarding two suspicious male subjects walking house to house in the rain, trying to solicit painting jobs. In light of recent notices about distraction burglaries, officers responded to contact the subjects. Officers located the subjects and detained them. One of the subjects had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. It was later determined that he had a criminal history of theft. The second subject was identified and released. They were both advised about handing out fliers for soliciting business without a license.
Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Marijuana / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Receiving Stolen Property - Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 11:25 a.m., a female subject drove her male friend to the police station, due to his disruptive and strange behavior, and told him to get out of the car, but the subject refused. Officers were alerted to the problem and detained the subject. The subject was found to have methamphetamine, a smoking pipe and marijuana in the immediate vicinity of where he was seated and in his personal property. He was also determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He had two metal handicapped parking signs in the car, which the driver stated he had placed in the vehicle. They had apparently been ripped from a sign post or wall to which they had been affixed. He was arrested for the offenses, including receiving stolen property.
Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision / Possession of Marijuana - Suspect Arrested
On January 26 at 12:16 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting possible drug activity taking place in the 200 block of East Maple in an alley. Officers arrived and detained a male and female subject. The male subject is a documented gang member and has been served Monrovia's gang injunction. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The female driver was determined to be under the influence of marijuana. She had driven into the driveway area and collided with the garage door; neither subject lived at the location. The female was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana. The male subject did not have possession of any marijuana and was not impaired. He was identified and released.
Domestic Violence / Surreptitious Recording - Suspects Arrested
On January 26 at 2:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Lemon regarding a male subject being battered by his ex-girlfriend. On arrival, officers determined the female subject had battered the male subject, causing visible injury on his face and arm. The investigation revealed that the male subject had surreptitiously recorded the female, which is what caused her to become angry. The female was arrested for domestic violence and the male was arrested for intentionally and surreptitiously recording the female. The argument was also over a child they have in common. The child was in a car seat in the back seat of a car when this occurred. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and will receive a copy of the police report.
On January 26 at 4:00 p.m., a female subject was getting into her car after shopping in the 500 Block of West Huntington and was confronted by a male suspect armed with a handgun. He pointed the gun at her and demanded a ring that was on her finger and her purse, which contained her cell phone. The suspect fled in a grey, newer-model Lexus, driven away by another male suspect. They fled east on Huntington and then south on Mayflower.
After the incident, the victim drove home to Arcadia and called the Arcadia Police Department. The Arcadia Police Department transferred her back to Monrovia and an officer was dispatched to interview the victim. A broadcast was made and a teletype was sent; however, a lot of time had passed due to the delay in reporting the incident.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 5' 4", 145 pounds, no facial hair, 25 to 30 years old, brown eyes, wearing a dark colored beanie and a dark jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath. The handgun is described as possibly a black semi-automatic. The driver of the suspect vehicle was described as a male Hispanic. The Investigation is continuing.
Stolen Vehicle / Driving Without a License - Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 4:30 a.m., a resident from the 200 block of Norumbega came to the station to report his vehicle had been stolen. While he was reporting the crime, an officer located the vehicle on the 605 Freeway, heading southbound. While the officer was waiting for a back up unit, the vehicle drove west on the 10 Freeway and exited at Peck Road. The El Monte Police Department was clearing a burglary call at Peck and Ramona and there was a large contingent of law enforcement to assist. Once the vehicle was stopped and the subject detained, the victim drove to the location and identified the suspects as female subjects who had been drinking with him. He signed a refusal to prosecute and no further action was taken regarding the stolen vehicle. However, a records check showed the female who was driving the vehicle did not have a license and she had no identification. She was arrested and taken into custody.
Fight in Progress - Suspects Arrested
January 27 at 7:18 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Huntington regarding a fight in progress. The investigation revealed that two male subjects were fighting each other inside a business. Neither party desired prosecution, but the manager of the business signed a private person's arrest against them for fighting in public and both suspects were arrested. No one was injured during the fight.
Attempt Robbery - Suspect Arrested
On January 27 a 12:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of South Mountain regarding a weapons offense that was later discovered to be an attempt robbery. The victim is a security guard at the business and was seated in his locked vehicle with the window partially rolled down. The suspect walked up to the victim's vehicle and demanded money from him at knife point. When the victim refused, the suspect lunged at him with the knife, but the victim's window protected him. The victim drove away and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for assistance. Sheriff's deputies responded and found the suspect near Duarte and Buena Vista. It was determined that the crime actually occurred in Monrovia. The victim positively identified the suspect and the knife was recovered in the suspect's possession. The suspect was arrested.