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Police Blotter: Knife-Wielding Suspect Threatens Pavilions Shoppers

Arcadia Police also dealt with a teen who went on a joyride in a church parking lot.

For the period of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, the Arcadia Police Department responded to 1,017 calls for service, 125 of which required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Vehicle collision, DUI Suspected

At about 10 minutes past midnight on Sept. 30, officers responded to the area of Live Oak Avenue and Las Tunas Drive regarding a report of a non-injury traffic collision. One driver was reportedly under the influence and collided with the vehicle in front of her. The 25-year-old woman was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. No injuries were reported.

Intoxicated Woman Jumps Out of Window

At approximately 6:42 p.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of East Live Oak Avenue regarding a medical assist. A reportedly intoxicated woman had jumped out of her second-story bedroom window and landed on the asphalt, injuring her head and arm. She was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for treatment. Due to the victim having a child, the case was referred the Department of Children and Family Services for review.

Shoptlifting at Methodist Hospital

Around 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, an officer responded to the gift shop at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, 300 West Huntington Drive regarding a woman detained for theft. The suspect had allegedly concealed items inside her purse and exited the shop without paying. The 28-year-old was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Knife Wielding Suspect Threatens Pavilions Shoppers

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, an officer responded to Pavilions at 745 West Naomi Avenue regarding a man brandishing a knife. Two victims told police they were walking home from the market when a man approached them from behind with a knife and threatened to harm them. Officers detained the suspect on Duarte Road, west of Sunset Boulevard, and reportedly found a black folding knife on his person. The 46-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Attempted Burglary

At about 9:44 a.m. on Oct. 2, an officer made contact with a man walking swiftly from a residence in the 100 block of West Camino Real Avenue. As the man was reportedly giving false information to police, an elderly resident approached the officer and explained the man had attempted to burglarize her residence. An investigation revealed the subject posed as a construction worker and distracted the victim by having her check her water in multiple locations. The suspect allegedly attempted to force entry through a rear door with a screwdriver; however, he was unsuccessful and informed the resident he would return at a later time. Officers located his vehicle nearby which contained burglary tools and possible stolen property. The 38-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking whilehis vehicle was impounded.

Man Steals Beer

At approximately 5:10 p.m., officers responded to 7-Eleven, 2 East Duarte Road, regarding a theft that had just occurred. A man had allegedly selected an 18-pack of beer and exited the store without paying. Two bystanders helped detain the subject until officers arrived. A records check revealed the subject had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The 26-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Juvenile Goes for Joyride in Church Parking Lot

At about 12:08 p.m. on Oct. 3, an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle for driving recklessly in the parking lot of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 150 West Duarte Road. An investigation revealed the driver was in violation of his provisional license and allegedly had tobacco products. The 17-year-old boy was transported to Arcadia High School where he was cited and released to his father.

Embezzlement at Arroyo Plumbing

Around 5:44 p.m. on Oct. 3, officers were dispatched to Arroyo Plumbing, 300 North Santa Anita Avenue regarding an embezzlement report. The caller had reportedly discovered approximately $5,000 worth of fraudulent charges on the card and believes a current employee was responsible. Further investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau. 

Aggressive Driver Threatens Cop

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Oct. 4, an officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Santa Anita and Lemon avenues on a driver reportedly swerving in and out of lanes while talking on a cell phone. The driver reportedly got out of the vehicle and walked toward the officer in an aggressive manner, ignoring the officer's commands to stop. As he got closer to the officer, the man allegedly placed his hand inside his pocket and turned away, prompting the officer to restrain the man until assisting officers arrived. The man eventually stopped resisting and apologized for his behavior. The 56-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Drug Paraphernalia Found in Car

At 10:32 p.m. on Oct. 4, an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle on El Monte Avenue, south of Duarte Road, for expired registration. The driver was reportedly in possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, marijuana for sale and stolen property, including another person's license and debit card. A records check revealed the debit card was reported lost out of Pasadena and the officer notified the victim. The 25-year-old man was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail.

Laptop Stolen From Home

At 10:13 a.m. on Oct. 5, an officer responded to the 100 block of Diamond Street regarding a residential burglary. The victim explained he believed someone entered his residence on Oct. 3 and stole his laptop computer and briefcase. He said that around 7:30 p.m. on  Oct. 3, he had heard his front door open, but thought nothing of because he figured his son had come home. He later noticed his son had not come home. When he left for work the next day, he discovered his property missing. The officer was unable to locate any evidence and no saw or heard anything suspicious.

DUI Reportedly Runs Red Light

At about 11:10 p.m. on Oct. 5, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for running a red light in the area of Santa Clara Avenue and Second Avenue. The driver was allegedly under the influence of an alcoholic beverage with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent. The 46-year-old was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Man Posing as Contractor Steals Cash, Jewelry

At about 7 a.m. on Oct. 6, an officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of Doolittle Avenue regarding a residential burglary report. A man wearing a uniform had reportedly knocked at the victim's front door, telling her he needed to check her backyard because he was installing telephone and electric lines underground. The suspect insisted the victim go with him to check the area and allegedly distracted her by telling personal stories. Approximately twenty minutes later, the suspect left and the victim discovered several items missing from her bedroom, including cash, jewelry and a bass guitar. The victim can identify the subject if seen again. 

Theft From Macy's

Shortly after 1:35 p.m., an officer responded to Macy's at the Santa Anita Mall regarding a theft report. A woman had allegedly entered a dressing room, concealed items inside a used bag and exited the store without paying. A search reportedly revealed she also had a price tag gun. The 35-year-old woman was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

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