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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 17, 2012 

For the period of Sunday, November 4th, through Saturday, 
November 10th, the Police Department responded to 931 calls for 
service of which 124 required formal investigations. The following is 
a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department 
during this period.

Sunday, November 4:

1. At approximately 1:06 a.m., an officer responded to the 
area of Santa Anita Avenue and Huntington Drive to check on an 
elderly woman sitting on the sidewalk. Investigation revealed the 
woman was confused and disoriented, and had difficulty standing 
or walking on her own. A subsequent records check revealed that 
the 78-year-old woman was reported missing to the Torrance 
Police Department a day earlier. The victim’s family was contacted, 
and the Arcadia Fire Paramedics transported the victim to Arcadia 
Methodist Hospital for further evaluation. 

2. On Santa Anita Avenue at Santa Clara Street, at about 1:43 
a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a black Mercedes for 
a defective headlight. A consensual search of the vehicle revealed 
the driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The 48-year-
old, White male was arrested for possession of a meth pipe, and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monday, November 5:

3. At about 12:56 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious 
male sitting in a parked vehicle on Second Avenue near Colorado 
Boulevard. A DMV records check revealed the vehicle had a 
warrant attached to the license plate. Further investigation revealed 
the 28-year-old, Hispanic male had two outstanding warrants, was 
arrested, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

4. At about 8:11 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for 
expired registration in the area of Baldwin Avenue and Longden 
Avenue. The officer discovered the driver had a suspended license. 
The 33-year-old Hispanic male was cited, released in the field, and 
his vehicle was impounded. 

Tuesday, November 6:

5. At approximately 3:25 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 
block of S. Baldwin Avenue regarding two female suspects stealing 
mail out of mailboxes. Upon arrival, officers confronted one of 
the suspects walking south on Baldwin Avenue. The suspect told 
officers she got into an argument with her friend and her friend 
drove away. During a subsequent search of the suspect’s purse, 
officers found four credit cards with different names on them. 
The 30-year-old, Hispanic female was taken to the Arcadia City 
Jail for being in possession of stolen credit cards and charged with 
receiving stolen property. The other suspect involved was described 
as a White female, 30-years-old, with blond hair, and blue eyes.

6. At about 4:03 p.m., officers responded to the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a suspicious male 
wearing a Batman mask, acting erratically, and refusing to leave 
the premises. Upon contact with the subject, officers noticed 
significant indications of drug use and intoxication. As a result, the 
20-year-old male was taken to the Arcadia City Jail where he was 
booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance and 

Wednesday, November 7:

7. Around 12:48 a.m., an officer attempted a traffic stop on a 
vehicle for speeding in the area of Duarte Road and Fifth Avenue. 
The male driver failed to pull over for the officer and sped off. What 
resulted was a pursuit that lasted a few minutes through City streets, 
reaching speeds in excess of 60 MPH, before the driver yielded and 
surrendered to police. The 29-year-old, White male was arrested 
for recklessly evading a police officer and driving while under the 
influence of alcohol. 

8. At about 6:13 p.m., an officer responded to Sephora at the 
Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a male 
suspect in custody for theft. The suspect concealed several cosmetic 
items in a bag, exited the store without paying for them, and was 
detained by loss prevention officers for theft. Further investigation 
revealed the suspect had stolen clothing from three other stores in 
the mall. The 18-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested for burglary 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Thursday, November 8:

9. Around 6:41 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 
block of S. Santa Anita Avenue in regards to a residential burglary. 
Investigation revealed the residents were out of town, and the 
neighbor noticed the garage door open and the residents’ car 
missing. Officers discovered the suspect(s) attempted to pry open 
the front door with a screwdriver. Further investigation revealed a 
back window screen was cut open and the window smashed by two 
bricks. Several rooms were ransacked, and the residents’ 2001 white 
Toyota Avalon and jewelry were stolen. There were no witnesses or 
surveillance cameras. 

10. At about 6:13 p.m., an officer responded to H&M at the 
Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding two 
female suspects in custody for theft. The suspects concealed several 
clothing items in a bag and exited the store without paying for 
them. Investigation revealed the suspects had stolen clothing from 
several stores in the mall The 18 and 19-year-old, Hispanic females 
were arrested for burglary and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

Friday, November 9:

11. At about 2:01 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on 
a vehicle for a defective license plate light in the area of Baldwin 
Avenue and Naomi Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, the 
officer smelled an odor of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle. 
A subsequent investigation revealed the driver was under the 
influence of alcohol. The 28-year-old Asian male was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

12. Around 10:47 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of 
W. Duarte Road regarding vandalism. Investigation revealed that 
suspect(s) had forced opened two coin vaults on laundry machines 
and stole an unknown amount of coins. The door leading into the 
community laundry room was open, unlocked, and no suspects 
were seen or heard during the incident. 


Saturday, November 10:

13. At about 1:27 a.m., officers responded to the Station Bar, 
1218 S. Baldwin Avenue, regarding a physical fight between two 
subjects. During the investigation, a male subject in the crowd was 
yelling obscenities at the officers and advancing towards them. The 
30 year-old, Asian male refused to comply with the officers’ orders 
and was arrested for both delaying an officer in the course of his 
duties and public intoxication. 

14. At about 2:01 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle for driving the wrong way on Huntington Drive. A 
subsequent investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle had an 
outstanding warrant for his arrest. The 25 year-old, Hispanic male 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 



On November 17, 2012, the City of Arcadia is hosting the 59TH Annual Festival of Bands Parade. Forty high school bands will compete 
in this prestigious event. There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that may affect vehicular travel. Street 
closures will be as follows: 

. Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

. Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED of vehicular traffic from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

. Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Avenue, and west of Holly Avenue are asked to use the 
intersection of La Cadena Avenue and Huntington Drive as the primary entrance and exit from the area. Other residents will be allowed 
into the surrounding areas with proof of residency. 

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

About the City of Arcadia

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile community with a population of just over 56,000. 
Located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Arcadia is known for combining small-town charm with the conveniences and 
amenities of a mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-service charter city governed by a five-member City Council, elected at large. Recognized for 
exceptional education and recreation opportunities and beautiful neighborhoods, Arcadia is also defined as the “Community of Homes” and 
has twice been designated the “Best City in California in which to Raise Kids” by Business Week Magazine. 


Wells Fargo Bank 
has immediate 
openings for bank 
tellers who speak 

Contact store manager 
and AVP, Jessica A. Ortiz, at 
1200 S Baldwin Ave Arcadia, CA 

Work phone: 626-445-4311 / e-
mail: jessica.a.ortiz@wellsfargo.


Deacon Gil Chavez, 
Annunciation Parish, Arcadia, 
passed away suddenly in Las 
Vegas while visiting family. 

Services will be Saturday, 
November 24th at 10am at the 
San Gabriel Mission. Deacon Gil 
served at Annunciation many 
years, and baptized many babies. 
He will be greatly missed by 
his wife Delores, several family 
members and friends.

Left: Deacon Chavez with the Moya-
Lupercio. family.



EXPO By Joan Schmidt

 At a recent Monrovia City Council 
meeting, the sponsors of the “Haunted Happenings 
Halloween event, were recognized. They included 
Athens Services, Sierra Autocars, Inc., Wendy’s 
Hamburgers, Huntington Veterinary Hospital, 
Consolidated Republic Services, and Thomas 
Hoffman and Ashley Andrews, LLP. Two hundred 
twenty participated in the costume event and 800 
attended. Activities included arts and crafts, demonstrations, photo booth, face painting, wellness games and library story times. Mayor 
Lutz related what a great time was had by all who attended! Then the Mayor continued noting “What a great city our Monrovia is and 
how the local businesses participated in helping the children celebrate Halloween!” 6000 Trick-or-treaters walked up and down Myrtle 
Avenue, stopping at all the businesses where they were given candy or a little trinket.

 Recognition then followed for SET for LIFE and the 8th Annual Healthy Living Expo. SET for LIFE (Senior Education & Training 
for Living Informed Futures Every day is the work of the Second Baptist Church of Monrovia. Through the help of their healthcare sponsors 
(City of Hope, AARP, Healthcare Partners) and their healthcare partners who volunteered to provide screenings (Southern California 
Witness Project, Azusa Pacific Nursing Program, Bill Moore, Inner Valley, Dr. Emily Tran, The Hear Center, Methodist Hospital, Alta 
Med), SET for LIFE was able to provide approximately 514 FREE individual health screenings to local community members. These 
include screenings for Stroke, Oral Cancer, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, HIV/AIDS and Hearing. In addition everyone 
who came received a FREE lunch which was sponsored by the City of Hope and AARP/ Drive to End Hunger. What an awesome event! 
Thank you, Second Baptist Church and ALL the outstanding sponsors to provide such great services for over 500 people!


DUARTE, CA, November 13, 2012 -- The City of Duarte has been awarded a $334,332 competitive state grant under the California 
Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) Program to sustain its gang prevention and intervention programs. The grant 
period is from January, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

 A portion of the grant will provide the Duarte Prevention and Intervention Program with the funds necessary to continue the 
services of Los Angeles County Probation and the Sheriff’s departments despite recent budget cuts that threatened the program. 

 Funds will also support the Duarte Public Safety and Teen Center youth outreach programs, including the Duarte Boxing Gym, 
and two Duarte partner organizations, the Santa Anita Family YMCA and THINK Together. The organizations support Duarte families 
with after-school care and positive summer programs and assist law enforcement in prevention efforts by providing youth with close 
supervision and positive alternatives. The grant funds will enable the YMCA and THINK Together to expand their services and provide 
even more positive pro-social activities to Duarte youth.

 Focus of the Duarte Prevention and Intervention Program is to reduce gangs and gang violence by working closely with at-risk 
youth, parents, and teachers, with the goal of reducing gang membership and violence by 50% during the life of the grant. 

I In 2009-2010 Duarte was awarded a Cal-GRIP grant of $191,312 which positively impacted the City’s prevention efforts with 
a 65% reduction in juvenile arrests. L. A. County Probation also reported a significant reduction in gang recruitment with fewer of 
Duarte’s minors being institutionalized in probation camps. 

 The City of Duarte’s Special Assignment Team handles gang identification and intervention. They also work with residents 
that are affected by gang-related activity and serve in special operations pertaining to narcotic and other gang related crimes. Duarte’s 
Probation Officer focus is on early prevention, intervention, and coordinates services with parents, schools, probation, law enforcement 
and community partners.