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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 6, 2013 

Arcadia Police Blotter


Sunday, June 23:

1. Around 2:55 p.m., officers responded 
to Arcadia County Park, 405 South Santa Anita 
Avenue, in regards to an attempted kidnapping 
report. A Black male suspect grabbed a 6-year-
old girl by her arm and pulled her away from a 
playing area where several other children were 
present. When the victim screamed, the suspect 
let her go and fled the location. 

 Shortly after, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department 
located the suspected nearby. The 33-year-
old Black male was arrested and transported to 
the LASD Temple Station for booking. 

2. At about 12:38 p.m., an officer conducted 
a traffic stop on a bicyclist for riding against traffic 
on Foothill Boulevard, at Santa Anita Avenue. 
The officer discovered the bicyclist was in possession 
of two daggers. The 43-year-old Hispanic 
male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 

Monday, June 24:

3. At approximately 3:25 a.m., an officer 
was dispatched to the 700 block of Fairview Avenue 
in regards to a burglary in progress. An 
unknown suspect entered the residence through 
an open balcony door and awoke the victim after 
he touched her back. The suspect fled the location 
and did not take any property. The suspect is 
described as an adult male of unknown race, 20 
to 30-years-old, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, thin build, with 
short dark spiky hair, wearing a white tank top 
and dark shorts or pants. 

4. Just after 11:50 p.m., an officer responded 
to the 1300 block of Greenfield Avenue in regards 
to a welfare check. A male subject punched his 
wife in the face and threatened to kill her with a 
knife. The subject then used the knife to cut his 
own wrist; however, he did not require medical 
attention. The 51-year-old Asian male was transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking and 
an emergency protective order was issued. 

Tuesday, June 25:

5. At approximately 6:00 a.m., an officer responded 
to a carport area in the 100 block of East 
Colorado Boulevard regarding several vandalism 
reports. Three victims discovered their vehicles’ 
tires had been slashed. No one reported seeing or 
hearing anything suspicious. At the time of the 
report, it was undetermined if the incidents were 
recorded on video surveillance. Follow-up is being 
conducted by the Detective Bureau. 

6. At about 1:38 p.m., officers responded to 
a medical office building located at 550 West Duarte 
Road in regards to several gunshots fired in 
the area. An investigation revealed an unknown 
suspect stopped his vehicle along the curb to engage 
in a conversation with the victim, and shot 
three rounds in the victim’s direction prior to 
fleeing the location in a black Toyota, possible 
Corolla. The victim was not injured and had no 
idea why the suspect shot at him. The suspect is 
described as a Black male, in his early 30’s, thin 
build, wearing a baseball hat and a dark colored 
long-sleeved shirt. 

Wednesday, June 26:

7. Between 6:00 p.m. and 11:50 p.m., unknown 
suspect(s) entered the campus of Dana 
Middle School, 1401 South First Avenue, and 
shattered numerous windows using a BB gun. No 
witnesses were located; however, the responding 
officer was able to lift a few fingerprints off the 
gate where the suspect(s) exited. Further investigation 
is being conducted by the Juvenile Crimes 

8. Around 11:44 p.m., an Arcadia officer 
observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of 
speed on Clark Street, at Peck Road. The officer 
attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the 
motorcyclist continued to accelerate, reaching 
speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The motorcyclist 
attempted to make an abrupt stop for 
a red light at the intersection of Peck Road and 
Live Oak Avenue, but lost control and collided 
into another vehicle. The motorcyclist suffered 
severe injuries and was transported to Huntington 
Memorial Hospital for treatment. His chance 
of survival was unknown at the time of the report, 
which was ultimately processed by Monrovia 

Thursday, June 27:

9. Shortly after 6:45 a.m., officers were dispatched 
to the Santa Anita Park, 405 South Santa 
Anita Avenue, in reference to a male subject 
making threatening phone calls from a public 
pay phone. The subject called the Arcadia Police 
dispatch center, and threatened to blow up 
the Arcadia Police Department and the Arcadia 
Methodist Hospital. Both locations were inspected 
and rendered safe. Meanwhile, the 39-year-old 
White male was located at the park, arrested, and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

An investigation revealed the subject suffered 
from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and 
had been reporting missing from a mental hospital 
in Los Angeles. 

10. At about 11:00 p.m., an officer conducted 
a traffic stop on a vehicle for a cracked windshield 
in the area of Live Oak Avenue and Santa 
Anita Avenue. The officer discovered the driver 
was never issued a license. The 26-year-old Hispanic 
female was cited and released in the field. 
Her vehicle was release to a friend. 

Friday, June 28: 

11. Around 1:25 p.m., an officer responded 
to Macy’s at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, in regards to a theft report. The 
suspect concealed merchandise inside her purse 
and a used shopping bag, and exited the store 
without making payment. The 31-year-old Hispanic 
female was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

12. Just after 4:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched 
to Tokyo Wako, 401 East Huntington 
Drive, in regards to a report of a possible drunk 
driver. The reporting party witnessed the suspect 
exit his vehicle with a bottle of beer in his hand. 
An investigation revealed the 39-year-old Hispanic 
male had a blood alcohol content greater 
than 0.08 percent. He was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, June 29:

13. At approximately 4:46 a.m., an officer 
conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle for 
illegally parking in a driveway on Huntington 
Drive, at Michillinda Avenue. A consent search 
revealed the driver was in possession of drug 
paraphernalia. The 30-year-old White male driver 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 

14. Around 6:49 a.m., an officer responded to 
the 300 block of West Palm Road in regards to a 
residential burglary report. Unknown suspect(s) 
forced entry through a window, ransacked the 
residence, and fled undetected with jewelry. No 
evidence, suspects, or witnesses were located. 

For the period of Sunday, June 23rd, through Saturday, June 29th, the Police Department responded 
to 925 calls for service of which 116 required formal investigations. The following is a 
summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.



Arcadia businesswoman 
Tamara Kato has received the 
2013 Woman of Achievement 
Award from fellow members 
of the Arcadia Branch of the 
American Association of 
University Women (AAUW). 
Arcadia AAUW has given this 
award annually since 1985 
to a woman who is active in 
AAUW or to a professional 
woman who has made 
significant contributions to 
her community. Kato meets 
both of these criteria! She 
is currently Membership 
Chair of the Arcadia Branch 
of AAUW, and she is a 
prominent businesswoman in 

 Many in the 
community know Tamara 
Kato as president of Comfort 
Keepers in Arcadia, a business 
that offers home care services 
to seniors. In 2008, Kato 
began Comfort Keepers 
because, to quote her, “I knew the aging baby boomer wave would create a growing market for this kind 
of service (home care).” Her goal as president of Comfort Keepers was to establish and grow a home 
care franchise serving hundreds of seniors in the San Gabriel Valley. To that end, she and her staff have 
succeeded in building a thriving business that meets many seniors’ needs.

Originally from Ohio, Kato opted to come to California to escape the cold weather and to attend school 
here. She is a graduate of both the Fashion Institute of Los Angeles and CSU-Los Angeles. Returning 
to Ohio, she attended Xavier University in Cincinnati and received her MBA. But California and its 
wonderful climate called her back West. Here in California, Kato worked in sales and brand management 
for Procter and Gamble and was employed by Caremark Home Care as Marketing Director in charge of 
business development before starting her own business.

Kato’s career commitments are full-time, but she still finds time to volunteer her services in the community. 
She has been a volunteer as well as president of the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California for over 
20 years and is secretary of the Alhambra Case Management Board for seniors in Alhambra. In Arcadia, 
she is currently membership chair of the Arcadia Community Coordinating Council. Kato belongs to 
several professional organizations. This busy lady is co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Task Force-Dementia 
Education for Professionals. She is a board member of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce that supports 
business development.

 A modest person, Tamara Kato acknowledges that she would not have been able to dedicate so much time 
to start and grow her business without her family’s support and their willingness to be so self-sufficient. 
Members of her family attending the award presentation were her husband David and daughter Marissa. 
Daughter Mikaela was unable to attend. 

The Arcadia Branch of AAUW was pleased to present the 2013 Woman of Achievement Award

Tamara Kato holds the Woman of Achievement plaque 
awarded to her by the Arcadia Branch of AAUW. Husband 
David and daughter Marissa add their congratulations.