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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 9, 2013 

Arcadia Police Blotter

From Arcadia’s Best


First Avenue will close to all traffic at Santa Clara Street again on Monday, Nov. 11 for about three 
more months. And new bridge-widening construction will begin in December that will restrict turns 
a few blocks away on Huntington Drive at Second Avenue.

Businesses and drivers enjoyed a two-week reprieve to accommodate extra Breeders’ Cup traffic but 
the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will re-close the intersection to complete 
extensive work at the only grade-level crossing of the light rail train scheduled to open in 2016. 
Work to prepare the tracks, the crossing gates, and pedestrian walkways for the complex angled crossing 
near the train station and adjacent parking structure will continue until February.

Meanwhile, work is progressing quickly on the bridge over Santa Anita Avenue that is on track to be 
completed in January 2014.

Early in December, work will commence on the bridge over Huntington Drive at Second Avenue, 
which needs to be widened to carry two tracks. Lane closures and turn restrictions to be detailed soon 
will be necessary during this construction activity.

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• Visit our Public Information Office at 400 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Suite 101-B , Arcadia (Open 
Mondays and Wednesdays 8 AM to 5 PM )

 – By Scott Hettrick

For the period of Sunday, October 27th, through Saturday, November 2nd, the Police Department responded 
to 940 calls for service of which 150 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of 
the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, October 27:

1. Around 12:10 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Norman Avenue 
regarding a battery report. A boyfriend and his girlfriend became involved in a physical altercation after 
a heated argument. The 28-year-old White female was determined to be the primary aggressor. She was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

2. At about 6:40 p.m., an officer responded to the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in 
regards to a theft report. While the victim was shopping inside Steve Madden, she set her purse down 
on a side table and noticed it missing a few minutes later. After taking the purse, the unknown suspect(s) 
proceeded to Nordstrom and charged approximately $400 in merchandise. Further investigation is 
being conducted by the Detective Bureau to retrieve suspect information from Nordstrom. 

Monday, October 28:

3. At approximately 3:25 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of South Santa 
Anita Avenue regarding a disturbance. An investigation revealed a female suspect broke into her ex-
boyfriend’s residence through a window and attacked him and his new girlfriend. The 20-year-old 
White female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. The 23-year-old White 
male boyfriend was also arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales. 

4. Shortly after 2:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Arcadia Police Department front counter 
regarding an identity theft report. The victim discovered unknown suspect(s) attempted to wire transfer 
approximately $100,000 from his bank account to an entity in Texas. There was no loss at the time of the 
report as the victim’s bank was able to reverse the transaction. The victim had no idea how his personal 
information was compromised. 

Tuesday, October 29:

5. Shortly after 1:25 p.m., an officer observed a white Mercedes driving recklessly in the 1100 
block of Baldwin Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was lane swerving and cutting off 
other vehicles while traveling over 55 miles per hour. The 20-year-old Asian male was cited for Reckless 
Driving and released in the field without incident. 

6. At approximately 2:10 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of First 
Avenue and Duarte Road for expired registration. An investigation revealed the driver was in possession 
of methamphetamine and unauthorized prescription medication. The 54-year-old White female was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Wednesday, October 30:

7. Just after midnight, an officer was dispatched to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, 400 East 
Huntington Drive, regarding a disturbance. The officer made contact with two subjects sitting inside a 
vehicle and discovered one subject was under the influence of alcohol and unable to care for herself. The 
24-year-old Hispanic female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

8. Around 5:09 p.m., an officer responded to H&M at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, in reference to a theft report. Two subjects concealed merchandise inside their clothing and a 
used shopping bag, and exited the store without making payment. The 24-year-old Hispanic female and 
25-year-old Hispanic male were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Thursday, October 31:


9. At about 7:02 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration in the 
area of Peck Road and Clark Street. An investigation revealed the driver and passenger were in violation 
of a valid restraining order, which the passenger had filed against the driver on October 1st. Further 
investigation revealed the driver was the suspect in a recent fraud case in which the suspect attempted 
to cash an altered check at Wells Fargo Bank, 298 East Live Oak Avenue, and left behind his driver’s 
license. The 32-year-old Hispanic male driver was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

10. Around 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Huntington Drive and South 
Baldwin Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision between one vehicle and a pedestrian. Arcadia 
Fire responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Huntington Memorial Hospital for a 
skull fracture and internal injuries. An investigation revealed the vehicle was making a right turn onto 
Huntington Drive on a green light when the pedestrian crossed the street on an active “Do Not Walk” 
signal. The driver, who stopped and dialed 9-1-1, was not held at the time of the report. The pedestrian 
later passed away as a result of her injuries. 

Friday, November 1: 

11. Just after 10:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Nordstrom at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 
South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. A 31-year-old White female subject concealed 
merchandise inside her purse and exited the store without making payment. A search of her person 
revealed she was in possession of burglary tools and a controlled substance. She was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

12. At about 11:12 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Arcadia Methodist Hospital, 300 West 
Huntington Drive, in regards to a robbery investigation. The victim explained he was walking in 
the area of Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive when he was approached by two unknown males 
wearing masks. The subjects demanded the victim’s belongings, stabbed him twice with an unknown 
object after he refused, and fled the area. An unknown good samaritan picked up the victim and 
dropped him off at the hospital. 

Festival of Bands Nov. 16

The 2013 Arcadia Festival of Bands will celebrate its Diamond 
Jubilee 60th anniversary with the competition of dozens 
of bands from all over Southern California marching 
down Baldwin Avenue from Huntington Drive to Duarte 
Road starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 16.

A parade of local dignitaries begins at 8:40 a.m., followed by 
the marching bands from Arcadia middle schools and the 
host high school band.

Later in the day, a Percussion Festival begins at 11:30 a.m., 
at the high school’s Salter Stadium on Campus Drive, followed by an Awards Ceremony at 1:45 p.m.

That same evening will feature an Invitation Field Show Tournament: at 4:30 p.m. at Citrus College, 
followed by an Awards Ceremony at 8:45 p.m.

In recognition of the celebration of 60 years of Arcadia Festival of Bands, the executive committee 
named all former Arcadia High School Drum Majors as this year’s Grand Marshals. At least twelve 
former drum majors are expected to participate in the dignitary parade.


Incident: Indoor Marijuana Cultivation 

Date and Time of Release: November 5, 2013 6:00 pm 

The Arcadia Police Department received a tip of a possible indoor marijuana cultivation in the 500 
block of East Longden Avenue. Arcadia detectives conducted an investigation and obtained a search 

On November 5, 2013 at 7:00 am, Arcadia detectives and officers served the search warrant at the 
residence. Arcadia detectives searched the home and found the majority of the residence being used 
as a sophisticated, indoor marijuana grow operation. Approximately 1,300 marijuana plants were 
found in various stages of growth throughout the home. The grow consisted of multiple rooms with 
irrigation, lighting, ventilation, and electrical wiring run throughout. 

No occupants were located in the home and no arrests have been made yet. Anyone with information 
to this case is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150. You can also submit 
crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS 

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police