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Law enforcement asking for public’s help

August 21, 2008|By Mary O’Keefe

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station is asking for the public’s help in locating a parolee who escaped custody on Aug. 14 at about 11:30 a.m.

Henry John Stueck, 38, is a well-known parolee that frequents the area. According to Det. Frank Diana, Stueck had recently been released from prison after he was convicted two years ago of robbing the Rite Aid store in La Crescenta. Diana was patrolling Crescenta Valley in an area known for drug activity.

“I recognized him and knew he was on active parole,” Diana said.

Stueck appeared to be under the influence of drugs. After a search, Diana discovered a knife on the parolee and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine in his right front pocket.

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“As I found the pipe he began to struggle,” Diana said.

Stueck pulled away from the detective and began to run. He disappeared and several patrol units began searching for him.

“We think he ran through a neighbor’s yard,” Diana said. “He paralleled the Foothill [210] Freeway to Crescenta Valley High School.”

At that point it appeared the parolee crossed the freeway. Units continued to patrol the area, but Stueck eluded them.

Because of past acquaintances in Crescenta Valley, Diana feels he may still be in the area. Stueck has a long criminal record that includes nine felonies and six misdemeanors including robbery, possession of weapons and many charges of narcotics possession.

“He also has a charge of assault with a deadly weapon,” Diana said.

He added that Stueck could be considered dangerous and asks the public to contact the sheriff’s station with any information concerning the parolee.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (818) 248-3464.


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