La Cañada Crime: Man accelerates car into YMCA parking lot attendant

April 03, 2013

La Cañada Flintridge

March 24-March 26

Vandalism: 4500 block of Leir Drive. Five rocks in the front yard were each painted with a 10-inch letter “R.” Damages were set at $250.

March 26-March 27

Burglary: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd. Someone broke into the youth center offices on the church campus between 10:45 p.m. March 26 and 9 a.m. March 27 and took a Dell laptop computer valued at $500 and a Canon camcorder with accessories valued at $1,234. Damages to a door used as an entry point were estimated at $600.


March 27

Strong-arm robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment: Crescenta-Cañada YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. A 54-year-old La Cañada man was arrested after allegedly striking a 59-year-old parking lot attendant with his car, then exiting the car, taking the attendant’s clipboard and driving off from the scene. According to the report, the victim said he’d noted that the suspect’s car had been parked in an unauthorized spot and was preparing a note to place on the vehicle when the car’s owner returned, accompanied by his young son. After asking the attendant what he was doing, the suspect then got into his car and warned the man, who was standing directly in front of it, to move or be hit by the car. When the victim didn’t comply, the suspect allegedly accelerated the car, striking the man in the thighs and knocking him off balance and onto the hood of the Acura. While this was happening, the suspect’s son was standing next to one of the moving car’s doors, which was ajar. The suspect was identified by a witness and a sheriff’s deputy was waiting at his home when he and his son returned there.

March 29

Burglary: 4700 block of La Cañada Boulevard. Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a house was burglarized, with the entry point apparently being a sliding glass door that had been shattered. The interior of the house was found ransacked. Missing were an eight-piece set of antique silver serving pieces valued at $50,000, a Sig Sauer pistol valued at $1,200 and a Remington shotgun valued at $600. Damages to the sliding glass door were estimated at $600.

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