Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trending in Arrests

Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Drug arrests are not uncommon and this past week saw a batch of different events involving possession or under the influence of drug arrests. One event of interest involved a group of four persons who were driving in West Arcadia Tuesday morning at 3:00 am with no headlights on. An officer stopped the van they were in for vehicle code violations and contacted all four subjects. Two of the subjects were in the rear of the van behind a cage, one lying on the floor and another seated in a folding chair. Ultimately, all four subjects were removed from the van and during the officers' investigation, a quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana was found during a search. Other items such as a scale, syringe, and currency was also found.

Jason M. Giannini, 27-year-old male from Tujunga, Sevan Asatoorian, 33-year-old male from Glendale, and Juan C. Fuentes Jr, 27-year-old male from Tujunga, were all arrested and booked on felony charges at the Arcadia City Jail. Mark S. Zaba, 28-year-old male from Tujunga was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge. Booking photos were not available at time of posting.

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Tip - Child Seat Safety

During the week of March 26, 2017 through April 1, 2017, the Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting directed enforcement focused on child seat safety. During this week officers will be targeting drivers who allow children to ride in vehicles while not properly restrained.

Education is a significant deterrence when it comes to child seat safety. Educational materials will be handed out to area schools and officers will be available for questions regarding child seat safety.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for children and young adults. In 2014, over 6000 children under 14 were killed or seriously injured as a result of vehicle crashes in California. Sixty-three percent of children who died were unrestrained.

California law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster, in the back seat, until they are at least eight years old. However, most children need a booster seat for proper belt fit until they are 10 to 12 years old. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. recommends that children ride in the back seat, which is 40% safer than the front, until they are old enough to learn to drive. For more information on child passenger safety, visit

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Congrats and Welcome to Our Newest Police Officer

Congrats are in order to Officer Sergio Machado. Sergio graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Academy Class #419 last Friday and was named Honor Recruit for his class! This award is given to the recruit who achieves the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period. Sergio served in the US Army for a decade, no doubt playing a part in this well earned honor. Sergio is pictured with Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Chief Bob Guthrie. We are honored to welcome Sergio to the APD family!

Friday, March 17, 2017

This St. Patrick's Day, Plan Before You Party!

Remember: Impaired Driving, Drugs and Alcohol can Kill

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holiday one of our most dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.). 

That’s why the Arcadia Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety are teaming up to reach all drivers with an important life-saving message and warning: Don’t Drive Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol.

The Arcadia Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. In addition to this St Patrick’s Day enforcement effort, all police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver throughout the long weekend.

If you plan to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, follow these tips to stay safe:

       Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.  “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”

       If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you’ve been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a crash or getting arrested for a DUI.

       Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI. When mixed with even a small amount of alcohol the affects can be compounded.

       If you have been drinking, call a taxi or sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. You can download the Designated Driver VIP free mobile app, “DDVIP,” for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

       Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while impaired can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home. 

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trending in Arrests

Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Bait package arrest again leads to much more than a parcel theft. Last Thursday morning, officers were alerted to a GPS enabled bait package being taken and quickly located the suspect vehicle in the 300 block of West Duarte Road in Monrovia. Officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle, a small U-Haul box truck, but the driver fled. Officers pursued the vehicle on streets and the 210 freeway, discontinuing the pursuit due to the driver's dangerous actions. At one point, the driver used the truck to collide with and push another vehicle out of the way in order to get around the other vehicle. Dispatchers continued to monitor the GPS location of the bait package, ending up in the City of Azusa. 

With the assistance of the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST), officers from Azusa PD were able to locate and detain both the male driver and a female passenger after they fled from the U-Haul truck, abandoning it in a parking lot in Azusa.

During the investigation, we learned the U-Haul truck had been stolen in the City of Pomona the evening prior to this incident. Inside the truck officers found a bicycle and other evidence taken in an overnight commercial burglary in the City of Monrovia, along with stolen bait package.

Alan G. Alamillo, 39-year-old male from La Verne, and Ilena M. Rutledge, 22-year-old female from Montclair, were arrested and booked on multiple felony charges at the Arcadia City Jail. Alamillo is also believed to be involved in the commercial burglary of a cell phone store in Arcadia back in January.

(Alan G. Alamillo / Ilena M. Rutledge)

Anyone with information on this case or other cases is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5156. Or, if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekly Tip - Enjoy a Safe St. Patrick's Day!

On a holiday like St. Patrick's Day, there is no doubt that many folks will be celebrating long into the night. The Arcadia Police Department encourages everyone to party responsibly and to not drink and drive. Here are some quick statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Every day, 32 people in the United States die, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a DUI statistic:

• Designate a non-impaired driver to take you home or pick you up

• Celebrate at home and stay there

• Be a good host, offer those who have been drinking a place to spend the night

• Call a taxi

• Don't ignore the problem. If you are with someone who is intoxicated, don't let them drive. If you see someone attempting to drive that is under the influence, call the police. Stop the problem before it begins.

Don't become or cause a DUI statistic! Don't become an unwilling passenger in a police unit! Be responsible, Don't Drink and Drive!