Tuesday, September 17, 2013

News Release: Threats to Westfield Santa Anita Mall (Orig Release on Sept 10, 2013)

Incident:  13- 4300 / Penal Code 422(a) – Threats to Commit Crime Resulting in Death or Great Bodily Injury

Contact:  Detective Bureau, (626) 574-5160

Date / Time of Press Release:  September 10, 2013 / 11:00 PM

On September 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM, an unknown male caller phoned Security at Westfield Santa Anita (Mall), 400 South Baldwin Avenue, stating he was armed with an AK-47.  The caller also stated he was going to enter the mall and shoot people.  Officers from the Arcadia Police Department responded, and with the help of Pasadena Police Department Air Bureau, began an extensive search of the parking lot, roof, and interior retail spaces. 

No perpetrator was located during these initial searches; however police presence remained at the mall providing security until closing at 9:00 PM.  With the closing of the mall, an additional search of the interior spaces was made with the help of Westfield Santa Anita Security.  This search was concluded at approximately 10:20 PM with no evidence of the caller located.

The Arcadia Police Department is investigating these threats further, and any information connected to this incident should be reported to the police immediately.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Stephen Fallavollita, Sergeant

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