Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department

By Capt. Chris Blanek
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station

Capt. Chris Blasnek

As most of you are aware, there have been recent news articles concerning two home invasion robberies in La Cañada Flintridge. Although alarming and causing great concern, it is important to clarify some of the facts and what is being done.
It is the job of your Sheriff’s Department to keep residents safe and to do everything possible to identify the suspects and bring them to justice. I would also like to stress that during times of a serious crime, the Sheriff’s Department needs your support more than ever. Remember, we are here all year long for you, patrolling your streets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a dedicated staff of deputies and professional staff. Most of the residents know us and enjoy a great community relationship. Continue reading “Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department”

Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions

Capt. Chris Blasnek

Stephanie Arnold said she’s gotten messages from eight people seeking advice about starting a Neighborhood Watch on their blocks since a pair of armed home invasions were reported last month in La Cañada Flintridge.
“Home invasion robberies are a next-level thing,” said Arnold, who’s captained her Neighborhood Watch group for the past year. “Something I really take a lot of pride in is that we are a safe town, and to see that bubble burst a little bit, I’m sad.”
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said he too has heard from many residents since masked men, allegedly armed with a handgun in both instances, were reported to have forced their way into a home in the 800 block of Inverness Drive on Dec. 12, and into another home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue on Dec. 31. The assailants allegedly tied up residents, ransacked their homes and made off with valuables.
“The main thing I want to tell the residents is: Trust in us,” said Blasnek on Monday, after returning from a day spent issuing evacuation orders in the Kagel Canyon area susceptible to mudslides. “We’re there for them all year long and we need them to be there for us now. We take it seriously and we’re going to do everything we can to catch these guys, and eventually, we will catch them.” Continue reading “Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions”

Home Invasion: Masked Men Tie Up, Rob Family

Three masked men allegedly tied up and robbed a couple in their 60s and their adult son on New Year’s Eve at their home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue, authorities said.
One of the men allegedly carried a handgun, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu, who said none of the residents were injured. The assailants allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash, a 50-year-old .38 special revolver and the victims’ cellphones.
Chu said there were “similarities” between this home invasion and the one reported on Dec. 12 in the 800 block of Inverness Drive. Continue reading “Home Invasion: Masked Men Tie Up, Rob Family”

Cool Head Leads to Escape in Encounter with Gunman

It was a great day to be selling cell phones, and La Cañada Flintridge resident Riley Donaldson was on his game, dealing devices to a steady stream of Black Friday customers.
Then, at around 4 p.m., during a lull in the action, a man with a gun walked into the Verizon store in the La Crescenta shopping center in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard.
The man said he had just robbed the nearby Rite-Aid for prescription medication before entering the shop where Donaldson and Michael Arnold were working.
Donaldson, a 20-year-old St. Francis High School graduate, spent the next few minutes talking to the gunman, eventually persuading him to let the two of them leave. (There were no customers in the store at the time.)
Five hours later, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau deputies entered and found the suspect dead. Continue reading “Cool Head Leads to Escape in Encounter with Gunman”