Some arrested as part of burglary ring not facing charges

Dan Abendschein (Pasadena Star-News)

ALTADENA – Charges have not been filed or have been thrown out for five people who were arrested last week and accused of being part of a burglary ring.

Sheriff’s Altadena Station and Pasadena Police Department detectives made the arrests as part of a joint operation last week and said that the suspects would face charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

They described the suspects as being part of the local version of the Bloods gang, and touted the arrests as an important step in dealing with Altadena’s burglary problems.

Now they say that only three of the suspects could still have charges filed against them.

Lt. Joe Dempsey of the Altadena Station said that detectives are still building a case against Brandon Williams, 19, of Altadena, Braulio De la Rosa, 25, and Larelle Hall, 18.

“Our detectives feel like they have a strong case,” Dempsey said. “We fully expect charges to be filed.”

All three were arrested last week and released on bail. Prosecutors still have several weeks to file charges.

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seniors Shanknika Ainsworth and Megan Stiegelmar were each awarded $500 from the two parents at the school’s annual award ceremony for graduates.”I feel very blessed that I’ll be able to continue my educational goals in (Brandon’s) name,” Ainsworth said after receiving her award from Willie Lee.

Things in the city have quieted a bit since the two teens lost their lives.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials attributed the shootings to a flare-up of violence between rival Latino and black gangs in the unincorporated county are near Monrovia and surrounding areas.

Monrovia city officials responded by holding a series of community meetings, while sheriff’s and city police officials created a special joint


task force that has operated in Monrovia and the surrounding areas since January.But Lee’s and Salas’ ki*lers remain at large. Sheriff’s investigators say the investigations have been hampered by a lack of witnesses.

Late last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $10,000 reward for the arrest of Salas’ ki*ler or ki*lers, hoping it will prompt witnesses to come forward.

In the wake of the shootings, an outpouring of community support for Salas’ and Lee’s families resulted in hundreds of dollars being donated to the two families.

Using a portion of those donations, Chavez and Willie Lee decided to create a scholarship fund to reward students at Monrovia High School.

Scholarships will also be distributed at Alhambra High School, where Salas attended and Duarte High School, where Brandon Lee went to school.

“Hopefully, the (scholarship winners) can achieve their careers and not have to go through what our children went through,” Willie Lee said Thursday. “Hopefully, when they’re facing the hard times, they can remember the scholarship, and it can encourage them to try harder.”

Both Chavez and Lee selected one student at each school to receive a scholarship.

“We looked at what they’ve done as far as volunteer work. We looked at grades and what they’ve been involved in at each school,” Chavez said.

The two said they plan to hold fundraisers to continue providing scholarships to local students in the future.

Months after the shootings that rocked a community, the two bereaved parents are still doing what they can to fight violence and gangs.

“By a Hispanic and an African American sticking together, hopefully it inspires others – especially the youth,” Willie Lee said. “Hopefully, we can encourage the community to see that even though we lost our kids we can carry on to stop the violence.”

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1 Comment for “Some arrested as part of burglary ring not facing charges”

  1. Guerline

    oh wow. that’s interesting. and sad.i know that it is hard diaelng with a significant other’s family not accepting you for whatever reason. i don’t know if i could call of my engagement because of that though. i know that was tough. do you feel you made the right decision? do you still talk to him? i’m really fascinated by this. can’t believe such archaic views still exist so strongly.

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