Updated: Police Arrest Three for Shootings in Altadena and Pasadena

Three arrests were for fatal or non-fatal shootings, the rest for weapons, narcotics, or other violations.

A joint Altadena and Pasadena operation aimed at suspected gang members responsible for recent shootings in both cities has netted eight arrests, two for attempted murder in a last month, and one for a murder that took place in January.

The names, ages, and charges for those arrested are:

  1. Steven Wright, 33, Altadena Resident, Homicide
  2. Hildon Jones, 34, Altadena Resident, Attempted Homicide
  3. Jaszmine Jenkins, 19, Monrovia Resident, Attempted Homicide
  4. Bengarmain Gay, 26 Altadena Resident, Warrant Arrest
  5. Jesse Johnson, 35, Altadena Resident, Non-Compliance & Warrant
  6. Eric Hartfield, 41, Altadena Resident, Miscellaneous Felony
  7. Robert Rucker, 41, Los Angeles Resident, Miscellaneous Felony
  8. Shamella Walton, 30, Los Angeles, Child Endangerment

Jones and Jenkins are being charged with the Marengo and Sacramento shooting on March 16, where police described the victim as a gang member who refused to cooperate with police.

After being fired upon, the victim, who gave his birth year as 1972, immediately fled the scene and was found about a quarter mile away. 

He was taken to a local hospital and treated, but refused to give the police any information about his assailants.  Detectives described him as a rival gang member at the time, and were able to follow up on the case with an eyewitness account from a bystander at the scene.

Wright is being charged with the murder of 47-year-old Donnell Taylor, who was shot in Pasadena on January 19.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Taylor was shot in the 1700 block of Summit Avenue, and a suspected shooter was seen running away from the scene of the crime by witnesses.

Police had filed nine search warrants at various locations in both cities, as well as Los Angeles and Monrovia.  The locations included the home of , who was fatally shot in February, according to Lt. Joe Dempsey of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Altadena station.

All the locations where there were warrant searches conducted had suspected gang ties to a gang responsible for the shootings, Dempsey said, though in the case of Jackson's home, he said detectives do not believe there was an actual gang member living there.

Dempsey said that none of the searches were for the suspects in the Jackson shooting, but rather in several attempted shootings that have taken place since and were likely in retaliation for Jackson's slaying, including the Marengo and Sacramento one.

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a press release Thursday that he expects that additional arrests to be made in coming days.

Check back throughout the day for updates on this story.

Blue Maverick April 08, 2011 at 07:26 PM
It is nice to see this gang banger vermin taken off the streets and put in jail where they belong so the area is safe for law abiding citizens.
Blue Maverick April 08, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Hey Patch, why the censorship? I thought this was America, where we can express our opinions?
nancy1 April 08, 2011 at 10:06 PM
The sheriffs and the Pasadena police need to do there job and catch the real criminals. They need to go to Pasadena and do the same thing so they can find the people who killed brandon Jackson. If they found guns in altadena I'm sure Pasadena boys have hundreds more. So go find them! And for the
nancy1 April 08, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Vermin, its still out there because the law abiding citizens get away with their dirty work. You see the bell garden law abiding citizens. So you can put all of the boys from Altadena in jail and we still wouldn't be safe. Probably more safe with them on the streets.
Blue Maverick April 08, 2011 at 11:25 PM
socal April 09, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Nancy1, I agreed with you until the last part of your response. If you really feel the vermin are better than corrupt politicians, you need mental help. PPD, LASD and a few other agencies, according to the story in local news, did a sweep in response to the recent retaliatory gang related shootings in Pasadena, Altadena and a few other places. My hope is that the violence ends and the guilty parties all spend significant time in prison but we all know how that will not happen due to CA's failed judicial system.
nancy1 April 09, 2011 at 02:50 AM
No one asked if u agreed or not and u need mental help if u think that everything u read n the newspaper is the truth. And for koo koo, that's what u are that's y that's the only thing u could say!
socal April 09, 2011 at 01:53 PM
So Nancy1, explain to all of us how keeping the criminal's guns and gang members on the street would make us safer in our neighborhoods. I must be missing the connection with street violence to societal calm. Koo-Koo!
Fed up April 10, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I understand wht u r saying 'Nancy 1' make sure they get all the guns not just Altadenas but Pasadenas too. Its so amazing to me how the 'Altadena Sheriff ' never catches the murder suspects but will harass u for silly stuff. Sheriffs really need to get on their job so many unsolved cases in Altadena its like what r u here for ?
MISSANONYMOUS April 12, 2011 at 06:40 PM
I think they need to send more under cover cops is pasadena. They still have not found out who killed Laron Brown or Brandon Jacksons murder. I do agree that it was very disrespectful to go into the jacksons residence. The streets are safer without gangs, but are they really wasting time and money on ALTADENA.... the sherriffs need to spend that money in los angeles, and go to the jungles or go to skit row and bust people. Altadena Crips are violent like that, i believe that they retaliate with the rival gain, but they dont start it. At the same time, you cant just take REVENGE in your own hands. My prayers goes out to everyone
Revvell April 12, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Wow! I don't even know what to say to this except, I've been attending the Community Academy which is ending in a couple of weeks. I'd suggest it for everyone who would like to know more about what the Sheriff's department is doing here in Altadena. Yeahian ~ your question was addressed at the last CA meeting. Methinks many of you might consider going to the various meetings the Altadena Sheriff's Captain is holding to address questions such as these. I find it interesting that the Sheriff's department is doing what so many ask for; then they get slammed for doing so. They can't win in your eyes, can they?
True Freedom April 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM
@MISSANON... I don't find it disrespectful that a warrant was served on the Jackson home. These warrants are not granted without some evidence that something might be found there. If credible informants gave information that a person or persons there were involved in a crime, perhaps a retaliatory crime for Brandon's death.. then they *should* execute the warrant. @Nancy1: you say they should go to Pasadena to find Brandon's killer. PPD has jurisdiction there and trust me, they are working diligently (and in cooperation with the Sheriff's) to get it done. There are kids at school who know who shot Brandon. They need to get over the "no snitchin'" thing and do what's right.
Revvell April 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM
I find it interesting how so many of you just spew your ugliness and vitriol while safely hidden behind pseudonyms and the computer. My question is, if/when something happens to you or your family, who you gonna call?
Lisa Hastings April 14, 2011 at 05:31 PM
@ Revvell. They hate law enforcement so if something happens, they call their gang banger buddies. Respect is their favorite word yet they have no respect for anything except ignorance, hate, prejudice, and the gang-banger culture.
Revvell April 14, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Ahhh, silly me. What was I thinking? My bad! :)
top 'o the hill April 18, 2011 at 08:39 AM
Its crazy how people on here hav opinions about gang members and what not and forget that they are people too sometimes u make choices early on in life that u have to deal with later I know for a fact that if given the right chance they can b outstanding members of the community but if you're being harassed by the same people supposed to help then u feel that u have to take matters in your own hands and protect yourself and Brandon Jackson and Laron Brown were close friends of mine
True Freedom April 18, 2011 at 06:44 PM
@Top: you should change your name to "Top o' the Pile", because that was quite a load of c.rap. Look, people make choices in how they are going to deal with the cards dealt to them in life. Good community members make good choices. They don't make a bunch of lame excuses for their behavior.
True Freedom April 18, 2011 at 06:47 PM
you say that gang members "given the right chance they can b outstanding members of the community ".. they are given that chance every single day. But the fact they are still gang members is evidence they refuse to take that chance. People know who shot Brandon. Are they taking the chance to be outstanding members of the community by coming forward and doing the right thing?
Lisa Hastings April 18, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Top 'o the hill's mentality is the reason why the gang banger culture persists. "...take matters into your own hands..." That's what the lynch mobs did in the South. These gang bangers think they are so smart yet they are so ignorant.
top 'o the hill April 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM
All im sayin is don't speak about it if u ain't lived it u can't judge anybody until u walk in there shoes...true freedom needs to wake up and lisa hastings y'all wouldn't giv a gang member the time of day if u were around one yes there is ignorance in it as well as anything else in the world but there are positives in every situation giv people an opportunity to recover from mistakes they've made and change before u say they're all no good
True Freedom April 19, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Trust me, I'm awake. You say I can't judge anyone without walking in their shoes? Of course I can. To judge is to form an opinion. We all do it, all the time. You do it, I do it. Would my opinion be different if I walked in their shoes? We'll never know, because I know I control my actions and live on principle.. so, I'd never even try those shoes on. Would I give a gang member the time of day? Heck no. Do I believe in forgiveness? Absolutely. If a gang member comes to their senses, gives up the gang entirely, pays their debt to society, and PROVES (not through words but repeated actions) they believe in living life properly as a good citizen, THEN I will give them the time of day... but not a second before. You say to give people an opportunity to recover... I say, every day these folks have the opportunity. Nobody is denying them the opportunity to recover except themselves. Of course, they may have done irreparable damage (by having felonies).. but that's on them. They did it to themselves, and they have to live with the consequences. I passed up the "easy way" many, many times because I was smart enough (or risk averse enough) to weigh the long term consequences. I grew up very poor. I worked my tail off doing many c.rappy jobs to put myself through college. I had buddies making hand over fist selling ecstasy. I had temptations, but knew I was gonna make something of myself and that *could* ruin it for me... I stayed away from it and them
True Freedom April 19, 2011 at 05:03 AM
@Top: One thing alot of these kids don't think about, and I'm sorry they don't have my dad as their father, are the long term consequences for what they are doing. See, life ain't fair, and the sooner you accept that, the better. In the 80's, it was cool for boys to get earrings. I wanted some, but my dad said, "no." He explained to me: imagine it's ten years from now, and earrings are no longer cool, but perhaps associated with a particular (bad) type of person. At an interview, they see your piercings, even though no jewelry. They judge you, make assumptions about who you really are, and decide to give the job to the clean cut non-pierced guy instead. You could cry all day long about how it wasn't fair... but it won't change the fact that people make assumptions, judgements, etc. First impressions are paramount. There will always be competition for work, in life, so don't PUT YOURSELF at a disadvantage. Gang tats, felonies, Facebook pages talkin' up your weed habits, etc can all lean the favor of opportunities to the other guy... and you can cry about it all you want while that other guy has your future. Nobody to blame but yourself.
L GANG April 19, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Cameron April 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM
ACV June 29, 2011 at 08:20 PM
That is the biggest bunch of Malarkey! Another problem! Nothing but excuses! YOU HAVE parents DON'T YOU? and if they are irresponsible, then you have teachers, principals, someone you trust from your church, or quietly seek out a police officer for Chriss' sakes!! And yet, Brandon & Laron were such "close friends" of yours, and you KNEW the issues, what did YOU do as a close friend?? Huh? Zip! Nothing! you knolw why? Cause you are out there in the streets running amouk just like the rest of them. Give me a friggin break Kid!
ACV June 29, 2011 at 08:24 PM
True Freedom...You are so right!!
ACV June 29, 2011 at 08:32 PM
L Gang Yeah, you are right! I say, citizens who see Bangers living on youjr street, send letters saying we don't want you scumbag low life's here, and GET OUT before something happens TO YOU! They ignore you, BURN THE HOUSE DOWN TO THE GROUND! THAT's how you get rid of rodents and vermin! Destroy the nest and let them move on somewjhere else untilt he citizens decide to burn down that nest again! GET THE PICTURE?!
thelite August 19, 2011 at 08:29 AM
ACV; I hear you loud and clear - history is a mug ain't it? and it's sad that our youth and even some of our adults turn their backs on the basics of knowing right from wrong-and perpetuating the Willy Lynch Letter; which was designed for them to destroy themselves - and eventually they will, but unfortunate for those who are hit in the crossfire each gang really wanting the same thing; RESPECT....but not understanding that you have to respect yourself first, in order to even be able to understand it or expect it- lookin down a barrel of a gun, does not constitute RESPECT! that's Fear - let someone run up on you unexpectly with a gun to your face... but hearts are so cold and meanwhile, lives are destroyed and families are broken - just as it is designed to happen. And, if we loose a few good ones, well that's all apart of population control...and they fall for it.wow.and no.if we put all of the boys from pasa-alta Dena in jail, the world won't be safe.but Dena would be safer- but we all have our choices, just not all are willing to accept the consequences to their wrongful actions- I mean damn, there are people being killed but you complain of police harassment- LMAO !!! - just remember that when you dance with fire, you should get burned...
thelite August 19, 2011 at 08:30 AM
Gun play - What happened to an good ole' fashion ass woopin'- not big enough to loose I guess...Just remember - you won't ever rest, so whoever perpetuates this type of ignorance.enjoy your sleepless nights -whoever and wherever you are -whatever s done in the dark - will come to lite!
ACV August 21, 2011 at 07:33 PM
True Freedom, I agree with you. Conjecture used in starting an investigation, taking every possible avenue, then start eliminating. Easiest is to begin with the people and places closest to the victim.


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