On Monday, 08/22/2016 at about 7:10 pm, a subject was seen smashing a window, and entering the rear of a residence, in the 800 block of McKeller Court. The witness called the Azusa Police Department. Police officers immediately responded and once on scene, discovered the suspect was possibly still in the residence. Additional officers from the Glendora Police Department arrived, and the location was surrounded.
Officers made several announcements for the suspect to exit the residence. After receiving no response, and having the safety of the residents as the primary concern, officers made entry into the residence in search of the burglary suspect.Once inside, officers could hear the suspect moving in a bedroom.Officers again instructed the suspect to exit the residence, but he refused to comply with the officer's instructions.
The officers made entry into the room, where they found the suspect had now locked himself in a bathroom and refused to exit the bathroom when ordered to do so. Officers immediately entered the bathroom and Shadai Elliot Alvarez (Resident of Downey) was taken into custody, without incident. Alvarez was transported to the Azusa Police Department Jail facility and booked for violation of section 459 PC - Residential Burglary.
Partnerships Pay Off
Thanks to the collaborative effort of the police department and the residents in this particular neighborhood, this criminal was caught in the commission of the crime. The Azusa Police Department has assisted this neighborhood in developing a highly active and effective neighborhood watch program. Without the observant witness calling us immediately as this crime began, the officers may not have made an immediate arrest.
What Would You Do?
In the event you see a suspect breaking into a residence, business or vehicle, please take the following actions:
What If You're The Victim?
If you are inside your residence when a suspect is breaking in, immediately flee the residence if possible. Do not worry about your personal belongings. Once outside, use a neighbor's phone (if you don't have a phone with you) to call 911.If you are unable to flee, please consider these tips:
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