Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian Mystery Goes Dark

Mod: On-line the trail grows colder by the day. The story we ran about currently on administrative leave Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian and an alleged "two SUVs" of Sierra Madre stashed semi-automatic weapons attracted more hits for The Tattler than anything else I've run here lately. That article was based on the Pasadena Weekly's findings (link). Today we are posting the story Terry Miller ran in his Beacon Media newspapers last week, which includes the Sierra Madre Weekly (link). There isn't a whole lot else available. Anywhere. The CBS/KCAL9 article that first broke the news has vanished from their website. Which seems odd. So how can a story about a high ranking cop who allegedly stashed two ATF truckloads of possibly illegal semi-automatic weapons in the garage of his Sierra Madre home be drawing so little media attention?

Chief Sanchez has placed a high ranking officer on leave as is dept. policy following an ATF investigation - Terry Miller/ Beacon Media News

Last week, representatives of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) contacted Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez to inform him of an ongoing ATF investigation involving alleged actions of an officer with the Pasadena Police Department. The ATF told Chief Sanchez its investigation was unrelated to the officer’s duties with the department. Early Thursday morning ATF agents executed a search warrant at the officer’s home in Sierra Madre.

The officer cooperated with ATF agents during their search of the home. Per Pasadena Police Department Police Dept. policy, Chief Sanchez placed the officer on paid administrative leave and initiated an Internal Affairs review. The officer’s status is paid administrative leave subject to the outcome and review of the Internal Affairs findings and the results of the ATF investigation. At this time, the officer has not been arrested, nor are there any charges that have been filed to initiate an arrest.

The officer, like all people subject to an investigation, is presumed innocent until otherwise proven guilty. The ATF continues to investigate. The City, the Police Chief and the City Manager wish to emphasize that they take the matter with the utmost seriousness. The City and its representatives will continue to cooperate fully with the ATF investigators on this case.

Mod: Here is a perplexing contrast. The cop who is suspected of having possessed an arsenal of possibly illegal weapons, and then had the temerity to stash them in his Sierra Madre garage, had another side. As the Public Information Officer for the Pasadena Police Department, he was the good vibes publicity guy for his employer. Here are a few examples of the kinds of cheerful things he had been posting on-line before being placed on that paid administrative leave mentioned in Terry's article.



Mod: What we had been seeing, and what apparently was going down elsewhere, couldn't be more different. 

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68 comments:

  1. It could be no different with the ATF internal affairs findings when completed.
    Officer G, more than likely is a gun enthusiast and had a few extra he purchased for sale to a select few.
    The "new" law went into effect in California reguarding sales of these types of guns; sounds like he got cought in the cross hairs of politics.

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    1. Hey, you're the trump troll!

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    2. Neighborly WatchMarch 8, 2017 at 9:29 AM

      wish i had known so i could rob him while he was at work

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  2. The Pasadena Weekly cites reporters who claimed to see cases of guns being loaded into two ATF vans. That is some enthusiast.

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    1. One gun one case. What are you picturing, a banana republic crate full of AK47's? Again, no information, no viable vantage point, just a bias and a bad attitude.

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    2. I saw the news on this incident the morning it happened. They were refering to rifle cases. 7:51 is spot on, on or maybe two funs per case. No on saw or reported crates full of guns.

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    3. I have the video and it will be on this site tomorrow morning. Your "funs per case" claim is absurd.

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    4. Saw the video, still no crates full of guns, missles, bazookas or nukes!

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    5. You've been reduced to fibbing. Not a surprise.

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  3. Gun enthusiast, euphemism for NRA nutcase, the reason for the proliferation of guns on the street and the easy access to them.

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  4. He's a business enthusiast! I think he was preparing to offer security services to the first dispensary that goes up in town. then he could walk to work.

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  5. Selling illegal military grade weapons can be very profitable. When you have a police department providing security for you and your partners it becomes quite a set up. The ATF was not in Sierra Madre to see the Wistaria vine.

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  6. Vine not? It is a beau of a vine? Everyone likes the vine.

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  7. A break from Trump. Thank you!

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  8. Typical tattler. No one said illegal guns except you mod. You don't like guns? That would be your problem but not a matter of law. If ATF decides to prosecute I'm sure you'll here about it. Obviously there is nothing to report as of now. So why don't you keep your unethical and unwarranted hysteria and neighbor bashing and might I add baiting articles to a minimum. What is it with this site and it's readers that feel everyone other than them are evil monkeys. You have zero information and yet come to angry pitchfork style conclusions. Shame on all of you. Try being neighborly instead.

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    1. Here is how the Pasadena Weekly worded the guns issue, neighborly grouch:

      "Part of the ATF’s mission is to investigate illegal sales of firearms. According to the ATF website, federal law requires that persons who are engaged in the business of dealing in firearms be licensed by the agency. The penalty for dealing in firearms without a license could lead to both state and federal convictions. A state conviction could result in one year in prison per illegal sale, along with a $10,000 fine on each count. A federal conviction calls for five years behind bars, a $250,000 fine, or both. In California, all gun sales must be completed through a licensed dealer. However, even a licensed dealer cannot sell high-powered assault rifles due to a law banning such weapons signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which went into effect in January. Fifty-caliber weapons and high–capacity magazines that contain 10 rounds or more of ammunition are also banned. Penalties for possessing an assault rifle can lead to a three-year jail sentence and a $10,000 fine."

      If you don't enjoy reading this blog, then don't read it. There are those that do enjoy what we cover here, and it is their right to read it.

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    2. 6:40 - if the guns were not illegal, why were they loaded onto trucks and taken away?

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    3. They may have been illegally purchased for others for sale does not make the firearm illegal anymore than drunk driving makes the car illegal. 5:42 AM who said they were military guns? Do you know what a military grade weapon is or are you just spitting out rehtoric?

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    4. They may have been illegally purchased for others for sale does not make the firearm illegal anymore than drunk driving makes the car illegal. 5:42 AM who said they were military guns? Do you know what a military grade weapon is or are you just spitting out rehtoric?

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  9. I still can't figure out who needs these types of guns. I get that some people might want a handgun at their house, for protection, even though I personally think they are more likely to shoot or get shot by a family member. Who uses a gun with more than a couple of bullets? I believe it is even inhumane to hunt with one of those automatic weapons.

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    1. There is a huge black market in outlawed semi-automatic guns. My guess is this was organized crime.

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    2. Outlawed black market guns? Organized crime? Whoa, you should wear a safety harness if you're going jump to that far fetched conclusion.

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    3. 6:58, do you believe it is more humane if the animal is shot with a bolt action, bump or lever action gun? The weapons function has nothing to do with its ability to kill or injure. No private citizen has been allowed to own an "automatic" weapon since 1928. Please look into the facts. Being uniformed is dangerous.

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  10. Thank you 6:40am. This site and many of it's bloggers are of mob mentality.
    Throughout history these types have changed the course of mankind, they are the first to point a finger and make wild accusations without facts.
    "Useful idiots", as Hitler labeled or as Pilate would say,"Why? What crime has he committed?".

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    1. So people are not allowed to talk about the news in your opinion? The only opinions that count are your own?

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    2. Yes, 7:10. Tell us what we're allowed to think.

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    3. Everything the Tattler reports is fact checked. You try the same. Time to grow up trolls.

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    4. Really, please enlighten us as to the which guns were illegal? Oh right, there is zero information here, just misdirected indignation. Fact checked... nice try.

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    5. Someone at Pasadena City Hall spoke off the record to the Pasaena Weekly and KCAL. Both spilled the beans. Under the dome there are some big leakers.

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  11. 6:40 - Try being neighborly...are you kidding? I'm sure that's what happened with the killers in San Bernadino, neighbors didn't report them. I'm really going to go over to this guy's house with a pie so that he can enjoy it while selling assault weapons out of his garage.

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  12. 6:48 & 6:58 am. Illegal Aliens getting loaded into trucks is a valid point, no to a Sancutary State or City.
    Illegal aliens/terroists, use these types of weapons . Better to level the playing field when evil monkeys and their relations are committing mayhem.

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    1. Terrorism exists because the 'playing field' is not 'level'.

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    2. More Americans killed by toddlers accidentally firing guns than by foreign terrorists.

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    3. Trump is deporting thousands of toddlers every day.

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    4. Can you give statistics on these toddler shootings? Can you cite one case or is this more blah blah? Hm

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    5. Give it a rest way don't you.

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  14. The Trump/Russia Wikileaks folks are releasing a lot of info this week,I hope the media keeps its eyes open for buried news that they are trying to cover up.

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  15. There are two trolls on this blog: the incoherent, misinformed, ungrammatical trump slave; and the hateful, racist gun oiler who sleeps with his firearms. Neither embrace facts and both spit swamp juice whenever anyone disagrees.

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    3. buncha trolling fools.

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    4. Those were odd removals? I sometimes don't understand why things are allowed to be posted in the first place,I thought everything was "vetted" before publication?

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    5. I don't mind if troll talk gets deleted. Let's encourage real debate with real facts.

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    6. What;ever happen;d to semi;colon guy;? I ;miss; him.;

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    7. Funniest post of the week

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  16. March 20th 2017, House scheduled first hearings on Russian connections.
    Will Gen. Flynn be called in? He was electronically surveilled as a private citizen.

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  17. Today is "do without a Woman day", you are free to gossip as "you" usually do.

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    1. Guys,
      Enjoy the silence and not being wrong got an entire day. It won't happen for another year.

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  18. If it's Good for the Goose, it's Good for the Gander!
    Declassifying of Hillary's E-Mail's have now led to exposing the CIA, declassifying "classified information"; so as to send over the internet! The scary irony! Breaking laws, so that the "Company" won't be caught breaking innerstate and international laws!

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    1. Welcome to our planet. We call it Earth.

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  19. It's extremely doubtful that the ATF was bored and had nothing to do all day and decided to raid the house of a police officer in Sierra Madre. The ATF is pretty big stuff and its not likely they would do this and then say "Oopps ... our bad ... nothing to report here" ... added to the fact that this individual is supposed to be the FACE of the Pasadena Police Department in terms of being a spokesperson ... not a good look ... also interesting to note that the initial article stated that Sanchez was INFORMED not INVOLVED in the raid ... in other words he was given a courtesy call "By the way ... your public information office is about to get raided ... just giving you a heads up" .... Again ... not a good look...

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    1. When the Feds come to Sierra Madre and seize a bunch of guns? Yeah, that is different. Chief Sanchez was given the minimum warning by the ATF. Kind of insulting if you think about it.

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    2. Trivial Interagency issues

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    3. Should have let the Russians handle it. All the feds are working with them these days.

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  20. perhaps he was supplier of arms to armenian extremist organizations

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    1. Which ones? Facts man facts. No more childish posts

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    2. Speculation is not childish. Whining about people not agreeing with you is.

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    3. Too much fake news going around. Before slandering the fellow support your 'speculation'. This isn't grade school debate class. We can do better.

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  21. No Washington D.C., White House women took the "day off" :) thank you for working for the tax payers.

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    2. Oh what a shame, Arcadia Measure A is narrowly defeated by 0.8%. Did not get the 2/3 required majority. My home value just plummeted by 50% and my kids SAT scores are near the bottom.
      Guess Arcadia residents didn't fall for the AUSD hype. Next time how about disclose AUSD financials and don't choose arbitrary 18 year duration. We ain't all that dumb.

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  22. A tip of the hat to all women worldwide who struggle for equal rights, including reproductive rights and other civil rights, who endure discrimination and objectification, or merely just go about their business as good citizens. Thanks to you all.

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  23. lol to those speaking on behalf of Armenians, when in face this officer isn't even full-Armenian so therefor any remarks to that wouldn't be true. This pigs been around for a while, he even harassed his own people, took my friends weed once, and never reported it. He also threatened me once and searched my car without any reason or probable cause. Dirty pig. I'm glad they finally got him, can't believe he shamed Pasadena like that. Everyone thought he was "different." well sir, have fun in federal court. Im sure this jacker stole so many guns from the Pasadena Denver lanes, worked with them as well. Sucker...

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  24. Maybe it's your feet that are cold: https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/02/23/cop-in-the-crosshairs/

    Or, those pizza flavored fake news stories. Suuuure. Focus on cheese pizza, and what your neighbor is doing in he privacy of their own internet.- it will keep your mind off of the rampant police corruption around our country, and the broken Constitution.

    Meanwhile, back in Sierra Madre, CA, residents celebrated as the Senate voted 50-48 on March 17th to sell all of our data to big data, erasing privacy completely. Now, focus your following n the invasion of the body snatchers, or the children of the corn, as the bill makes its way to Congress

    I hear the good guys always sit with the their backs to the mountains, while all the 'little people' and 'the dirts' do the real work, and the heavy lifting.

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