Friday, November 10, 2017

Is Pasadena Police Lieutenant Vasken Gourdikian Now Enjoying His Ninth Month Of Paid Administrative Leave?

The Vaskenator yakking at some citizens
Mod: This was a story that attracted a lot of attention around 9 months ago. And, like so many stories that involve police officers who get themselves into dutch, the news has just kind of petered out. As you may be aware, Pasadena PD Lt. Vasken "Lotta Guns" Gourdikian was inconvenienced by the Feds for selling beaucoup high powered weaponry out of his garage in Sierra Madre. So far none of these "off register" guns have shown up in any of those mass killing incidents we've heard so much about lately, but who knows? Anything can happen and probably will. There has been no new information on the matter for quite some time now, so I thought I'd bring it back up. In case you are wondering what I am talking about, here is an article that ran last April of this year when everything was so fresh and exciting.

Why did a Pasadena top cop have all those pricey firearms? Feds raid home (MyNewsLA.com link): Federal agents seized about five dozen firearms worth tens of thousands of dollars from a high-ranking Pasadena police officer during a raid this year, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing newly released government records.

The Feb. 16 search of the officer's Sierra Madre home by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was widely publicized, but authorities did not identify the officer or detail what was recovered, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The cache of weapons was an enormous haul that took two trucks to cart away.

A  federal registry of potential forfeited assets listed 57 firearms that were seized from the home of Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, who most recently served as the Pasadena Police Department’s spokesman and an adjutant to Chief Phillip L. Sanchez, The Times reported.

After the ATF raid, Gourdikian was placed on paid administrative leave, the Pasadena Police Department launched an internal investigation and his biography was removed from the city’s website.

At Gourdikian's four-bedroom home in the San Gabriel Valley, agents reported hauling off more than 30 pistols, three shotguns and 20 rifles, among other weapons. The arsenal included small handguns as well as such tactical weapons as a $1,700 Bushmaster combat rifle, the records show. The estimated value of each seized gun ranged from $100 to $3,800, The Times reported.

Gourdikian, who has worked for the Pasadena Police Department since 1994, has not been charged with a crime, and city officials said the ATF search was unrelated to his work with the department. He remains on leave, city spokesman William Boyer said this week.

An ATF spokeswoman quoted by The Times said there was an ongoing federal investigation into the officer. The federal search warrant for Gourdikian's home remains under seal.

The spokeswoman said her agency has found law enforcement officers who were acting as firearms dealers, apparently buying and reselling weapons without a federal firearms license, a violation of federal law. 

Mod: According to Transparent California (link), Gourdikian pulled down just under a quarter of a million dollars in 2016. So if you figure he has been on paid administrative leave now for nine months, that's around $187,500.00 for just sitting around on his tookus and doing very little. Good work if you can get it, I suppose. 

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49 comments:

  1. If it turns our he is guilty as hell, does he have to give back his last 9 months of salary? Why would we pay someone who broke the rules to sit and watch his bank account grow from my taxes?

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  2. Justice moves slowly in Pasadena. If it moves at all. Whatever happened to the guy who embezzled million of dollars from Pasadena's city government? That one seems to have gone down the rabbit hole as well.

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  3. The's charges were a witch hunt. This guy was being looked at for something else and the gun charges were technical violations they could get on him.

    The real question is, what's he really doing they couldn't prove?

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    1. So the ATF planted all those guns in his garage?

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    2. Seems like it was many different kinds of guns. 57 varieties.

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    3. And none of the weapons were illegal.

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    4. His method of selling them was a bit suspect.

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  4. Despite the opinion of many in California, the mere possession of weapons is not a crime. The fact that the atf was even involved in enforcing state laws should tell you something.

    There is a bigger story here, I guarantee it.

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  5. There needs to be a clean up at the highest levels of the Pasadena Police Department maybe a former commander like 'Lisa Rosales' should rejoin the P.P.D. and clean this political mess up? She has not been asked at this point an time but I am sure she would jump at the chance to get back into action with this department.

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  6. Is he part of a militia that has been around for years and have always been well armed? Not going to mention any one group but you can see this has the makings for a good movie. Maybe he now has the time to write a book about how they protect this country.

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  7. Do we know who Vasken sold those guns to? Did he sell them to anyone who had the cash?

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    1. He sold them on a site called Calguns. It is used primarily by other gun owners, and there is a social media aspect to it, so it's not just anonymous. However, it sounds like he was pretty much dealing without a license, so screening was likely not a priority for him.

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    2. Does Calguns screen its users? I also understand that people can participate there anonymously. Lt. Gourdikian used an alias.

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    3. No screening I'm aware of. Yes, an alias, but that alias usually builds a good or bad rep, and a lot of the superusers there know each other, if that makes sense.

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    4. But anyone could show up and buy. Right?

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    5. Any gun you buy even online needs to go through an ffl with background check. Every gun every time. Quit spreading misinformation.
      No not anyone can just buy and yes there is screening.

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  8. Federal Laws must be upheld.
    Lt. Gourdikian was part of a convert group of officers working under the cloak of secrecy hoping to make extra cash.
    This group of officers are otherwise known as ICE.
    Governor Jerry Brown had to use a backdoor excuse on possible violations of law; to cover his premature issuing of California being named a Sanctuary State.
    Governor Brown singled out men and women in law enforcement by using unlicensed guns as a cover up.
    Governor Brown was following protocol from the White House, not to uphold the Federal Laws of deportation of undocumented immigrants known to have committed Federal crimes.
    Politics of choosing which Federal Laws to uphold had no place in the media; premature.
    Governor Brown had not issued the Sanctuary status of the state, he needed coverage of bait and switch.
    Lt Gourdikian and others filled that void. That and the fact that the guns used in Fast and Furious were known to have been used by undocumented immigrants killing innocents would not look good being traced back to the White House making that backroom deal with the Mexican Mafia.

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    1. @8:34 Can you please just smack yourself upside the head, I’m tired. Then readjust your foil hat and find your way back down the basement.

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    2. Stop it tickles!

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    3. Maybe 8:34 was just kidding.

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    1. You know, I actually did check that. There are two versions out there in the the Googlesphere. The original Yiddish that you cite, and the Americanized version that I went with. Interesting topic. Thanks!

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  10. 10:14am. Can you just try to live in reality, iam tired of you not seeking treatment for an obvious undiagnosed paranoia that you continue to act out on through your comments.

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    1. My dog eats Iams.

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    2. Witless comeback, 11:38. You add nothing to the conversation.

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    3. Paranoia? Was I The One who said there is a secret society of cops selling guns under the cloak of secrecy.
      Calling out paranoia is not paranoia. Saying someone else is paranoid when they call out your paranoid rant is probably schizophrenic. You may want to look into that. And don’t go buying any guns from guys in cloaks. Or gals for that matter. I don’t want to offend anyone.

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    4. Fine class of people we're attracting these days.

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    5. Yea kinda like crucifying your neighbors because you “feel” like he broke the law, even though there is no evidence presented or charges brought.
      stay classy Sierra Madre.

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    6. A raid by the Feds and the seizure of caseloads of weaponry can set tongues to wagging.

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    7. People do say the darndest things.

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  11. Off topic, sort of, but it's the Tattler.
    I check the Village Newsletter every week to follow the Planning Dept.'s current project list. There hasn't been an updated one since September.

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    1. I have been trying to get on the mailing list for that thing forever. Anybody know the magic trick?

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    2. The latest one on the City's website is dated Sept 20.

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    3. Wonder why the Planning Department hasn't issued a new one.
      Never a good idea to turn your back on the development community...

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  12. Next thing you know someone will text the police are Nazis in disguise.

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    1. Do you really think that?

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    2. Well, Black lives matter started for a reason

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  13. Anything can happen it’s 2017... and we are in Sierra Madre

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  14. 1:24pm. How bout raincoats? Should we be able to buy guns from unisex sellers wearing raincoats? California is in a drought afterall.

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    1. Whatever makes it real for you, dude.

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  15. 4:19pm.The Government lists Black Lives Matter as a Terrorist Hate group.

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    1. Which government? Russia or North Korea?

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  16. This is unbelievable. I don't know how so much corruption in the government can exist nowadays. Most of them get away with it.

    I know this is wholly unrelated but, last week, I was having lunch with a friend of mine who happens to be a psychologist. He was talking about a treatment program called Sharper Future; it supposedly is a sex offender treatment program. My psychologist friend, who works primarily with defense attorneys and is also a university adjunct, mentioned how this Sharper Future place is run (and owned) by a man named Tom Tobin. Tom Tobin is the CEO of Sharper Future. But the crazy part is that he is also a vice-chair of something called the California Sex Offender Management Board (or CASOMB for short). CASOMB is a government entity. Apparently, Tobin uses his influence to perhaps channel treatment contracts to his company. Not just that, but my friend described a slew of junk science and risk assessments that they use.

    So as of now, Tobin has a pretty large chunk of the California Department of Corrections contracts. If you ask me, this sounds like conflict of interest. It should be illegal. But like this police officer, I guess a lot of people in government really believe that they are above the law. And the sad part is most of them get away with it!

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    also with the format on your blog. Is that this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent high quality writing,
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    1. He has a point. Blogs were so much better in the '50s.

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    2. If it wasn't for blogs Eisenhower would never have gotten elected.

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  18. He put alot of weapons unto the streets, lord knows who was buying them. Absolutely contemptible.

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  19. wow I used to see this guy on tv, as well as quoted on the local paper, spraying Copaganda all over the place. irony that he finds himself in quite the shitstorm now.

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    1. I always knew it was an inside job and I am a witness to testify all the Innocent people in custody that this pasadena police officer did to infringe and plant on young people for framing ... .. i solved it ... this is why.. I want to defend for all those who were bribed into possession from Pasadena police officer Gourikian lieutenants personal gain. THAT is like civil rights abuse and like personal injury to non citizens for profit. This so many penal codes against all the victim buyers who thought it was ok it is proof for innocents not knowing. " off roster "since we trust our law enforcement I am puzzled to why a lieutenant himself manipulated civilians into markets of weapons like toys if he knows it illegal. Can God advocate for the public innocent that were mislead by Gourikians framing. Consequently suffering loss of youths to life sentence due to his risk action. What if he sold to a nieghbor and or a loved one without knowledge of his abusive trade , if police asked me to do something I'd be scared if I didn't do what they said. Forcing others to suffer in that labor if caught due to his faults and not theirs..thats one misleading cop making money off a 100 roster buying victims. The damage is where there is no education on human rights
      I can only be offended by Gourikians framing of possessed victims. District attorney General should not sentence Gourikians planted victims but only Gourikian himself !!

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