By Mary O’KEEFE
Glendale police are looking for a burglary suspect that was involved in a police pursuit from that began in Glendale and ended in La Cañada on Tuesday afternoon.
The pursuit began when the suspect, later identified as Kenneth Lee, 44, of La Cañada, pulled out in front of a GPD patrol vehicle on Camino San Rafael.
Lee was driving a dark green Honda Accord station wagon on Tuesday about 11:36 a.m. He pulled in front of the patrol unit causing the officer to slam on his brakes. Lee traveled northbound on Camino San Rafael and then parked just north of Calle La Primavera. As the officer drove closer, Lee drove off traveling north. The patrol officer was delayed due to traffic on Camino San Rafael, and when the traffic cleared he had lost sight of Lee’s Honda Accord.
The officer activated his emergency lights and sirens and continued searching for the vehicle when a bicyclist pointed north. The officer saw Lee’s vehicle following three other vehicles. Lee pulled the Accord over on Camino San Rafael, south of Emerald Isle Drive.
The police officer approached the vehicle and allegedly noticed a pair of gloves and bolt cutters on the front seat of the vehicle. As the officer walked closer to the vehicle, Lee accelerated and fled driving southbound on Flintridge Drive.
The Glendale officer returned to his vehicle in pursuit. Two people saw the officer and pointed eastbound on Chadney Drive, indicting the suspect drove in that direction. Residents in the area continued to direct the officer as he drove through the neighborhood toward Hampstead Road.
The vehicle’s plates returned to an address a home in the 1100 block of Descanso Drive. The vehicle eventually drove to the Descanso Drive location and parked in the driveway. Officers reportedly witnessed Lee exit the vehicle and enter a wash north of the area. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. air support, K-9 Unit and additional Glendale police officers assisted in the search. One of the officers recognized Lee from a previous vehicle pursuit. It was discovered Lee was on active parole for burglary.
An investigation of the vehicle found items consistent with burglary tools. Lee is still outstanding. Anyone with information is asked to contact GPD at (818) 548-4840 or Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.