Pasadena Police Stop Commercial Burglary Spree, Seeking Public's Help Identifying Third Suspect

PASADENA, Calif.—On Friday, January 18, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies from the Compton Station detained two occupants of a vehicle suspected in the involvement of a commercial burglary committed in Pasadena.


Juan Manuel Morales, male, 19 years old, Los Angeles resident
Kiyonte Levell Sowell, male, 18 years old, Los Angeles resident

Pasadena Commercial Burglary Detective Kourtney Zilbert developed investigative leads from a commercial burglary that occurred on January 5. Detective Zilbert issued an investigative felony stop on the suspect vehicle. Compton deputies stopped the vehicle and held the occupants for further investigation. Pasadena Police responded to Compton, arrested the suspects, and booked them at the Pasadena city jail. After the suspects’ arrest, Detective Zilbert conducted further investigation.

Detective Zilbert collaborated with Detective David Torres and Detective Hector Salas of the Los Angeles Police Department, Northeast Division. Detectives believe the suspects are responsible for at least 10 commercial burglaries that occurred on the morning of January 5 along Colorado Boulevard in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles and Northwest Pasadena.

On Thursday, January 24, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 10 counts of second-degree commercial burglary against both Morales and Sowell. The arraignment for both suspects was held on Thursday, January 24. Morales’ bail has been set at $200,000, and Sowell’s bail has been set at $100,000. Their preliminary hearing has been set for March 3. No additional information is being released at this time since the police investigation is ongoing.

The Pasadena Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a third commercial burglary suspect. See image below.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Detective Kourtney Zilbert, Pasadena Police, at (626) 744-3862. To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477); or report via your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website

Image of third buglary suspect: African American male in grey hooded sweatshirt.