Police search in Garfield Park on Sunday evening after a report of a man relieving himself in public. The suspect was later cited outside the park and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Photo by Henk Friezer

A homeless man suspected of relieving himself in public at Garfield Park during Sunday evening’s concert there was later arrested in South Pasadena and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Sgt. Robert Bartl said Phillip Flowers, 38, was issued a citation but not taken into custody.

Bartl said police received a call around 7:10 p.m. from a concertgoer “regarding a male possibly urinating in the park.”

When officers arrived, Bartl said, concertgoers directed them north through the park. The officers, in their police cruiser, eventually found Phillips walking north in the 400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, near the GNC store and Starbucks.

When officers approached him, Bartl said, “He tried to ditch some type of object behind a pillar, the officers looked, and there was a pipe that contained some white residue, commonly used to ingest methamphetamine.’’

Phillips was cited on the possession rap, but not charged with public urination, Bartl said.

Kevin Kenney, Review Editor
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Kevin Kenney, comes to The Review from the New York Post, where he most recently was an editor and web producer. He had previously been deputy night sports editor of the paper. A native New Yorker who now lives in Burbank, Kenney has also worked for United Press International, Gannett Newspapers, The Bergen Record of New Jersey, Fox Sports, The Santa Clarita Signal and the Southern California News Group, publisher of the Los Angeles Daily News and Orange County Register, among other papers.

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