Brian Solinsky of the South Pasadena Police Department fielded questions about the case from the media in 2016. Gavilan Media Archive Photo

So Pas police officials had reason to be grateful this week when the court handed down lengthy sentences to individuals that had terrorized South Pasadena.

Police are gratified, for example, that the court took the crimes seriously when it recently sentenced a 25-year-old man to 19 years and eight months in state prison for a one-day crime spree in South Pasadena that forced lockdowns of a pair of schools and led to a nearly seven-hour manhunt.

“This is very good,” said Jim Valencia, So Pas Police Acting Captain of Patrol, who also was the watch commander of the 2016 incident. “He caused a great deal of consternation because he was operating near a school that we had to lockdown. We caught him later but we’re grateful the court took this very seriously, and they did.”

Michael David Brownlee of Los Angeles was immediately sentenced following his guilty plea a week ago Thursday to two felony counts of residential burglary with a person present, one felony count of residential burglary and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure, according to authorities.


Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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