Ex-Pasadena Cop Faces 32 years to Life in 5-Count Indictment

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Bail Set at $10,000,000.00

By Terry Miller

A 73-year-old Pasadena man was in court Monday for arraignment on attempted murder and animal cruelty charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Erlich said Lance Anthony Semkus (dob 7/30/44) faces one felony count each of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, mayhem, attempted second-degree robbery and two counts of cruelty to an animal.

The charges include allegations of great bodily injury and use of a knife.

Arraignment is scheduled in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch. Case GA102199 was filed on Oct. 26.

Semkus is charged with attempting to steal a woman’s dog in front of a pet store on Oct. 23. Later on the same day, the defendant allegedly approached another woman and slashed her throat, the prosecutor said. The woman fought him off but is alleged to have suffered severe injuries to her neck and hand, the prosecutor added.

Investigators later discovered Semkus’ two dogs had been killed, the prosecutor said.

If convicted as charged, Semkus faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 32 years to life in state prison. Bail is set at $10 million.

The case remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.

Semkus was a Pasadena Police Officer in the early 1970’s and was also in Burbank PD briefly, but left on reasons relating to disability.

To view the full complaint, click here: SEMKUS (GA102199) Complaint.

October 30, 2017

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tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family sailed to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures, chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Ex-Pasadena Cop Faces 32 years to Life in 5-Count Indictment”

  1. Elouise J Root says:

    Just yesterday I was thinking about Lance Semkus and Googled him. I was disappointed that there weren’t any more current pictures of him. I dated him briefly in the 1970’s when he was a Pasadena cop. Wow, just wow!!! I sure am glad I didn’t have but a short relationship with him. He was never a threat, though. Just a nice cop with a motorcycle.

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