Smoke device removed Pasadena man charged

Detector was beeping in adjoining apartment

July 12, 1996

A Pasadena man who argued with his landlord over a beeping smoke detector in an adjoining apartment was arrested Wednesday on charges of breaking into the apartment and ripping the smoke detector from the wall, county police said yesterday.

Stephen Eujeane Calhoun, 29, of the 700 block of 218th St. was charged with burglary and destruction of property.

His landlord, Andre J. Francois, told police Calhoun called him shortly before 1 a.m. complaining about a beeping smoke detector in a vacant upstairs apartment and demanding that Francois come to the house to disconnect it.

When Francois refused, Calhoun threatened to do it himself, police said.

Francois called police, who went to the apartment and found the second-floor picture window shattered, a wooden door and frame that led to the stairway that separates the two apartments destroyed, and a smoke detector torn from the wall and left on a counter top near the door, police said.

An officer found Calhoun in his apartment and arrested him.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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