Man at Concert Later Cited on Drug Charge

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.