Crime Time: Girlie Pee-ers, Girlie Knife Fighters, Un-Tartared Waters, Bullhorn Pranksters and Dogs Victimized, Sniffing Pot, Nabbing Suspects
UPDATED WITH A CORRECTION . . .
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more girlie knife fights, un-tartared waters, pranksters with bullhorns, real-looking fake-gun scares and dogs stolen, smashed, smelling marijuana and taking bites out of crime
|Probably not the drunk pee girl from the third item below, but you never know.|
Everything But the Clothes Off His Back A man in the middle of a transaction at the Bank of America ATM in the 500 block of Camino de Estrella in San Clemente around 1 a.m. (his first mistake) was confronted by a robber with a gun. The victim then handed over cash, two bank cards, an iPhone, a watch and a ring, and the gunman was also making eyes at the victim's car. The bad guy was described as black, in his mid-20s, 5 feet 7 with a stocky build, a short Afro-style haircut and wearing a white shirt with a black logo on the back.
He Takes Justice Into His Own Hands, Which Are Then Cuffed Someone committed a burglary between 3 and 6 a.m. at Blue's Outlet Clothing Store, 300 N. French St., Santa Ana. Officers were shown surveillance video from the store that afternoon that revealed several men broke a front window and carted off merchandise over a three-hour period. The store owner was inside Blue's about 10 that same night when he noticed a vehicle driving by several times. Believing a passenger resembled someone he'd seen in the video hours earlier, the store owner grabbed a gun and confronted the stranger, who'd been dropped off in a nearby parking lot. An argument ensued, during which the merchant allegedly hit the man with his gun, causing minor injuries. Police responding to a call of an assault and shots fired in the parking lot arrived to arrest Jose Estrada on suspicion of burglary. But they also popped the store owner, Robert Marquez, 32, of Norco, on assault with a deadly weapon charges. Others involved in the burglary remained at large at press time.
Don't Go Eating That Yellow Grass A woman who had been drinking beer--obviously too much beer, and too early to boot--squatted down and peed on the lawn of a home in the 100 block of Avenida Baja in San Clemente around 11:30 a.m. The residents there were not amused, but it could have been worse. She could have mistaken it for Kentucky Poo Grass.
Shack Attack A man walked into the Radio Shack store in the 800 block of South El Camino Real in San Clemente around 3:30 p.m., kicked over a display and then walked out and into a black Mercedes-Benz before driving away.
Purse Clashes With His Running Shoes A woman was loading her car with groceries outside the Ralph supermarket in Ocean View Plaza in the 600 block of Camino de los Mares in San Clemente around 3:30 p.m. when a man grabbed her purse and ran off. The purse snatcher was described as white, 5 feet 10, 150 pounds with short hair.
Bullhorns on Parade Two teens inside a silver Toyota Tundra were using a bullhorn to force other motorists to pull their cars over in the area of Warner Avenue and Golden West Street in Huntington Beach around 7:30 p.m. After forcing an elderly couple to pull their car into a gas station, the teens laughed as they zoomed off. Ah, karma can be a bitch, my friends; wait until you get old.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
|If Aaron Burr met Alexander Hamilton on Terraza Plaza . . . and one of them had a baggie of pot.|
It Was Then My Minor Drinking Problem Began Police, as part of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Minor Decoy Operation, performed an undercover sting at 28 Laguna Beach businesses this evening. Hennessey's Tavern received a misdemeanor citation for failing to check identification to determine whether a customer was at least 21 and could therefore be served alcohol legally. Restaurants that did check identification but served drinks to a minor anyway received similar citations. They were: La Sirena Grill, Sorrento Grille, the Lumberyard Restaurant, Z Pizza and the Royal Hawaiian Restaurant.
And Baby Makes Three (Victims) A couple with their 2-year-old son in tow was sitting and chatting in their 2001 silver Honda Civic parked in the 400 block of South Hickory Street in Santa Ana around 10 p.m. when three men walked up, opened the door and ordered everyone out. One bad guy whipped out a gun before pulling the woman out of the car and telling the man he'd better join her. Before the trio jumped into the Civic--two-door, California license plate 4SGK761, with chrome rims and an Air Jordan sticker on the back window--and drove off south on Hickory, they allowed the couple to remove the boy. The gunman was described as Latino, 18 to 22, 5 feet 5, thin and wearing black clothing. A second carjacker was described as Latino, 18 to 25, 5 feet 6, thin and wearing a black shirt and gray pants, and the third was 5 feet 6, thin and wearing black clothing.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
|Not our two Chihuahua victims, but two Chihuahuas nonetheless.|
Dogged Pursuit After a routine traffic stop of car with two people inside near El Toro Road and Painted Trails in Mission Viejo around 1:45 p.m., one occupant bolted out a door and started running. Orange County sheriff's deputies then questioned the other person in the car and learned the runner was Anthony Edward Pugh, 21, of Mission Viejo. As it happens, Pugh was on parole for burglary. He certainly was not on parole for making himself invisible, because six minutes after fleeing the stopped car, he was spotted on a hillside by another deputy who was driving along El Toro Road. A sheriff's canine was sent up the hill after Pugh, who was bitten by the dog and later taken to Mission Hospital for treatment before another trip, this one to jail.
Not Another Teen Movie Scene An 18-year-old woman was walking home from classes at Tustin High School this afternoon when she was approached by an 18-year-old man who asked if he could walk her home. Nothing wrong with that, that's how budding teen romances among classmates are portrayed all the time on television and in the movies. But the guy wasn't a fellow Tustin High student, and it wasn't romance he was after, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. He continued following her after she refused the stranger's offer to walk her home and then lured her into an apartment complex laundry room on Williams Street in Tustin, according to the DA. There, he sexually assaulted her with his fingers, pulled down his pants and exposed his penis. He was only stopped from going further when someone walked into the laundry room, causing the attacker to flee and the victim to contact Tustin police. Jonathan Jimenez-Gonzalez, 18, of Tustin, was later arrested and charged with one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, attempted sexual penetration by foreign object by force, sexual battery, false imprisonment, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure. If convicted, he faces a maximum eight years in state prison. He was held in lieu of $250,000 bail while he awaits a scheduled Oct. 23 arraignment in Santa Ana.
THURSDAY, OCT. 1
Tragic End Stateside for Iraq War Veteran An unlicensed 15-year-old teenager and a 25-year-old U.S. soldier on leave and visiting a friend left a party to pick up more alcohol around 1:50 a.m. They must have been in a hurry to beat the 2 a.m. cut-off of alcohol sales. With the teen behind the wheel of a Lexus LS400 that hit speeds above 100 mph as it headed south on Camino del Avion in Laguna Niguel, control of the car was lost before it hit a curb and rolled into a hillside. The soldier, Nicholas Clayton, who was thrown from the Lexus, was later found dead near Camino del Avion and Niguel Road in Laguna Niguel. Deputies found the 15-year-old about 100 feet from the crash, walking in a center median. The teen, who faces vehicular manslaughter charges, was not identified because of his age, but deputies said the Lexus belonged to his parents. Blood tests later revealed he had little or no alcohol in his system at the time of the accident, although deputies were still awaiting results on possible drugs. Clayton, who was originally from Youngsville, La., had been expected to return to Iraq later this week.
FRIDAY, OCT. 2
Girl Fight Gets Ugly A fight between two female patrons of one of the two nightclubs in Triangle Square, 1870 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, spilled into the parking lot around 1:50 a.m., when one battler whipped out a 2 1/2-inch knife and slashed her foe's face. The lady with the blade then tried to drive off, but was prevented from leaving the lot by arriving police officers. Erika Monique Milton, 22, was later booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. Her alleged 24-year-old victim was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana to patch the cut across the middle of her face.
Paint Them Busted Sheriff's deputies patrolling near Beach Boulevard and Chapman Avenue in Stanton noticed fresh graffiti painted in the area around 3 a.m. Symbols indicated this was gang graffiti, something that has been escalating in the area recently, according to deputies. The patrolmen who spotted the tagging then rolled up on a car with two men inside. For reasons that will surely come out in court, the unidentified 19-year-old and 24-year-old were immediately tied to the graffiti and tagged themselves, with gang graffiti charges.