Crime Time: An Especially San Clemente/ Huntington Beach Edition

It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach.


He died for your remote.

Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend Fall Festival at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 20444 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach, some time before 3:30 a.m. What's more disturbing: the crime, leaving a plasma unattended in a tent overnight or a church festival hosting a beer tent?

Put Him in the Horror Aisle A homeless man squatting on the second level of the old Hollywood Video building in the 300 block of South El Camino Real in San Clemente was reportedly vomitting blood around 9:30 a.m.

Maybe San Clemente High Has a Bartending Class? Sheriff's deputies were called around 1:30 p.m. regarding a 16-year-old San Clemente High School student who reportedly had an ice chest full of booze. If the container was still full of booze, how could the student be drunk?

Clean Out in Aisle 7 A man walked up to the teller at the US Bank inside the Ralphs supermarket at Adams and Brookhurst streets in Huntington Beach just before 3:15 p.m. and handed over a note demanding money. He got $150. No weapon was seen. He was described as white, in his 30, weighing 200 pounds with a  stocky building and wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Sack Lunch: A woman was carrying her infant son and walking toward Olivewood Elementary School in Lake Forest to have lunch with her daughter on Sept. 11 when the woman noticed a man standing in the doorway to his home, jogging pants around his ankles, exposing himself. When sheriff's deputies interviewed karate instructor Amonullah Sakhi about this, they say he not only admitted to it but to putting on a similar show for several other passing women. The 25-year-old was booked on suspicion of indecent exposure on Oct. 7. He pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd conduct in public in 2004 but is not a registered sex offender because such a conviction does not require the defendant to be registered.


Downed Bicyclist Update Last week you were alerted to a bicyclist being down in the northbound lanes of Valley View north of Lemon Avenue in Cypress. Officers now say the unidentified man, who was in his late 20s or early 30s and bleeding from the head when cops rolled up, may have been drunk. He sustained serious injuries and was being treated at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

At Least We Know the Bus System Works A concerned shopper called Newport Beach police around 11:30 a.m. about three males hanging around suspiciously near the parking structure next to the 24 Hour Fitness at Fashion Island. Before a patrol car arrived the three split up, with two going to the Orange County Transportation Authority center on Avocado Avenue. They sat on a bench there with a backpack between them, but when an officer approached to talk with them, they jumped up and ran away, leaving the bag behind. The pair was tracked down a short distance away. The backpack contained a loaded Tec-9 pistol that had been stolen from the home of one suspect's parents, a loaded Berretta pistol that had been lifted in a Northern California robbery and ammunition. An 18-year-old San Clemente man and 16-year-old Laguna Niguel boy were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. They and the third male were believed to have traveled to Fashion Island from San Clemente by bus. Newport Beach police did not reveal the identity of the third suspect, but the Orange County Sheriff's blotter may have. Deputies cautioned a woman just before 3:30 p.m. that her daughter's ex-boyfriend was a suspect in a foiled Newport Beach robbery and that he might return to her neighborhood in the 100 block of West Canada in San Clemente. Dalton Edward Rahman, 18, was considered armed and dangerous and possibly wearing a bulletproof vest.

The Edge of Wetness What's the deal with San Clemente residents and their garden hoses? A retired fire captain called sheriff's deputies just before 2:15 p.m. to report he had "a gun cocked and ready to go" should his next-door neighbor continue spraying water into the living room of his home in the 400 block of Via Alegre. Then around 10:15 p.m., a woman called to say her neighbors were acting crazy and yelling "Yoo-Hoo!" while spraying water on the windows of her home on Via Cancha.

Feline on the Line The 9-1-1 operator picked up a call from a resident in the 400 block of Via Alegre in San Clemente around 4:30 p.m. Actually, it wasn't the resident who dialed but the household cat, the embarrassed feline owner reported.

Imagine the Roaming Charges! Huntington Beach police received a call about 11:30 p.m. about a man screaming for 20 minutes into his cell phone. Based on what the man was yelling, God was on the other end of the line. Police went out to the fellow's home in the 7700 block of Warner Avenue to suggest he whisper his phone calls to God so not to disturb his neighbors. He wouldn't want to break a commandment, after all.


Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Snowing in San Clemente: U.S. Border Patrol Agents searched a Ford Crown Victoria at a San Clemente rest stop around 5 p.m. and found hidden 36 pounds of cocaine worth about $360,000. The 22-year-old Mexican national driver was also in the country illegally, according to the agents. A K-9 team discovered the 13 bundles of nose candy hidden in the door panels. It and the suspect were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Showers in Surf City The rude water works have now spread to Huntington Beach: A man was inside the women's bathroom behind the Park Bench Cafe in Central Park throwing H2o onto a woman just before 6:30 p.m.


Hello, Is There Anybody In There?A man who resides in the 16800 block of Blanton Street in Huntington Beach called police around 2:15 a.m., crying and cussing and who could blame him? He explained he could not sleep because of the voices in his head and implants in his nose that had transmitters to cameras. Crime Time was trying to run down at press time which City Council member placed the call.

You're Soaking In It! Sheriff's deputies nabbed two wet people who'd jumped a fence of a residence in the 2500 block of South Camino Real in San Clemente just before 11 a.m. and started taking a bath in a Jacuzzi.

Snitch on Line 1 A call came in around 4 p.m. tipping police that Huntington Beach High School was having a dance on Saturday and some wallflower students were planning an anti-dance at the Bella Terra shopping mall where they "are going to get messed up."

Sticky-Fingered Bus Driver? A Sage Hill High School employee caught a bus driver allegedly rifling through a 16-year-old student's purse in the girls locker room at the school, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach. Students participating in cross country and volleyball programs had left their purses out on a bench in the locker room before the incident, which resulted in the 44-year-old Santa Ana woman's arrest around 6:15 p.m. A student had $150 taken from her purse the day before, and officers suspect the driver stole that money and was looking to take more.

Wild Night in Santa Ana A man was walking along Park Lane in the Casa de Santiago neighborhood of Santa Ana around 10:30 p.m. when he was confronted by three men. One pointed a handgun at the stroller's head, while a second man punched the victim in the face before taking his backpack, cell phone and wallet containing $3. The three then jumped into a vehicle driven by a fourth person. A second victim was robbed by three men in the same manner around 11:15 p.m. at a Bank of America ATM machine at 2001 S. Main St., but instead of hopping into a waiting vehicle with the bank customer's cell phone and wallet containing $10, they also took his van, which was followed by another vehicle. Security guards at Sunset Ridge Apartments, 1314 N. Harbor Blvd., had just dealt with a noise complaint around 12:30 a.m. when they noticed two men meeting and exchanging items in the parking lot. As a guard followed one man, he swung around and asked what the problem was. Another man jumped out of the van as if ready to fight. After an exchange that included the guards firing Taser guns and the men and detaining them at gunpoint until police arrived, the three men were tied to the previous robberies because of the items in their possession. Also, the victims later identified them as the suspects, according to police. Jesus Alejandro Tovar, 19; Daniel Funes, 19; and Joel Aguirre Jr., 18, all of Santa Ana, were arrested on suspicion of carjacking, robbery, possessing stolen property and possessing a stolen vehicle.

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