Crime Time: Alleged Rummy Mommy, Ex-Cop Robber, Sticky Fingers, Douches on (and Taking) Bikes and Really Bad Karaoke Singers

It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.

MONDAY, NOV. 23

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That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road in Lake Forest produced 6:30 a.m. 9-1-1 calls from witnesses. As deputies were enroute, witnesses watched the Corolla continue moving through the station and across the street before stopping in a shopping center, where the driver got out and tried to change a tire. After deputies rolled up, Gregory Hopkins, 53, of Lake Forest, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and taken to jail.

Through Rain or Sleet or Hailing Bullets . . .
Sheriff's deputies were called just before 3:50 p.m. about the mail carrier who works Columbia in Aliso Viejo having either been shot at with a BB gun or pellet gun or smacked around with a baseball bat. Upon further investigation it was learned the mail carrier's vehicle had been hit several times, not the mail carrier.

Move Over, Santa Ana: 2 Stabbings in 2 Days for Costa Mesa A 16-year-old boy was standing near a bus stop on Harbor Boulevard near Victoria Street in Costa Mesa just before 5 p.m. when he started arguing with another teenage boy. At some point, the 16-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen, and he was later reported in stable condition at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he underwent emergency surgery. His attacker remained at large. As reported in the last Crime Time, a 28-year-old man visiting a friend in Costa Mesa was stabbed several times the day before during a fight outside his friend's Walnut Street home. The 28-year-old was treated at the same hospital and no arrests had been made at press time.

Old Yeller Sheriff's deputies received a call just after 6 p.m. from a resident in the 24100 block of Hollyoak in Aliso Viejo about a neighbor who was yelling that he wanted "a sergeant to blow somebody's head off." The spectacle had been going on for 20 minutes by the time deputies were called.

TUESDAY, NOV. 24

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From Cop to Robber? Former Los Angeles police officer Charles Mottern, 45, of Irvine, was arrested today on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, evading arrest and resisting arrest in connection with a series of burglaries that have been reported at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest since August 2008. Items stolen included cash, camera equipment, computers and radios. Sheriff's deputies say Mottern had been working as a security guard for the church for four years. He was arrested after a car and foot chase with deputies, who Tasered him. Though he left the LAPD in 1996, the suspect allegedly had false police credentials in his possession.
You Want Tortillas With That? A resident of Blazing Star in Irvine called police around 7 a.m. to report that someone had poured salsa and beans on the family car and toilet papered the home.

Maybe They Should Have Called Ahead? About 300 UC Irvine students and supporters squared off against 15 helmet-clad campus police officers--with batons on their belts--at the entrance to the campus administration building. They were not filming Kent State: The Musical but responding respectively to a march against the 32 percent undergraduate fee increase recently approved by the UC Board of Regents. Shouting students demanded they be let into Aldrich Hall to speak with Chancellor Michael Drake. As the standoff at the front entrance dragged on, about 70 students tried to sneak in via a side door, but most were pushed back by officers inside. One unnamed student was arrested on suspicion of attempted vandalism and resisting arrest. Just after 1:30 p.m., two students were allowed to enter, and they emerged 20 minutes later to inform their comrades that Drake was not at the university.

Seeing Red A man in shades and a red and black baseball cap walked into Wachovia Bank, 18351 Irvine Blvd., Tustin, around 3:40 p.m. and passed a teller a note demanding money. He walked out with a bank bag full of cash, but that's not all that was inside. A dye bag exploded in the middle of Plaza Way, north of Irvine Boulevard, flinging money and red dye all over the man and the street. Police later recovered some of the cash, although another man was seen picking up money and walking off with it (to a Macy's Red Sale?). The now-red robber, meanwhile, was seen getting into a vehicle and driving off. He was described as 30 to 40 with a thin build, dirty blond hair and a few days of whiskers with gray hair in them. Besides the headwear, he was last seen in a dark blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

Mom of the Year Candidate After an unidentified family member called police to say a woman was too intoxicated to care for her 9-year-old son, Costa Mesa police arrived at the Days Inn on Newport Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. and arrested Wendy Sarinana, 28, of Santa Ana, on suspicion of child endangerment. Sarinana had been arrested by Newport Beach police four days earlier on suspicion of drunken driving and child endangerment after a minor traffic accident at Bristol Street and Irvine Avenue. She had been released from jail Nov. 22 after posting $100,000 bond.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

Any Copies of Fahrenheit 451 Damaged? Near closing time, staff members at Orange Public Library noticed smoke coming from the first floor men's restroom. The fire alarm was immediately pulled and employees evacuated the building. After the fire was extinguished and the restroom was being cleaned up, it was discovered someone used paper toilet seat covers to intentionally set the blaze. The city librarian turned over video of people entering the restroom to fire investigators.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26

One Punch Ends Life Clinton Joseph 'C.J.' Hubbard, 27, of Corona del Mar, had just left Code Restaurant/Lounge at 4221 Striker Way, Newport Beach, around 1:40 a.m. when he was confronted in the parking lot by a man who, for some reason, punched Hubbard in the face. The force of the blow apparently caused an artery in Hubbard's brain to burst, and he was rushed to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. There, Hubbard was declared brain dead and his family pulled him off life support Friday so his organs could be transplanted. Police say the assaulter, who remains at large, may not realize he killed the UCLA and Santa Margarita Catholic High School graduate.

Blind Beating A blind man knocked on the men's bathroom door at the Arco station at Ball Road and Brookhurst Street in Anaheim just before 8:15 a.m. when two men emerged and beat him. They left in a Ford Taurus, and the blind man was eventually treated for minor injuries at the scene. Officers patrolling Brookhurst north of La Palma Avenue two hours later discovered a Taurus fitting the suspect description. Two unidentified men inside were taken into custody, with one arrested on suspicion of assault and the other held on an outstanding warrant.

A Thanksgiving They Won't Forget A CHP officer parked at the Laguna Hills mall around 10 a.m. was approached by a couple who said a human smuggler had their 4-year-old daughter. The mother has apparently crossed the Mexican border illegally while the smuggler brought her daughter across at the border check. But instead of reuniting the girl with her family on the California side, the smuggler kept demanding more and more money without releasing her, the parents told the officer. Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers then worked with the mom to arrange another payoff. At about 10 p.m., the smuggler arrived with the girl, who was unharmed, at a predetermined location. Emanuel De La Costa-Valdiva, 32, of Mexico, was held without bail at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of human trafficking, kidnapping and extortion. The girl was reunited with her mother before Thanksgiving night was over.

Douches on Bikes A man was walking out of a store in the 100 block of south New Hope in Santa Ana just after 10:15 p.m. when he was confronted by two other men. One stranger demanded money and when the victim informed them he only had a couple bucks, the other forcibly took his wallet. The victim tried to push the pair away, which led one robber to pull out a metal object and strike the poor man in the leg. They fled into the night on bicycles, and the victim was later treated for a broken leg at a local hospital.


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