Crime Time: F-Bombers, Tiki Takers, Beatles Fans, Creepy Molesters and Tawny Kitaen on the Loose
|FACES OF TAWNY Actress, ex-Anaheim Angel wife, car hood buffer, supposedly reformed druggie and all-around hot mess Tawny Kitaen is shown on a February 2004 Weekly sex issue cover (left); in a booking photo from her April 2002 assault on then husband Chuck Finley in Newport Beach (top right); and writhing in the famous Whitesnake video of 1987. See her latest brush with the law under Saturday, Sept. 26.|
MONDAY, SEPT. 21
Begging Allegedly Spurs Hate, Boot to the Head After a homeless, African-American man approached two men and a woman and asked for a cigarette outside the Westside Bar on 19th Street near Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa around 7 p.m., the two men chased the homeless man for a couple blocks down 19th screaming racial slurs and threats at him. One of the men is also alleged to have pulled out a knife. When police arrived, one man was seen by officers kicking the homeless man in the head. Telemarketer William Shoop, 24, Charles Durliat, 38, and Jodie Brummett, 21, whose occupations are not listed, were then arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hate crime and conspiracy to commit a crime. Durliat was additionally held on drug and gang charges.
Rider Finds a Storm A bicyclist was riding in the 1100 block of Mitchell Avenue at Villa Vallerto in Tustin about 7:20 p.m. when two men approached from behind. One pulled the rider down by the shoulders while the second grabbed the mountain bike before both darted off into the night.
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|ALLEGED GANG-BANGER HUNTED The Orange County District Attorney's Office and the Orange Police Department announced last week a $1 million arrest warrant has been issued for Ernesto Parraguirre, 20, a reputed Anaheim gang member who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her 15-year-old sister after breaking into their home before dawn on Sept. 16. He is described as 5 feet 6, 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He drives a green 1996 Honda Civic with California license plate No. 3SRL033. Anyone with information on his whereabouts or who believes they have been a victim of his crimes is asked to call Orange Police Detective Jeremy Smith at (714) 744-7444 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794. And if you come in contact with this dream boat, dial 9-1-1.|
Cops and FBI Think They Nabbed "Early Bird Bandit" A police officer was patrolling the fair streets of La Habra when the sight of an older model black Pontiac Grand Prix brought back memories of the getaway car description in the Sept. 18 armed robbery of the Banco Popular in the 400 block of Whittier Boulevard. The cop pulled the car over and took the driver to the station. He was placed in a lineup by detectives, and a witness from the bank heist positively identified the Grand Priz driver as the robber. But Ronald Frank Talamantes, 48, was not only tied to the La Habra job. The FBI, believing Talamantes is the so-called "early bird bandit" responsible for six other early morning bank robberies, brought charges against him in federal court, where an Oct. 7 preliminary hearing is scheduled. A conviction could bring 25 years in the federal pen.
Battles of the Sexes in San Clemente A man in the 200 block of Avenida del Mar in San Clemente hit a woman with his motorcycle helmet around 3 p.m. She retaliated by pushing him off his bike. Then, around 6:30 p.m., a man driving near Calle del Cerro and Avenida Vista Montana tossed a cigarette out his car window. That prompted a female driver to honk her horn at him. That prompted him to jump out at a stop and punch her vehicle.
Pitbull vs. Service Revolver: Guess Who Won? Two sheriff's deputies were doing a parole search inside a home in the 10000 block of Rodeo Drive in unincorporated Anaheim at about 5:30 p.m. when a pitbull that had been locked inside a bedroom bolted out at the lawmen. That prompted one deputy to fire his weapon at the dog, who was killed.
Crop Caught by Copter A Los Angeles County Sheriff's helicopter flying over Diamond Bar just after 6:30 p.m. noticed plots of marijuana field near Phillips Ranch Road and Scenic Ridge Drive. The eyes in the sky also spotted five people trying to flee, the area. Deputies from the Walnut/Diamond Bar sheriff's station set up a perimeter and arrested four men on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. They were identified as Sabino Garcia, 31, of Riverside; Homer Aguilera, 22, of Mira Loma; and Anaheim's Benjamin Almazan, 25, and Efrain Almazan, 18. A fifth suspect remained at large. Deputies say they also confiscated 2,399 marijuana plants that were ready for harvest and an elaborate growing system.
False Alarm Police received a report just before 10:30 p.m. of a man with a gun having walked into the Taco Bell at 14042 Red Hill Ave., Tustin. When alarmed officers arrived, the man was standing there in the parking lot, holding his gun while chatting up four other men. Turns out it was a BB gun.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
Making the Rounds Police were called about 5:40 a.m. because someone was firing shots from a gun in the 1400 block of West Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana. Sure enough, when officers arrived they heard more shots ringing out. They then zeroed in on a location where they discovered an unidentified man in his mid-20s "testing his weapon." He was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a reckless manner.
It All Makes Perfect Sense Now A woman called sheriff's deputies around 11:30 a.m. to say she suspected her neighbor was pouring soda on her car in the 200 block of Avenida Victoria in San Clemente. Why? Because a few days earlier, the same neighbor had shown up at her door along with 10 friends demanding to fight her husband.
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|Tach Van Truong|
Brain Salad Surgery A woman who resides in the 100 block of West Avenida Cornelio in San Clemente called 9-1-1 around 1:30 p.m. asking that authorities call her daughter in Ohio because "a sister had brainwashed her."
What a . . . Hole A man driving a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban with three children aboard struck a building in the Sycamore Valley apartment complex near Slater Avenue and Ward Street in Fountain Valley around 3:30 p.m. before continuing east on Slater, where the car eventually jumped a curb and hit a mailbox, street sign and an electrical transformer. But the Suburban kept on going, this time north on Ward, where it struck a parked vehicle and fence before coming to a stop. Power was knocked out over a widespread area for 90 minutes, effecting traffic signals along Brookhurst Street, Warner Avenue, Slater and Ward, which all backed up with snarled traffic. None of the children were injured, but the driver, identified as Lance E. Hole, 61, of Westminster, was treated at a nearby hospital before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Hang 'Em High You know Huntington Beach has a lot of racist skinheads, but have they resurrected lynching? That's what an emergency caller must have thought before reporting seeing someone hanging by a rope from a tree behind the Central Library off Golden West Street just before 5 p.m. Worse, several people were standing the tree, watching the spectacle. Officers arrived to find folks engaged in "suspension rituals."