Crime Time: Double the Fun Starring [Alleged] Skeevy Teachers, Fake Cop Robbers and Ryan Seacrest's Strange Stalker

It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--actually the Weekly's TWO weekly round-up as an attempt is made to make up for lost vacation time.

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Left courtesy of E! Entertainment, right courtesy of Orange Police Department
Ryan Seacrest (left) gets paid another visit from his No. 1 Army special forces fan, Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr.


SEACREST OUT, UZOMAH BACK IN Remember Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., the 25-year-old Lakewood resident who pleaded guilty last month in Orange County Superior Court to misdemeanor assault, battery and possession of a switchblade knife two or more inches long in connection with his trying to get too close to Ryan Seacrest outside Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange on Sept. 13? Police say Uzomah is at it again. He was allegedly armed with a knife Friday morning when he walked into the lobby of the E! Entertainment building where Seacrest hosts his KISS-FM radio show and E! News Daily but was detained by security guards before he get could close to the pint-sized American Idol host. Uzomah, who was handed over to  LAPD officers, was sentenced to 15 days in jail, three years probation and ordered to stay away from CHOC and Seacrest after the September incident in which he attacked a security guard standing between Uzomah and Seacrest, who was unaware of the fracas. "His aggressive and violent efforts to come into physical contact with me are extremely frightening to me," Seacrest declared in justifying the restraining order to the court. "They have jeopardized not only my personal safety but also the safety and well-being of those around me." Now, TMZ reports the Army has apologized to Seacrest because Uzomah was a sergeant with the Army Reserves under the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion-a part of the Army's special forces. "We apologize to Ryan Seacrest," Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks is quoted as saying. "Pending the outcome of the local investigation, the Army will decide what further action to take. We take all matters of our personnel seriously."

And now, back to our regularly scheduled crime blurbs . . .

MONDAY, OCT. 19

Comes Up Empty A man wearing a dark blue baseball hat, long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans walked into the Wells Fargo Bank at 2970 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, around 11 a.m. and handed a teller a note stating he had a gun, although no one saw one. Fearing the teller activated an alarm, he fled cashless. He was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8, 190 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair, a mustache and glasses. Know him? Call Detective Dana Potts at (714) 754-5363.
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TUESDAY, OCT. 20

A Threat to Steal As they played baseball at Huntington Beach High School this afternoon, 10 dirt baggers had items ripped off from their bags.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21

Freeze Frame Huntington Beach police received a call around 5:45 p.m. from a resident in the 17100 block of Bolsa Chica Street concerned because his neighbor had been sitting in the same position on a couch for four hours. When officers responded, they discovered why: the man was dead.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22

No Way to Treat a Lady After shopping, an 80-year-old woman got out of her car around 1 p.m. in the lot at the Kona Kai Mobile Home Park at 4117 W. McFadden Ave., Santa Ana, where she was struck on the head with an unknown object. She collapsed and neighbors called paramedics who rushed her to the hospital. The robber or robbers, who no one saw, made off with the lady's purse. The Santa Ana Police Department would desperately like to find the hooligan(s). Call (714) 245-8558 if you know anything.

FRIDAY, OCT. 23

Fast Times at Savanna High Two girls, one age 16 and the other 17, walked into the Anaheim Police Department today to independentally report they had been sexually assaulted by the same man. Anaheim resident Marc Alan Silberman, a 27-year-old substitute teacher, has been charged with one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance. He allegedly engaged the 16-year-old student in an inappropriate sexual conversation during class at Savanna High School on Oct. 22, then requested she remain after class. Once the other students had left the room, Silberman is accused of digitally penetrating the girl in the vacant classroom. While teaching a different class at the same school on Oct. 9, Silberman allegedly passed inappropriate sexual notes to the 17-year-old student and grabbed her around her waist. Authorities are now trying to determine if there might be other victims. Contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Tim Craig at (714) 347-8558 or Anaheim police detectives at (714) 765-1623. And speaking of allegedly skeevy schoolteachers . . .

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SOUR NOTES: A 42-year-old Lake Forest resident, Mark Gerard Petrash, who is a music teacher at Serrano Intermediate School in town, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Alleged to have exposed his penis to two women--once to a fellow teacher in a woman's hotel restroom stall during a May 8 Saddleback Valley Unified School District event and again to an orthodontist's receptionist during his son's Aug. 24 dental appointment--Petrash faces up to two years in jail in convicted.
 
SATURDAY, OCT. 24

Watch For Falling Britches Sheriff's deputies received a call around 11:15 a.m. about a couple having sex in a car parked outside the Wal-Mart in the 900 block of East Avenida Pico in San Clemente. Do you also get the feeling that the spectacle could not possibly have been hot?

SUNDAY, OCT. 25

Bloody, Can You Spare a Dime? A beggar in bloody trousers stood outside the 7-Eleven store in the 1800 block of North El Camino Real in San Clemente around 8 a.m., asking passersby for spare change.

MONDAY, OCT. 26

Senior Ditch Day? A woman returned to her home in the 5700 block of Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach just before 9:45 a.m. to find a high school-age boy in her dining room. When she asked him why he wasn't in school, he up and walked out the back door, never to be seen again.

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