DUI Arrests

Darcy Bourgeois, 26, Los Angeles – Sunday, October 15

Garret Powell, 54, Ladera Ranch – Friday, October 13

My Van Le, 40, Westminster – Friday

Mary Arlauskas, 20, Maryland – Friday

Anthony Aguilera, 25, Lake Forest – Thursday, October 12

James Bayard, 61, Laguna Beach – Thursday With a Prior


Incident Reports

Sunday, October 15

Montage Resort Drive & Coast Hwy | Warrant

4:26 a.m. During a traffic stop, Manuel Castro, 38, Cuday, was arrested on a West Court warrant for vehicle code violations. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

2:31 a.m. James Leis, 28, San Clemente, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Saturday, October 14

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Probation Violation

8:25 p.m. Daniel Delrosario, 25, no fixed address, was arrested for probation violation.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Battery

12:54 a.m. Following a physical fight, Miguel Esparza, 34, and Cristobal Esparza, 28, both from Aliso Viejo, were arrested for battery. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Grand Theft

12:11 a.m. Two cameras and three lenses valued at over $7,000 were stolen. 

Friday, October 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Sean Eskeli, 55, no fixed address

Wendt Terrace | 800 Block | Domestic Violence

4:57 p.m. Tina Ladelle Marquette, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic battery. Bail was set at $10,000. 

Loretta Drive | 600 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:56 p.m. Disney ears and other miscellaneous items were taken from a locked vehicle. The loss was estimated to be $24. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Trespassing

11:25 a.m. Shane Sutton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

11:12 a.m. A suspect stole a candle and miscellaneous clothing worth $172. 

Moss Street | 300 Block | Drugs, Probation

4:33 a.m. Brandon Smith, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also arrested for violating probation. 

Beach Street & Ocean Avenue | Warrant, Drugs

1:27 a.m. Phillip Person, 26, Long Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on a West Court warrant with the same charge. 

Thursday, October 12

Boat Canyon Drive & N. Coast Hwy | Warrant

9:43 p.m. During a traffic stop, John Mo Kang, 45, Irvine, was arrested on a $30,000 Cerritos warrant for harassing phone calls. 

Temple Hills Drive | 2300 Block | Helicopter Rescue 

5:49 p.m. After a man fell down a hillside behind a residence, a county helicopter was called in to hoist the man out and take him to the hospital. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

12:49 p.m. Someone fraudulently purchased a cell phone worth approximately $669. 

Arroyo Drive | 1600 Block | Loitering

12:22 p.m. Kristy Buungoc Hong, 40, Norwalk, was arrested for loitering. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

3:10 a.m. Stephenie Koivuniemi, 39, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for trespassing. 

Wednesday, October 11

Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Warrant

2:08 p.m. During a traffic stop, Golponeh Nikbakhsian, 35, Upland, was arrested on a felony warrant from San Bernardino. 

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:54 p.m. An unknown suspect messed with the lock of a vehicle and took $4,000 worth of DJ equipment. 

McKnight Drive | 100 Block | Burglary

12:35 p.m. A realtor arrived at a residence to find items moved around inside. The loss was not determined at this time. 

Thalia Street | 100 Block | Hit and Run

10:51 a.m. The passenger door of a BMW was damaged by an unknown driver in a Range Rover between 2 p.m. Tuesday to the time of the report.

Police Files

Driver in 2013 fatal collision sentenced to community service, probation

At 6:40 a.m. on April 2, 2013, a Tesla Model S driving northbound on Laguna Canyon Road collided head-on with a Honda Accord, killing the 47-year-old driver Alberto Casique and 38-year-old passenger Armando Gonzalez. The Tesla was driving next to a Mercedes as both vied for the single lane north of El Toro Road.

On Monday, October 16, 2017, the driver of that Tesla, Dr. Robert McFarland Pettis, pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, and was sentenced to community service and three years of probation. As part of the deal, he admitted that he had been driving at an unsafe speed at the time of the collision.

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Two men were killed in April 2013 after the Honda (left) they were in was hit head-on. The driver of the black Tesla, seen facing the wrong way on Laguna Canyon Road in the background, was sentenced this week.

The families of the victims have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pettis a well as Dekker McKeever, who was driving the Mercedes, Orange County, Caltrans, and the city of Laguna Beach, among others. 

Laguna Canyon Road closed twice in a day

On Sunday morning around 9, a motorcycle driving outbound on Laguna Canyon Road near Canyon Acres was struck by a vehicle making a left turn out of a residence. 

The motorcyclist was transported to Big Mission and the extent of his injuries were unknown.

Laguna Canyon Road reopened after approximately an hour and a half, but that didn’t last too long.

At 9:40 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to the 2600 block of Laguna Canyon Road after a vehicle collided with a utility pole. 

“It was likely that the driver fell asleep at the wheel,” said Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “He sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach as a precaution.”

The collision, in which the Honda Civic sheared a utility pole, caused low hanging wires to hang low over both sides of Laguna Canyon Road.

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Due to downed wires late Sunday night, Dave Day had to commute to his workplace on Laguna Canyon Road by bicycle, where he snapped this photo

Crews from Frontier Communications arrived on Monday to fix the affected pole and wires. The road was reopened approximately 17 hours later, at 3 p.m.

DUI Arrests

Rachel Judd, 21, Dana Point – Monday, October 9 Hit and Run

Lucy Arrom, 44, Tustin – Sunday, October 8 Hit and Run

Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 10

Coast Hwy | 32300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

11:05 a.m. A wallet was stolen from the RP’s unlocked Honda Civic.

Monday, October 9

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Warrant

11:09 a.m. Braden Elliot Bolton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant for illegal lodging with bail set at $2,500.

Sunday, October 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

2:17 p.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

North Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:17 p.m. Two young women saw a man taking something from a broken back window of a car that was not theirs.

Police Files

Mid-day burglar arrested for stealing clothes and cash

On Sunday afternoon, a LBPD officer was in the right place at the right time.

“The general manager of a restaurant in the 200 block of Brooks Street flagged down an officer around 2:15 p.m.,” said Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “He pointed to a man running away from the patio area.”

The officer took chase and tracked down Cesar Badillo-Munoz, age 28.

“He was wearing a jacket that still had a merchandise tag on it from a local business,” said Cota. “He claimed he paid $80 for it, but later admitted he had stolen it along with other clothing items that he was in possession of, including hats and t-shirts.”

Back to the restaurant manager…

“Badillo-Munoz had been acting suspicious inside the restaurant,” said Cota. “The employees noticed that he had gone into the office and taken cash from an unlocked safe – that’s what alerted the manager to flag down the officer.”

Inside the pocket of the stolen jacket, officers found a total of $2,166.

Badillo-Munoz was arrested for burglary, grand theft, and, since he ran from officers, resisting arrest. 

Community meeting regarding recent burglaries a success – more coming in the future

On Wednesday night, LBPD hosted a community meeting at the Susi Q Center regarding the recent burglaries in North Laguna.

Sgt. Cota estimated there were 25 people in attendance, as well as himself, Sgt. White, Sgt. McGill, and Detective Ocampo. 

“We talked about the uptick in burglaries in the city, security measures residents can take, vacation home checks conducted by the police department, and other resources for the public to learn about major events,” said Cota. “Overall it was a very good meeting.”

“Based on the attendance and questions that were asked, we will be doing a lot more of them,” he added. “It was really good and informative for citizens.”

Remember, if you see something, say something – you could stop a crime. 

A pigeon and a pumpkin – was it the full moon?

Last Thursday there was a full moon – and we’re attributing that to some recent odd occurrences around Laguna….

On Monday morning, a business reported that there had been pumpkins smashed, hay scattered, and posted signs ripped. Was it a werewolf on the rampage? Perhaps, but the victim provided security footage of the incident.

On Monday evening, a man was reported wandering downtown carrying a dead pigeon. When questioned about it by police officers, he was unable to recall where he had picked up the unfortunately deceased bird. The man, 18-year-old Emil Brenenstuhl, was ultimately arrested for public intoxication, but we won’t rule out vampires as the cause for the dead bird.

After all, it is Friday the 13th….

Police Files

LBPD nabbed three burglary suspects from Riverside on Friday morning, with help of K-9 bite

As we reported on Friday, LBPD was able to apprehend three suspects involved with a burglary reported on Zell Drive that morning. A resident had reported a suspicious truck in his neighbor’s driveway, and another caller reported three suspects had attempted to force entry through a side bedroom window. 

Within minutes of the call, officers on scene saw three suspects inside the truck driving away. 

The three suspects abandoned the truck in a nearby residential area and fled on foot. With air support from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as well as their K-9 units, the suspects were located. 

LBPD Booking Photos

Gwendulyn Ceballos Jimenez, Allen Ykwang Lin, and Michael Murilloh

Gwendulyn Ceballos Jimenez, 21, Allen Ykwang Lin, 29, and Michael Murilloh, 31, all from Riverside, were taken into custody after an extensive search of the area. Ykwang Lin had to be persuaded to come out of the canyon where he was hiding – OCSD’s K-9 unit was more than happy to assist. The minor bite injuries Ykwang Lin sustained were treated. 

“Our residents acted quickly and did a fantastic job reporting the suspicious activity that led to these arrests,” said Captain Jeff Calvert in a statement. “We are fortunate to have such engaged residents who understand that it is a team effort to keep our community safe.”

The suspects were booked into Orange County Jail for residential burglary and possession of stolen property. LBPD detectives are in the process of identifying additional victims through the stolen property recovered in the truck…which was also stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

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Officer McGuire and Detective Gensemer are looking for the owner of the other stolen truck, which they think belongs to a 2- to 4-year-old. If you know who this truck belongs to, please call the LBPD at 949-497-0701.


Well-dressed Edward Torrison pleads guilty

This week, Edward Torrison pled guilty to the thefts that occurred this summer in Laguna Beach at the Shops at the Cliffs, where the losses exceeded $200,000. 

He pled guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of grand theft, and one count of receiving stolen property. 

LBPD detectives arrested Torrison on Sept. 26 in Oceanside. A second suspect shown on the surveillance footage is still at large. 

Torrison is suspected to be involved in several other burglaries that occurred throughout Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties.

DUI Arrests

Rudy Amavizca, 30, San Bernardino - Sunday, October 8 With a Prior

Dylan Olson, 21, Laguna Beach - Sunday

Mathew McKeon, 33, Irvine - Saturday, October 7 With a Prior

Dennis Walsh, 60, Newport Beach - Saturday

Keith Smith, 47, Nevada - Friday, October 6 With a Prior

Nancy Aurang, 45, Laguna Niguel - Friday


Incident Reports

Sunday, October 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Balce, 25, Rancho Santa Margarita

Saturday, October 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Jennifer Reginaan Cogar, 35, Escondido

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

11:56 p.m. A phone charger was reported stolen.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Drugs

11:00 p.m. Devin Forbes, 29, Laguna Hills, Jason Chrisman, 30, Mission Viejo, and Danielle Fuhrmann, 30, Laguna Niguel, were arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500 for all three parties.

Rockledge Terrace & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant, Unlicensed Driver

10:00 p.m. Eucacia (Eulalia) Cuevas, 48, El Monte, was arrested on a $1,500 West Court warrant. The suspect was also charged with driving without a driver’s license.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drugs

5:48 p.m. Brandon Daniel Alderete, 35, no fixed address, and Joshua Tyrone Webster, 40, no fixed address, were each arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. An additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was brought against Webster, as well as possession of a controlled substance.

Santa Ana Street | 1000 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:47 p.m. A drone and an iPhone were reported stolen. The estimated loss was $2,000.

South Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Vandalism

11:04 a.m. The RP found a broken glass pane at the back of the store.

Alta Vista Way | 400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:33 a.m. Three RPs reported multiple cars being broken into yesterday. Nothing was reported to have been stolen.

Center Street | 200 Block | Warrants, Drugs

3:25 a.m. Ashley Cajal, 33, Thousand Oaks, was arrested for a $5,000 Ventura County Warrant for DUI and probation violation. She was also arrested for an additional $25,000 Ventura County warrant for dissuading a witness, and for violating probation. Additional charges were added for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Battery

1:56 a.m. A group of men were reported to be in a physical fight. Tanner Lancona, 23, Trabuco Canyon, was charged with battery. 

Friday, October 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Caltabiano, 45, Utah

McKnight Drive | 100 Block | Burglary

9:19 p.m. A woman reported the back door of a residence was open, with things thrown around. The loss was unknown at the time.

Smithcliffs Road | Burglary 

8:56 p.m. The RP reported that there was a break-in at their parent’s home. The RP found that there was a small broken window to the rear of the location, where perhaps someone very small could fit through. A K-9 was used to clear the location. Nothing was reported stolen at the time.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Petty Theft

6:18 p.m. A woman stole a jacket, baby clothes and food, then left in a Mazda. The loss was estimated at $500-$600.

Barranca Way | Fraud

10:30 a.m. The victim’s social security number was used to open Dish Network accounts.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

12:37 a.m. Eli Lopiccola, 45, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

Thursday, October 5

Vista Del Sol & Coast Hwy | Drugs

8:54 p.m. James Malloy, 29, Louisiana, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

San Nicholas Court | 400 Block | Theft

6:22 p.m. An officer’s off duty 9mm Glock was lost or stolen. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

3:55 p.m. Medication was taken from a vehicle. 

Beach Street | 100 Block | Warrant

3:16 p.m. Bradley Armes, 48, no fixed address, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for probation violation. 

Poplar Street | 400 Block | Trespassing

11:29 a.m. Evan Cseresznyak, 29, Corona Del Mar, was arrested for trespassing.

Wednesday, October 4

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

11:43 p.m. Shane Sutton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

11:05 p.m. Paul Leo Ryan, 63, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

10:47 p.m. A man ran out of the store with a bag of alcohol and left in a Mercedes. 

Wesley Drive | 21500 Block | Petty Theft

8:13 p.m. Earlier in the week, a walker was stolen. A possible suspect was named. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

4:32 p.m. Michael Riley, 50, no fixed address, was arrested on a West Court warrant for being drunk in public. 

Glenneyre Street | 600 Block | Trespassing

3:34 p.m. The RP reported cigarette burns in the floor, and the toilet and towels had been used. The RP did not know when someone accessed the area.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Grand Theft

12:59 p.m. A woman’s purse with $1,720 in cash and an iPhone was taken. 

Thalia Street | 700 Block | Grand Theft

9:09 a.m. On Sunday, a watch valued at $7,000 was taken.

DUI Arrests

Christopher Paul Zmuda, 54, Laguna Niguel – Monday, October 2

Timothy Cerone, 36, no fixed address – Monday

Robert Earl, 51, Boston, Mass. – Monday 


Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jonah Castaneda, 23, Laguna Beach

Russell McKinney, 54, Laguna Beach

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

2:53 p.m. Amber Castillo, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

12:24 p.m. A check was made out fraudulently for $2,000. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft, Drugs

10:24 a.m. After taking a purple bicycle, Arash Rahimi, 39, Lake Forest, was arrested for petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia with $500 bail. 

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Warrant

8:12 a.m. Ashley Mayer, 30, Venice, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant for assault. 

Monday, October 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gordon Weider, 69, no fixed address

Jennifer Brodersen, 33, Arkansas

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

9:29 p.m. Shane Hardin, 42, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

4:56 p.m. Someone used the victim’s debit card for $937. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20300 Block | Drugs

10:40 a.m. Luis Yerba, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was $1,000. 

Sunday, October 1

Heather Place | 300 Block | Petty Theft

8:48 p.m. The front license plate was stolen from a Volkswagen. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

7:29 p.m. Donald Kramer, 46, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Central Court bench warrant. 

Forest Avenue & Glenneyre Street | Vandalism

6:55 p.m. Large letters were spray painted in the area. 

Aliso Circle & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

12 p.m. A three-vehicle collision required cut and rescue, as one uninjured person was trapped inside their car. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

11:40 a.m. The RP’s wallet was stolen.

Police Files

Three burglary suspects in custody after chase through backyards in the Temple Hills area

Lagunans woke this Friday morning to the sound of circling helicopters and sirens. 

Mary Hurlbut, of Cerritos Drive says she was sitting in her living room when she heard footsteps. “I looked outside and there was a police officer on our back deck with guns drawn,” she said. “He told us to make sure all our doors and windows were locked as they were pursuing two suspects.”

Three suspects in all were taken into custody, Sgt Jim Cota tells Stu News. “The incident began as a response to a burglary occurring in the 2900 block of Zell Drive,” he said.

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This was Mary Hurlbut’s view this Friday morning first thing—immediately after finding a cop with gun drawn on her deck

“Officers responded to the area, near Temple Hills Drive and Bluebird Canyon. They saw a suspect fleeing on foot. With the assistance of a helicopter and the K-9 unit he was apprehended without further incident,” Cota added.

This was no easy task for police officers, given, as Mary Hurlbut describes, the lush backyards of homes in this area.

Once again, LBPD nabbed their suspects.

We’ll update details on our Facebook page.

Burglar will face felony animal cruelty charges after gecko is injured

When the LBPD takes on a case, they want justice for all the victims of a crime.

And last week, a much-loved gecko became one of those victims. She WILL see justice done.

Residents will recall that on July 26, five Laguna Beach jewelry businesses at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center were burglarized, and more than $200,000 in merchandise was stolen by "well-dressed" thieves. 

Last week, exactly two months after the burglaries, LBPD detectives arrested one of the two suspects caught on surveillance video during the thefts.

Detectives went to Oceanside and located Edward Torrison, 30, at a home where he resides with his girlfriend.

“Torrison was very surprised,” said Sgt Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “So surprised that he took off running from Laguna Beach PD officers through downtown Oceanside. I think he was shocked that he was finally caught.”

Torrison fled down an alley, over a fence, and into a business, where he attempted to jump through a window and shattered the gecko’s cozy aquarium, the only home the little lizard knew.

“The gecko (a girl, named Aloha) is fine,” Sgt Cota assures us. “She is resting and back with her owner. Although tail-less, I am told she will be alright, and her tail is not supposed to grow back.”

Still, little Aloha could have died. And also, a tail is not something you want to lose if you’re a gecko.

So it is that the LBPD is adding a charge of felony animal cruelty to the list of charges against Torrison, which include multiple theft and burglary related charges as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Aloha’s owner Cory Whitlock, seen here with Detectives Dave Gensemer and Joy Butterfield, is just happy she’s alive

Stu News learned some additional interesting information about the arrest, one of the most significant for the LBPD in recent years, its successful conclusion a reflection of the smarts of its hard-working investigative team.

Sgt Cota tells us that the thief had an enormous amount of jewelry inside the garage of the residence. 

“Two loaded handguns were also located inside the house and garage. There was so much jewelry in the large tool chest with multiple pull drawers that we did not have the room in our detective vehicles to transport it all back to Laguna Beach,” he tells us. 

Sgt Cota had to pay a Oceanside tow truck company to haul the very large chest and jewelry back on a flatbed the night of the arrest. 

(By the way, we hear that Sgt Cota drew the short straw and got stuck following the tow truck at slow speeds all the way back to Laguna Beach from Oceanside, which even included a stop at the San Clemente border check area.) 

“Border patrol agents inquired what we were hauling back into Orange County because not every day does a flatbed tow truck haul a very large tool chest with hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen jewelry at 2 a.m. in the morning,” Cota accurately observes.  

He says that it is going to take a long time to investigate this particular case given the magnitude of the crimes and the number of stolen items. 

Police departments around Southern California laud the arrest

Other police departments from Orange County and San Diego and Riverside are celebrating the arrest and working with the LBPD on the case, because Torrison had been involved with many burglaries prior to his arrest by LBPD.

Sgt Cota told Stu News, however, that right now there is no link between the recent residential burglaries in Laguna Beach and the commercial burglaries committed by Torrison. 

“It appears he targets businesses more, but we will not rule out any involvement in residential burglaries,” Sgt Cota added. “If it is not Torrison, then that means there are other people coming into our city and committing the crimes. We’ll get those guys too. We always do. 

“Our investigative team is the best around as their track report speaks for itself in terms of the high volume of arrests they make. They do not know how proud of them I really am. They work countless hours and take the crimes they investigate very seriously. I am just fortunate enough to supervise a great group of detectives. They deserve all the credit!”

DUI Arrests

Juvenile, Laguna Niguel – Sunday, October 1

Justin Clark, 32, Tustin – Sunday

Abdul Eshaqzai, 44, Irvine – Saturday, September 30 Traffic Collision

Eden Ohara, 49, Ladera Ranch – Saturday

Joshua Young, 21, San Clemente – Saturday

Bryce Dahlin, 33, Rancho Santa Margarita – Saturday

Raymond Auslander, 32, Laguna Beach – Saturday With a Prior

Katlin Lindsey, 20, Chino – Saturday

Karun Kapur, 50, Nebraska – Thursday, September 28


Incident Reports

Saturday, September 30

10th Avenue | 31900 Block | Grand Theft 

1:48 p.m. Jewelry was stolen and a possible suspect was named. 

Laguna Avenue | 200 Block | Vandalism

1:47 p.m. The RP reported tagging at the location. 

Victoria Place | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle, Stolen Property, Drug Paraphernalia 

12:56 p.m. Officers stopped a Honda Civic reported stolen from Garden Grove on Sept. 27. The driver, Michael Posada, 25, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Locust Street | 400 Block | Fallen Tree

7:31 a.m. Half of a tree fell on the RP’s car, but there were no injuries. 

Friday, September 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Charles Hitchcock, 63, no fixed address

Thalia Street & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision 

11:11 p.m. One person complained of chest pain following a two-vehicle collision. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Grand Theft

6 p.m. A camera valued at $2,500 was stolen on Sept. 25. 

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Petty Theft

4:45 p.m. $500 cash was taken from the victim’s wallet. 

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Defraud Innkeeper

4:26 p.m. The suspects trashed a room and did not pay for a restaurant bill before leaving. 

Oro Street | 1000 Block | Found Property

12:08 p.m. The RP found large trash bags containing keys, credit and debit cards, shoes and clothes. Officers determined the property was related to a burglary that occurred on Baja Street

S. Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Petty Theft

10:49 a.m. Two license plates were taken from different vehicles.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Traffic Collision

7:17 a.m. A two-vehicle collision brought about minor injuries for one party. 

Tyrol Drive | 3100 Block | Threatening Note

6:24 a.m. A profanity-laced note was left on the RP’s door regarding recent mail thefts in the area.

Thursday, September 28

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

6:43 p.m. Unspecified items were taken from the victim while she was sleeping. 

Victoria Drive | 2600 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

5:45 p.m. Registration and insurance were taken from an unlocked vehicle overnight. 

3rd Street | 300 Block | Extortion

4:33 p.m. The victim reported ransomware on their computer, causing it to be locked up until a certain amount of money was paid. 

Calliope Street | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

8:04 a.m. Miscellaneous items including keys were taken from an unlocked vehicle. 

Oak Street | 500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

6:29 a.m. A car was rummaged through overnight. The victim found a credit card and mail in the car. 

Cliff Drive | 100 Block | Drugs

4:03 a.m. Joel Hinkley, 28, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of narcotics with $500 bail. 

Holly Street | 400 Block | Drugs, False ID, Warrants

2:17 a.m. Texas resident Matthew Stanley Christie, 33, Texas, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and providing a false identification to officers. He was also taken into custody for four outstanding warrants with charges including DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, possession of stolen property, and more. Two of the warrants were no bail. 

Wednesday, September 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eli Lopiccola, 45, no fixed address

Crescent Bay Drive | 200 Block | Drugs

8:47 p.m. James Chapman, 22, Mission Viejo, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

Wendt Terrace | 700 Block | Vandalism

2:48 p.m. An unknown person accessed the RP’s home, which is currently under construction, and changed the lock to his front door.

Police Files

LBPD offers advice and empathy in response to Las Vegas shooting

The Laguna Beach Police Department is closely monitoring the tragic events from Sunday’s “Route 91 Country Concert” in Las Vegas, during which at least 59 people were killed and 527 injured. 

Preliminary news reports indicated that among the innocent victims of the active shooter incident were a number of off-duty police and firefighter personnel from jurisdictions throughout the country, including Orange County. 

“Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the incident, including the family and loved ones affected by this tragedy, and law enforcement, other first responders and medical staff who responded to the scene and worked tirelessly to preserve life,” said Sgt. Jim Cota in an interview on Monday.

The Laguna Beach Police Department offered the following possible courses of action in an active shooter situation:

Get out, if possible. Try to remain calm, and find cover and/or concealment. You MUST take action to protect yourself. Assist the injured, if it is safe to do so. Secure your location. Silence any cell phones and remain quiet. And, defend yourself. 

Thieves steal laptops from local business, get caught trying to sell them in town

On Wednesday, September 27 at about 6:30 p.m., Seven-Degrees reported the theft of two laptops. The suspects were described as two white men in their mid-twenties. 

About three hours later, two white men in their mid-twenties approached a man at Oak Street and Glenneyre Street, and offered to sell him some stolen laptops. The man turned them down, and called the police after they left.

Surveillance footage from the theft confirmed the suspect’s identity, and officers arrested Nicholas Huffman, 21, Colorado, for possession of stolen property.

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