DUI Arrests

Michelle Suzanne White, 49, Garberville – Monday, April 3


Incident Reports

Wednesday, April 5

Coast Hwy | 31700 Block | Warrant

6:34 a.m. During a traffic stop, Javier Espindo Ledesiderio, 34, San Juan Capo, was arrested on a Harbor Court bench warrant for DUI and driving on a suspended license. 

Tuesday, April 4

Anita Street & Glenneyre Street | Warrants

11:05 a.m. Jason Motis, 49, no fixed address, was arrested on two outstanding warrants – one from Harbor Court for loitering, and the other from West Court for smoking where prohibited. 

Eleanor Lane | 1600 Block | Stolen Vehicle

9:31 a.m. A 2010 black Range Rover was stolen. It was last seen by the owner on Monday night at 10 p.m.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs, Warrant

3:59 a.m. During a traffic stop, Kyle Cary McMullin, 24, Brea, was arrested for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited on a warrant from San Bernardino.

Monday, April 3

Lagunita Drive | Fraud

11:42 a.m. The victim reported identity theft through the IRS. No other information was available. 

S. Coast Hwy | 2200 Block | Petty Theft 

11 a.m. The rear license plate was stolen from the RP’s Camry. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drugs

10:59 a.m. Jason Hale Lobe, 45, Barstow, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Glenneyre Street | 1100 Block | Warrants 

9:52 a.m. Joel Cruz Herrera, 37, Laguna Beach, was arrested on three outstanding Harbor Court warrants: one for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, one for possession of drug paraphernalia, and the third for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bail was $45,000.  

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrants

9:02 a.m. Michael hays Matekel, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two warrants: one for vehicle theft, driving on a suspended license and receipt of stolen property, and the other for second offense of vehicle theft.

Sunday, April 2

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:16 p.m. The driver’s door lock was broken to a vehicle parked in the lower Treasure Island parking lot. While at first the victim did not notice anything missing, she received an email the following day informing her of an attempted fraudulent purchase on her debit card.

Police Files

Homeowner and cops catch a burglar in the act

On Monday at 4:35 a.m., Laguna Beach police officers responded to a residence on Monterey Street after the homeowner called to report a man trying to break into a window on his property.

According to the police log, the suspect was clawing and crying on the ground before entering the residence’s garage.

Officers made contact with the man shortly after arriving and arrested him after the homeowner positively identified him. 

Stephen Michael Cobb, 24, West Hills, was taken into custody for burglary, trespassing and vandalism.

Couple of car thieves caught by cops

Laguna Beach Police officers helped return two stolen cars to their owners this week.

On Tuesday, officers were alerted that a vehicle stolen from a local rental car agency was entering the city via Laguna Canyon Road. The Kia Soul was supposed to have been returned in February.

Officers located the car in a parking lot on Laguna Cyn Rd, and followed the driver once he drove off. He ultimately stopped near the 73 onramp and El Toro Road.

The driver, Thomas Nordberg, 38, of Manhattan Beach, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Sunday, officers were alerted to a stolen car near Ledroit Street & N. Coast Hwy. The Hyundai Elantra had been reported stolen out of San Diego, and was ultimately stopped in the 700 block of S. Coast Hwy.

The driver and sole occupant, Vladimir Feldman, 37, of San Diego, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Laguna Beach PD is hiring

The City of Laguna Beach is now hiring men and women who have an interest in law enforcement. Come join the great team at LBPD!

The application deadline for Police Recruit & Academy Graduate is Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m.

You do not have to have been through the Police Academy to apply, but if hired you will be required to complete the 6-month intensive training.

Watch the Laguna Beach Police Department recruitment video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EO1_8xNZ3M.

For more details and to apply, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/personnel/opportunities.htm

DUI Arrests

Jennifer Lynn Berru, 25, Azusa – Sunday, April 2

Faustino Cinco Ortega II, 32, Garden Grove – Saturday, April 1

Chanel Marie Badillo, 23, Bermuda Dunes – Saturday

Craig Anthony Valentine, 47, Texas – Friday, March 31

Karen Gonzalez, 19, San Juan Capistrano – Thursday, March 30

Niloofar Setoodeh, 26, Woodland Hills – Thursday

Daniel Smith, 30, Irvine – Thursday 


Incident Reports

Sunday, April 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Graydon William Charles Witt,23, Brea

Shawn William Johnson, 23, Newport Beach

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Assault

2:30 a.m. After attempting to hit a bouncer, James Brundage, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested for assault.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Warrant

12:25 a.m. During a traffic stop, Nicholas Edward Moonier, 30, Riverside, was arrested on a $5,000 Santa Barbara warrant for furnishing alcohol to a minor. 

Saturday, April 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeremiah Paul Agozino, 40, Laguna Niguel

Dogen Whitmore Martin, 21, Laguna Beach

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Warrants

9:50 p.m. Alexander Anderson Harris, 68, no fixed address, was arrested on two Harbor Court warrants: one for drinking in public and illegal lodging, and the other for municipal code violations. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

8:28 p.m. A black clutch purse worth $100 was stolen. 

10th Avenue & Coast Hwy | Robbery

5:17 p.m. A victim had a necklace stolen by two men who threatened the victim. The incident is under investigation. 

Temple Hills | Power Outage

1:12 p.m. At least 69 Edison customers were impacted by a power outage. The cause of the outage was not known. 

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Vandalism

8:24 a.m. Tables, trash cans and signs were graffitied. 

Cliff Drive | 100 Block | Petty Theft

8:23 a.m. A bright yellow mountain bike was stolen – it had been locked up and the chain was cut. The loss was estimated at $500.

Friday, March 31

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeremiah Paul Agozino, 40, Laguna Niguel

Nicholas Neukirch, 36, Mission Viejo

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Grand Theft 

4:44 p.m. An Omega watch worth about $5,000 was stolen from the RP’s house about a year ago. 

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Warrant, Drugs

1 p.m. Bradley Eugene Armes, 47, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for violation of postrelease supervision. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

11:16 a.m. A $250 pair of sunglasses was stolen. 

Thursday, March 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Benjamin Contreras, 23, Lake Forest

Broadway Street & Cliff Drive | Resisting

11:44 p.m. Adrian Marquez, 29, Oceanside, was arrested for resisting officers. 

Gainsborough Drive | 800 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

7:32 p.m. A $350 subwoofer speaker was stolen from a vehicle overnight. 

N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Fraud

2:31 p.m. Customers paid with fraudulent credit cards. 

Browncroft Road & Griffith Way | Vandalism

10:51 a.m. The driver’s side window to a 2015 VW GTL was shattered. 

Canyon Acres Drive | 400 Block | Domestic Violence

7:52 a.m. Michael Morrissey, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with $50,000 bail. 

Saint Anns Drive | 300 Block | Warrant

3:07 a.m. Officers responded to the church following reports of young men on the roof playing by the bell. One of the men, Noel Andrades-Elhakour, 22, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a $2,500 Central Court warrant for DUI. 

Wednesday, March 29

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

3:50 p.m. A car window was broken and a wallet taken from inside the vehicle. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 1700 Block | Failure to Obey Officer

2:56 p.m. Irit Hirschfeld, 28, Yorba Linda, was arrested for misdemeanor failure to obey a peace officer. 

Hillview Drive | 2100 Block | Vandalism

10:42 a.m. The RP’s trees were cut down. A suspect was named.  

Legion Street & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Crash

8:37 a.m. A vehicle and a motorcycle collided. No injuries were reported.

Police Files

High-risk traffic stop on Saturday – guns drawn and an AR-15 in the vehicle

On Saturday afternoon around 2:45 p.m., the Laguna Beach PD received a call about a man and a woman seen in a vehicle with a gun. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a high-risk traffic stop in the 400 block of Forest Avenue.

The vehicle’s occupants were detained and an AR-15 rifle was found on the front floorboard of the vehicle, plus about 20 rounds of ammunition. 

The man, 20-year-old Sir West from Las Vegas, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a loaded firearm.

The female, 27-year-old Saffire Wallace, also from Las Vegas, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a firearm, misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and felony child endangerment. 

The vehicle’s third occupant, a five-year-old child, was taken to Child Protective Services. 

After argument about birds, man punches and kicks officers

Saturday at 5:07 p.m., officers responded to Main Beach in response to two men who had been loudly arguing about feeding birds, according to the police log. The two men had been swearing at each other as well.

While driving to Main Beach, officers saw a man on a bicycle who matched the description of one of the men who had been arguing.

“When officers attempted to detain the man, he struck one of the officers with a closed fist in the face,” said Lt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD.

The two officers present struggled to detain the man, who managed to kick the other officer. A third officer arrived, but the man continued to resist.

“The officers were eventually able to place handcuffs on him and place him in a patrol car,” said Kleiser.

The man, identified as Daniel Delrosario, 24, no fixed address, was arrested for felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault on a police officer.

Business burgled overnight

A delivery driver pulled up to the 200 block of Ocean Avenue on Saturday at 5:14 a.m. and noticed that all was not right with a neighboring business – a window was broken.

Officers arrived and checked the interior, where they found several open boxes and empty display cases.

Surveillance footage revealed four suspects, all hooded and wearing gloves, at the location around 4:49 a.m.

“The owner responded to the location and estimated the loss at $70,000,” said Lt. Kleiser, LBPD spokesperson. 

The case is under investigation.

DUI Arrests

Kimarra Fields, 21, Cypress – Tuesday, March 28 Traffic Crash

Jonathan Paul Pflueger, 50, Laguna Beach – Sunday, March 26 With a Prior, Hit & Run


Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 28

Laguna Canyon Road | 20200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

2:35 p.m. An unknown person punched the RP’s key hole and entered their 2007 Honda to take a camera bag containing lenses and a battery. 

2nd Avenue | 31500 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

1:30 p.m. Camera equipment was taken from an unlocked Prius. 

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Vandalism

8:24 a.m. Plaques were graffitied with spray paint and stickers. 

Monday, March 27

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Warrants

2:11 p.m. Francisco Bumanglag, 46, Laguna Woods, was arrested on three Harbor Court warrants: one for possession of drug paraphernalia, one for trespassing, assault and battery, and the third for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Traffic Crash 

11:29 a.m. A vehicle hit a pole. There were no reported injuries. 

Seaview Street | 400 Block | Warrant

8:03 a.m. Arizona resident Sidonie M Thompson, 27, was arrested on a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing 

12:58 a.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

Myrtle Street | 200 Block | Drugs, Warrant

12:18 a.m. During a traffic stop, Jairo Frausto, 42, Victorville, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited on a warrant for driving on a suspended license. 

Sunday, March 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Taylor David Roup, 30, San Clemente

Solana Way | 2700 Block | Drugs

11:32 p.m. Emergency personnel was called to the scene of a heroin overdose. CPR was administered and the conscious subject was transported to the hospital.

Police Files

Van with several teens inside rolls over Laguna Canyon Road

Tuesday at 4:27 p.m., the outbound lanes of Laguna Canyon Road were blocked after a vehicle struck a dirt embankment and rolled over.

According to the police log, it was reported that the vehicle appeared to have several teenagers inside.

“It is suspected that the vehicle was driving on the shoulder to pass other vehicles when it struck a dirt embankment,” causing it to roll over, said Lt. Kleiser, LBPD spokesperson.

Two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The driver, 21-year-old Kimarra Fields from Cypress, was arrested for DUI, reckless driving, and driving without a license. 

More trees cut in SoLag

On Tuesday afternoon, the Public Works Department reported that someone had cut trees in the center median in the area of Blumont Street and Virginia Park Drive.

Two tops of the trees were trimmed, according to Lt. Kleiser of the LBPD. 

No further information on the incident was available.

Police Files

Helicopters didn’t find car thieves Saturday night but cop on patrol did next morning

On Sunday morning around 7 a.m., an officer saw two men in dirty, wet clothing walking on the sidewalk of Park Avenue. Noticing that one matched the description of the driver of a stolen car Saturday night, the officer stopped to talk to the two men.

One gave a false name and was arrested for resisting arrest. When his real name was discovered, Braulio Pulgarin, 18, from Whittier, was also arrested for his outstanding no bail warrant from Whittier.

The other man, alleged to be the driver of the car, was 18-year-old Alexander LopezTavira from Downey. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, hit and run, and evading police officers.

This all came about from a stolen Lexus that entered Laguna Beach from Laguna Canyon Road on Saturday at 11:47 p.m.

“Officers found the vehicle near Forest Avenue and Broadway and attempted to stop it,” said Lt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD. “The vehicle fled and struck a delivery truck in the Village Mart parking lot.”

The driver put the car in reverse after hitting the truck, proceeding to then hit the officer’s vehicle.

“The vehicle ultimately crashed on Park Avenue near Tahiti, and the occupants in the car fled on foot,” said Kleiser. 

By 12:23 a.m., thanks to helicopter support, the LBPD had detained two 15-year-old boys from Whittier. According to the police log, one was taken to UCI Medical Center with a broken leg. 

LopezTavira’s child endangerment was because two of the occupants were underage. 

Single vehicle car accident yields no serious injuries

On Saturday evening, the juvenile driver of a black Audi rolled the vehicle on the 1700 block of Park Avenue.

Photo by Scott Brashier

First responders said that the young driver had no life-threatening injuries

The driver was taken to the hospital for neck pain and bleeding hands, but there were no life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Police Files

The Art of the Steal: Painting purchase leads to arrest

On Monday evening, a customer used a credit card to purchase a painting for $1,512.00.

Only problem was, it wasn’t his credit card that he used.

“The owner of the credit card received an email alert about the transaction,” said Lt. Kleiser of the LBPD.  She called the gallery and told them she hadn’t made any purchases. She also talked to officers and informed them that the card was also fraudulently used at the Montage Laguna Beach.

Officers went to the Montage Laguna Beach and located the man who had made the purchase. After checking the room he was staying in, they found 12.41 grams of methamphetamine and a credit card skimmer.

Xilong Wang, 29, Riverside, was arrested for felony burglary, felony defrauding an innkeeper, felony theft of a credit card, felony possession of stolen property, and felony credit card fraud. Misdemeanors included possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kramer vs. Kramer?

Laguna Beach man in fight, warrant for vandalism leads to arrest

On Monday at 5:25 p.m., officers received a call about a physical altercation between two men at the ASL. Neither man had a weapon, and both were still fighting when officers arrived.

Both men were detained soon after the LBPD’s arrival.

Details were limited, but 45-year-old Donald Kramer from Laguna Beach was arrested for an outstanding $2,500 Central Court warrant for vandalism.

Police Files

Female drug dealer arrested early Sunday on Fairview

An officer saw two people seated inside a vehicle in the 200 block of Fairview Sunday morning at 3 a.m. The vehicle was searched.

“Officers seized a total amount of 38.65 grams of methamphetamine and 1.34 grams of heroin,” said Lt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD.

Christine Ann Wright, 46, Fullerton, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance for sales.


Juveniles leap from the roof of Laguna Royale

On Saturday around 11:54 a.m., a witness reported two juveniles jumping off of the fourth-floor roof of the Laguna Royale complex in the 31400 block of Coast Hwy to land in the pool on the ocean side of the building. 

Beach Patrol officers contacted the two sixteen-year-old boys, one from Lake Forest and one from Rancho Santa Margarita, and issued citations for trespassing, since neither live in the complex.

They were later released to their parents.

Photo by Scott Brashier


False name leads to second arrest

On Friday night, officers conducted a routine traffic stop for a vehicle violation. The female occupant was arrested for possession of prescription pills without a prescription, providing officers with her information during the booking process.

After her release, she returned to the police station Saturday evening and informed officers she had given a false name and age during the previous arrest.

This led to a second arrest for 19-year-old Tyler Lattenhauer of Yorba Linda, this time for providing a false name

Police Files

Motorcycle chase ends at the 405

Tuesday night around 11:14 p.m., an officer witnessed a traffic violation by a motorcycle. A stop was attempted in the 2700 block of Laguna Cyn Rd.

The motorcyclist didn’t yield until he was past the 73 freeway, before the 405. 

Once stopped, officers learned that the driver, 26-year-old Ross Hamera from Costa Mesa, formerly from Laguna Beach, was on probation for DUI.

“The officer conducted a DUI investigation and arrested Hamera for DUI and violation of a court order,” said Lt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD.

Hamera also had an outstanding Harbor Court bench warrant for DUI, failure to comply with an officer, and driving on a suspended license.


Don’t depend on the luck of the Irish tonight

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015. 

More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.). 

Drugs including many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving. When mixed with even a small amount of alcohol, the effects can be compounded.

Hand over those keys if you are planning to drink tonight 

Additional officers from the LBPD will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. In addition to this St Patrick’s Day enforcement effort, all police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver throughout the weekend. 

Planning a sober ride home before the party begins is the first step in staying safe on St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t wait until you’ve already been drinking to make your transportation decision. 

Designate your sober driver in advance, and never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. 

Don’t depend on the luck of the Irish, that’s the bottom line.


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