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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Nov 6

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrants

3:03 p.m. Tazmand Grayson Irvine, 29, Topanga, was arrested on a bench warrant for graffiti vandalism (bail was set at $1,500), grand theft auto (bail was set at $20,000), and violating a court order (no bail was set). 

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place

11:38 p.m. Sean Patrick Eskeli, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for consumption of alcohol in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 800 Block | DUI

12:12 a.m. A 26-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, Nov 5

Diamond St | 200 Block | Bench Warrant, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

8:13 p.m. Chris Michael Pittman, 36, San Clemente, was arrested on a bench warrant (bail was set at $10,000) and for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Diamond St | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

8:13 p.m. Imiko Ariel Maki, 21, Dana Point, was arrested on a bench warrant for petty theft. Bail was set at $2,500.

Diamond St | 200 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

8:13 p.m. Javier Ulises Arriaga Gomez, 28, Dana Point, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for possessing controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500). 

St Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

1:11 a.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, San Clemente, was arrested on a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Bench Warrant

12:32 a.m. Isaac Francisco Huerta, 27, Los Angeles, was arrested on a bench warrant for driving without a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, Nov 4

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | Bench Warrant, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

8:49 p.m. Paul Leslie Ogle, 62, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for trespassing (bail was set at $2,500) and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $2,500). 

Coast Hwy & Blue Lagoon | DUI

7:53 p.m. A 28-year-old Midvale, UT woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Temple Hills Drive & Alta Laguna Blvd | Bench Warrant

1:06 p.m. Tony Joe Buckner, 26, Pomona, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Bench Warrant

5:51 a.m. Michael Joseph Dowe, 56, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

1:39 a.m. A 26-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ave & Forest Ave | DUI

1:13 a.m. A 53-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

3rd St | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:12 a.m. A 24-year-old Laguna Hills man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).


Police Files

Fatal car crash, man found Thursday morning near Nix Nature Center ejected from BMW

On Thursday, Nov 8, at approximately 6:30 a.m., CHP Orange County received a call from a concerned motorist reporting a solo black vehicle over the side on SR-133 northbound at Nix Nature Center.

“Upon arrival, CHP officers found the vehicle and the solo male occupant, who appeared to be ejected from the BMW as a result of the collision,” CHP OC Information Officer Rafael Reynoso said. The driver of the BMW was pronounced deceased at the scene by OCFA.

“For reasons still under investigation, the male driver lost control of the vehicle sometime last night [Wednesday], and veered off the road near the embankment,” Officer Reynoso said. “At this time, it is still unknown if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the collision.”

The deceased man’s name will be released by OCSD Coroner’s office pending notification to next of kin.

The man has been identified as a 46-year-old Wildomar resident. He was driving a black 2006 BMW 3 Series when the solo fatality occurred.

“The vehicle collided with a tree, then a rock ditch, which caused the vehicle to overturn several times,” Officer Reynoso said.

Asked if there were any tire marks that would indicate that the driver tried to break or swerve to avoid the accident, Officer Reynoso responded, “There were no signs of tire friction marks at the scene.” 

The time of the fatal collision is still under investigation as is the cause of the accident. It is still unknown how fast the driver was traveling. However, he was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Officer Reynoso said, “Yes, it absolutely could have changed the outcome had he been wearing a seatbelt.”

The most prevalent causes of single car fatalities include speed, DUI, drowsy and distracted drivers, and not wearing seat belts among other factors.

LBPD mourns loss of hero Sgt Ron Helus of Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept, killed in nightclub shooting

“With incredible sadness, the Laguna Beach Police Department mourns the loss of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Ron Helus and the victims that were killed in this horrific act of violence. An incident like this can happen anywhere, so please always stay vigilant to your surroundings and please call us immediately if you feel something does not seem right or someone exhibits behavior that you feel warrants a law enforcement contact. Our police department is fully committed to this city and the safety of its citizens at all times,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. 

Police Files Helus

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LBPD mourns the death of VCSD Sgt Ron Helus, a hero killed in the tragic mass shooting on Wednesday

Sgt Helus was a 29-year veteran of the department and a member of its SWAT team for several years. Sgt Helus was one of the first officers to answer the call of an active shooter, rushing inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday.

According to authorities, Sgt Helus exchanged gunfire and was shot several times before another officer dragged him away from the line of fire. He later died at the hospital. He was one of 12 people who died in the tragic mass shooting.

Handguns found in three separate incidents this week

On Sunday, Nov 4, at 6:59 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Pavilions, at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy, regarding a loaded handgun found in the men’s restroom. The person who called in the gun locked the restroom door until LBPD arrived on scene. Per the reporting person, the subjects who reported it to store management were pacing and acting very suspicious.

“A records check showed the handgun belonged to a Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit holder who lived in Thousand Oaks. Dispatchers were able to contact the subject, who verified that he had been in Laguna Beach earlier in the day and had used the restroom at the Pavilions,” Sgt Cota said. “He drove back from Thousand Oaks and picked up his handgun at the PD after being positively identified as the owner and validation of his CCW license. The weapon was a Glock 26 (9mm).”

On Tuesday, Nov 6, at 1:56 p.m., an officer responded to the Surf and Sand Hotel, at the 1500 block of S Coast Hwy, for a loaded handgun found in a recently vacated room. The reporting person locked the gun in a safe until officers arrived on scene.

“The gun was a Beretta .25 ACP. When the gun was checked, it did not show a registered owner. The handgun was secured and brought back to the police department to be booked in for safekeeping,” Sgt Cota said. “Detectives will verify if the handgun was used in any prior crimes. An informational report was generated to document the incident.”

Also on Tuesday at 10:41 p.m., a reporting person from the Pacific Edge Hotel, at the 600 block of S Coast Hwy, called to report they had found a firearm in a recently vacated room. The guests had left the gun behind in the nightstand. It was being held in the safe until LBPD could arrive on scene.

“The firearm was registered, the owner was contacted and agreed to come back to Laguna Beach to pick it up,” Sgt Cota said. “However, due to DOJ requirements it had to be booked for safekeeping. The registered owner was directed to DOJ to retrieve his firearm.”

Two arrested for stolen vehicle in high-risk stop

On Monday, Nov 5, at 11:36 a.m., officers were alerted by LBPD dispatchers of a stolen vehicle in the city. An officer spotted the red 2008 Toyota Highlander on Laguna Canyon Road near the ASL and trailed it as it turned onto El Toro Road and then onto S/B SR-73 until other officers arrived to assist. OCSD units also responded to assist. 

Police Files Lisa StinesPolice Files Andrew Fluor“A high-risk vehicle stop was initiated just off the Greenfield off-ramp. Two individuals were detained and through the course of the investigation it was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of Newport Beach the day prior and the driver, Lisa Stines, knew it was stolen,” Sgt Cota said. “The male passenger, Andrew Fluor, also knew the vehicle was stolen and used his friends’ name and DOB to conceal his identity. Once his true identity was revealed, it was discovered he was a restrained person from Stines.” 

A search of the vehicle also revealed Fluor was in possession of burglary tools. Both suspects were taken into custody and brought to the station and booked. 

Andrew Chase Fluor, 35, of Newport Beach, was charged with impersonation of another individual, possession of stolen property, violation of a restraining order, and possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $35,000.

Lisa Renee Stines, 31, of Laguna Beach, was charged with possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $20,000.

Local goat herding dog Shandu lost then found thanks to locals’ efforts

LBFD put out an alert Thursday morning reporting they needed the community’s help in finding the City’s goat herding dog, Shandu.

 “Shandu went missing this morning at 7 a.m. from the area of Morningside and Starlit in Bluebird Canyon. If located, please contact Ana Neira in the Fire Department at (949) 497-0305 or (949) 497-0701,” LBFD officials said. 

Police Files Goat herding dog found

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Lost goat-herding dog, Shandu, rescued Thursday by concerned locals

Good news. According to Sgt Cota, “Shandu was found by a search party by residents who live in the 3000 block of Mountain View Drive. They said that social media helped them to recognize him.”


Incident Reports

Saturday, Nov 3

Woodland Drive & Laguna Canyon Road | Tampering with a Vehicle

11:07 p.m. Robert Lenn Caltabianco, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

10:36 p.m. Marcos Fidel Ponce, 25, Laguna Beach, was arrested being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $2,500).

Cliff Drive | 500 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance

10:06 p.m. Ryan Cody Jeffery, 23, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail amount was not listed. 

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Traffic Stop

4:25 p.m. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, an LBPD officer “observed a juvenile on a gas-powered bicycle with no helmet on. The juvenile fled on the bicycle down the ramp at Treasure Island ramp onto Treasure Island Beach. The juvenile attempted to drag his bicycle through the sand and hide in the bushes. He was located a few minutes later and detained for vehicle code violations and resisting arrest/delaying an officer…the juvenile’s mother was contacted and she later responded to LBPD to take custody of her son.” 

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Shoplifting

2:58 p.m. Timothy Michael Libby, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for petty theft. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

12:59 a.m. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Catalina St | S Coast Hwy | Disorderly Conduct – Loitering

12:23 a.m. Michael Hays Matekel, 30, Dana Point, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to loitering. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block Drinking in Public

10:40 a.m. A person contacted LBPD to report “there’s a group of people having a party with 50 dogs [who] are drinking mimosas.”

Broadway St | 300 Block | Parole Violation

8:37 a.m. Kyle James Blaker, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | Bench Warrant

7:54 a.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 38, Mission Viejo, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St & N Coast Hwy | DUI

2:02 a.m. A 33-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St & Center St | DUI

1:34 a.m. A 40-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St & Park Ave | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:28 a.m. A 48-year-old Yorba Linda man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Forest Ave & Beach St | DUI

12:12 a.m. A 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, Nov 2

Cress St | 700 Block | Juvenile Contact

11:13 p.m. A person contacted LBPD to report a party on the swings. One subject reportedly had a taser gun and was using it on a female. She asked him to stop. The parents were contacted and the juveniles were released on scene.

Park Ave | 600 Block | Noise

6:45 p.m. A person contacted LBPD to report that the LBHS football game was too loud.

Park Ave | 600 Block | Noise

7:12 p.m. A person contacted LBPD to report that music at LBHS was too loud and that they would like an officer to tell the high school to turn it down. “No one else in town is allowed to play music that loud in town,” they reported.

S Coast Hwy & Diamond St | DUI with One Prior, DUI Drugs & Alcohol

1:39 p.m. Spencer John Dodson, 39, Aliso Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and a DUI involving drugs and alcohol (bail was set at $10,000). 

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Battery

1:59 a.m. Stacey Lynn Werner, 42, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery committed against a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Petty Theft

1:52 p.m. A person contacted LBPD to report that “about 20 minutes ago…someone [came] in and [took] a bench full of shirts. The suspect was dropped off in front of the business by a car.” The reporting person had video footage of the suspect, but it was reportedly buffering. The vehicle was described as a red Honda Pilot with covered up plates. The estimated loss was $660.

Thursday, Nov 1

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Vandalism

10:32 p.m. Stacey Lynn Werner, 42, Laguna Beach, was arrested for vandalism. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

3:48 p.m. Kortney Du Rae Oliver, 45 was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper for $400 or less. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Resisting Arrest, Obstruction 

11:36 a.m. Rhonda Diane Metoyer, 59, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest by an executive peace officer (no bail was set), obstructing an officer or EMT when performing duties (no bail was set), and smoking in public. 

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

9:51 a.m. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly contact related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, Oct 31

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

3:44 p.m. Kortney Du Rae Oliver, 45 was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper for $950 or less. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Bench Warrant, Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:17 a.m. Jade Lynsey Douglas, 34, Ladera Ranch, was arrested on a bench warrant (bail was set at $1,500) and disorderly conduct related alcohol (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & St Ann’s Drive | Parole Violation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

5:49 a.m. Gary William Warbrick, 44, Irvine, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).


Police Files

Woman who claims ASL as address arrested for felony meth sales

On Wednesday, Oct 31, at 2:30 p.m., an occupied vehicle check was conducted to the back of the Mobil gas station at the 100 block of N Coast Hwy. 

Police Files Monique Castillo“The three occupants in the vehicle were detained for a narcotic investigation and the driver, Monique Castillo, was subsequently arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sales,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Over 18 grams of methamphetamine was located along with a scale in the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle.”

According to drugtimes.org, the street value of meth is $60 to $300 per gram ($1,080 to $5,400 for 18 grams).

Monique Marie Altierra Castillo, 41, Santa Ana, was booked and transported to OC Jail. “Castillo claims to be homeless and provided the ASL’s address for her residence,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $25,000.

More meth…and a stolen car

On Thursday, Nov 1, at 11:33 p.m., LBPD officers were alerted of a Honda Pilot stolen from Garden Grove earlier in the day. Officers located the vehicle within two minutes.

Police Files Cristian ChavezAccording to Sgt Cota, “The driver made two quick turns and quickly pulled to the curb to try to hide from the officers. Officers initiated a high-risk traffic stop at the 1300 block of Glenneyre Street.” 

Police Files Michelle MullinsTwo Santa Ana residents were detained and subsequently placed under arrest for vehicle theft, Cristian Carlos Chavez, 20, and Michelle Esther Mullins, 21.

“Chavez had a prior arrest for vehicle theft and Mullins had an outstanding warrant for theft. A narcotic pipe with a usable quantity of methamphetamine was also found in the car,” Sgt Cota said. “The investigation showed that the couple had used the victim’s credit card to make purchases at a gas station and at a Walmart in Santa Ana. Additional charges were added.”

The victim responded to pick up his car. He was very appreciative of the officers’ work.

No bail was set for Chavez. Bail was set at $20,000 for Mullins


Police Files

Neighbor allegedly pepper sprays neighbor, resulting in citizens’ arrests

On Tuesday, Oct 23, at 11:14 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to the 500 block of Saint Ann’s Drive for a dispute between neighbors involving one allegedly using pepper spray on the other. Emergency personnel arrived and contacted both parties.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “They had conflicting accounts of what had happened but surrounded the fact that these neighbors were not fond of one another.”

The not so neighborly conduct included one neighbor allegedly spraying the other with pepper spray.

 “The recipient of the pepper spray was able to dodge the primary stream and was exposed to just a light mist,” Sgt Cota said. “He was examined and released by fire personnel. Each neighbor placed the other under private person’s arrest for assault and battery. Citations were issued and the subjects were sent home.”

Newport Beach man was reportedly walking on residents’ roofs after midnight

On Tuesday, Oct 30, at 1:15 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Broadway Street for the report of the sound of someone walking on the resident’s roof. Officers arrived and observed a male suspect in the backyard of the property. 

According Sgt Cota, “The suspect jumped over a fence and fled. A perimeter was established, and a search was conducted in the residential area as well as a nearby commercial building. The suspect was not located.” 

At 3:23 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Holly Street for the report of suspicious noises on the roof and back deck of the residence. Officers arrived and were informed by a neighbor that he saw a male subject in a nearby alley. 

“A perimeter was established, and officers began another search. Officers located the suspect in a residential backyard,” Sgt Cota said. “The suspect jumped over a fence and fled again. He was pursued by officers and was caught in a front yard down the street.”

According to Sgt Cota, he was the same suspect as the one from the earlier Broadway Street call. “Homeless subject Ryan Vincent, 26, told officers that he had arrived in Laguna Beach yesterday and claimed that he was just trying to find a place to sleep,” Cota added. 

Ryan Vincent, 26, of Newport Beach, was placed under arrest for prowling and resisting arrest. 

Bail was set at $500.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Oct 30

Forest Ave | 400 Block | Shoplifting

3:09 p.m. James Mason Matschke, 21, Western Springs, IL, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Summit Drive | 1000 Block | Vandalism

12:04 p.m. A resident called LBPD to report that political signs were being slashed up and down the street and in their front yard. The person said they were worried because they thought the subject was lurking in the neighborhood, and they were concerned that the person may harm their dogs.

Monday, Oct 29

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing

8:33 p.m. Laura Lynn Vinyard, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for lodging in a building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it. No bail was set.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Shoplifting, Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

7:50 p.m. Paul Raymond Hannaford, 47, Venice, was arrested for shoplifting an “unknown bottle of alcohol” (bail was set at $500) and disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500). 

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Shoplifting

5:51 p.m. James Mason Matschke, 21, Western Springs, IL, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrants

3:39 p.m. Kenneth Lee Koestler, 45, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for possession of narcotics (bail was set at $10,000), possession of narcotics paraphernalia (bail was set at $10,000), and for making criminal threats and making annoying of threatening phone calls (bail was set at $15,000).

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Bench Warrant

3:20 p.m. Jesus Ariel Uriarte Mendoza, 32, Tustin, was arrested for a bench warrant for speeding. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | False Identification

12:23 p.m. Christopher J Runnallis, 52, Shelton, WA, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 800 Block | Shoplifting, Trespassing

8:38 a.m. Cynthia Maria Bartz, 66, Dana Point, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

8:16 a.m. A resident called to report that signs for a city council candidate were being removed and being placed off to the side, and being replaced by another candidate’s signs.

Crown Valley Parkway & Coast Hwy | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:46 a.m. A 67-year-old Dana Point woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Sunday, Oct 28

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

1:26 p.m. A 68-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave & S Coast Hwy | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

10:52 a.m. A 40-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | DUI

1:22 a.m. A 25-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Thalia St | Bench Warrant

1:21 a.m. Robert Joseph Nootbaar, 27, Costa Mesa, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $25,000.

Unreported location and time | Driving on a Suspended License

Ismael Medina-Sanchez, 36, San Bernardino, was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license. No bail was set.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Oct 27

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | DUI

10:24 p.m. A 52-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI, Willful Cruelty to a Child

8:18 p.m. Kristine Mary Donato Alfaro, 35, Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and alleged willful cruelty to a child: possible injury or death (bail was set at $10,000).

S Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Trespassing

4:10 p.m. Brittany Leanna Wilson, 34, Santa Ana, was arrested for trespassing and obstructing business operations. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | DUI

3:49 p.m. A 42-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | Cleo St | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:33 p.m. Kristin Anne Cornelius Francisco, 47, Dana Point, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher with one prior (bail was set at $10,000). 

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

12:22 p.m. A 44-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Parole Violation, False Identity to a Peace Officer

9:39 a.m. Kyle James Blaker, 33, Washington, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set) and providing false identification to a peace officer (bail was set at $500).

Shreve Drive | 0 Block | Animal Calls

9:10 a.m. A tenant called to report a bobcat in front of their location and requested an ASO to come out. The bobcat was gone on arrival.

S Coast Hwy & Thalia St | Bench Warrant

8:06 a.m. Michael Hays Matekel, 30, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest

6:36 a.m. Braden Elliot Bolton, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for resisting. Bail was set at $500.

Brooks St | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving on Probation

12:55 a.m. Robby William Hoffmann, 54, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for driving on probation for a DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:26 a.m. A 45-year-old Laguna beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, Oct 26

Catalina St | 900 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:17 p.m. A 55-year-old Laguna beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Thalia St | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:18 p.m. A 54-year-old Dove Canyon man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Bench Warrant

2:55 p.m. Jillian Elise Williams, 32, Moreno Valley, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $7,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrant

12:19 p.m. Bahareh Varahrami, 38, Irvine, was arrested for a bench warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $7,500.

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Petty Theft

10:35 a.m. A witness went to the LBPD station to report that they saw campaign signs being stolen near the reported address. The suspect reportedly followed the witness and yelled at them. The RP was rattled and wanted to speak with an LBPD officer.

El Paseo | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Open Container

10:07 a.m. Juan David Romancruz, 43, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for possessing an open container of alcohol (bail was set at $500).

Thursday, Oct 25

Temple Terrace Drive | 1400 Block | Petty Theft

3:33 p.m. A witness reportedly went to LBPD on Tuesday, Oct 23, to report campaigns being stolen; no report was taken at the time. The RP decided to file a report on October 25 since more campaign signs had been stolen. 

N Coast Hwy & Jasmine St | DUI

1:58 a.m. A 23-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, Oct 24

Catalina St | S Coast Hwy | Petty Theft

10:25 a.m. A witness went to the LBPD station to report a campaign sign had been taken on Monday, Oct 22. The estimated value was $75.


Police Files

Suspect with 9 warrants passes out in resident’s backyard after stealing from downtown

On Wednesday, Oct 24, at 5:23 pm, LBPD officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Gaviota Drive in reference to an unknown male subject passed out in the backyard of a private residence. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The reporting party observed the unknown male tamper with several parked vehicles before jumping the fence and passing out in his neighbor’s backyard.” 

The reporting person believed the suspect “may [have been] under the influence, appeared to be stumbling while he was trying to open the car doors. The suspect was described as skinny with blond hair wearing a white T-shirt and carrying a tan jacket over his arm and having a shopping type bag.”

Officers contacted the male and after first providing a false name, he was later identified as San Juan Capistrano resident Timothy Stephen Meek, 27. 

“Meek was in possession of several items that did not belong to him. The investigating officers located items that were taken from earlier thefts. The officers believed the property in Meek’s possession was related to those crimes. Those victims were contacted and positively identified their stolen property,” Sgt Cota said. “Meek was also in possession of clothing he admitted illegally taking from downtown clothing stores earlier in the day.”

According to Sgt Cota, Meek was arrested for false impersonation and petty theft. A record check revealed Meek had nine outstanding warrants. He was taken into custody and transported to OC Jail.

According to police logs, bail was set at $20,000.

Motley crew busted for burglary and fake bills, one had meth

On Friday, Oct 26, at 11:44 a.m., at the 900 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD officers were dispatched to a report of two women who had passed fake $100 bills in a store. Officers arrived on scene and located the two suspects. The reporting person positively identified them as the two suspects who gave fake $100 bills. 

Both suspects were described as wearing small tank tops, one with abdomen tattoos. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers detained the females, identified as Rancho Cucamonga residents Makayla Cooper and Taylor Hubbard. During the investigation the females stated a male by the name of Kenny gave them the $100 bills, dropped them off and told them to go shopping.” 

A few minutes later the females told officers that Kenny’s car had just driven by the location. The vehicle, described as a grey Toyota Corolla, drove back around and officers were able to stop the vehicle and contact the driver, Rancho Cucamonga resident Kenneth Pecaro.

A lengthy investigation was conducted and all three were arrested for Burglary and Forgery/Counterfeiting, including Makayla Cooper, 23, Taylor Alissa Hubbard, 21, and Kenneth James Pecaro, 46.

“Cooper also had the charge of possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotic paraphernalia,” Sgt Cota said. “Pecaro was on parole and after contacting his parole officer, he was placed on a no bail parole hold. All three were transported to LBPD for booking.”

Bail was set at $20,000 for Hubbard. No bail was set for Cooper or Pecaro.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Oct 23

Bluebird Canyon Drive & S Coast Hwy | Obstruction

2:50 p.m. David James Whelpley, 50, Garden Grove, was arrested for willfully and maliciously obstructing the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk, or other public place. Bail was set at $500.

3rd St | 300 Block | Parole Violation

2:29 p.m. Maxwell Carlton Post, 27, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

10:44 a.m. Samuel Ryan Graham, 32, Goodyear, AZ, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Monday, Oct 22

Park Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

6:11 p.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Shoplifting

1:08 p.m. Rosario De Bugarin, 50, Los Angeles, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, Oct 21

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Bench Warrant

10:49 p.m. Robert John Shaw, 60, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for misdemeanor illegal lodging and transported to OCJ. Bail was set at $500.

Anita St | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

6:58 p.m. Hector Manuel Padilla, 42, Los Angeles, was arrested for a bench warrant for driving on a suspended license with additional charges for possession of methamphetamine and

possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000.

S Coast Hwy | Ocean Ave | Parole Violation, Resisting Arrest, Littering

11:58 a.m. Kyle James Blaker, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a parole hold (no bail was set), resisting arrest (no bail was set), and littering (bail was set at $500).

Thalia St | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:22 a.m. A 49-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway St | 400 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:14 a.m. A 21-year-old Pomona man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (no bail was set).


Police Files

Arrested at gunpoint: Suspect allegedly hits officer in the face, knocks him to the ground

On Tuesday, Oct 23, at 3:11 p.m., an LBPD officer was walking to the Chamber of Commerce at 357 Glenneyre Street when “he came into contact with two homeless subjects, Eli Lopiccola and Matthew Benusa, who were drinking alcohol,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Police Files Matthew Benusa”They were advised to stop drinking and an additional officer was requested,” Sgt Cota said. “Before the other officer arrived, the two subjects tried to walk away. The officer advised them to stop and reached out to stop Benusa from leaving. Benusa struck the officer in the face knocking him to the ground. Additional officers were requested, and both subjects were taken into custody at gunpoint.”

Matthew Paul Benusa, 32, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting an executive officer, which is a felony, and Eli Richard Lopiccola, 46, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for public intoxication.

Bail was set at $500 for Lopiccola.

Bail was set at $20,000 for Benusa.

LBPD is helping man turn his life around after being arrested four times in five days

On Tuesday, Oct 23, at 6:54 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 800 block of Glenneyre Street, on a report that local homeless man Michael Matekel was causing a disturbance at Circle K, where he was reportedly “aggressively panhandling.”

 According to Sgt Cota, “He was bothering customers, and refusing to leave the property when asked. Matekel was advised to leave but he chose to not comply, so he was arrested for trespassing. He was booked and later released.”

Since Friday, Oct 19, Michael Matekel, 30, of Laguna Beach, has been cited or arrested four times in five days for trespassing. Matekel was previously warned and was taken into custody and later released with a court date.

“He is working with Corporal Farris on getting his life together,” Sgt Cota said. “Farris will provide the resources needed.”

Bail was set at $500.

Littering sets off a sequence of events that lands a local male in jail

On Sunday, Oct 21, at noon, an LBPD officer tried to contact homeless subject Kyle Blaker for littering in the area of Calliope Street and South Coast Highway. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Blaker ignored the officer’s commands to stop and continued to walk away from him. The officer reached out to stop Blaker and he immediately tensed up and tried to pull away. At the same moment, a jailer was driving by and saw the interaction and stopped to assist.”

 Two more officers responded and assisted in getting Blaker detained in handcuffs. Kyle James Blaker, 33, of Laguna Beach was subsequently taken into custody for littering, providing a false name to officers, and violation of his parole terms.

No bail was set.

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