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Incident Reports

Saturday, Jan 26

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Warrants, Suspended License, False Identification

4:40 p.m. Jesus J Ochoa Perez, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer (bail was set at $500), driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500), and on warrants for failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without a license, and no proof of insurance or registration (bail was set at $4,000).

Glenneyre St & Mountain Road | DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia 

2:34 p.m. David Alan Gilmore, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $500), and possession of unlawful paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Broadway St | 300 Block | Suspended License, Warrant

12:45 p.m. Salvador Alvarez, 32, San Bernardino, was arrested for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500) and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $2,500). 

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest, Warrant

3:28 a.m. Cameron James Grider, 35, Long Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest by a peace officer (bail was set at $500) and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $25,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:48 a.m. A 25-year-old Costa Mesa woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, Jan 25

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Probation Violation

1:19 p.m. Jeffery David Dash, 48, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and for probation violation (no bail was set).

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | False Identification

12:18 p.m. Tamara Cortez, 37, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Ceanothus Drive | 200 Block | Found Property

11:25 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a meth pipe found in a trash can. According to the RP, this is an “ongoing issue with drug paraphernalia being left behind on neighboring properties.” The RP wanted to speak with an officer and have this documented, that she called it in and also that the pipe did not come from her. The pipe allegedly had an unknown substance inside of it.

Thursday, Jan 24

S Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | DUI

9:54 p.m. A 63-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Oak St | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Evading Police, Resisting Arrest

2:35 a.m. Jakob Lyle Colladay, 20, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and on a warrant for trespassing (bail was set at $1,500). 

Wednesday, Jan 23

S Coast Hwy & Blue Lagoon | DUI

9:59 p.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Bonvue Terrace | 400 Block | Found Property

9:32 a.m. LBPD received a report about a suspicious substance in the RP’s dresser. According to police records, “The RP was cleaning her dresser and located multiple baggies taped [to the dresser]. The RP purchased the dresser three years ago.” LBPD was sent to her residence.

Holly St | 400 Block | Animal Calls

9:26 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a stray hummingbird in the house. The bird was released.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 22

N Coast Hwy & Le Brea St | Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession for Sale 

9:10 p.m. Antoine Alexander Phillips, 37, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled narcotic substance without a prescription (bail was set at $500) and possession for sale (bail was set at $500). 

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 1500 Block | Hazardous Condition

9:59 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a private tree with a broken branch that was dangling in the RP’s driveway. According to police records, “The tree branch also brought down cable lines. The RP believes that it occurred during the storm days. The RP contacted Edison but did not have a ticket number. She was advised that a crew was coming.” The RP contacted LBPD because she wanted to know who to speak to in order to resolve the tree issue.

Monday, Jan 21

Laguna Canyon Road & El Toro Road | DUI with 1 Prior 

11:05 p.m. Nirupama Kumari Sharma, 53, Diamond Bar, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrant, Suspended License

10:23 p.m. Jessica Joy Mahone, 36, Santa Monica, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $1,500) and for driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500).

Glenneyre St & Moss St | Disturbance

6:24 p.m. LBPD received a report about an incident of road rage. According to police records, “One subject tazed another driver. Parties [were] separated, one in a white car that went northbound on Glenneyre Street. The victim was on the other line at his home at his apartment on Glenneyre Street.” There were no reported injuries. The suspect with the Taser was described as an older male wearing a hat and driving a Prius. LBPD went to the victim’s location where he waited for their arrival.

S Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | LBMC Violation

3:50 p.m. LBPD received a report about skateboarders. According to police reports, “Five males [were] skateboarding at the above lot and possibly drinking on the lower level. They were described as wearing black jeans and black tops.”

Buena Vista Way | 600 Block | Grand Theft

3:50 p.m. LBPD received a report about grand theft. According to police reports, “The RP and his wife hosted a party in October 2018. The RP stated his wife took off her ring and placed it on the counter. After the party, they noticed it was gone.” They did not have any information on the possible suspect. They were required to report it for insurance purposes. “The RP said the ring is worth more than $7,000,” according to records.

Bluebird Canyon Drive & Summit Drive | Traffic Hazard

5:47a.m. LBPD received a report about “a tree down blocking the road on the uphill side approximately 50 feet up from Summit Drive.”

Alta Laguna Blvd. | 2900 Block | Information

12:55 a.m. LBPD received a report about 20-30 palm fronds moved to the side of the street next to the light post where they were blown. LBPD emailed Public Works for pickup.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:24 a.m. A 27-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).

Sunday, Jan 20

S Coast Hwy & Oak St | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Evading Police, Resisting Arrest

10:10 p.m. Keith Allen Cofield, 38, Cleveland, TN, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for public safety (unknown bail), and resisting arrest of a peace officer (unknown bail). 

Park Ave | 800 Block | DUI with 1 Prior DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Driving While on Probation for DUI

9:13 p.m. Max Peter Lindenberger, 30, Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and driving on probation for DUI (bail was set at $10,000).

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

6 p.m. A 77-year-old Laguna Beach 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).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

2:11 p.m. Michael Steven Sepulveda, 49, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $30,000.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Shoplifting

11:54 a.m. Desirae Michelle Vega, 21, El Monte, was arrested for shoplifting Mike’s Hard Lemonade and other unknown alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Shoplifting

11:32 a.m. Natalie Unzueta, 22, El Monte, was arrested for shoplifting Mike’s Hard Lemonade and other unknown alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Minor Possessing Alcohol, Receiving Stolen Property

11:31 a.m. Pearl Ginger Rodriguez, 20, El Monte, was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol (bail was set at $500) and for receiving stolen property valued at $950 or less (bail was set at $500).

Emerald Bay | 000 Block | DUI with 1 Prior DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:42 a.m. Sergio Salva Hinojosabarajas, 28, Baldwin Park, 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 (bail was set at $10,000). 

S Coast Hwy & Diamond St | DUI

3:05 a.m. A 49-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:36 a.m. A 22-year-old Laguna Niguel 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 (Cont.)

Elderly resident victimized in the bread aisle at Gelson’s

On Sunday, Jan 20, at 2:06 p.m., an elderly resident came to the LBPD station to report that her wallet was stolen while shopping at Gelson’s, at the 30900 block of S Coast Hwy. 

“She was approached by a male in the bread aisle. The male distracted her and asked her random questions about different bread types while another person removed her wallet from her purse. The victim’s credit cards were used at unknown locations,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

The victim is working with LBPD and will provide banking statements with further information. Her credit cards had already been used twice by the suspect by the time she reported the crime. The loss was estimated to be around $6,000.

Red slider wood turtle found on the lam

On Monday, Jan 21, at 12:09 p.m., LBPD received a report about a large turtle found on Friday, Jan 18, at 31600 Scenic Drive.

According to Jim Beres, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator, “The turtle was found by an Animal Services Officer in the area of Monterey and Brooks Street. It is a red slider wood turtle. The turtle is at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. The owner is unknown.”

Police Files Turtle

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Lost turtle is looking for his family

If you or anyone you know recognizes this trooper of a turtle, call Laguna Beach Animal Shelter at (949) 497-3552 or go to 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Police Files

No thanks, the lawn has already been watered

On Thursday, Jan 17, at 7:46 a.m., LBPD received a report about a suspicious vehicle, a retro burgundy VW bus, parked on Chico Arroyo. According to police records the reporting person said, “An old VW bus pulled up to the area. A male jumped out of the vehicle and urinated on [my] lawn, and smoked a cigarette.” 

The suspicious person was described as a male with a baseball cap and a hoodie pulled over his head. The odd occurrence lasted for about 30 minutes and then he reportedly went back in the bus.

The reporting person had to leave to take their children to school but wanted LBPD to check out the situation. LBPD went to the location, however, no one was in the bus and the suspect could not be found. Interestingly, the retro ride had a vanity plate.

Trees cause havoc after the heavy rains

Trees have been blowing into police reports since the heavy rains hit. Last week two more incidents were reported to LBPD. On Wednesday, Jan 16 at 8 p.m., at the 2400 block of Juanita Way, LBPD received a report in reference to two trees that had fallen in the street. 

The reporting person alerted LBPD after she heard the information from her neighbor. She did not see it herself, so the information was considered secondhand.

According to police records, “Two trees down in the street, one a large tree approximately 20 feet tall.” LBPD contacted Public Works who removed the trees clearing the roadway. A couple hours later the street was open.

Also on Friday, at 8:59 a.m. at the 600 block of Mystic View, LBPD received a report in reference to a tree “that fell on the uphill side, unrooted and partially blocking the street.” 

According to police records, the tree was blocking the street and the RP said he had to “drive through the tree.” Public Works went to the scene and said there was no road obstruction. The tree, which was noted to be a private tree, had been cut up and put on the side of the slope.

Animal Files

When Mother Nature calls, animals listen

On Wednesday, Jan 16, LBPD received a few “animal calls.” It seems that when Mother Nature howls, animals listen. At 10:18 a.m., at the 31100 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report regarding hummingbirds overstaying their welcome. According to police records, two hummingbirds were in the RP’s dining room. “They have been there for two hours,” reads the report. “The RP is requesting we help remove them.”

Barely two hours later, at the 31700 block of 5th Avenue, LBPD received a report of a rare sighting at the beach. According to police records, “A deer is on the beach. The deer is approximately 100 feet north of the creek. It doesn’t seem to be in distress.”

According to the report, the caller was just giving LBPD a heads up. “The RP just wanted us to be aware,” the report states.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Jan 19

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | DUI

9:49 p.m. A 39-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monterey Drive | 400 Block | LBMC Violation

3:29 p.m. LBPD received a report about a solicitor. According to police reports, “A male came to the RP’s door attempting to sell farm to table food.” LBPD checked the area but did not see the person.

Coast Hwy & Ocean Ave | Possession of a Baton

3:20 p.m. Kristopher Ianne Ramos, 25, Laguna Beach, was arrested for illegal possession of a baton. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Warrant

12:47 p.m. Richard Gene Moore, 47, Perris, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI with 1 Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

1:55 a.m. Justin Paul Weber, 37, San Clemente, 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 (bail was set at $10,000).

S Coast Hwy & 3rd Ave | DUI

1:19 a.m. A 23-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Ave & 2nd St | DUI – Drugs – with 1 Prior, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

12:36 a.m. Anthony Booth Armer, 30, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI – drugs – with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and for being under the influence of a controlled substance without a prescription (unknown bail).

Broadway St | 300 Block | Traffic

12:05 a.m. Elizabeth Garcia Antunez, 23, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, controlled substance paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license due to a DUI – drugs. Bail was set at $15,000.

Friday, Jan 18

Forest Ave | 200 Block | LBMC Violation

7:54 p.m. LBPD received a report about a male “selling jewelry and burning incense blocking the walkway.” LBPD sent patrol to the area and contacted the subject.

High Drive & Aster St | Advised

4:50 p.m. LBPD received a report about juvies throwing paintballs. According to police reports, “A parental figure is on scene. Contact was made with three juveniles, who were all lectured for throwing paintballs.” The reporting person only wanted LBPD to make contact with the juvies involved. There was no damage to the vehicle. LBPD went out and did a patrol check of the area and contacted the juvies.

High Drive & Jasmine St | Suspicious

4:41 p.m. LBPD received a report about the reporting person’s vehicle being hit by paintballs. According to police reports, “The vehicle was hit on the passenger side and the front windshield when the RP was driving northbound on High Drive and came from the east bound side. He did not see anyone with a paintball gun. He does not want to prosecute.” 

S Coast Hwy & Blue Lagoon | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:02 a.m. A 39-year-old Laguna Niguel 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).

Thursday, Jan 17

Broadway St | 300 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Warrant

3:03 p.m. Fenali Saipani Eli, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $10,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20000 Block | Sex Offender on School Property, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest

12:57 p.m. Adam Jason Taylor, 31, Yorba Linda, was arrested for being a sex offender on school property (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and resisting arrest (bail was set at $1,000).

Wednesday, Jan 16

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

8:29 p.m. Jeramie Dustin Kimble, 32, Yorba Linda, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,500.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Loitering

8:23 p.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for loitering. Bail was unknown.

Temple Hills Drive| 600 Block | Patrol Check

3:27 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to magazine solicitors. According to police records, “Magazine solicitors told the RP that he has police department permission to sell magazines. The male told the RP he just got out and is trying to make money.” LBPD went to the scene and gave the person a fine.

Legion St & Goff St | Patrol Check

12:09 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a mail carrier constantly driving the wrong way up Goff Street, between 12 and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. According to police records, “The RP has talked to him and the carrier is unwilling to obey the law. The RP was advised to contact the post office. He did and was told, ‘there is nothing they can do.’” Dispatch contacted the post office to speak with a supervisor, who advised the supervisors are out of the Aliso Viejo office. LBPD called but they were closed for the day. The report continued, “The RP was advised to call immediately when he witnesses it occur.”

S Coast Hwy | 31700 Block | Warrant

12:25 p.m. Brian James Long, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $10,000.


Police Files

Black market marijuana farm discovered in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, open space damaged

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Orange County Parks just completed a massive cleanup of a black market marijuana grow discovered late last year at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a release issued by CDFW.

The black market marijuana grow was discovered on September 27, 2018 by CDFW during routine flights over Orange County with the National Guard’s Counter Drug Unit. Following the discovery, Newport Beach Police Department conducted an eradication mission at the site. Attempts to apprehend the suspects were unsuccessful.

According to CDFW, officers eradicated 500 plants and confiscated 75 pounds of processed marijuana. The grow, when in full production, contained almost 1,500 plants. During the eradication, CDFW documented numerous environmental violations including streambed alterations, haphazard pesticides left on the property, trash within 150 feet of a waterway, and a poached deer.

 According to Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones, the grow area was well-hidden in a remote part of the 7,000 acre park, and caused significant habitat damage to our endangered coastal sage scrub habitat.

“Growers remove native plants and cause additional damage by creating trails and using chemicals on the marijuana plants. This grow site will require extensive repair and mitigation to restore the destroyed habitat,” said Jones in a statement to Stu News on Thursday.

“Passive restoration, in which we remove the problem and let the plants re-establish themselves, will take years. The rains this winter will help, and within a few years we should be hard-pressed to identify exact sites,” Jones continued.

The team cleanup effort was conducted in two phases, in December and January, and included the removal of approximately 3,120 pounds of trash, 1,500 feet of plastic irrigation piping, 24 ounces of pesticides as well as other forms of garbage that can be detrimental to the environment.

Police Files black market Marijuana

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Courtesy of CDFW website

CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and OC Parks worked together to clean up Laguna Coast Wilderness Park after an illegal marijuana grow was discovered

For the cleanup, OC Parks worked with a specialized hazmat contractor, Clean Harbors, to ensure the pesticide was removed and disposed of correctly. Through testing, the pesticide was confirmed to be carbofuran, a highly toxic and banned substance. To understand the toxicity, just a teaspoon can kill a 300-pound black bear.

“Protecting California’s natural resources takes commitment from federal, state, county and city entities. I commend all those that were involved in this effort to identify the black market grow, eradicate it and clean it up,” said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division. “Working together, we can protect the environment and help the permitted cannabis market thrive.”

Between 2013 and 2018, CDFW has removed more than 2.4 million feet of irrigation pipe, 50 tons of fertilizer and 65 gallons of chemicals, many illegal in the U.S., on black market grows. CDFW has also removed 709 dams and water diversions resulting in restoration of 800 million gallons of water back into local watersheds.

CDFW would like to remind the public to report environmental crimes such as water pollution, water diversions and poaching to the CalTIP hotline by calling (888) 334-2258 or by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).

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Police Files (Cont.)

Car slams into pole in slick Canyon, resulting in live wires down

On Wednesday, Jan 16 at 10:10 a.m., at Phillips Rd and Laguna Canyon Rd, a female driver crashed into an Edison pole, resulting in downed live wires and the closure of Laguna Canyon Rd in both directions for hours.

Police Files wires down crash

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Single-car accident downs Edison pole in wet weather Wednesday

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “the female driver stated she slid off the roadway due to the wet surface. Although not raining at the time, the roads were wet.”

Thankfully, according to Sgt Cota, she was able to exit her car safely and no major injuries were reported.

Laguna Canyon Rd was closed for approximately two hours while Edison repaired the pole and wires.

Wild Alta Laguna chase ends in Taser

On Sunday, Jan 13, at 5:47 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched following a report of a male driving a white pickup recklessly with no headlights on near Alta Laguna Park.

Police Files Newton“An officer arrived on scene first and observed the pickup driving in circles in the Alta Laguna parking lot. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect failed to yield. Another officer arrived on scene as the suspect drove out of the parking lot and onto Alta Laguna Blvd,” Sgt Cota said.

According to Sgt Cota, officers initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle at speeds of 35 mph across Alta Laguna Blvd to Mountain View, back to Alta Laguna and back into the Alta Laguna parking lot.

“Officers blocked the exits and the suspect continued to drive over the planters and drove in circles around the parking lot before pulling into a parking space and attempting to flee on foot,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers gave chase and were able to take him into custody safely utilizing a Taser.”

Huntington Beach resident, Gregg Antonio Newton, 30, was arrested for violation of failure to yield and resisting arrest.

He was booked and transported to OC Jail. 

Bail was set at $500.

Laguna artist’s car broken into, art supplies stolen

Laguna Beach artist Paulette Adams reports that her vehicle was broken into and her art supplies stolen on the evening of Saturday, Jan 12, at the 700 block of High Dr. Adams discovered her car window bashed in the next morning, Jan 13.

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Local artists seeks help getting her art supplies back after a smash and grab of her car last Saturday

 “Someone bashed in the passenger side window of my car and stole art supplies, including two Crown Royal bags with handmade seashell molds that I’d really like to get back,” Adams said.

Also stolen was a large turquoise and brown paisley print quilted turquoise satchel with glazes and a brown newsprint design carry on.

Police Files Artist car broken into

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Adams’ latest ceramic creation using her seashell molds

Adams is seeking the public’s help. 

“If you see them along the side of the road or in the alley, please let me know,” Adams posted on Nextdoor. 

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 15

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:03 p.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

St Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:50 a.m. Kenneth Joseph Dunn, 40, Huntington Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and an undisclosed felony warrant (no bail was set).

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Warrant

7:52 a.m. Brian Kieth Michael O’Connor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Mar Vista Ave | 31500 Block | Domestic Violence

7:47 p.m. Cesar Caamano, 38, Fontana, was arrested for domestic violence with serious injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Monday, Jan 14

Broadway St | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Suspended License

11:22 p.m. Dean M Wills, 50, La Habra, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and driving on a suspended/revoked license (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Parole Violation

1:47 a.m. Pejman Abdolali Zanjani, 40, Irvine, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | DUI

1:43 a.m. A 30-year-old Lake Forest woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ave & Beach St | DUI with One Prior, Suspended License

12:05 a.m. Eric Elliot Duncan, 44, Orange, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving on a suspended/revoked license for DUI (bail was set at $500).

Sunday, Jan 13

El Camino Del Mar | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:23 p.m. A 25-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

3rd St | 400 Block | Disturbance 

4:11 p.m. Three callers reported that five older subjects were skateboarding down the 3rd St hill, skating on the streets and sidewalk, swerving around traffic.

Roosevelt Ln | 1200 Block | Fraud Report 

3:22 p.m. A local realtor called to report a false Craigslist ad. There were no victims or any monetary losses reported.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrant

10:30 a.m. Matthew Carl Addeo, 39, Dana Point, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

7:16 a.m. Larry Fay, 59, Long Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (no bail was set) and controlled substance paraphernalia (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy & 10th Ave | Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia and Warrant

6:21 a.m. Miguel Luna Espinoza, 39, Santa Ana, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $15,000).

Forest Ave | 500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:35 a.m. A 28-year-old Laguna Beach 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).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

12:40 a.m. A 53-year-old Cota de Caza man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Brawl with a bus? Man punches and breaks bus window for no apparent reason

On Wednesday, Jan 9, at 12:50 p.m., at the 300 block of Broadway Street, an LBPD officer was flagged down at the Bus Depot by an OCTA bus driver in regards to a male subject who had allegedly just punched and broken the window of his bus.

Police Files Perez“Officers contacted homeless subject Elvis Perez, who is on formal parole for battery. A private person arrest was requested by the OCTA bus driver and Perez was arrested for violating the terms of his parole. He was transported to LBPD for booking and transported to OC Jail,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Elvis Perez, 54, Laguna Beach, was arrested for vandalism and violating parole.

No bail was set.

Laguna man alleges late night abuse at Brooks Street, pepper sprays suspect

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 12:41 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Brooks Street and S Coast Highway for a report of a battery that had allegedly just occurred. 

“The RP/victim, 57, said the suspect, 46, punched him in the jaw and shoulder and threatened him if he saw him again,” Sgt Cota said.

 According to police records, the suspect reportedly said he would kill the RP and threatened that “he knows where he lives.”

“The suspect took off after the altercation, but before he fled, the victim pepper sprayed the suspect. The two have a past history in which one of their altercations led to charges being filled,” Sgt Cota said.

Charges were filed in a previous incident in April 2018.

The suspect was located a short distance from the altercation and detained. After the investigation, the victim decided not to press charges. A report was taken to document the incident.

Stolen vehicle lands three El Monte men in jail

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 1:37 a.m., an LBPD dispatcher advised officers of a stolen vehicle inbound on Laguna Canyon Road. Officers saw the white 2017 Honda Accord at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, at which point the vehicle made a U-turn at the light and headed back out the canyon. 

A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle yielded just prior to Canyon Acres.

“Three occupants were detained. The driver, Geovany Martinez, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. The front seat passenger, Enrique Llamas, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. The rear seat passenger, Sergio Vera, was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Llamas also had what appeared to be stolen mail and checks,” Sgt Cota said.

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Geovany Martinez, Enrique Llamas, and Sergio Vera

Geovany Daniel Martinez, 26, El Monte, was arrested for felony vehicle theft. Sergio Arturo Vera, 24, El Monte, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and Enrique Llamas, 25, El Monte, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant.

“Additional investigation from detectives is needed,” Sgt Cota said. 

Bail was set at $20,000 for Martinez, $30,000 for Llamas, and $500 for Vera.

Timber, driver hits fallen tree blocking S Coast Hwy

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 4:31 a.m., LBPD received a call in reference to a non-injury traffic collision involving a blue Mini Cooper that hit a tree in the road at the 30600 block of S Coast Hwy. According to police reports, “The RP hit a tree and his windshield is messed up.”

 According to police notes, the tree was blocking lanes and already in the road when the reporting person unexpectedly ran into it.

“Calling for tree removal. The tree is blocking lanes #1 and #2 both northbound and southbound and the sidewalk.”

Caltrans was notified and the tree was removed.


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Zzzzzzz, drunk man crashes in stranger’s bed

On Tuesday, Jan 1, at 9:44 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence on Lower Cliff Drive for a report of an unknown male subject inside the reporting person’s apartment, asleep in his bed. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said, “Officers arrived and contacted the subject, identified as Christopher Crabtree. An investigation was conducted and Crabtree told officers he was currently in Los Angeles at his friend’s apartment.”

 According to Sgt Cota, the reporting person told officers he just wanted Crabtree out of his residence.

“Crabtree was displaying signs of alcohol intoxication and based on his inability to understand the current situation he was arrested for public intoxication,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $500.

Welcome mat revoked after “friends” enter house, refuse to leave

On Sunday, Jan 6, at 8:55 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a keep the peace call on Catalina Street. Officers were informed that two men had come into the reporting person’s residence without permission and were refusing to leave. 

“Officers arrived on scene and located [two suspects] inside of the house. Prior to the officer’s arrival, the other subject had left the property, but [Olando] Edie stayed to confront officers,” Sgt Cota said.

The reporting person wanted to press charges against anyone still inside of the residence. 

“Officers contacted Edie, but he still refused to leave and was arrested for violation of trespassing,” Sgt Cota said.

According to police reports, the two subjects were friends of the reporting person’s father, who was out of town. The reporting person called his dad and his dad said they weren’t supposed to be there. “He said he was invited over five years ago, not now.”

Olando Dave Edie, 35, Midway City, was arrested for trespassing.

According to LBPD, both suspects apprehended have a history with LBPD.

“The officers were very familiar with both. They have come and gone throughout the years,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $500.

Man arraigned by OCDA for criminal threats against Laguna customer will face pretrial hearing Feb 4

Mitchell Ralph Todd, 51, of Huntington Beach, pled not guilty during an arraignment on Friday, Dec 28, to charges that he made criminal threats against a Laguna Beach man, his client, in November. 

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, at the time of the alleged crimes, Todd was the owner of OC Doves and was hired by the victim to release doves at his son’s funeral. Based upon an alleged dispute on the day of the funeral involving scheduling and payment, Todd did not render his services nor was he paid. 

On Monday, Nov 10, Todd is accused of requesting payment from the victim. The next day, he is accused of leaving the victim a series of threatening text messages and voicemails and further demanding payment.

According to Sgt Cota, Todd first threatened with court proceedings, but quickly appeared to become upset and further threatened to have specific people come to his work and to his relatives’ home until he was paid.

In the last voicemail left for the victim, Todd is accused of recording the sound of a handgun slide being pulled back and released as if chambering a round.

During a search of Todd’s house, LBPD, who investigated this case, located 57 firearms, nearly 30,000 rounds of ammunition, over 100 magazines, a practice bomb, several body armors, swords, and Nazi paraphernalia.

Todd’s pre-trial hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb 4 at the Harbor Justice Center.

Todd is charged with one felony count of criminal threats. The maximum sentence he faces is three years in state prison.

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