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Incident Reports

Saturday, July 13

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Battery on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Resisting an Executive Officer

11:53 p.m. Steven Michael Jackson, 41, was arrested for battery on a peace officer (bail was set at $500), resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), and resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $25,000). 

NB State Hwy 73 & Laguna Canyon Road | Throwing Objects at/from Vehicle

3:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to firecrackers being thrown out of the window of a car.

Summit Drive | 700 Block | Burglary 

9:26 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an attempted burglary. According to police records, the RP reported that someone tried to to enter their home early in the morning around 1 a.m. When they yelled, the person ran away.

Friday, July 12

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Warrant

10:29 p.m. Joseph Daniel Santiago, 54, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $250.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

7:57 p.m. A 40-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

6:55 p.m. Eli Richard Lopiccola, 47, was arrested on a warrant for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $10,000.

Glenneyre St & St Ann’s Drive | Contempt of Court, Threatening a Crime 

6:38 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 39, was arrested for being in contempt of court (bail was set at $500) and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (bail was set at $500).

Cliff Drive | 700 Block | Possession of Alcohol in a Public Place, Providing False Identification to a Peace Officer, Possession of Nitrous Oxide

1:40 p.m. Dayari Davila, 29, was arrested for possession of alcohol in a public place (bail was set at $500), providing false identification to a peace officer (no bail was set), and possession of nitrous oxide (bail was set at $500). 

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Warrant

1:21 p.m. Gary Aaron Allen, 59, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $100.

Calliope St | 200 Block | Warrant

11:18 a.m. Vanessa Umanzor, 31, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

8:26 a.m. Randy Ellis Crosetto, 48, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500) and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

5:29 a.m. Wilbur Stanley Orellana Ramirez, 33, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set. 

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

1:27 a.m. A 39-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, July 11

N Coast Hwy & Ledroit St | Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Driving with a Suspended License, Taking a Vehicle without Owner Consent

7:17 p.m. Manuel Arreola Garcia, 28, was arrested for being in possession of burglary tools (bail was set at $500), possession a stolen vehicle (bail was set at $20,000), driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500), and taking a vehicle without owner consent (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy & Ledroit St | Warrant

7:17 p.m. Juan Jesus Belman, 19, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. No bail was set.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Violating Parole

4:29 p.m. Eric Sterling Mutz, 65, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy & Ledroit St | Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

9:11 a.m. JL Tappy, 52, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale (no bail was set), possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI with 1 Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:59 a.m. Nestor Enrique Torres Fregoso, 30, 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 & Legion St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:51 a.m. A 62-year-old 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).

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

12:23 a.m. A 50-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, July 3

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | DUI 

11:25 p.m. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Shreve Drive | 00 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:17 p.m. A 56-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Petty Theft

5:20 p.m. LBPD received a petty theft report. The RP’s vehicle was reportedly left unlocked, and credit cards were stolen and used for an approximate loss of $4,300.

Bluebird Canyon Road | 800 Block | Animal Calls

5:12 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rabbit in [the] RP’s mailbox.”

Unknown | Violating Probation, Consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place 

5:08 p.m. Gina Anne Rierson Stanley, 68, was arrested for violating probation (no bail was set) and consumption of alcohol in a public place (bail was set at $500).

Unknown | Consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place 

5:08 p.m. A 60-year-old man was arrested for consumption of alcohol in a public place (bail was set at $500).

Zurich Court | 2900 Block | Animal Calls

12:08 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rattlesnake near the RP’s gate.” According to police reports, the snake was taken into custody.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


Police Files

Helicopter assists in stolen car arrest ending in Taco Bell parking lot

On Thursday, July 11, at 6:45 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of Ledroit Street and North Coast Highway regarding a vehicle possibly involved in a robbery in Santa Ana with two named suspects. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The black Dodge Charger was used in an armed robbery in Santa Ana on Saturday, June 22, and frequents Laguna Beach…A helicopter was requested and responded to assist in our area search of the vehicle. Officers were unable to locate the Dodge Charger.”

Sgt Cota said, “While looking for the robbery vehicle, officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering Laguna Beach. The Chevy Prism had been stolen out of Santa Ana on Monday, July 8. An officer located the stolen vehicle at Legion Street and South Coast Highway, occupied by four passengers”. 

Additional LBPD officers arrived on scene and assisted. A high-risk vehicle stop was conducted in the Taco Bell parking lot. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The driver, Manuel Garcia, knew the vehicle was stolen but bought it from a friend for $300.”

Manuel Arreola Garcia, 28, was arrested for alleged possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a vehicle without owner consent, possession of burglary tools, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. 

The rear left male passenger, Juan Jesus Belman, 19, had a no bail warrant for his arrest regarding weapons violations.

The two female passengers were juveniles and later released to parents.

“Belman and Garcia were booked at LBPD and later transported to Orange County Jail,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $21,500 for Garcia and no bail was set for Belman.

$2,000 in wet clothes stolen from laundromat 

On Friday, July 12, at 9:41 p.m., at Legion Laundromat, at the 300 block of Legion Street, a victim noticed some of her laundry had gone missing.

According to Sgt Cota, “The victim placed her clothes in four separate washers and then went outside to her vehicle where she waited. During that time, a 20-30-minute period, an unknown person(s) took her designer clothes, including pants, jackets, and dress shirts, but left her socks and underwear.”

 The approximate loss is allegedly between $2,000 to $3,000.

Man arrested after allegedly kicking officer in the shin

On Saturday, July 13, at 11:58 p.m., downtown foot patrol officers contacted Sun City resident Steven Jackson, who had run across traffic from Skyloft to Laguna Avenue and El Paseo Street. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Jackson was uncooperative and aggressive with officers so he was detained in handcuffs during their investigation. Jackson continued to be upset and aggressive towards officers. Jackson charged an officer and kicked him in the shin.” 

Steven Michael Jackson, 41, was placed under arrest for alleged battery on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer, and resisting arrest. 

Sgt Cota said, “He was later transported to Orange County Jail. While in a cell at LBPD, Jackson flooded the cell and pushed water into the hallway.” 

Bail was set at $25,000. 

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 9

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription

11:26 p.m. Luke Christian Koehler, 25, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (bail was set at $500), and bringing a controlled substance into jail (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Shoplifting

10:39 p.m. Jonathan Marquez, 29, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Battery on a Peace Officer

10:20 p.m. Lorena A McCormack, 50, was arrested for trespassing (bail was set at $500), resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), and battery on a peace officer (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Fighting in a Public Place

5:05 p.m. Alexander Bryce Chapman, 34, was arrested for fighting in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Fighting in a Public Place

5:05 p.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, was arrested for fighting in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Appropriation of Lost Property Valued under $400, Receiving Stolen Property Valued at $950 or Less

9:02 a.m. Shane Christopher Hardin, 44, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (no bail was set), appropriation of lost property valued under $400 (no bail was set), and receiving stolen property valued at $950 or less (bail was set at $500).

Monday, July 8

San Tropez Court | 200 Block | Battery

11:53 p.m. David Raul Gomez Roman, 39, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Cliff Drive | 1200 Block | Lifeguard Rescue

7:53 p.m. LBPD received a call in reference to a “multiple victim lifeguard rescue.” According to reports, there were two people caught in a rip tide who were rescued. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2500 Block | Driving with a Suspended License

7:15 p.m. Zachary John Dyler, 34, was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license. No bail was set.

Magnolia Drive | 300 Block | Hazardous Condition

7:07 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an alleged “sewage spill.” According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “A port-a-otty fell from a van in the 300 block of Magnolia and there was feces in the street. City personnel responded to clean it up.”

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:48 p.m. A 67-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant

3:12 p.m. Gary Wayne Horton, 73, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:12 p.m. A 41-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

St Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:21 a.m. A 19-year-old 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).

Juanita Drive | 24200 Block | Warrant

9:02 a.m. Reed Myron Swingley, 56, was arrested on an unknown warrant. Bail was set at $150,000.

Sunday, July 7

Ocean Ave | 300 Block | Warrant

10:10 p.m. Patrick Robert Coomes, 62, was arrested on a warrant for battery. Bail was set at $500.

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

10:07 p.m. A 35-year-old 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 | Trespassing

8:34 p.m. Diana Jean Munguia, 63, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Dumont Drive | 100 Block | Warrant

4:50 p.m. Mark Anthony Gonzalez, 21, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Burglary

3:48 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an alleged burglary, stating that a Rolex watch valued at $15,000 had been taken from the RP’s hotel room.

Cliff Drive | 1000 Block | Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct – Soliciting a Lewd Act 

1:21 p.m. Louis Philip Trujillo, 60, was arrested for indecent exposure (bail was set at $500) and disorderly conduct related to soliciting a lewd act (bail was set at $1,000).

Madison Place | 1000 Block | Animal Calls

10:55 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rattlesnake in [the] backyard, on [the] terrace.”

Drumond Drive | 100 Block | LBMC Violation

8:35 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding “10 dogs of leash.” The dogs were gone on arrival.

Cliff Drive | 1000 Block | DUI

3:31 a.m. A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 1900 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:31 a.m. A 48-year-old 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).

S Coast Hwy | 3400 Block | Trespassing

1:35 a.m. Taylor Wyatt Elwood, 21, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.


Police Files

Suspect re-arrested nearly two years after alleged citywide crime spree, bail set at $150,000

On Monday, July 8, at 9:02 a.m., Reed Swingley was arrested on a warrant related to an alleged crime spree that occurred in the summer of 2017. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Detectives located him in Riverside where he was re-arrested without incident.” 

 Sgt Cota said, “During the summer of 2017, Reed Swingley [allegedly] went on a crime spree in the City of Laguna Beach generating multiple cases within a few days. Victims included Mozambique restaurant, Horst Architects, as well as numerous Laguna Beach residents and visitors.”

The crimes Swingley allegedly committed included commercial, residential, and vehicle burglaries, as well as petty and grand thefts. Items stolen included a safe, a large amount of cash, an antique saxophone, and a bronze statue.

According to Sgt. Cota, a review of surveillance video from one of the businesses, as well as the residence, identified a person of interest and a suspect vehicle. 

 “Thanks to video surveillance and diligent police work by patrol officers, detectives, and dispatchers, Swingley was identified. Swingley ultimately was arrested in the City of Laguna Beach and much of the stolen property was recovered from Swingley’s vehicle during the arrest,” Sgt Cota said of the 2017 arrest.

Before Swingley was arrested on Monday he had previously been released.

“Based on the amount of victims and follow-up required, the OCDA’s office elected to release Swingley pending further investigation. Following an extensive investigation, an arrest warrant [for] $150,000 was eventually obtained for Swingley’s arrest,” Sgt Cota said.

Reed Myron Swingley, 56, was arrested on a warrant. Bail was set at $150,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Several boxes of jewelry stolen while resident is out of town

On Tuesday, July 9, at 1:37 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 block of Tahiti Avenue for a reported burglary. The officers arrived and found unknown suspects(s) had smashed a bathroom window and entered the house. It appears the crime was focused on the master bedroom and one wardrobe and dresser. 

According to Sgt Cota, the victim was on vacation at the time, but was contacted by the officers and according to her verbal confirmation, it looks as though several boxes of jewelry of substantial value was taken. 

CSI was conducted and a report was taken. Detectives responded and will assume the investigation going forward. 

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Duo arrested for alleged DUIs after allegedly switching seats following hit-and-run accident

On Saturday, July 6, at 8:01 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Anita Street and South Coast Highway in reference to an alleged hit-and-run non-injury traffic collision.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The witness observed the female and male switch seats as the suspect vehicle had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.” 

A vehicle description was provided by the RP and an officer located the vehicle and initiated a vehicle enforcement stop at Legion Street and South Coast Highway. 

Sgt Cota said, “The three occupants were all intoxicated and admitted to the minor traffic collision. The driver was arrested for DUI. The witness who observed the traffic collision responded to the scene and identified the female passenger and the driver during the original collision. She was also arrested for DUI and hit and run.”

Sgt Cota explained that the suspects were both driving at separate times. “The female was driving during the accident, then they switched and were stopped with the male driving.”

The female, a 27-year-old from Downey, was arrested for alleged DUI and for the hit and run. Bail was set at $3,000.

The male, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, was arrested for an alleged DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Back-to-back earthquakes rock Laguna and the Southland, the biggest in SoCal in decades

Laguna Beach along with the rest of the Southland felt the impact of two heavy-hitting earthquakes, occurring within 36 hours of each other. Fireworks were felt early on Thursday, July 4, at 10:33 a.m., with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in the Barstow area followed by an even greater 7.1 magnitude earthquake recorded nearby in the Ridgecrest area on Friday, July 5, at 8:19 p.m. According to reports, Friday’s rolling shakes were felt north to San Francisco and east to Las Vegas, as well as in Mexico to the south.

Luckily, no fatalities were reported, and despite the widespread damage, the quakes are not being called catastrophic. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Laguna Beach experienced significant shaking but no injuries or property damage was reported. Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach was checked to make sure they did not sustain any damage. Officers immediately began checking their assigned beats for poles, wires, or trees down. Also, the gas stations were checked for gas leaks, none reported.”

The two tremblers were the strongest earthquakes to hit the Southern California area in 20 years.

Police Files City Emergency Kit backpack

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Laguna-specific emergency backpacks are available, be prepared

With all this new seismic activity, being prepared for emergencies has never been more important. To help in emergencies, a Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack has been created and is available for purchase. The kit includes an AM/FM hand crank radio with flashlight and cell phone charger, a 4-in-1 gas and water utility shut off tool, glow sticks, bio-hazard bags, nitrile gloves, a N95 mask, 54-piece first aid kit, duct tape, emergency poncho, solar blanket, and personal hygiene kit. 

The kit also contains emergency plan templates and disaster-specific information. Each red backpack features an official City of Laguna Beach seal.

Laguna Beach specific Emergency Kit Backpack can be purchased for $50 on the City’s website via https://bit.ly/2DlnFGy or in person at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, during normal business hours.

During an earthquake, Earthquake County Alliance advises to “Drop, Cover, and Hold. According to their website (www.earthquakecountry.org/dropcoverholdon): 

--DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

--COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

--HOLD ON until shaking stops. Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts. No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Saturday, July 6

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:27 p.m. A 67-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Anita St | DUI 

8:01 p.m. A 30-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Anita St | DUI, Hit & Run 

8:01 p.m. Codie Lee Baxter, 27, Downey, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and for an alleged hit and run accident (bail was set at $500).

Unknown | Warrant

Dariel Lamarcus Martin, 28, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $7,500.

Skyline Drive | 1500 Block | Animal Calls

4:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake on the front steps of the RP’s residence.

S Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | H & S Activity

1:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a man and woman “blowing up balloons and then sucking the air out to get high.” LBPD went on scene and the suspects were cited for possession of nitrous oxide.

Noria St | 900 Block | Grand Theft

11:41 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to stolen packages from the RP’s porch. The reported loss was over $1,000.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

5:28 a.m. Maurice Robert Van Eeten, 53, Venice, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500. 

Mermaid St & Glenneyre St | Warrant

2:50 a.m. Philip Arron Sanders Churchill, 47, Irvine, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Cliff Drive & Beverly St | DUI 

2:20 a.m. A 38-year-old man Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia 

1:14 a.m. Kelly Russlee Smith, 36, Irvine, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, July 5

Forest Ave | 400 Block | Trespassing

10:44 p.m. Craig Bland Dunlap, 67, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500. 

N Coast Hwy & Le Brea St | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

8:43 p.m. Martin Toro, Jr, 37, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:43 p.m. A 57-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | Indecent Exposure

4:39 p.m. LBPD received a report of a “male [allegedly] exposing himself.” The [alleged] incident was reported by Trolley drivers.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

12:27 p.m. A 33-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

High Drive | 300 Block | Animal Calls

9:43 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake in the RP’s front yard.

Louise St | 1600 Block | Animal Calls

7:59 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an “owl sitting on top of the RP’s vehicle.”

Thursday, July 4

N Coast Hwy & Irvine Cove Drive | DUI 

10:48 p.m. A 25-year-old Tustin man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Vandalism

8:59 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an alleged keying of the RP’s vehicle. The approximate damage was valued at $1,000.

S Coast Hwy & 2nd Ave | Vandalism, Riding a Bicycle Under the Influence

4:08 p.m. Joshua Christian Sutherlin, 26, La Palma, was arrested for vandalism (bail was set at $500) and riding a bicycle under the influence (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Warrant

3:05 p.m. Jeremy Anthony Russell, 28, Canoga Park, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $35,000.

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Warrant

3:05 p.m. Gina Anne Reirson Stanley, 67, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $100.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Contempt of Court

2:31 p.m. David Edward Lente, 53, was arrested for being in contempt of court. Bail was set at $15,000.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place 

11:05 a.m. A 33-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and consumption of alcohol in a public place (bail was set at $500).

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Property

9:44 am. LBPD received a report in reference to “five needles left on the steps.”

Wednesday, July 3

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:39 p.m. A 46-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:31 p.m. A 26-year-old Upland man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:31 p.m. A 25-year-old Highland man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:26 p.m. A 67-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | Littering

2:50 p.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, was arrested for littering. Bail was set at $500.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 2

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

8:11 p.m. A 26-year-old Glendora woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Unknown | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:06 p.m. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Violating Parole

3:50 p.m. Alonzo Jesus Jurado, 26, Orange, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:14 p.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrants 

12:37 p.m. Feinai Saipani Eli, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for first degree burglary (bail was set at $50,000) and on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $10,000). 

Gaviota Drive | 1100 Block | Burglary

8:04 a.m. Daniel James Moretti, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for burglary. Bail was set at $100,000.

Monday, July 1

S Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:28 p.m. A 52-year-old Mission Viejo woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Battery on Custodial Officer, Resisting an Executive Officer, Flash Hold

4:04 p.m. Arthur Anthony Moreno, 65, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery on a custodial officer (bail was set at $500), resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $25,000), and on a flash hold (no bail was set).

Gleneyre St & Caliope St | Fugitive from Justice: Arrest without Warrant

2:44 p.m. Flip Franklin Vanstarrenburg, 56, Los Angeles, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice – arrest without warrant. No bail was set.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Violating Parole

9:26 a.m. Jerald Jerrod Cousian, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating probation No bail was set.

Beach St & Broadway Place | DUI

3:39 a.m. A 56-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, June 30

Cress St & Glenneyre St | DUI 

10:04 p.m. A 22-year-old man Rancho Santa Margarita woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Executive Officer, Threatening Crime with Intent to Terrorize

4:07 p.m. Anthony James Scarpinato, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $20,000) and making criminal threats with intent to terrorize (bail was set at $50,000).

St Ann’s Drive | 200 Block | Warrant

12:13 p.m. Robert Jose Saucedo, 38, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license. Bail was set at $1,500.

St Ann’s Drive | 200 Block | Warrants 

12:13 p.m. Danny Garcia, 38, Riverside, was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana while driving (bail was set at $5,000) and on a warrant for failure to appear for a traffic ticket (bail was set at $2,500). 

Glenneyre St | 1300 Block | Warrant

10:20 p.m. Travis Wayne Haag, 25, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant for giving false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $2,500.

Cliff Drive | 100 Block | Trespassing

8:55 a.m. Daniel James Moretti, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500. 

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI 

10:09 p.m. A 24-year-old man Fallbrook woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Resisting Arrest 

2:12 a.m. Connor Patrick Domagala, 21, Cota de Caza, was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Resisting an Executive Officer, Resisting Arrest, Battery 

2:04 a.m. Milan Andres Torne, 23, Los Alamitos, was arrested for resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $500), resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), and battery (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Resisting Arrest, Battery 

1:56 a.m. Yannis Sotirios Konugres, 22, Mission Viejo, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500) and battery (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:50 a.m. A 29-year-old Aliso Viejo 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).


Police Files

Man allegedly makes criminal threats to lifeguard, says he is going to “rip his throat out”

On Sunday, June 30, at 4:07 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to Main Beach to assist the tower lifeguard with a male that was allegedly threatening him and causing a disturbance. 

According to LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, “The male was identified as Anthony Scarpinato. He [allegedly] told the 18-year-old lifeguard that he was going to ‘rip his throat out.’”

According to police records, “The subjects were [allegedly] upset because they were advised to remove the[ir] dog from the beach.”

Anthony James Scarpinato, 52, was arrested for allegedly making criminal threats with intent to terrorize and resisting an executive officer.

 Bail was set at $70,000.

Frequent arrestee taken in for alleged burglary

On Tuesday, July 2, at 8:04 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Gaviota Drive for an alleged burglary in progress. 

According to Villwock, when officers arrived, they found and contacted Daniel Moretti inside and he was subsequently arrested. “At this time, it is unknown how Moretti entered the home,” said Villwock. “However, he did [allegedly] steal a bottle of champagne, which he still had the cork to in his pants pocket.”

Daniel James Moretti, 40, was arrested for alleged burglary.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Two days earlier on Sunday, June 30, at 8:55 a.m., at the 100 block of Cliff Drive, Moretti was arrested for alleged trespassing.

According to police records, it was reported that a male was walking by that appeared to be “casing the place.” The suspect appeared to be stopping and hiding in between parked cars as people passed him.

Bail was set at $500.

Two weeks prior, on Saturday, June 15, at approximately 3:06 a.m., LBPD officers were conducting a foot patrol in the area of Marine Way. The officers were doing residence checks due to the recent burglaries in the area. 

“While checking a residence in the 1000 block of Marine Way, officers noticed a broken pane of glass on the upper portion of the side kitchen door,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Officers made entry into the residence and eventually located a male subject in one of the upstairs bedrooms.” 

The subject was detained and later identified as Daniel Moretti. Moretti admitted to throwing a rock through the window in order to gain entry to the residence, Sgt Cota said. 

He was transported to LBPD for booking for alleged vandalism and trespassing.

Bail was set at $20,000.

A couple of weeks prior, on Friday, May 31, at 6:34 a.m., Moretti was also arrested for alleged trespassing, this time at the 100 block of Crescent Bay Drive.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Saturday, June 29

Circle Way | 1300 Block | H & S Activity

10:54 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a group of males allegedly “huffing from balloons in the cave area.” According to police records, approximately five subjects had L.E.D. lights outside of the cave and were allegedly holding a tank.

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Robbery

10:30 p.m. Jonathan Daniel Bodine, 23, Riverside, was arrested for robbery. Bail was set at $100,000.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Grand Theft

6:39 p.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 63, Laguna Beach, was arrested for grand theft. Bail was set at $20,000.

Morningside Drive | 1500 Block | Animal Calls

3:11 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “rattlesnake in front of the RP’s garage.” 

N Coast Hwy & Aster St | Throwing Objects at/from Vehicle 

11:48 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a man in a red Ferrari allegedly shooting what appeared to be paintball pellets out of his window. According to police records, the RP was “getting ready to go into a restaurant and the paint pellet hit the wall of the business. The vehicle was going northbound. The Ferrari was part of a group of race cars.”

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrants 

11:19 a.m. Jose Miguel Carrillo, 24, Tustin, was arrested on a warrant for DUI – drugs (bail was set at $15,000) and on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $2,500). 

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Reckless Driving

7:20 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding an alleged reckless driving/road rage incident. According to police records, a “male driver in a red Range Rover [was] harassing the RP, flipping off the RP, [and] tried to hit her van. The incident made the RP feel unsafe.”

N Coast Hwy & Broadway St | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

3:06 a.m. A 26-year-old Laguna Hills man was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:25 a.m. A 46-year-old Irvine woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & 9th Ave | DUI

1:34 a.m. A 22-year-old Plancentia woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Cliff Drive | 700 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest

1:23 a.m. Jamie Sharon Lyon, 58, Lucerne Valley, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and resisting arrest (bail was set at $500). 

Friday, June 28

Laguna Canyon Road | 900 Block | Warrant

11:21 p.m. Abdullah Mqdhh Aljadi, 21, Irvine, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $7,500.

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | Warrant

9:24 p.m. Byren King Stuckey, 43, Lakeside, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Entering or Remaining on Beach after Closure 

1:39 a.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for entering or remaining on the beach after closure. Bail was set at $500. 

Thursday, June 27

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI with 1 Prior, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance 

11 p.m. Barnosh Andy Azadzoi, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | DUI 

10:10 p.m. A 56-year-old man from Romulus, Mich. was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 1800 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrant, Trespassing

5:25 p.m. Mario Alberto Morenolujan, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $5,000), and for trespassing (bail was set at $500).

Wednesday, June 26

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI 

10:09 p.m. A 48-year-old man Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

5:21 p.m. Daniel James Zavadil, 45, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license. Bail was set. At $1,500.

Treetop Lane | 21600 Block | LBMC Violation

2:48 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a group of three subjects skateboarding on the blacktop. According to police records, the “custodian asked them to leave and they refused.”

Treetop Lane | 21600 Block | Patrol Check

1:08 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding “skateboarding on the roof and property of the school.” According to police records, the RP requested nightly patrol checks for the school.


Police Files

Alleged altercation and robbery at Table Rock Beach lands Riverside man in jail

On Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to Table Rock Beach, at the 31500 block of Bluff Drive, in reference to an alleged altercation with injuries. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Upon the officer’s arrival, five male subjects and one female were detained related to the incident. The five male subjects were hanging out drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to getting into a verbal altercation, which led to the stealing of victim’s hat by force. A physical altercation resulted in one victim needing stitches.”

The suspect, Jonathan Bodine, admitted to the alleged altercation and stealing the hat from the victim, Sgt Cota said. 

Jonathan Daniel Bodine, 23, of Riverside, was placed under arrest for alleged robbery and later transported to OC Jail.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Three men arrested after large street fight downtown

On Saturday, June 29, at 1:36 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway in reference to a reported 20 people allegedly fighting in the street. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Downtown foot patrol officers were first on scene and placed Yannis Konugres in custody for battery and resisting arrest. Konugres was not cooperative, neither were his friends.

“Another subject identified as Milan Torne threatened to fight an officer on scene and would not comply with commands. Torne fought with officers as they attempted to take him into custody. Torne was ultimately placed under arrest,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to Sgt Cota, at this point, several people began to circle the officers in attempts to record with their cellphones and/or obstruct the duties of the officers. The local bars had just let out and there were dozens of unruly people in the streets.

“Another subject, Patrick Domagala, was also arrested for obstructing officers as they attempted to disperse the crowd and de-escalate the incident,” Sgt Cota said.

Yannis Sotirios Konugres, 22, of Mission Viejo was arrested for alleged battery and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $1,000.

Milan Andres Torne, 22, of Los Alamitos, was arrested for allegedly resisting an executive officer, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace. Bail was set at $1,500.

Connor Patrick Domagala, 21, of Coto de Caza, was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest. Bail was set at $500.

Teen arrested for alleged possession of a firearm and concealed firearm

On Thursday, June 27, at 11:16 p.m., three citizens reported being contacted by a male subject outside of the Mobil gas station, at the 200 block of Broadway Street. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The citizens reported that the subject had a handgun in his waistband. Officers arrived and detained a 17-year-old and found an unloaded Sig Sauer P229 .40 caliber handgun concealed in the [teen’s] waistband as well as a pocketknife in his pants pocket.” 

He was a reported runaway from Laguna Niguel. 

“The handgun was registered to a resident of Laguna Niguel, but it was not reported stolen,” Sgt Cota said. “LBPD dispatchers and OCSD deputies tried to contact the handgun’s owner, but were unsuccessful.” 

Sgt Cota said, “The juvenile was booked for minor in possession of a firearm and possession of a concealed firearm.” 

According to Sgt Cota, his family was notified and he was transported to Juvenile Hall.

Alleged drunk driver careens into two parked cars

On Saturday, June 28, at 1:34 a.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to an injury traffic collision at 9th Avenue and South Coast Highway for a single vehicle accident hitting two parked cars. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The 22-year-old female driver of Placentia was driving her blue BMW at approximately 90 mph northbound when she collided into the rear left bumper of a parked Ford van, sending the van into the nearby hillside, causing major damage to both vehicles.” 

The BMW then collided into the rear of a parked U-Haul box truck causing moderate damage to the truck and more major damage to the BMW. [The suspect] was visibly injured when officers arrived on scene and she was immediately transported to Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach. 

Police Files crash

Courtesy of LBPD

Alleged drunk driver hits two parked vehicles going 90 mph early Saturday

Sgt Cota said, “An officer responded to conduct a DUI investigation. [The suspect] smelled of a strong order of an alcoholic beverage. [She] was placed under arrest for DUI and completed a blood test. She was released from the hospital after being medically treated.”

 Public Works responded to the scene due to the heavy amount of debris in the roadway. The traffic collision scene on South Coast Highway was closed for approximately two hours.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison

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