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Police Files

SUV parked on street by home is reported stolen

On Tuesday, May 14, at 12:18 p.m., a stolen vehicle report was made by a Laguna Beach resident at the 21600 block of Ocean Vista Drive. 

According to police reports, the victim parked the vehicle on the street the night prior but “it was no longer there” in the morning. According to the victim, there were “lots of items left inside.”

“The vehicle was a silver 2018 Infinity QX30 SUV. The vehicle was not repossessed. The vehicle is still outstanding,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Man arrested for meth, paraphernalia, and bringing drugs into jail, reports LBPD

On Monday, May 13, at 12:56 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of Cleo Street Beach, at the 700 block of Ocean Front, for a report of a suspicious male “jumping in and out of the storm drain,” according to Sgt Cota.

Officers contacted John Frazer and found he was in possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a narcotic pipe. He was taken into custody and transported to LBPD. 

“Frazer was read the drug admonishment before being brought into the jail but during the custody search narcotics were located, methamphetamine in his possession,” Sgt Cota said. “An additional charge of bringing drugs into a jail was added and Frazer was ultimately transported to OC Jail.”

John Scott Frazer, 54, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance paraphernalia, and bringing drugs into a jail or prison.

Bail was set at $21,000.

LBPD advises teens who were allegedly throwing fireworks from their vehicle

On Monday, May 13, at 5:21 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a report of kids allegedly throwing fireworks from a vehicle. 

According to police records, the kids throwing the fireworks were in a green Ford Taurus headed southbound on South Coast Hwy and were seen pulling into the parking lot at CVS.

“Officers conducted a vehicle stop and advised the juveniles. No arrests or cites were issued,” said Sgt Cota.

LBPD arrests man allegedly trespassing in local home

On Sunday, May 12, at 12:20 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a house under construction in the 1300 block of Baja for a local transient subject who was reportedly inside of the residence. 

According to police records, the homeowners received a phone call from their neighbors stating that someone was breaking and entering. The neighbor was unsure where the subject made entry, but was sure he was there, and had not seen him exit.

The RP told LBPD that the issue was ongoing and that a previous report was taken.

“Officers contacted Robert Oxier. Oxier was arrested for trespassing. Oxier has no fixed address,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Bail was set at $500.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 14

S Coast Hwy & 10th Ave | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:11 p.m. A 54-year-old Menifee 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).

Monday, May 13

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Fraud

10:47 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to fraud. According to police records, “A guest alerted security about a card skimmer on their ATM machine.”

Skyline Drive | 1200 Block | Animal Calls

4:25 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “possible rattlesnake in the backyard.”

Glenneyre St | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

2:48 p.m. A 25-year-old North Hollywood woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Patrol Check

1:09 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a person that might be “casing the business.” According to police records, the caller said, “A female came in today representing Amazon and inquired about business hours, saying Amazon was having difficulty delivering packages.” At the time, the RP didn’t think anything of it. “When she left he contacted Amazon and they were not aware of that subject.” The woman reportedly did not go into any other businesses. The RP was worried she was casing his business and “requested extra patrol cars at night.”

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Bringing Drugs into a Jail or Prison

12:56 p.m. John Scott Frazer, 54, 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 bringing drugs into a jail or prison (bail was set at $20,000).

Sunday, May 12

Mountain Road | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest, Battery, DUI with 1 Prior

6:04 p.m. Michael Daniel Danesh, 32, Beverly Hills, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), battery on a peace officer (bail was set at $500, and on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant 

3:54 p.m. Nicholas McNeil Kelley, 23, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Arch St | 200 Block | Vehicle Burglary

3:21 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a vehicle burglary. According to police records, “The vehicle was locked and there was no sign of forced entry.” Clothing, golf clubs, and miscellaneous items were taken valued at $4,000.

Baja St | 1300 Block | Trespassing

12:20 p.m. Robert Oxier, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Mystic Way | 700 Block | Animal Calls

11:35 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a rattlesnake. According to police records, the caller said there was a rattlesnake by their back door and it was “rattling.” The person was concerned for their kids and cat.

Ocean Ave & Beach St | Evading Peace Officer, Person under 21 Driving with a BAC of 0.01% or More, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Reckless Driving

2:03 a.m. Kevin Jordan Martinez-Wolf, 19, Glendora, was arrested for evading a peace officer (bail was set at $500), being a person under 21 driving with a BAC of 0.01% of more (bail was set at $500), contributing to the delinquency of a minor (bail was set at $500), and reckless driving on a highway (bail was set at $500).


Incident Reports

Saturday, May 11

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | DUI

11:20 p.m. A 55-year-old Dove Canyon woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

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

11:01 p.m. A 25-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).

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

2:47 a.m. A 41-year-old Ladera Ranch 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 & Laguna Ave | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

1:29 a.m. A 21-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:37 a.m. A 33-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, May 10

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | DUI

10:43 p.m. A 25-year-old Orange woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Meadow Lane | 31800 Block | Failure to Register

8:01 a.m. John William Wagner, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for failure to register with a felony prior. Bail was set at $20,000.

Myrtle St | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:17 a.m. A 26-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).

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:04 a.m. A 32-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).

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Warrant

2:04 a.m. Feinai Saipani Eli, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

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

12:34 a.m. A 30-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).

S Coast Hwy & Cleo St | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrants

12:36 a.m. Jeffery Michael Johanson, 55, Cypress, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $5,000), on a second warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $15,000), and on a third warrant for possession of not more than 28.5 grams of cannabis (bail was set at $15,000).

Thursday, May 9

S Coast Hwy & Anita St | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Embezzling Leased/Rented Vehicle, Driver Possessing Open Alcoholic Container

4:32 p.m. Linda Sue Goldstein, 55, Encinitas, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), embezzling a leased/rented vehicle (bail was set at $20,000), and possessing open alcoholic container as a driver (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | DUI

1:58 a.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Legion St | 200 Block | DUI

12:26 a.m. A 23-year-old Costa Mesa woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, May 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery of a Spouse

9:14 p.m. Timothy Michael Libby, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | DUI

3:55 p.m. A 59-year-old Carlsbad man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Balboa Ave | 29900 Block | Animal Calls

1:01 p.m. LBPD received a call in reference to “goats jumping over the fence.” According to police records, goats were seen jumping over the fence “near the beginning of the Fire Road Trail.” The caller attempted to contact the goat herder, but was unable to reach him. LBPD called the herder and advised him of the situation.

Laguna Canyon Road | 900 Block | DUI

12:25 p.m. A 56-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Signature swordfish sculpture swiped from Tommy Bahama

On Friday, May 3, at 7:35 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store, at 400 South Coast Highway, for a report that a subject stole a decorative swordfish from the front of the business, the company’s signature marlin swordfish. 

According to police records, the subject was described as a white male in his 20s wearing shorts and a baseball cap. The reporting partner, a passerby, witnessed him running west toward El Paseo with a group of five to six other males in their 20s. Approximately 14 minutes later, just two males were seen running eastbound on Broadway Street, one carrying the signature swordfish sculpture. 

 “The metal swordfish was estimated to cost $200,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The subject may have been caught on video camera and will face charges if arrested.” 

The manager at Tommy Bahama requested contact with LBPD regarding the unusual incident. 

“The incident will be forwarded to detectives for follow-up,” Sgt Cota said.

If anyone witnessed the crime or thinks they may have seen someone running with a steel swordfish sculpture on the day of the incident, or has seen someone with it since, please call LBPD at (949) 497-0701.

Animal Shelter needs blanket donations for our furry friends

As posted on Sgt Cota’s Twitter page, @LBPD_PIO_45, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is in need of blankets for the animals. 

“The shelter needs fabric dog blankets that can be washed, so no electric blankets,” said Jim Beres, Civilian Services Administrator.

Police Files Animal Shelter

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Courtesy of City of LB

Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is requesting blankets for furry friends in need

“People interested in donating blankets for the animals can deliver them to 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Sgt Cota said.

For more information, contact Laguna Beach Animal Shelter at (949) 497-3552.


Incident Reports

Monday, May 6

Ocean Vista Drive | 21800 Block | Animal Calls

5:15 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a baby rattlesnake. According to police records, a caller reported seeing “a baby rattlesnake in the back…next to the pool, in the grass.”

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest

3:38 p.m. Daniel Paul Schneider, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $25,000.

Sunday, May 5

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

10:32 p.m. A 25-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

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

9:04 p.m. A 32-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).

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | DUI

8:30 p.m. A 29-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Ruby St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Possession of a Controlled Substance 

2:54 a.m. Diana Marie Cobo, 35, Dana Point, 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), and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & St Ann’s Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:16 a.m. A 55-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).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI with 1 Prior

1:37 a.m. Shane Ryan Perkins, 26, Aliso Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:23 a.m. A 27-year-old Huntington 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).

Laguna Canyon Road | 900 Block | DUI

1:26 a.m. A 58-year-old Tustin man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Incident Reports

Saturday, May 4

Cliff Drive | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:58 p.m. A 57-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).

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Receiving Stolen Property, Petty Theft

7:03 p.m. Kevin Reynolds, 70, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for receiving stolen property valued at $950 or less (bail was set at $500) and for petty theft (bail was set at $500). 

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:48 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Selva Road | DUI – Drugs

3:26 a.m. A 24-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

1:51 a.m. A 46-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Cleo St | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

1:07 a.m. Laura Lynn Vinyard, 51, Fullerton, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, May 3

Laguna Canyon Road | 900 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:55 p.m. A 56-year-old Fort Worth, TX, 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).

Cliff Drive | 200 Block | DUI

8:33 p.m. A 66-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadvway St | 300 Block | Violating Parole

4:31 p.m. Brian Russel Hemenway, 43, Anaheim, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Bernard Court | 2800 Block Animal Calls

1:43 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake in the front yard.

Wesley Drive | 21600 Block | Flash Incarceration

3:46 p.m. Joshua David Poeske, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a flash incarceration. No bail was set.

Toto Loma Lane | 31500 Block |  Animal Calls

4:26 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a rattlesnake in the garage. According to police records, the snake was taken into custody and released at the entrance of the canyon.

Park Ave| 2100 Block | Illegally Parked Vehicle

9:11 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “several parents parking in the red zone creating a hazard.” According to the caller, the problem keeps occurring before the crosswalk on Park.

Forest Ave & Ocean Ave | Suspended License for DUI

7:08 a.m. Jorge Estrada Samano, 38, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for driving with a suspended license for DUI. No bail was set.

S Coast Hwy & 3rd Ave | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:18 a.m. A 26-year-old Murrieta 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).

Laguna Canyon Road & Sun Valley Drive | DUI, Driving on Probation for DUI

1:41 a.m. Suilma Martinez, 21, Placentia, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and for driving while on probation for DUI with a BAC of 0.1% or higher. No bail was set.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI with 1 Prior

12:33 a.m. Paul Jason Carter, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

Nyes Place | 500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Reckless Driving

12:09 a.m. William Thomas Pullin, 21, Monarch Beach, 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), and for reckless driving (bail was set at $500).

Thursday, May 2

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

10:52 p.m. A 53-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).

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Check On

9:45 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “tree partially uprooted from the hill, leaning into the street, over one entire lane.” According to police records, the caller requested that Public Works respond to the tree. The tree was reportedly on City property and was removed.

Holly St | 400 Block | Vandalism

9:42 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to vandalism. According to police records, the public lot in front of the security office had the word “skum” written in two places.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

1:44 a.m. A 35-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 3100 Block | Warrants, Possession of a Controlled Substance

12:03 a.m. Tyler Brett Mimm, 39, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $1,500), on a warrant for driving without a front license plate (bail was set at $2,500), and for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Wednesday, May 1

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery

8:41 p.m. James Louis Durand, 60, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Flash Hold, Violating Parole, Evading a Peace Officer, Driving the Wrong Way to Elude Pursuing Officer

10:42 p.m. Richard Scott Bloustine, 53, Newport Beach, was arrested on a flash hold (no bail was set), for violating parole (no bail was set), evading a peace officer (bail was set at $500), and driving the wrong way to elude a pursuing officer (bail was set at $500). 

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

3:34 p.m. Melvin Franklin Harris, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Animal Calls

12:37 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “baby rattlesnake.” The caller contacted LBPD again to let them know the rattlesnake was gone.

El Toro Road & Calle Cortez | Animal Calls

10:54 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “mama duck and baby ducks on the roadway and some baby ducks in the storm drain.” According to police records, Public Works was notified and the baby ducks were taken into custody, “but the mother flew off a long way away.” The ducks were to be taken to the wetlands to be released. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20900 Block | Animal Calls

10:13 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rattlesnake caught in the fence.” According to police records, the caller said the snake was under a large eucalyptus tree at a gold house near Big Bend.


Police Files

Alleged purse burglar arrested following LBPD investigation

On Wednesday, Feb 13, at 9:45 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence on Sunset Ridge Drive in reference to a burglary report. 

“The victim stated an unknown suspect broke into their garage and stole approximately $10,000 worth of purses containing credit cards and personal information,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

The report was sent to Investigations for follow-up. Fast forward to last month…

Police Files Shane Duncan“Detectives identified the suspect after he began making fraudulent charges on their credit cards,” Sgt Cota said. “The video surveillance from one of the businesses captured a license plate of a suspect vehicle which linked Shane Duncan as a possible suspect.”

A record check revealed Duncan was on active parole. Detectives contacted Duncan’s parole agent, who positively identified Duncan from the surveillance footage. Detectives also learned that Duncan was taken into custody on April 26 on a parole hold for an unrelated charge.

“On May 1, detectives responded to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside where Duncan was being held. Upon contacting Duncan, I immediately recognized him as the suspect in the surveillance footage,” Sgt Cota said. 

After he was released from the detention center, detectives re-arrested Shane Richard George Peter Duncan, 45, of Adelanto, on five counts of burglary, four counts of identity theft, and four counts of credit card fraud.

Bail was set at $95,000.

Local resident bilked out of $20K thinking he’s helping his friend get out of jail

On Thursday, May 2, at 12:48 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to a local residence in reference a fraud investigation. The victim, according to Sgt Cota, was an 87-year-old Laguna Beach resident. 

“He received a call advising that his friend had been arrested and the bail was $20,000,” Sgt Cota said. “The victim wired the funds and later learned that it was a scam and his friend had never been arrested.”

 A report was taken and submitted to Investigations for follow-up.

$1,250 sunglasses stolen from local boutique

On Thursday, May 2, at 2:31 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to Milano Eye Boutique, at 729 South Coast Hwy, for a reported theft. The reporting party described the suspect as a white male with a mustache, wearing a hat and pink shorts.

The suspect was last seen walking southbound on South Coast Highway away from the store. 

“The subject was inside the store for approximately 10-15 minutes, then exited the store. Officers were advised the subject removed a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses from the store without paying for them,” Sgt Cota said. “The sunglasses are valued at $1,250.” 

A report was taken and submitted to Investigations for follow-up.

Teens continue to harass their neighbor

On Saturday, May 4, at 8:57 p.m., LBPD received a report regarding approximately seven teens harassing a local resident.

“The teens were knocking on the RP’s garage and front door; it’s an ongoing issue according to the victim,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to police records, the caller said, “They have been doing this every Friday and the security from the front gate has logs of harassment from last week.”

“Officers were unable to locate the teens last seen in a golf cart,” Sgt Cota said.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 30

Cress St | 400 Block | DUI – Alcohol and Drugs

11:23 p.m. A 29-year-old Houston, TX man was arrested on suspicion of DUI – alcohol and drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Tampering with Vehicle

1:03 p.m. Scott Foresman Armstrong, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 1700 Block | Animal Calls

12:38 p.m. LBPD received a report referencing a hummingbird on the caller’s ceiling. According to the report, the caller tried to get it out of their home but it would not come down and kept “hitting its head.” The RP called back and stated the bird was out of the house so help was no longer needed.

N Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Warrant 

8:17 a.m. Jose Eduardo Cejamacias, 34, Anaheim, was arrested on a drug related warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 2500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:12 a.m. A 35-year-old Huntington 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).

Monday, April 29

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

7:32 p.m. A 21-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Flash Incarceration

3:13 p.m. Arthur Anthony Moreno, 64, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for flash incarceration. No bail was set.

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

8:13 a.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 63, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500. 

Catalina St | 600 Block | DUI

1:10 a.m. A 23-year-old Dana Point man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, April 28

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

3:30 p.m. A 40-year-old Fountain Valley 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 | Battery

3:32 p.m. Robert Ruiz Peralta, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

1:11 p.m. A 39-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Broadway St | Patrol Check

12:56 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “a motorcycle rider with what [appeared] to be Samurai swords in his backpack.”

Canyon View Drive | 1000 Block | Information Only

10:17 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to two individuals coming to the RP’s front door claiming they were “pest control.” According to police records, the subjects said they were there for pest control, which the RP didn’t order. The subjects were also looking in the windows. The RP’s husband had to firmly tell them to leave and they did. The RP wanted to document the call in case LBPD received similar calls.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

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


Police Files

High-risk car chase though Laguna ends in Newport

A high-risk vehicle pursuit than started in Laguna Beach shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, ended several hours later with the suspect’s capture in Newport Beach near Fashion Island.

At approximately 3 p.m., Richard Bloustine, who was suspected of fraudulent activity and had a no-bail warrant for his arrest, was seen driving a silver Mercedes westbound in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue. 

“LBPD officers attempted to stop him at Broadway Street and Coast Highway. Bloustine did not yield and shortly after, were in pursuit,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The pursuit weaved through the downtown area and went northbound on North Coast Highway. At Beverly Street, Bloustine made a U-turn and continued southbound on North Coast Highway. The pursuit continued southbound into Dana Point at which time the OCSD helicopter ‘Duke’ arrived to assist.” 

Police Files Richard Bloustine

Courtesy of LBPD

Richard Bloustine

The pursuit continued onto the N/B SR-73 where CHP arrived to assist and took over. All LBPD police units cancelled their involvement in the pursuit at this point.

“One LBPD officer was assigned to trail the pursuit, so he could be at the conclusion because it was LBPD’s investigation and subsequent arrest,” Sgt Cota said. “Throughout the pursuit, Bloustine was on the phone with various agencies claiming he had a gun and would shoot officers or that officers would have to shoot him.” 

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, “At 4:01 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department entered into the pursuit at the request of pursuing units as the suspect entered into Newport Beach. As the suspect continued to evade pursuing police cars, the suspect was on the phone with NBPD Dispatch.”

The pursuit ended and turned into a standoff in Newport Beach after suspect brought his vehicle to a stop in the 1441 Avocado Dr parking lot.

“Although initially not compliant with officer’s orders to exit the vehicle, the suspect spoke with the Newport Beach Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team by phone,” Rangel said. “Through telephonic communication, the Crisis Negotiation Team was able to get the suspect to exit his vehicle and surrender to NBPD.”

At 4:57 p.m., Bloustine gave up and was taken into custody by NBPD and OCSD. LBPD officers took custody of Richard Scott Bloustine, a 53-year-old Newport Beach resident, and transported him to LBPD where he was booked and later transported to OC Jail. No weapons or contraband were found in Bloustine’s vehicle.

In February of 2016, Bloustine was sentenced to seven years in prison after writing more than $200,000 in bad checks. His sentence included an order by the Orange County District Attorney to pay restitution to victims and attached a fine of $444,000.

His bounced checks included one for $15,000 to a Laguna Beach car dealer, a $32,000 check for the lease on a house, $13,000 to furnish that residence and $80,000 for dental work that he received in Newport Beach.

According to the District Attorney, Bloustine has more than a dozen fraud-related misdemeanor and felony convictions in Orange County.

His record also includes previous arrests and convictions in Arizona, Santa Barbara County and Hawaii for fraud related incidents.

 “The Laguna Beach Police Department is pleased with the outcome of the arrest and glad it ended peacefully. A tremendous thanks to our law enforcement partners over at Newport Beach PD, Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), for their continued partnership,” Sgt Cota said. “Mr. Bloustine is someone who needed to be in custody and at the end of the day, community safety is everything to us.”

Offensive racial language tagged on local’s wall

On Sunday, April 28, at 10:51 a.m., at the 800 block of High Drive, a local resident contacted LBPD in reference to graffiti that was spray-painted on his block wall that faces Coast Highway.

According to Sgt Cota, “An unknown person wrote ‘Jews are asois’ with a black sharpie pen on the wall. The writing was 2x2 inches.” 

According to Sgt Cota, the caller told LBPD he would repair the graffiti himself since it was on his property.

Suspected drunk motorcyclist hits parked car and ends up in hospital

On Wednesday, May 1, at 11:52 a.m., LBPD officers responded with LBFD to an injury traffic collision involving a motorcyclist at Upland Road and Glenneyre Street. 

“The motorcycle rider, was riding eastbound uphill and due to the steep incline and intoxication level was unable to negotiate his acceleration properly and fell over. When he fell over, he struck a parked vehicle, his chin, and his wrist,” Sgt Cota said. “He sustained a broken wrist, laceration to his chin, and there was minor damage to the parked vehicle.” 

The motorcyclist was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI and treated at the hospital.


Incident Reports

Saturday, April 27

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | DUI – Alcohol, Willful Cruelty to a Child Causing Possible Injury/Death

8:23 p.m. Jesus Enrique Epino Gomez, 21, Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and willful cruelty to a child causing possible injury/death (unknown bail).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:20 p.m. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Vista Drive | 21800 Block | Animal Calls

12:18 p.m. LBPD received a report in regards to a “baby deer in the complex bleeding from its toes.” According to police records, “the baby deer ran off into the hills.”

Driftwood Drive | 30700 Block | Suspicious Person

1:51 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “male on an electric bike wearing a ski mask” looking into the RP’s car. According to police records, the man was last seen riding down Ocean Vista toward the shopping center. The RP reportedly turned on his flashlight and the suspect left quickly. According to the RP, the man appeared to be alone and kept coming back and forth and looking inside his car. LBPD checked into whether any vehicles had been broken into or tampered with in the area.

Friday, April 26

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

10:28 p.m. Austin Miles Turner, 27, Gran Bury, TX, was arrested on a warrant for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Taking Vehicle without Owner Consent, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

10:28 p.m. Ryan Anthony Huss, 28, Long Beach, was arrested for taking a vehicle without owner consent (bail was set at $20,000), for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrants

8:36 p.m. Samuel Mitchell Beaton, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $1,000), on a second warrant for no proof of insurance (bail was set at $1,000), on a third warrant for no evidence of current registration (bail was set at $1,000), and a fourth warrant for forging or falsifying vehicle registration (bail was set at $1,000).

Ocean Way | 1900 Block | Animal Calls

8:03 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “small baby sea lion that [appeared] ill.” The caller left a message for PMMC and an email to Animal Services to check on it in the morning. According to police records, the RP said the baby sea lion appeared to be “about three feet long and possibly only 50 pounds.”

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Receiving Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest

2:58 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 48, Laguna Beach, was arrested for receiving stolen property valued at $950 or less (bail was set at $500) and for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500). 

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

10:36 a.m. Alexander Dax Amador, 39, Newport Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Verbal Threats

8:14 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “threatening call from someone demanding her social security number and home address.” According to police records, the RP gave the caller all the information they were demanding because she was fearful. The victim received repeated calls asking for her personal information on two of her cell numbers. The subjects told her that if she hung up the phone people would show up at her home and “arrest her and throw her in jail for 90 days.” They also advised her 911 would be calling to confirm the address. LBPD looked into it and said there was “no evidence at this time of fraudulent activity, just the phone call.”

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Trespassing

3:41 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a non-registered guest who reportedly came onto the patio of a guest’s room and then entered their room. According to police records, the intruder was described as a white male, possibly bald, wearing a tan hat, shorts, hoodie, and black shoes. Security reportedly had a photo of him leaving toward the elevator. LBPD went out to speak to the caller.

Nyes Place | 500 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

1:13 a.m. Tre Michael Sutherland, 24, Washington, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500) and for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Nyes Place | 500 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance

1:13 a.m. Amanda Jean Fricia, 38, San Diego, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Nyes Place | 500 Block | Violating Parole, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance

1:13 a.m. Matthew Albert Beaupre, 33, Palm Springs, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Unknown | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

A 34-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Thursday, April 25

Santa Ana St | 800 Block | Domestic Violence with Serious Injury

11:47 p.m. Thomas Parker Harris, 29, Temecula, was arrested for domestic violence with serious injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Animal Calls

6:36 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “small gerbil or chinchilla in a zipped animal carrier.” According to police records, the caller thought that someone dropped it by mistake. The animal had food in the container with it and the carrier was dark green. The RP was unable to wait for Animal Services to pick it up but said they would leave it near an electrical box, between the meter and the electrical box. An Animal Services Officer was en route to pick up the lost pet.

S Coast Hwy & Victoria Drive | Disorderly Person

5:48 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “male throwing objects at cars driving by.” According to police records, the suspect was described as a transient male with dark hair. He reportedly “threw shoes at the RP’s vehicle.” LBPD went on scene and detained the suspect.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of an Open Container, False ID

Janet Lynn Rongaus, 51, San Clemente, was arrested for possessing an open container of alcohol (bail was set at $500) and for providing false identification to a specific peace officer (bail was set at $500). 

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

5:21 a.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set. 

Wednesday, April 24

Rim Rock Canyon Road | 2000 Block | Animal Calls

5:43 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “rattlesnake behind a planter in the front yard.” According to police records, the rattler was secured and released in the Canyon.

Temple Hills Drive | 20600 Block | Animal Calls

11:50 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rattlesnake coiled in the driveway.”

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

8:26 a.m. Janet Lynn Rongaus, 51, San Clemente, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

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