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Dead body found in Laguna Canyon

On Monday, June 10 at approximately 7 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from LBPD that a body was located in a brush area off Laguna Canyon Road near Woodland Drive. 

LBPD was called to the area at approximately 6 p.m. after a person in the area found the body. It was determined that the area was county unincorporated, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel responded.

According to an official statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the body was decomposed, and investigators were unable to determine a preliminary cause of death due to the decomposition and environmental factors. The decedent is an adult male, age unknown, and has not been identified. 

At this time, Coroner investigators are handling the ongoing death investigation, to include determining the identity of the decedent and additional information surrounding the circumstances of the death, and he will be examined during an autopsy to be performed later this week.

Resident reports suspicious man offering to “wash her windows”

On Thursday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a suspicious persons call at a residence in the 1600 block of Bluebird Canyon Drive. 

The RP stated that a male came to her door and offered to wash the windows to her house. 

“He further stated that the RP’s son ordered it and wanted to pay it forward,” Sgt Cota said. “Once the male at the door saw that the resident was not alone, he immediately fled the area in a small silver Toyota.”

According to police records, the suspect was described as a man with a dark complexion, “wearing a white shirt, gray tight jeans, and a nice watch.” 

Officers checked the area but did not locate the subject.

Rear window of home smashed, bed and shower used without owner’s permission

On Wednesday, June 6, at 10:44 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Ocean Front in reference to a burglary investigation. 

“One of the rear windows to the property was smashed. It was determined no property was stolen, however a bed and shower were used,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to police records, the RP said that he thought the suspect was living on the property. “A long-term renter just left, the RP just had the place clean[ed] on Tuesday, and everything was fine at the time. Now there [is] possibly some damage to the floors from moving furniture.”

An unknown piece of hair was located and collected as evidence, according to police records. The incident was forwarded to the Investigations Division.

Bouncer at local bar arrested for alleged battery of patron

On Saturday, June 8, at 1:16 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a local bar, at the 200 block of Forest Avenue, for a report of a physical fight that had allegedly just occurred. 

“It was reported that a member of the security staff had assaulted a patron. Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim, who had swelling on his forehead,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to Sgt Cota, the victim’s friends stated they had cell phone video of the incident. The victim was treated by LBFD after reportedly being struck in the face and hitting his head on the sidewalk. 

“Officers were able to locate and detain the security staff member. Officers conducted a thorough investigation and watched the video of the incident,” Sgt Cota said. 

At the conclusion of LBPD’s investigation, Nicholas David Avenado, 20, of Buena Park, was arrested for alleged battery. 

The victim was transported to Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach for medical treatment, according to Sgt Cota.

Bail was set at $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.

-By Suzie Harrison