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Man saved in alleged heroin overdose behind Glenneyre parking structure

On Friday, July 19, at 9:44 p.m., LBPD and LBFD provided medical aid to a man who allegedly overdosed on heroin in the alley behind the Glenneyre parking structure, at the 400 block of S Coast Hwy. 

According to LBFD Captain Crissy Teichmann, the man was approximately 40 years old. “Paramedics arrived to find the patient in the alley behind the restaurants around 9:45 p.m.” 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The subject was face down on arrival. The reporting party located a syringe near [him], which was confiscated and booked for destruction at LBPD.”

According to police records, the patient was “[allegedly] down for 30 minutes, unconscious and not breathing.”

Captain Teichmann said, “The patient was alert upon paramedic arrival but needed continued monitoring. [He] was evaluated and required paramedic monitoring and transport to the closest hospital.”

 “[He] was transported to Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach for medical treatment. No charges are pending,” Sgt Cota said.

Motorcyclist sent to hospital after crash with truck

On Thursday, July 18, at about 4 p.m., two motorcyclists were traveling northbound on South Coast Highway approaching 9th Street, when a pickup parked on the inland side of the highway allegedly attempted to make a U-turn from the shoulder in front of the motorcyclists. 

According to Sgt Cota, “One of the riders was able to stop in time. The other rider struck the side of the truck and went down. The injuries appeared minor, but the rider was transported to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo for treatment.”

One southbound lane of South Coast Highway was closed for about 30 minutes.

Alleged “man with a gun” suspect arrested in high-risk traffic stop

On Wednesday, July 17, at 1:45 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of 1000 Steps Beach for an alleged “man with a gun” suspect from Tustin Police Department. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The male subject was reported to be involved in a road rage incident in the city of Tustin where the suspect [allegedy] pointed a gun at the victim.”

Tustin Police Department was able to track the suspect via his cell phone. Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect’s vehicle but it was reportedly unoccupied. 

Tustin Police Department detectives responded to the area to conduct surveillance. 

“At 4:10 p.m., the suspect returned to his vehicle and began driving northbound on Coast Highway. Tustin Police Detectives requested assistance conducting a high-risk traffic stop. LBPD officers arrived on scene and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop at South Coast Highway and Agate Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Tustin Police transported the suspect back to Tustin PD for questioning,” Sgt Cota said.

Skimming device found at local hotel ATM

On Saturday, July 20, at 9:03 a.m., an LBPD officer responded to Surf and Sand Resort, at 1555 S Coast Hwy. 

According to Sgt Cota, “A card skimming device was found by the Surf and Sand security manager. The device was found attached to the ATM located next to the gift shop.”

The device was allegedly placed on the ATM between noon on Friday, July 19 and 8:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. 

“No suspects were seen and no there are no surveillance cameras located by the ATM,” Sgt Cota said.

Mercy Air rescues woman at 1000 Steps Beach 

On Friday, July 19, at 5:08 p.m., Emergency Services responded to a report of an injured woman at 1000 Steps Beach, at the 31900 block of S Coast Hwy.

According to Sgt Cota, “Mercy Air landed for a 32-year-old female with a back injury walking down the stairs to 1000 Steps Beach.”

Captain Teichmann elaborated on the rescue.

 “The call was for a 32-year-old female with severe back pain after walking down the steps. She was treated by Laguna paramedics. She was unable to walk up so a medical helicopter was requested to continue her treatment and transport her to the hospital,” Capt Teichmann said.

She was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

According to police records, the woman was in front of the stairs in a tent and couldn’t get up, when the emergency call was made.

Scam alert: telephone scam requests money to post bail for nonexistent DUI

On Saturday, July 20, at 11:20 a.m., an LBPD officer responded to a residence on the 300 block of Heather Place for the report a telephone scam. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The caller stated that the RP’s grandson was arrested for DUI and needed to post bail. The caller was requesting money for the bail amount. No money was given. The RP wanted the police department to know and document the call for service.”

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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