Police Files

Home invasion robbery suspects arrested

On Tuesday, July 23, Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives and the Fullerton Police Department arrested Hector Fernando Cardoso, 42, of Riverside, in connection with a violent home invasion robbery that occurred in a Laguna Beach home in June 2018.

Cardoso was wanted on a $1 million arrest warrant, after fleeing Newport Beach’s Harbor Court following an appearance there for the case last week.

Cardoso joined his alleged co-conspirator, Robert James Glover, in Orange County Jail. Glover, 51, also of Riverside, was previously arrested by LBPD detectives in September 2018 for his alleged role in the robbery.

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Hector Cardoso and Robert Glover

On June 11, 2018, at 11:06 p.m., LBPD received a 911 call from a 71-year-old woman, still partially bound, reporting that she was the victim of a home invasion robbery on Laguna Canyon Road. She informed dispatchers that two men dressed in all black entered her home, brandished handguns, and stated they were looking for drugs and money. The two suspects proceeded to ransack the house and ultimately fled with several stolen firearms, money, and other personal items.

“After a lengthy and extensive investigation, along with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Riverside County Gang Task Force, LBPD Detectives arrested Robert James Glover and Hector Fernando Cardoso in connection with the robbery,” said LBPD in a statement released to the media.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Woman arrested for alleged vandalism and battery at Pavilions 

On Wednesday, July 24, at 10:32 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a possible petty theft from Pavilions at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy.

According to Sgt Cota, “As officers were responding, LBPD dispatch advised to respond with lights and sirens because a female suspect was now vandalizing property and was attempting to strike the RP with a pole.” 

LBPD officers arrived and immediately located and detained a female suspect, identified as Amber Castillo.

 “Castillo was paranoid, sweating, and hallucinating due to [allegedly] being under the influence of a controlled substance,” Sgt Cota said. 

Amber Kristin Castillo, 41, was arrested for alleged vandalism and battery on a person.

Bail was set for $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