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Transient male arrested for alleged indecent exposure and lewd acts in public

On Saturday, Aug 10, at 12:42 a.m., LBPD officers were approached by a couple outside of Brussels Bistro, at the 200 block of Forest Ave.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “They had walked past a male homeless subject sitting on a bench in front of Kush Fine Arts who was masturbating. Officers [also] observed him masturbating.” 

Sgt Cota said, “Officers contacted James Garcia Santos and subsequently arrested him for indecent exposure and lewd acts in public.” 

Santos, 67, was on probation and an arson registrant, according to Sgt Cota. Officers obtained a no-bail probation hold and Santos was transported to OC Jail.

No bail was set.

Woman arrested for battery after allegedly dumping hot water on victim’s head

On Tuesday, Aug 8, at 5:24 p.m., at the 1300 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD officers responded to a report of a woman allegedly “dumping boiling water” onto another person’s head.

“The officers responded with lights and sirens due to the nature of the [reported] assault that was [allegedly] occurring. Upon arrival, officers immediately detained the suspect in handcuffs,” Sgt Cota said.

 After an investigation it was discovered that there were no injuries from the water because it was not scalding hot, according to Sgt Cota.

The suspect, Kristen Noelle Chinwe Edington, 33, was arrested for alleged battery.

Bail was set at $500.

Juvies allegedly use American flag to start fire at Aliso Beach

On Friday, Aug 9, at 7:01 p.m., at the 31100 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report regarding “a group of juvies toward the south end of the beach using a firepit and an American flag to start the fire.”

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers could not gather any evidence that the American flag was burned because the fire was already fully engulfed. Unfortunately, it is not a crime to burn the American flag. It is your first amendment right.”

Caller alerts police of woman wearing suggestive thong-style bikini

On Friday, Aug 9, at 5:02 p.m., at S Coast Hwy and Montage Resort Dr, LBPD received a report regarding a woman allegedly wearing suggestive swimwear.

According to Sgt Cota, “This was a call for service for a woman wearing a thong-style bikini walking near the Chabad Center.”

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