Police Files

Riverside man arrested for alleged vehicle theft after lengthy pursuit

On Tuesday, Aug 20, at 3:30 a.m., LBPD officers began looking for a stolen Ford F350 inbound on Laguna Canyon Road. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The Ford had been reported stolen in Fontana on Thursday, Aug 15. Officers located the Ford and tried to initiate a high-risk traffic stop.” 

The Ford turned around and fled outbound on Laguna Canyon Road. 

Sgt Cota said, “The first two police units initiated a pursuit. The pursuit traveled out the canyon and southbound on the I-5 freeway. A CHP police unit arrived to assist, but the Ford exited the freeway and tried to re-enter going the wrong way.”

Because Caltrans had the transition closed, the Ford became stuck. 

“The driver fled across the freeway on foot with two CHP officers and two LBPD officers in foot pursuit. An OCSD deputy headed off the driver and detained him at gunpoint,” Sgt Cota said. “The pursuing officers caught up and took the driver into custody without further incident.” 

Sgt Cota said, “The driver was identified as Riverside resident Israel Castellanos Jr, 26, with priors for burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property, and a variety of drug charges.” 

According to Sgt Cota, “He was placed under arrest for [alleged] vehicle theft, felony evasion, evading while driving in opposite traffic, and resisting arrest.” 

Castellanos Jr was transported to OC Jail. No one was injured in this incident.

Bail was set at $20,000.

House under construction tagged with skull graffiti

On Sunday, Aug 18 at 2 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a graffiti report at a house under construction in the 31300 block of S Coast Hwy. 

It was reported that an unknown suspect(s) spray painted graffiti on the north wall and window. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The graffiti consisted of a skull and an illegible moniker on the tile. The graffiti occupied about 30-40 square feet of space on a window and similar amount on the tile wall.”

 The victim reports that the repair including labor will be as much as $20,000. 

“A report was taken and forwarded to investigations,” Sgt Cota said.

Porsche 911 stolen overnight on Saturday on Anita St 

On Sunday, Aug 18 at 7:36 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Anita Street, called LBPD to report his white 1988 Porsche 911 with historical plates had allegedly been stolen during the night. 

According to Sgt Cota, “All keys were accounted for. A report was taken and forwarded to investigations.”

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