Police Files

Two men arrested in alleged attack on trolley driver

On Saturday, Sept 21, at 12:16 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of Diver’s Cove to check the welfare of a city trolley driver. The trolley was traveling south on Cliff Drive and stopped at a designated loading zone. 

According to reports, a male subject attempted to board the trolley. The driver noticed the subject was allegedly intoxicated and informed him that he was not permitted to board. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The homeless subject became upset and began yelling at the driver. He then boarded the trolley and [allegedly] punched the driver several times in the face and chest. The driver activated the emergency button on the trolley and requested police assistance.” 

Sgt Cota said, “During the [alleged] attack, a passenger on the trolley intervened and pulled the homeless subject away from the driver. At this time, a separate known homeless subject, who was already a passenger on the trolley, became upset that the other passenger intervened, so he [allegedly] attacked that intervening passenger.”

Both subjects then fled the trolley and were located by officers. They were both arrested for several charges. 

Sgt Cota said, “The driver complained of pain so LBFD responded and evaluated him. The driver was ultimately transported to Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach.”

“Homeless subject Daniel William Delrosario, 27, was arrested for a litany of alleged charges including robbery, assault and battery, and a parole violation,” Sgt Cota said. 

No bail was set for Delrosario.

Robert Ruiz Peralta, 38, was also arrested for battery and violation of a court order. 

Peralta’s bail was set at $15,000.

LBPD responds to burglary in progress call on Sunday, suspect still at large 

On Sunday morning, Sept 22, at 4:05 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Milano Eyewear, at 729 S Coast Hwy, in reference to an alleged burglary in progress. 

The owner of the business also called 911 and advised he could see a male wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and a blue ski mask inside the business ransacking his eyeglasses inventory.

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LBPD seeks help identifying this burglary suspect

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers quickly arrived on scene and determined the front glass door had been smashed and the inside of the business had been ransacked.” 

Sgt Cota continued, “Officers began a citywide search for any associated vehicles or suspicious persons in the area. CSI was conducted inside and outside the business. Major Crimes Investigations detectives were requested and arrived shortly thereafter.”

The incident will be handled by detectives moving forward. If anyone has any information involving this incident, please contact LBPD Detective Ocampo at (949) 497-0371 or Detective Gensemer at (949) 497-0370.

San Clemente man busted with cash and drugs

On Sunday, Sept 22, at 11:26 p.m., LBPD officers made a traffic stop at the rear of Laguna Beach Library, at 363 Glenneyre St, and detained San Clemente resident Jonathan Ditmer. 

According to Sgt Cota, “A search of his car resulted in the discovery of a large amount of marijuana, marijuana concentrate (wax), marijuana edibles, THC vaping cartridges, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, GHB, assorted drug paraphernalia, supporting documents, and over $11,000 in cash.”

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San Clemente man arrested on litany of alleged drug charges by the library on Sunday

Jonathan Ditmer, 44, was arrested on a litany of drug related charges, according to Sgt Cota.

Bail was set at $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