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LBPD arrests Carlsbad man for felony sexual battery of a Laguna Beach minor

On April 4, LBPD began investigating a sexual assault case involving a minor. The reported victim is a 16-year-old Laguna Beach girl.

Last Wednesday morning, May 23, a search and arrest warrant was served on a suspect from Carlsbad with the assistance of Carlsbad PD, in connection with the suspected crime.

 “After a thorough investigation, Laguna Beach detectives served a search warrant in Carlsbad and subsequently arrested Rajiv Dilip Parikh, 36, of Carlsbad, for Felony Sexual Battery and Annoying, Molesting a Minor,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “We are working closely with the family.”   

At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that this was an isolated incident, said Sgt Cota.

“The Laguna Beach Police Department will not tolerate any form of inappropriate or illegal acts against our children,” said Sgt Cota. “Our detectives conducted a very thorough investigation and established crimes were committed. We would have traveled to the other side of the planet to get the suspect if we had too.” 

Parikh’s bail was set at $25,000.

Sawdust mural vandal remains at large, please call LBPD with any leads

On Tuesday, May 22 at 6:44 a.m., officers responded to a vandalism report at the Sawdust Art Festival. Sometime the previous night, an unknown suspect had spray painted black X’s through the Sawdust’s summer mural, “Goddesses.”

According to Sgt Cota, a black rubber glove and a yellow spray can tip were found within proximity of the crimes.

Unfortunately, there was no video surveillance captured at the address, but LBPD is hoping someone who knows something or saw something will step up.

“There are no suspects at this time. We are hoping someone in the community knows something,” said Sgt Cota. 

According to Sgt Cota, LBPD detectives will be processing the glove and spray can tip for any DNA. “If there is any DNA on the items located, we will find out the suspect(s) responsible for this act of vandalism,” said Sgt Cota.

The artists who created the mural, Charmaine Olivia and Alec DeMarco, will be working hard to “fix” the mural in time for Sawdust Art Festival’s opening on Friday, June 29.

If anyone has any information about the crime, please contact LBPD at (949) 497-0701.

Hot wheels, not here, steer clear: LBPD corporal ranks #1 for tracking down stolen vehicles

Laguna Beach vehicle owners are a lot safer thanks to LBPD Corporal Luke Gilbertson, who recently received the 2017 Vehicle Theft Recovery Award for the third year in a row.

Sponsored by the Auto Theft Advisory Committee, Cpl Gilbertson received the award on May 23 at the 28th Annual Awards Presentation in Garden Grove.

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LBPD Cpl Luke Gilbertson awarded 2017 Vehicle Theft Recovery Award

“Within the year, Cpl Gilbertson recovered 17 rolling stolen vehicles. If you are driving a stolen vehicle, stay out of Laguna Beach, we are good at what we do,” Sgt Cota said. 

LBPD gave congratulations to Cpl Gilberton on the City’s website and on their Facebook page.