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Bus Depot fight: suspect allegedly spits in Laguna Woods man’s face

On Sunday, Aug 19, at 7:37 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the Bus Depot at the 300 block of Broadway Street responding to a physical fight in progress. LBPD had received several calls regarding the incident.

The involved parties were identified as Jermaine Sterling of Laguna Beach, described as wearing blue shorts and a brown zipper jacket, and a man in his 50s from Laguna Woods, reportedly wearing brown shorts and a black backpack with his surfboard in tow. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “During a verbal dispute, Sterling [reportedly] spat at the victim’s face and pushed him. He [the alleged victim] was desirous of prosecution and Sterling was subsequently taken into custody for battery.”

Jermaine Austin Sterling, 33, was arrested for battery on a person. No weapons were found. Bail was set at $500.

After-hours disturbance at Animal Shelter leads to arrests

On Sunday, Aug 19, at 3:45 am, LBPD was dispatched to the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, at the 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road, regarding a female causing an audible disturbance, reportedly screaming racial slurs and profanities.

The woman was identified as Amber Kristen Castillo, 40, of Laguna Beach. She was said to be on foot, “in the tree area.”

“It was determined she was under the influence of a stimulant and subsequently taken into custody for [being] Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance,” Sgt Cota said. “While contacting Castillo, officers observed a man partially nude sleeping in the area.”

The man was transported to the station for being nude, an LBMC violation, and to be identified. At the LBPD station, officers were able to identify him and a record check revealed he had an outstanding warrant, Cota said.

Parolee allegedly threatens LBPD

Police Files Antonio NelsonOn Tuesday, Aug 21, at 3:56 p.m., at Laguna Avenue and S Coast Highway, an LBPD officer stopped a pedestrian for being in the roadway and was going to issue him a citation. A second officer arrived on scene when the parolee, Antonio Nelton, allegedly threatened one of the officers with physical violence. 

“Due to his statements he was detained in handcuffs and his parole agent was contacted. His threatening statements were a violation of his parole and he was taken into custody,” Sgt Cota said.

 Once in custody, he reportedly continued to threaten the officers.

 “An added charge of threatening/resisting an officer was added,” Sgt Cota said. “A search of Nelton revealed he had an illegal pepper spray cannister in his pocket, which added an additional charge.”

Antonio Maitreya Nelton, 45, of Long Beach, was arrested for felony obstruction/resisting an executive police officer and felony parole violation, with no bail.

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