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Fiery three-car crash in the Canyon: man struck while sleeping in car seriously injured

On Friday, Nov 16, at 3:19 a.m., LBPD Emergency Dispatchers received multiple calls of an injury traffic collision with multiple cars on fire at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road in front of the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). 

Several officers responded and found a tow truck and another vehicle at the outbound curb, fully engulfed in flames. The flames climbed to the top of the adjacent electrical pole. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, the subjects in the roadway were dragged away from the flames and placed in police vehicles and driven to a safe location where they were treated by fire and transported to hospitals. 

“The couple that was in the parked vehicle sustained the following injuries: The male sitting in the passenger seat sustained a broken jaw, six missing teeth, a broken left index finger, and a back injury. He remains at the hospital,” said Sgt Cota. “The female in the driver’s seat sustained a broken rib and miscellaneous cuts. She was released from the hospital.”

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Friday’s fiery car collision in the Canyon is still under investigation

Once the fire was out, first responders discovered a third vehicle sandwiched between the tow truck and the vehicle. The tow truck driver stated he was outbound on LCR and as he approached the ASL an inbound vehicle veered across traffic lanes and was heading head-on toward him. The tow driver said that he veered to the right and struck the parked cars. 

“We are looking into establishing some sort of way for the community to help these people who were affected by this accident and we hope to have details on that early next week,” Friendship Shelter Executive Director Dawn Price said.

“The traffic collision investigation remains ongoing,” Sgt Cota said.

Alleged burrito thief arrested for felony robbery

On Friday, Nov 16, at 7:31 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Gelson’s Market, at 30900 S Coast Hwy, in reference to a theft of a burrito. Officers contacted the cook at Gelson’s who stated he observed a male subject enter the store and grab a burrito. 

“The male subject who was involved in a verbal altercation with another customer then threw the burrito at that customer and left. He re-entered the store seconds later and grabbed a second burrito,” Sgt Cota said. “This time the cook confronted the suspect near the exit and they were involved in a physical altercation, where the suspect shoved the cook in order to exit the store and flee.”

Initially, officers were unable to locate the suspect. However, later at 3:56 p.m., accordingly to Sgt Cota, an officer observed homeless subject Shane Sutton walking in the Gelson’s parking lot matching the physical description of the suspect from earlier. An investigation determined it was Sutton involved in the burrito crime caper, and he was placed under arrest.

Shane Michael Sutton, 32, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for felony robbery. Bail was set at $100,000.

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