Police Files

Man arrested four times in four days

On Wednesday, Feb 27, at 1:42 p.m., an LBPD officer contacted Kyle Winton at Main Beach in reference to reports he was creating a disturbance. He was described as a male wearing no shirt yelling at passersby.

“As the officer approached Winton, he witnessed Winton push two individuals on the boardwalk and run northbound on the grass. The officer tackled Winton on the grass and placed him under arrest for battery and resisting arrest,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “Once Winton was arrested, he began manipulating his handcuffs in an attempt to escape officers.” 

Police Files Kyle WintonWilton was ultimately transported to the LBPD Jail, where he was booked and later released pending criminal charges.

Bail was set at $1,000.

On Thursday, Feb 28, at 4:08 p.m., at the 200 block of Broadway Street, Winton was allegedly throwing coins at LBPD Beach Patrol and walking into traffic. According to police records, the reason for LBPD contact was jaywalking.

Winton was detained, slipped his cuffs, and put in custody. He was arrested for resisting arrest and assault and battery.

Bail was set at $1,000.

On Friday, March 1, at 7:29 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the Laguna Presbyterian Church, at the 400 block of Forest Ave, for another complaint about Winton.

According to Sgt Cota, “He was intoxicated and causing a disturbance taking his clothes off at the cold weather shelter. Officers arrived and placed Winton under arrest for trespassing. The staff and the homeless subjects being sheltered were all very appreciative.”

Laguna Presbyterian Church offers an additional shelter when the weather is below a certain cold temperature, privately run by the church.

Bail was set at $500.

On Saturday, March 2, at 9:52 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 300 block of Broadway Street following the report of Winton creating another disturbance.

Officers arrived and contacted Kyle Winton. He was placed under arrest for trespassing. 

“After Winton was taken into custody, he spat at officers several times. One officer was struck on the side of his head. A spit mask was applied. Winton also refused to move and walk to the patrol car,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers were forced to physically carry Winton to the transport vehicle. The additional charges of assault on a police officer, battery on a police officer, and obstructing/delaying a police officer were added.” 

Because of Winton’s behavior, he was transported to OCJ by a jailer and an officer.

Bail was set at $2,000.

Tow truck crash last night closes Canyon for hours, results in major injury

On Monday, March 4, at about 5:30 p.m., a flatbed tow truck with a car on its flatbed lost its braking capabilities while exiting the southbound off-ramp of the 73 Freeway. 

“The tow truck collided into a car traveling on Laguna Canyon Road, which caused the tow truck to flip on its side and slide across the road,” Sgt Cot said. “The tow truck hit the guardrail with the car still on the flatbed and rolled down a ravine in the wilderness area next to Laguna Canyon Road. The tow driver was transported to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo with head trauma.” 

The passengers of the other vehicle were uninjured. Outbound Laguna Canyon Road was closed between El Toro Road and the 73 Freeway. Traffic was diverted to El Toro. Laguna Canyon Road was expected to be closed for about two hours. 

At 7 p.m. another alert from the City went out: “One inbound lane is open. Both outbound lanes [are] closed for another hour until the tow truck can be extracted. Heavy duty tow equipment is being utilized.”

40-foot Eucalyptus tree falls damaging two cars

On Saturday, March 2, at 3:09 p.m., LBPD received a report of a large tree falling and damaging two parked vehicles. The cars were described as a 2011 black Prius and a Toyota Corolla.

“The tree was a privately-owned Blue Gum or Eucalyptus Globulus located on the property at…El Bosque. We estimate that the tree was about 40-feet tall. We are unaware of any reports of injury,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager, Director of Public Works. “Portions of the tree hit two vehicles. One in the driveway…and one parked in front [of the residence].”

Police Files tree falls crashing on car

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40-foot Eucalyptus tree falls after more rains, causing damage

Dupuis said Public Works has no information on the owner of the car parked on the street and no information on the level of damage to either vehicle as this was a private property issue.

When a private tree falls onto public roadways, in order to reopen the roadway, the emergency Public Works crew removes portions of the tree to the limits of the roadway, and up to the car on the street, explained Dupuis.

Police Files Tree falls on car

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A huge Eucalyptus tree falls on two cars

“We do not remove private trees from private property or from cars that may be hit by private trees,” Dupuis said. “The portions of the tree in the roadway were removed by approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 2, the day of the incident. The Public Works.”

Black-masked burglar reported at Irvine Cove

On Friday, March 1, at 10:29 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Irvine Cove Circle in reference a residential burglary investigation. The reporting party was the housekeeper. 

“She observed a large front window smashed. Officers searched the residence and determined a burglary did occur,” Sgt Cota said. “The homeowners were out of the country so an exact loss is unknown. Surveillance cameras show a male suspect wearing a black mask inside the residence three days prior.”

 The incident was documented and an investigation in ongoing.

LBPD debuts new patrol vehicles on Sunday

On Sunday, March 3, LBPD’s newly designed patrol vehicle hit Laguna’s streets.

“The department and I couldn’t be more excited. It is time to move on from the old, outdated white patrol vehicles and catch up with the rest of the county’s police vehicles,” Sgt Cota said. 


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LBPD’s newly designed police vehicles hit the streets on Sunday night

“We feel we have the best looking vehicles now in the county and the approval from all of the officers is overwhelming in support. A big thanks to Chief Farinella, City Manager John Pietig, and the LB City Council for their support,” Sgt Cota added.