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Police Files (Cont.)

Smoker carrying can of gas arrested for stolen car

On Thursday, March 28, at 9:35 am, LBPD officers were dispatched to the area of S Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way in reference to a suspicious male walking in the roadway carrying a gas can. 

“Officers observed the male smoking and detained him for the LBMC violation. He was identified as Huntington Beach resident Trent Paxton. A record check revealed Paxton was on active probation,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers conducted an investigation and determined the vehicle Paxton was retrieving gas for an unreported stolen vehicle from an auto repair shop in Huntington Beach.”

 Trent Eric Paxton, 23, of Huntington Beach, was taken into custody for vehicle theft and for violating his parole. He was booked and transported to OC Jail.

No bail was set.

Animal Files

PMMC’s 2019 rescue count is up to 71, compared to just 33 at this time last year

On Friday, March 29, at 10:40 a.m., at the 600 block of Cliff Drive, between Shaw’s Cove and Boat Canyon, Pacific Marine Mammal Center received a call about in injured pinniped. 

The call came in from one of PMMC’s volunteers who said she spotted a very small seal being washed into shore at Fisherman’s Cove. PMMC immediately responded, discovering the pinniped was an endangered Guadalupe fur seal. 

“Our team asked for assistance as the public was encroaching on the animal, unaware of the severity of the issue. Animal Services graciously educated the public after the team headed back to PMMC,” said Krysta Higuchi, public relations coordinator. “Once back at PMMC, he was checked in and weighed in at only 17 pounds.”

According to Higuchi, Guadalupe fur seals need special permits for rehabilitation and a specific isolation unit that PMMC does not currently have. 

The animal was stabilized at PMMC then transported to Sea World on Saturday, in hopes they would finish his rehabilitation and release him back into the wild. 

Not thirty minutes later, on Friday, March 29, at 11:03 a.m., at the 100 block of Thalia Street, PMMC received another call about an injured pinniped.

“While the team was responding to the animal at Fisherman’s Cove, we received another call at Thalia Street,” explained Higuchi. “A photo was sent and we discovered it to be a Northern Elephant seal pup.”

“As soon as our team returned from Fisherman’s Cove they were sent back out to respond to Thalia. While the animal was reported to be active, elephant seals are not native to the shores of Orange County,” Higuchi said.

According to Higuchi, once brought back to PMMC, the animal was determined to be only 109 pounds (it should be closer to 150-175 pounds), malnourished, and dehydrated.

“These animals are birthed at 75-90 pounds and should double their weight the first months of life. Most pups we have been seeing have been coming in below birth weight,” said Higuchi.

“Sadly this little one also died [on Monday] morning. A necropsy will be performed to determine the full cause. It goes to show the animal may look okay but those who beach themselves where people are present, is an indication that they forgo their basic instinct to stay away from people, and something internally may be going on.”

PMMC has rescued 71 animals in 2019 so far, compared to just 33 at this time last year.

To donate to the nonprofit, visit www.pacificmmc.org.

Woman held captive in bathroom by large winged bug

On Thursday, March 28, at 9:57 a.m., at the 400 block of Glenneyre Street, LBPD received a call about a large hornet like insect flying inside the caller’s home. 

The insect was described as being a couple of inches in size with a charcoal or black body. The caller was unsure what the large winged pesky pest was.

According to police records, the caller told dispatch officers she was unable to get the insect out of her home and that she was hiding inside her bathroom.

Besides LBPD, Animal Services and Beach Patrol were also notified. 

The insect eventually flew out of the woman’s home.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Saturday, March 30

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI

11:41 p.m. A 56-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Catalina St | 1900 Block | Patrol Check

11:39 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to kids ringing a man’s doorbell and knocking on his window. According to police reports, the caller stated that kids ran up ringing his doorbell three times “and banged on the window.” Approximately six kids, all boys between ages 11 and 14 years old, were reported. The incident occurred about 35 minutes prior to the report. According the police records, the “kids were last seen gathering on the corner of Carmelita Street and Center Street.”

Glenneyre St & Forest Ave | DUI

11:31 p.m. A 41-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Nyes Place | 500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

8:16 p.m. A 59-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Resisting Arrest, Obstructing an Executive Officer, Battery on a Peace Officer, Refusing to Provide a Blood/Saliva Sample, Fighting in Public

7:10 p.m. Christopher Sean Costales, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), obstructing an executive officer (bail was set at $20,000), battery of a peace officer (no bail was set at $500), refusing to provide a blood/saliva sample (bail was set at $500), and fighting in public (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Assault

5:49 p.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for assault. No bail was set. 

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:55 p.m. A 22-year-old Dana Point man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:55 p.m. A 23-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Battery

3:40 p.m. James Pierre Napp, 20, Foothill Ranch, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Agate St | 300 Block | Fraud

8:27 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to fraud. According to police reports, the RP booked a vacation rental and sent money to the suspect, later discovering it was a fraud. The victim’s reported loss was $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Battery

2:04 a.m. Michael Austin Parker, 37, San Clemente, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

2 a.m. A 49-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:19 a.m. A 44-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, March 29

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

11:16 p.m. A 35-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road & State Hwy 73| DUI with 1 Prior, Driving While on Probation for DUI, Deemed to Consent to an Alcohol Test

5:39 p.m. Carlos Antonio Mendizabal, 57, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $10,000), driving on probation for DUI (bail was set at $500), and deemed to consent to an alcohol test (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

1:30 p.m. Jason Hale Lobe, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000.

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Warrant

7:21 a.m. Charles Michael Hohman, 35, Upland, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy & Thalia St | Battery on a Peace Officer, Resisting an Executive Officer, Battery

12:23 a.m. Kyra Celeste Pitt, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery on a peace officer (bail was set at $25,000), resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $20,000), and battery (bail was set at $500). 

Thursday, March 28

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

11:03 p.m. A 59-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Vandalism

4:33 p.m. LBPD received a report that either gum or Silly Putty had been placed on the RP’s surveillance camera. According to the RP, this has happened multiple times.

S Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Receiving Stolen Property

2:24 p.m. Jaidyn Ilona Spencer, 18, Burnsville, MN, was arrested for receiving stolen property $950 or less. No bail was set.

S Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Violating Probation, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Taking a Vehicle without Owner Consent, Receiving Stolen Property

7:10 p.m. Trent Eric Paxton, 23, Huntington Beach, was arrested for violating probation (no bail was set), being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $2,500), taking a vehicle without owner consent (no bail was set at $20,000), and receiving stolen property (bail was set at $20,000). 

Forest Ave | 400 Block | Trespassing

2:35 a.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 63, Long Beach, was arrested for trespassing twice in one day. No bail was set. 

Park Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

12:35 a.m. Steven Marty Ortega, 43, Garden Grove, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set. 

Wednesday, March 27

S Coast Hwy | 31700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:45 p.m. A 57-year-old Mission Viejo woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy  & Laguna Ave | Smoking in a Public Place 

9:18 a.m. Jason Ghassan Aljarrah, 31, Anaheim, was arrested for smoking in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Warrants

8:17 a.m. Timothy Peter Cerone, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for trespassing (bail was set at $1,500), on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $1,500), and on a second undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $2,500). 

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Warrant

1:57 a.m. Alexander Davalosacuna, 27, Lake Forest, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.


Police Files

Vacationing teens from Minnesota caught shoplifting from six downtown stores, reports LBPD

On Friday, March 29, at 2:24 p.m., at the 400 block of S Coast Highway, three teenage girls from Minnesota were caught stealing clothing and jewelry items from six separate businesses: Hobie Surf Shop, Things & Carats, Molly Brown’s, Attu, Art for the Soul, and Sunny Days, according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota.

At one point, one of the suspects was seen “cutting off the tags” of various items in one store. 

 “Two of the businesses were desirous of prosecution. Each of the girls were issued citations and released to their parents at the scene,” Sgt Cota said. “They were vacationing from Minnesota. The subjects were teenage girls ages 18, 17, and 15.”

According to police reports, all three suspects had blonde hair and were on vacation with their families.

Local woman arrested after allegedly stomping on officer's foot, according to LBPD

On Friday, March 29, at 12:23 a.m., officers responded to reports of an alleged fight in progress at Thalia Street and South Coast Highway. According to Sgt Cota, officers arrived and contacted Laguna Beach resident Kyra Pitt and multiple male subjects. One of the male subjects was seen writhing on the ground after reportedly being kicked in the groin by Pitt. 

“Officers detained Pitt and asked her for her name. Pitt replied, ‘Suck my ****.’ She refused to tell the officers what had happened,” Sgt Cota said. “The male victim placed Pitt under private person’s arrest for battery. Upon being handcuffed, Pitt stomped her right foot onto the foot of one of the officers. Pitt was wearing cowboy boots.”

“The officer sustained a bruised toe as a result of the stomp. Pitt physically resisted being placed into a patrol car and repeatedly kicked the shins and thighs of the officers. Once in the patrol car, Pitt repeatedly kicked the bars protecting the rear windows. 

“The Watch Commander was on scene and witnessed the repeated assaults on the police officers. Because of Pitt’s assaultive behavior, she was directly transported to OC Jail. Officers and jailers recognized Pitt from an arrest three weeks ago. During that prior incident, she kicked an officer in his chest and used her knee to strike a jailer’s thigh.”

Kyra Celeste Pitt, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and battery.

Her bail was set at $25,000

She has since been released from jail pending formal charges.

Read more Police Files on Front Page II – click here


Police Files

Intoxicated woman enters Justin Beiber's Montage room uninvited, reports LBPD

On Tuesday, March 26, at 12:17 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Montage resort to assist hotel security with a female guest who had been escorted off the hotel property, only to return and be found trespassing in Justin Bieber’s hotel room. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota reports that the suspect was intoxicated and supposedly walked into Bieber’s room accidentally.

“She was a guest of other people at the resort and was kicked out of the room earlier and then returned thinking that his room was the room she was previously in,” Sgt Cota said. “She returned and entered the room that belonged to celebrity Justin Bieber. He demanded she leave the room; his security team followed her as she fled the hotel.” 

Sgt Cota continued, “It is unknown how she gained access into his room but it is our belief he was waiting for room service and had the door slightly ajar. The female and her guests were asked to leave by security [earlier] because they were being too loud and disruptive in the room.

“The Montage is a world class resort and handled the incident swiftly and professionally. The female was arrested based on her actions and the likelihood it would continue. It was the right decision.” 

LBPD officers located her across the street from the hotel. She was arrested for trespassing and transported to LBPD where she was booked and later released.

According to police records, the suspect is a Huntington Beach woman in her late 30s, 5’ 8” with blonde hair, and was wearing a floral dress at the time of the alleged crime.

Bail was set at $500.

Man assaulted by unknown suspect at Sleepy Hollow

On Monday, March 18, at 4:05 p.m., a male subject was at Sleepy Hollow Beach, at the 600 block of S Coast Hwy, when an unknown suspect punched him and then fled.

 “Officers responded and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspect,” Sgt Cota said. “The suspect was described as a white male, in his late 30s, wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and jeans, and carrying a dark backpack.”

Mock forensics at Thurston with LBPD is exciting for middle schoolers

On Tuesday, March 19, at 9 a.m., SRO Cornelius Ashton, patrol officers, and detectives assisted Thurston Middle School’s forensics class with investigating a mock crime scene at Alta Laguna Park. 

Police Files Thurston Crime Scene

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Courtesy of LBUSD

Thurston students learn the ropes with LBPD at their forensics class

“The mock crime scene was well controlled and the students received guidance from PD personnel on crime scene management and evidence collection,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Police Files Thurston Police scrubs

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Courtesy of LBUSD

Thurston students make a great forensic team at mock event at Alta Laguna Park

Thanks to an “Innovation in Education” grant awarded to teacher Michelle Martinez by Cox Charities, a philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that is funded through employee donations and a company match, the students have been learning about forensic science with various hands on learning exercises both out in the field and at school. 

The forensic event received media attention so Sgt Cota was present to assist with comments.

LBPD SRO Ashton and local 16-year-old Riley Russo honored at awards ceremony Thursday

LBPD Cpl Cornelius Ashton and 16-year-old Laguna Beach resident Riley Russo were honored last night at the 2019 TIP-Heroes with Hearts awards at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove.

 “Riley is the youngest Trauma Intervention Program volunteer ever and Cpl Ashton was LBPD’s award winner,” Sgt Cota said yesterday. “Very well deserved to the both of [them].”

Police Files Youngest Trauma Prevent Program Volunteer

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(L-R) LBPD Cpl Ashton, TIP volunteer Riley Russo, and Sgt Cota

According to the TIP OC website, TIP is a group of specially trained volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

They are called by police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel to assist family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide.

For more information on TIP, visit www.tiporangecounty.org.

LBPD’s Sgt Cota and Stu News’ Shaena Stabler raise over $2,400 and counting for KX 93.5 “takeover”

LBPD Sgt Jim Cota and Stu News’ leader extraordinaire Shaena Stabler have raised over $2,400 and counting as part of KX 93.5’s “takeover” fundraiser for Laguna’s cherished community radio station.

The two hosted a show together live on the radio on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. Click here to hear their podcast.

To make a donation in their names or in someone else’s, visit www.kx935.com/kxtakeover

KX Takeover is a friendly-but-stiff competition where the guest DJ that raises the most money receives the coveted “Silver Tongue Award.” 

Sgt Cota and Stabler are currently in second place in the competition, a few dollars ahead of jewelry mogul Cookie Lee in the standings; Tyler Russell’s mother Liz McCusker is in first place and Councilman Peter Blake is in fourth.

As of this morning, the station had raised over $41,000 with the goal being $50,000. Listen in live at www.kx935.com.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 26

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Domestic Violence 

8:28 p.m. Marc C Sobon, 48, Hadley, MA, was arrested for felony domestic violence with serious injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Trespassing

12:17 p.m. A 36-year-old Huntington Beach woman was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Monday, March 25

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrants

11:13 p.m. Demariae Lamonte Rodgers, 25, Menifee, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $2,500), and on a second undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $1,500).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Drugs

11:13 p.m. A 26-year-old Los Angeles woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to drugs. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Warrant 

4:07 p.m. Armando Navarette, 53, San Rafael, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $15,000.

Glenneyre St | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

2:48 p.m. A 57-year-old Mission Viejo woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | Tampering with a Vehicle and Petty Theft

2:56 p.m. Andre Michael Martinez, 19, Laguna Beach, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle (bail was set at $500) and for petty theft (bail was set at $500).

Unknown | Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in Vehicle, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Violating Parole

11:01 a.m. Payton Timothy Ryan, 27, Laguna Hills, was arrested for being in possession of an open marijuana container in a vehicle (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and violating parole (no bail was set).

Sunday, March 24

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance and Narcotic Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct – Drugs

5:49 p.m. Erica Van Voorhis, 37, Midlothian, VA, was arrested for being in possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and for disorderly conduct related to drugs (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Cress St | Vandalism

4:14 p.m. Joshua Allen Bradley Snowbergstrom, 27, Costa Mesa, was arrested for vandalism $400 or more. Bail was set at $20,000.


Incident Reports

Saturday, March 23

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Animal Calls

5:53 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a dead sea lion. According to police records, the deceased sea lion was found where the rock formation in the middle of the shore is.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Warrants

5:41 p.m. Mark Sean Donahey, 42, Corona, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $10,000) and on a second undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $1,500). 

S Coast Hwy & Vista Del Sol | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:05 p.m. A 26-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Forest Ave | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:51 a.m. A 33-year-old Tustin woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Bluebird Canyon Drive & Summit Drive | DUI

12:13 a.m. A 27-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, March 22

Forest Ave | 200 Block | DUI with 2 Priors, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.01% or Greater While on Probation for DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:52 p.m. Kelse Ryan McClure, 34, Fountain Valley, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $15,000), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.01% or higher while on probation for DUI (bail was set at $15,000), and for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Sleepy Hollow Lane | DUI with 1 prior

7 p.m. Lisa Leah Bird, 57, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

Highland Way | 2700 Block | Warrant

6:57 p.m. John Charles Miller, 54, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Bail was set at $20,000.

Avenida Majorca | 100 Block | Animal Calls

3:26 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a stray duck. According to police records, the duck was inside the caller’s home and could not walk.

Unknown | Embezzlement

11:46 a.m. Brittany Ann Huckabee, 24, Los Angeles, was arrested for embezzlement. Bail was set at $15,000.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Check On Condition

3:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to human feces and underwear left in a parking lot.

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Information Only

3:28 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to smoking hikers. According to police records, “three hikers along the Stagecoach trail parallel to Laguna Canyon Road were seen smoking. [The] RP was a passerby in her vehicle.” The alleged smokers were described as two males and one female in their twenties. Rangers were notified and went to the location.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

8:41 a.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Crown Valley Pkwy & Highway 1 | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:04 a.m. A 22-year-old Fullerton woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Thursday, March 21

Laguna Canyon Road | 2500 Block | DUI

10:53 p.m. A 31-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Ave | 200 Block | DUI – Alcohol and Drugs

10:48 p.m. A 24-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI – alcohol and drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | LBMC Violation – Drinking in Public

5:03 p.m. LBPD received a report about four juvenile subjects drinking in public.

S Coast Hwy & 10th Ave | Warrant

3:13 p.m. Jose Maria Gonzalez-Peraza, 43, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Animal Calls

12:22 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to sick or injured cormorant, nestled up against the cliff/sea wall. 

Laguna Ave | 100 Block | False Imprisonment, Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, Causing Harm or Death of an Elder

7:57 a.m. Daniel Mossing Troen, 32, Maryland, was arrested for false imprisonment (bail was set at $25,000), battery with serious bodily injury (bail was set at $25,000), and causing harm or death to an elder (bail was set at $50,000). 

S Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:51 a.m. A 25-year-old Henderson, NV, man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:36 a.m. A 67-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Wednesday, March 20

Unknown | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:10 p.m. A 35-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Mountain Road | 3000 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:12 p.m. A 57-year-old Dana Point man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway St | 300 Block | Flash Hold

7:13 p.m. Arash Rahimi, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a flash hold. No bail was set. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20200 Block | Vehicle Burglary

3:33 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a vehicle burglary. According to police records, the RP’s van was broken into and their wallet was stolen. The drivers’ side handle on their car was broken and the mechanism for the key was broken. The approximate loss was $100.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Fraud

3:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to fraud. According to police records, the RP discovered an unknown subject using her information to conduct fraudulent real estate transactions.

E Orangethorpe | 2400 Block | Fullerton | Warrant

2:07 p.m. Arthur Henry Boone, 38, Fullerton, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $20,000.

Cress St | 300 Block | Driving While License Suspended for DUI

10:21 a.m. Rafael Ahuejote Patricio, 38, Dana Point, was arrested for driving while his license was suspended for DUI. Bail was set at $20,000.

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Warrant

8:41 a.m. John Scott Thomas, 42, Brea, was arrested on a warrant for assault. Bail was set at $2,500.

Nyes Place | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:33 a.m. A 24-year-old Ladera Ranch man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Mountain View Drive | 2900 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

1:58 a.m. Corey Jermaine Alberty, 33, Riverside, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500. 

Forest Ave | 400 Block | Warrant

12:36 a.m. David Manuel Delgado, 34, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $15,000.


Police Files

Suspicious man arrested with 40 grams of meth

On Wednesday, March 20, at 1:58 a.m., LBPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Mountain View Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Officers contacted Riverside resident Corey Alberty inside his dark gray Prius. 

“Alberty was behaving suspiciously. A search of Alberty and his vehicle revealed a folding knife and BB gun on the passenger seat,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Over 40 grams of methamphetamine was also found in the center console.”

According to drugstimes.org, the average street value for a gram of meth is $180 or $7,200 for 40 grams. 

Corey Jermaine Alberty, 33, of Riverside, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

“Alberty was also on probation,” Sgt Cota said. “Alberty was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and later released.”

Bail was set at $500.

Transient charged with battery, elder abuse and false imprisonment

On Thursday, March 21, at 8:24 a.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to Mission Hospital – Laguna Beach in reference to an assault report, which allegedly occurred the night prior.

The reporting party, a 76-year-old man who routinely sleeps behind the Main Beach Toys store according to LBPD, reportedly got into an argument with transient Daniel Troen over a minor issue. 

The victim reportedly tried to waive Troen off and walk away from the argument. According to police records, the victim believed the suspect was high on meth.

Police Files Troenb“Troen grabbed him from behind and body slammed him to the asphalt causing injuries,” Sgt Cota said. “He held him on the ground for several minutes while threatening him and preventing him from leaving.”

 Eventually Troen let him go. The victim went to the ER, where he was treated for a cut on his hand, a large wound on his upper arm, and complaint of pain from his neck to his hips. 

Troen was detained, at approximately 10:04 a.m., and brought to the station for questioning. Troen was also identified by his picture and the fact that he was wearing a bright red flight suit at the time of the crime and arrest. 

Daniel Mossing Troen, 32, of Maryland, was taken into custody at 11:13 a.m., for elder abuse, battery, and false imprisonment. Both subjects reported no fixed addresses.

Bail was set at $95,000.

CVS bandits busted following thefts of “teeth whiteners and toiletry items”

On Wednesday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to CVS, at 30800 S Coast Hwy, for the report of a theft that had occurred earlier in the evening. The store manager was notified that a suspect had entered several CVS locations in south Orange County to commit thefts that evening.

“The manager remembered that a similar subject had set off the shoplifting alarm at about 6 p.m.,” Sgt Cota said. “Upon review of the surveillance video, the manager found that the suspect had stolen a large number of over-the-counter medications, teeth whiteners, and other toiletry items.” 

While the officer was on scene taking the report, he was advised that OCSD had taken two suspects in custody. 

The officer met with deputies and the two suspects in San Clemente. The suspects were in custody for thefts from three CVS stores in Laguna Niguel, one in Dana Point, and one in San Clemente. A deputy had heard the reports of the thefts from the other CVS location on the radio. 

“He staked out the CVS in San Clemente and caught one of the suspects leaving the store with stolen property in hand. A search of the suspects’ car revealed several large bags filled with stolen items,” Sgt Cota said. “An inventory of the items showed that the loss from the Laguna Beach CVS was approximately $2,200.” 

The two suspects were Eric Camacho, 22, and Shane Pacheco, 22, both Los Angeles residents. OCSD retained custody of the suspects.

“One admitted to the thefts and said they were stealing anything they could easily sell,” Sgt Cota said.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in injury crash

On Tuesday, March 19, at 2:14 a.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to the Big Bend area of Laguna Canyon Road in reference to an injury traffic collision. 

“Officers contacted the driver, Cypress resident Marie Markarian, who hit an Edison pole on her way back to Cypress after dropping off a friend,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Markarian’s front right passenger…needed to be transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo for her injuries.”

According to Sgt Cota, the passenger suffered a laceration to her forehead and left ear due to the collision. The vehicle was towed from the scene and Edison was contacted regarding the damage to the pole.

Samantha Marie Markarian, 24, Cypress, was arrested for felony DUI. 

Bail was set at $100,000.

Traffic stop sends Oceanside man to jail for myriad offenses

On Sunday, March 17, at 11:08 a.m., an LBPD officer initiated a vehicle stop on North Coast Highway at Emerald Bay. 

“The driver handed the officer a fake driver’s license. The driver was later arrested for presenting the false identification to the officer,” Sgt Cota said. “The driver was booked for a felony because the driver’s license number came back to a real person.”

Jose Alfonso Gomezresendiz, 41, Oceanside, was arrested for false impersonation, driving without a valid license, driving without a valid license, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $21,500.

 Guest leaves firearm behind at Montage, LBPD reports

On Monday, March 18, at 1:23 p.m., at the Montage Resort, at the 30800 block of S Coast Highway, security called to report that a guest had checked out of a room and left a firearm behind. The weapon was found by housekeeping. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said, “An officer responded and took custody of the handgun. The firearm was booked in at the police department for safekeeping.”


Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 19

Broadway St | 400 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:05 p.m. A 23-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

N Coast Hwy 200 Block | Evading a Peace Officer, Suspended License, Resisting Arrest

10:38 p.m. Kenyon Thomas Blomquist, 34, Oceanside, was arrested for evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety (bail was set at $500), driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500), and resisting arrest (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Shoplifting

6 p.m. Stephen Trujillo, 58, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

1:44 p.m. A 35-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Grand Theft

12:59 p.m. Kelly Russlee Smith, 35, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled narcotic substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and grand theft of a vehicle (bail was set at $20,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 2700 Block | DUI with 1 Prior Causing Bodily Injury and Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher with 1 Prior Causing Bodily Injury

2:14 a.m. Samantha Marie Markarian, 24, Cypress, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior causing bodily injury (bail was set at $100,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher with one prior causing bodily injury (bail was set at $100,000).

Ocean Front | 1200 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Vandalism

1:30 a.m. Kaipele Obrero-Jackson, 20, San Clemente, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for vandalism (bail was set at $500).

College Drive | 10800 Block | Cerritos | Domestic Violence 

1:05 a.m. Rachel Christine Schooley, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for felony domestic violence with serious injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Monday, March 18

Unknown | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:23 p.m. A 53-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Vista Del Sol | Warrant 

11:37 a.m. Bertin Lagunas Villamil, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Broadway St & Beach St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:44 a.m. A 21-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Sunday, March 17

Catalina Ave & Catalina St | Theft, Receiving Stolen Property

12:29 p.m. Darius Devon Franges, 27, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for theft of mail (bail was set at $500) and receiving stolen property (bail was set at $500). 

N Coast Hwy | Emerald Bay Drive | False Impersonation, Unlicensed Driver, Manufacturing a Fake ID, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia 

11:08 a.m. Jose Alfonso Gomezresendiz, 41, Oceanside, was arrested for false impersonation (bail was set at $20,000), driving without a valid license (bail was set at $500), manufacturing a fake ID (bail was set at $500), and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy & Fairview St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:26 a.m. A 32-year-old Tustin man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI

2:01 a.m. A 35-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ace & Beach St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:12 a.m. A 32-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).


Police Files

Man reportedly tries to throw meth pipe on roof, instead lands next to LBPD officer

On Friday, March 15, at 7:21 p.m., an LBPD officer conducted a pedestrian stop on a male subject, later identified as Darren Gallagher, at the 200 block of Broadway Street. 

“While the officer was talking with the subject, Gallagher attempted to throw a glass object onto the roof of the Whole Foods store. The glass object did not land on the roof and fell next to Officer Meyer and Gallagher,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The object was found to be a methamphetamine pipe.” 

Darren Lawrence Gallagher, 50, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia and destruction of evidence. 

“It was later found that Gallagher originally gave a fictitious name and was also charged with violation of giving a police officer a false name,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $15,500.

Sad song, violin and parts stolen valued at $53,500 

On Thursday, March 14, at 10:10 a.m., a report was taken at the LBPD station concerning a possible burglary from Stephen R. Davey Violins at 31662 South Coast Hwy. The reporting party said that about two to three weeks ago during the rainstorms, he noticed an antique violin and miscellaneous violin parts missing from his shop.

“The missing violin was valued at $50,000, which was on consignment,” Sgt Cota said. “The violin parts are valued at approximately $3,500.”

According to Sgt Cota, there is no surveillance video available and there are no witnesses to the crime.

The total loss is estimated at $53,500.

Paparazzi reportedly stalk Justin Bieber at Montage pool

On Saturday, March 16, at 11:26 a.m., LBPD received a report of paparazzi trespassing and stalking a VIP at the Montage, at the 30800 block of S Coast Highway.

According to police records, a “high priority VIP on the property in the pool area” was being stalked by paparazzi. The star-struck subjects reportedly took off running toward the celebrity. Once LBPD arrived, the subjects were advised not to come back on the property.

According to Sgt Cota, “It was Justin Bieber. The paparazzi were trying to get photos.”

-By Suzie Harrison

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