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Man sentenced to life without possibility of parole for murdering Laguna Beach man

On Friday, July 26, Edward Younghoon Shin, 41, of Irvine, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for murdering his business partner, Laguna Beach resident Christopher Smith, in their San Juan Capistrano office to gain control of the victim’s shares of the company.

In 2010, Shin co-owned an Internet advertising business, 800xchange, with 33-year-old Christopher Smith, a Laguna Beach resident.

According to an Orange County District Attorney spokesperson, “On June 4, 2010, Shin murdered Smith in their San Juan Capistrano office and disposed of the body. He committed the murder for financial gain with the intention of gaining full ownership of the business. After the murder, Shin produced documents containing a false signature from Smith signing the rights of the business over to the defendant.”

Police Files Christopher Smith

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Laguna Beach resident Christopher Smith was murdered by his business partner Edward Shin

Shin was convicted in December 2018 of one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for murder for financial gain.

Smith lived in Laguna Beach at the time of his murder. LBPD began investigating the case as a missing persons case based on a report filed by the victim’s family in April 2011. Shin had been sending fake emails from Smith’s account to his family and friends after he murdered him, pretending to be Smith, which stated he was traveling abroad.

 “From the onset of this investigation, Ed Shin mislead Laguna Beach Detectives and tried to cover up for his crime,” LBPD Capt Jason Kravetz said.

Police Files Edward Shin

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Edward Shin’s OCSD booking photo; Shin murdered Laguna Beach resident Christopher Smith, his business partner 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) took over as the lead investigating agency based on evidence that the victim had been murdered in his San Juan Capistrano business, Capt Kravetz explained. 

“We were pleased that the jury found Ed Shin guilty of murder, but disheartened by the fact that he refuses to tell [Christopher’s] family where [he] is buried.” Capt Kravetz said. “His life sentence closes one door for the family, but they are unable to properly bury Chris until Ed Shin discloses where he left the body.”

Shin was arrested on Aug 28, 2011, by OCSD Investigators at Los Angeles International Airport sitting onboard a flight awaiting departure to Canada. 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

Woman suffers serious head injury behind Glenneyre parking structure 

On Thursday, July 25, at 1:27 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to Peppertree Lane, at the 400 block of S Coast Hwy, for a trip and fall report.

According to LBFD engineer paramedic Pat Cary, “Engine 1 responded to find an unknown aged female transient who was unresponsive. She had what appeared to be a laceration and hematoma to her head due to the mechanism of injury. Due to her level of consciousness it was deemed necessary to transfer her to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo for further evaluation from the trauma team.”

As of press time, no status update was available.

Snake sneaks into resident’s bedroom

On Saturday, July 28, at 12:50 a.m., at the 2000 block of Temple Hills Drive, a resident called to report that a rattlesnake was inside a bedroom closet in her home. 

According to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres, “The resident’s pet dog located the snake in the bedroom. The dog was not injured.”

He continued, “An animal services officer (ASO) was quickly dispatched to handle the matter. While the ASO was enroute to the resident’s home, the snake moved to a bathroom next to the bedroom.”

Beres explained that the snake might have gained access through an open door or screen door.    

After the ASO arrived at the resident’s home, the ASO determined that the snake was a non-venomous gopher snake, not a rattlesnake. 

“When the ASO arrived, the snake had moved outside to the backyard area,” Beres said.

The ASO removed the snake.

“The gopher snake was caught behind a tool shed in the resident’s backyard. The snake was released back into the wilderness area,” Beres said.

Helicopter rescue at 1000 Steps Beach on Sunday

On Sunday, July 28, at approximately 6 p.m., emergency services received a call regarding a young female in duress at 1000 Steps Beach.

According to LBFD engineer paramedic Pat Cary, “Engine 4 ran a call to 1000 Steps for a young adult female patient who had what was described as a possible allergic reaction.”

Treatment was started on scene by Laguna Engine 4 paramedics. OC Fire Department Engine 30 and OC Lifeguards helped coordinate the landing of Mercy Air helicopter. 

“The patient was successfully extricated and transferred to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo via helicopter for further care,” Cary said.

As of press time, no status update was available.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Saturday, July 27

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

11:26 p.m. A 59-year-old 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 | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Violating Parole

10:17 a.m. Braden Elliot Bolton, 40, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and violating parole (no bail was set). 

3rd Ave & Jewel Ave | Property

5:11 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “a used needle near a palm tree.”

Temple Hills Drive | 2000 Block | Animal Calls

3:26 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake in the RP’s backyard deck area near the pool.

Laguna Canyon Road | 200 Block | DUI 

1:58 a.m. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI with 1 Prior

1:06 a.m. Jason Craig Reynolds, 48, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000. 

Friday, July 26

S Coast Hwy | 30600 Block | DUI – Alcohol, Person under 21 with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.05% or Higher, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Possession of a Controlled Substance

11:07 p.m. A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), for being a person under 21 driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05% or higher, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI 

11:03 p.m. A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:23 p.m. A 39-year-old 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).

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | Battery 

3:10 p.m. Joshua Tyrone Webster, 42, was arrested for alleged battery. Bail was set at $500. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Animal Calls

10:51 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “large snake in the parking area just roaming around back and forth.” 

Thursday, July 25

S Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | Indecent Exposure

5:32 p.m. An 18-year-old man was arrested for indecent exposure. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Drugs

3:33 p.m. An 18-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to drugs. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Ocean Ave | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:33 p.m. A 34-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Warrant

3:40 a.m. Margarito Cisneros, 57, was arrested on a warrant for an alleged DUI, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Bail was set at $10,000.

Wednesday, July 24

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Vandalism, Battery

10:32 p.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 41, was arrested for alleged vandalism (bail was set at $20,000) and battery (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 2300 Block | Animal Calls

1:29 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “rattlesnake to [the] rear of the unit.”

Bonvue Terrace | 400 Block | Animal Calls

8:55 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “medium rattlesnake near the side of the RP’s house.” 

Lagunita Drive | 0 Block | Vehicle Burglary

7:51 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a vehicle burglary. According to police records, the RP’s vehicle was broken into over the night – a wallet worth $1,000, jewelry, and $15 in cash were stolen. There was candy left in the car that wasn’t the RP’s. Personal information was taken out of the glove compartment. It was unknown if the vehicle was locked at the time.

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | DUI 

12:30 a.m. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Home invasion robbery suspects arrested

On Tuesday, July 23, Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives and the Fullerton Police Department arrested Hector Fernando Cardoso, 42, of Riverside, in connection with a violent home invasion robbery that occurred in a Laguna Beach home in June 2018.

Cardoso was wanted on a $1 million arrest warrant, after fleeing Newport Beach’s Harbor Court following an appearance there for the case last week.

Cardoso joined his alleged co-conspirator, Robert James Glover, in Orange County Jail. Glover, 51, also of Riverside, was previously arrested by LBPD detectives in September 2018 for his alleged role in the robbery.

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Photos courtesy of LBPD

Hector Cardoso and Robert Glover

On June 11, 2018, at 11:06 p.m., LBPD received a 911 call from a 71-year-old woman, still partially bound, reporting that she was the victim of a home invasion robbery on Laguna Canyon Road. She informed dispatchers that two men dressed in all black entered her home, brandished handguns, and stated they were looking for drugs and money. The two suspects proceeded to ransack the house and ultimately fled with several stolen firearms, money, and other personal items.

“After a lengthy and extensive investigation, along with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Riverside County Gang Task Force, LBPD Detectives arrested Robert James Glover and Hector Fernando Cardoso in connection with the robbery,” said LBPD in a statement released to the media.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Woman arrested for alleged vandalism and battery at Pavilions 

On Wednesday, July 24, at 10:32 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a possible petty theft from Pavilions at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy.

According to Sgt Cota, “As officers were responding, LBPD dispatch advised to respond with lights and sirens because a female suspect was now vandalizing property and was attempting to strike the RP with a pole.” 

LBPD officers arrived and immediately located and detained a female suspect, identified as Amber Castillo.

 “Castillo was paranoid, sweating, and hallucinating due to [allegedly] being under the influence of a controlled substance,” Sgt Cota said. 

Amber Kristin Castillo, 41, was arrested for alleged vandalism and battery on a person.

Bail was set for $25,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 23

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

11:37 p.m. A 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thalia St | 600 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

9:23 p.m. A 28-year-old man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Del Mar Ave | 1600 Block | Animal Calls

6:15 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a “rattlesnake on the doorstep.” The snake was taken into custody. 

N Coast Hwy & Broadway Place | Contempt of Court, Reckless Driving

5:07 p.m. Paul Puria Sharifzadeh, 20, was arrested for being in contempt of court (bail was set at $15,000) and reckless driving (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Warrant

4:04 p.m. Robert Ruiz Peralta, 38, was arrested on a warrant for two LBMC code violations. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Unlicensed Driver, Warrant 

11:18 a.m. Sandra Martinez, 42, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), driving without a license (bail was set at $500), on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance for sale (bail was set at $10,000).

Temple Hills Drive | 2500 Block | Grand Theft

10:19 a.m. LBPD received a grand theft report. The approximate reported loss was $15,000 to $20,000 in jewelry.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Violating Parole

7:32 a.m. Douglas Alan Frederes, 39, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Monday, July 22

Oak St | 200 Block | DUI

11:34 p.m. A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:21 p.m. A 71-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:17 p.m. A 56-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Cliff Drive | Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Transporting a Controlled Substance, Driving with a Suspended License, Forging/Altering Vehicle Registration, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis 

10:16 a.m. Joshua Louis Oldham, 37, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, (bail was set at $25,000), transporting a controlled substance (bail was set at $25,000), driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $2,500), forging/altering vehicle registration (no bail was set), conspiracy to commit a crime (bail was set at $30,000), and possession of concentrated cannabis (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy & Cliff Drive | Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Transporting a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Forging Vehicle Registration 

10:16 a.m. Kimberly Megan Gruss, 34, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale (bail was set at $25,000), transporting a controlled substance (bail was set at $25,000), conspiracy to commit a crime (bail was set at $25,000), and forging/altering vehicle registration (bail was set at $25,000).

Glenneyre St | 1400 Block | Warrant

12:52 a.m. James Anthony Danielson, 41, was arrested on a warrant for possession of 28.5 grams of cannabis or more. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, July 21

El Camino Del Mar | 300 Block | DUI – Drugs

11:57 p.m. A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI – drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

Catalina St & Cleo St | DUI

10:07 p.m. A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Catalina St | DUI

9:41 p.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI with 1 Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

6:56 p.m. Tilman Viet Tran, 31, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants, Resisting Arrest of an Executive Officer

6:15 p.m. Rhonda Diane Metoyer, 60, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $500), on a second undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $2,500), and for resisting arrest of an executive officer (bail was set at $20,000).

Ceanothus Drive | 31300 Block | Animal Calls

4:19 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “three squirrels in the pool.” According to police records, the squirrels were breathing.

S Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Violating Parole

12:23 p.m. Daniel William Delrosario, 26, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and violating parole (no bail was set).

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

8:15 a.m. Johnny Ernest Buzenes, 23, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Park Ave | 300 Block | Loitering

6:24 a.m. Maurice Vaneeten, 53, was arrested for loitering. Bail was set at $500.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Loitering

6:24 a.m. Brian Robert Schaar, 33, was arrested for loitering. Bail was set at $500.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

6:07 a.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 41, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.


Incident Reports

Saturday, July 20

Catalina St | 1100 Block | Petty Theft

7:52 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “laptop stolen off the patio.” According to police records, the theft occurred the night before and the laptop was valued at $1,000.

S Coast Hwy & Ocean Ave | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:03 a.m. A 36-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, July 19

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

11:35 p.m. A 24-year-old 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 | 30800 Block | Indecent Exposure

10:41 p.m. Stanislau Pastukhou, 51, was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. Bail was set at $500. 

Skyline Drive & Pacific Ave | Animal Calls

6:06 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “goats wandering on the street.” According to police records, “the goat herder was advised and on scene.”

Oak St | 200 Block | DUI – Drugs 

3:57 p.m. A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI – drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St | 1300 Block | DUI – Drugs 

10:35 a.m. A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI – drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, July 18

S Coast Hwy & Upland Road | DUI 

11:43 p.m. A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrant

10:07 p.m. Mark Torralba, 58, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Vandalism

3:03 p.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 63, was arrested for vandalism. Bail was set at $500. 

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Warrants 

2:59 p.m. Jeffery Paul Quinn, 27, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $20,000), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $20,000), shoplifting (bail was set at $20,000), receiving stolen property (bail was set at $20,000), possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of drugs (bail was set at $20,000), and taking a vehicle without owner consent (no bail was set). 

S Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Trespassing, Carrying a Concealed Dirk or Dagger

1:10 p.m. Rodolfo Gonzalez, 45, was arrested for trespassing (bail was set at $500) and for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger (bail was set at $500). 

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6:34 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “a small brown goat [that] got out of the gate [and was] wandering around.” According to police records, the “goat herder was advised.”

Cozumel | 300 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

3:19 a.m. Tonya Rene Pruitt, 54, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500) and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

Unknown | DUI 

2:17 a.m. A 70-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Unknown | DUI with 1 Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:25 a.m. Brianna Lynn Polonia, 27, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000). 

Cress St & Glenneyre St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:44 a.m. A 52-year-old 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).

Wednesday, July 17

S Coast Hwy & Cleo St | Warrant

8:48 p.m. Jasper Tyrone Lisk, 36, was arrested on a warrant for battery. Bail was set at $26,000.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Shoplifting

5:44 p.m. David Noel Fisher, 50, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Treetop Lane | 1500 Block | Patrol Check

1:48 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding “small kids inside the goats’ enclosure.” According to police records, the caller said, “the kids are roughly 8 years old. No parents [can be] seen.” Later the children appeared to be “out of danger” and on the fire road again. The kids were reportedly in the area of Sommet Du Monde.

Tahiti Ave | 1500 Block | Animal Calls

12:57 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “snake inside the garage.”

Allview Terrace | 600 Block | Animal Calls

12:02 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “bird inside the location.” According to police records, the RP was “unable to get it out because of the high ceilings.” The RP called back and said that the “bird [was] still inside and defecating all over her home.”

N Coast Hwy & Jasmine St | Citizen Hail

7:09 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a “subject burning a rainbow flag in the area.”


Animal Files

Sea lion hangs out at beach with local residents, concerned calls pour in but PMMC says she is ok

On Friday, July 19, at 7:28 p.m., a local female California sea lion made waves when she decided to take a little “R & R” at the beach. The pinniped parked it at Bluebird Beach, at the 1500 block of South Coast Highway, amongst dozens of spectators.

According to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres, “We received a report of a sea lion on the sand at Bluebird Beach.”

 Beach Patrol Officers responded to assess the animal and determine if a response from Pacific Marine Mammal Center would be necessary. 

“The sea lion was not sick or injured, it was just resting on the beach between the shoreline and the rocks,” Beres said.

According to police records, the RP was concerned because they thought the sea lion was beached and “people [were] letting their dogs sniff it.”

To help mitigate the situation, Beres said, “A sign was posted to advise the public not to disturb the marine mammal. The sea lion left the beach the following morning and swam back into the ocean.”

Animal Files Sea Lion Sunning

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Photo by Molly Zurflueh

Local California sea lion hangs out at the beach on Friday night

PMMC public relations and events coordinator Krysta Higuchi said, “We did not respond to this pinniped. We received the call late in the day from animal control. The animal is a yearling that is known for going up to people and has been spotted a few times this month. Right now, the animal has been placed ‘on watch,’ as to monitor her behavior. We don’t want to cause undue stress by capturing her.”

Higuchi said there’s no reason to be alarmed yet, which is why PMMC is continuing to monitor her if she comes back.

“She doesn’t have any alarming physical indications that she needs help, and has been aggressive at approach, which is a good sign. But we will continue to monitor her. Not all rescues are cut and dry and [some] need a little bit of time. If her condition changes or worsens, we will change our game plan,” Higuchi said.

When asked if this type of behavior was common amongst sea lions, Higuchi responded, “It’s hard to say if its common or not, we believe she was just resting and got caught up on a crowded beach.”

 She explained that California sea lions are common to the area, and that they are partially aquatic and known to lay out on beaches. 

“The abnormal thing is they tend not to on crowded beaches,” Higuchi said.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police and Fire Files

Man saved in alleged heroin overdose behind Glenneyre parking structure

On Friday, July 19, at 9:44 p.m., LBPD and LBFD provided medical aid to a man who allegedly overdosed on heroin in the alley behind the Glenneyre parking structure, at the 400 block of S Coast Hwy. 

According to LBFD Captain Crissy Teichmann, the man was approximately 40 years old. “Paramedics arrived to find the patient in the alley behind the restaurants around 9:45 p.m.” 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The subject was face down on arrival. The reporting party located a syringe near [him], which was confiscated and booked for destruction at LBPD.”

According to police records, the patient was “[allegedly] down for 30 minutes, unconscious and not breathing.”

Captain Teichmann said, “The patient was alert upon paramedic arrival but needed continued monitoring. [He] was evaluated and required paramedic monitoring and transport to the closest hospital.”

 “[He] was transported to Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach for medical treatment. No charges are pending,” Sgt Cota said.

Motorcyclist sent to hospital after crash with truck

On Thursday, July 18, at about 4 p.m., two motorcyclists were traveling northbound on South Coast Highway approaching 9th Street, when a pickup parked on the inland side of the highway allegedly attempted to make a U-turn from the shoulder in front of the motorcyclists. 

According to Sgt Cota, “One of the riders was able to stop in time. The other rider struck the side of the truck and went down. The injuries appeared minor, but the rider was transported to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo for treatment.”

One southbound lane of South Coast Highway was closed for about 30 minutes.

Alleged “man with a gun” suspect arrested in high-risk traffic stop

On Wednesday, July 17, at 1:45 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of 1000 Steps Beach for an alleged “man with a gun” suspect from Tustin Police Department. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The male subject was reported to be involved in a road rage incident in the city of Tustin where the suspect [allegedy] pointed a gun at the victim.”

Tustin Police Department was able to track the suspect via his cell phone. Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect’s vehicle but it was reportedly unoccupied. 

Tustin Police Department detectives responded to the area to conduct surveillance. 

“At 4:10 p.m., the suspect returned to his vehicle and began driving northbound on Coast Highway. Tustin Police Detectives requested assistance conducting a high-risk traffic stop. LBPD officers arrived on scene and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop at South Coast Highway and Agate Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Tustin Police transported the suspect back to Tustin PD for questioning,” Sgt Cota said.

Skimming device found at local hotel ATM

On Saturday, July 20, at 9:03 a.m., an LBPD officer responded to Surf and Sand Resort, at 1555 S Coast Hwy. 

According to Sgt Cota, “A card skimming device was found by the Surf and Sand security manager. The device was found attached to the ATM located next to the gift shop.”

The device was allegedly placed on the ATM between noon on Friday, July 19 and 8:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. 

“No suspects were seen and no there are no surveillance cameras located by the ATM,” Sgt Cota said.

Mercy Air rescues woman at 1000 Steps Beach 

On Friday, July 19, at 5:08 p.m., Emergency Services responded to a report of an injured woman at 1000 Steps Beach, at the 31900 block of S Coast Hwy.

According to Sgt Cota, “Mercy Air landed for a 32-year-old female with a back injury walking down the stairs to 1000 Steps Beach.”

Captain Teichmann elaborated on the rescue.

 “The call was for a 32-year-old female with severe back pain after walking down the steps. She was treated by Laguna paramedics. She was unable to walk up so a medical helicopter was requested to continue her treatment and transport her to the hospital,” Capt Teichmann said.

She was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

According to police records, the woman was in front of the stairs in a tent and couldn’t get up, when the emergency call was made.

Scam alert: telephone scam requests money to post bail for nonexistent DUI

On Saturday, July 20, at 11:20 a.m., an LBPD officer responded to a residence on the 300 block of Heather Place for the report a telephone scam. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The caller stated that the RP’s grandson was arrested for DUI and needed to post bail. The caller was requesting money for the bail amount. No money was given. The RP wanted the police department to know and document the call for service.”

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Bike stop leads to arrest for alleged meth sales, 25 grams of meth recovered

On Monday, July 15, at 3:12 p.m., an LBPD officer conducted a bike stop that led to the discovery of a hefty amount of meth.

Police Files David CrossnoAccording to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “During the stop, Crossno was extremely sweaty, fidgety, and kept adjusting the rear of his shorts as if he was attempting to conceal something. A search of his person revealed approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine between his buttocks. The officer also located a couple of small clear baggies which led him to believe Crossno was selling methamphetamine.” 

According to drugtimes.org, 25 grams of meth has an estimated street value of $1,500 to $2,000.

David Mark Crossno, 53, was arrested for alleged possession and sales of a controlled substance and on a probation violation.

No bail was set.

Not a piece of cake, couple makes in-person complaint about a bad restaurant experience to LBPD

On Tuesday, July 16, at 9:32 p.m., an LBPD officer met with a couple at the front counter of the PD that had a complaint about their experience at a local Laguna Beach restaurant. They reported that along with their meal, they purchased an expensive birthday cake for their party. 

According to Sgt Cota, “After the meal, the staff packed up the leftovers to take home. When the couple arrived home, they discovered that the staff had only packed nine of the ten leftover pieces of cake. When the couple called the restaurant the next day to complain about the missing piece of cake, they found the manager to not be very sympathetic.”

Cota said, “The officer explained the limitations of law enforcement’s ability to assist them in such a frustration and provided them with alternative methods of following up with the restaurant.”

300 attend full moon drumming at Aliso Beach on Tuesday, LBPD cites three on alleged drunk in public violations

On Tuesday, July 16, the Aliso Beach Drum Circle drew an estimated 300 visitors. There were two LBPD beach patrol officers and two OC Parks rangers monitoring the drum circle.

“LBPD officers, beach patrol officers, and cadets patrolled the event with OC Parks rangers. Three citations were issued for alcohol violations,” Sgt Cota said.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Helicopter assists in stolen car arrest ending in Taco Bell parking lot

On Thursday, July 11, at 6:45 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the area of Ledroit Street and North Coast Highway regarding a vehicle possibly involved in a robbery in Santa Ana with two named suspects. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “The black Dodge Charger was used in an armed robbery in Santa Ana on Saturday, June 22, and frequents Laguna Beach…A helicopter was requested and responded to assist in our area search of the vehicle. Officers were unable to locate the Dodge Charger.”

Sgt Cota said, “While looking for the robbery vehicle, officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering Laguna Beach. The Chevy Prism had been stolen out of Santa Ana on Monday, July 8. An officer located the stolen vehicle at Legion Street and South Coast Highway, occupied by four passengers”. 

Additional LBPD officers arrived on scene and assisted. A high-risk vehicle stop was conducted in the Taco Bell parking lot. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The driver, Manuel Garcia, knew the vehicle was stolen but bought it from a friend for $300.”

Manuel Arreola Garcia, 28, was arrested for alleged possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a vehicle without owner consent, possession of burglary tools, and driving with a suspended driver’s license. 

The rear left male passenger, Juan Jesus Belman, 19, had a no bail warrant for his arrest regarding weapons violations.

The two female passengers were juveniles and later released to parents.

“Belman and Garcia were booked at LBPD and later transported to Orange County Jail,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $21,500 for Garcia and no bail was set for Belman.

$2,000 in wet clothes stolen from laundromat 

On Friday, July 12, at 9:41 p.m., at Legion Laundromat, at the 300 block of Legion Street, a victim noticed some of her laundry had gone missing.

According to Sgt Cota, “The victim placed her clothes in four separate washers and then went outside to her vehicle where she waited. During that time, a 20-30-minute period, an unknown person(s) took her designer clothes, including pants, jackets, and dress shirts, but left her socks and underwear.”

 The approximate loss is allegedly between $2,000 to $3,000.

Man arrested after allegedly kicking officer in the shin

On Saturday, July 13, at 11:58 p.m., downtown foot patrol officers contacted Sun City resident Steven Jackson, who had run across traffic from Skyloft to Laguna Avenue and El Paseo Street. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Jackson was uncooperative and aggressive with officers so he was detained in handcuffs during their investigation. Jackson continued to be upset and aggressive towards officers. Jackson charged an officer and kicked him in the shin.” 

Steven Michael Jackson, 41, was placed under arrest for alleged battery on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer, and resisting arrest. 

Sgt Cota said, “He was later transported to Orange County Jail. While in a cell at LBPD, Jackson flooded the cell and pushed water into the hallway.” 

Bail was set at $25,000. 

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Suspect re-arrested nearly two years after alleged citywide crime spree, bail set at $150,000

On Monday, July 8, at 9:02 a.m., Reed Swingley was arrested on a warrant related to an alleged crime spree that occurred in the summer of 2017. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Detectives located him in Riverside where he was re-arrested without incident.” 

 Sgt Cota said, “During the summer of 2017, Reed Swingley [allegedly] went on a crime spree in the City of Laguna Beach generating multiple cases within a few days. Victims included Mozambique restaurant, Horst Architects, as well as numerous Laguna Beach residents and visitors.”

The crimes Swingley allegedly committed included commercial, residential, and vehicle burglaries, as well as petty and grand thefts. Items stolen included a safe, a large amount of cash, an antique saxophone, and a bronze statue.

According to Sgt. Cota, a review of surveillance video from one of the businesses, as well as the residence, identified a person of interest and a suspect vehicle. 

 “Thanks to video surveillance and diligent police work by patrol officers, detectives, and dispatchers, Swingley was identified. Swingley ultimately was arrested in the City of Laguna Beach and much of the stolen property was recovered from Swingley’s vehicle during the arrest,” Sgt Cota said of the 2017 arrest.

Before Swingley was arrested on Monday he had previously been released.

“Based on the amount of victims and follow-up required, the OCDA’s office elected to release Swingley pending further investigation. Following an extensive investigation, an arrest warrant [for] $150,000 was eventually obtained for Swingley’s arrest,” Sgt Cota said.

Reed Myron Swingley, 56, was arrested on a warrant. Bail was set at $150,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Several boxes of jewelry stolen while resident is out of town

On Tuesday, July 9, at 1:37 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 block of Tahiti Avenue for a reported burglary. The officers arrived and found unknown suspects(s) had smashed a bathroom window and entered the house. It appears the crime was focused on the master bedroom and one wardrobe and dresser. 

According to Sgt Cota, the victim was on vacation at the time, but was contacted by the officers and according to her verbal confirmation, it looks as though several boxes of jewelry of substantial value was taken. 

CSI was conducted and a report was taken. Detectives responded and will assume the investigation going forward. 

-By Suzie Harrison

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