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Laguna rapist convicted – facing life in prison

Laguna Beach detectives arrested Babak “Bobby” Azadgilani, 28, Laguna Niguel, in May of 2013 after an investigation of a sexual assault here the month before. 

On April 21, 2013, the defendant met the victim at the beach and when she left to walk home, Azadgilani followed her to her front door, despite the victim repeatedly telling him that he was not allowed to enter her home. 

He eventually convinced her to allow him inside. Once inside, Azadgilani sexually assaulted the victim, including forcibly raping her. After he left, the victim called 911 and reported that she had been sexually assaulted. 

The LBPD issued a press release naming the suspect on May 17. Another woman came forward after seeing the news report alleging that he had sexually assaulted her at knifepoint at his Laguna Niguel residence on May 11, 2013.

Azadgilani was found guilty by a jury this week of two felony counts of forcible rape, and forcible oral copulation, with sentencing enhancements and allegations for sexual crimes against more than one victim and the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a sexual assault. 

He will be sentenced March 25 and faces life in state prison.

Homeless man nabbed for armed robbery using hockey stick

Officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway at 3 p.m. Sunday after a caller reported a fight in progress. When police arrived on scene, they discovered that a man had been beaten by another man using a hockey stick and that the assailant had taken two bottles of prescription meds from the victim’s backpack.

Police were provided with a good description of the suspect by witnesses but were not immediately successful while searching the area.

At 6:24, they spotted the suspect identified as Colby Outlaw, 44, no fixed address, at the Broadway bus depot and after a brief investigation arrested him for felony armed robbery with bail set at $100,000.

Man, 27, arrested for felonies after punching an officer

A 9-1-1 caller reported that an officer was involved in a fight at the Broadway bus depot shortly after nine o’clock Monday morning. The caller said the man had punched the officer.

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said that Benjamin Allen Farley, 27, Laguna Beach and another man had been fighting and the officer had responded to that call.

“When the officer arrived he saw the two men fighting. One of the two [Farley] attempted to leave and after the officer ordered him to stop he turned around and walked toward the officer. The officer told the male to sit down but he refused and continued walking toward the officer. 

“When [Farley] came close, the officer took hold of him and attempted to sit him down. The man struggled with the officer and the two fell to the ground. Farley continued to fight with the officer and when two other officers arrived they were able to handcuff him. The officer received minor injuries from the altercation,” Kleiser added.

Farley was arrested for felony resisting an officer and felony battery on a peace officer with bail set at $20,000.

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Police arrest driver in Friday felony hit & run Saturday morning

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This Chevrolet SUV was hit head on in a hit and run crash Friday afternoon

Police and fire responded to a head on traffic crash an N. Coast Hwy and Beverly Street at 3:32 Friday afternoon. A 17-year-old girl from Rancho Santa Margarita sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital according to LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser.

On scene, it was learned that a Jeep SUV had left the scene. That vehicle was found parked on Hillcrest Drive shortly after the crash.

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The suspect vehicle on Hillcrest Friday

Suzanna Olson, 54, of Laguna Beach, the registered owner of the suspect vehicle, was arrested at her home on Cliff Drive ay 9:48 Saturday morning. She was charged with felony hit and run with bail set at $50,000.

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Numerous thefts from cars in Temple Hills & TOW Tuesday

At least seven vehicle owners reported to police that items had been stolen out of their cars and trucks in the wee hours of Tuesday morning up and down Temple Hills Drive and on Mountain View Drive. 

A review of the police log indicates that items taken were in plain sight including a backpack and a duffle bag. The owner of a Ford F150 pickup estimated a loss of $1150 of missing items including a laptop.

Three of the seven reports included windows being smashed while the other four had open doors or windows.

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Five injured, (two critically) in crash near El Morro Monday night

A two-vehicle crash on Coast Highway near the entrance to El Morro Elementary School at about 9:15 Monday night sent five people to area hospitals.

A 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were critically injured when they were ejected from a Ford SUV that rolled over after colliding with a Dodge Caravan.

A 10-year-old girl in the SUV received minor injuries and was transported to Children’s Hospital in Orange. A fourth occupant of the SUV was also injured, as was the only occupant – an older woman – of the Dodge Caravan.

All four adults were taken to trauma centers – two went to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo and the others to OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. 

Coast Highway was closed in both directions from Newport Coast to the north city limits of Laguna Beach.

No details about the cause of the crash were immediately available.

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$180,000 embezzled from local business; ex-employee suspected

A local business reported Tuesday that it was missing $180,000. The RP said he had traced the missing money back from last month to June of 2012, police said.

Police have not made many details available except to say that detectives are on the case.

The police log indicated that the RP provided the name of a former employee who is suspected of being involved in the fraudulent bank activity that led to the discovery of the missing $180,000.

Check back for updates next week.

Drinking & driving is not a good idea on super Sunday

Wherever you might be watching the Super Bowl Sunday, you can rest assured a plethora of police units will be watching too – for drunk drivers.

Extra officers will be on duty Sunday here and for that matter, all over Orange County. Special DUI saturation patrols will be all over the place.

If you’ll be drinking, make a plan to have a way home before you go out to your Super Bowl party or local watering hole whether it’s a taxi, Lyft, Uber or a designated driver.

If you’re out there and see someone you suspect to be impaired, dial 9-1-1 and let the cops know where you are. You could be saving someone’s life.

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Cops find concealed stolen rifles at Alta Laguna Park

A Laguna patrol officer checked out two men just before midnight in Alta Laguna Park last Wednesday. One of the men took off on foot as the officer detained the other. Additional units responded to the scene.

Eventually, officers connected Kyle Enoka, 23, Fountain Valley, with a parked vehicle and discovered an empty rifle bag behind the back seat. A further search, which encompassed nearly an hour, turned up concealed rifles – a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 (that brand’s AR 15 equivalent) and a Ruger.

The two rifles had been reported stolen in Fountain Valley in mid-January, Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said.

Enoka was arrested for carrying a concealed stolen firearm, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

Power outage, trees down, high wind and rain Sunday

4,000 Edison customers had power outages of up to two hours Sunday when a tree fell on a power line from high winds in the 2100 block of Temple Hills Drive. That caused a transformer to blow up.

The outages covered the downtown area and several blocks south of Thalia Street. No injuries were reported.

Other wires and several trees were knocked down.

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Parking is always a problem in Laguna Beach – but this is taking that truth too far. Municipal Services cleared the tree quickly allowing traffic to suffer only a short time on Broadway. We thank Jason Pannell for posting this photo on Facebook.

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Another drunk driver ended up on Main Beach sand

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A drunk driver drove down Broadway and across Coast Highway at 11:15 Sunday night. The car hit the curb hard enough to dislocate the motor mounts and damage its front end.

Johanna Rodriguez, 25 of Pico Rivera, was arrested for DUI.

She was surprised but not injured, police said.

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LB cop punched by intoxicated man – required stitches

An intoxicated man outside of an Ocean Avenue bar punched a Laguna Beach police officer in the face Saturday night. The officer required stitches in his chin.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser said Monday, “An officer saw two intoxicated men walking on the 200 block of Ocean Avenue near Hennessey’s at 9:58 p.m. The officer approached them to let them know they were too intoxicated and one walked towards the officer and tried unsuccessfully to grab his badge.”

Kleiser said the two men then tried to enter the bar but were told by the officer and a security guard that they were too drunk to go inside.

After a few words, the same man (Ben Percival, 29, Huntington Beach) that tried to grab the badge then aggressively approached the officer.

“The officer tried to push the male away, but was struck in the face by the male with a closed fist,” Kleiser said. “The officer was able to take the male to the ground and a security guard from Hennessey’s assisted the officer. Several other PD units arrived on scene and the male suspect was subsequently placed into handcuffs.”

Percival was arrested on charges of felony battery, felony resisting arrest, and misdemeanor battery on a peace officer.

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15-year-old girl arrested for knife attack on her mother

Police responded to a report of a juvenile with a knife on Laguna Canyon Road at 5:15 Tuesday evening.

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said, “When the officers arrived a witness spoke to the officers and said he had taken the knife away from the juvenile, a 15-year-old girl. Officers contacted the juvenile and detained her after a brief struggle.”

The girl’s mother said that she and her daughter had argued and the girl became enraged. “She picked up a dive knife from the kitchen…[then]…chased her mother and struck her with the knife at least three times. 

“The mother sustained a wound to her chest that required staples, a laceration to her arm and a cut to her back,” Sgt. Kleiser said.

The girl was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony battery causing serious injury and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

She was taken to the police station for booking then transported to juvenile hall.

Man arrested in stolen car also had burglary tools

LBPD officers stopped another stolen car this week.

The felony car stop was made at El Toro Road and Laguna Canyon Road at 10:05 Monday night, police said. It had been stolen earlier in the day from a parking lot at Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills. The keys had been left inside the vehicle.

Joshua Michael Peters, 34, Garden Grove was arrested for felony vehicle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.

Police said Peters had a key ring with several keys including many “bump keys”, which are used to open most locks to gain access by burglars.

DUI Enforcement operations set for this Friday night

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. 

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, Jan 22 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

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Stolen car arrest takes a wanted felon off the streets

Last Thursday night at 10:55, Laguna police stopped a 1994 white Honda that had been reported stolen in Santa Ana at S. Coast Hwy and Nyes Place.

A male and a female were taken into custody during the felony car stop.

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The driver, Binh Thai, 28, of San Jose and passenger, 19-year-old Amari Adams from Las Vegas were both charged with felony vehicle theft.

In addition, Thai was held on three warrants – two misdemeanors and one felony out of Orange County for being a felon in possession of a stun gun with $100,000 bail.

Adams was also charged with misdemeanor being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Both were booked and later taken to county jail.

Hit and run suspect arrested when cops find him at his residence

A witness called 9-1-1 after seeing a crash in the 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Road at 7:13 Saturday night. The caller told police that the driver had swerved before knocking down a flashing light pole near Laguna College and after pacing back and forth, the driver took off on foot.

Police did a massive area search before learning that the driver lived in a residence further out Laguna Canyon Road. They found the suspect there.

Collin Francis McKeown, 31, was arrested for hit and run and resisting arrest and held on a West Court warrant for trespassing – failing to leave a posted property when ordered to do so by a police officer. Bail for the warrant was $15,000.

Bicyclists collide near Aliso Beach  - woman injured

Paramedics and police responded to a report of a traffic crash involving two bicycles Friday afternoon on Coast Hwy near Aliso Beach.

Full details were not available according to LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser who told us, “Officers spoke to the two cyclists who said their handlebars had made contact with each other causing them to fall. A female cyclist was taken to the hospital for a possible concussion.”

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