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Sherman Oaks couple has a bad night visiting Laguna

Police emergency dispatch received a 9-1-1 call at 1:38 a.m. Saturday from a hotel guest in the 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. According to the police log, the caller said a woman in the next room was yelling, “Let me out! Help me! Stop!”

Officers responded and arrested Mohammad Jamaal Hussein, 29, of Sherman Oaks for felony domestic battery against the female who had been screaming, with bail of $50,000.

Paramedics treated her for her injuries.

The victim, Aisha Emma Mitrea, 26, Sherman Oaks, ended up under arrest for a felony warrant from the LAPD with two charges of perjury, identity theft and false personation as another real person in a court proceeding with criminal charges.

Bail on the warrant was $150,000.

The couple in this Prius threw away the stereotypes

Toyota has a TV commercial you may have seen where cops are pursuing four suspects in a Prius on city streets. The dispatcher mocks the cop who radios that the Prius is going pretty fast.

If Toyota wants a true crime story for additional images to change the stereotypical Prius driver – an environmentally conscious “thinking” person – they might consider the results of a traffic stop made in the 300 block of Cliff Drive at a little past 11 o’clock Friday night. 

The Prius was pulled over after the officer saw it on the wrong side of the yellow stripes and running a red light.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD fills in the rest… 

“The officer spoke to the driver and learned that he had an active restraining order against him with the woman passenger in the car. She also had a restraining order against her – from him. 

“The officers searched the car and found a bag of methamphetamine and an eighteen-inch long baton.” 

Michael Hadipour, 54 from Escondido, was arrested for violation of a protective order, possession of a baton, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. 

Roya Kazemzadeh, 48, Rancho Santa Margarita, was taken to jail for violation of a protective order and possession of a controlled substance, also misdemeanors.

Bail for both was $16,000.

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Teenage girls rob woman on Anita St at knifepoint in broad daylight

Police said a woman walking alone in the 500 block of Anita Street Wednesday afternoon was robbed at knifepoint by teenage girls. 

Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said police were not sure if two or three blonde haired teenage girls had approached the woman.

He said the victim called 9-1-1 within minutes of the robbery. “They drove past her on Anita Street as she walked toward the beach and stopped in front of her. The suspects approached her and demanded her purse and cell phone. She gave them $5 and they fled…”

Sgt. Kleiser said they were in a dark grey or black sedan or small SUV and were last seen westbound on Anita Street. The vehicle may have had out of state plates according to police who added that the driver appeared to be a male.

LBPD detectives are investigating the case.

Woman arrested after driving stolen car from the IE to visit the beach 

Police patrol units learned that a stolen white Saturn reported from Riverside had driven into Laguna Beach at the north City limits at 3:03 a.m. Tuesday morning. They searched for the car and located it parked in the 1000 block of Cliff Drive.

As officers watched the Saturn, other officers began an area search nearby, Sgt. Tim Kleiser indicated. They encountered a woman at Shaw’s Cove beach who denied knowledge of the car.

At 5 a.m., they saw her nearby the parked Saturn and questioned her once more. Her answers led them to a search and the keys to the stolen vehicle were discovered.

Tamra Trueblood, 43, from Murrieta in Riverside County, was arrested at 5:15 a.m. and charged with felony vehicle theft.

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Laguna Niguel man arrested for two attempted robberies Saturday

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Several police units set up downtown to make arrest of suspect

LBPD officers arrested a Laguna Niguel man, 27, at Glenneyre and Forest Ave at 11:43 a.m. Saturday after he attempted to rob two downtown businesses.

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said Monday, “Officers responded to Art of Dr. Seuss in the 400 block of S. Coast Hwy for a robbery that had just occurred. The officers located the male suspect near Glenneyre and Forest and he struggled with the officers. They were able to detain the male and learned that he had also committed a robbery at Tuvalu located nearby. 

The suspect had entered Tuvalu and approached the store clerk at the register and ordered the employee to empty the register and give him all the money. The employee ran next door and called the police. The same male had previously run into Art of Dr. Seuss and demanded money an employee there. The employee told the suspect she did not have any money and he left. Nothing was taken from either business.

Joshua Poeske was taken into custody felony robbery, misdemeanor battery on a peace officer, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Sgt. Kleiser explained: “While in the booking room at the PD, Poeske kicked an officer and additional officers responded to the jail. After a struggle with Poeske they were able to detain him within the jail. An officer received minor injuries from the altercation.

The combative suspect was immediately taken to Orange County Jail, police said.

Stolen vehicle recovered on El Paseo – arrest made

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Police secured the scene on El Paseo without incident

Police spotted a stolen 2009 Hyundai and managed to perform a felony car stop on El Paseo near the Main Beach cobblestones late Sunday afternoon.

Details were sparse other than it is known that Michael Mitchell, 51 of Orange, was arrested for felony possession of stolen property.

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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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