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Police blotter: March 18, 2022

Wednesday, March 9
The daughter of a man whose green 1996 Chevy Blazer had been stolen earlier in Pomona called the Claremont Police Department at 10:46 a.m. to report she had just seen it parked near Lehigh and San Jose avenues. Arriving officers found the car, with 34-year-old Wasco, California resident Anthony Martinez sitting in the driver’s seat. A records check revealed he had an outstanding no-bail felony probation violation warrant, and Martinez was subsequently taken into custody on the warrant and two new felony counts of car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked and issued a citation for his two new felony charges, then transported to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga to await a court date on the no-bail warrant.

Thursday, March 10
A pair of women accused of an early morning crime spree are each facing felony mail theft charges after a resident called police to report thieves had just taken items from her mailbox. Claremont officers pulled over a black sedan driven by Monica Quinones, 37, from Azusa, in the 1000 block of Canton Circle at 1:36 a.m. Police say they saw in plain view mail belonging to at least 10 area residents on the back seat of the car. Quinones was arrested for felony mail theft, and, after a search allegedly turned up methamphetamine and a meth pipe, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her passenger, 49-year-old Pomonan Gina Lopez, was also arrested and charged with felony mail fraud, and for two outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Both women were transported, booked, and released with citations to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Saturday, March 12
It took a court order to compel 29-year-old Fontana resident Carlos Barba to comply with CPD’s request to submit a blood sample, but that delay did not change the fact that he was charged with felony DUI with prior specific convictions. Police pulled Barba over in his black Ford F150 pickup for what they say were multiple vehicle code violations at 12:58 a.m. near Base Line Rd. and Grand Ave. A quick round of questioning then led officers to suspect he was intoxicated, and they asked Barba to take a field sobriety test, which he refused. He was nonetheless arrested for DUI and transported to CPD headquarters, where a records check turned up three previous DUI convictions in the last 10 years. He was booked for his latest — this one a felony — but reportedly refused to take a breath, urine, or blood test. Police then obtained a warrant from a judge to compel Barba to take a blood test, which he finally did. Meanwhile, a preexisting medical condition caused CPD to transport him to the Inmate Reception Center in Downtown Los Angeles for treatment, after which he was to await a date with a judge.

Sunday, March 13
Claremont police wrapped up a quick and tidy investigation with the arrest of a Montclair man, Paul Castanon, for felony robbery after they say he pointed a black handgun at a manager who confronted him in the parking lot after the 52-year-old walked out of Stater Bros. market, 1055 W. Foothill Blvd., without paying for two bottles of hard alcohol. Police were called to the store at 9:08 p.m. regarding a robbery in progress. Arriving officers interviewed the manager, who said he feared for his life as he backed away from Castanon and the gun pointed in his direction. An investigation followed, which turned up the license plate of the gray 2009 Hyundai Sonata in which Castanon was said to have fled. After witnesses confirmed a match between the owner of the Hyundai and the man they said stole the liquor and brandished the handgun, CPD issued a notice to area police agencies to be on the lookout for the car. The next day, Pomona Police Department officers found it, and detained Castanon until Claremont police arrived and placed him under arrest for the felony robbery charge. He was booked in Claremont then transported to the Inmate Reception Center in Downtown LA, where he was held in front of his March 16 arraignment in Pomona Superior Court.

Monday, March 14
Joshua Adams, 35, from Claremont, was jailed at 1:13 p.m. following a traffic accident that resulted in him being charged with two felony counts of hit and run and DUI causing injury, and one misdemeanor, simple DUI. Police say the incident began when Adams’ 2012 Chevy Silverado collided with another car in the 500 block of west 10th St., causing injuries to the victim’s arms and side. Adams then fled the scene, police said, and was found shortly thereafter near 10th St. and Berkeley Ave. A field sobriety test then allegedly confirmed Adams was interview, and a records check revealed he was on probation for a previous DUI conviction. He was then arrested on the two new felony and one misdemeanor charges, and for the probation violation, and held in the Claremont jail in lieu of $100,000 bail until his March 16 arraignment in Pomona court.

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