Police Blotter: October 21, 2022

Thursday, October 13

At 10:43 a.m. Claremont police received a call from West Covina police who said they had Upland resident Kayn Cox-Whittle, 22, in custody, and he had a felony no-bail warrant in Claremont. In August 2020, Cox-Whittle was reportedly involved in road rage incident during which he is accused of brandishing a handgun near Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards. The victims were two off-duty police officers from a department other than CPD. Claremont police conducted a felony traffic stop on Cox-Whittle and during a search allegedly discovered the firearm, as well as methamphetamine and a pipe. He was arrested for assault with deadly weapon, criminal threats, possession of controlled substance while in possession of a firearm and carrying an unregistered and loaded firearm, all felonies. Cox-Whittle was also charged with several misdemeanors, including brandishing a firearm, being under influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Police said back in 2020 Cox-Whittle posted bond but failed to appear in court, so a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Thursday, Claremont police traveled to West Covina to retrieve Cox-Whittle and held him for a court appearance on Friday, October 14. He is currently in custody at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles and will be back in court on October 28.

Police were called to the 800 block west 10th Street at 1:21 p.m. due to a suspicious person in the backyard of a home. Officers questioned a 54-year-old unhoused Claremont woman and said she was uncooperative and agitated. She walked away from police and proceeded down the middle of roadway, at which point she was detained. Police said she appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and performed a series of tests. She was arrested, transported to the Claremont jail, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

At 11:19 p.m. Police on patrol near Indian Hill Boulevard and Auto Center Drive said a man was reportedly riding a bicycle without lighting. They stopped Joseph Lopez, 38, from Azusa and a records check showed he had two misdemeanor San Bernardino County warrants. He was arrested, transported, booked, and released with a citation to appear in San Bernardino County court.

Friday, October 14

Police were dispatched at 9:33 p.m. to Indian Hill Boulevard and San Jose Avenue regarding a car that had rear-ended a Foothill Transit bus. Responding officers saw a blue Mazda 3 which had apparently hit the bus as it was parked at the bus stop. The bus driver and the two passengers on the bus were not injured, but the Mazda driver had a minor injury to his wrist. While speaking with the driver of the Mazda, later identified as Covina resident Christopher Yohem, 51, police said they could smell alcohol and reported that he was struggling to maintain his balance. Yohem refused field sobriety tests but was arrested for driving under the influence based on the crash and officer observations. He was transported to Claremont jail where he was booked and held for detoxification, then later released with a citation.

Saturday, October 15

At 2:21 a.m. police reportedly saw a black Range Rover traveling east on Foothill Boulevard with its headlights off and swerving through both lanes of traffic. At one point they said another car attempted to pass but the Range Rover suddenly swerved, nearly causing a collision. Officers questioned 53-year-old Gregory Player of Inglewood and said that while speaking with him they could smell alcohol. Player reportedly told the officers he was coming from the Hi Brow lounge in Pomona. A records check showed Player had a suspended license for a prior DUI. Police said a preliminary blood alcohol screening test revealed that the driver was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08. He was arrested for DUI and the suspended license. A further background check revealed he had an outstanding warrant. He was transported to the CPD jail, booked, issued a citation on the new charges, and held in front of a Monday, October 17 court appearance.

Sunday, October 16

Officers were called at 2:40 a.m. to an apartment in the 1400 block of Morton Circle. Upon arrival they spoke with Los Angeles resident Angelina Quinones, 22, who said she wished to retrieve personal property from the apartment. A resident gave permission for Quinones to collect her belongings as long as an officer was present. Police said once inside Quinones became very angry and started yelling and refused to leave. As officers attempted to escort her out of the apartment, she allegedly punched one officer in the arm while attempting to punch another in face. She was arrested on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge, transported to the CPD jail, booked, and released with a citation.

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