Police Blotter: October 7, 2022

by Steven Felschundneff | steven@claremont-courier.com

Sunday, September 25

At 12:20 a.m. officers on patrol in the area of Claremont Boulevard and Sixth Street allegedly saw a white Hyundai Elantra traveling at high rate of speed. The radar in the patrol car reportedly displayed the vehicle’s speed as 59 mph in a 40 mph zone. Officers say the driver then ran the stop sign at First Street and Columbia Avenue, after which police conducted a traffic stop. Police say the driver, Fontana resident Ryan Heo, 20, was emotional and upset over an argument with his wife. He allegedly told officers he had a gun in the car. When police asked Heo to exit the vehicle he forgot to put in park and had to jump back in to apply the brakes. Officers say they smelled the odor of marijuana and conducted sobriety tests which they say showed that Heo was under the influence of cannabis. During a check of the vehicle the officers say they located a loaded gun. Heo was arrested for DUI and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, both misdemeanors. He was transported to Claremont jail where he was held for detoxification and released with a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.

Wednesday, September 28

A representative from the Tesla car company contacted Claremont police to report that a 2022 Model S, which had been purchased at the Upland dealership using a fraudulent identification and credit report, was in the city of Claremont. The company tracked the car through its onboard GPS system and told officers the Tesla was currently parked in front of El Barrio Park. At 7:53 p.m. officers spotted the unoccupied car and report that a short time later two suspects, Ontario resident Jeremiah Dorsey, 21, and Peiyeu Irwin, 27, from Claremont, approached and attempted to enter the Tesla. Police questioned the pair and say they found the car’s key card in Dorsey’s front pocket. A search of Irwin allegedly revealed an unregistered black Glock 43 handgun in his waistband. A records check showed Dorsey had four active warrants from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and was on probation for felony theft. Dorsey was arrested for the stolen car and the warrants. Irwin was arrested for being a felon in possession of loaded firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm. Both were transported to the CPD jail booked and held for court on September 30, which was continued to a new court date of October 5.

Friday, September 30

A California Bank and Trust employee called police at 1:14 p.m. to report that a man was attempting to cash a fraudulent $2,050.50 check. Officers responded and questioned 37-year-old Ryan Helm, from Yorba Linda. The bank employee gave police the driver’s license and the check Helm was trying to cash. Officers say the license had a different name and the picture was not of Helm. When they attempted to detain Helm and put him in handcuffs, they say he tensed up, pushed back and pulled away from their grasp and began to flee on foot. Police say a struggle ensued and three officers fell to ground while taking Helm into custody. A records check revealed two Orange County no-bail warrants for fraud, two misdemeanor warrants, also from Orange County, and two felony Riverside warrants for fraud. He was arrested for the warrants plus presenting a false ID, burglary and forgery. He was transported to Claremont jail, booked, and later sent to the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles. He appeared in court on Monday, October 3.

Saturday, October 1

At 11:35 a.m. police received several calls from businesses in the 100 block of N. Indian Hill Boulevard about a man throwing things and stating he was going to kill people. The man then allegedly took food items from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Police found the suspect, Pomona resident Christopher Olsen, 31, nearby and say he was in possession of the food items. When the officer attempted to get Olsen to sit down he refused and ran away, and then allegedly threw a metal chair, striking the officer on the leg. He then reportedly stated to the officer, “I am going to kill you.” As the officer attempted to detain Olsen, three citizens jumped in to help. He was eventually detained when three additional officers arrived for back up. Olson was arrested for three felonies: assault on a police officer, criminal threats and assault with deadly weapon, the chair. He was also charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. He was transported to the Claremont jail, booked and held for court.

Sunday, October 2

At 10:29 a.m. CPD officers responded to an apartment complex in the 800 block of west Bonita Avenue about a suspicious person seen in the complex’s laundry room. The man, later identified as 37-year-old Duarte resident Markise Alderson, told a resident he was unhoused and was just using the dryer. When police arrived they performed a records check which revealed two felony warrants, one from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the other from Azusa police. In addition, he had a misdemeanor warrant, and bail for all three totaled $91,500. He was arrested, transported to jail and later released with three citations to appear in court.

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