Best of the worst: the 2022 Police Blotter

Wednesday, January 12
A Stater Bros. employee called CPD at 6:02 p.m. to report a customer wearing a Halloween mask from the dystopian horror movie franchise “The Purge” had hit her in the face after being confronted about throwing newspapers around the store. The alleged assailant had by then fled the scene in a silver KIA Forte. Police arrived at the 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. store shortly thereafter to investigate. They located the suspect, a 20-year-old Ontario woman, who is said to have told police she hadn’t struck the clerk, but had pulled the Stater Bros. employee’s mask off. Investigators later sent a misdemeanor battery case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.


Sunday, February 13
It took four squad cars, five CPD officers and a supervisor to prevent yet another volatile, violent situation at the Knights Inn, 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd., from erupting into something deadly. It began with an 11 a.m. call regarding a woman screaming in one of the motel rooms. Arriving officers went to the door of the room in question and knocked. Inside they found the apparent source of the screams, a 31-year-old Victorville woman who had allegedly been beaten by a 30-year-old unhoused man in the room. The alleged assailant immediately bolted out the back sliding glass door, but officers were there to arrest him. Inside the motel room police say they found a loaded black semiautomatic Polymer 80 9mm handgun within arm’s reach of where the alleged assailant had been standing. The gun, which police say belonged to the alleged assailant, had no serial number. On the bed nearby was a high-capacity magazine loaded with 37 rounds, police said. The alleged assailant was charged with domestic violence, being a felon in possession of a handgun, both felonies, and for an outstanding felony parole violation warrant and a handful of other arrest warrants. A search then allegedly turned up methamphetamine, and he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance to boot. The woman who answered the motel room door (who was not the woman who had allegedly been beaten), Monica Rodriguez, 31, from Pomona, also had multiple warrants out for her arrest, and was also taken into custody. A fourth person in the room, 33-year-old Chino Hills resident Peter Gomez, allegedly had methamphetamine on him, and he, too, was arrested on a misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charge. The trio were all transported to CPD headquarters, where Gomez was released with a citation to appear in court; Rodriguez was held until appearing for her Valentine’s Day arraignment in Pomona Superior Court; and the unhoused man and alleged assailant of the Victorville woman was jailed in front of his February 15 arraignment.


Tuesday, March 2
An opportunistic thief apparently hit the smash and grab jackpot after breaking a window of a 2010 Lexus and making off with more than $9,000 in goods and cash. Claremont Police took a report from a 42-year-old La Verne woman, who said her car’s window was smashed sometime between 9 and 10:45 at the north parking lot of the Claremont Wilderness Park, in the 4000 block of north Mills Ave., while she was hiking the trail. Taken was an extensive list of designer and luxury items, including a Louis Vuitton handbag valued at $2,100; Apple AirPods worth $120; an iPad Pro valued at $1,200; two iPhones, $1,800; a Gucci Supreme chain wallet, $1,500; a Coach wristlet, $100; a Kate Spade bag, $75; miscellaneous jewelry, $100; an Apple Pencil, $150; an Apple keyboard, $300; a Kate Spade wallet, $200; Tiffany sunglasses, $225; various gift cards worth $125; $120 in cash; credit cards; a checkbook; and a Covid vaccination card. Police have no suspects and no evidence to connect someone to the crime. They are asking the public to call (909) 399-5411 with any information that might help.


Monday, April 11
A 43-year-old unhoused man accused of the petty crime of stealing from Dollar Tree was instead arrested on the very serious charge of making criminal threats, a felony, after allegedly uttering a series of bizarre statements promising vengeance on the store’s manager. It began with a 10:11 a.m. call by the 342 S. Indian Hill Blvd. deep discount store regarding a man loitering by the front door. Arriving officers talked to the man, who said he was refusing to leave because the Dollar Tree cashier had failed to give him a receipt. The manager then allegedly told the man he would provide him with a receipt. It was later determined the man had stolen some items, police said, but the manager did not desire prosecution, instead advising him not to return to the store in the future. The unhoused men is then alleged to have told the manager: “Don’t be mistaken: if somebody that looks like me, borrow my car, or somebody kills you, it’s not my fault,” and, “If you get killed on your way home, somebody runs your ass over, don’t come behind me for it. You understand?” He was then arrested on the felony charge, booked, and later released pending further investigation. Police say they are attempting to determine whether to file the case with the district attorney’s office or close it out.


Tuesday, April 12
The Claremont Police Department responded to a 9:10 p.m. call from a manager at Stater Bros., 1055 W. Foothill Blvd., regarding a man who had just stolen a single can of beer from the store. Arriving officers found the suspect, Israel Lopez, 37, from La Verne, standing near the intersection of Foothill and Towne Ave., where he had allegedly been seen by passersby walking in traffic and challenging people to a fight. As police questioned him, they say he began speaking incoherently about “the presence of sins,” and told them he had no alcohol on him, “but I’m drunk.” Strongly suspecting he was telling the truth, police administered a field sobriety test, which apparently confirmed that suspicion. Lopez was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of drunk in public and transported to CPD headquarters, where he was booked and jailed. After detoxing, he was released in the wee hours with a citation and a date with a judge at Pomona Superior Court.


Friday, April 22
A 26-year-old Lawndale resident with an alarmingly extensive history of car theft was arrested again after an alert resident of north Claremont called police at 1:51 a.m. to report a man had just stolen something from a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 700 block of Via Santa Catarina. Responding officers say after noticing a suspicious white Audi parked nearby in the 2500 block of Mountain Ave., they saw Samuel Sarmiento run from the same driveway, jump into the Audi and drive off. The officers then pulled Sarmiento over to question him. He’s said to have told officers he had just dropped his sister off at the home from which police had seen him running. By then a second officer had arrived on the scene who ran the plate of the Audi, and discovered it had been reported stolen out of LAPD’s Pacific Division on March 26. While he was being questioned CPD contacted the home Sarmiento said he had dropped his sister, but the owner told them he did not know him or his sister. Police also found that Sarmiento — who again is just 26 — had been arrested 17 times for grand theft auto, with seven convictions on his record. A search of the Audi allegedly turned up other recently stolen items, including a tray from the center console of a car parked in the driveway from which police had seen him run that contained a garage remote, sunglasses, keys and other miscellaneous items. They also found a laptop bag that belonged to a person in Sun Valley, a backpack from a theft victim in Orange, and mail belonging to resident in the 2900 block of N. Mountain Ave. in Claremont. Sarmiento was arrested on multiple felony counts, including car theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, car theft with prior convictions and possession of stolen property. He was also charged with two misdemeanors, petty theft and fraud, relating to the mail allegedly found in his possession. Sarmiento was booked and held for court in the Claremont jail before being released with a court date after posting a $25,000 bond. All of the stolen items were returned to their owners.


Monday, April 25
Here’s one from the “you can’t make this up” department: A Claremont man called police at 7 a.m. to report his 1994 Honda Accord had been stolen from his residence in the 220 block of Navarro Dr. Officers arrived and took a report from the man, who told them he’d last seen his car at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Police then reported the Honda stolen, and it was entered into the national database of stolen vehicles. But later that day, well, clearer heads prevailed, when the man called CPD to report he’d found his car parked on a street near his home. He told police he’d been drunk when he parked the car around the corner and had forgotten about it. Cue facepalm.


Wednesday, April 27
A resident called the Claremont Police Department at 1:43 a.m. to report an unknown man had been ringing the doorbell and had then laid down on the front porch of a home in the 800 block of W. Base Line Rd. Responding officers say the suspect, a 25-year-old Upland man, was mumbling, slurring his words, and was unable to stand on his own. They then asked him if he had been drinking, to which he is said to have responded, “I did drink alcohol, and I smoked marijuana!” He was taken into custody for drunk in public, and spent the rest of his morning detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released later that morning without charges.


Tuesday, May 10
It doesn’t sound like much of a prize, but what its owner described as “a 16-foot dirty aluminum boat” and trailer were reported stolen from the driveway of a home in the 3700 block of Williams Ave. A neighbor told police a white or silver early 2000s lifted Dodge Ram pickup pulled up to the home on May 5 or 6, attached the trailer to a hitch, and pulled away. The boat’s owner, who was out of town at the time, needed some time to gather identifying information, including the vessel’s hull number, license number, etc., before calling police. Anyone who may have seen a “dirty aluminum boat” being towed around the time of the theft is urged to call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 391-5411.


Thursday, May 12
Claremont police, responding to public outcry regarding the abundance of crime taking place around “motel row,” at Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 Freeway, conducted a crime suppression detail. One arrest took place at 11:12 p.m. after Claremont police pulled over 21-year-old Ontario resident Steven Molina near Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 Freeway for an allegedly inoperable third brake light and no front license plate. Molina came to a stop in a nearby parking lot, and as officers approached the car they allegedly saw him trying to hide something and could smell strong odor of marijuana. Asked what he’d been hiding, Molina reportedly told police, “I was trying to hide a blunt.” He was then asked to step out of the car. Officers then allegedly found what amounted to a virtual illegal drug store inside the car, including a small clear plastic baggie with four small blue oxycodone pills, another baggie with 20 small white bar-shaped Xanax pills, a small container of marijuana, a scale, multiple empty plastic baggies, and later, seven more oxycodone pills in a cupholder and several small plastic baggies on the floor containing “wax,” a concentrated, incredibly potent form of marijuana. Police say Molina voluntarily gave officers written permission to search his phone, including his passcode, where they found text messages with multiple customers regarding meeting locations and listing prices for various drugs. During a statement to officers, Molina reportedly said, “I make more at my day job than doing this. This just helps me get by.” He was arrested on a felony charge of possession of narcotics for sale, booked, and released with citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.


Sunday, May 29
Claremont PD received a 5:01 a.m. call from a resident in the 100 block of Brown Dr., who reported seeing a person on his surveillance camera attempting to open a car door parked outside the home at 4:27 a.m. Police responded, viewed the surveillance footage, and at 5:45 a.m. located a man they thought to be the one they were looking for at the Chevron/McDonald’s location at 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd. They then approached the man, Vincent Padilla, a 21-year-old Colton resident, who initially provided a false name. With databases turning up no record of the fake name, Padilla then reportedly gave his true identity, and apologized for lying. He then told officers he had found something in the bushes outside nearby Norm’s restaurant which he should not have on him. Officers believed he was alluding to a weapon, and did a pat down search. During the search police say they felt what they believed to be a handgun outside of his right front jacket pocket. It turned out to be a loaded 9 mm Hi-Point C-9 Luger semiautomatic handgun with five hollow point bullets in the magazine. A subsequent records check revealed Padilla was on parole for a previous felony car theft conviction, and a firearm records check indicated the gun was recently reported stolen out of Colton during a residential burglary. Padilla was then arrested on four felony counts of possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a stolen loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, and theft of a firearm. He was booked, and after his parole officer issued a felony parole hold, he was held in the Claremont jail in front of his June 1 arraignment in Pomona Superior Court. While being transported to the courthouse, a CPD detective told the COURIER Padilla spontaneously stated he was “Just trying to help out the people of Claremont,” and had intended to turn the gun in to CPD.


Wednesday, June 1
Claremont Police Department officers responded to a 7:07 p.m. 911 call from a neighbor who reportedly witnessed 27-year-old Claremont resident Andrew Guerra strike a 49-year-old man with a baseball bat, causing wounds to his head and upper torso. The genesis of the attack stemmed from the victim allegedly yelling at Guerra after allegedly witnessing him urinating behind LA West Liquor, 333 E. Arrow Hwy. A verbal argument ensued, during which Guerra, who is Black, alleges the victim directed multiple racial slurs at him. The victim then made his way to his nearby home as the argument with Guerra continued. Once there, the victim went inside his home and retrieved a baseball bat, police said. Guerra then armed himself with his skateboard, and at some point disarmed the victim and struck him with his own bat. Guerra then fled in his car. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. Police could not say whether his injuries were life-threatening. Meanwhile, the witness had written down the alleged assailant’s license plate number, and after a records check, police went to Guerra’s home in the 400 block of Elder Dr., where he reportedly confirmed the details of the incident. He was then arrested on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. After booking Guerra posted a $30,000 bond and was released with a citation and a court date.


Friday, June 17
A 37-year-old unhoused man awaiting trial for felony resisting a police officer causing injury — a charge stemming from an incredibly violent and chaotic 2020 incident that sent four CPD officers to the hospital and two into retirement — was arrested again after allegedly exposing himself repeatedly to cars in the roadway near Mills Ave. and Scottsbluff Dr. A witness called CPD about 2:57 p.m. to report the incident. The arriving officer — who was unaware of the suspect’s allegedly violent past — found him at 3:14 p.m. on the 210 Freeway overpass at Mills Ave. The officer asked the suspect to take a seat on the curb, to which he allegedly replied, “F**k you. I don’t have to do shit.” The officer repeated his command multiple times, and the man reportedly said, “F**k you, bitch. I don’t need to listen to you.” The officer then called for backup, and additional officers arrived. The man was then put into handcuffs and arrested without further incident on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, as the witness did not desire prosecution on the indecent exposure charge. Along the way, a records check revealed the man had previously been arrested after reportedly smoking a gram and-a-half of methamphetamine and eating an unknown quantity of “G,” a liquid form of the synthetic drug ecstasy, prior to a violent fight with six CPD and two Pomona PD officers. That May 19, 2020 incident began with a 2:09 p.m. call regarding two men fighting near the corner of Indian Hill Blvd. and San Jose Ave. Arriving officers attempted to break up the fight, but one of the men — the same 37-year-old unhoused man — then allegedly turned on police and began attacking them. This resulted in a call for emergency backup. Three additional CPD units were quickly on the scene, bringing the total number of officers to six. The unhoused man then reportedly attempted to get control of one of the officers’ guns, and was then tasered, which police said had no effect on him. While attempting to taser him again, one of the CPD officers got tangled up in the taser wire and was inadvertently tasered. A third attempt at tasering the suspect unfortunately caught the same officer again, and he was shocked for a second time. Officers also tried multiple “pain compliance” moves on the suspect, wherein they administered control holds to his arms, wrists and fingers, but again, to no avail. Meanwhile two nearby Pomona officers got involved, bringing the total of police to eight. That number proved to be enough to neutralize the man, and he was finally put into handcuffs and arrested. All told, four CPD officers suffered injuries in the incident. Those included bruises, injuries to the elbow and hand, lacerations, and bite wounds. All were treated at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and released. Police later learned the two original combatants were in a romantic relationship, and the boyfriend told them about the suspect’s alleged prodigious drug consumption just prior to the melee. The violent ordeal was directly related to the subsequent retirement of two of the CPD officers injured in the clash. The other two Claremont police officers who were injured, including the one who was twice tasered during the fracas, are still on the force. The suspect’s latest arrest, for misdemeanor resisting arrest, resulted in him being booked and released with a citation and a court date. His 2020 felony assault case has been postponed at least five times, mainly due to Covid-related court delays. The suspect is finally due to appear June 28 for a pre-trial hearing in Pomona Superior Court to face a judge on that case.


Sunday, July 1
At 1:01 p.m. police were conducting a welfare check at the Knights Inn and observed a vehicle leaving the motel. Officers made contact with the driver and verified he was registered owner of the vehicle. A records check revealed the driver, Pomona resident Desmond Heyward, 33, had an active warrant for a previous incident in Claremont. On November 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. police received a 911 call from the victim of a fight at the Shell Station, 747 S. Indian Hill Boulevard. When officers arrived they contacted Heyward and the victim, discovering both had sustained injuries during the fight. After reviewing video surveillance, the victim is seen entering the station to make a transaction, Heyward follows him and allegedly randomly punches the victim in face multiple times. The combatants fell to ground and the victim was able to straddle Heyward and punch him back several times. The victim signed a private person’s arrest form and was treated at the scene for his injuries. Heyward was issued a citation and transported to the hospital.

Saturday, July 16
A resident of the 600 block of Blanchard Place who was not home at the time called police at 10:16 p.m. after seeing a suspicious person on the home’s Ring doorbell feed. The camera allegedly caught a 32-year-old unhoused man removing a screen from a front window of the house and also removing the battery from the Ring device. The suspect was not able to enter the property, and left on a push scooter taken from the front yard, according to the police. The resident was able to provide a description of the suspect, who was contacted by CPD a short distance away, where he allegedly admitted to the crimes. He was arrested for burglary, receiving stolen property, providing false information to an officer and a San Bernardino County felony warrant. He was cited on the new charges, and transported to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for the warrant.


Friday, July 29
At 3:19 a.m. officers observed a grey BMW on Auto Center Drive at Indian Hill with equipment violations including dark tinted windows and expired tags. They conducted a traffic stop and asked the driver and a passenger for identification. While detaining the driver, police were informed that the passenger, later identified as Tarik Gatewood, 19, of Rancho Cucamonga, was lying about his name and had a firearm. A search of Gatewood allegedly revealed a nine millimeter ghost gun in a fanny pack around his waist, and two high capacity magazines, one with 15 bullets and the other a 50-round drum magazine. A check of his true name revealed an active San Bernardino County arrest warrant. He was transported to CPD jail where was booked and released pending investigation of the felony ghost gun charge and misdemeanor providing false ID to a police officer. He was then transported to West Valley Detention Center for the warrant.


Tuesday, August 9
At 12:37 a.m. Claremont police officers saw a grey Kia stopped in the middle of the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Mills Avenue with another vehicle’s driver honking trying to get to the Kia to move. Officers approached and say they saw Carson resident Ebony Walker, 38, asleep in the driver’s seat with the car in gear and the engine running. A passenger in the vehicle was also asleep. Police say Walker’s breath sample turned up blood alcohol content of .13%, nearly double the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI.

Claremont’s license plate reader cameras picked up on a grey 2017 Hyundai Tucson that had been reported stolen in Pomona earlier in the day. At 8:29 p.m. officers located the car heading south on Indian Hill Blvd. at San Jose Ave. and attempted to pull the driver over. The Hyundai then entered the westbound 10 Freeway, accelerated, and a CPD took off in pursuit. During the chase the vehicles traveled at speeds in excess of 100 mph, with the Tucson weaving in and out of traffic. At the 57 freeway interchange the Hyundai accelerated to 115 mph, the officers lost sight, and terminated the pursuit.


Wednesday, August 10
A caller alerted police at 12:49 a.m. of a possible drunk driver near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue driving without a tire. When police caught up with the driver, later identified as Pomona resident Jose Granados, 56, the vehicle was headed westbound on Foothill and now had lost two tires and was sending up a spray of sparks as it proceeded down the roadway on just the rims. Officers pulled over Granados on Garey Avenue north of Foothill and discovered both tires on the passenger side completely missing and evidence the vehicle and been involved in traffic collision. Police say they found Granados standing next to the open driver’s door with the key fob in his hand. He agreed to an alcohol screening test which allegedly showed his blood alcohol level was .18%, more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI.


Friday, August 12
A female victim parked her car in the 2600 block King Way about 6 p.m. to go on a hike with a friend. Upon returning at 8:30 p.m. she discovered the vehicle had several large dents to the front quarter panel, and front and rear doors for a total of $3,400 in damage. Police say the vehicle’s dents appeared to be caused by kicking and shoe prints on the paint included the word “Sperry.” Officers contacted Claremont resident Naser Mahfoud, 48, who lives adjacent to where the car was parked. Mahfoud said he had surveillance video and agreed to let police see the feed, but officers were unable to gain access. During their investigation officers asked Mahfoud to take off his sandals, and saw the word “Sperry” on the soles. The sandals also matched the size and print on the Honda, police said. Mahfoud, allegedly said he was angry because the victim had parked in front of his house for long period of time. He was arrested for felony vandalism.


Sunday, September 4
An officer conducting traffic enforcement at 2:58 a.m. near Foothill Boulevard and Yale Avenue heard what sounded like vehicles engaged in a speed contest and observed two vehicles racing on Indian Hill south of Foothill. The officer gave chase and conducted a traffic stop on Claremont resident Max Ferrell, 35, at First Street and College Avenue. The driver of the second car, Frank Lopez, 39, also from Claremont, parked in an adjacent parking lot. Police say both drivers displayed signs of alcohol intoxication. Field sobriety tests allegedly confirmed that suspicion, and they were both arrested for DUI.

At 4:30 p.m. police received several calls from customers at Eureka Burger about a suspicious man walking back and forth wearing a ski mask, hoodie, multiple layers of clothing and a police-style duty belt. Police spotted Pomona resident Liu Peng, 36, sitting on the curb and he reportedly said he was trying to stay cool while waiting for Uber Eats orders. During a search, police allegedly found a concealed dagger with a fixed three-inch blade, numerous pocket knives and handcuff keys. He was wearing two bullet resistant vests under 10 layers of clothes. Peng was arrested for carrying a concealed knife, a misdemeanor.


Wednesday, August 7
Officers on patrol at 10:36 p.m. saw a Dodge Caliber stopped in lanes of traffic near Foothill and Claremont boulevards. Police approached and allegedly saw a woman asleep at the wheel who appeared to be in the middle of painting her fingernails. They also noted that the left rear tire tread was shredded. Officers woke the driver, Pomona resident Lara Hernandez, 46, and suspected she was under the influence of a controlled substance. During a search of the car officers located two glass pipes containing what they believed to be methamphetamine. Hernandez was arrested for driving while under the influence of controlled substance.


Sunday, September 11
Officers on patrol at 10:19 p.m. near Base Line Road and Indian Hill began following a 2022 Honda Civic west on Base Line. They reported that the vehicle was traveling 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver later identified as Lucerne Valley resident Zyriah Carter, 21, accelerated to speeds over 100 mph and a pursuit was initiated. Police followed the vehicle on College Way where they say the driver was traveling at twice the posted speed limit of 30 mph. The vehicle turned left on Williams and continued to travel at a high rate of speed. Carter allegedly crashed when attempting to turn onto Foothill Boulevard, disabling the Honda. Police say Carter then jumped out of the car and was ordered to ground. Asked why she fled, Carter reportedly responded, “I am inebriated.” A field sobriety test was administered and he was arrested for DUI.


Saturday, October 1
At 11:35 a.m. police receive 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 but when an officer attempted to get Olsen to sit down he refused and ran away. That’s when he allegedly threw a metal chair, striking the officer on the leg and reportedly stated, “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.


Thursday, October 6
At 5:51 p.m. police were called about a white minivan with a blown out tire emanating smoke as it headed north on Padua Avenue. Police arrived at the intersection of Padua and Base Line Road to discover a hit-and-run crash allegedly involving the white van. According to police, a woman driving a blue Nissan Versa northbound stated the suspect, identified as Claremont resident Robert Whitehead, 57, intentionally rammed her vehicle and tried to push her through a red light and into the intersection, then fled north on Padua. Officers later found the van in a Palmer Canyon driveway, sporting a shredded front passenger tire. Whitehead was arrested for felony assault with deadly weapon — the van — and was transported to CPD jail and booked. While in the jail he allegedly destroyed a phone, and an additional felony of damaging jail property was added.


Friday, December 2
At 7:30 p.m. officers responded to a domestic disturbance call from a home on Mountain Avenue north of Base Line Road. Upon arrival they located a female suspect in the home’s driveway and detained her in the back of a patrol car. They also found a victim who had visible lacerations on the back of both hands. The suspect allegedly used a metal alarm company sign to hit the victim multiple times and also punched the victim in the face. While in the patrol car, the suspect allegedly began banging her head on the car window. When an officer opened the door the suspect reportedly spat in the officer’s face. L.A. County Fire responded to assess the suspect, but police say she then became combative with firefighters and refused to be evaluated. The suspect was arrested and transported to CPD jail, where she was served with an emergency protective order for the victim. While in the holding cell she reportedly became irate and smashed a jail phone. The suspect was charged with two felonies, domestic violence and damaging jail property, and misdemeanor battery on a police officer. Later, a bond agent posted bail on her behalf. At 3:55 a.m. Saturday, officers again responded to the residence because the suspect allegedly called the victim, a violation of the protective order. Police say the suspect called the victim seven times over a roughly 20-minute period. Police informed the bail agent of the alleged court order violation, and the agent revoked the suspect’s bond. The bail agent then located the suspect, took her into custody, and transported her back to CPD jail.


Saturday, December 10
Officers conducing an area check at 3:46 a.m. reported seeing a grey Toyota Camry with two occupants parked on Appalachian near Bowie and stopped to have a look. They contacted the driver, Apple Valley resident Isaiah Smith, 26, and records check showed he had an outstanding CPD misdemeanor arrest warrant for hit-and-run with bail set at $10,000. Smith was arrested, transported to jail, booked, and released with a citation to appear in court. A male passenger was released at the scene. The hit-and-run collision occurred on Monday, May 2 at 4:25 p.m. when Smith, traveling north on Towne Avenue, allegedly rear-ended another vehicle before fleeing east on Scripps Drive. A witness in the driveway of his home saw Smith was getting ready to leave the scene and took cell phone video police say showed the suspect’s car, its license plate, and Smith himself before he drove out of sight. After an investigation Smith was identified and confirmed to be the driver. A case was filed with the district attorney and a warrant issued for his arrest.

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