Police blotter: 3-4-2022

Tuesday, February 22
Neighboring Pomona Police Department’s license plate reading cameras picked up a stolen black 2009 Ford Fusion heading north on Indian Hill Blvd. about 1 a.m., and notified Claremont PD that it was headed toward the City of Trees. Claremont officers pulled over 59-year-old Chino resident Edwin Thurman at Indian Hill and Kingsley Ave., and arrested him on two felony counts of car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was then transported to CPD headquarters and booked before being released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Claremont officers on extra patrol at the always colorful Motel 6, 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd., ran the license plate of a white Mercedes parked in the lot at 9:46 a.m. They then conducted a records check of its owner, Thomas Gutierrez, 42, from Pomona, and found a no-bail felony warrant for his arrest out of Pomona Superior Court. Gutierrez was then arrested and held in the Claremont jail before appearing for his arraignment the next day at the Pomona courthouse.

Wednesday, February 23
A 42-year-old Claremont man was arrested on two felony counts stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his live-in girlfriend at their home on Chapman Road. The victim, a 46-year-old woman who was reportedly in a dating relationship with the man, said a verbal argument escalated to the point where he punched her in the face repeatedly. The woman suffered significant swelling to her face as a result of the assault, police said, but was not transported to a hospital. The suspect was charged with domestic violence and “assault likely to produce great bodily injury,” both felonies, and booked. He then posted a $50,000 bond and was released with a ticket and a court date.

Thursday, February 24
Police were summoned to Village restaurant Aruffo’s, at 126 Yale Ave., at 10:42 p.m. regarding a man who was refusing to pay for his rather pricey $211.43 meal. Arriving officers met with 41-year-old Santa Monica resident, Yevgeniy Gorodetskiy, who told them he didn’t have any way to pay for what he ordered because he lost his wallet prior to arriving at the restaurant. A records check on Gorodetskiy revealed two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest, and he was taken into custody for the new charge of defrauding an innkeeper, as well as for the warrants. He was booked and subsequently released with a citation.
Sunday, February 27
Police were called to Bright Horizons, 2243 N. Mountain Ave., after receiving a 5:32 p.m. call regarding a disturbance at the adolescent and children mental health clinic and foster care agency. There they found a 19-year-old man who allegedly struck a 38-year-old male on the head with a metal cup, then snapped his laptop in half. The alleged assailant was arrested on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. He was also found to be holding methamphetamine, police said, and was subsequently charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was booked in Claremont before being transported to the Inmate Reception Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The man was scheduled to see a judge on March 1, but police say he refused to come out of his cell at the county facility.

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