Police Blotter: April 13, 2023

Wednesday, March 29
The Claremont Police Department received a 10:50 p.m. call from a man in the parking lot of La West Liquor & Market, 333 W. Arrow Hwy., who said somebody had just taken his car. The Claremont resident told police that he had picked up a hitchhiker earlier in the day and the man had driven off in his rented car after he stepped out of the vehicle. He said the suspect, a Hispanic male, 28, about 5 foot 8 inches tall with brown hair and tattoos on his hands and neck, had begun to make odd statements about guns just before he parked the car at La West. On April 4, Claremont police learned that Covina police had recovered the vehicle and had a suspect in custody who matched the description the victim had provided. However, when police called the victim, he no longer wanted to press charges and did not want to identify the suspect.



Thursday, March 30
Police received a call at 4:42 p.m. about a person acting oddly in front of Eureka! restaurant, 580 W. First St. When officers contacted Pomona resident Samuel London, 36, they said he displayed the symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and a records check revealed he had a no-bail parole warrant. He was arrested for the warrant and for being under the influence. London was taken to the Claremont jail where he was booked and issued a citation on the new charges and then transferred to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he was booked for the parole hold.



Friday, March 31
Employees at Denny’s restaurant, 820 S. Indian Hill Blvd., called police at 2:59 a.m. to report that a man was kicking the windows and waving his arms around. When police arrived they said the man, Daniel Gutierrez, 24, of Ontario was extremely intoxicated. He allegedly told officers that “a lot of people are in trouble and they are after me.” He was arrested on misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to the CPD jail, where he was booked, held for detoxification, and issued a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.

Police were called at 3:55 a.m. about a traffic collision at Corey Nursery, 1650 Monte Vista Ave. Arriving officers reportedly discovered a car driven by 26-year-old Chase Cooper of Upland had crashed through the closed gate at the business. Police said Cooper showed signs of being intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested for DUI and taken to CPD jail, where he was booked, held for detoxification, and released with a citation to appear in court.

Pomona resident Coleman Dede, 34, was pulled over by police at 11:32 p.m. near the intersection of Claremont and Foothill boulevards for an inoperable taillight. When officers approached the car they said Dede appeared to be drunk. He reportedly initially resisted police commands but eventually agreed to a field sobriety test which allegedly showed he was driving under the influence. During a search police allegedly found two baggies of unnamed narcotics in his pockets. He was arrested for the drugs and the DUI and taken to the CPD jail where he was booked, held for detoxification, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.



Saturday, April 1
At 10:26 a.m. police received a call about a traffic collision on Mt. Baldy Road at Evey Canyon. When officers arrived, they reported seeing a car allegedly driven by Fontana resident Elvia Armendariz-Baldiva, 21, had crashed into the side of the mountain. Officers said Armendariz-Baldiva appeared drunk and field sobriety tests confirmed she was driving under the influence. She was arrested for DUI and taken to the CPD jail where she was booked, held for detoxification, and released with a citation and a court date.

More day drinking was apparently happening that afternoon prior to CPD being called at 1:53 p.m. about a car swerving and a man driving erratically. Police caught up with the driver, Arturo Tolentino Huerta, 36, of San Fernando, on Baseline Road near Indian Hill Boulevard. As officers approached Huerta’s car, they reported seeing open containers of alcohol. Huerta allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and taken to the CPD jail where he was booked, held for detoxification, and released on citation to appear in court.



Thursday, April 6
Police received a 9:07 a.m. call from a woman who said she had been attacked by her ex-boyfriend. Police said the 34-year-old Upland resident approached his former girlfriend at her place of work, where he allegedly broke the woman’s car window attempting to get in. Police said he then assaulted her through the broken window before she escaped out the other side of car. The alleged assailant reportedly stole items from the woman’s car before fleeing the scene in his own vehicle. Detectives found his car abandoned and had it towed after getting a search warrant to retrieve evidence. Police were able to track the man down to a tech school in Ontario, but he fled on foot resulting in a short pursuit. He was captured, arrested, and taken to the CPD jail where he was booked, charged with felony robbery, domestic violence, stalking and attempted kidnapping as well as misdemeanor resisting arrest and vandalism. He was then transported to Pomona jail where he was held for court.



Friday, April 7
Police were called at 12:59 a.m. about a drunk man attempting to gain access to a house in the 900 block of Olympic Court. The caller said the man, Omar Castro, 30, of La Puente, did not belong on the property and that he wanted him to leave. When police arrived they said Castro was quite intoxicated and he was arrested for drunk in public. When officers searched him at the Claremont jail they allegedly found an unnamed controlled substance. It is a felony to take drugs into a jail, so he was hit with the additional charge and held for a court appearance on Tuesday.

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