Police Blotter: August 20, 2021

Police Blotter
by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, August 10
Claremont Police Department officers conducted an 11:51 p.m. traffic stop on a Honda Odyssey driven by Tony Farias, 37, from Rancho Cucamonga, after a records check indicated the car was possibly linked to a recent catalytic converter theft. Other records check also revealed an unrelated outstanding felony Pomona Police Department warrant, and Mr. Farias was arrested, booked, and held at the Claremont Police Station before being picked up and transported to the Pomona jail by PPD officers.

Wednesday, August 11
Claremont police on patrol at 11:18 p.m. near San Jose Ave. and Indian Hill Blvd. say they saw a man lying in the parking lot of the office building at 678 S. Indian Hill Blvd. They conducted a welfare check on Edward Keeton, 34, from Pomona, who said he was okay. A subsequent search though allegedly turned up a rock of methamphetamine and a pipe, and Mr. Keeton was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. He was then booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.
A 30-year-old unhoused man was arrested on a felony burglary charge after a resident called police to report he had ridden his bike into the garage of a home in the 200 block of E. Oak Park Dr., taken a bottle of water, and rode off. Claremont police caught up with the man a short time later nearby, and arrested him on the felony charge. He was booked and held in the Claremont jail before appearing for his arraignment in Pomona court on August 13.

Friday, August 12
Phillip Borunda, a 39-year-old Pomona man, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, suspected to be methamphetamine, after Claremont PD received a 4:56 a.m. call regarding a suspicious person at the Metrolink station, 200 W. First St. Arriving officers determined Mr. Borunda was high on a central nervous stimulant, and placed him under arrest. He submitted to a urine test at the station, was booked, and then spent the remainder of the morning detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released with a citation to appear in court.
Claremont PD received a 9:11 p.m. call regarding an elderly man who allegedly backed into a car at the Spot Café, 435 W. Foothill Blvd., then over a curb, and drove away from the scene. Police caught up with Stephen Stellar, 69, from South Pasadena, at Chase Bank, 805 W. Foothill Blvd. They then conducted a field sobriety test that allegedly indicated Mr. Stellar was drunk, and he was arrested for DUI and hit and run, both misdemeanors. He spent the rest of the evening and early morning sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released in the wee hours with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

Saturday, August 13
Claremont Police received a 7:51 a.m. call from a resident of the Plum Tree Apartments, 284 N. Carnegie Ave., who said a man was under a car in the building’s parking area apparently attempting to remove a catalytic converter. By the time police arrived the suspect had fled in a white Ford F150 truck. After a search police located the truck in La Verne, and made a traffic stop. A records check revealed the truck had been reported stolen, and the driver, an unhoused 40-year-old man, had a no-bail parole violation warrant out of San Bernardino County. A search of the truck allegedly turned up three 7.65 millimeter bullets, and the man was arrested on three felony counts: car theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and being a felon in possession of ammunition; and two misdemeanor counts of vehicle tampering (for attempting to remove the catalytic converter back in Claremont), and driving on a suspended license. He was arrested and booked, then spent the next few days in the Claremont jail before appearing August 16 in Pomona Superior Court.
Police arrested 30-year-old Victor Morales-Carbajal for misdemeanor DUI after receiving a 12:53 p.m. call regarding a non-injury one-car accident at Pepper Tree Square, Arrow Hwy. and Indian Hill Blvd. Police conducted a field sobriety test, and Mr. Morales-Carbajal was arrested, booked and spent the afternoon in the Claremont jail before being released with a citation to appear in court.

Saturday, August 14
Claremont resident Vincent Cuevas, 26, was arrested on a DUI charge after police say they saw him making an unsafe lane change in his silver Nissan Ultima near Arrow Hwy. and Cambridge Ave. at 2:05 a.m. After a traffic stop and field sobriety test, Mr. Cuevas was arrested for misdemeanor drunk driving, booked, and spent the morning sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released in the morning with a ticket and court date.
Police ran a records check on a 60-year-old unhoused man walking in the area of Radcliffe and Loyola drives at 8:43 a.m. and found two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants out of San Bernardino County. A search then allegedly turned up methamphetamine and a meth pipe, and he was arrested on the two misdemeanor drug charges, and for the warrants. He was then booked and released with a citation to appear on both sets of charges.

Sunday, August 15
A man who had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel of his Honda Accord in the middle of the Baseline Rd. and Monte Vista Ave. intersection got picked up for DUI after police woke him and determined he had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. Chris Duran, 50, from Fontana, was rousted at 2:21 a.m. and given a field sobriety test, the results of which indicated he was drunk, police say. He was arrested, booked, and spent the early morning in the Claremont jail before being released in the morning with a notice to appear on the misdemeanor DUI charge.
Claremont police say they found Pomona resident Allen Perez, 47, lying face down in the grass area at Extra Space Storage, 525 W. Arrow Hwy., at 11:40 a.m. They determined Mr. Perez was a danger to himself and others, and arrested him on one misdemeanor charge of drunk in public. He spent the afternoon in the Claremont jail before being released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

Monday, August 16
Raymond Figueroa, a 66-year-old Hemet man wanted for allegedly torching his Claremont apartment in the 100 block of S. Indian Hill Blvd., made it easy for Claremont police when he walked into the station at 3:14 p.m. to complain someone had broken into the apartment in question, from which he’d understandably been evicted. Police ran a routine records check on Mr. Figueroa and found an outstanding felony warrant from Pomona Superior Court on the arson charge, and he was arrested. He spent a day in jail before appearing before a judge August 17.

Tuesday, August 17
Police on patrol at 1:50 a.m. on Oak Park Dr. just east of Indian Hill Blvd. noticed a man standing beside a 2013 Ford Edge, and questioned him. A records check revealed the man, 51-year-old San Bernardino resident Memphis Huff, had an outstanding felony warrant out of San Bernardino County. He was arrested, booked, and transported to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga to await a court date.


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