Police Blotter: December 16, 2022
Wednesday, December 7
At 2 a.m. Claremont Police Department officers responded to the 1000 block of North Towne Avenue regarding a car that had collided with a utility pole. There they questioned Baldwin Park resident Hector Aguilar, 44, who reportedly said he had braked and his car spun out of control. A records check revealed Aguilar had three outstanding Rancho Cucamonga misdemeanor arrest warrants, two for driving without a license carrying a total bail of $40,000, and another for driving with no proof of insurance and no registration with a $30,000 bail. He was arrested, transported to the Claremont jail, booked, and later released with citation to appear at Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.
Thursday, December 8
Officers patrolling north Claremont at 8:26 p.m. spotted a vehicle parked along Mt. Baldy Road near Fergus Falls in a dirt pullout no stopping zone. Offers questioned the four people in the car and reportedly saw three 12 packs of Pacifico beer, one of which was empty, another partially empty, and the third unopened. A records check showed one passenger, Luis Martinez, 22, of Ontario, had an outstanding Rancho Cucamonga misdemeanor arrest warrant for being an unlicensed driver, carrying no proof insurance and driving without headlights. Jamie Cabrera Medellin, 24, also from Ontario, had a similar warrant for driving without a license and no proof of insurance. While speaking to 21-year-old Ontario resident Emmanuel Centeno Martinez, police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. During questioning he allegedly became belligerent and argumentative, and officers decided he was unable to care for himself and arrested him for public intoxication. All three were transported to the CPD jail, while a fourth person was released at the scene. Luis Martinez and Cabrera Medellin were booked and released with citations to appear at Pomona Superior Court. Centeno Martinez was held for detoxification and later released with no charges.
Friday, December 9
At 10:59 a.m. Claremont police received a call about a suspicious person last seen pushing a shopping cart up Mountain Avenue in the Claraboya neighborhood. Responding officers caught up with the 37-year-old unhoused man near the top of the hill at Via Santo Tomas, which is over three quarters of a mile long with 503 feet of vertical gain. A records check revealed the man had a no-bail warrant for a probation violation in Los Angeles County and a misdemeanor warrant from La Verne for possession of a controlled substance. During a search officers reported finding a small bag of methamphetamine in the pocket of his shorts. The man and his property were then transported to the CPD jail, where he was booked and given a citation for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was held until he could be transported to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles for the no-bail warrant.
An officer on patrol at 11:27 p.m. reported seeing a silver 2016 Ford Mustang heading east on Bonita Avenue at approximately 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. The officer said the driver, Oscar Sanchez, 22, of Rialto, ran the stop sign at Berkeley Avenue, which is in front of the Claremont Police Station. Police attempted a traffic stop, but say Sanchez continued eastbound, finally making a left turn on Yale Avenue and parking in front of Walter’s restaurant. Officers questioned Sanchez and say they could smell alcohol on his breath. They reportedly found a near empty 750 ml bottle of New Amsterdam vodka in the back seat. When a female passenger exited the car police say they found an empty bottle of Victoria Mexican lager, a can of White Claw hard seltzer water and two E&J travel size brandy bottles. Police conducted a field sobriety test and say Sanchez was driving while intoxicated. He was transported to CPD jail where he was booked. A blood sample was taken and booked as evidence. Sanchez was held for detoxification and later released with a citation to appear in court. His passenger was released at the scene.
Saturday, December 10
At 12:04 a.m. officers reported seeing a white 2016 Nissan Rogue driving south on Yale Avenue with its headlights off. Police say the driver, 29-year-old Pomona resident Jacqueline Chavez, made a left turn onto First Street and initially began to travel east in the westbound lanes before apparently realizing her error and correcting the car’s trajectory to the proper side of the median. Officers attempted a traffic stop at First and Harvard Avenue, but Chavez reportedly began to slowly roll her car forward. Police said Chavez then put her arm out of the window and motioned for the patrol car to go around. Officers said they then told Chavez to stop, and she did — in the middle of the traffic lane. Police questioned Chavez and said they could smell alcohol on her breath and that she appeared to be under the influence. Police said through field sobriety tests they determined Chavez was at approximately twice the .08 legal limit to drive. She was arrested, transported to jail, and booked. A blood sample was taken and booked as evidence. Chavez was held for detoxification and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Officers conducting 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 a 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.
Sunday, December 11
At 2:33 a.m. an officer reportedly saw a blue 2019 Honda Civic make a U-turn against a red left turn arrow on Indian Hill adjacent to the 10 Freeway. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Bloomington resident Sara Montes, 38, and said they could smell a strong odor of alcohol. When asked how much she had to drink that night Montes allegedly responded, “I had had a few.” Police said she displayed symptoms of driving under the influence and conducted field sobriety tests. Montes was arrested and transported to CPD jail where she refused a chemical sample, triggering an automatic suspension of her license. She was booked, held for detoxification, and later released with a citation. A male passenger was released at the scene.