Police Blotter: February 24, 2023

Thursday, February 16

Claremont Police Department officers on patrol at 2:33 p.m. saw a man, later identified as Pomona resident Arthur Hernandez, 40, unconscious on the sidewalk of American Avenue near Drake Avenue. Police were able to wake Hernandez and said he appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. They also reported seeing an open alcoholic beverage next to where he was sleeping. While officers were speaking with Hernandez, he allegedly gave them a false name. He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and taken to the Claremont jail where officers learned his actual name. A records check showed he had a San Bernardino County misdemeanor arrest warrant. He was subsequently charged with giving false identification to a police officer, another misdemeanor, and the warrant. He was held and later released with a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court on the new charges.

Friday, February 17

At 1:51 a.m. police received a call about two people arguing in the 600 block of south College Avenue. Responding officers questioned a female victim and said she had visible injuries sustained during the argument. Police determined the 29-year-old Claremont man she had been arguing with was the primary aggressor. He was arrested for felony domestic violence and transported to the CPD jail where he was held. Police say he later posted bond and was released with an order to appear in court.

Police received a 8:02 a.m. call about a man asking people for money in front of Bank of America, 339 N. Yale Ave.Responding officers located Claremont resident Anthony Cole, 37, nearby. A records check showed he had a no-bail parole violation warrant, but when officers attempted to arrest Cole he reportedly took off running. Police chased him on foot across Indian Hill Boulevard, down the street and into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 101 N. Indian Hill, where he was taken into custody. He was transported to CPD jail where a further records check showed he had failed to register as a sex offender. He was charged with two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and failure to register as sex offender, and the parole warrant. While being booked he allegedly threatened CPD officers, so a felony criminal threats charge was added. He was issued a citation on the new charges and later transferred to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on the warrant.

At 7:01 p.m. officers stopped a car driven by Gardena resident Joshua Burbank, 35, on Mt. Baldy Road for allegedly speeding and passing other vehicles on the wrong side of the road. While speaking with Burbank, officers suspected he was intoxicated. A records check of his passenger, Monique Mendoza, 24, from Orange, revealed a Los Angeles County no-bail warrant. The couple was arrested and taken to CPD jail where Burbank was held for detoxification and later released with a citation to appear in court, and Mendoza was held in front of a court appearance.

Later that evening police made another double arrest when a witness called 911 at 10:11 p.m. to report a driver on Foothill Boulevard weaving in and out of lanes who appeared to be inhaling a substance from a balloon. Police caught up with the driver, 22-year-old Jose Alta Mirano of Pomona, as he was turning into the parking lot of Sprouts Farmers Market, 835 W. Foothill Blvd. Police questioned Mirano and said he showed signs of being under the influence. They also reported seeing a nitrous oxide tank in the back seat of his car and several balloons. When police asked his passenger, 21-year-old Pomona resident Anthony Rios, to step out of the car, a gun allegedly fell out of his waistband. Police determined it was a fully loaded Glock style “ghost gun,” with no serial number. A records check showed Mirano had a suspended license for a previous DUI conviction. He was arrested on the new DUI charge and for the suspended license. Rios was arrested for felony possession of an unregistered firearm. Both men were taken to jail, booked, issued citations for the charges, and released.


Saturday, February 18

At 11:23 a.m. police received a call about a family disturbance in the 700 block of W. San Jose Avenue. When officers arrived they questioned a woman who had suffered physical injuries. Police determined a fight had occurred and that a 47-year-old Claremont man had been the aggressor. He was arrested for felony domestic violence, transported to the CPD jail, booked, and later transferred to the Pomona Police Department jail where he was held for court.

Sunday, February 19

Police received a 1:54 p.m. call about a solo vehicle collision on Padua Avenue just above Base Line Road. When officers arrived they reported finding a car with its front tires stuck in dirt along the side of the road. They questioned the driver, Victorville resident Charles Yates, 65, who was still sitting behind the wheel, and say he appeared confused and exhibited signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A search allegedly turned up narcotics inside the car. Yates was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge, booked, held for detoxification, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

At 11:48 p.m. CPD received a call from Los Angeles police letting them know they had Kenneth Bonds in custody. Bonds, 19, was wanted here in Claremont for a February 10 distraction burglary at a business in the 900 block of  W. Foothill Blvd. A Claremont officer then traveled to Los Angeles to take Bonds into custody.

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