Police Blotter: June 14, 2024

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, June 4

Claremont Police Department officers were called to a residence in the 1500 block of Mural Drive at 4:03 p.m. regarding an unhoused 28-year-old man who was not supposed to be there due to a restraining order. Police questioned the man, who they knew from previous encounters, and a records check revealed he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested for violation of a court order and the warrant, both misdemeanors, booked at Claremont jail and held for court. He appeared at Pomona Superior Court on June 6 and was put on probation before being released.

CPD officers responded to Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., at 7:26 p.m. regarding a report of a man yelling at people. As police were en route, witnesses reported the man punched an elderly man in the face. Arriving officers questioned Los Angeles resident Matthew Perry, 26, who then attempted to flee. Police gave chase through the park and quickly detained Perry, who they suspected was intoxicated. A records check revealed a misdemeanor warrant, and Perry was arrested for elder abuse, battery, drunk in public, delaying or obstructing a peace officer and the warrant, all misdemeanors. He was then transported to CPD for booking and was held for court. He appeared in Pomona Superior Court on June 6 and was subsequently released. Perry appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on June 7 on the warrant and was sentenced to a year in jail at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. He is due back at Pomona Superior Court on June 18.


Wednesday, June 5

Police questioned a 38-year-old unhoused man they knew from previous encounters at 10:50 p.m. outside the Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. A records check showed he had a misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested, booked at CPD, and given a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.

At 11:38 p.m., police stopped a car for a moving violation near Foothill Boulevard and Mills Avenue. They questioned the driver, Laura Torres, 30, of San Bernardino, and said she displayed signs of alcohol impairment. After field sobriety tests, Torres was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence, taken to CPD for booking, where she provided a chemical sample, then held for detoxification. She was later released with a citation to appear in court.


Thursday, June 6

Officers pulled over a car for an equipment violation near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Harvard Avenue at 2:59 a.m. A records check of the driver, 36-year-old Eric Erazo of Pomona, turned up two misdemeanor warrants. Erazo was arrested, booked at CPD, and released with citations to appear in court.

Police were called to Towne Avenue and Scripps Drive at 4:30 a.m. regarding a car that had jumped the curb and crashed into a construction site. CPD questioned Hemet resident Leon Thomas, 31, and suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. After field sobriety tests, Thomas was arrested for misdemeanor DUI, and taken to CPD for booking. He refused to provide a blood sample, then after police obtained a warrant, refused again, prompting the addition of misdemeanor contempt of court to his list of charges. He was then held for detox and a date with a judge. Thomas was arraigned June 10 in Pomona Superior Court and subsequently released. He is due back in court on July 25.

Police responded to an 11:21 a.m. call regarding a suspicious person near the Spring Street Center, in the 100 block of S. Spring Street. Arriving officers questioned 29-year-old San Francisco resident Leauthry Carpenter and allege he was displaying symptoms of being under the influence of a stimulant. Police arrested him for being under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and transported him to the Claremont jail. A drug evaluation followed, which allegedly confirmed Carpenter was under the influence. He was then held for detox before being released with a citation.

Friday, June 7

Police went to St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 830 W. Bonita Ave., at 10:58 p.m. after a call came in about a man yelling in the parking lot. Police arrived and questioned an unhoused man, 29, whom they suspected was under the influence of alcohol. A records check also showed he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out of San Bernardino County. The man was arrested for the warrant and for misdemeanor public intoxication, booked at CPD, and held for detox. He was later released with citations to appear in court.

Saturday, June 8

CPD went to the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd., at 12:12 a.m. after a child called 911 saying her mother had choked her. Arriving officers reportedly found the child with injuries. After questioning the child’s mother, a 33-year-old woman from Clovis, they arrested her for felony child abuse. The child was released to another family member at the scene. The mother was taken to CPD jail for booking and to be held pending court. At the courthouse on June 11, a judge downgraded the felony charge to a misdemeanor and gave the woman probation. She was subsequently released. She is due back in court on August 2.

Police from Claremont and Upland conducted an 11:57 a.m. warrant sweep at a residence in Ontario in the 1400 block of West Sixth Street and arrested Jordy Mejia of Ontario, 25, who had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant issued by Claremont PD. After being arrested, Mejia was taken to CPD to be booked and released with a citation to appear in court.

Sunday, June 9

Police responded to the 200 block of South Indian Hill Boulevard at 8:25 p.m. regarding a man and woman trespassing in the area. Arriving officers questioned the duo, and the man, Albert Contreras, 40, from San Bernardino, allegedly told them he had a methamphetamine pipe on him, resulting in his arrest for misdemeanor possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Contreras was booked at CPD and released with a citation to appear in court.

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