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Police Blotter – June 25th Edition

Tuesday, June 15
The night manager at the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd., called the Claremont Police Department at 10:39 p.m. to report a man looking into cars in the parking lot who allegedlym had been seen stealing an ice chest from bed of pickup truck. Arriving officers found the 31-year-old unhoused man, who has been arrested more than two dozen times over the past few months. The manager told police the man had been advised of trespassing in past, and he wanted him arrested. After the ice chest was returned to its owner, police once again took the unhoused man into custody. He was booked, issued a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court, and released.

Wednesday, June 16
A man and woman having an early morning sleep in a parked car had a rude awakening at 1:11 a.m. when Claremont police knocked on their window near the Chevron station at 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd. The driver, Jennifer Schwarz, 50, from San Bernardino, was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, a used hypodermic needle, and also had an outstanding misdemeanor L.A. County warrant. Her passenger, 45-year-old Pomonan Edward Keeton, also had an outstanding L.A. County misdemeanor warrant. The pair were arrested, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

Claremont police on extra patrol in the south Indian Hill Blvd. area say they saw man urinating next to a car at 2:39 a.m. at 408 Auto Center Drive. They questioned Shesuaff Flores, 31, from El Monte, whom they say displayed obvious signs of alcohol intoxication, and admitted to have been driving the car parked next to where he had been relieving himself. Mr. Flores was subsequently arrested for misdemeanor DUI, booked, and spent the rest of his evening sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released in the morning with a citation to appear in court.

Thursday, June 17
A witness called Claremont police at 3:30 a.m. to report a suspicious person near Culmore St. and north Towne Avenue. Cops located Andrew Esparza, 22, from Pomona, fleeing on a bicycle in the 800 block of N. Towne Avenue, and attempted to pull him over. Mr. Esparza apparently wanted none of that, ditched the bike and took off running. Police caught up with him a short time later as he was attempting to scale a nearby back yard fence. A search allegedly turned up heroin and used syringes, and a records check revealed a no-bail felony warrant out of Los Angeles. Mr. Esparza was arrested on three new misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was booked, issued a citation, and held on the no-bail warrant before being transferred later that evening to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles to face a judge on the felony warrant.

Friday, June 18
Kevin Saravia, a 32-year-old Claremont man, was arrested for misdemeanor DUI at 1 a.m. near the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Towne Ave. after police stopped Mr. Saravia’s car for a vehicle code violation. They say he displayed obvious signs of alcohol intoxication, and he was arrested, booked, and spend the night detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released in the morning with a citation to appear.

At 1:14 a.m., Claremont police say they saw a 1984 Fleetwood motor home collide with a curb as the driver made a U-turn near Indian Hill Blvd. and Arrow Highway. They pulled the vehicle over, and allege the driver, Michael Wubker, 51, from Ontario, was in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. He also had five outstanding warrants for his arrest out of San Bernardino County. His passenger, 29-year-old Claremont resident Deborah Atwater, had two warrants of her own. The pair were arrested, Mr. Wubker on two misdemeanor drug possession charges and the warrants, and Ms. Atwater on her two warrants. Both were booked and released with citations to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

A passerby at the Claremont Lodge called police at 10:46 a.m. after allegedly witnessing a man unloading a catalytic converter from the bed of a truck and bringing it inside a motel room. Arriving Claremont police found the room and looked through the open door, where they say they saw one suspect snorting what appeared to be methamphetamine and another lying on a bed with a handgun. They arrested 41-year-old Pomona resident Rene Valenzuela for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and for a parole violation. Moises Beltran, 38, from West Covina, was also arrested for misdemeanor possession of meth, as well as two warrants out of Pomona. Kristal Sanistevan, 35 and from Pomona, was allegedly found to be in possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, and arrested. A 32-year-old unhoused man in the room was arrested on three misdemeanor charges: possession of meth, possession of stolen property (the catalytic converter) and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance while armed. He also had an outstanding warrant out of Pomona. He and Mr. Beltran were both booked on their new charges before being turned over to the Pomona Police Department to answer for their warrants.

A 54-year-old unhoused man was arrested for misdemeanor petty theft at 1:40 p.m. near 750 S. Indian Hill Blvd., after allegedly stealing a case of Modern Times beer off of a parked Stone Brewery delivery truck. Officers managed to return the unopened purloined brew to the delivery driver. The alleged beer thief was booked and released with a citation.

Police on patrol at 6:47 p.m. near the San Bernardino freeway and Indian Hill Blvd. stopped a car driven by Julio Perez Palacios, 35, from Pomona, for expired registration and having no front license plate. Mr. Palacios, whom cops say showed obvious signs of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs, consented to a drug recognition examination, which he apparently failed. Police placed him under arrest for the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs, which they believe to have been a central nervous system stimulant, and alcohol. Mr. Palacios spent the evening sobering up in the Claremont jail .

Claremont police pulled over a car driven by Pomona resident Giselle Luna, 24, for a vehicle code violation near Foothill Blvd. and Sumner Ave. at 10:31 p.m. They say Ms. Luna displayed signs of being drunk, and she was subsequently arrested for misdemeanor DUI. Ms. Luna spent the night in Claremont jail before being released in the morning with a citation. Her passenger, Justin Barragan, 33 and also from Pomona, had a no-bail felony warrant out for his arrest from the Pomona Police Department. He spent the weekend in the Claremont jail.

Saturday, June 19
Claremont police were summoned at 10:35 p.m. by a homeowner in the 1400 block of Mural Ave., who reported a man attempting to get into a backyard. Arriving officers located the suspect, a 38-year-old unhoused man, near Lynoak Dr. and Foothill Blvd. who during questioning took off running. After a short foot chase, police searched him and allegedly found him to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested on four misdemeanors: possession of a controlled substance, trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was then booked and released with a citation to appear.

Sunday, June 20
A manager at the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd., called police at 9:15 a.m. to report a disruption in room 114. Officers knocked on the door and found Pomonans Alexandra Ortiz, 25, and 27-year-old Jose Padilla inside. A records check turned up a felony warrant for Ms. Ortiz for possession of stolen property, and a misdemeanor warrant for Mr. Padilla. Both were arrested, booked, and released with a citation to appear.

Monday, June 21
An officer on patrol at 2:11 a.m. near the Chevron station at 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd. was approached by a person who claimed Martin Cuevas, 27, from Pomona, had just assaulted him or her with a punch to the face after what had up to that point been a verbal argument. The officer found Mr. Cuevas nearby, and questioned him. A search allegedly turned up cocaine, and he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and battery, both misdemeanors, as well as an outstanding felony warrant. He was booked and held in the Claremont jail before appearing in Pomona Superior Court June 22.

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