Police Blotter: June 28, 2024

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, June 18

Claremont police went to Stater Bros., 1055 W. Foothill Blvd., after getting a 7:26 a.m. call regarding a man allegedly attempting to leave the store with a cart full of items without paying. An employee reportedly stopped the cart being pushed by Joseph Casarez, 49, of Pomona, who got angry and threatened at the employee before fleeing. Arriving officers arrested Casarez for robbery and making criminal threats, both felonies. A records check revealed two felony warrants, and Casarez was taken to CPD for booking and held for court. He appeared at Pomona Superior Court on June 24 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail. He was transferred to the inmate reception center in Los Angeles on Thursday.


Wednesday, June 19

Police responded to the 300 block of Sycamore Avenue at 8:10 p.m. regarding a domestic violence incident. Officers spoke with a married couple at the residence and determined the alleged incident had occurred in front of the couple’s child and had left the female spouse with visible injuries. The 41-year-old husband was arrested on charges of felony domestic violence and misdemeanor child abuse, booked at CPD, and held for bail. He was released the following day and appeared at Pomona Superior Court on June 21.


Thursday, June 20

Police arrested a suspect for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors, a misdemeanor, during an operation conducted in the cities of Claremont and Upland with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. The operation targeted adults who purchased alcohol for persons under the age of 21. The penalty for the crime is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

Police got a call at 9:30 p.m. about an alleged dumpster diver going through a garbage container that belonged to a business along the 700 block of Wharton Drive. Police arrived shortly after to question the 44-year-old unhoused person and a records check revealed he had a misdemeanor warrant out of San Bernardino County. The man was arrested, booked at CPD, and later released with a citation.


Friday, June 21

Police say they saw a driver commit a moving violation at 1:39 a.m. and pulled him over near the intersection of Mills Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. While speaking with the driver, Montclair resident Nicholas Prescott, 30, police say he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests. He was subsequently arrested for misdemeanor DUI. Prescott was taken to CPD for booking and to provide a chemical sample. After detox he was released with a citation to appear in court.

Police responded to a 9:54 a.m. call near Claremont and Foothill boulevards regarding a suspicious person. Arriving officers recognized the man, a 26-year-old unhoused person, from previous interactions. Police said he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and a subsequent search turned up methamphetamine. He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, and taken to CPD for booking. The man then complained of a medical issue and was given a citation before being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


Saturday, June 22

Police questioned two people standing in a parking lot along the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard at 3:20 a.m. Police say one of them, a 41-year-old unhoused woman, told them she had a misdemeanor warrant out for her arrest. Police searched the woman and her companion, a 55-year-old unhoused man, and allegedly found methamphetamine on both, and the man in possession of a meth pipe. During the encounter, a third unhoused person, a 30-year-old man, was stopped by police for riding a bike nearby without any lights, and a records check turned up two misdemeanor warrants. Police arrested all three, the woman for the warrant and for possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors; the first man for possession of the controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia, misdemeanors; and the third man for the two misdemeanor warrants. All were booked at CPD and issued citations to appear in court.

Police made their way to Wings and Bowls, 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite 104, regarding a patron, Steven Tucker of Bakersfield, 43, who allegedly refused to leave the restaurant. A records check found a felony parole violation warrant, and he was arrested. Tucker had a medical emergency during the arrest and was taken to a local hospital. His warrant was then put back in the police database.

Police responded to an 8:09 p.m. call near Claremont and Foothill boulevards about two women arguing. One of the women alleged 25-year-old Sadie Scott of Rialto threw a rock at her car, causing significant damage. Scott was arrested for felony vandalism, booked at CPD, and released with a citation.

Earlier in the day, a homeowner told police that a man went into his backyard and broke a window at his home to gain entry. The man apparently did not take anything from the home. At 10:28 p.m. police spotted a man in the 600 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard they allegedly recognized from the homeowner’s surveillance video and arrested him for felony burglary. A search of the 33-year-old unhoused man allegedly turned up a meth pipe and a records check revealed he had a misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested for misdemeanor possession of unlawful paraphernalia and the warrant. After being booked at CPD he suffered a medical emergency and was released with citations to appear in court.


Tuesday, June 25

At 3:04 a.m., Pomona police informed CPD they had Pomonan Manuel Banderagomez, 34, in custody, and that he had a felony warrant out of Claremont. CPD picked him up, and Banderagomez was booked at CPD and held for court later that day. He was subsequently released and is due back at Pomona Superior Court on August 13.

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