Police Blotter: May 5, 2023

Tuesday, April 25
The Claremont Police Department was informed at 11:51 a.m. that a woman was at Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., apparently trying to sell drugs to students. Officers located the suspect, Victorville resident Diamond Dixon, 19, in Cahuilla Park. Police allegedly found marijuana on Dixon and arrested her for misdemeanor trespassing and possession of marijuana on a school campus. She was taken to the Claremont jail where she was booked and released with a citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.

Police received a 5:08 p.m. call from an employee at the Diamond Center, 147 N. Yale Ave., about a theft at the location. When officers arrived they learned the suspect had been trying on jewelry at the sales counter when he suddenly bolted with $10,000 worth of merchandise. The suspect is described as a Black male between 5 foot 10 inches and 6 foot 4 inches, 180 to 210 pounds, with short hair and a moustache. He was wearing a blue denim jacket, grey shirt, khaki pants, black and white shoes. Anyone with information please call the Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.


Wednesday, April 26
Officers responded to a 12:55 p.m. domestic disturbance at a residence in the 600 block of west San Jose Avenue. Arriving officers reported seeing the suspect, a 51-year-old Claremont man, leaving the home. Through the investigation police learned there had been a fight between the male suspect and a female victim who had visible injuries. During the fight the man allegedly caused property damage inside the residence. After being arrested police said the man said he did not want to get in the patrol car or go to jail, and allegedly kicked the back window and door of the police car while resisting officers. He was charged with felony vandalism, felony domestic violence, and misdemeanor resisting arrest. There was no court information for the suspect.

Between 4 and 11 p.m. Claremont and Pomona police conducted an undercover prostitution sting in the 800 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. During the operation four officers posed as sex workers and walked along Indian Hill waiting for people who “sought to engage in commercial sexual acts,” according to a news release from Claremont police. Arrested were Arnish Rhine, 27, of Montclair; Luis Gutierrez, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga; Arturo Romero Solis, 34, of Corona; Charles Stewart, 32, of Frazier Park; Bryant Garcia, 35, of Hesperia; Brian Molina, 24, of Pomona; Jose Sanchez, 38, of Chino; Manuel Mosher, 33, of Fontana; Pablo Romero, 52, of Ontario; Edwin Sanchez Martinez, 40, of Beaumont; Roberto Rojas Flores, 43, of Chino and Eltaf Ali, 21, of Bell Gardens. All 12 men were taken to the Claremont jail where they were booked on misdemeanor solicitation charges and issued citations to appear in court.


Thursday, April 27
The property manager of a home in the 200 block of west Baseline Road called police at 11:11 a.m. to say he believed someone who was not allowed to be at the residence was there. When police arrived, they discovered Claremont resident Vincent Barbera, 38, at the location allegedly in violation of a court order stating he must stay away from the home. He was arrested, taken to the Claremont jail, and later released with a citation to appear in court.

At 9:13 p.m. police were back at the same home on Baseline because a group of people who do not live there and do not have permission to be on the property were allegedly removing items from the home. Police said there are multiple no trespassing signs at the property which apparently has become a magnet for squatters. When officers arrived, they allegedly saw one suspect walking down the driveway who claimed he was just retrieving his belongings. A search of the property turned up three other suspects. Police arrested Pomona residents David Rosales, 38, Edgar Cisneros, 32, John Baron, 33, and Chino resident Esmeralda Diaz, 22, for misdemeanor burglary and trespassing. Rosales was also arrested on a warrant. The group were taken to the CPD jail where they were booked and later released with citations.


Friday, April 28
A Claremont officer on patrol conducted a 5:01 p.m. traffic stop on a car on Arrow Highway near Indian Hill Boulevard. When police contacted the driver, Kenneth Contreras, 20, of Victorville, they reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Police reported all of the car’s occupants were under 21, the legal limit to possess marijuana, but admitted to having it in the car. During a search police allegedly located a fully loaded handgun with an extended magazine. None of the vehicles’ occupants would admit to possessing the gun so police arrested all five of them for misdemeanor possession of a loaded firearm, Contreras; Samuel McDonald VI, 20, of Adelanto; Pharrell Quinney, 19, of Victorville; and Pomona residents Davontay Wright, 18, and Adarious Bennett, 19. They were transported to the CPD jail where police ran a DNA test on the weapon before releasing all five with citations.


Saturday, April 29
Police received an 11:07 p.m. call from Claremont Colleges campus safety officers saying they had detained a suspected thief in the 200 block of Second Street. Arriving officers said La Verne resident Marcus Shanklin, 19, was in possession of a motorized wheelchair that did not belong to him. Police contacted the wheelchair’s rightful owner, who said Shanklin did not have permission to take the chair and wanted to press charges. Because of the wheelchair’s value Shanklin was arrested for felony possession of stolen property.

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