Police blotter: May 6, 2022

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Wednesday, April 27
A resident called the Claremont Police Department at 1:43 a.m. to report an unknown man had been ringing the doorbell and had then laid down on the front porch of a home in the 800 block of W. Base Line Rd. Responding officers say the suspect, a 25-year-old Upland man, was mumbling, slurring his words, and was unable to stand on his own. They then asked him if he had been drinking, to which he is said to have responded, “I did drink alcohol, and I smoked marijuana!” He was taken into custody for drunk in public, and spent the rest of his morning detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released later that morning without charges.

Claremont police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspects behind the theft of a beige 1995 Honda Accord from a home in the 100 block of S. Indian Hill Blvd. Officers responded at 10:54 a.m. to a call from the resident who said her surveillance camera footage showed at least two suspects arriving in a dark colored sedan at 9:05 p.m. the night prior. One of the suspects then got into the car and drove away, followed by the sedan. The hot Honda was last seen in town by license plate reading camera near Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 Freeway shortly after the theft, then later by Pomona Police Department cameras heading west on Holt Blvd. near Indian Hill. An investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information, please call CPD at (909) 399-5411.

A 26-year-old unhoused man was arrested on a no-bail felony warrant out of Orange County and a misdemeanor San Bernardino County warrant after Claremont police responded to a 3:50 p.m. call from The Claremont Club parking lot about a suspicious person in the area. Arriving officers took a report and caught up with the man about 20 minutes later near Monte Vista Ave. and Shenandoah Dr. A records check turned up both warrants, and he was arrested, booked, and issued a citation for the San Bernardino warrant before being transported to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana to await a court date on the no-bail felony warrant.

Thursday, April 28
CPD received a 3:23 a.m. call from a resident in the 1000 block of Butte St. about a suspicious car seen driving in the area “blacked out,” with no lights on. Officers responded and located the car. A records check on the driver, Jonathan Wilson, 37, from Pomona, turned up two warrants, one a felony out of San Bernardino County for possession of metal knuckles, the other a misdemeanor from the Pomona Police Department. Wilson’s passenger, 43-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident Michelle Isaksen, also had a misdemeanor warrant out of San Bernardino County. Both were arrested. Isaksen was released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court. Wilson was issued a citation on the misdemeanor warrant, then transported to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

An observant Claremont PD detective on patrol was able to identify and arrest a man wanted for felony domestic violence, which stemmed from an incident that took place a month prior. It began at 2:20 p.m. March 28, when the alleged female victim — who asked police to keep her age and place of residence under wraps — flagged down a Montclair PD officer who happened to be driving by LA West liquor store, 333 E. Arrow Hwy., Claremont. The woman told the officer she had just been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, a 52-year-old unhoused man, who had then fled. Montclair police then called CPD, since the alleged crime had occurred in Claremont. The woman told arriving officers she and the man had an argument in front of the liquor store, during which the man had punched her in the groin, pushed her to the ground, then told her he would find her and watch her. The woman also told police the man had previously threatened to kill her. The investigation had gone cold until the CPD detective who had the case noticed the suspect walking near in front of the Kaiser Permanente offices at 250 W. San Jose Ave. at 9:51 p.m.
The man initially refused to respond to the officer’s questions. He later admitted to arguing with his ex-girlfriend, but denied any physical altercation took place. A search then allegedly turned up methamphetamine and a meth pipe, and he was taken into custody on one felony count of making criminal threats with the intent to terrorize, and three misdemeanors: domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Sunday, May 1
A 31-year-old San Bernardino man wanted for felony robbery and assault charges after allegedly beating a man with a skateboard was behind bars after eluding police for several hours, but not before allegedly beating another man with the unusual weapon while attempting to rob him as well. Claremont police first responded to a call from the 700 block S. Indian Hill Blvd. regarding a fight in progress. There they found the victim, who said a man — later identified as Marquis Nash — hit him twice in the chest with a skateboard, took his backpack, then fled on the skateboard, heading north Indian Hill. The man was not injured and required no medical attention. Police then located Nash seated on a curb in the parking lot of Peppertree Square at Arrow Hwy. and Indian Hill, but as they approached him they say he stood up and started yelling, then picked up his skateboard and began skating away. The officers followed him in their patrol car and ended up blocking off the entrance to the alley behind Peppertree Square.
They say Nash then turned around and ran toward Indian Hill, where they lost sight of him.Another CPD unit was by then on the scene. An employee of a nearby nail salon then told officers Nash had just ran through the salon and escaped out the back door into the alley, where he jumped over the wall into the adjacent apartment complex. Claremont police then deployed their canine unit, Drew, who tracked Nash south to Belhaven Pl. and College Ave., where the dog lost the scent. Police kept looking though, and at 4 p.m., got a break in the form of another call regarding a fight in progress, this time at Peppertree Square.Responding officers saw one of the combatants was Nash, whom they say hit the second victim in the face with his skateboard and tried to steal property, but was unsuccessful. Nash was then detained without further incident. The second victim had bruising and a cut below his left eye and was treated by paramedics but refused transport to the hospital. Nash was charged with two counts each of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. A records check revealed Nash was also on parole, and his officer then asked CPD to place him on a parole hold, which added another felony to his new charges.