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Police Blotter: November 19, 2021

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Wednesday, November 10
The Claremont Police Department reports a 2001 Ford Econoline van with Arizona plates was stolen from the Vons parking lot at 550 E. Base Line Road some time before 1 a.m. They have no suspect information. Anyone who may have information is asked to call CPD at (909) 399-5411.

A thief or thieves shattered the front passenger window of a woman’s grey 2006 Acura CL parked at the Padua Hills Theatre at 4467 Padua Ave. sometime between 11 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. and made off with an assortment of high dollar tech items and credit cards. The unknown suspects took a Microsoft Surface Pro laptop, an iPad, three Go Pro cameras, a set of Apple AirPods, and a wallet containing the victim’s social security and credit cards. Police have no leads as of yet. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time and noticed anything unusual is urged to call police at (909) 399-5411.

A manager of the condominiums at 675 S. Indian Hill Blvd. called cops at 3:20 p.m. to report a man had jumped the complex’s pool fence and was “taking a bath” in the pool. Police arrived shortly thereafter and questioned the 30-year-old unhoused man. A records check revealed a felony no-bail warrant out of San Bernardino County, and with the manager desiring prosecution, he was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing and the warrant. He was booked and issued a citation on the trespassing charge, then transferred to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was held for court on the warrant.

A manager at Bardot, 206 W. Bonita Ave., called police at 8:16 p.m. asking for assistance with an unruly customer. The 36-year-old manager said Ma Ceja, 46, was drunk and had hit her on the forehead and pushed her arm after being asked to leave. Arriving officers arrested Ceja for public intoxication and battery, both misdemeanors. She was booked and spent a few hours in the Claremont jail before being released in the wee hours with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Thursday, November 11
Claremont police pulled over a red 2008 Ford Mustang for expired registration at 11:23 a.m. near Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 freeway. The routine stop quickly escalated though, as a search uncovered a loaded handgun and a virtual cornucopia of ammunition, as well as cocaine, methamphetamine and a meth pipe. Cops say the driver, Daquisha Johnson, 28, from San Bernardino, was driving on a suspended license and was on probation for a previous theft conviction, and a search allegedly revealed she was in possession of meth and a meth pipe. As they were questioning and searching her passenger, 28-year-old Kevin Tes, from Las Vegas, Nevada, they allegedly found he had a baggie of meth, a baggie of cocaine, and a loaded Springfield XD semiautomatic handgun under the seat where he’d been sitting, along with a tactical pouch on the floorboard containing two .223 caliber rifle rounds and a broken .45 caliber handgun magazine. Police also found a green container with 42 .45 caliber bullets in it, and two fully loaded .45 caliber handgun magazines in the glove compartment. He also had two San Bernardino County warrants out for his arrest. Police say Tes admitted the handgun belonged to him, and he was arrested on two felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked and jailed in front of his November 16 arraignment in Pomona court. Johnson was arrested on three misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked and released with a citation to appear in court.

Friday, November 12
Claremont police took another stolen car report, this one at 5:41 p.m. at the Keck Science Center, 925 N. Mills Ave., where a Claremont College student said his blue Hyundai Ioniq hybrid was taken from the parking lot. There are no suspects at the moment, but police urge anyone who may have seen anything to call (909) 399-5411.

Police were called to the scene of a multi-car accident at 7:38 a.m. near the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Mills Ave. The accident left a Diamond Bar woman, 24, with chest pain and lacerations to her left wrist. A quick investigation led police to 25-year-old Pomona resident Jordan Perez, the apparent cause of the accident. Cops suspected Perez was under the influence of drugs, and a search allegedly turned up methamphetamine and a meth pipe. He was subsequently arrested for felony DUI causing great bodily injury, as well as possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Perez was booked and held in the Claremont jail before appearing for arraignment November 16 in Pomona Superior Court.

Saturday, November 13
A terrifying broad daylight robbery ended with the alleged thief behind bars, but not before a 53-year-old Claremont resident was left shaken after having her purse violently stolen while standing in her driveway. The victim, who lives in the 700 block of Santa Barbara Drive, near the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Mountain Ave., called police at 7:49 a.m. to report a man had wrenched her purse from her and then taken off on foot northbound on Mountain. Officers searched the area and at 8:14 a.m. located the suspect, a 28-year-old unhoused man, at 985 W. Foothill Blvd. The man was arrested on a felony robbery charge, and, after a search turned up a methamphetamine pipe, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The man, who was also on parole for a previous robbery conviction, was booked and held in the Claremont jail before being transferred to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles, a facility better equipped to deal with the suspect’s preexisting medical conditions, police said. He appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom November 16.