Police Blotter: November 25, 2022

by Steven Felschundneff | steven@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, November 15

At 10:19 p.m. Claremont Police Department officers responded to Bert and Rocky’s Ice Cream Company at 242 Yale Ave. on a vandalism call. A witness said he saw a 41-year-old unhoused Claremont man throw a brick at the front window of the business, which did not break the glass but left a large scratch. Officers located a suspect matching the witness’s description in the 100 block of Yale, but the man walked away while ignoring repeated demands from police to stop. Officers caught up with him a short distance away and were able to place him in handcuffs. The man continued to struggle and police say had to be restrained on the ground. He was positively identified by the witness and police arrested him for vandalism and resisting police officers, both misdemeanors. He was transported to the Claremont jail, booked and later released with citation to appear at Pomona Superior Court.

Wednesday, November 16

A man said he spoke to two sex workers at 2:16 a.m. in the area of Holt Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard in Pomona and allegedly agreed to a transaction, then drove the two women to the Knights Inn motel, 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd. At 7:07 a.m. the man called police to report the sex workers had kidnapped and robbed him because they wanted more money. He said one of the women pointed a gun at him and threatened him. The man said they then drove in his truck to a check cashing business in Ontario, where the two women left him and stole his truck. Officers responded to the Knights Inn and found the truck in the parking lot. Police also located one of the sex workers, who was positively identified by the man. The 24-year-old Los Angeles woman was arrested for felony robbery, transported to CPD jail and booked. The other sex worker, a New York resident, was not found. After reviewing surveillance video, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office determined no kidnapping or armed robbery had occurred and all charges were dropped.

Friday, November 18

Officers responded to the DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., at 3:18 a.m. regarding a complaint that a couple had been arguing throughout the day. Arriving officers questioned the man and woman, and a records check of the man, Beaumont resident Ryan Flaherty, 40, showed he had a no-bail felony warrant in San Bernardino County. The  woman left the location after being asked to do so. Flaherty was transported to the Claremont jail, booked and later transferred to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he was held for court.


Saturday, November 19

At 3:48 a.m. officers say they saw a white 2002 GMC Sierra with no front license plate near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and San Jose Avenue. When police attempted a traffic stop, the driver fled, triggering a pursuit. The driver drove the wrong way, heading east on the westbound off-ramp of the 10 Freeway, which caused the officer to immediately terminated the pursuit due to public safety concerns. The license plate on the Sierra was registered to car at a Baldwin Park location. When Baldwin Park police responded they found the plate had apparently been stolen. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with shaved head driving with a female passenger in the truck. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Police received a call at 9:23 p.m. regarding a car stopped in the middle of Arrow Highway near the intersection with Indian Hill Boulevard. When police arrived they spotted an unoccupied white Chevrolet Impala in the lane closest to center median with what appeared to be fresh collision damage on both sides. A witness told police the car had crashed into a parked tow truck a short distance away in Pomona. While speaking with the witness officers say Tyrone Altman, 54, of Pomona approached the car and got into the driver’s seat. While questioning Altman, police say he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Altman allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine over the previous two days. He was detained, and police called L.A. County Fire due to his perceived high level of intoxication. He was transferred to a hospital for further evaluation and later released pending the results of a drug test.

Sunday, November 20

Officers on patrol at 2:14 a.m. spotted a silver 2019 Toyota Camry speeding near Foothill Boulevard and Regis Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. When police questioned the driver, Bell Gardens resident Irving Cisneros, 31, they suspected he’d been drinking. During subsequent field sobriety tests Cisneros said he was cold and asked for the jacket of his passenger Reggie Herrera, 27, of Pomona. In the process of passing the coat, police allegedly found cocaine in the pocket. Herrera was then arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. After a records check revealed Cisneros’ license was suspended, he too was arrested for driving on a suspended license and DUI, both misdemeanors. The pair were transported to the Claremont jail where Cisneros was held for detoxification. Both men were released with citations to appear in court.

Monday, November 21

At 10:25 p.m. officers responded to a report of a single car collision on Mountain Avenue south of Silver Tree Road. Upon arrival police found an unoccupied car that had crashed into the block wall at the rear of a residence in the 800 block of Marymount Lane. Police conducted an area check and found the alleged driver, Claremont resident Aliza Garza, 23, in the 400 block of N. Mountain. With Garza was a witness who was holding Garza’s 16-month-old child. Police say they could smell alcohol on Garza and she appeared intoxicated. She allegedly admitted to driving at time of the accident. L.A. County Fire responded to evaluate Garza and her child. The baby was determined to be okay, but Garza had some minor injuries and was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for evaluation. Police called L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and were told the baby could be released to a family member. After Garza was released from the hospital she was taken to the Claremont jail, booked for misdemeanor DUI and felony child endangerment, and later transferred to Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles and held for court.

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