Police Blotter: September 10, 2021

Wednesday, September 1
The Claremont Police Department received a 10:44 a.m. call from the Claremont Unified School District offices at 170 W. San Jose Ave. regarding a 31-year-old parent, Emmanuel Martinez, from Rancho Cucamonga, who was involved in some sort of argument with district staff. Responding officers say they asked Mr. Martinez to leave, he refused, they further advised him he was trespassing, and he still refused to leave. They then went to arrest him, and he allegedly began fighting, kicking one of the officers and causing minor injuries. Mr. Martinez was eventually restrained, and was then arrested on a felony battery on a police officer charge, as well as resisting arrest and trespassing, both misdemeanors. He was transported, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court after posting $25,000 bail.

Claremont police were called on a criminal threats investigation to a home in the 1400 block of Mural Dr. at 9:40 p.m. There they questioned Kamran Falatoon, 29, from Pomona, who they say became combative when they attempted to arrest him. He was nonetheless cuffed and placed into the rear of a police car, where he allegedly attempted to kick out the cruiser’s rear window. Officers then attempted to restrain him, and during a struggle, Mr. Falatoon allegedly kicked one of the officers in the head. The officer was not injured. Mr. Falatoon was transported to CPD headquarters where he was jailed, and subsequently damaged his cell, police say. After being booked on three misdemeanor counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and vandalism, he was released with a citation.

Thursday, September 2
On Thursday, September 2 police are looking for leads in a terrifying daylight armed robbery of a couple in their 60s that took place in the driveway of their home in the 200 block of Andover Drive. Claremont P.D. received 7:36 p.m. 911 call from the victims reporting the robbery, which had just taken place. The couple had arrived at their home and exited their car when they were approached by a man brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun, wearing a black mask and all-black clothing. The robber demanded the couple’s jewelry, and the couple complied, turning over their property, police say. No shots were fired. There was another man waiting in a nearby getaway car, a new model gray, four-door Lexus. Police have no other identifying information on the suspects or the car, but are asking the public for help. If anyone saw a gray Lexus traveling in either direction on or around Andover Dr. sometime just before or after 7:36 p.m., and think they can help ID the suspects or the car, call CPD at (909) 399-5411. Also, if anyone in the area has video surveillance or doorbell footage that may show any aspect of the crime, including the suspect’s car, please call police.

Sunday, September 5
A 32-year-old Pico Rivera man, Robert Ybarra, was arrested up at picturesque Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Via Padova, after allegedly getting too far into a bottle of rum. At 5:38 p.m., Claremont cops were called regarding a suspicious person drinking on the property. Arriving officers found Mr. Ybarra, who they say was actively drinking from a bottle of rum, and was obviously drunk. A records check turned up an outstanding warrant out of San Bernardino County, and they arrested him and transported him to the Claremont jail, where he slept it off before being released with notice to appear on the warrant.

Monday, September 6
Police pulled over a 1997 Ford F150 driven by Stacy Heftye, 47, from El Monte, for a vehicle code violation at 3:42 p.m. near the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Towne Ave. A records check revealed the pickup had been reported stolen out of Whittier, and Ms. Heftye was arrested on two felony counts of car theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. She was then transported, booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

Tuesday, September 7
In yet another incident that put a punctuation mark on a tough week for Claremont police, a third suspect was arrested for assault on a police officer after a 39-year-old unhoused man allegedly punched an officer in the face. It began when an officer on patrol at 4:04 a.m. noticed the man in the street near Ridgefield Dr. and Towne Ave., and went to check on his welfare. When the man saw the officer, he tossed an item, later determined to be methamphetamine. When the officer attempted to take him into custody, he said the man pushed him, and a struggle ensued. The man then allegedly punched the officer, causing injuries to his face. Another officer responded to assist, and the struggle continued, with the man eventually being subdued. A records check then revealed he was a registered sex offender from San Bernardino County. He was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. After being booked in Claremont he was transferred to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles to await a court date on the felony charge.


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