Police blotter 11-7-14

Wednesday, October 29

Apparently you can’t get everything you want at Walmart. Around 1:20 p.m., an unknown male driver pulled over near College and Arrow Highway to ask a woman for directions to the retail giant. When the 25-year-old female approached the vehicle, she was shocked to discover the man masturbating inside the car. The victim immediately fled the scene and reported the crime to police. The unknown suspect is described as a 21-year-old white male, 5’10” and 150 pounds with blonde hair, driving an older-model brown vehicle.


It was all about the Benjamins for a La Verne teen short on cash and common sense. The 17-year-old male entered Rhino Records around 3 p.m. and lifted a men’s wallet embellished with an image of a one hundred dollar bill. When he attempted to leave the store, the $10.89 item set off the alarm and alerted employees of the theft. Employees detained the boy until officers arrived on scene, who then arrested him for shoplifting.


Thursday, October 30

Thieves put the “trick” in trick-or-treat after they made off with a 130-pound pumpkin at Pomona College the night before Halloween. Around 7:30 p.m., a Frary Dining Hall employee alerted campus safety that four unknown suspects were spotted pushing the two-foot-by-two-foot squash out of the hall on a skateboard. It’s unknown what happened to the $65 pumpkin, but apparently stealing it was easy as pie.


Friday, October 31

A party at The Hub was a hubbub of activity at Claremont McKenna College on All Hallows’ Eve. Around 11 p.m., Claremont police were called to the location to assist campus safety with an intoxicated student. Hartadinata Harianto had previously been escorted out of the party after allegedly fondling a staff member working the door and stating he wanted to have sex with her. Officers arrived on scene and asked Mr. Harianto for his identification to which he presented his ATM card, followed by his CMC student ID. The 20-year-old New York resident smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words and became argumentative with police. He was ultimately arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

A couple of hours later at the same party, 21-year-old Mason McDowell was arrested for battery following an altercation with a partygoer he had bumped shoulders with in the crowd. The Los Angeles man, a student at another college outside of Claremont, pushed the first victim from behind, causing him to fall into a second victim. Both men suffered facial lacerations. Mr. McDowell was later released with a written promise to appear in court.

Saturday, November 1

A black cat that crossed paths with Claremont police aided in her own arrest after an officer discovered her in the back of his patrol unit following another call for assistance on Yale Avenue. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, officers responded to a battery call at Walter’s around 1:20 a.m. where they arrested 26-year-old Kayvan Fard. The Los Angeles resident had been involved in an altercation with another customer and when security intervened, he punched them in the face. Mr. Fard briefly lost consciousness after the fight and had to be transported by ambulance to Montclair Medical Hospital. When the officer returned to his vehicle around 2 a.m., he heard heavy breathing coming from the rear of the unit and saw 25-year-old Vanessa Zambrano passed out in the back seat. The San Marcos resident was dressed in a black cat costume and it’s unknown how she ended up in the police car. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.


Jealousy reared its ugly head at the Claremont Club, resulting in the arrest of an Azusa woman for battery. Jackeline Perez was fighting with her boyfriend, insisting he looks at women with large breasts when she doesn’t have them, when the verbal altercation turned physical. The 20-year-old woman allegedly struck the male victim in the chest and head, and then injured his right eye socket with the back of her head. Based on the statement of the victim, officers booked Ms. Perez and she was later released after posting bail.


A Colton man arrested for public intoxication ended up in the hospital with additional charges after being transported to Claremont Police Department for detoxification. Cain Ortega was picked up by officers at El Ranchero around 9:30 p.m. and brought to the station to sober up. About an hour into his visit, the 25-year-old man began aspirating on his own vomit while lying on his back and began to choke. LA County fire and paramedics responded and while loading him onto the gurney, Mr. Cain became violent and stuck the officer. After arriving at Pomona Valley Medical, Mr. Cain allegedly became violent towards the medical staff and had to be restrained in a four-point harness. He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and resisting an officer as well as battery on a peace officer.


Sunday, November 2

A Claremont driver was found to be at fault for causing an injury accident on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Mountain Avenue, leaving one vehicle overturned and sending its driver to the hospital. The 23-year-old driver of a Toyota Corolla failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided with a Nissan Versa at the intersection. The Nissan flipped on impact, deploying the airbags and injuring the 50-year-old female driver. The Covina resident complained of chest and back pain and was transported to Pomona Valley Medical. The driver of the Toyota suffered a broken collarbone but refused transport.

—Angela Bailey





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