Police blotter 4-10-15
Thursday, April 2
Female drivers sometimes get a bum rap, but one gal earned her stripes after taking Claremont police on a high-speed pursuit. Officers responded to Blaisdell Park around 9 p.m. following a call of people being loud in a white vehicle in the parking lot. Officers arrived on scene and saw a white Chevy Impala backed into a parking spot on the south side of the lot. As the officer stopped his vehicle, he spotted Sheila Daniels get in the driver’s seat and take off out of the parking lot traveling west at a high rate of speed. The officer followed, resulting in a pursuit through the cities of Claremont and Pomona. The officer ended the pursuit as the 50-year-old suspect continued to drive at a high rate of speed before coming to a stop in a driveway on the 2500 block of San Antonio Ave., just north of the 60 freeway. Pomona PD arrived to assist. Following a 30-minute standoff with police, Ms. Daniels was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody after refusing numerous commands from police. The Compton resident was booked at Claremont jail for evading a peace officer and reckless driving.
Newsflash—drinking impairs your judgment and your driving. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Claremont resident Seth Rushton caught the attention of police after he made an unsafe left turn in front of a patrol vehicle. The 26-year-old was pulled over by Claremont police near Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street and it was determined that the young man had too much to drink. Mr. Rushton was booked for driving under the influence and held for detoxification.
Friday, April 3
Residents on the 100 block of Ball Drive are keeping an eye out for one another and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Officers responded to call for service around 12:30 a.m. after a resident spotted a suspicious truck in the area. During a police search of the area, Steven O’Donnell jumped from the bed of a vehicle and shined a flashlight in a strobe mode at the officers. Police ordered the 25-year-old man to the ground, but he refused. Instead, he walked away and then charged at officers while holding a seven-inch punch tool to his neck. Officers used a taser and Mr. O’Donnell fell to the ground, but he continued to struggle with police. The La Verne resident was tased a second time, incapacitating him. Mr. O’Donnell was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment. With a no bail warrant, Pomona PD will take custody of the suspect once he is medically cleared.
Saturday, April 4
Police responded to a home in north Claremont after numerous bank cards, driver’s licenses and social security cards were found inside the vacated residence.
The realtor for the property located on the 1000 block of Lake Forest Drive discovered the items and turned them over to Claremont PD. Officers have tried to contact the five owners of the property but have only spoken with one, who instructed police to destroy a social security card because she had been issued a new one. The cards belonged to residents of Rowland Heights and Barstow, as well as a transient.
A teenage girl driving without a license brought on all kinds of trouble after leaving the scene of an accident. Officers responded to a collision investigation on Base Line Road and Padua Avenue around 4:19 p.m. Three people were seen fleeing a 2012 Nissan Sentra and found by police nearby at Citrus Glen. The driver, a 15-year-old Montclair resident, identified herself to police and a records check revealed she’s never been issued a driver’s license.
During a consented search, police discovered marijuana in her purse as well as a plastic bag of pot and a canister containing concentrated cannabis in the purse of her 17-year-old passenger. Both Montclair teens were booked, the juvenile driver with hit and run, driving without a license and possession of concentrated cannabis. Her 17-year-old passenger was arrested for possession of concentrated cannabis. Jason Hernandez, a 20-year-old Ontario resident found with the girls, was also arrested for a warrant out of San Bernardino County.
Sunday, April 5
A hate crime was discovered at Memorial Park on Easter Sunday. Claremont police received a call at approximately 8 a.m. that vandals used blue spray paint to depict a two-foot image of male genitalia, a German swastika, the Jewish Star of David and the “N” word, roughly the size of a door on the wall of the park’s band shell. City officials were notified and cleaned it up at an estimated cost of $365.
Monday, April 6
Supermarket mayhem continues as thieves strike again, taking the wallet of an unsuspecting shopper. Around 4:30 p.m., the victim drove to Sprouts on Foothill Boulevard to grocery shop and placed her purse in the child’s seat of the shopping cart. While shopping, the petty thief took the victim’s wallet from her purse without her knowledge. When she went to the register to pay for her groceries, the shopper discovered her wallet was missing. The victim drove home and called to cancel her credit cards, only to discover that an unknown suspect had already used her Target REDcard at the Target in Montclair. The theft remains under investigation.