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Police blotter 5-8-15

Monday, April 27

Thieves entered a home on the 1100 block of North Indian Hill and stole a number of household items. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, around 8 a.m. unknown burglars used a rock to break a window on the south side of the home and gain entry to the first floor. Once inside the residence, the thieves ransacked numerous rooms and made off with coins and jewelry worth $5,000 before fleeing the scene undetected.

 

Tuesday, April 28

There was no such thing as a “clean” getaway for one car thief taken into custody at a local car wash. An automated license plate reader alerted Claremont police to a stolen vehicle in the area around 10 p.m. Officers located the 1995 Honda Accord and its passengers at a self-service car wash on Towne Avenue. The driver, Patricia Luaa, told officers that a friend let her borrow the car to drive her passenger to Montclair and she stopped at the car wash to clean the car. The Pomona resident, however, didn’t know how to get a hold of her generous friend and didn’t know where he lived but said the car’s owner left the car running with the keys in the ignition. The 30-year-old was arrested for the stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

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A visit from the Sandman resulted in a collision in the City of Trees. A 68-year-old woman was driving her vehicle south on San Angelo Drive near Napa when she allegedly fell asleep and collided with the curb, two planters and a mailbox. Although the Claremont resident complained of pain to her wrists, hands and left thigh, she refused transportation to a local hospital for treatment. Officers determined the driver caused the collision by making an unsafe turn. The vehicle and the items she hit suffered major damage.

 

Wednesday, April 29

It takes a special kind of person to steal from children, and not in a good way. Thieves entered the campus at Foothill Country Day School and stole items from an unlocked trophy case and several lockers on the northwest portion of the school. A $300 black autoharp, a $50 baseball signed by Mr. Webb and a three Texas Instrument calculators valued at $100 each have been reported missing.

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Claremont police received a 911 call from a man stating he’d been hit, telling the dispatcher “Get here quick, I’m out!” before hanging up. When they arrived at the home located on the 600 block of South College Avenue, officers heard arguing coming from inside. Police opened the door, announced their presence and separated the parties for questioning. Nathanial Hale, who emerged from an upstairs room, told police he was upset over a disagreement he’d had with his neighbor. The 22-year-old was swaying side-to-side, smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking “Four Loko,” an alcohol energy drink. He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and later released without charges.

 

Friday, May 1

A La Verne man had enough to drink when he dined and dashed from a Village restaurant. Claremont police responded to a call from Heroes that a patron had left the eatery around 6:30 p.m. without paying his bill. Officers made contact with the offender, Scott Corona, who was exhibiting signs of alcohol intoxication outside the restaurant. When asked by police how much he’d had to drink that afternoon he replied, “Enough.” The 53-year-old used the money in his pocket to pay the remaining $6 on his $11 tab and was taken into custody for public intoxication. Mr. Corona was later released without charges.

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An Ontario couple was arrested when drama in south Claremont reportedly escalated to a gun threat and assault. It started when an underage male and his 19-year-old companion Asia Hudson happened upon three gals, ages 30, 20 and 16, with whom they were acquainted. In fact, the 20-year-old has a child with the 17-year-old male suspect. The quintet got into a fight, continuing an altercation that began the previous Sunday. According to Lt. Ciszek, when one of the ladies tried to break it up, Ms. Hudson sprayed her opponents with pepper spray. The teen baby daddy then pulled out a chrome revolver and pointed it at the victims before fleeing the scene.

LA County Fire arrived at the location to assist the pepper-sprayed victims but they refused treatment. The victims, seeking prosecution, told police they would be able to identify the suspects as well as the weapon. On Tuesday, May 5, with the assistance of the AB109 team and the Ontario PD’s Major Enforcement Taskforce (MET), Claremont police obtained search warrants and arrest warrants for the suspects, who were contacted and arrested after police found pepper spray at the location. The teenage father was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and Ms. Hudson was booked at CPD jail and later released with a citation. The gun has not yet been found.

—Angela Bailey

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