Police blotter 9-18-15

Friday, September 11

At approximately 1:07 a.m., a resident on the 600 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard called police on four people—two men and two women—who were enjoying a community pool after hours and causing a ruckus. When the resident told the revelers they had run dry of their pool party privileges, the group became enraged, throwing potted plants and lawn chairs into the pool, physically threatening to hit the victim, chasing the victim into a residence and trying to force their way inside, according to Detective Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The suspects ran off before police arrived and damage was estimated to be about $40.


Sunday, September 13

Brett Kaplan offered a particularly stimulating parmesan alternative to a number of customers at Pizza N’ Such during a crowded dinner hour. The 23-year-old Chino Hills resident asked diners if anyone wanted to buy some cocaine before making a quick exit. The police were called and Mr. Kaplan was pulled over at approximately 9 p.m., and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. No drugs were found in his car.


A Banning man was arrested at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center around 4:14 p.m. after trying to pick fights with other patients in the emergency room. Mario Ortiz, 31, came under scrutiny earlier in the day for a battery committed at a Claremont home, according to Lt. Ciszek. In that case, the victims declined to press charges. Mr. Ortiz was arrested at the hospital for public intoxication and was sent to the drunk tank, where he was released the next day.


Tuesday, September 15

A man brandishing a handgun demanded a man’s wallet in front of Norm’s at approximately 5:30 p.m. The suspect was described as an African-American male in his mid-20s and was accompanied by a white woman in her early 20s. The man approached the victim and demanded the wallet, which contained about $200 in cash, among other valuables. The duo then fled in a dark four-door sedan driven by a third person. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.


A Claremont man was sitting in his silver Suburban when another car drove up alongside him and fired shots at his car, causing $400 damage. Officers responded to the call at approximately 9 p.m. on the 600 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. According to police, the bullets may have come from a pellet gun. The driver of the Suburban attempted to chase the other car, described as an early-model burgundy Toyota Camry, but it sped off into the night. No suspects have been apprehended.


—Matthew Bramlett


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