Police Blotter 11-20-15

Tuesday, November 10

An unknown individual posing as a Southern California Edison employee duped Kinder Kountry into paying $800 in prepaid cards. The scam occurred at approximately 9:42 a.m., when the suspects called and threatened to shut off the daycare’s utilities unless they ponied up the money. There are no leads on any suspects, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Wednesday, November 11

The mother of a Claremont boy called police after she learned he was involved in a hit and run at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. According to the mother, the boy was crossing the street, going north, when a black Porsche hit him. The boy hit the hood of the car with his head. According to the report, an unidentified female driver of the Porsche told the boy, “You’ll be okay,” before driving off. The incident happened on November 4, but the boy did not tell his mother until November 11, after which she called the police.


On Thursday, November 12 an unnamed driver clipped a dump truck and another car at two different intersections, which led to his car getting overturned. The incident started at approximately 2:21 p.m., when the driver sideswiped a dump truck that was waiting to turn into a construction site near the corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue. The driver stopped for a minute before speeding off without leaving contact information. Not too long after, the same driver hit another car at the intersection of Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue, causing his car to flip over. He was transported to County USC Medical Center for his injuries, and nobody else was injured. Damage to the dump truck is estimated to be about $3000, according to its owner.


Saturday, November 14

Claremont police arrested a man after he allegedly exposed himself at Wheeler Park. At approximately 1:32 p.m., the victim was sitting on a park bench and listening to music when 42-year-old Jorge Rodriguez approached and exposed himself while making “strange noises.” Mr. Rodriguez fled to his house, located less than a block from the park, where police arrested him for indecent exposure. According to Lt. Ciszek, this is the third time Mr. Rodriguez exposed himself in Wheeler Park and the second time he exposed himself to the victim. The first lewd encounter with Mr. Rodriguez and the victim happened in December 2014.


A group of unknown people vandalized an art exhibit at Pomona College over the weekend. At approximately 4:17 p.m., a student reported to campus safety that his art piece, “Mental Reclamation Collective,” had been vandalized within the past two days. The piece was left outside on the ground floor of the studio art center. The exhibit consisted of a white male mannequin turned upside-down, with its head cemented in a bucket of concrete. When the student returned to the project to work on it, only the head in the bucket remained, and the torso and limbs were missing. Security footage showed four people sprinting around the art building while holding the severed mannequin body parts. No suspects have been identified.


Sunday, November 15

A Rialto man was picked up for driving under the influence early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:50 a.m., Claremont police pulled a green Ford Expedition over after running a red light at the corner of Claremont Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard. The driver, 20-year-old Adrian Anaya, admitted running the red light and told police, “I gotta’ be honest, I drive through Claremont at least once a week and I know there isn’t any traffic at this time of night, so I ran the red light.” Officers detected the smell of alcohol on Mr. Anaya’s breath as he told police he was leaving a friend’s 21st birthday party and had only one beer. Mr. Anaya failed a field sobriety test and was transported to jail.


Monday, November 16

A suspected prowler peeked into a window of a home on the 1200 block of Yale Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. Monday morning. When the homeowner, who was awake at the time, asked the suspect why he was looking into the home’s kitchen window, he replied, “Just checking the neighborhood.” When police arrived, the suspect was nowhere to be found. Any information regarding the incident should be forwarded to the Claremont Police Department.


A Pomona man was arrested for public intoxication after attempting to enter Union on Yale for more drinks. Allen Perez, 42, was denied service at the restaurant, located on the 200 block of Yale Avenue, due to his already intoxicated state. Mr. Perez was called a cab, but quickly returned to the location when he couldn’t tell the driver where he lived. When police arrived at approximately 7:24 p.m., they attempted a field sobriety test. Mr. Perez, who told the officers he had “a few” beers, replied, “Come on, I’m not going to be able to do that. We know it’s going to be bad.” Mr. Perez was arrested and transported to CPD jail. According to Lt. Ciszek, Mr. Perez has been arrested more than 30 times over the years for alcohol-related incidents in the Claremont and La Verne areas.

—Matthew Bramlett


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