Police blotter 1-15-16

Tuesday, January 5

Claremont police arrested a Pomona woman after she was seen harassing drivers in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. Officers arrived to the 400 block of West Foothill Boulevard at approximately 9:11 p.m. after witnesses claimed 30-year-old Misti Honea was banging on windows of passing cars, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. Officers ran her record and discovered she had three outstanding warrants through Claremont and La Verne. Ms. Honea was arrested and sent to the Claremont jail where she was booked and held for court.


Wednesday, January 6

A Victorville man was arrested twice within the span of nine hours. Benjamin Hill, 43, was first arrested after he stumbled into the AM/PM on Foothill Boulevard, showing signs of being under the influence. When officers arrived at about 2:15 a.m., they determined Mr. Hill was under the influence of methamphetamine. He was arrested and sent to CPD jail, where he was released at 9 a.m.

Claremont police dispatch then received a call at 11:11 a.m. from someone who said he “needed to go to the police station,” and was under the influence of narcotics, according to Lt. Ciszek. When officers arrived to the source of the call on Arrow and Indian Hill, they again found Mr. Hill. A records check revealed a warrant out of San Bernardino County that did not show up when Mr. Hill was previously arrested. He was taken in again and transferred to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.


Friday, January 8

Claremont police arrested a Pomona man after witnesses saw him tagging in Evey Canyon. Eddie Parada Jr., 25, was apprehended at 3:38 p.m. on Mt. Baldy Road after a records check revealed he had a warrant out for his arrest. Mr. Parada and two of his friends were allegedly tagging a street guard rail in the area. Mr. Parada was transported to CPD jail where he was booked.

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Gilbert Armendarez thought it would be a great idea to walk into Norm’s and try to get a free meal. At about 7:32 p.m., the Ontario resident, 57, attempted a classic “dine and dash,” walking out without paying. The staff at Norm’s were quick to react and placed him under a private person’s arrest. When police arrived, they discovered Mr. Armendarez had five outstanding warrants. He was arrested and booked at CPD jail.


Sunday, January 10

Claremont police are looking for a man who pointed a handgun at a woman after she caught him breaking in to her husband’s truck. The incident happened at the Knight’s Inn at 7 a.m., when the woman saw the man gaining entry to the GMC truck. When the woman confronted the burglar, he fled into an awaiting car whose driver was pointing a gun at her as the car sped away. The car is described as a black Honda or Toyota sedan. Nothing was stolen from the truck, according to Lt. Ciszek. Anyone with information should contact the police department at (909) 399-5411.

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Two women were arrested Sunday morning after one was caught in possession of a pair of metal knuckles. The incident happened at about 10 a.m. on the 3300 block of Yankton Avenue, where Elizabeth Pazos, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga was the passenger in a car pulled over for a defective brake light and tinted windows. The male driver of the car was on probation through San Bernardino County, according to police. A further check of the car, which belonged to Ms. Pazos, revealed the knuckles on the front passenger floorboard. Ms. Pazos was arrested for being in possession of metal knuckles. She told police she had just left the house where Ondina Cota, 54, was staying. Ms. Cota was well-known to the officer. A records check revealed that Ms. Cota had a warrant out for her arrest for burglary and petty theft, so officers went to the house, where she was arrested. Ms. Pazos was released with a notice to appear. Ms. Cota was held for bail/court.


Monday, January 11

A witness saw 26-year-old Daniel Huerta trying to steal a bike from the bike rack at the Claremont Depot at approximately 5:43 a.m., according to Lt. Ciszek. When police arrived, they found burglary tools in Mr. Huerta’s possession. Mr. Huerta was also under the influence of methamphetamine. The would-be bike thief was arrested by police and sent to CPD jail, where he was later released with a citation for all charges.

—Matthew Bramlett


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