Police Blotter 9-2-16

Increased traffic patrol around public schools

With the start of the new school year last Wednesday, residents will see an increased level of police officers in and around Claremont public schools to keep students, staff, parents and the motoring public safer, police related in a release.

“These high-visibility patrols are an ongoing directed enforcement effort and a reminder to drivers to slow down and pay attention around school zones and to follow the law,” the release stated.

Claremont Police Department staff remind parents and students to give themselves plenty of time to arrive at school and to make safe drop-offs and pick-ups. White zones are for loading and unloading only and not for parking. Red zones are no stopping, even for a quick drop-off. Police suggest dropping students off a block away from the school site to reduce traffic congestion and ensure students arrive on time.

For drivers who are not dropping off or picking up students, police recommend finding an alternate route or leaving before or after regular school start times.

Claremont Police Department asks resident for help in keeping our community safe for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

“This is a zero-tolerance period for violations, so please drive safely around our schools and throughout the community,” Claremont police state.


Tuesday, August 23

Two cars were burglarized in the Claremont Manor parking lot, and police are looking for the thief who did it. The cars, a Toyota Venza and Hyundai Elantra, were burglarized early Tuesday morning between 6 and 6:40 a.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. A purse was stolen from the Venza and a wallet was taken from the Elantra. There is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Wednesday, August 24

Police are looking for someone who egged a Lexus, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The incident happened between 7 p.m. on August 23 and 8:30 a.m. on August 24 on the 800 block of Endicott Drive. According to Lt. Ciszek, raw eggs were smashed on the driver’s side door and left passenger side door of the car. Eggs were also cracked onto the interior seats. The yolk from the eggs caused electrical controls in the driver’s seat to malfunction, resulting in about $4,000 in damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department.


Thursday, August 25

A Pomona man was arrested for DUI after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel in the middle of Indian Hill Boulevard. Police responded to the scene around 3:30 a.m. and saw a stopped car with its brake lights on in the left southbound lane of Indian Hill just south of Green Street. Upon further investigation, officers found 36-year-old Felipe Carrillo-Araujo passed out in the driver’s seat with the keys still in the ignition, Lt. Ciszek said. Mr. Carrillo-Araujo was awakened by police and was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and sent to CPD jail to sober up.


Friday, August 26

Claremont police arrested two people who were driving a stolen car Friday evening. Officers pulled over the driver of a stolen car near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and San Jose Avenue around 2:30 p.m. The driver was identified as 19-year-old Taylor Broderick and a passenger was identified as 22-year-old Luis Ramos. The car had been reported stolen from the city of Azusa the previous day. Ms. Broderick and Mr. Ramos were arrested without incident, and a search of the vehicle revealed an illegal switchblade knife and a meth pipe. Ms. Broderick and Mr. Ramos were transported to CPD jail.


More than 670 cars were screened during a DUI checkpoint from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday night at Claremont Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue. The checkpoint netted six arrests—three for driving with suspended licenses and three for existing warrants, Lt. Ciszek said. Nine additional citations for various infractions were also handed out. There were no DUI arrests at the checkpoint.


Saturday, August 27

Police came across a white Chevy Tahoe that was stopped in the westbound left lane of Foothill Boulevard at Indian Hill around 1:45 a.m., according to Lt. Ciszek. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Luis Perez of Baldwin Park, was allegedly passed out in the driver’s seat. When officers knocked on the window, Mr. Perez reportedly woke up and took off, driving three-tenths of a mile before pulling into a parking lot on the 600 block of Foothill. He was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, and was arrested for DUI and evading officers and was sent to CPD jail.


Nearly $3,000 in goods was stolen from an open garage overnight on the 600 block of Arrow Highway. Between 10 p.m. August 26 and 8 a.m. August 27, the thief entered the garage door and stole tools as well as jewelry from the center console of an unlocked Jeep Cherokee. In total, $2,750 worth of items was taken from the home. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.


A Pomona man was arrested on drug and firearm charges after getting kicked out of Knights Inn for doing meth. Nicholas Perez, 28, was reportedly kicked out of a room at the motel for “smoking drugs,” Lt. Ciszek said. When police arrived just before 1 p.m., they located Mr. Perez at the nearby Shell gas station. A further investigation revealed Mr. Perez was in possession of a concealed shotgun, as well as liquid meth and a meth pipe. He was arrested for being under the influence of narcotics, possession of narcotics, possession of paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Sunday, August 28

Police arrested a Pomona man after he made quite the scene in the Motel 6 lobby. Rudy Orcasitas, 25, was allegedly on meth and “drawing on his face with ink pens,” according to Lt. Ciszek. The police were called and Mr. Orcasitas, who has had numerous run-ins with local police in the past, was taken into custody for being under the influence of a controlled substance and transported to CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett


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