Police blotter 12-16-16

Tuesday, December 6

Jonathan Medrano of Claremont, 31, reportedly stole a $2,400 bicycle on the 200 block of West First Street around 2 p.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. Officers found him near the intersection of College Avenue and Oak Park Drive. Mr. Medrano refused repeated commands to stop, and was tackled to the ground by officers. He was also found to be in possession of 24-inch bolt cutters and wrenches. Mr. Medrano was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Wednesday, December 7

Just after 1 a.m., police pulled over a car driven by 29-year-old Dustin Zastre of El Cajon on Indian Hill Boulevard and Lincoln for having no license plates. During the investigation, police found a meth pipe in Mr. Zastre’s car. He was arrested and sent to jail.


A Pomona resident, Andrew Belasco, 52, was apparently making noise inside the Claremont Public?Library just before 5 p.m. when a juvenile asked him to be quiet. Mr. Belasco responded by taking off his shirt and challenging the kid to a fight. The police were called and during the investigation it was revealed that Mr. Belasco was under the influence of an unknown stimulant, Lt. Ciszek said. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


A Fontana woman was arrested for DUI after crashing into another car near the Claremont Colleges. Cristina Valencia, 25, reportedly collided with the victim’s car at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Sixth Street around 8:20 p.m., Lt. Ciszek said. A passenger in the car complained of pain to the back of her head and neck, but refused to be transported to a hospital. During the investigation, police determined that Ms. Valencia was under the influence of alcohol, and she was arrested.


Thursday, December 8

Police are looking for burglars who cut open a fumigation tent to break into a house. The break-in occurred between December 5 and December 8 on the 700 block of West San Jose Avenue. According to Lt. Ciszek, the thieves cut open the tent and gained entry to the house and back shed, stealing dinnerware valued at about $100. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont police.


Friday, December 9

Another car was broken into at Evey Canyon. The unknown thief smashed the car’s front passenger side window between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Lt. Csizek said, stealing a purse that was resting on the floorboard. When the victim checked her bank statements, she found that her card was used at a car wash in La Verne and retail shops in Arcadia.


Saturday, December 10

Two men were arrested after a brawl at Walter’s. The men, 22-year-old Nolan Henley of La Verne and 40-year-old Andre Haoutonian of Glendora, came to blows after one bumped into another at the restaurant around 11:30 p.m., Lt. Ciszek said. Alcohol was involved in the melee, police said. Mr. Henley went to the Claremont police station to report the fight the following day, but officers determined both men were aggressors and both were arrested.


Sunday, December 11

A wild police chase ended when the suspect tried to run across the 10 freeway. The chase began at 9:45 a.m. near the intersection of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue when police determined a green Honda Civic was reported stolen. The driver, 22-year-old David Cardiel of Upland, refused to stop. Officers backed off from the chase at Monte Vista Avenue and Richton Street due to wet weather, and were about to contact the Montclair Police Department, when they received word that Mr. Cardiel had crashed at Monte Vista and the freeway, Lt. Ciszek said. A passenger, 20-year-old Nicolas Reyes, was detained at gunpoint, while Mr. Cardiel ran onto the freeway, going eastbound in the westbound lanes. He was arrested by police on the freeway and transported to CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett




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