Police blotter 6-30-17

Tuesday, June 20

A Claremont man was arrested in connection to a previous burglary at Bikram’s Yoga. Giovanny Espinosa, 36, was arrested at his home on the 200 block of Oberlin Avenue around 3:30 p.m., according to Cpl. Sean Evans of the Claremont Police Department. The burglary at Bikram’s occurred between May 29 and May 30, when Mr. Espinosa allegedly smashed the front glass door of the business and stole the cash drawer. DNA collected at the scene led police to Mr. Espinosa. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Two teenagers were cited for being in possession of alcohol after police received reports of glass bottles being thrown from the top floor of the Village West parking structure. The bottles landed on the outside patio of The Whisper House. When police investigated around 11:40 p.m., they found several teenagers on the top floor of the structure, though none admitted to throwing the bottles. They were cited at the scene.

Wednesday, June 21

A check of a Claremont Lodge motel room led to a drug bust. Police noticed Danielle Webster, 37 from Pomona, walking into room 226 at the lodge around 1:30 p.m. Ms. Webster was on probation for possession of narcotics with intent to sell. During the check, police found 3.6 ounces of methamphetamine and a meth pipe in the room and arrested Ms. Webster once again for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, as well as possession of the pipe.


A mountain bike worth about $3,000 was stolen from an open garage on the 1500 block of Queen Court. Around 4:20 p.m. The thief entered the garage, took the orange bike, and fled in a small green Jeep SUV. He was described as an African-American man, five feet, 10 inches tall and 200 pounds with black hair.

Friday, June 23

Police are looking for three men who stole two iPads from a T-Mobile store. Around 4:30 p.m., the trio entered the business on the 400 block of Auto Center Drive. One distracted the manager while the other two made off with the display iPads, Cpl. Evans said. The thieves also tried to swipe a display cell phone, but were unsuccessful. The iPads were worth $1,000 altogether. The first suspect is described as an African-American man, five feet, seven inches tall and 150 pounds with a black hat, white shirt and black shorts; the second suspect was described as an African-American man, five feet, nine inches tall and 180 pounds, with a white shirt and blue jeans and the third suspect was described as an African-American man, six feet, two inches tall and 180 pounds with a white shirt and black pants. The thieves got away in a black Toyota Corolla with tinted windows.


Police arrested an Ontario man after he was observed stealing a bike in front of Wine and Liquor Market on the 700 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. A security guard in front of Western Dental observed 25-year-old Darwin Marin riding his own bicycle up to the parked bike around 5 p.m. Mr. Marin reportedly waved at the guard before taking the bike, traveling eastbound on San Jose Avenue. Police caught him at San Jose and College Avenues after he allegedly tried and failed to get a witness to help him walk the stolen bike.

Sunday, June 25

Pomona and Claremont police are investigating a car-to-car shooting and traffic accident that occurred in north Pomona and south Claremont. Around 2:57 a.m. near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and Kingsley Avenue in Pomona, three African-American men in a gray Dodge Charger fired into a 1997 Acura, striking the car multiple times and injuring the male driver in the lower body, according to reports from the Pomona and Claremont Police Departments. The driver fled at a high rate of speed north on Indian Hill, running a red light at the westbound 10 freeway off-ramp and crashing into another car. The Acura driver’s injuries were described as non-life threatening, Pomona police said. Anyone with information should call the Pomona Police Department at (909) 620-2085.

Monday, June 26

Two men, one reported as a missing person, were arrested in front of the Claremont Library. Around midnight, a police officer in a parking lot by city hall heard someone “yelling profanities” at another person by the library. When the officer arrived, they found 49-year-old Felipe Constancio from Hesperia and 24-year-old Abel Bermudez from La Puente. Mr. Constancio, who was doing the yelling, had a warrant out for his arrest and was taken into custody. Mr. Bermudez, who was asleep at the time, was displaying symptoms of being drunk in public and was arrested. Police later found Mr. Bermudez was reported missing out of El Monte on June 20.

Monday, June 26

A Pomona man was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. Police picked up on the car, which was reported stolen out of Azusa on June 25, at the intersection of Baseline Road and Towne Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Once the car was located on Garey Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, the suspects took off, leading police on a one-minute chase that ended on the 2800 block of Kimball Avenue in Pomona. The driver then fled on foot and was later identified as 25-year-old Robert Hunkins. When Mr. Hunkins ditched the car, it rolled into a Claremont patrol car. During a search, police found Mr. Hunkins hiding in a detached garage on the 2800 block of Melbourne, and he was forcibly taken into custody after initially failing to respond to commands. He was arrested for evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle and grand theft auto.

—Matthew Bramlett



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