Police blotter 8-25-17

Wednesday, August 16

A West Covina man was arrested after evading police on his motorcycle. Around 9:30 p.m. near Arrow Highway and Carleton Avenue, police tried to stop Julian Austria, 24, after observing him riding eastbound at a high rate of speed, according to Llt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. A pursuit ensued, but police called it off just after College Avenue due to safety concerns. Police got the motorcycle’s license plate number and traced it to a home in Upland, where Mr. Austria was arrested on August 20. According to Lt. Ciszek, Mr. Austria reportedly said he evaded police because he had a suspended driver’s license.


Two Pomona residents were arrested on car theft and drug charges after they were caught in a stolen car. Claremont police received a LoJack alarm hit from a stolen Honda Civic in the area of Claremont Boulevard and Ninth Street, Lt. Ciszek said. They traced the car to a shopping center on Moreno Street and Central Avenue in Montclair, where they found Gilbert Lopez and Valerie Robertson, both 25, exiting the car. In addition, Mr. Lopez was in possession of meth and Ms. Robertson was in possession of a meth pipe, police said. They were arrested without incident and transported to CPD jail.

Thursday, August 17

An Ontario man was arrested on drug and vandalism charges after he reportedly threw rocks through the windows of Claremont businesses. Dau Duong, 49, was found in the middle of Foothill Boulevard near Mills Avenue around 3 a.m. “sweating heavily, out of breath and bleeding from the nose,” according to Lt. Ciszek. A witness told police that Mr. Duong appeared to be frantic and threw rocks through windows at Lacquered Up, Priceless Pets and a hair salon on the 600 block of Foothill Boulevard. Mr. Duong was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and was arrested and transported to CPD jail. The cost to repair the damages was around $1,500.


Around $1,250 in vintage dresses were stolen from a parked car near the intersection of Alamosa Drive and Padua Avenue. The victim parked her car on Alamosa around 1:30 p.m., and when she returned just before 11 p.m., she found the right rear passenger window had been smashed and the box containing the 25 dresses was taken, Lt. Ciszek said. Perfume and about $10 in quarters were also stolen from the car. There is no suspect information.

Friday, August 18

An Alta Loma woman was arrested after leaving the scene of an accident and striking the victim with her car. The incident occurred around 11:50 a.m. on the 4100 block of Garey Avenue, when a car driven by 28-year-old Cleopatra Williams got into a traffic collision with a car driven by a 27-year-old woman. When the victim got out of her car, Ms. Williams allegedly tried to flee the scene, hitting the victim with her car and carrying her around 35 feet on the hood before the victim fell off, Lt. Ciszek said. The victim suffered an injury to her hand, but was not taken to the hospital. Ms. Williams’ front license plate remained at the scene, and she eventually returned to the location. She was arrested for hit and run, assault and driving with a suspended license.

Saturday, August 19

Police are looking for a man who reportedly flashed a woman after she rebuffed his advances. The victim was walking out of her dorm building on the 900 block of North Mills Avenue around 11:15 a.m. when the man pulled up in a red four-door car with five-spoke rims and got out, Lt. Ciszek said. He reportedly asked the victim if she wanted to go on a date with him, and when she said no, he pulled  out his erect penis and asked, “Is this big enough for you?” He then drove away in an unknown direction. He was described as a Caucasian or Hispanic man, six feet tall with a large build and dark facial scruff. His car had no license plates. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Sunday, August 20

A Pomona woman was arrested on drug charges at Larkin Park after getting into a fight during a family barbeque. Around 7:45 p.m., 33-year-old Falone Fletcher and a family member reportedly began to fight over the last fruit cup, Lt. Ciszek said. The verbal altercation became physical, and the police were called. During the investigation, they found meth and a meth pipe in Ms. Fletcher’s possession. She was arrested for possession of the drugs and transported to CPD jail.

Monday, August 21

Police are looking into whoever egged the Claremont High School campus and sprayed pro-Damien High School graffiti on a number of buildings. The vandalism is believed to have happened between 1:40 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., Lt. Ciszek said. Several eggs were smashed across campus, and “Spartans,” “D” and “The Pit” was scrawled in spray paint on the office snack bar. The cost to repair the damages was over $800.


Four men have been arrested in connection with a July robbery at Memorial Park. Claremont police arrested 19-year-old Brandon Roman of Pomona and 18-year-old Cole Draper of Pomona on August 21. Adrian Bejarano, 18, and 19-year-old Hunter Pascua were arrested on August 18, according to LA County arrest records. The robbery occurred on July 12, when a man was reportedly beaten during a fight over a purple Supreme jacket, according to Lt. Ciszek. All four men have been charged with robbery, with Mr. Roman facing an additional charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Tuesday, August 22

A transient was arrested after 200 marijuana plants were found on a property on the 1900 block of Lockhaven Way. Police arrived to the property around 7:30 a.m. after residents complained of, “suspicious activity occurring in all hours of the day and night,” according to Lt. Ciszek. They found 57-year-old Jeffrey McCarty in a motor home on the property, as well as the marijuana plants. Mr. McCarty denied being the owner of the plants, but police arrested him after they found a meth pipe in his possession, Lt. Ciszek said. And investigation is ongoing.

—Matthew Bramlett


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