Police blotter 11-24-17

Tuesday, November 14

Officers picked up on a stolen 2017 Chevy Tahoe as it pulled into the Shell gas station at Indian Hill Boulevard and the 10 freeway around 11:57 p.m., Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The driver, 34-year-old Joseph Sisenia of Chino, was held at gunpoint until backup arrived, and he was arrested without resisting. In the Tahoe, police also found a Walther 9-millimeter handgun that was reported stolen from Riverside, and a license plate stolen from Ontario. Mr. Sisenia was arrested for grand theft auto and possession of a stolen firearm and transported to CPD jail.


Wednesday, November 15

A resident on the 500 block of North Towne Avenue called police and said two men were knocking on their door around 3:19 a.m. and asking for someone who didn’t live there. When police arrived, the men scattered and eventually were caught. Nathan Bergstresser, 26,  from Claremont, was arrested for possession of meth and resisting arrest; Jacob Murakami, 18, from Pomona, was arrested for resisting arrest and Raymond Valdez-Campos, 19, from Pomona, was arrested for a warrant and resisting arrest.


Between 8 p.m. on November 14 and 8:30 a.m. on November 15, an unknown suspect used an object to pry open two mailboxes at the Claremont Post Officer and attempted to pry open two more. There is no suspect information, and no info on what was taken from the mailboxes. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Around 11 a.m., 47-year-old Tawayne Jones of Pomona was at the Subway sandwich shop at 350 S. Indian Hill Blvd. and apparently began punching random numbers in a keypad at the register. When the manager asked him what he was doing, Mr. Jones began to yell at him. When police arrived, Mr. Jones resisted arrest, raising his fist, telling the officer to get their hands off him and threatening to spit on them. He was eventually subdued and arrested for resisting arrest.


Thursday, November 16

A San Bernardino man was arrested after getting into a brawl with a manager at Chevron/McDonalds. Dametri Key, 42, reportedly entered the convenience store and took two hot dogs, some Cheetos and a Monster energy drink and consumed them in the bathroom. As he tried to leave without paying for the food, an employee confronted him and Mr. Key swung the energy drink can at him and punched him. The fight escalated outside, where they went to the ground and Mr. Key slammed the employee down on the hood of a car. Police arrived and arrested Mr. Key for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia.


At around 11:20 p.m. near Sumner Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, police picked up on a 2012 Nissan Altima, which had been reported stolen earlier in the day. The driver, 23-year-old Ricardo Diaz-Garcia, was also in possession of shaved keys and a meth pipe. He was arrested without incident and transported to CPD jail.


Friday, November 17

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman as she was walking southbound on Indian Hill Boulevard near Cinderella Drive. As the victim was walking around 1:40 p.m., the suspect drove up next to her and began masturbating. The victim bent down to pick up a rock, and the suspect fled the scene. He was described as a bald Hispanic man, wearing an orange shirt and sunglasses. He was driving a newer-model two-door Honda Civic with paper dealer plates.


Just before 9 p.m., police conducted a stop on a bicycle near Foothill Boulevard and Lynoak Drive. During a search of 33-year-old Seth Croy of Pomona, they found a “bindle of meth.” Mr. Croy was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Saturday, November 18

Officers found a stolen Silver Toyota Prius in the area of Harrison and Towne Avenues around 6 p.m. and began following the car as the driver turned westbound. Shortly after, the driver pulled over and began running on foot. The suspect then scaled a wall into the El Sereno apartment complex, where officers followed and eventually lost sight of him, Lt. Walters said. He is described as an African-American man, five feet, 10- inches to six feet, one inch tall and 170 pounds with dreadlocks.


Police caught a suspected thief in the carport of an apartment complex on the 600 block of Indian Hill Boulevard. Neighbors in the area noticed a man going into the carport around 7:47 p.m. and called police. Once they arrived, they found 39-year-old Manuel Diaz of Ontario had unlatched some cabinet doors and was going through items. He was arrested by police for attempted burglary and transported to CPD jail.


Sunday, November 19

Campus Safety at the Claremont Colleges called just before 3 a.m. to report they were following a suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Justin Sweeten, who was acting suspiciously near the bike racks in the area of Bonita and College Avenues. When officers arrived, Mr. Sweeten ran, ducking around houses before police caught up with him and arrested him. He was in possession of large garden clippers that could be used as burglary tools. Mr. Sweeten was arrested for possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

—Matthew Bramlett


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