Police blotter 12-1-17

Tuesday, November 21

An Ontario man was arrested one day after brandishing a knife on a co-worker during an argument. Around 11:30 a.m., two members of a construction crew working at Spring Hill Condominiums on the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard began arguing, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. One of the workers, 35-year-old Gilbert Guereca, displayed a knife in his right hand and made threatening statements to the other worker. Mr. Guereca fled the scene before police arrived, but the next day he was located at his house in Ontario and arrested without incident. Upon further investigation, Mr. Guereca was also wanted in Fontana for attempted murder.


A 26-inch green and black mountain bike was swiped from the front porch of a home on the 900 block of Ottawa Drive. The thief took the bike, which was worth about $300, around noon and fled in an unknown direction. There is no description of the thief.

Wednesday, November 22

Two packages were stolen from the front of a house on the 900 block of Moody Place. The three packages were delivered to the house around 8 p.m. and the homeowner walked outside to take one of the packages inside, returning a few moments later to find the other packages were gone. A suspect was seen leaving the scene, and is described as a Caucasian man in his 20s, about six feet tall and thin, with short hair and wearing a long black sweatshirt, tall socks and shorts with tattoos on his hands.

Friday, November 24

Police tried to pull over a black Chevy Tahoe driven by 22-year-old Andrew Arias around 2 a.m. at Towne and Bonita avenues for excessive speed. Mr. Arias, a Claremont resident, refused to stop and led police on a 14-minute pursuit through Pomona and into Glendora, where he ran out of gas on Arrow Highway and tried to run on foot. He was caught about 25 feet from his car and arrested. In the Tahoe, police found a box of balloons filled with heroin, bags of methamphetamine, a scale and a meth pipe. Mr. Arias was arrested on suspicion of felony pursuit, transportation of drugs, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and was transported to Los Angeles’ Twin Towers jail for arraignment.

Saturday, November 25

Around 3:25 a.m., officers pulled over a car driven by 28-year-old Ali Abdi in the area of Indian Hill and San Jose Avenue for a missing license plate. They found that Mr. Abdi, of San Dimas, was driving with a suspended license and was clearly under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, and a further check revealed Mr. Abdi was hiding a small amount of cocaine on him.


A thief stole about $140 worth of marijuana from a delivery driver on the 800 block of West Bonita Avenue. The driver was making a medical marijuana delivery around 1:20 p.m. when the thief reached into the open window of the driver’s car, took the weed and ran. The driver briefly chased the thief, but he got away. He is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic man in his 20s, about five feet, 10 inches to six feet tall, and 180 to 200 pounds, with short black hair and a striped shirt.

Sunday, November 26

Police are investigating a break-in attempt at a house on the 800 block of Occidental Drive. Officers responded to a burglary alarm around 5:12 p.m., and at the same time, a neighbor called police saying they saw a dark-colored SUV leave the scene at a high rate of speed. When officers arrived, they found the back kitchen window was tampered with, signaling that someone had tried to get in. Nothing was taken from the home, and there is no suspect information.

—Matthew Bramlett



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