Police blotter 2-9-18

Monday, January 29

A local transient was arrested after police found drugs on him in the Motel 6 parking lot. While on routine patrol, officers contacted 29-year-old Ryan Mann in the motel parking lot just before 11 p.m., Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The officer saw drug paraphernalia in plain view, and upon closer look, Mr. Mann was in possession of needles, methamphetamine and heroin. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Police are investigating after a patient at Pomona Valley Health Center claimed his wedding ring was stolen from the location. The victim stated he was at the center for a medical treatment between 12:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and placed the ring in a locked drawer. When he was done, he found the ring was missing from the drawer. The ring, a gold men’s wedding band with diamonds, was valued at $15,000. There is no suspect information. Anyone with leads should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Tuesday, January 30

Allen Perez was arrested for public intoxication on the 1300 block of Towne Avenue. Officers found Mr. Perez, 44 from Pomona, around 2:17 p.m. and concluded he was too drunk to remain in public. He was arrested and held at the jail for detox before being released.


A possible threat at Claremont High School ended up being a false alarm. A student saw another teen in an online chat room threaten to attack a high school, and called police thinking it was aimed at Claremont High. Upon further investigation, it was determined the threat wasn’t directed at CHS, but at another school on the east coast. The Claremont Police Department forwarded the threat to the appropriate jurisdiction.


Thursday, February 1

Police pulled over the driver of a car for driving without plates around midnight near the intersection of Base Line Road and Padua Avenue. The driver, later identified as 38-year-old Michael Robinson Jr. of Wilmington, tried to flee the scene. The pursuing officer caught him a short time later. An investigation revealed the car he was driving was stolen out of Victorville in July 2017, and Mr. Robinson was arrested for grand theft auto, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.


Police arrested a 17-year-old boy after he fled the scene of an accident. The collision occurred at the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and American Avenue around 12:15 p.m., Lt. Walters said. A child in the other car was slightly injured in the crash, and the driver of the other car fled the scene. Witnesses jotted down the license plate number, which officers traced to a home in Pomona. The teen was also driving without a license, and was arrested for hit and run and transported to CPD jail.


Allen Perez was arrested again for public intoxication. Police were called to Trader Joe’s on suspicion of Mr. Perez possibly stealing merchandise from the store. Nothing was stolen, but Mr. Perez was deemed too drunk to be in public and was arrested.


Friday, February 2

A Glendora man was charged with bringing drugs into a jail after being picked up on a warrant. Lamont Dinkins, 39, was stopped at Foothill Boulevard and Garey Avenue around 3 a.m. and arrested for the warrant and for having meth in one of his pockets. As he was being booked in the jail, officers found another bag of meth in a second pocket. He was booked and held for court.


Allen Perez was arrested for a third time, this time on the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard. A witness called police around noon and claimed Mr. Perez, 44 from Pomona, was drinking alcohol and possibly intoxicated. Police confirmed the claim, arresting then releasing him after detox.


A Claremont man died by suicide at his home on the 100 block of Cornell Street. Police were called to the home after a family member found the deceased man around 12:23 p.m. The LA County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the 54-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot would to the chest. If you or anyone you know is exhibiting suicidal thoughts or actions, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


A Claremont man was arrested after shooting a handgun during a family argument. Michael Zarate, 48, was intoxicated and in a verbal altercation with his family at a home on the 500 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 5:45 p.m. when he picked up a handgun and fired six rounds into a window, shattering it.  Children were present inside the home at the time, so Mr. Zarate was arrested for unlawful discharge of a firearm and child endangerment. Nobody was injured.


Police arrested a 16-year-old boy after he told a witness he was going to steal a car. The teen, from Baldwin Park, revealed his intentions to the witness while they rode on a city bus into the Village around 11:35 p.m. Police were called, and the boy was found on the 200 block of west Second Street with a fixed-blade knife in his possession. He was arrested for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, and released to his parents with a citation.


Saturday, February 3

Allen Perez was arrested once again, this time while he was passed out in a planter in front of a home on the 700 block of north Indian Hill Boulevard. When police arrived around 2:30 p.m., they noticed Mr. Perez was suffering from “extreme dehydration,” Lt. Walters said. He was given a citation and transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center for treatment.


Sunday, February 4

Mr. Perez was arrested for the fifth time in a week for public intoxication, this time as he was sitting outside a residence on the 400 block of west Sixth Street around 10:20 a.m. Police determined he was too drunk to remain in public, and he was arrested and sent to CPD jail to sleep it off.


An Ontario man was arrested for DUI after he crashed into a parked car at the intersection of Yale Avenue and Second Street around 7:20 p.m. Gerardo Briceno-Briseno, 23, was arrested after the accident after police determined he was too drunk to drive. Nobody was injured in the collision, and he was sent to CPD jail to sober up before being released with a citation.


—Matthew Bramlett


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