Police blotter 3-9-18

Tuesday, February 27

A Covina man was arrested after allegedly fighting with police officers on the 600 block of West First Street. Police responded to the scene on a report of a drunken man inside someone else’s car around 1:50 a.m., Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. When they arrived, 20-year-old Brayden Barrett reportedly began fighting with the cops. One officer had to go to Pomona Valley Medical Center to receive stitches, and another suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital. Mr. Barrett was arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on an officer and was transported to CPD jail.

Wednesday, February 28

Police are investigating a break-in at Thai Body Works. Between 5 a.m. and 8:18 a.m., two men forced entry into the business at 250 West First Street, ransacking the reception area and getting away with a purse, a day planner and change from a register. Not much is known about the two suspects, only that they are African-American men. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


A commercial mailbox was tampered with, and police are trying to figure out who did it. between February 27 at noon and February 28 at 11:47 a.m., the unknown suspect tried to pry open the mailbox located between Zaky and Denny’s on the 800 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard, Lt. Walters said. No mail was stolen, and no suspect information was available.


Police are looking for three men who used two fake $20 bills at Chipotle. The men entered the business on the 800 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. and paid for their food with one fake bill and asked for change for another, Lt. Walters said. The men left before the employees discovered the ruse. The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man, around 20 years old with brown hair; the second suspect is described as an African-American man around 20 years old, six feet tall with black hair and the third suspect was described as a man around 20 years old, five feet, nine inches tall with brown hair. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

Thursday, March 1

A Pomona man was arrested for stealing sound equipment during a meet-up in the Rhino Records parking lot. Around 4:30 p.m., the victim met up with 37-year-old Johnny Chung to trade the sound hardware, but Mr. Chung allegedly took the equipment and drove off, Lt. Walters said. Police traced him to a house in Pomona, where he was arrested on March 3 for petty theft.


Two men were arrested after being caught in a stolen black Volvo. License plate reader cameras picked up on the car at Indian Hill and San Jose and officers located it at the Shell gas station at 5 p.m. The driver, 26-year-old Michael Wilhelm, was arrested for grand theft auto and warrants, and a passenger, 22-year-old Alfonso Escamilla of San Jose, was arrested for warrants.

Friday, March 2

Police are looking for a woman who assaulted another driver in an apparent case of road rage. The victim was backing out of her parking space at Second and Yale around 11 a.m. when the suspect honked, stopped in the middle of the road and yelled at her, Lt. Walters said. The suspect followed the victim south on Yale to First Street, where she reportedly threw something at the victim’s car. The victim pulled over at First and Indian Hill, and the suspect got out of her car, hit the victim’s car and physically attacked the victim. Bystanders had to break up the fight, and the suspect drove away. She is described as a Hispanic woman in her 20s, five feet, three inches tall and 130 pounds. No description of her car was available. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.


An Apple Valley woman was arrested on elder abuse charges after allegedly forging a man’s signature on checks while acting as his caregiver. Police are alleging that Dayna Hyde-Powery, 28, wrote three checks to herself—two for $550 and one for $800—and deposited them into her bank account. The crime was discovered, and Ms. Hyde-Powery was arrested on March 2 and transported to CPD jail, where she was held for court. Lt. Walters noted that Ms. Hyde-Powery was filling in for the victim’s regular caregiver when the crime occurred.

Saturday, March 3

Police discovered a meth operation while investigating a call for shots fired. Around 10:50 p.m., an officer heard a popping sound reminiscent of gunfire in the area of Carnegie and Bonita Avenues, Lt. Walters said. Several shell casings were found in the street, and police centered on a car parked in a red zone in the Plum Tree Apartments with its lights on. After speaking with the occupants, officers obtained a search warrant on an apartment, where they discovered around 900 grams of meth, a scale, several baggies, a pistol with a high-capacity magazine and a large amount of cash. Nickolas Martinez, 42, from Bassett, was arrested on a number of charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drugs while armed and possession with intent to sell.

Monday, March 5

A Victorville woman was arrested after getting caught in a stolen truck. Police found the Ford F-150, which was reported stolen out of San Dimas on February 27, in the area of Towne Avenue and Richbrook, Lt. Walters said. Police pulled the truck over and arrested the driver, 33-year-old Natosha Sutton, for grand theft auto and driving without a license.

—Matthew Bramlett


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