Police blotter 4-13-18

Monday, April 2

A Long Beach woman was arrested after police found her behind the wheel of a stolen car. The car, which was detected by license place readers near Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue around 10 p.m., had previously been reported stolen out of Hawthorne, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. Police pulled over the driver on the 500 block of E. Base Line Road and arrested 58-year-old Jacquelyne Postell on a grand theft auto charge and transported her to CPD jail.

Tuesday, April 3

Llicense plate readers picked up on a stolen 1998 Honda Civic near San Jose Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard around 12:20 p.m. Police found the car and its occupants, 26-year-old Guadalupe Torres-Barajas and 28-year-old Edward Barrios of Montclair, in the Claremont Lodge parking lot. Ms. Torres-Barajas, the driver, was arrested for grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of burglary tools. The passenger, Mr. Barrios, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and warrants.


Police had a portion of Mt. Baldy Road blocked off at Flat River for a traffic collision around 11:30 p.m. when a car driven by 22-year-old Daniel Nieto of Upland  drove right through the block and the accident scene. Mr. Nieto was pulled over, given a field sobriety test and was found to be driving while drunk. He was arrested.

Wednesday, April 4

A Chino Hills woman was arrested after apparently getting caught in the act of smoking meth by officers. Police were called to Towne Avenue and 210 freeway overpass regarding a “suspicious subject” crouching behind an electrical box around 3:15 p.m. When the officer arrived, he allegedly found 20-year-old Miranda Ortega “place a pipe to her lips.” She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, booked and released with a citation.

Thursday, April 5

A Claremont man was arrested after making criminal threats and causing a standoff with police at a Mt. Baldy Road turnout. The saga began on Wednesday, April 4, when police were called to a house on the 300 block of Mills Avenue because 54-year-old Dennis Yokley allegedly made an unspecified criminal threat. Mr. Yokley wasn’t home at the time police arrived, but he was found the next day at the turnout around 9:30 a.m. Mr. Yokley refused to come out of the car, and the standoff lasted 45 minutes before an officer called Mr. Yokley’s cell phone and convinced him to give up.


Rodrigo Jimenez, 41, from Ontario, and Peter Villafana, 38, from Ontario, were arrested after they were seen by security cameras around 1:45 a.m. cutting the lock on a bike near the Claremont Graduate University apartments on the 1400 block of College Avenue, Lt. Walters said. They were both arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The bike was returned to its owner.


Two men were arrested on a laundry list of charges after drugs and $1,500 worth of stolen merchandise were found in a stolen car. Claremont police conducted a traffic stop on a car at Foothill and Towne around 7:45 p.m. A records check on 31-year-old Gabriel Gonzales and 22-year-old Antonio Gamez of Corona showed that both long rap sheets. Mr. Gonzales was currently on probation for car theft. Inside the car, police found the merchandise—from PetSmart, Target and Walmart in Upland—as well as meth, heroin and syringes allegedly belonging to Mr. Gamez, according to Sgt. Hector Tamayo of the Claremont Police Department. The car they were driving was also reported stolen out of Riverside. Mr. Gonzales was arrested for possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, theft with prior convictions and two warrants. Mr. Gamez was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of meth, heroin and theft with priors.


Two Yucaipa residents were arrested after police found stolen property related to a burglary at Extra Space Storage in October 2017. On April 3, police served a search warrant at a home on the 12000 block of Redstone Circle in Yucaipa, where they found stereo equipment belonging to the Claremont victim, as well as other stolen goods including an SKA assault rifle, a trailer and narcotics. Derek Dodds, 34, and Brittney Patterson, 26, were not home at the time, but were located and arrested at the Country Inn and Suites in Redlands on April 5.

Saturday, April 7

A Glendora man was arrested on drug charges after police investigated a suspicious U-Haul truck parked at Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard. Around 11 p.m., officers approached the van, which was parked on the empty lot on the northeast corner of the intersection, and the driver, 36-year-old Matthew Dekker. Police allegedly found syringes, heroin and cannabis with intent to sell. Mr. Dekker was arrested on charges of possession of drugs with intent to sell, possession of paraphernalia and a warrant and was transported to CPD jail, where he was held for court.

Sunday, April 8

A former student found out the hard way that he couldn’t get into college parties with an expired ID card. Around 12:30 a.m., Campus Safety confiscated the ID belonging to 23-year-old Devin Kennedy of Moraga after he tried to use it to get into the party. Mr. Kennedy took issue with the confiscation, and allegedly reached into the officer’s pocket to get the card, which led to a struggle with both subjects falling to the ground. The campus safety officer sustained minor injuries to his hands and knees. Claremont police arrived, and Mr. Kennedy was arrested for robbery.


Around midnight, officers noticed 26-year-old Anthony Vasquez sleeping on the side of the road near the La West liquor store on 333 E. Arrow Hwy. When officers woke him up, they found he was too drunk to remain outside, and he was arrested for public intoxication.

—Matthew Bramlett


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