Police blotter 5-18-18

Wednesday, May 9

An Oxnard man was arrested after police said he got into a physical fight with a 17-year-old boy. The altercation occurred at the Courier Place apartments on the 100 block of south College Avenue around 7:45 a.m., according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. Authorities say 28-year-old Steven Barragan was in a verbal argument with another person at the apartment, and as the teenager tried to break it up, Mr. Barragan allegedly began to fight him. The teenager reportedly received lacerations to his face and lip, and Mr. Barragan was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse. He was sent to CPD jail, where he was held for court.


Around 6:45 p.m. at Round Table Pizza on the 500 block of Base Line Road, a suspect walked in and bought a pizza with a counterfeit $100 bill, Lt. Walters said. A second suspect then entered, placing an order for wings and paying with a second fake Benjamin. Earlier that day, at 5:30 p.m., the first suspect ordered food at Euro Café and paid with a third fake bill. The first suspect is described as an African-American man, around 25 years old, six feet tall and 250 pounds wearing a blue shirt. The second suspect is described as an African American man, also around 25 years old, around six feet tall and 180 pounds.

Thursday, May 10

Four people, including one juvenile, were arrested after they allegedly tried to break into a home on the 400 block of Holyoke Place. Around 10:30 a.m., the homeowner, who was home at the time, reportedly noticed two of the would-be burglars in the backyard trying to break in, Lt. Walters said. The homeowner confronted the suspects, who fled to an awaiting silver Jaguar with two people inside. The police were called, and caught the suspects near the intersection of Monterey Drive and Loretto Court. All four—24-year-old Braylin Jackson of Compton, 23-year-old Tawshona James of Compton, 24-year-old Alexus Lowe of Los Angeles and a 17-year-old boy—were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and conspiracy and transported to CPD jail.

Friday, May 11

A West Covina man was arrested after he allegedly tried to get away with a stolen bike. The victim parked his bicycle near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street, and around 1 a.m. claimed he saw a man—later identified as 28-year-old Huan Cao—attempting to ride away with it, Lt. Walters said. The victim flagged down a passing police officer, which tried to stop Mr. Cao, but he ran from police. He was eventually caught a short distance away from the crime scene, and arrested for theft and resisting arrest. The bike was returned to its owner.

Saturday, May 12

A woman trying to buy ride tickets at the Our Lady of Assumption Fiesta was shocked to learn the $50 bill she had was fake. The woman was cooperative with officers, and told them she got the bill when she withdrew money from the Chase bank on Foothill and Mountain, Lt. Walters said. Nobody was arrested, and police confiscated the bill.


Police arrested a Duarte man on drug charges after he was found in someone else’s backyard. A witness on the 1100 block of Briarcroft Road called police around 9:20 p.m. to report a suspicious person in their neighbor’s backyard, Lt. Walters said. The man, 35-year-old Richard Provencio, did not tell officers why he was in the back yard, but was reportedly found to be under the influence of an unidentified narcotic. He was arrested for being under the influence and transported to CPD jail.

Monday, May 14

An unknown burglar broke into King Precision Glass, but didn’t take anything. The burglary occurred between May 11 at 11 p.m. and May 14 at 6 am at the former Garner Glass building at 177 S. Indian Hill Blvd. According to Lt. Walters, the thief cut the chain padlock on the north gate, entered the storage area but apparently left with nothing. There is no suspect information.


Just before 1 p.m., police cameras on Foothill and Towne picked up on a 1995 Nissan Maxima that was reported stolen out of Ontario the day before. The driver, 25-year-old Alfonso Ortiz of Pomona, was also on probation for robbery. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, possession of stolen property and the probation violation.

Tuesday, May 15

Around 4:15 a.m. three suspects shattered the north window of Yocrepe, 328 S. Indian Hill Blvd., ransacking it and leaving with a cash register, Lt. Walters said. The register was empty, but the cost to repair the damage was estimated at $800. All three burglars were described as men with average builds—one was wearing dark green pants, a black hoodie under a blue jacket, a white and blue knit hat and red and white gloves; the second suspect was wearing brown shoes, dark-colored jeans, a red hoodie and dark-colored gloves; and the third suspect, who had the crowbar, was wearing black athletic pants with two white pinstripes, a black hoodie, a white bandanna covering his face and dark gloves.


Police were called to the Greyhound station around 8 p.m. after 32-year-old Andrew Herrera of Blythe created a disturbance, leading to the driver refusing to let him board. Mr. Herrera was having difficulty speaking and standing, and was determined to be too drunk to remain in public, Lt. Walters said. He was arrested and sent to CPD jail for detox, from where he was later released.

—Matthew Bramlett


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