Police blotter 8-31-18

Sunday, August 19

A Claremont man was arrested after he fought with officers while being detained for an alleged domestic incident. When police arrived around noon to a home on the 2400 block of Duke Avenue, the suspect, 48-year-old David Smith, was not home, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. Mr. Smith was located later in the day at a house on the 300 block of west Seventh Street. Mr. Smith did not go quietly, allegedly becoming combative with the officer before he was eventually arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault on an officer and resisting arrest.

Monday, August 20

A Claremont man was arrested for financial elder abuse after he allegedly stole a family member’s credit card for a $1,600 shopping spree. Andrew Arias, 23, is accused of taking the card from the 74-year-old victim and using it at several locations in Claremont and Upland, including Stater Bros, and withdrawing money from two banks. When police arrived at the victim’s home on the 1500 block of Mural Drive, Mr. Arias admitted to the purchases, and officers reportedly found methamphetamine and a meth pipe in his possession, Lt. Walters said. He was arrested and transported to jail.

Tuesday, August 21

A home on the 1000 block of Lamonette was burglarized Wednesday night. Around 10:15 p.m., police discovered the glass door had been shattered and multiple rooms had been ransacked, Lt. Walters said. The property loss is unknown, because the resident was out of town at the time of the burglary. There is no suspect information.

Wednesday, August 22

Sean Depperschmidt, 50, from Rancho Cucamonga, was setting up camp for the night in a parking lot of Yum Yum Donuts around 10:45 p.m. when a private security guard asked him to leave. Mr. Depperschmidt apparently didn’t like that, and a fight ensued, Lt. Walters said. During the fight, Mr. Depperschmidt reportedly grabbed a lid from a garbage can and struck the guard on the arm, causing a two-to-three inch cut. He was also uncooperative with police. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing and resisting arrest and transported to CPD jail.


A Pomona man was arrested on a number of charges during a heated situation at Knight’s Inn. Police arrived to the motel around 10:45 p.m. after 46-year-old Michael Hans was seen banging on a door to one of the rooms. Police ordered Mr. Hans to not go into the room, but he did anyway, Lt. Walters said. During the incident, Mr. Hans allegedly tried to toss a meth pipe away, and was found to be in possession of a concealed fixed-blade knife. A 14-year-old boy was also in the room, and Lt. Walters said the boy was in fear of being harmed by Mr. Hans. He was arrested for possession of the pipe, possession of a concealed dirk or dagger, child endangerment and resisting arrest.

Thursday, August 23

A Claremont man was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a stolen bicycle. Officers stopped 28-year-old Joe Llamas around 6:30 p.m. near College Way and Sixth Street after Campus Safety saw him riding what they suspected to be a pilfered bike. After getting stopped, Mr. Llamas reported admitted he stole the bicycle the day before. Police were called, and Mr. Llamas was arrested for theft and possession of stolen property and taken to CPD jail.


Police arrested a Chino Hills man on warrants and drug charges after he was seen arguing with a 7-Eleven clerk at Foothill and Towne around 9 p.m. As 53-year-old Jeffrey Camarata was leaving, police pulled him over, where they discovered the methamphetamine and that he had warrants.

Friday, August 24

An unidentified thief burglarized yet another car in Evey Canyon. Between 5:50 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., the victim parked their Toyota at the location, after which the burglar shattered the rear driver’s side window, took a backpack and fled. There were no witnesses, and no suspect information was available.


Police are looking for a burglar who broke into a home on the 600 block of South College Avenue and stole a wedding ring. The burglary occurred between July 1 and August 24, Lt. Walters said. There was no further information available, including the value of the ring or any suspect description. It is unknown why there was such a long time frame for the burglary.

—Matthew Bramlett


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