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Police blotter 9-7-18

Saturday, August 25

Police are looking for a man who brandished a handgun and robbed a victim of his cell phone. The robbery occurred on the 500 block of San Jose Avenue around 9:10 p.m., Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The victim was standing in front of an apartment complex on the block when a man walked up and asked to use the victim’s phone. The man then removed his semiautomatic handgun and took the phone before fleeing on foot. He is described as a Hispanic man around five feet, six inches tall to five feet, eight inches tall and 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a black and yellow jersey and jeans. The stolen iPhone 6s was worth about $500.

Monday, August 27

A Los Angeles woman was arrested for giving a false name to officers after an apparent road rage incident. It all began when a woman called police claiming 27-year-old Andrea Arana was following her after an unknown argument in Upland. The call was placed around Base Line Road and Mills Avenue around 2 a.m., and police caught up with the two cars at Indian Hill and 12th Street. Ms. Arana allegedly gave a false name to officers, was driving without a license and had warrants out or her arrest. She was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Tuesday, August 28

Two people were arrested after police found one of them behind the wheel of a stolen car. Claremont officers stopped a 2013 Hyundai Elantra at Foothill and Towne after they found it had been stolen from Ontario. The driver, 26-year-old Jonathan Aguilar, was arrested for grand theft auto, possession of a meth pipe and possession of shaved keys. As the arrest was happening, 27-year-old Michelle Jara, who was identified as Mr. Aguilar’s girlfriend and who was not in the car at the time, apparently tried to intervene with the arrest. Police found she had a warrant as well, and she was arrested for the warrant and obstruction. 

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Robert Castro, 27, called police from Starbucks at 810 south Indian Hill Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. and claimed he wanted to turn himself in for having warrants. Police arrived and found no warrants on Mr. Castro’s record, but he allegedly had a couple of syringes on him. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, August 30

An Ontario man was arrested on suspicion of embezzling over $4,000 from the Claremont Colleges. Richard Fresquez, 37, was taken into custody stemming from an incident in September 2017, when he allegedly took “more than two” checks that were intended for the Colleges and deposited them into his own bank account, Lt. Walters said. He was working for the Colleges in an unknown capacity at the time. He was arrested near the intersection of San Antonio Avenue and First Street in Pomona on August 30 and taken to CPD jail on suspicion of grand theft.

Friday, August 31

Police went to St. Ambrose Church at 830 W. Bonita Ave., around 8:30 p.m. on a call of four transients on church grounds, one of which was not wearing any pants. There was no evidence of a pants-less individual at the scene, but 57-year-old Michael Perry was arrested for warrants.

Saturday, September 1

Police are looking for a man who tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill at Chipotle, 885 S. Indian Hill Blvd. When the clerk called the man out on the fake bill, the customer became argumentative. When the employee went to the office, the counterfeiter took a real $20 bill that was left on the counter and left. He is described as an African-American man around five feet, four to five feet, five inches tall and 160 to 170 pounds wearing a red shirt, basketball shot, white socks and sandals.

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A Claremont man was arrested for domestic battery after he allegedly struck a woman in the face. Police were called to the 100 block of American Avenue around 4:30 p.m. after Salvador Mora Jr., 54, allegedly hit the 42-year-old female victim during a spat while one of them was moving out of the house, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Mora was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Sunday, September 2

A Victorville man was arrested for DUI after crashing his car at Garey Avenue and College Way. Louis Arriola, 27, was driving his Civic north on Garey around 3:30 a.m. when he missed a stop sign and crashed head-on into a dead-end sign at the intersection, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Arriola was unhurt, but a passenger suffered an unknown chest injury. Mr. Arriola was found to be drunk, and was arrested for DUI causing injury.

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Two people were arrested after allegedly stealing a 2018 Jeep Wrangler off the John Elway lot. David Solis, 32 from West Covina, and Azalea Hernandez, 34 from Pomona, reportedly took the Jeep around 6:30 a.m., Lt. Walters said. Unluckily for them, the Jeep was equipped with a tracking device, and they were found in a shopping center on the 10000 block of Central Avenue in Montclair. Both were arrested for grand theft auto; Mr. Solis was also arrested for possession of burglary tools and a warrant, and Ms. Hernandez was arrested for possession of a drug pipe and warrants.

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A Moreno Valley man was arrested for public drunkenness after witnesses claimed he was drinking and running up and down Bonita Avenue around 11 p.m. Mark Mendoza, 26, was found to be “clearly intoxicated,” Lt. Walters said, and was taken into custody to sober up before being released without charges.

—Matthew Bramlett

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