Police blotter 11-16-18

Monday, November 5

Around 10 p.m., officers pulled over 27-year-old Darlene Luna of Pomona near the 7-Eleven at Foothill and Towne after they determined the car she was driving—a Buick Century—had been reported stolen, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. Ms. Luna also had a no-bail warrant for her arrest, he added. She was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Tuesday, November 6

Police arrested a Pomona man after a witness claimed he was casing cars in a parking lot on the 200 block of north Indian Hill Boulevard. When officers arrived around 10:45 p.m., 22-year-old Justus Akins was allegedly found to be in possession of a hammer, bolt cutters, meth and a meth pipe. He was arrested for possession of drugs, paraphernalia and burglary tools. No cars were harmed.

Wednesday, November 7

Claremont police received a call around 3:50 p.m. regarding a woman allegedly sitting on a wall, dancing and singing to herself near the intersection of Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found 35-year-old Corina Ronquillo of Pomona was under the influence of an unknown substance. She was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Thursday, November 8

Two people were arrested after police pulled over a car near the intersection of Armstrong Drive and Cleary Way around 8:30 p.m. Officers found the driver, 28-year-old Daren O’Brien from Ontario was driving under the influence, and the passenger, 27-year-old Maricruz Damasco of Azusa, was too drunk to remain in public, Lt. Walters said. Both were arrested. Mr. O’Brien was cited for the DUI and Ms. Damasco was released without charges after sobering up.

Saturday, November 10

Police arrested a man after he allegedly stole $1,500 worth of items from a car and led police on a pursuit in north Claremont. Around 3 a.m., police allege 21-year-old Jefferson Garcia broke into a car parked at the Knight’s Inn and took the goods, which include hair clippers, barber books and paperwork, Lt. Walters said.

Later that afternoon, around 4:20 p.m., police found Mr. Garcia in a silver Mazda driving at “excessive speeds” near Base Line and Padua. When officers tried to stop him, Mr. Garcia took off, leading police on a chase west on Base Line, then north on Mills and finally northeast on Mt. Baldy Road, where Mr. Garcia then crashed into a tree at Mt. Baldy Road and Padua Avenue and took off on foot. Mr. Garcia was then found back at the Knight’s Inn and arrested for GTA, felony evading, resisting arrest and grand theft.


Police are looking into a stolen credit card that was swiped from the victim’s mailbox on the 1200 block of north Indian Hill Boulevard. The card was taken between October 27 at 7 a.m. and November 10 at 8 a.m., Lt. Walters said, and has already been used in multiple locations in Upland. Police are investigating.

Sunday, November 11

Police were called to Motel 6 around midnight after 23-year-old Veronica Sarabia of Los Angeles was allegedly seen slapping and choking a 23-year-old male victim, Lt. Walters said. Ms. Sarabia was arrested and taken to CPD jail.


A few hours later, at 6 a.m., an unknown burglar smashed the front window of a Honda in the Motel 6 parking lot, taking a Visa card and fleeing in a white sedan. Police are investigating.


An officer on foot patrol near the Claremont Lodge made contact with 30-year-old Luis Mora of Pomona and 29-year-old Monique Hernandez of West Covina in a room at the motel, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Mora was on probation for burglary, and during a compliance check, police found notebooks and folders containing more than 20 credit card profiles. Mr. Mora and Ms. Hernandez were both arrested.


Another car was broken into, this time at 710 south Indian Hill Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. The unknown suspect smashed the rear window of the car and took a white backpack containing passports and ID cards, worth around $100. Police are investigating.

—Matthew Bramlett


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