Police blotter 9-27-19

Tuesday, September 17

A local transient was arrested after he allegedly chased after a 61-year-old woman and tried to hit her with a wooden sign. The bizarre incident happened on the street near First Street and Indian Hill Boulevard around 5:15 p.m., according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. According to witnesses, 39-year-old Richard Castillo was chasing after the woman, claiming he was going to kill her. He also allegedly threw a four-foot long wooden sign at her. The victim complained of pain to her arm and leg area and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Mr. Castillo was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and public intoxication. The victim and Mr. Castillo did not know each other, and it is unclear what led to the incident.

Wednesday, September 18

An Alhambra woman was arrested after she displayed symptoms of being under the influence at the Claremont Villas apartments. Police were called to the area on the 500 block of west San Jose Avenue around 1:30 a.m. after 27-year-old Darla Dominguez was allegedly seen running and yelling in the area. Lt. Walters said Ms. Dominguez was fidgety and paranoid, and she was arrested for being under the influence.


Police are looking for two men who snatched a cell phone from a Claremont Colleges student as she was walking through campus. The 20-year-old victim was walking on the 300 block of College Way around 10:15 pm when two men approached her and forcibly grabbed her phone, taking off in a Honda Civic, Lt. Walters said. The victim was not injured. Details on the two men are scarce—both were described as African-American men around 20 years old, and roughly six feet, two inches tall. The phone was worth around $1,000.

Thursday, September 19

Police arrested an Azusa man after he was found behind the wheel of a stolen Toyota Camry. Officers picked up on the car at the intersection of Towne and Foothill around 6 a.m. The driver, 38-year-old Solomon Sanchez, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and a probation violation.


Two unlocked cars were ransacked between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. while parked on the 100 block of El Camino Way. Despite both cars being thoroughly rummaged through, all the burglar got away with was about $1 worth of quarters from one of the cars, Lt. Walters said. Don’t spend it all in one place!

Saturday, September 21

A Claremont man was arrested for DUI after wrecking his car while trying to go over a curb east of Foothill Boulevard and Mills Avenue. Cameron Kading, 19, allegedly tried to go over a divided median to get to a service road in front of the Padua Terrace Apartments, but the car dropped down and became stuck. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken to CPD jail to sober up. 

Sunday, September 22

Around $50 worth of gym clothes and an umbrella was taken from a parked Subaru Forester on the 700 block of west Bonita Avenue. Between 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., the burglar smashed the rear hatch window of the car, taking the goods before fleeing the scene undetected.


An Upland woman was arrested after she was involved in a four-car wreck at Foothill and Indian Hill. The accident occurred around 2 p.m., and during the investigation, police found that 53-year-old Tracy Badders had been driving while under the influence of alcohol, Lt. Walters said. Another driver complained of pain at the scene, and Ms. Badders was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury.


Three teenagers were arrested for apparently fighting officers after being discovered with weed at Wheeler Park. Police were called to the park after 8 p.m. after getting a call of individuals smoking marijuana there. Once they were contacted, the boys—two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old—resisted arrest and tried to fight the officers, Lt. Walters said. The officers suffered unknown injuries and received medical treatment, and the teens also complained of pain. They were arrested for assault and resisting arrest, and taken to CPD jail where they were later released to their parents.

—Matthew Bramlett



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