Police blotter 11-22-19

Tuesday, November 12

An iPhone and a purse with a total value of $1800 were taken from a Toyota at the AM/PM on the 700 block of east Foothill Boulevard. The unknown thief smashed the front window to the victim’s car, taking the goods and fleeing undetected, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department.


Brandon Moon, 29, was arrested after Claremont police found him behind the wheel of a stolen car. The car was found parked on the 300 block of south College Avenue around 10:30 p.m., and when the license plate was checked, officers discovered it was stolen, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Moon was also allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance and disobeyed officers’ commands. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.


A burglar broke into two cars in a Claremont apartment complex at 750 west San Jose Avenue. Between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, one car was broken into, with a laptop valued at $300 missing. In the other car, which also suffered a smashed passenger window, the steering column was tampered with, indicating the suspect tried to steal the car. A cell phone and gardening tools worth a combined $800 were taken from the car. Police are investigating.

Wednesday, November 13

Yet another car was broken into, this time on the 200 block of west Bonita Avenue. Between 9 am and 5 pm, the unknown thief shattered the front passenger window, taking a Michael Kors purse with $20 worth of property inside.


Once again, a car was broken into, this time on the 700 block of Santa Barbara Drive. Between November 13 at 6 p.m. and November 14 at 7:30 a.m., the unknown suspect smashed the front passenger window, taking a backpack valued at $17.

Thursday, November 14

A Pomona man was arrested after he allegedly tried to strangle a woman with a piece of pantyhose at Motel 6. Police were called to the motel around 12:45 a.m. after getting a call of an altercation in one of the rooms. During an investigation, police believe the 39-year-old man tried to strangle the 43-year-old victim, threatened to kill her and took her cell phone so she wouldn’t dial 9-1-1, Lt. Walters said. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, false imprisonment, and a violation of a protective order. The victim was not taken to a hospital, Lt. Walters said.


Another car was broken into on the 100 block of west San Jose Avenue, but this time the car’s owner caught the burglar in the act and chased him. The victim heard his car alarm go off around 6:20 a.m., went outside to investigate and interrupted the burglary, Lt. Walters said. The thief sprinted away from the scene with the victim’s guitar, subwoofer and $200 earbuds. The victim chased the suspect to Indian Hill and the 10 freeway, but the thief got away after dropping the guitar and the subwoofer. He was described as a Hispanic man, five feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds.


A 13-year-old El Roble student was arrested after administrators discovered he brought a knife to school the day before. Once confronted, the boy admitted to bringing the knife to campus, and he was arrested for having a weapon on school grounds and later cited out to his parents.


A Pomona man was arrested after he unwittingly stole a decoy bike on the 20 block of west First Street. Claremont police were tracking the bike, and once 39-year-old Thomas Parrah stole it around 5 p.m., they found him at Monte Vista Avenue and the 10 freeway and he was arrested.

Sunday, November 17

Three people were arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor during a “shoulder tap” sting. Roman Tansiel, 47, was arrested at the Wine and Liquor Market around 11:20 a.m. after agreeing to buy alcohol for an underage person who was working with the Claremont Police Department.

Two other men were arrested at the Chevron/McDonalds around 2 p.m. after agreeing to buy cigarettes for a minor working with the CPD. Efrain Mendez, 42 from Pomona, also was in possession of a meth pipe and had a warrant. Samuel Gastelum, 44 from Victorville, was also in possession of heroin, meth and a meth pipe.

Monday, November 18

Police arrested a Corona woman after her two children were seen wandering the parking lot at the Claremont Lodge. Employees called police around 2:40 p.m. after seeing the children, ages 2 and 1, in the parking lot by themselves, Lt. Walters said. The children were not well taken care of, and their diapers were soiled and dirty. Police found the mother, 31-year-old Valerie Filkin, allegedly passed out in her motel room. She was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and taken to CPD jail. The children were taken to CPS.

—Matthew Bramlett


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