Police blotter 1-24-20

by Matthew Bramlett


Monday, January 13

A Claremont man was arrested on suspicion of criminal threats after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife. The 58-year-old man was in an argument with his wife, also 58, at their house on the 400 block of Elder Drive just before 11 p.m. when he allegedly grabbed a crystal ball and “said he was going to kill her,” Det. Matt Hamill of the Claremont Police Department said. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail, where he later posted bond.

Tuesday, January 14

Police are investigating after an unknown thief stole $27,800 from a victim’s Chase Bank account. The theft occurred on January 9 and was not reported until January 14, Det. Hamill said. It is currently unknown how the thief gained access to the victim’s account.


A customer at Super King parked his car around 1:30 p.m. to do some shopping, and when he returned, the front passenger window of his Lexus was shattered. The window itself was still intact, however, which may indicate a car theft attempt. There was no suspect information, and the car was parked out of sight from surveillance cameras.

Wednesday, January 15

Police are looking into a home burglary that occurred on the 600 block of Sycamore Avenue as the new homeowners were in the middle of moving in. Between January 11 and 15, the suspects forced open the home’s front door, taking an 82-inch flatscreen television and an Xbox worth a total of $2,600, Det. Hamill said. There was no suspect information.


Another burglary occurred on January 15, this time on the 400 block of Geneva Avenue. Sometime during the day, the unknown burglar shattered the sliding glass door of the home, taking jewelry and money worth a little over $10,000. Police are investigating.

Thursday, January 16

Yet another home was broken into, this time on the 600 block of Colgate. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the unknown burglar entered the home through an unlocked side door, rummaging through multiple rooms and getting away with items that have yet to be determined. Police are investigating.

Friday, January 17

Two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17, have been arrested in connection with a strong-arm robbery of another teen in the area of Eighth Street and Yale Avenue. Around 4:20 p.m., the two juvenile suspects forcibly stole the 15-year-old victim’s backpack from his shoulders and pushed him into a bush, Det. Hamill said. One suspect was apprehended the same day, while the other was taken into custody a few days later. Both were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Police are looking for two other teens who may have been involved as well.

Saturday, January 18

Police arrested 34-year-old Michael Darting of Imperial Beach after responded to the area of Arrow Highway and Piedmont Avenue regarding a suspicious subject. During a search of Mr. Darting, police found two needles as well as a no-bail warrant for his arrest. He was taken to CPD jail on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and the warrant, where he was held.

Sunday, January 19

A La Verne man was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest after he tried to flee from police during field sobriety tests. Around 2:14 a.m., police came across 26-year-old Trevon Lofton as he was sitting in his car in a parking lot on the 700 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard, Det. Hamill said. Mr. Lofton had been drinking and was on probation for a previous DUI, and was told by police to not leave the parking lot. Mr. Lofton then left the parking lot in his car approximately three minutes later, where police pulled him over. During a sobriety test, Mr. Lofton allegedly took off running, leading police on a short foot chase before getting caught a short distance away. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Monday, January 20

Police arrested Joseph Clark, 58, from Ontario, after he was causing a disturbance on the Metrolink platform. Around noon, police received a call after Mr. Clark was observed yelling at people who were waiting for the train, Det. Hamill said. Mr. Clark was on probation for previous drug violations, and during a search police found an empty cigarette box that contained rock cocaine in plastic wrap. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

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