Police blotter 6-26-20

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Commercial burglary at Claremont Cones

On June 20 at about 4:18 a.m., Claremont police officers responded to Claremont Cones at 602 E. Base Line Rd. regarding a commercial burglary alarm.

Upon arrival, officers determined that an unknown suspect had gained access into the business through an unlocked door. The suspect then used a tool to attempt to pry open the safe; however, was unable to open it. There were no witnesses.

Anyone with information about this crime or local business owners with video surveillance that may have captured images of the suspect(s) should contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Saturday, June 20

At about 9 p.m. CPD patrol officers saw two men near the corner of Indian Hill Boulevard and Auto Center Drive, one of whom was riding a bicycle that resembled one that had recently been reported stolen. It turned out it was indeed the hot bike, but the two men—Jonathan Wilson, 35, and Avery Chisolm, 34—told police Mr. Chisolm had recently purchased it at a bargain price. The cops found that Mr. Wilson had a warrant was related to a charge of “the manufacture, sale or possession of metal knuckles,” and arrested him. Mr. Chisolm was arrested and charged with theft of found property. Police say the low purchase price was ample evidence to prove he knew it was stolen. Both were booked and released with citations.


A DUI checkpoint at Monte Vista Avenue and Claremont Boulevard netted four arrests over a 90-minute period between 9:20 and 11:53 p.m., two for alcohol, one for alcohol and drugs, and another for driving with a suspended license.


Responding to a 10:30 p.m. call about a loud altercation at 856 W. Bonita Ave., police arrested Jordan Ramirez, 24, for domestic battery, brandishing a weapon and resisting arrest. Ms. Ramirez allegedly pulled a knife on an intervening neighbor as the cops tried to break up a fight between her and another person, who police couldn’t say for sure was a man or a woman. Ms. Ramirez had the weekend to think about her next steps as she was held in Claremont jail. She appeared in Pomona Superior Court Tuesday. 

Sunday, June 21

Claremont cops pulled into the Motel 6 parking lot about 10:40 p.m. on a welfare check call. There they saw David Madera, 32, of Pomona, in a parked car with 19-year-old Samantha Armendariz of Riverside. After talking to the car’s owner, Mr. Madera, they discovered he had an outstanding felony probation violation warrant. So, he was arrested. Ms. Armendariz was allegedly in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, so she got picked up for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Both were booked, issued citations and released.

Monday, June 22

At 8:15 a.m. police received a call about a fight in progress at the Chevron station at 699 E. Foothill Blvd. The officers found the early-morning melee to be between two co-workers, and arrested Claremont resident Jeremy Jansen, 31, whom it’s alleged caused major injuries to his unnamed opponent’s face. Mr. Jansen was booked on assault with a deadly weapon. Police wouldn’t say for sure, but indicated the weapon(s) were Mr. Jansen’s hands. He spent the night in Claremont jail and appeared in Pomona Superior Court on Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 23

Claremont police got a call at 7:07 p.m. about a fight in progress at Wheeler Park. Upon arrival, they discovered the combatants—Roslynn Cunningham, 21, and Damian Valenzuela, 26. Ms. Cunningham was arrested for domestic battery and public intoxication, and Mr. Valenzuela was picked up for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Both were booked and released, Ms. Cunninghan via bond and Mr. Valenzuela on his own recognizance. 


One has to credit Derrick Holland for his dogged criminal persistence. Last week, the 59-year-old Pomonan was arrested for commercial burglary after allegedly loading up a shopping cart with booze at Vons on Base Line Road about 10:30 a.m. and pushing it out the door without paying. This week, Mr. Holland broke the first rule of criminality when he returned to the scene of the (alleged) crime, again at the unusual party time of 10:44 a.m. This time he allegedly relieved Vons of $1,400 worth of meat, chicken and shrimp along with a sizable selection of alcohol. This week’s alleged accomplice and driver was Anaheim resident Dung Nguyen, 47, who piloted the getaway vehicle, for a minute anyway. Claremont PD pulled over Mr. Nguyen in the shopping center parking lot, located the hot groceries, and arrested the pair. Mr. Holland was booked for burglary, and Mr. Nguyen for an outstanding warrant and driving on a suspended license. Mr. Nguyen cited out, but since Mr. Holland was a very recent repeat offender, he spent the night in Claremont jail and was due in Pomona Superior Court Thursday.


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