Police blotter 8-28-20

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com


Thursday, August 20

A Chino resident led Claremont officers on a multi-city, multi-agency car chase that ended with the 25-year-old man behind bars. At 1:45 a.m. near the corner of Indian Hill Boulevard and American Avenue, CPD attempted to pull over a Ford pickup driven by Dean Bentson for a traffic violation. But instead of stopping, Mr. Bentson jumped on the 10 freeway heading west. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit near the 57 south. The chase continued, with Mr. Bentson eventually doubling back and exiting the freeway in Chino Hills. CHP arrested him and held him for CPD, who transported him to Claremont where he was booked for felony evading and an outstanding warrant out of San Bernardino County. He was held in jail until his August 24 arraignment in Pomona Superior Court.


The Motel 6 at 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd. was once again rife with police activity, with three separate arrests over a four hour period. The action began about 6:45 p.m. when Claremont officers pulled over Ruben Duran, 27, of La Puente for a traffic violation. Mr. Duran had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest, so he was taken into custody, booked and released with a citation. Police cruising near the motel about 7:30 p.m. then encountered 46-year-old James Brown from Hesperia. They allegedly found him in possession of multiple sets of shaved keys, which are often used to steal cars. He was arrested for possession of burglary tools and released with a citation. Finally at 10:11 p.m. CPD officers say they saw Hugo Ventura, 31, from Pomona standing on the east side of motel. They questioned him and discovered he was on supervised probation for a previous grand theft auto charge. They also allegedly found a methamphetamine pipe on him. He was arrested on the probation violation and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Mr. Ventura was released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.


And in Motel 6 adjacent action, Claremont police stopped Pomona resident Robert Perez, 45, for a traffic violation at 9 p.m. near Auto Center Drive and Indian Hill Boulevard. Mr. Perez allegedly had a meth or crack cocaine pipe on him, was driving with a suspended license, and had an active warrant for his arrest out of San Bernardino County. He was arrested and released with a citation to appear in court.


Friday, August 21

The CPD got a call from the EZ Cash location at 412 Auto Center Dr., at about 2:45 p.m. regarding someone who was allegedly attempting to pass a fraudulent check. Upon arrival they questioned Alexis Frenes, 25, from Pomona. Along with being suspected of trying to pass the hot check, Ms. Frenes also allegedly had PCP on her and a felony warrant out of San Bernardino County. She was arrested for the attempted commercial burglary, possession of a controlled substance and the warrant, then transferred to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. 


Two more arrests went down at the Claremont Motel 6. The first involved Mario Victoriano, 23, from Pomona, who police questioned after they saw him walking through the parking lot at 7:40 p.m. Mr. Victoriano had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest issued by the Pomona Police Department. Pomona police picked him up from Claremont Police Department. Just 10 minutes later, Jesse Wilds, 38, from Victorville was arrested at 7:50 p.m. for possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, a hypodermic needle, and a misdemeanor warrant after being stopped for a traffic violation on the motel grounds. He was released with a citation to appear.


Saturday, August 22

A 30-year-old Pomona man was arrested on two felony counts of domestic violence and willful cruelty to a minor after Claremont PD got a 3 a.m. call regarding a confrontation involving a man witnesses say was drunk at the Knight’s Inn, 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd. Police and witnesses say the man was attempting to leave the motel with a young child after assaulting a female adult, who was his spouse or cohabitant. The man was arrested and booked, with his bail set at $50,000. He spent the next few days in Claremont jail before appearing for his arraignment in Pomona Superior Court August 25.


Sunday, August 23

A 41-year-old homeless woman was arrested for battery on a police officer after she allegedly tried to bite an officer who was reaching for her meth pipe. It all began about 1:15 p.m. after police got a call for a welfare check on a woman sleeping on the grass in front of an apartment building in the 500 block of Towne Ave. Police arrived and found her sleeping, allegedly with the meth pipe lying next to her. When officers attempted to pick up the pipe, the woman began resisting arrest and allegedly tried to bite the officer. A check turned up an outstanding warrant, and she was arrested for that, as well as the three new charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was booked and held in Claremont jail in lieu of $20,000 bail before being released the next day because of a medical issue.


Another homeless person, a 53-year-old man, was arrested for disorderly and public intoxication after allegedly banging on the front door of the Claremont Police station at 570 W. Bonita Ave. at 9:30 p.m. demanding something to drink. He spent the night sobering up in jail and was released in the morning without charges.


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