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Police blotter 9-4-20

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Wednesday, August 26

The Claremont Police Department received a call at 4:19 p.m. regarding two people showering in the outdoor pool shower inside the apartment complex at 660 W. Bonita Ave. Officers arrived and saw two men walking away, despite their orders to stop. Cops caught up with the pair, and one of them, 59-year-old Michael Perry from Pomona, allegedly had a methamphetamine pipe on him. He was arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was booked and released with a citation.

Thursday, August 27

During a routine traffic stop at 6:40 p.m., officers found Brandon Gonzalez, 32, from Pomona, to be in possession of heroin and meth. He was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of drug possession.

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Another routine traffic stop about an hour later turned up a handgun, methamphetamine and “flower marijuana,” but no charges were filed pending further investigation. Police pulled over a car at 7:54 p.m. near Indian Hill Boulevard and Auto Center Drive. Police say inside they found a Ruger 9mm handgun in a fanny pack under the passenger seat, the meth and the weed. Arrested were Claremont resident Marcell Thomas, 22, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a firearm while being in possession of drugs, and a misdemeanor drug possession charge for the meth. An 18-year-old transient also in the car was arrested for being in possession of a firearm while being in possession of drugs. A third person, a 17-year-old from Henderson, Nevada, was arrested for being in possession of flower marijuana, a misdemeanor. All three were transported to the Claremont Police Department headquarters and held, but were released some time later without being charged. Police say they need to do more investigating before they file charges.

Friday, August 28

Claremont police got a 7:50 a.m. call about a suspicious person at Vista Park, 626 Vista Dr. Once there they questioned a 27-year-old homeless man, whom they alleged was in possession of meth and a meth pipe. They arrested him on two misdemeanor charges of drug and paraphernalia possession, and released him with a citation.

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At 8:25 a.m. officers received a somewhat alarming call about a man wielding an ax at the Chevron station at 860 S. Indian Hill Blvd. They responded and found a 68-year-old homeless man nearby. Along with the ax—which isn’t illegal to carry in public—they allegedly found he had a three-inch “butterfly knife” or fan knife. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a switchblade knife in a public place,and was released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

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Yet another local homeless man, a 54-year-old, was picked up at 2:35 p.m. after neighbors called police about a suspicious person in the 100 block of Principia Court. Officers say he too was in possession of meth and a meth pipe, and also had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and released with citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Sunday, August 30

Claremont PD on patrol at 9:30 p.m. were flagged down by a man near Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard who said his girlfriend was “wandering around drunk in Claremont.” Officers caught up with the 37-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident a short time later near Indian Hill and Second Street. She was indeed allegedly tipsy, so police took her into custody for being drunk in public. She spent a few hours sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released without charges.

 

Monday, August 31

Officers were called to Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine, 248 W. Second St., at 1:50 p.m. after somebody allegedly made off with a tip jar. Officers searched for a suspect nearby, and caught up with Brian Chee, 47, from Phoenix, behind The Press. They determined Mr. Chee was intoxicated, and arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of being drunk in public. Saca’s declined to press charges on the stolen tip jar. Mr. Chee sobered up in the Claremont jail before being released with a citation.

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An on-vehicle police camera picked up a license plate of a stolen car at 5:24 p.m. near Indian Hill Boulevard and San Jose Avenue. Officers located the hot car nearby and found 18-year-old Emmy Nunez from Pasadena standing beside it. Ms. Nunez was arrested for two felonies: vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, and for a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. She was booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court. 

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