Police blotter 10-9-20

Wednesday, September 30

At 6:15 p.m., the Claremont Police Department received a call from a bystander regarding a possible drug transaction taking place near the corner of Indian Hill Boulevard and Harrison Avenue. Police arrived shortly thereafter and questioned Pomona resident Cole Gunstream, 29. They found no evidence a drug deal had occurred, but they did allegedly find Mr. Gunstream to be in possession of methamphetamine and some hypodermic needles. He also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, so he was arrested, booked, issued a citation for the misdemeanor drug charges and jailed for the warrant. He appeared in Pomona Superior Court on October 1.   

Thursday, October 1

The south Indian Hill Blvd. corridor continued to provide a cornucopia of police action this past week. At 2:15 a.m. Claremont cops approached a man they saw asleep in his car in the parking lot of the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd. They questioned Leonardo Rodriguez, 34, from Fontana, and discovered he had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest out of San Bernardino County. He was arrested, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.


A 30-year-old Claremont man was arrested for domestic battery at 2:30 a.m. after cops got a call regarding a family disturbance in progress in the 1200 block of north Indian Hill Blvd. Police arrived and after an investigation determined that a 28-year-old female had been victimized, and arrested the man they allege to be the suspect. The victim was not injured, police said. The man was booked on the misdemeanor battery charge and held in the Claremont jail before appearing in court October 5.


A wild, six-car accident at about 5 p.m. sent three people to the hospital—one a 2-year-old boy—and a 41-year-old Los Angeles man to jail, charged with felony DUI. Claremont police say Candido Hernandez caused the pileup as he was heading west on Baseline Road approaching Mills Avenue. They couldn’t say exactly how the accident occurred, but it resulted in minor injuries to the three people, including the child, his 37-year old mother, and a 37-year old man in another car, all of whom were transported to a local hospital by emergency personnel. Cops allege Mr. Hernandez was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the injury accident, a felony, and that he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was booked on both charges and held at the Claremont jail before appearing in Pomona court October 5.

Saturday, October 3

Claremont police got a call from a resident of the 100 block of Kirkwood Avenue about 8:45 p.m. regarding a suspicious man in the area who appeared to be drunk. They arrived and found a “heavily intoxicated” 34-year-old Daniel Ross, from La Puente, and arrested him for misdemeanor public intoxication. After being booked and then spending the night sobering up in the Claremont jail, Mr. Ross was released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.


A 56-year-old homeless man was arrested for public intoxication after Claremont police got a 9:31 p.m. call from the Super King Market at 436 Auto Center Dr. about a person causing a disturbance. The man, whom officers say was “extremely intoxicated,” was arrested and spent the remainder of his evening detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released in the wee hours the following morning without being charged.

Sunday, October 4

At 12:10 a.m. front desk staff at the Knight’s Inn, 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd., suspected Martin Bernal, 32, from West Covina, was using an altered California ID card, presumably while attempting to rent a room. So, they called Claremont PD. Cops arrived and during questioning discovered that Mr. Bernal had six warrants out for his arrest, at least one of them from Pomona. He was arrested and held at the Claremont Police Department before being picked up and taken into custody by Pomona police.


Forty-six-year-old Crystal Styles, from Ontario, was stopped for a vehicle code violation by Upland police at 1 p.m. near the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Benson Avenue. A records check turned up a misdemeanor warrant issued by Claremont police on an elder abuse charge. Claremont cops arrived and took custody of Ms. Styles, transported her to Claremont, where she was booked and jailed, with her bail set at $100,000. She spent a day behind bars before appearing in Pomona court October 5.

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