Police blotter 10-16-20

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, September 29

Claremont police responded to a call at 11 a.m. about a man allegedly seen masturbating in front of a 17-year-old girl in the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. Once there, they located the suspect, Edward Sommers, 30, from Van Nuys. He was arrested on a felony count of annoying a child, and for a parole violation. He was booked and cited, then transported by CPD to the Los Angeles Inmate Reception Center (LAIRC) to be held until his arraignment on the parole violation charge.  

Thursday, October 6

A Claremont Police Department detective in Compton working on an ongoing investigation as part of the “LA Impact” regional task force made a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Grandee Ave. at about 8:30 a.m. A records check of the driver, Compton resident Tyimere Hollinsworth, 22, turned up a felony warrant. Mr. Hollinsworth was arrested, brought to Claremont for booking, and then transported to the LA IRC to answer for the felony warrant. 


Officers were summoned to the Motel 6 at 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd. at 1:20 p.m. regarding an altercation between a man and a woman. Police questioned the pair and arrested 21-year-old Pomona resident Ashley Hernandez for misdemeanor public intoxication. Once back at the station, cops say Ms. Hernandez didn’t take kindly to be booked, and kicked an officer in the leg. This earned her another misdemeanor charge of assault on a police officer. She spent the afternoon sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released with a citation to appear in court. 


A 49-year-old homeless woman was arrested for misdemeanor theft at 4:10 p.m. after allegedly stealing one can of White Claw hard seltzer from Blaze Pizza, 1 N. Indian Hill Blvd. A records search turned up an outstanding warrant. The woman was released with a citation to appear.

Friday, October 7

Claremont cops received a call at 7:15 a.m. regarding someone who appeared to be intoxicated ringing a doorbell at a home in the 300 block of Wagner Drive. Police arrived and questioned the suspect, Steven Stowell, 29, from Claremont, and found evidence that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. A records check also revealed that Mr. Stowell was on parole for a previous robbery conviction. He was arrested on the misdemeanor under the influence charge, booked, and transferred to the Los Angeles IRC to face the parole violation charge.

Saturday, October 8

Technology caught up with an alleged car thief when a 2018 Mercedes equipped with an OnStar security system did its job and led police right to it. CPD received a report of the theft from a Claremont resident the night before. They then utilized the OnStar system to find the Mercedes parked in the 500 block of Bucknell Avenue in Pomona. An onsite investigation turned up a suspect, and they began staking out the apartment of Orlando Garcia-Ordaz, 25. At 8:45 a.m. the officers saw him emerging from his apartment and arrested him without incident. Police then executed a search warrant of Mr. Garcia-Ordaz’s apartment and allegedly found a loaded, unregistered handgun, enough marijuana to lead them to believe it was for sale, drug paraphernalia, and the key fob for the stolen Mercedes. All told, Mr. Garcia-Ordaz was booked on two felonies, grand theft auto and possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm; and two misdemeanors, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released with a citation to appear in court.


Claremont police were called at 1:15 p.m. regarding some sort of fight involving a man chasing another man with a stick near the Webb Schools at 1175 W. Base Line Rd. They arrived and found an “extremely aggressive” Joshua Edwards, 44, from Spokane, Washington. Mr. Edwards allegedly challenged the responding officers to a fight, prior to being taken into custody for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was booked and released with a citation to appear in court.

Tuesday, October 11

Cops responded to a 1:45 p.m. call from an employee at the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd., regarding a man who was allegedly arguing with staff and refusing to leave. During their  questioning of Abraham Contreras, 32, from Whittier, a search turned up six warrants for his arrest, at least one of them a felony. He was taken into custody and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.


A 33-year-old Palmdale man, Julio Cisneros, was arrested for felony DUI after a one-car accident at 9 p.m. near the corner of Indian Hill and Harrison Avenue. Mr. Cisneros’ female passenger suffered minor injuries to her right wrist in the crash, prompting the felony charge. He was booked for the DUI and an outstanding warrant before spending the night in the Claremont jail. He was released in the morning without charges, pending the results of a blood toxicology report.

Wednesday, October 12

Claremont officers were involved in a brief car chase after the driver of a white 2019 Kia sedan took off when they attempted to pull her over at 2:30 a.m. near Towne Avenue and the 10 freeway. The chase was over in about a minute after 26-year-old Pomona resident Alyssa Villaperez pulled into a parking lot. It turned out the Kia had recently been reported stolen out of Pomona. Ms. Villaperez was arrested for the felonies of being in possession of a stolen car and evading a police officer; and for misdemeanor charges of?DUI and driving while unlicensed. She was already on parole for a previous burglary conviction, so police added that to the charges. Ms. Villaparez spent four days in Claremont jail before appearing in Pomona Superior Court October 15.

Thursday, October 13

Claremont police located another stolen car, this one a 2000 Honda that had been swiped in Colton. Officers on patrol at 10:45 a.m. ran the plates of the Honda, which was parked in a parking lot at 210 E. Foothill Blvd., and discovered it was stolen. They staked it out for time before allegedly seeing Joey Hickinbottom, 27, from Pomona, getting in. During his arrest for felony grand theft auto police say they found a shaved key on him, which was incorporated into evidence. They later allegedly found surveillance video evidence of Mr. Hickinbottom driving the stolen Honda. He was booked and released with a citation to appear in court.


A man police say was responsible for a two-car collision at 6:40 p.m. near Foothill Blvd. and Mills Ave., Claremont resident Paul Windegger, 25, was arrested for felony DUI causing injury. A passenger in the car Mr. Windegger allegedly hit was injured in the crash. Mr. Windegger was booked and spent the evening and early morning sobering up in the Claremont jail before being released on a $100,000 bond. 

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