Police blotter 12-11-20
Wednesday, November 25
Multiple police vehicles responded to a stolen car pursuit that thankfully ended without injury or property damage. It began when Claremont police attempted to pull over a 2017 Infiniti Q60 for vehicle code violations at 9:10 a.m. near Indian Hill Blvd. and Oak Park Dr. The driver, Derek Quinonez, 24, of Los Angeles, initially complied, but after stopping apparently had second thoughts and put the car in drive and took off, heading south on Indian Hill Blvd. with police in pursuit. Mr. Quinonez then turned right into the Cobblestone apartment complex in Pomona, stopped the car, and ran across Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont police gave chase on foot and caught up with him quickly. He was arrested without further incident or injury. It turned out the Infiniti had been stolen from the used car lot at nearby Claremont Toyota. Mr. Quinonez was charged with two felonies: possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was booked and held for arraignment in Pomona Superior Court.
Friday, November 27
Claremont police responded to a strange early morning commercial burglary call at an office space located in the Village Plaza building at 250 W. First St. An employee in the office surprised the alleged burglar, Jose Hernandez, 31, of Claremont, at 9:45 a.m. Officers arrived quickly and arrested him outside the office on a commercial burglary charge. They allege Mr. Hernandez took a flash drive and some paperwork, but nothing else. Police could not say, and the arresting officer’s report did not indicate whether the alleged burglar targeted the business for personal reasons, or if it was a random crime. Mr. Hernandez was booked and released with a citation to appear in court.
Tuesday, December 1
Claremont Police Department officers attempted to pull over a car driven by Cesar Inzunza-Perez, 23, of Pomona, for a traffic code violation at 8:30 p.m. near the parking structure at 470 W. First St. It turned out Mr. Inzunza-Perez was driving with a suspended license and had two warrants out for his arrest. He was arrested, booked, and then released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.
Wednesday, December 2
An observant neighbor noticed an unfamiliar man peeking over a backyard fence in the 700 block of California Dr. about 10 p.m. Thinking something wasn’t right, the good Samaritan called the police. Claremont PD showed up shortly thereafter and caught up with 36-year-old Pomona resident Eric Alvarado, who was wheeling away from the area on his bicycle. They allegedly found burglary tools on him, and arrested him for that misdemeanor charge and a felony charge of attempted burglary. Mr. Alvarado was booked and then spent a couple days in Claremont jail before appearing December 4 for his arraignment in Pomona Superior Court.
Thursday, December 3
Claremont police got a 6:10 p.m. call about an idling car blocking an alley in the 700 block of Santa Barbara Ave. They arrived and located 27-year-old Claremont resident Casey Farlow, who was standing nearby, but he said he wasn’t the driver. Police say Mr. Farlow was “extremely intoxicated,” and also had a misdemeanor San Bernardino County warrant for his arrest. Police say they couldn’t prove whether Mr. Farlow was the driver of the car. He was arrested and charged with public intoxication, a misdemeanor, and on the warrant.
Claremont police stopped a car for a vehicle code violation at 8:30 p.m. near the corner of Monte Vista Ave. and Shenandoah Dr. A field sobriety test revealed the driver, Erik Gomez Villatoro, 21, who gave no address, was intoxicated. He was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI, and for two outstanding warrants out of San Bernardino County. He was booked and then spent several hours sobering up in the Claremont jail.