Best of the Claremont police blotter 2012: January

This is a special preview of the Best of the Claremont police blotter 2012 that will appear in our Saturday, December 29 edition.


Ongoing investigations of drug sales at a residence in the 400 block of Cedar Crest Avenue ended with the arrest of 34-year-old Rudy Rodriguez of Claremont. On December 22, Claremont Police followed Mr. Rodriguez as he left the residence with his 2-year-old daughter. They contacted him near the corner of Arrow Highway and Towne Avenue. Mr. Rodriguez started to fight the officers, but was eventually detained. Mr. Rodriguez was found in possession of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a child’s sock. Mr. Rodriguez was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell as well as child endangerment. Additional evidence suggesting drug sales was found after a search of the residence, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.


A Claremont pursuit ended in Pasadena January 11 with 2 in custody. Claremont Police were notified of a stolen vehicle out of Bell Gardens traveling northbound at Indian Hill and Harrison Avenues around 11 p.m. The driver failed to stop for officers despite attempts. The car briefly came to a halt at Foothill Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue to allow 2 back passengers to exit the car, but then continued onto the 210 freeway. During the pursuit the driver and passenger briefly traded seats and continued to drive. The pursuit eventually came to an end at Lake Avenue after the car ran out of gas. Jorge Cerda, 27, of Los Angeles and Crystal Ramirez 29, of Pasadena admitted to swapping seats while driving and were both charged with unlawfully driving a stolen vehicle and felony pursuit. The passengers were released without charges.

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