Friday, September 5, 2008

Police blotter

Aug. 28, 11:40 p.m. — Nightlife enforcement officers on patrol received a phone call from security personnel at Tonic nightclub about a woman using a false ID. Police arrived and examined the Brazilian passport being used by the woman as identification. Officers immediately spotted discrepancies in facial structure and questioned the woman.

She admitted to being an 18-year-old Santa Barbara resident and said she had found the passport at Santa Barbara City College. Authorities called the owner of the passport, who confirmed she had lost her documents on campus a week ago. Police cited the suspect for false identification and possession of found property.

Aug. 29, 6:43 p.m. — An employee at Blue Bee Jeans, 913 State St., spotted a woman concealing clothes in her shopping bag. After she called authorities, the employee confronted the woman outside. She admitted to police that she had taken $375 worth of clothing from Blue Bee Jeans and $450 from the store next door.
The woman, a 19-year-old from Saitama, Japan, was scheduled to return home in two weeks. Authorities booked the traveling shoplifter on $20,000 bail for grand theft and burglary.

Aug. 30, 12:50 p.m. — A witness spotted a man stealing a can of dog food from Tri-County Produce, at 335 S. Milpas St., and detained him until police arrived. The suspect gave officers a false name, but his true identity as a 41-year-old homeless man eventually came to light. Police noted the suspect was on probation and had served time in the past for petty theft. Authorities booked him in lieu of $20,000 bail for petty theft with priors and falsely identifying himself to a peace officer.

Aug. 30, 1:10 p.m. — Officers on patrol spotted a woman in the first block of Cota Street wanted for probation violations related to a prior drug-related offense. As they attempted to stop the woman, she walked away and had to be physically detained. The woman continued to struggle and was restrained on the ground.
As she sat on the ground, she kicked toward an officer several times and was told to stop. The 41-year-old woman managed to kick the officer once in the groin, causing “discomfort.” Police booked the woman in lieu of $2,500 bail for resisting arrest, her outstanding warrant and battery on a police officer.

Aug. 30, 9:47 p.m. — Police responded to a fight-in-progress call involving a father and son in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Cliff Drive. When officers arrived, they found a man walking through the courtyard waving his arms and crying, “It burns, it burns.” He told authorities his father had pepper-sprayed him in the face.
On the few occasions the victim was able to open his eyes, police noted they were red and watery. Officers described “copious amounts of mucus” pouring from the victim’s nose and mouth, in addition to reddened skin on his face and neck. As officers continued to investigate, the victim’s father walked into the courtyard, yelling profanities at his son, witnesses and police.
The victim told authorities his father had come home, got drunk on red wine and became angry. He reportedly told his son, “I’m tired of your s***,” before pepper-spraying him. The victim said his father threw items around the apartment before chasing him into the courtyard and trying to spray him again.
The victim escaped up the block and ran into another apartment, asking the residents to call the police. Authorities arrested the 47-year-old father for battery, booking him in lieu of $2,500 bail. During the booking process, the suspect was belligerent and refused to provide any information to officers.

Aug. 30, 11:20 p.m. — Police received a call from security at Sandbar concerning a suspect using fake identification. The man ran away as soon as officers arrived. Police pursued and caught the suspect in City Lot 11. The 20-year-old admitted to purchasing the fake ID online for $30 and said he planned to drink in the bar until he was caught. He told authorities he ran because he was “scared and stupid.” Police booked him on $2,500 bail for false identification and resisting arrest.

Aug. 31, 5:15 p.m. — Officers patrolling near the labor line at 400 E. Yanonali St. spotted a man loitering near a restroom. When they returned 10 minutes later, the man was still there. Under casual questioning, the subject admitted to being on probation. When asked if he had any weapons or drugs, he said, “Yes, a pipe.”
The 53-year-old man said he had his “rock cocaine pipe” wrapped up in a tissue in his front pocket. He also admitted to smoking $20 worth of cocaine earlier that day. Officers collected the evidence and arrested their suspect for possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.

Aug. 31, 11:45 p.m. — A heavily intoxicated man fell asleep on the couch in his apartment and woke up to find a male transvestite standing nearby and holding his wallet. The suspect left before the resident was able to confront him, but several witnesses saw him leave the apartment. Upon being confronted, the suspect admitted to having the wallet but refused to return it.
Police tracked down the man in the 1300 block of San Andres Street and held an impromptu line-up. The victim positively identified the 24-year-old suspect. Authorities found the victim’s wallet — complete with cash, credit cards and identification — in the suspect’s possession.
The man gave police several names, none of which matched any records. Officers booked him in lieu of $50,000 for residential burglary. Authorities also booked the suspect’s property, including a purse and a scarf.

Sept. 1, 8:45 p.m. — Police conducting a premise check at the labor line, 400 E. Yanonali St., spotted an expensive road bike leaning against a trashcan with nobody around. An officer recalled a “be on the lookout” alert from the previous day about a bike valued at $2,700 stolen from the harbor area.
Authorities opened the door to a nearby portable restroom and found a man seated on the toilet lid with a lighter in one hand, cash in the other and a glass “rock cocaine” pipe near his feet with a cleaning pad sticking out of one end. The 47-year-old man, on parole for possession of cocaine, was arrested and booked on $2,500 bail for possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violations.

Sept. 1, 11:30 p.m. — Police arrived in the 1500 block of San Pascual Street on reports of an assault. During their investigation, authorities learned that a 28-year-old suspect had been walking along the street with his friend and girlfriend when he spotted the victim riding his bike. The victim told police that the suspect is jealous of his girlfriend and has attempted to instigate fights on previous occasions.
On this occasion, the suspect wielded a 12-inch pipe and hit the victim in the face, causing a cut. Authorities tracked down the suspect at his home, where he attempted to flee. Officers managed to take him into custody and booked him in lieu of $30,000 for assault with a deadly weapon.

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