Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Police Chief takes down suspect in blotter


Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. — Officers patrolling the 1900 block of Cliff Drive recognized a 38-year-old wanted subject in the parking lot of Albertsons. The suspect climbed into a black Cadillac Escalade along with the driver, a 19-year-old man. Officers took the wanted man into custody without incident, but the teenager fled after being asked to exit the vehicle.

As officers chased the 19-year-old on foot through the parking lot, Police Chief Cam Sanchez, off-duty at the time, saw the pursuit coming his way and identified himself.
As the suspect continued running, Chief Sanchez stepped to the side and “leg swept” the man. After falling to the ground, the teenager attempted to get up, but was taken into custody.
Authorities determined the teen was on probation and had given a false name when initially contacted. Police found two ounces of methamphetamine in the Cadillac and a subsequent search warrant turned up another ounce of meth at a home in the 1500 block of San Pascual Street.
Police booked the teenager for possession for sale and transportation of meth, resisting arrest and probation violations. Officers also booked the 38-year-old suspect for possession and transportation of meth, in addition to his outstanding warrant.

Sept. 6, 8:15 a.m. — A 48-year-old man entered Ralphs and grabbed a banana from the produce section. After eating the fruit, he tossed the peel into a scale and moved on to another aisle. He snagged a bottle of juice and downed it before approaching the checkout stand. When asked to pay for the items, the suspect revealed he had no money or method to pay his $5.77 tab.
Officers arrived and determined the man was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. Police booked the suspect on $20,000 bail for burglary and public intoxication.

Sept. 6, 9:20 p.m. — Officers staged a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint along the 1100 block of Coast Village Road and screened more than 350 vehicles. The checkpoint resulted in four citations for driving without a license, one citation for driving on a suspended license and one citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Police towed five vehicles.

Sept. 7, 12:55 a.m. — Officers arriving at the scene of a reported auto burglary near Cooper Road and Cliff Drive received a quick description of the suspect and tracked him down nearby, breaking into another car. Officers found the 19-year-old with iPod cords hanging out of his pocket. Other stolen items included a satellite radio player and other electronic equipment.
Multiple victims came forward to identify property stolen from their vehicles in the area. Authorities arrested and booked the teenager for burglary, vehicle tampering and attempted petty theft.

Sept. 7, 1:40 a.m. — Authorities responding to the AM/PM market at 1935 State St. learned that a suspect had brandished a knife and threatened another patron. During their investigation, officers determined the 25-year-old suspect had entered the store, purchased a beer and began drinking it outside. Employees asked the man to leave, but he only moved a short distance and continued drinking on store property.
Another patron was entering the store when he made eye contact with the suspect. A few moments later, the 25-year-old challenged the victim to a fight. Officers learned the suspect pulled a knife from his waistband, opened it and asked the victim, “Where you from?”
As the suspect began approaching, the victim turned and ran. Officers determined the suspect threw down his knife and began chasing the victim, who managed to escape uninjured. The victim said he had never seen the suspect before, calling the incident an unprovoked attack.
On the way to jail, the 25-year-old suspect told officers he planned to track down, kidnap and hurt a witness. Police determined the suspect knows the witness’ name and place of work and asked for a mental health evaluation to be considered.

Sept. 7, 10:47 p.m. — Reports of a woman screaming brought police to the 1500 block of San Pascual Street, where they found a man and woman standing outside. The subsequent investigation revealed the couple, involved in a relationship for the past four to five years, had hit a rough patch. The woman had moved out a month ago, but still pays rent and has most of her belongings at the apartment.
That evening, the couple had an argument and the suspect, a 24-year-old man, had hit the victim on the head with a pillow. He reportedly tossed the pillow aside and began choking her with his hands. The victim told police she lost her breath and feared for her safety. She attempted to push the suspect’s head away, but he bit her on the hand, breaking the skin.
The suspect continued to block the door, pushing her to the floor several times. He reportedly held her legs and took her keys, saying he wanted to talk to her. The suspect did not return her keys until police ordered him to do so.
Authorities took the 24-year-old man into custody for domestic violence and false imprisonment, booking him in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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