Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Police blotter


Oct. 17, 3:55 p.m. — Directed to the rear of a business at 135 S. Milpas St. on reports of subjects drinking, authorities found a 41-year-old man sitting on a mattress and fiddling with something in his hands. Upon spotting police, the suspect immediately attempted to hide the object under a blanket and said it was marijuana.

Officers lifted the blanket and found a large baggie with multiple “rocks” of crack cocaine. Several smaller baggies also containing crack and numerous empty baggies were also discovered. Police determined the man had been separating the drugs for sale.
As they continued their search, authorities uncovered a hypodermic needle, a crack pipe and methadone pills. The suspect admitted to using heroin and crack earlier that day.
Police booked the man for possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, a hypodermic syringe and drugs for sale, as well as for being under the influence of drugs.

Oct. 17, 5 p.m. — Officers learned several juveniles had set fire to a palm tree on Ortega Street near Santa Barbara Street and started combing the area. At the same time, fire crews arrived on scene and managed to put out the tree, although flames had blackened portions of its trunk.
During their canvass of the scene, officers spotted three juveniles on State Street near De la Guerra Plaza that matched the description of their suspects. When the teens spotted police, they ran into De la Guerra Plaza. After a short foot pursuit, officers caught up to two of the suspects and took them into custody.
Both 14-year-olds were booked into juvenile hall for arson and resisting arrest.

Oct. 17, 7:10 p.m. — Reports of a domestic battery led police to the 500 block of W. Carrillo Street, where they found the victim at a gas station. The woman told police that an argument with her husband, a 24-year-old, had turned physical. She reported being shoved to the ground several times and being hit with a glass bowl before leaving the home with her young children.
As officers spoke with the victim, the suspect drove by. Officers stopped the man near the Highway 101 southbound onramp and ordered him out of the car. As they took the suspect into custody for battery, he became combative. During their interaction with the man, officers could detect an odor of alcohol.
Authorities ultimately booked the suspect in lieu of $25,000 for battery, driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and assault with a deadly weapon.

Oct. 18, 3:14 p.m. — Police arrived at a home in the 1400 block of Almond Avenue on reports of a domestic battery. The victim told officers her husband had slapped her on the check and hit her on the head with a shoe. She said he confronted her with suspicions that she was cheating.
The suspect, a 30-year-old man, admitted he thought his wife was being unfaithful, but denied hitting her. Authorities could find no visible injury, but the woman showed officers her broken cell phone and said her husband had broken it after realizing she was calling the police.
Authorities took the 30-year-old into custody on $10,000 bail for domestic assault and attempting to prevent a crime from being reported.

Oct. 18, 9:50 p.m. — As police headed to reports of vandalism to a trailer in the 800 block of Islay Street, they received a follow-up report that a man had called from the 1800 block of Chino Street alleging he had been stabbed. When authorities found the man, he had superficial lacerations to his hand.
Officers noted he matched the description of the vandalism suspect and conducted an in-field lineup. The suspect was identified as the man who had punched out windows on a trailer, causing damage estimated at $600.
The suspect, a 45-year-old Santa Barbara man, said he did not remember breaking the windows, but agreed to compensate the victim for the damage. Authorities booked him in lieu of $10,000 for felony vandalism.

Oct. 18, 10:26 p.m. — Police received calls of a disturbance at a home in the 1300 block of San Andres Street and learned a beer bottle and knife were involved in the incident. After tracking down the 26-year-old victim, authorities determined he had arrived at his home and found his roommate, a 56-year-old, and another man, a 44-year-old, drinking and listening to loud music.
When the victim asked his roommate to turn down the music, he responded by grabbing a beer bottle and attempting to hit the younger man. The other suspect then pulled a pocketknife and told the victim in Spanish that he was going to kill him. After swinging at the victim with the knife, the suspect made a call on his cell phone and reportedly said, “Bring the people.”
The victim fled the scene and called authorities, who took both suspects into custody. The roommate was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, while the other suspect was booked for threats and assault with a deadly weapon, both in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Oct. 19, 4:35 a.m. — On the lookout for anything unusual in the area of 400 W. Victoria St. after receiving reports of a disturbance, police noticed a man run across the street and stand behind a tree before running north on Castillo Street. Authorities stopped and questioned the man, who claimed he had just been dropped off by a taxicab and was running to his girlfriend’s house.
Officers checked the area near the tree and found two bindles of suspected cocaine. They arrested the 21-year-old for possession of narcotics and transported him to the station. Their subsequent investigation led police back to the intersection of Castillo and Victoria streets, where they found several people standing in the driveway of a home.
Police determined one of the men, a 42-year-old, was on parole for narcotic-related offenses. Officers booked him on parole violations. They also booked the 21-year-old on $30,000 bail for possession of drugs for sale.

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