Crime Time: Beer Bandits, Blood Drippers, Ripped-Off Stripper Drivers, Bowling Alley Knife Fights, Men With No Pants Roaming San Clemente
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more beer bandits, wild chases, ripped-off stripper drivers, bowling alley knife fights and men without pants.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 8
Strippers' Backup Needs Backup A man who told police he was hired to be a driver for strippers met with another driver who pulled out a knife and took the first driver's wallet containing cash around 10:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. The knifeman then drove off in an older model white Buick Regal.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
Probably not a real cop.
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A Bad Lieutenant Moment A man wearing a police or security-style uniform and driving a black and white vehicle pulled over a 21-year-old woman driver around 7:30 p.m. at Western Avenue, south of Auto Center Drive, in Buena Park. He asked her to get out of her car and show him her driver's license, then after a short conversation touched her leg in a sexually suggestive way. He then handed her back her driver's license, got back in his vehicle and drove north on Western. He was described as white, 30-35, 6 feet to 6 feet 2, with a muscular build and wearing a blue short-sleeve uniform with a patch on one arm. He also rocked a badge on the right side of his chest and a security-style equipment belt without a gun. The woman told police she heard a radio inside the man's older model, four-door, black and white Ford Crown Victoria with a white spot light on the left side and white lettering on the right side of the windshield.
No Way to Awake A man was sleeping in his home in the 4800 block of West Oakfield Avenue near Newhope Street in Santa Ana around 10:45 p.m. when he was awakened by several gunshots. He then went outside and discovered his pickup truck riddled with bullets. He also saw two men running away. They were described as being 18 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing black clothing.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 10
Beer Packs a Wallop A man was walking out of the 7-Eleven store at 103 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, with a 12-pack of beer he'd just purchased around 12:30 a.m. when two men approached asking for a cold one. The generous fellow gave each man a bottle of beer, but as he was walking away one of them gave him a whack on the head with a bottle. The pair then grabbed all the beer and ran away.
Chase Ends in Shed A man was driving near the intersection of Gilbert Street and Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton around 12:30 a.m. when an officer pulled him over. Once the car came to a stop, the driver jumped out and ran north on Gilbert Street toward Olive Avenue. An officer chasing the driver on foot lost him momentarily before discovering a man hiding in a back-yard shed in the 900 block of south Gilbert. Andrew Wheeler, 34, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
You Try to do Your Part, You Trade Your Gas Guzzler for a Moped and Look What Happens! An unidentified 62-year-old Huntington Beach resident was riding a moped through the West Street and Garden Grove Boulevard intersection at 12:15 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle, which fled the scene north on West Street. The woman was severely injured in the collision and taken to a local hospital where she was expected to survive. Anyone who might have seen the collision or have any relevant information is asked to call Garden Grove police investigator Jason Perkins of the Traffic Unit at (714) 741-5823.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
Knife Fight at the Bowling Alley Two groups of men in their 20s were fighting outside the Westminster Lanes bowling alley at 6471 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, around 12:30 a.m. when one side decided to add knives to the mayhem. That led to two guys getting stabbed, one of whom was listed in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Not Much Comforting About These Suites A man walked into the Comfort Suites motel in the 3700 block of South El Camino Real, San Clemente, about 10 minutes shy of 1 a.m., pulled a gun on the front desk clerk and checked himself out with nearly $500--but not before warning he'd kill the clerk if he called police. The cops were called anyway, and one took down the robber's description: black, 30-40, 5 feet 11, 180 pounds and wearing a black beanie, black jacket and black trousers.
No Need for Bloodhounds A man attacked a woman with a knife and hatchet around 1:30 a.m. in an apartment in the 26300 block of Vintage Woods Road in Lake Forest before punching his hand through a window and leaving. Police arrived to find a trail of blood that eventually led them to Skylark Drive and Nicholas David Jeffers, 21, of Lake Forest, who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, victim and witness intimidation and interfering with a communication device. He was treated at a hospital for an injury to his arm and loss of blood before being booked into to Men's Central Jail, where he was held in lieu of $100,000 bail. The police report did not indicate whether the woman was injured.
Kids, Don't Play With Guns . . . And Especially Don't Point Them at the Police Officers patrolling the mean streets of Santa Ana happened upon a firefight between two suspected rival gangs around 4 p.m. The cops pulled out their weapons and joined in the fun. A 17-year-old boy allegedly pointed his gun at the officers, and one of them responded by shooting the teen, grazing his head with a bullet. He darted off but was caught in an alley between 800 South Minnie Street and 1000 East Bishop Street before being booked at juvenile hall on assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer charges.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12
If You Don't Want Your Wife to Call 9-1-1, Don't Leave Home Without Your Pants A woman called sheriff's deputies around 3:30 a.m. to report that her husband was somewhere in the city of San Clemente, but he wasn't wearing trousers. She needed the deputies to find him so she could bring him a pair of trousers so he could come home. Who said love is dead?
Bad Timing for a Phone Call When Riverside County Sheriff's deputies went to the Norco home in response to the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl, her attacker apparently called. Arrangements were made for a meeting between the 25-year-old man and the girl, but when he arrived he was met by arrest-minded deputies instead. Julio Louis Cortes of Westminster was arrested on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Besides having sex with the girl, Cortes forced her to sell marijuana for him, deputies claim.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
No Way to End a Date A man with a female passenger was driving a silver BMW X3 in the 300 block of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach around 8:45 p.m. when he hit a barrier that separates the road from the sidewalk. The car flipped over, causing the 38-year-old woman to be thrown from the vehicle. She was taken to Mission Hospital with serious head injuries. The unhurt driver, who was identified as Matthew Craybas, 38, of Huntington Beach, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
Check This School's Spelling Scores Students, teachers and staff arrived at Hidden Hills Elementary School in Laguna Niguel to discover that some one had spray painted "F8FT" in red on an exterior wall of a portable classroom. No suspect were found, even after a check of everyone's hands.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
A Quickie Arrest Police investigating the 1:24 a.m. robbery of the Chevron gas station at Lincoln Avenue and Moody Street in Cypress found Tyrue Green, 50, of Stanton about a block away. According to police, Green had a lot of cash on him, so he was taken to the gas station, where the clerk positively identified him as as the robber.
Wild Ride Ends With Arrest A motorcycle officer pointed his radar at a white Ford F150 pickup and clocked it doing 61 mph on Lincoln Avenue near Olive Street in Anaheim around 10:50 a.m. The cop tried to catch up with the truck after it turned south on Olive and then east on Center Street. South of Center, the truck ducked into an alley between Melrose Street and Kroeger Street. There, the moto-officer discovered a woman who had just been struck. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, and police later learned she apparently knew the driver, who had tried to pull her into the truck. The pickup was later found abandoned in an apartment carport at 1010 E. Broadway. The driver, who was not identified, was tracked to an apartment at 314 S. East Street, where he was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and hit and run.
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