Crime Time: Brawling Girls! Duct-Taped to Pole! Brawling Golfers! Tots on Train Tracks!
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with a Monday dedicated to the ladies . . . awwwww yeah!
MONDAY, AUG. 17
Pub Brawl Two women fought as men prodded them on around closing time (2 a.m.) at Auld Dubliner restaurant and pub, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin. The big loser was 22-year-old Angeline Lopez, not because she was defeated by her foe but because she was arrested on suspicion of fighting and disobeying police orders.
Dialing for Shits and Giggles A drunken woman in the 300 block of North Ola Vista in San Clemente dialed 9-1-1 just after 9 a.m. because her girlfriend was "being arrogant" and she thought it would be funny to call.
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What Some Girls Won't Do For Their Man Two female juveniles were nabbed after allegedly stealing condoms from a Huntington Beach store just after noon.
Yet Another Use Found for Duct Tape Police responded after 6 p.m. to a call of a girl tied and duct-taped to a telephone pole at the corner of Heil Avenue and Plaza Lane in Huntington Beach. Sure enough, a squad car arrived to find a girl in that predicament, crying. Through the amazing powers of police deduction, cops were able to discern that two friends tied the girl up because they "were bored."
TUESDAY, AUG. 18
Hate Graffiti Reappears Remember that obscenity and a racial slur directed at African Americans that was discovered on the side wall of Ladera Cleaners in the Mercantile West Shopping Center in Ladera Ranch on Aug. 10? After being painted over by Westar Property Management workers last week, the hate rant reappeared by the time the first merchants arrived at 5:30 a.m. Workers were out again at 2:30 p.m., painting over the graffiti. The cops came, too, to take another report.
Fast-Acting Masked Men Clear Out Bank Three men wearing masks stormed into Bank of America, 2501 E. Bluff Drive, Newport Beach, about 11 a.m., and yelled, "This is a robbery, everyone get on the floor!" They then jumped over the counter, emptied the contents of cash drawers into bags and fled. They were seen hopping into a white Chevy Tahoe, which was recovered at a drugstore a few blocks away and determined to be stolen out of Los Angeles.
Stand-off With Desperate Iraq War Vet Ends Peacefully A Veterans Affair's suicide hotline requested authorities check on Nathan Vazquez, 27, who served two tours as a Marine in Iraq during the current Gulf War and suffered a traumatic brain injury from an IED blast. Sheriff's deputies found Vazquez, who has suffered from symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder--including sleeplessness, cold sweats and uncontrollable anger--since his 2004 honorable discharge, barricaded in the City Lights apartment complex in Aliso Viejo just after 3:30 p.m. He allegedly claimed to be heavily armed and willing to kill police. His girlfriend arrived during the standoff and told deputies Vazquez is desperate for more access to psychological help. He managed to email his concerns to the Orange County Register. By 8 p.m., 20 SWAT team members had Vazquez's building surrounded, but he eventually gave up and authorities declined to charge him with anything.
It's Gotta Be 4:20 Somewhere Three teenagers were spotted smoking marijuana out of a makeshift tennis ball pipe at Bonita Park, El Portal and La Ronda, in San Clemente, around 4:30 p.m. Or was it 4:20?
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19
Horrific Crime in Surf City An autistic 7-year-old girl was playing in the back yard of her Huntington Beach apartment complex in the afternoon when she was taken against her will to a neighboring unit, sexually assaulted and then released. The girl told her parents, who called police. After interviewing the girl and some witnesses, officers went to the unit of one of the girl's neighbors. Daniel Blas Flores, 27, was found hiding in a bedroom, according to police, who arrested him on suspicion of abduction, sodomy and rape.
51-Year-Old Gets T.J. Maxx Modeling Gig--Without Knowing It! When a security guard saw Steven Eugene Roman, 27, of Placentia, enter the T.J. Maxx at 2500 E. Imperial Highwa, Brea, around 12:45 p.m., he knew he recognized the customer from somewhere. Then it hit the guard: Roman had been seen allegedly shooting photos up the skirts of female shoppers on Aug. 10. After watching Roman allegedly put a hand-held camera under the skirt of a shopper and take several pictures, the guard called police, who arrived as Roman was leaving and arrested him. His 51-year-old victim was unaware she'd been modeling for him. Police say Roman's camera had similar photos of several other women who were possibly shopping at other area discount stores.
THURSDAY, AUG. 20
Toddlers on Train Tracks Produce Alarm Staff members noticed two toddlers missing after a routine head count after the 3 p.m. group playtime on the grounds of the YMCA Children's Station, 100 S. Atchison St., Anaheim. Police were immediately notified, but at least one of the mothers of the boys was not. She arrived at the normal 5 p.m. pick-up time to learn that her 2-year-old son was missing. Fortunately, an officer arrived shortly thereafter with the boy, who was dirty. It turned out both toddlers had walked through a hole in a fence and onto the adjacent railroad tracks, which carry Metrolink commuter trains every half-hour on weekday afternoons. (YMCA Children's Station operates out of a converted train station.) The daycare and police assured parents the boys were missing no more than half an hour, but that has not stopped the licensing division of the California Department of Social Services from investigating. Daycare officials were reportedly investigating themselves--a permanent fix to the hole in the fence.
FRIDAY, AUG. 21
Man, That Trailer Looks Familiar A man was looking through online advertisements when he spotted a 26-foot cargo utility trailer for sale that he wanted. He wanted the trailer because it already belonged to him, having been stolen from a business in the 2000 block of Alton Parkway in Irvine on Aug. 17. Irvine Police was called, and investigators arranged to meet with the seller later that day to get a look at the advertised trailer. A plainclothes detective posing as a prospective buyer met Quentin Gordon, 45, at his home in the 3000 block of Yellow Tail in Los Alamitos. After it was confirmed to be the stolen trailer, Gordon was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of stolen property. Authorities also recovered three golf carts believed to have been stolen. That's not all they discovered: Gordon is on parole.
What's My Handicap? A Glass Chin Deputies received a report that eight golfers were involved in a four-on-four brawl on the 18th hole of Talega Golf Course in the 200 block of Via Marfino in San Clemente after 7:30 p.m.
Good Deed Meets Bad Boys Four girls went door-to-door in Santa Ana with a coffee can, raising money for cancer research. They were stopped after 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Obarr Place by a boy who appeared to be in his late teens. He grabbed the can holding the donations and ran. He was soon joined by two other boys who hopped a wall leading to an open field. The can grabber was described as Latino, 16 or 17, 5 feet 7, with a close-cropped shaved head and wearing a brown, square-patterned shirt and blue jeans. The girls estimated they had raised about $200.
SATURDAY, AUG. 22
Not a Good Morning Some time before 4 a.m., 30 cars were defaced and/or damaged in residential neighborhoods on Calle Campana, Calle Canasta and Calle Puente in San Clemente. Residents awoke to find and report the destruction, which included broken windows, slashed tires, scratched paint and graffiti that generally included the letters "SJC." The sheriff's department's gang enforcement unit says the area is claimed as the territory of a San Clemente gang that has been feuding for decades with a San Juan Capistrano gang.
SUNDAY, AUG. 23
Holey Day Jason Kiley and his girlfriend were taking a morning walk near Trabuco Road and Cherry Avenue when two men in a truck drove by and yelled obscenities. The truck then stopped and the men jumped out and assaulted Kiley, who fought back. Police say the men--later identified as Kam Burns, 29, and Russell Brown, 28--were stabbed during the fracas, but the couple denies being the stabbers. Those holes came from somewhere: Burns and Brown were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Mission Hospital.
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