Crime Time: Creepy Toys, Slick Bank Robbers, Egged On Victims, Dog-Beating Dipshits and At Least [Alleged] Criminals Still Read Newspapers
It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.
MONDAY, NOV. 2
"I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her home in the 26800 block of Moore Oaks Road in Laguna Hills even though no one else was supposed to be down there. She wanted deputies to come by and make sure everything was safe. Set your tasers to stun, boys!
What Brown Has Done for Her Lately Another woman on Radiance Lane in Las Flores, one of the unincorporated areas adjacent to the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, contacted deputies to report that she had received a call around 11 a.m. from a man claiming to be from UPS asking if she was home alone. TUESDAY, NOV. 3
Sorry, Sir, You Can't Rob This Bank, But How About That Other One? So a guy walks into the Ralphs supermarket near Marina Hills and Golden Lantern drives in Laguna Niguel around 9:20 a.m. He approaches a store employee and explains he is visiting from Arizona and desperately needs to withdraw cash from a Bank of America branch, such as the one inside Ralphs. The worker informs that his store's bank is closed but suggest the man try another up Golden Lantern three miles in Dana Point. Before heading to that bank, the man went to a nearby AT&T store, picked up a cell phone on display and placed a 9-1-1 call saying the bank inside the Laguna Niguel Ralphs had just been robbed. He went from there to the BofA inside the Dana Point Ralphs, told a teller he had a gun and walked out with cash. He was later spotted hopping over an apartment complex wall, but deputies who set up a perimeter failed to nab him. The robber was described as African American, in his 20s, under 6 feet, with a medium build and wearing mirrored sunglasses and a white button-down shirt.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4
No One Home But Us Chickens The sheriff's office received a reportl that people were on the roof of the KFC restaurant at 700 S. El Camino Real in San Clemente just before 3:30 a.m. The Orange County Fire Agency was called to supply a ladder so deputies could get up to the roof. They ultimately arrested just one person, however: Breanna Lee Sanson, a 19-year-old auto mechanic from San Clemente, who then got to try out the roof at the Women's Intake Center.
And the Problem Was What Exactly? Deputies received a call around 12:30 p.m. about a brunette woman in her 20s riding a bicycle near Antonio Parkway and Windmill Avenue in Ladera Ranch. Her alleged crime? Wearing just a thong bottom and no top. Wonder if there was a spike in fender benders at that corner that day?
Adding Insult to Egg-ery A man driving near Mar Escarpa and Costero Risco in San Clemente just before 7:30 p.m. had his car struck by an egg thrown by someone inside a white van. When the driver got out to inspect the damage, he was pelted with two more eggs.
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
So Many Charges, So Little Time An officer stopped a man who, Newport Beach police say, wound up having drugs on him. While 23-year-old Jose Guillermo Hernandez Luna of Santa Ana was being processed around 10 p.m., a cop noticed the suspect was carrying an Orange County Register article about an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy having fired three shots at a man who tried to rob him Nov. 3 at an ATM on Beach Boulevard in Westminster before the would-be bandit got away. (See the bitter end of last week's Crime Time.) That prompted Newport Beach police to send a copy of Luna's booking photo to Westminster police, who matched it up with a photo taken by the Beach Boulevard bank ATM's security camera. Now, beside the Newport drug rap, Luna must answer to charges in Westminster. But that's not all! He is also suspected of stealing a car and robbing a woman of her cell phone in Garden Grove earlier on Nov. 3. For those keeping score at home, the suspect was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery, auto theft and drug possession.
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
Lovely Way to Start the Morning Alarmed neighbors called 9-1-1 about a woman yelling for help in a driveway in the 4100 block of Calle Juno in San Clemente around 8:15 a.m. A man was apparently holding her down by her neck. Deputies had been to the address for disturbance calls before. Mike Gary McDaniel, a 51-year-old contractor, was placed under arrest and held in the Men's Central Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Can We Do the Same to Him If We Catch Him? You want a disturbing call? Just before 8:30 a.m., the sheriff's office in San Clemente was told of a white man in blue-jean shorts, a white shirt and a dark baseball cap getting out of his white pickup and beating a dog with a stick.
Follow the Loser A silver Mercedes backed into another car, stopped and then darted away around 8:30 a.m. near Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point. The driver of the car that was hit followed the Mercedes and, while on the phone with dispatchers, mentioned that a sheriff's patrol car had just passed them. The cars finally stopped at the Mercedes driver's home at Emerald Ridge in Laguna Beach, where Janelle Ann Maddingly was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor hit and run.
Wait, There's Still More A.M. Disturbia Out of San Clemente A man who had been talking to himself while sitting on a bench in front of a produce business near South El Camino Real and Avenida Victoria around 9:15 a.m. suddenly pointed at a bus and yelled he was going to kill "all of the kids." He was described as a 35-year-old white man with brown hair wearing a gray sweatshirt, gray pajama bottoms and sunglasses. He was last seen walking toward the pier.
SATURDAY, NOV. 7
Drunk Dialing A woman in the 24700 block of Clarington Drive in Laguna Hills called deputies around 5:30 a.m. to protest that one of her tenants stole her cigarettes, called her evil and accused her of being drunk. The dispatcher noted to officers that the woman sounded as if she was at least guilty of the latter.
Smash and Grabbed Four juveniles were detained for allegedly smashing lights just before 2 a.m. near the Rancho Santa Margarita Beach Club Lagoon at Santa Margarita Parkway and Avenida de Los Fundadores in Rancho Santa Margarita. Turns out one wasn't a juvie. Arrested on suspicion of vandalism was 18-year-old Corbin Andrew Evans.
SUNDAY, NOV. 8
A Marine of One While possible experiencing battlefield flashbacks, a Marine in his early 20s approached some people at Castano Drive and Street of the Violet Lantern in Dana Point just after 2 a.m. Upset, he kept calling the folks "the enemy." He eventually fled in the direction of the demilitarized zone known as "Hennesey's Tavern." Yeah, that's exactly where he should be. Gomer was described as white, 6 feet, medium build with brown hair that'd been buzzed off. He was wearing jeans and a jeans jacket.
Yes, They Actually Fought Over a '94 Honda A customer of the Home Depot on Imperial Highway in Brea was heading to his 1994 Honda parked in the hardware superstore's lot just before 1 p.m. when he saw a teen using something, possibly a key, to open the door. When the man informed the teen that was his car, the juvie at first claimed it was his car, and then ran away. The Honda driver and another witness gave chase on foot and caught the 17-year-old about a quarter mile away on Imperial. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted auto theft.
MONDAY, NOV. 9
Shot and Left for Dead Police responding to a 2:30 a.m. call of four of five shots fired in the 7500 block of Tenth Street in Buena Park found a 24-year-old man lying wounded in the street. He'd been shot several times in the lower part of his body and was later reported in critical condition at a local hospital. He was not identified, but police said they suspected the attempted homicide was gang related.
TUESDAY, NOV. 10
They Picked the Wrong Witness to Be Seen By An off-duty deputy on his way to work around 5 a.m. reported four men in hooded sweatshirts and gloves tying one end of a cable to a blue pickup and the other end to the front door of the closed CVS Pharmacy at 26851 Trabuco Road, Mission Viejo. As he was calling it in, the deputy saw the truck pull the pharmacy doors from the frame before the men went inside, picked up the ATM and put it in the back of the pickup. The deputy in his own vehicle followed the truck, which was also picked up by sheriff's units because an alarm had already sent them to the scene. The pickup, which had been stolen out of San Diego, was followed by deputies through South County before the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit that ended just before 6:30 a.m. when a spike strip placed on Palomar Mountain Road in Carlsbad blew out the truck's tires. Only two unidentified men were arrested despite four being seen by the off-duty deputy and the pharmacy's surveillance video.
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