Crime Time: Ho' Attacker, Hammer Head, Bushman Packing Heat, Monkey Off the Market and Ryan Seacrest
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more ho' attackers, hammer heads, short robbers, skateboarding nazis, bloody bandagers, bushmen packing heat, baseball bat-wielding robbers, monkeys that are not for sale and Ryan Seacrest.
BE TRUE TO YOUR CRIME-RIDDEN SCHOOL: Ah, a new school year is upon us. And so is schoolyard mayhem. A former security officer at Irvine's Beckman High School (top left) has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a minor. Juan Armando Candela, 26, of Tustin, allegedly had an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student at Beckman. Suspected gang member Richard Robert Rodriguez, 17, was charged as an adult in the Sept. 8 stabbing of a male student at Sonora High School (bottom left). Rodriguez, who is not a student at the La Habra campus, faces one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of street terrorism, and sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and great bodily injury. Across town at La Habra High School (top right), another 16-year-old girl was attacked walking to school on Sept. 16 by a man who grabbed her butt and bear-hugged her before her screams caused him to release her. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, with a stocky build, short hair and wearing a black, long-sleeved jacket, blue jeans and black athletic shoes. An 11-year-old girl in the sixth grade at Golden Hill Elementary School (bottom right) was using a laptop computer to access hard-core porn, says her mom, who complained to the Fullerton School District. Why? Because they provided the MacBook under their Laptops for Learning Program. The district, of course, blames bad parenting. This, incidentally, is the same program the ACLU blasted in 2006 for being unconstitutional because families were asked to pay for the computers.
Center photo by Melinda Nagy/Dreamstime.com
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
Cut Off, Cursed At and Tires Slashed A motorist was cut off by another vehicle in Huntington Beach just after 9 a.m. As both cars were stopped at the Newland Street and Sealrock Drive intersection, a man who had been riding as a passenger in the second car got out, produced a knife and threatened the driver of the first car. The knifeman then slashed two tires on the first motorist's car before hopping back into his ride, which sped off.
The Customer is Not Always Right A man walked into a store in the 17000 block of Newland Street in Huntington Beach about a quarter before 1 p.m., let it be known to a clerk that he had a gun and made threatening remarks. He then took $700 and ordered the clerk down on the floor before leaving. He was described as Asian, 30, 5 feet 10 with black hair.
BAD FAMILY AFFAIRS IN SANTA ANA: Manuel Hernandez Juarez (top left) apparently did not want to pay the coyotes who smuggled his son Huber Juarez Vasquez (top right) into the country in 2000. The father and son met the human smugglers at a Santa Ana Burger King in April 2000 and, instead of handing them the agreed sum of $1,400, the father handed his son a gun, the elder Juarez shot and killed one of the coyotes and his son shot and tried to kill the other, who survived, according to prosecutors. Having been released from their respective terms behind bars recently, Manuel Juarez, now 58, and Huber Vasquez, now 37, have each been charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation and a sentencing enhancement for both charges for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death or injury. They both face a maximum sentence of 67 years to life in state prison. Santa Ana twin brothers Alejandro Justin Duran and Nicolas Alex Duran (bottom left and right respectively), both 34, as well as a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested for twice stabbing in the abdomen a 38-year-old man who walked out of his house in Santa Ana on July 7 and tried to get three taggers to stop defacing a wall. The three suspects, who are known gang members, are also alleged to have punched and kicked the man repeatedly.
Photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
A Dose of Reality for Reality TV Host Boy, Ryan Seacrest sure leads a charmed life. After participating in an event at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, he got in a car and was whisked away shortly before 3 p.m., completely unaware of what had just transpired. A security officer was roughed up as he prevented a man with a switchblade from getting into the American Idol host's car. Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., 25, of Lakewood, allegedly choked the guard to near unconsciousness. Uzomah was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Who Knew Skateboarding Could Be Violent? A 38-year-old security guard at a skate park near Sienna and Crown Valley parkways in Ladera Ranch took away a boarder's pass after 8 p.m. That led to a fight with four people which found the guard managing to pepper-spray one of the combatants. That also earned the guard a knock on the head with one of the boards. Sheriff's deputies responded and took away Michael Kenneth Dauw, 19, and Stephen Ryan Fowks, 18.
Louisville Sluggers Get Bike and Phone A man was riding his bicycle in the 2300 block of North Grand Avenue around 9:40 p.m. when two men walked up showing off a baseball bat. They threatened to beat the man unless he gave up the bike and his cell phone, so the gent did just that. The robbers then fled, and police had not description of them, not even if they batted left or right-handed.
There's a Knife Fight in the Old Park Tonight Three homeless men were drinking at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach during the nighttime hours when two of the men began fighting--with knives. Police arrived to find an unidentified 32-year-old man in the park restroom tending to six-inch cut on his left shoulder and several cuts to his right hand. He was treated at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to be treated for non-life threatening wounds. He also identified his attacker. Brian Rooney, 24, was later arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police believe he got help getting rid of his knife and clothing, so his friend Anthony Martinez, 27, was also arrested on suspicion of violating terms of his parole, destroying evidence and being an accessory to a crime.
More Trouble for Tyrue Last week's Crime Time mentioned a quickie arrest after a gas station robbery at 1:30 a.m. in Cypress. Police there have now tied Tyrue Green, 51, to seven other simulated-weapon robberies in Buena Park, Anaheim, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Cerritos.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16
Taco Hell A police officer patrolling the area around Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton saw a man trying to break the window of a Taco Bell at 4 a.m. As the cop swung his squad car around to investigate, he encountered the man again walking across the street. Kyle Algarin, 23, of Fullerton, was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Seeks Dog, Gets Hog A dog apparently dug under a fence and got into the back yard of a home near the 23000 block of Calle Hogar in Mission Viejo about 9 a.m. That caused the dog's owner to try to retrieve her pet, who approached a gardener working on a hillside. As the woman tried to get her dog, the worker allegedly exposed himself to her. She went back to her home and told her husband, who held the gardener until sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest 27-year-old Miguel Delgado-Hernandez.
Get Shorty A man who later fled in a black Jeep Cherokee robbed the Bank of the West branch at 11051 Beach Blvd., Stanton, shortly before 1 p.m. He was described as white, 5 feet 4, wearing a goatee, large sunglasses, a white shirt and a baseball cap with the letter C.
Beware of Late Night Visitors Two men rooming together at the Haven Hill Apartment Homes at 3100 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Fullerton heard a knock on their door around 10:30 p.m. Peering outside, they saw a woman at the door even though neither roomie was expecting company. As one opened the door, two other men armed with handguns pushed their way in, ordered one of the roommates to the floor and the other to sit on the couch. The victim on the floor was pistol-whipped during the ordeal which involved the robbers tearing apart the apartment in search of valuables. They made off with cell phones, a Mac laptop, an Xbox 360, iPods and the victims' wallets. One robber was described as black, 18-21, 5 feet 11, 175 pounds with a goatee. The second was black, 18-21, 6 feet 2, 175 pounds and wearing a ski mask. Both wore black sweatshirts, baggy blue jeans and were armed with handguns. No description of the woman was provided.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
Bush League A woman called police and said her 50-year-old father had disappeared from a home in the 100 block of East Yale Loop in Irvine and that he'd wandered off disoriented before. Officers on the ground and in the air searched the area around 2:30 p.m. and found the man nearby in bushes on the south side of Irvine Center Drive. But, he refused to come out. Oh, and he had a .45 caliber handgun. During tense negotiations, the man at one point fired his weapon into the ground. He finally surrendered just as a SWAT team was getting into place. The unidentified man was held for a mental-health check and could face charges.
Monkey Business A San Clemente man called sheriff's deputies just after 3 p.m. with a most unusual complaint: unknown people had put up an advertisement stating that he had a monkey for sale. But he didn't have a monkey for sale. He probably did not have a monkey at all. Who has a monkey? The victim blamed the same people for signing him up for "suspicious websites." MonkeyFancy.com, perhaps?
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
Hammer Time A early morning report that someone broke a home's window led sheriff's deputies to the 100 block of Avenida Dolores in San Clemente. What they found instead was a 28-year-old man with a broken head. He'd been struck several times with a hammer and required hospitalization for moderate injuries. Unidentified men ages 28 and 35 were taken into custody.
Dodge Can't Dodge Johnny Law An Anaheim police officer came upon a black Dodge Caliber believed to be stolen and started following it around 9:30 a.m. At one point, the officer tried a maneuver where he uses his patrol car to bump and stop the vehicle. The Caliber stopped all right, on Western Avenue just north of Katella Avenue, where the driver jumped out and began running. The unidentified man was later apprehended and arrested.
Two Suspects for the Price of One Robbery A man used a note to rob a Washington Mutual bank branch at 638 Camino de los Mares, Laguna Hills just after 10 a.m. He was later seen fleeing in a white Hyundai that a deputy spotted heading toward the 5 freeway. After reaching speeds exceeding 80 mph, the car, registered out of San Diego, exited at La Paz Road and headed toward Nellie Gail. At Nellie Gail Road and Houston Trail, the car stopped and two men jumped out, leading to a foot chase with officers. One man was caught near the car, the second in a nearby backyard. Their names were not released.
Eat Fresh, Leave Richer A man carrying a flip-top metal clipboard container ordered a sandwich at the Subway at 908 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, about 9:30 p.m. before heading off to the restroom. When he returned to pick up his food, he did not pull out cash or a credit card from the container but a gun. He also wanted a side order of money from the till, which the worker handed over. The crook was described as Asian, 30, 5 foot 5 and 160 pounds.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
Is It Still Fraternity Rush Season? A man wearing only underwear and face paint was standing on the median at Warner Avenue and Bolsa Chica Street in Huntington Beach just after 12:30 p.m. "causing problems for motorists."
Poo on a Stick Juvies used a blow torch to light feces on fire just before 9 p.m. in the 16600 block of Simmone Lane in Huntington Beach. Then, using sticks, the youths threw the feces around the back yard. Maybe these are the monkeys that San Clemente guy was supposed to have for sale.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Attacks on Prostitutes Could Fetch Life Sentence A man driving a 1997 green Chevrolet Astro Van picked a prostitute up on Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana around 2 a.m. before driving with the woman to a secluded area at a nearby mobile home park. He then pulled out a knife and informed the lady he wanted sex but had no money. He then forcibly raped her at knife point before she managed to escape and get treatment at a local hospital, which called the police. At about 4 a.m., the same man is alleged to have picked up another prostitute in the same area and repeat his sick ritual. But this time, his would-be victim pulled out a knife of her own. This led to a fight in which the woman was stabbed, head-butted and subjected to the taunt, "I'm going to kill you." But she managed to escape and call the cops also. The man allegedly crashed into several parked cars while making his escape to his home in Corona, where he sought medical attention for injuries he suffered in the fight. He told police there that he was attacked by a prostitute and the Santa Ana Police Department was contacted. That led to Gilberto Cruz Silva, 29, being charged by the Orange County District Attorney with one felony count each of forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit rape, and criminal threats, as well as misdemeanor charges for a hit-and-run resulting in property damage and driving a car without a valid driver's license. The felonies also include sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a sexual offense, and causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 36 years to life in state prison. At his arraignment scheduled for this afternoon, prosecutors were going to ask that bail be set at $1 million.
There's Got to Be a Better Way to Clean a Bandage Okay, so maybe the monkey-for-sale call was not the craziest of the week for deputies in San Clemente, who took one at 9:58 a.m. concerning a homeless woman changing the bandage on her "bloody, pus-filled leg wound" while inside a laundromat in the 2400 block of El Camino Real.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21
Saved and Then Arrested A Toyota 4Runner overturned on East Coast Highway east of Bayside Drive in Newport Beach about 2:15 a.m., trapping the driver inside. Firefighters worked to free the man, who was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with minor injuries and a major problem: an arrest citation alleging Howard Lee, 20, had been driving too fast and under the influence.
Wonder If the Song Was "You Dropped a Bomb on Me"? Authorities evacuated the "Ziggurat"--otherwise known as the Chet Holifield Federal Building at Alicia Parkway and Avila Road, Laguna Niguel--at about 6:30 a.m. after receiving a call regarding a suspicious package. Members of the sheriff's bomb squad investigated and determined the heavily wrapped package contained a musical greeting card. At least the world was spared that.
Damn In-Laws A woman asked her drunk brother-in-law to leave her apartment in the 2000 block of Wallace Avenue in Costa Mesa just after 1 p.m., but he refused. Then he allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed her left forearm. While the woman was being treated for her injuries before being taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital, the man was stopped moments after leaving her apartment. Jose Campos-Barragan, 34, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Given the bloodstains covering his clothes, police are quite confident they got their man.
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