Crime Time: Stabbings, Curfews, Drunk Marines, Drunk Councilman and Van's a-Rockin'

It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more stabbings and [alleged] drunken-driving politicians . . .

Knew those Trader Joe's bags were good for something . . .
Knew those Trader Joe's bags were good for something . . .
Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's Department

MONDAY, JULY 27

Cash and Carry A man walked up with a Trader Joe's bag in hand to a teller at the Wells Fargo branch near Alicia Parkway and Charlinda Drive in Mission Viejo around 12:45 p.m. He asked for and received cash before walking out. Surveillance cameras revealed the robber appeared to be his mid 20s, 5 feet 6, 130 pounds, with short hair and wearing a dark button-up shirt.

Who Said Friendship is Dead? A man was driving west on Westminster Avenue when he struck the two women crossing Harbor Boulevard just after 10 p.m. One woman got in a nearby parked car and drove off, leaving her injured friend at the scene. The second woman was treated at UCI Medical Center in Orange for several broken bones. The unidentified driver who struck the ladies was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. TUESDAY, JULY 28

Grand Theft GameStop Three men walked into GameStop in the 600 block of Camino de los Mares, San Clemente after 11 a.m., armed with what appeared to be a black pellet gun or handgun. Two employees were tied up before the robbers fled with cash and merchandise. The workers manage to free themselves and provide these descriptions: the three men were Latino, in their 20s and 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8. The gunman rocked a powder-blue dress shirt. The second wore a black baseball cap and blue jeans. Robber three wore an orange baseball cap with a powder-blue shirt and blue jeans. He was also carrying a black backpack.

The Night of the Garden Grove Shoot 'Em Ups Police were called just after 9 p.m. about gunfire in the 11000 block of Cynthia Circle, Garden Grove. There officers found two juveniles who had been shot in the legs. They were treated for non-threatening injuries at a local hospital. The gunmen were described as two males between the ages of 16-20 wearing dark clothing. Around 11 p.m., police received another call about shots fired, this time in the 12600 block of Keel Avenue. Officers arrived to find no victims or shooters, but they did round up six bullet casings. The shootings are probably not related.

Give Money, Get Stabbed A 20-year-old man was walking at Edna Park at 2140 Edna Drive, Santa Ana, around 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by three men who had bandanas covering their face. One man whipped out a handgun and demanded money. As the 20-year-old was doling out a small amount of cash, the other two men started kicking him in the mouth and knocking him to the ground. As the victim tried to fight back, he was stabbed in the upper body. He managed to run away to eventual treatment at a local hospital. The gunman was described as 6 feet tall with a thin build. The knife-wielder was 5 feet 9 with a heavy build. The third robbed was wearing a brown sweatshirt.
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

Unwelcome Guests A security guard at Villa del Sol apartments, 810 South Sullivan St., Santa Ana, was attending a resident meeting when two kids approached him after 7 p.m. and said they saw "suspicious guys" milling about. The guard approached two men to ask if they lived at the complex. They first refused to stop, then one turned around and fired two shots at the guard before fleeing to a nearby mobile home park. The gunman was described as a 19- to 22-year-old Hispanic, 5 feet 6, 150 pounds, wearing white and gray flannels. His pal was about the same age, height, weight and ethnicity with short black hair and wearing black clothing.

Maybe He Should Try Texaco? A 43-year-old Riverside man got in his car after making a purchase at a Chevron gas station at 1501 South Broadway St., Santa Ana, around 7 p.m. when another man came up to him, pulled off a gold chain from his neck and stabbed him in the arm. The robber-attacker then jumped into another car driven by a third man, who sped off. The robber was described as Hispanic, about 22, 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 6 with a medium build, black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a red and white T-shirt. There was no description of the get-away driver, but he was steering a green four-door vehicle.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 30

Cursed By the Curfew A joint effort by the City of Orange, Orange Police Department and the county District Attorney's office resulted in 29 children between the ages of 12 and 17 being picked up in a curfew sweep at the Block at Orange and "gang-injunction safety zones" west of the 55 freeway, Eisenhower Park and Highland Street between Lincoln Avenue and Palmyra Avenue, and west of the 55 near Parker Street, La Veta Avenue, Hoover Avenue and Wilson Avenue. Kids are not supposed to be out without adult supervision after 10 p.m. Some of those netted by the sweep were out alone as late as 2 a.m., authorities said. Violators were held at police headquarters until their parents came to pick them up.
 
FRIDAY, JULY 31

Bouncer Pounced On Someone hit a bouncer at a bar in the 200 block of Main Street in Huntington Beach with a glass and dislocated his shoulder around 12:30 a.m. before fleeing in a white Avalance with flames in the rear window. He'll likely require plastic surgery.

Why Deputies Deserve a Raise A homeowner apparently did not like it that sheriff's deputies were breaking up his party at 3 a.m. in the 100 block of Avenida Miramar, San Clemente. Like Mr. Burns, he "released the hounds"--the hounds in this case being pit bulls--on the officers.

Prize Found in Garbage Workers at Rainbow Disposal in the 17100 block of Nichols Street, Huntington Beach, called the cops just after 7 a.m. when an unloaded, "old and bent" shotgun was found to have been tossed in the trash.

If the Van's a-Rockin' Don't Bother . . . You Know Two people were either brawling or having sexual intercourse inside a van parked near the San Clemente pier just after 3 p.m. Hey. Wasn't that a scene in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke?
 
SATURDAY, AUG. 1

Alcohol, Marines, Mustang and Tree Don't Mix One Marine was killed and another was facing vehicular manslaughter charges after a 2003 Ford Mustang made a U-turn and accelerated to 60 mph in a 35 mph zone before slamming into a tree on Avenida Vista Montana in San Clemente around 2 a.m. Two other unidentified Marines in the car were taken to a hospital but later released. The dead man was indentified as Cpl. Edmond K. Vandecasteele IV, 22, an ammunition technician at Camp Pendleton who hails from New Hampshire. The driver, Andrew Steuber, 24, of Wisconsin, was being treated at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to deputies.
 
SUNDAY, AUG. 2

Alcohol, City Councilman, Benz and Power Pole Don't Mix A black S550 Mercedes-Benz driven by Westminster City Councilman Andy Tuan Ngoc Quach collided with a car with three people in it on McFadden Avenue before the Benz slammed into a power pole in the 8800 block of McFadden around 2 a.m., knocking out power to nearly 300 households for more than 12 hours. The 37-year-old Quach was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, and the Orange County Register reported the councilman--who took responsibility "for everything"--has a history of prior traffic citations.

Stop a Fight, Get Stabbed A 42-year-old man was standing by the south side of the Home Depot store at 800 North State College Blvd., Anaheim, around 4 p.m. when a fight broke out between a day-laborer and a homeless teen. When the man tried to break up the fight, he was allegedly stabbed by the teen, who was described as white, 16 to 18, short, slender with dark spiky hair.


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