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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.