Crime Beat

SOME CONVICTED OF MARIJUANA CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA CAN HAVE PENALTIES REDUCED OR RECORDS EXPUNGED

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Proposition 64, approved by voters on November 9th, not only legalized recreational marijuana for adults in California.  It also provides opportunity for reprieves to people arrested or convicted of certain pot-related crimes.

MAN KILLS SELF AFTER TAKING SON HOSTAGE, TRIGGERING SWAT OPERATION IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2016 (El Cajon) — A man who prompted a SWAT standoff after firing shots and taking his 7-year-old son hostage last night is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.  According to Lieutenant Royal Bates, the child exited the residence in the 800 block of Grape Street unharmed shortly before the gunshot was heard.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AT CAMPGROUND IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Alpine) -- Sheriff's Sexual Assault Detectives are investigating a sexual assault at the Ma-Tar-Awa Viejas RV Park, 25 Browns Road, Alpine, CA 91901, on the Viejas Indian Reservation.

According to Lt. Dan Brislin, a 30-year-old woman walked into the campground restroom at 5:30 a.m. yesterday and saw a man facing away from her in a stall. She entered a stall and that same man approached her from behind, said "Hey" and proceeded to sexually assault her. As the assault progressed, she asked him to not hurt her. Immediately after she said this, he stopped and fled the scene.

EL CAJON POLICE ARREST MAN FOR DAMAGING AMERICAN FLAGS ON VETERANS DAY ALONG MAIN STREET

 

By Robert Gehr

Update November 13, 2016:  Jarred  Jefferson, 22, has been charged with felony vandalism for destroying or damaging 13 flags,  as well as two counts of obstructing an officer, NBC 7 News reports.  Poles were broken and some flags thrown in the street, where vehicles ran over them.  The flags had been put up by a local Boy Scout troop.

November 12, 2016 (El Cajon) — El Cajon Police arrested a young man yesterday morning who was reported to be damaging American flags displayed along Main Street in downtown El Cajon in recognition of Veteran’s Day.

Witnesses called El Cajon Police to report a man vandalizing American flags and it didn’t take very long for a Police officer to arrive, track down the perpetrator and make contact. The suspect did resist initial attempts by the first officer on scene attempting to arrest him, but was eventually taken into custody after another officer responded and aided in controlling the uncooperative man.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS WANTED FOR HATE CRIME AND ROBBERY AT SDSU

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2016 (San Diego)—Campus police are investigating a hate crime, robbery and vehicle theft that occurred at San Diego State University yesterday at2:28 p.m.

According to Lt. Ron Broussard,  a student was walking to her vehicle in the stairwell at parking lot #12  when “two males, who made comments about President-elect Trump and the Muslim community, confronted her and grabbed her purse and backpack.”  They also stole her car keys and her vehicle.

POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND GABRIELA “GABY” GONZALES MISSING SINCE 2002: BODY MAY BE IN OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2016 (Chula Vista) - The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) Crimes of Violence Unit (COV), in close cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is revisiting the open 2002 cold case homicide of 14-year-old Gabriela “Gaby” Gonzales.  Gaby disappeared on April 5, 2002 and has not been seen since.   Gaby would be 29 years old today.  View flyer.

JUDGE DENIES INJUNCTION SOUGHT BY PROTESTERS AGAINST EL CAJON POLICE AND SHERIFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino on Friday denied a temporary restraining order sought by the NAACP and protesters. The plaintiffs wanted the court to stop El Cajon Police and Sheriff officers from arresting protesters at the site where Alfred Olango was fatally shot by an El Cajon policeman on September 27th.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER

 

Update: The victim has been identified as Richard Kent Chartier. The cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the abdomen. The manner of death was ruled a homicide. Chartier was a resident at the 1321 Oro Street property in unincorporated El Cajon.

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (El Cajon) – Vincent Frank Peterson,42, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of a man found with mortal wounds Friday night in unincorporated El Cajon.

Deputies were called to a home on Oro Street near Greenfield Drive after a caller to 911 reported an assault with a deadly weapon around 10 p.m. Friday.  The victim, 42, was found with injuries to his torso and died on the way to a hospital.

EL CAJON SHOOTING SUSPECT MICHAEL RIORDAN ARRESTED IN LEMON GROVE AFTER PURSUIT

 

Source: El Cajon Police

November 3, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- A suspect has been arrested at a Lemon Grove residence for a shooting that occurred in El Cajon on October 28th at 12:40 p.m.

During the incident, witnesses described an argument occurring between two males and the suspect, near a kiosk in the 1000 Block of Decker Street. The suspect walked away from the argument to a vehicle parked a short distance away and retrieved a handgun. He then walked back to where the kiosk was at and fired numerous shots at the victims striking one of them in the leg. The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.

OLANGO FAMILY TO ESTABLISH FOUNDATION, FILES CLAIM WITH EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2016 (El Cajon) — The father of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan immigrant who was fatally shot last month by an El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves, has announced plans to establish the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation for police reform. In addition, Olango’s sister has filed a claim against the City of El Cajon alleging negligence in her brother’s death.

NAACP, EL CAJON PROTESTERS AWAIT JUDGE’S DECISION

 

East County News Service

Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery contributed to this report

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Superior Court Judge Janis Sammartino heard evidence October 26 in a case filed by the National Association of Colored Persons (NAAC) and seven protesters against the city of El Cajon, the Sheriff’s Department, and El Cajon Police.

HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN EL CAJON: PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (El Cajon) --- El Cajon Police are searching for a late model Honda Accord, grey or silver, with possible front end damage following a hit-and-run accident Friday night shortly before 9 p.m.  The eastbound vehicle struck and seriously injured a 45-year-old man who was crossing the 1100 block of East Main Street outside of a controlled intersection.

EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

Source:  City of El Cajon

October 31,2016 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Police Department has been awarded a $170,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.  The El Cajon Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education, according to a release issued today.

“The El Cajon Police Department is looking forward to working with OTS, our partners in Law Enforcement, and our community stakeholders to reduce injury and death related to traffic collisions,” stated El Cajon Police Lieutenant Randy Soulard. “With an emphasis on the prevention of pedestrian and bicycle-related collisions, we will work collaboratively using a multi-pronged approach in addressing education and enforcement aspects of collision reduction.”

DEPUTIES TO CRACKDOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS ON HALLOWEEN

 

Additional DUI Patrols Scheduled For October 31

Source: San Diego Sheriff

October 31, 2016 ( San Diego)-- Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol this Halloween. On Monday, October 31st, deputies will be conducting additional DUI patrols in communities within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Department.

SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOR ARMED ROBBERIES IN LEMON GROVE AND SPRING VALLEY: REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

October 28, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Authorities seek public help to identify two men who robbed gas stations and 7-11 stores Sunday night and early Monday morning.  The two masked thieves threatened clerks with a pistol, then stole cash from numerous locations in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Hillcrest, La Jolla and Lemon Grove.

SHORTAGE OF DEPUTIES, CONCERN OVER MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AMONG ISSUES DISCUSSED AT SHERIFF’S COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY IN CASA DE ORO

 

By Robin N. Kendall

October 27, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- Marijuana dispensaries, homelessness, and the need for more deputies were the main concerns of the audience at the Sheriff’s “Coffee with the Community” in Casa de Oro today. San Diego County Sheriff Captain Marc Garmo spoke to and with an audience of 40 people for two hours at Butler’s Coffee House on Campo Road in Spring Valley.

SAFETY ALERT: VIRTUAL KIDNAPPERS TARGETING SAN DIEGO FAMILIES

 

Source: San Diego Community College District

October 27, 2016 (San Diego) – The San Diego Community College District has issued the following alert:  As many of you may already know, families across San Diego are receiving phone calls from “virtual kidnappers” claiming a loved one or family member has been kidnapped.  These criminals then demand a ransom amount (usually a few thousand dollars) that can be dropped off at a remote location (often in Tijuana) in exchange for the safe release and return of the “kidnapped” family member. The criminals’ phone numbers are often untraceable.

Please do not meet their demands!  This is a phone scam that local law enforcement and the FBI are investigating.  

What to do when you or your family member receives a similar phone call:

HEARING WED. ON RESTRAINING ORDER SOUGHT BY NAACP AGAINST EL CAJON POLICE AND SHERIFF

 

East County News Service

October 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – A hearing is set for tomorrow at 3 p.m. in U.S. District Court in downtown San Diego on a restraining order sought by the NAACP and several individuals who claim they were falsely arrested for holding peaceful protests and vigils in the wake of the Alfred Olango shooting by an El Cajon Police officer.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING IN SANTEE: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

October 20, 2016 (Santee) — Public help is sought to locate a suspect wanted in connection to an attempted kidnapping of an 18-year-old woman at Mast Park in Santee on October 6th around noon.  Now the San Diego County Crime Stoppers and Santee Sheriff’s station investigators released a sketch of the suspect.

8 ARRESTED AMID CIVIL UNREST IN EL CAJON; PROTESTERS FILE SUIT AGAINST CITY AND COUNTY

 

Update 2 p.m.: Police this afternoon are blocking access to the site that has been the focus of protests where  Alfred Olango was shot on Sept. 27.

East County News Service

October 18, 2016 (El Cajon) — El Cajon Police declared an unlawful assembly and arrested eight protesters last night at 800 Broadway near Mollison, the site where Alfred Olango was shot by police over two weeks ago.

According to a press release, the trouble started last night around 5 p.m. when two people arrived and became angry that a makeshift memorial had been removed. Police say the strip mall’s owner hired a security company to help return to business as usual. Earlier in the day, the release states, ”participants in the memorial, who had been asked to leave the property returned and asked to collect their items. They removed the tents, grills and other memorial and personal items. Neither the property owners nor the police department removed memorial items.

MAN GUNNED DOWN IN BOULEVARD

 

 

 

October 18, 2016 1 p.m. --Update:  Paul David Carr, 61, has been arrested for this crime.  The victim has been identified as Rev. Craig Hodson, 55,  from Grace Baptist  Church in Jacumba, father of 11 children. Cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the torso.  The death has been ruled a homicide.  NBC 7 reports Rev. Hodson was serving an eviction notice on Carr when he was shot.

East County News Service

October 17, 2016 (Boulevard) – Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call of a shooting last night at 7:22 p.m. in rural Boulevard.  They found a 55-year-old white man with multiple bullet wounds to his torso, lying on the ground in front of a garage at 36536 Old Highway 80.  The man succumbed to his injuries at the scene despite medical aid rendered by deputies and later, paramedics who arrived.

FEMALE STUDENT FIGHTS OFF ATTACKER AT SDSU CAMPUS

 

East County News Service

October 16, 2016 (San Diego) — Campus police at San Diego State University have issued an alert warning about a sexual battery that occurred at 2:20 a.m. on Montezuma Road near East Campus Drive. 

According to police, an unknown white man in his mid-30s, wearing a dark shirt and pants, grabbed a female student and touched her inappropriately. The woman was able to fight the man off and run away. She was not injured.

A SURJ OF AWARENESS

 

Story and photos by Byron Croft

Shooting sparks broader conversation on police-citizen relations in East County and San Diego,  facilitated by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

October 14, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The recent shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon has sparked a surge of conversation on the topic of how police handle people in some sort of mental distress, and how that handling may sometimes be different when the people police encounter happens to be with someone with skin darker than “white.” What for many, until recently, was viewed as a concern for those in larger cities, such as Chicago and New York, has now become a topic of discussion in East County, and surrounding San Diego.

LAKE MURRAY WOMAN MURDERED IN FRONT OF YOUNG SON

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (Lake Murray) — Roderick Lamar Harris, 32, has been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend, Vanessa Bobo, 29.  According to police, the killing occurred in front of Bobo’s 5-year old son; her 1-year old son by Harris was a lso in the apartment in the 6400 block of Lake Arrowhead Drive.

GUATAY RESIDENT ROBERT MANCINI KILLED IN MOTORYCLE CRASH

 

East County News Service

October 11, 2016 (Guatay) — The Medical Examiner has identified Guatay resident Robert Ceasar Mancini, 54, the victim of a September 18, 2016 motorcycle crash in Alpine.

Mancini was riding his motorcycle westbound on Wildwood Glen Lane in Alpine when he reached the end of a county maintained road and struck a gate.  A resident heard the collision and called 911.

HUMAN SKULL FOUND IN RURAL ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Clip art

October 11, 2016 (Dulzura) - A Border Patrol Agent tracking a border crosser on Friday made a grisly discovery:  a human skull.  The Sheriff’s office and Medical Examiner’s office were notified and recovered the remains. During the search, a long bone was located near the skull; no other remains were found.

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