Crime Beat

SUSPECT WITH DEAD BODY IN BACKSEAT DIES AFTER POLICE CHASE, CRASH IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – The driver of a red Mazda truck is dead after fleeing from police and crashing into a tree shortly after midnight in El Cajon.  Officers attempting to render aid to the driver made a grisly discovery – a dead female in the backseat. Arriving paramedics reported that they believe the female was deceased before the collision and that her death was suspicious, said Lieutenant Rob Rainsweiler.

POLICE SEEK MEN IN GREEN FORD EXPLORER SUSPECTED IN HOME INVASION MURDER AT SAN CARLOS HOME

May 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Brent Adler, 33, is dead of a gunshot wound after arriving at his San Carlos home and interrupting a home invasion robbery.  San Diego Police are seeking four or five men spotting fleeing the scene in the 8500 block of Tommy Drive in a green Ford Expedition Wednesday, May 11 around 2:50 p.m..

The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound to his upper body and was found dead in front of the residence.

SUSPECT WHO FLED FROM OFFICERS FOUND HIDING IN A JACUZZI, SUBDUED BY POLICE DOG

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (La Mesa) — La Mesa Police tried to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation in the Costco Parking lot this morning, but the suspect put his Toyota Camry into reverse quickly, causing officers to have to jump out of the way, according to an police. He fled, leading officers on a brief pursuit before he got out of the vehicle and ran behind businesses along Fletcher Parkway.

UKRANIAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS PRISON FOR SEX TRAFFICKING TWO ADULT WOMEN

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (San Diego) -- Sergeyi Bazar, a 37-year-old Ukrainian national living in San Diego, was sentenced in federal court May 3rd to 17 years in custody for sex trafficking two adult women in late 2014. Bazar was found guilty after jury trial in November 2015 for two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and one count of coercion and enticement.

WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO VANDALISM

 

East County News Service

May 3, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Extensive vandalism forced closure today of the entire Warner Unified School District complex, which includes elementary through high school classrooms as well as district offices.  The district's website states it hopes to reopen soon and will notify parents when children can return to school.

A maintenance worker arriving at work Wednesday morning discovered the damage, which included graffiti, broken windows, classrooms ransacked, furniture overturned and fire extinguishers discharged.  The worker called  Sheriff’s deputies at 5:15 a.m.

LA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST "COFFEE WITH A COP" MAY 5 FROM 8 AM - 10 AM

 

Source:  La Mesa Police Department Press Release

May 2, 2016 (La Mesa) - On May 5, officers from the La Mesa Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 AM at Starbucks, 5020 Baltimore Drive La Mesa.

ARREST MADE IN LAKESIDE MURDER CASE

 

Updated April 25, 2016 with victim's identity and cause of death.

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Lakeside) – Lance Benson, 29, of Lakeside has been arrested and will be charged with murder for the death of a man found early this morning on a sidewalk by a newspaper delivery person. The victim has been identified as Trammel Joseph Rizzuti, age 35 and the death was caused by sharp force trauma.

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHIEF VASQUEZ AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April  22, 2016 (San Diego) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce members and guests came bright and early to Marie Callender’s for a breakfast with new La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez on April 13th.

MAN SET ON FIRE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE; POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN BLACK TOYOTA PICKUIP

Update as of April 19, 2016:  the victim's name has been released (Julio Caesar Edeza) and a suspect has been apprehended. Read more here.

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Police are searching for a suspect who set a homeless man on fire at 11:45 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside a CVS store  near the Rite Aid  on  Euclid Ave just north of highway 94. 

 The suspect asked for water, then lured the victim into his vehicle, a black Toyota 2-door pickup with a camper shell, then threw chemicals on him and set him afire, watching with chilling calm as the man suffered burns so severe that authorities indicate he is not expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man age 30-40, 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds.  He wore a red hat, red shirt, and black pants. Authorities have released a sketch of the suspect showing a beard and mustache.

CHP SEEKS HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO KILLED MAN ON I-8 NEAR CAMPO

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a driver who struck a man walking in dense fog last night along the shoulder of I-8 near Crestwood Road.  The vehicle likely has damage to the right front.

SHERIFF GORE, FBI TARGET “SOVEREIGN CITIZENS” OVER SCAMMING PUBLIC AND VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT



 

East County News Service

Image:  FBI

April 13, 2016 (San Diego) — Sovereign citizens, a shadowy group of anti-government, anti-tax conspiracy theorists linked to violent attacks on law enforcement officers across the nation, have drawn the attention of Sheriff Bill Gore and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

HOUSEKEEPER RESCUED FROM FORCED LABOR IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the arrest of an El Cajon couple charged with forcing an Indonesian woman to work in their El Cajon home up to 18 hours a day without pay.  The victim was rescued after giving a note to a visiting nurse asking for help.

BURGLAR IN TERMITE-TENTED HOME NABBED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2016 (Lakeside) --  A worker for a pest control company who arrived to remove a termite fumigation tent from a home at 9548 Farmington Drive in Lakeside Friday found an intruder in the home. The suspect fled and the employee pursued him in his work truck, said Sergeant Mike McNeill.

DEPUTIES FIND CHILD LIVING IN SHED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 7, 2016 (Lakeside) – A 9-year-old girl was been taken into protective custody this morning after patrol deputies from the Lakeside substation found her living in a small shed with her father and a woman at 12721 Lindo Lane in Lakeside. The discovery occurred during a probation compliance check in which six men and 2 women were arrested on charges that included child endangerment as well as drug, weapons, and parole violations.

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) – Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

AMBER ALERT: TODDLER REPORTEDABDUCTED BY FATHER IN SILVER IMPALA

 

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2016 (San Diego )—Authorities have issued an Amber Alert across southern Calfornia for Ayden Avalas, an 18-month old Hispanic boy  reportedly abducted early this afternoon in Los Angeles by his father, 21-year-old Luis Avalos.

The suspect was driving a 2006 silver Chevrolet Impala four-door car with California license plate 7LPF713.  The suspect should be considered “violent and dangerous,” posing an “extreme-extraordinary threat” according to an alert sent by the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect is bald with brown eyes and tattoos around his neck and left check.  He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.   The abducted child has black hair and brown eyes.

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