Crime Beat

GANG MEMBERS INDICTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING OF EAST COUNTY SCHOOL GIRLS

 

East County News Service

December 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy today revealed that 22 alleged gang members and associates are charged in a federal grand jury indictment with participating in a racketeering conspiracy involving the cross-country sex trafficking of underage girls, including many who were recruited from East County middle and high schools.

SWAT VEHICLE AND BEANBAG GUN USED TO SUBDUE KIDNAP SUSPECT WITH NON-LETHAL FORCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Beanbag round and projectiles similar to those used to subdue kidnap suspect

December 11, 2014 (El Cajon )—“There’s a good chance that our police officers saved the lives of four kids today,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine, reflecting on the dramatic rescue of the  children for whom an Amber Alert had been issued. The body of their mother had been found in another vehicle and their abductor was their father, who was believed to be armed and dangerous.

EL CAJON MOVES FORWARD ON POLICE BODY CAMERAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 11, 2014 (El Cajon ) – By a 5-0 vote, El Cajon’s City Council voted Tuesday to have a study done on the feasibility of body cameras for the city’s police force.

Councilman Gary Kendrick, author of the proposal, told East County Magazine that his research found body cameras elsewhere have reduced complaints against police officers by 80% and that assaults against police officers went down 57%.

AMBER ALERT SUSPECT DANIEL PEREZ TAKEN INTO CUSTODY; CHILDREN SAFE

 

December 11, 2014 (Santee) – Amber Alert suspect Daniel Perez was taken into custody this morning following a chase across East County, with his four children safe. According to CHP, Daniel Perez, 43, of Montebello, and his four sons was in his 2014 Toyota Camry and stopped on the onramp from State Route 52 to Highway 67 in Santee by barricades.

ROBBERY SUSPECT AND BYSTANDER SHOT IN HOLD-UP OF SPRING VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

 

East County News Service

File photo: marijuana seizure

December 9, 2014 (Spring Valley) – An armed robbery at an unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley turned violent, resulting in gunshot wounds to an alleged robber and an employee of a nearby store who tried to assist the robbery victims.

ARREST MADE IN COLLEGE AREA RAPE

 

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (San Diego) – A San Diego State University student is under arrest for a sexual assault reported yesterday at 5074 College Avenue adjacent to the SDSU campus.

Fransisco Paiva Sousa is charged with oral copulation by force and false imprisonment with force.

SPRING VALLEY MURDER OF DARIUS REEVES REMAINS UNSOLVED; SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO FIND KILLERS

 

December 8, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Sheriff's Homicide Unit wants your help in finding the persons responsible for the murder of a man in the East County.

On July 1, 2014, deputies responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the 9100 block of Kenwood Drive in an unincorporated area of Spring Valley. When they arrived, they found the body of a man later identified as 24-year-old Darius Reeves.

JULIAN SCHOOL VANDALISM SUSPECTS ARRESTED

 

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (Julian)—Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three teens reportedly caught in the act spray painting graffiti on buildings at Julian Union High School on Saturday.  They are suspected in several prior vandalism cases with damage of nearly $40,000 total.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BOMB THREAT TARGETING SDG&E TRUCKS

 

December 7, 2014 (Valley Center) – A bomb threat e-mailed to an NBC news station threatened to place explosives targeting San Diego Gas & Electric Company work trucks over a land use dispute in Valley Center.  Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson investigators shut down the Spearhead Trail area for two hours on December 4th to assure that it was safe.

COLD CASE MURDER: DAVID PAZ (ZEIDENBERG), BODY FOUND SHOT AND BURNED IN ALPINE

 

 

December 6, 2014 (Alpine)--The Sheriff's Homicide Detail wants your help in solving the murder of 34-year old David Paz (Zeidenberg) more than 20 years ago.

BANK ROBBERY IN EL CAJON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

December 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Sheriff's Department wants your help in identifying and finding a man who robbed a bank in the East County on Black Friday.  It happened just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28th at the Wells Fargo Bank located inside Vons in the 13000 block of Camino Canada in an unincorporated area of El Cajon.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BOMB THREAT TARGETING SDG&E TRUCKS

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2014 (Valley Center) – A bomb threat e-mailed to an NBC news station threatened to place explosives targeting San Diego Gas & Electric Company work trucks over a land use dispute in Valley Center. 

Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson investigators shut down the Spearhead Trail area for two hours yesterday afternoon to assure that it was safe.

Subsequently, deputies arrested Frits Versteegh, a nearby resident who sent the threatening email, said Sergeant Jeff Lauhon.

IT'S A WRAP: SHERIFF NABS PACKAGE THIEF IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery 

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A Grinch suspected of stealing holiday packages across East County is now in custody,  the Sheriff’s office reports.

The thief nabbed over a thousand dollars worth of packages in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and unincorporated areas of El Cajon from November 21st until the thief was finally caught on December 3rd.

REALTOR CONVICTED OF PROSTITUTION WITH YOUNG GIRLS IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego realtor Michael E. Lustig, 77, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for prostitution-related crimes.  Lustig admitted that he paid for sex with a 13-year old girl on several occasions after he was caught on surveillance video at an El Cajon motel.

EX-DIRECTOR CONVICTED OF STEALING FUNDS FROM INDIAN HUMAN RESOURCE CENTER

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (San Diego)--The Indian Human Resource Center’s former executive director, David Hedley from San Diego, has been convicted of stealing funds from the federal agency. Hedley was sentenced to spend five months in prison and to pay back $141,260 that he stole.

BRAWL ENDS IN DEATH OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Santee) – Two homeless men sustained blunt force injuries in a fight on a bike trail under State Route 52 and one has died.   Deputies responded to a call on Saturday, November 29th at 5:19 p.m.  Six people have been arrested by deputies, including one juvenile, said Lieutenant John Maryon.

"The six people we have in custody are not homeless," he said, adding that investigators are looking into what prompted the altercation. Those arrested are 18-year olds Cassidy Rowin, Sasrah Baillie and Brian Kish, 19-year-old Tyler Dare and Danny Swan III, and a juvenile whose name has not been released.

 

FORMER DEHESA TEACHER'S HEARING SET FOR DEC. 30 ON CHARGES OF MOLESTING STUDENTS

 

East County News

November 30, 2014 (Dehesa)--A December 30th hearing is set for a former Dehesa Elementary School teacher charged with molesting five young girls.  The alleged crimes occurred between 2003 and 2006, when he was teaching fourth and sixth grade at the school.

GUNMAN ASSAULTS, ROBS WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND WOMAN IN COLLEGE AREA

 

November 29, 2014 (San Diego)—A masked man armed with a gun broke into a home on 67th Street in the College area Friday morning, terrorizing a wheelchair-bound woman with cerebral palsy.

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS HOMICIDE, VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2014 (Lemon Grove)—An autopsy by the County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a man found dead near railroad tracks in Lemon Grove was a homicide victim.  He has been identified as Dale Robert Wheeler, 55, the Sheriff’s homicide unit announced on November 25th.

A suspect has not yet been identified.

IRS PHONE SCAM REPORTED IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

East County News Service

November 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – East County resident Tom Lemon reports that he has received three scam phone calls from callers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The caller claimed Lemon owed money to the IRS and asked him to send it to a P.O. Box.

“The caller spoke with a European accent and I knew something was wrong,” Lemon told East County Magazine. “The caller ID was spoofed, another dead give away, and I hung up.”

SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SANTEE

 

November 25, 2014 (Santee) – Three suspects were arrested November 20th for the attempted murder and robbery of Robert Johnson, 20. Johnson was assaulted and stabbed repeatedly by three men outside the Walmart in Santee on November 9th.

WOMAN DIES AFTER ALLEGED ASSAULT IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2014 (El Cajon ) – Homicide detectives are investigating the death of Linda Sue Irwin, 53. 

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from Sharp Grossmont Hospital at 7:37 p.m. on November 19 to investigate an alleged assault on Ms. Irwin believed to have occurred in the El Cajon area between November 17th and 19th. Shortly after deputies arrived, the victim was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she died this morning.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED AT FRATERNITES ON SDSU FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2014 (San Diego) -- Today, San Diego State University has issued a statement indicating that fraternities  on campus are suspending all activities indefinitely due to recent sexual assaults on campus, including a rape at a frat house over the weekend--the seventh sexual assault on campus since the fall semester began.  Leaders of the Greek groups on campus pledged that they will “immediately take proactive steps toward addressing this extremely serious issue and the Greek community's role in it."

STUDENTS DECRY "RAPE CULTURE" AT SDSU AFTER NUMEROUS RAPES THIS YEAR; CALL FOR FRATERNITIES TO BE CLOSED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2014  (San Diego) Updated November 25, 2014—A group calling itself “Concerned students of San Diego State University” has sent a letter to SDSU’s president, state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown urging an end to “rape culture.”

There have been at least seven reported rapes on campus in the fall 2014 semester, including five at fraternities, but no one has been arrested in any of those cases.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SDSU

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego State University campus police warn that a female student has reported that she was sexually assaulted at a party in the 5500 block of Hardy Avenue. The alleged attack occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

DEPUTIES TO CRACKDOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS & ENFORCE SEATBELTS THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

 

November 23, 2014 (San Diego County)--Thanksgiving weekend is among the busiest travel times of the year  and Sheriff’s deputies will be working around the clock to keep you safe on San Diego's roadways.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING REPORTED AT SDSU

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego State University has issued a safety alert for students after a report of an attempted kidnapping shortly after midnight.

An SDSU student was walking home at 55th Street and Aztec Walk at 12:35 a.m. when she dropped her phone.  Before she could retrieve it, a man in a gold or silver Toyota Camry with a sunroof picked up the phone and went back to the vehicle, which had several passengers. Minutes later, that vehicle returned and the man offered the phone back to the victim. As she approached the vehicle, one of the occupants tried to pull her into the car.

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS HOMICIDE, VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

November 19, 2014 (Lemon Grove)—An autopsy by the County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a man found dead near railroad tracks in Lemon Grove was a homicide victim.  He has been identified as Dale Robert Wheeler, 55, the Sheriff’s homicide unit announced today.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2014 (El Cajon)—Hector Miranda, 34, is under arrest after a police pursuit across El Cajon in which the suspect’s car side-swiped two other vehicles. Undercover El Cajon Police investigators and Fugitive Task Force members were searching for Miranda, the prime suspect in a stabbing who was also wanted on a felony violation of parole warrant.

Crimestoppers described Miranda as “a violent felon with a history of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, burglary, and numerous narcotics offenses.”

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