Crime Beat

NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS TARGETED BY DEATH THREAT, VANDALISM & COMPUTER THEFT



 

ADL OFFERS $2,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST & CONVICTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 6, 2010 (El Cajon) –On Monday, April 26, a man with a shaved head banged his knuckles against the office window of a prominent Latino rights leader in El Cajon and issued a death threat. 

 

Since then, vandalism and a break-in have occurred, raising concerns that a prominent Latino organizer here may be the target of hate-motivated crimes. Now the victims are fighting back--determined not to let threats of violence intimidate them into silence.

CAR WASH EMPLOYEE STABBED IN RANCHO PENASQUITOS

 

May 5, 2010 (Rancho Penasquitos) – An employee of Berry’s Car Wash at 9821 Carmel Mountain Road was assaulted and stabbed shortly before 8 p.m. last night. The victim, who is in his 30s, was preparing to leave the car wash when he spotted the suspect outside the closed business and asked him to leave.

STOLEN DOG RECOVERED THROUGH MICROCHIP, REUNITED WITH OWNER

 

 

May 4, 2010 (Campo) -- Two dogs--a black and silver Shih Tzu and a white and cream Beagle-mix--were rescued by an Animal Control Officer on April 30th after U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman on suspicion of human smuggling on Interstate 8 in the Campo area.

 

BORDER PATROL AGENT SHOOTS MAN AT CIRCLE K IN ALPINE

 

Updated 1:20 p.m.

May 3, 2010 (Alpine) – An off-duty Border Patrol Agent was reportedly pumping gas at a Circle K Station in Alpine last night when he was approached by a man who made threatening and challenging statements. The agent, who was dressed in civilian attire, displayed his badge and pointed a handgun at the still approaching subject, according to a preliminary Sheriff's report.

TEEN GIRL FIGHTS OFF SUSPECTED KIDNAPPER IN OTAY AREA

Suspect’s truck was towing a trailer with possible license CA/4KW5935


April 30, 2010 (Otay Ranch) –Authorities seek the public’s help to locate a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl who was accosted while walking to High Tech high School on Thursday.

ASIAN GANG MEMBER & GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED FOR COUNTEFEITING IN POWAY

 

April 30, 2010 (Poway) – U.S. Secret Service Agents and San Diego Sheriff’s deputies found numerous counterfeit bills, computer, narcotics and stolen property in a search of a Poway home yesterday.  Some of the stolen property found has been linked to burglaries of homes and cars in San Diego County.  Mina Thamracksa and Thanh Nguyen were arrested and their infant son was taken into protective custody.

LEMON GROVE TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER

 

April 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – A 15-year-old Lemon Grove resident was arrested this morning in connection with the assault and robbery of a 78-year-old woman on her way to church last Sunday morning in Lemon Grove. The youth was arrested on a probation violation and struggled with deputies during his arrest, injuring one deputy and ripping the badge off another, according to the Sheriff’’s office.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RECOVER 17 GUITARS STOLEN FROM VALLEY MUSIC


Burgled bicycle-for-two advertised on Craig’s list leads to arrest of suspected serial thief

April 24, 2010 (El Cajon) – On Tuesday evening, a thief broke a window at Valley Music at 166 North Magnolia Avenue and stole 17 electric guitars. The loss was devastating for the Mom and Pop business, which was recently forced to relocate after losing the lease on its long-time storefront in downtown El Cajon. But on Saturday, the store owner received news that was music to her ears: Sheriff’s deputies recovered all 17 guitars, along with stolen items from other burglaries---at the home of a parolee.

GARDNER PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDERS OF CHELSEA KING & AMBER DUBOIS

By Kristin Kjaero

April 17, 2010 (San Diego, California) -- In a surprised development, John Albert Gardner pled guilty to the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois “with premeditation and deliberation,” special circumstances for both murders while engaged in the act of rape, and the attack and attempted rape of Candice Moncayo.

LOCAL DOCTOR & STAFFERS ARRESTED FOR MEDI-CAL FRAUD AND ‘DOCTOR SHOPPING’ RING

April 15, 2010 (San Diego) California Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of a Chula Vista doctor and two employees operating a "complex, multi-level scheme" that bilked more than $200,000 from low-income patients and government agencies by overcharging and prescribed pain medication to individuals who had no medical need for it.
"These individuals operated a complex, multi-level fraud scheme," Brown said. "Today's arrests are a result of the cooperative efforts of state and federal law enforcement to take this dirty doctor off the streets."

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTER’S SON ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN CREST

 

Update April 15:  Hisaw pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday.

April 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Kameron Nicholas Hisaw, 19, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Crest. He faces two felony arson charges as well as a burglary charge, according to the San Miguel Fire Department. His father, John Hisaw, is a captain with the Lakeside Fire Protection District.
 

 

“He’s been a good kid his whole life. This is shocking to myself and my family, especially in a job that I do where we spend our lives protecting people and property,” Captain Hisaw told Preston Phillips of Channel 10 News. “We stand by Kameron.”

SANTEE STRENGTHENS SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE

April 12, 2010 (Santee) – The City of Santee has amended its social host ordinance after working in partnership with the City Attorney, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and local community groups. Under the new law, party hosts are required to take all reasonable steps to prevent consumption of alcohol by minor and drugs by anyone.

VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN TIERRASANTA SHOOTINGS

 

April 10, 2010 (Tierrasanta)—San Diego Police homicide detectives are investigating the shooting deaths of two men in a Tierrasanta apartment at 5325 Repecho Drove. Police arrived shortly after 1 a.m. after receiving a report of a fight and gunshots. They found four adults and a four-year-old boy in the apartment.

Ryan Louis West, 22, and Kamren Jarrell Halfacre, 19, died of gunshot wounds, the San Diego medical examiner reports. A woman also sustained a gunshot wound which is not life-threatening, according to police.

POLICE SEEK THIEVES WHO TRIED TO STEAL ATM IN LA MESA

 

April 7, 2010 (La Mesa) Around 4:40  this morning, two suspects used a vehicle to break into the La Mesa Mailboxes business in the 8200 block of La Mesa Boulevard. Suspects backed up into the business several times with their vehicle and caused major damage. There was no loss,  but the potential target was the automatic teller machine (ATM) inside.

 

A witness described the suspect vehicle as a white Dodge Ram truck with a gray tailgate and a partial plate of “6U8.” The driver was not identified, but the passenger was described as a white male in his 50s, 5 foot, nine inches tall with a heavy build and wearing a flannel shirt.

PUBLIC WARNED OF FEMALE BURGLAR USING PHONY STORY TO ENTER HOMES

April 6, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have issued a warning to the public about a woman who tricked an elderly woman into letting her inside, then stole her purse. Similar crimes have occurred in the Lake Murray area of San Diego just north of La Mesa. The suspect is a tall African-American, age 40-45, weighing 200 pounds and driving a “nice vehicle” in a dark color, possibly green.

SANTEE SEX OFFENDER SOUGHT FOR MOVING, FAILING TO REREGISTER

 

 

 

$1,000 Reward offered for information leading to arrest

 

April 1, 2010 (Santee) – San Diego County Crime Stoppers and detectives from the County Sheriff’s Santee Station seek public help to locate Ramon Marruffo. Marruffo has a $50,000 warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender. Marruffo, who has also used the last name Tercero and a variant last name spelling (Marrufo), has been previously convicted of lewd or lascivious with a child under 14 years old, according to the Megan’s law registry.

“Ramon Marruffo is a potential third striker and could face a 25 years to life sentence in prison if convicted of this offense,” the Sheriff’s release states.

FBI, SHERIFF SEEK PUBLIC HELP TO IDENTIFY ALPINE BANK ROBBER

March 30, 2010 (Alpine) --The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department ask the public’s help to identify a man who robbed a California Bank & Trust at 2250 Alpine Boulevard yesterday at 11:27 a.m. After the robbery, the suspect fled on a red BMX type bicycle westbound on Alpine Boulevard and was last seen heading westbound on Arnold Way.

 

Witnesses describe him as white, age 17 to 25, 5’7” to 5’8” in height, weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He wore a full-face, off-road motorcycle helmet with a black design on top, a white bandana covering his face, goggles or sunglasses, a black sweatshirt, black pants and white sneakers.

SD POLICE WARN OF BURGLARY SERIES; INTRUDERS SPRAYED HOMEOWNER & DOG WITH CHEMICALS

 

 

 

March 25, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diegio Police Department’s northeastern division is inevestigating three burglaries believed to be related, including two in which intruders sprayed caustic chemicals, possibly bear spray or peper spray.  The break-ins occurred on March 22 in the Rancho Bernardo, Miramar Ranch, and Scripps Ranch communities.

JAMUL KIDNAP STORY A HOAX, BOY ADMITS

 

 

 

March 25, 2010 (Jamul) – Detectives at the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s substation have determined that the
Alleged kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy in Jamul was a hoax. After detectives noted inconsistencies in his story, the youth ultimately confessed to detectives that he had made up the story after he was caught away from his home after dark.

CAR BURGLARIES ON RISE IN LA MESA

 

March 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seeks the public’s help to reduce a growing number of car burglaries.

 

Over the past month, car burglaries have occurred throughout the City but the l pattern has been for a small area to be targeted and several cars burglarized from late evening to sunrise. Most frequently targeted areas are along Baltimore Drive north of Fletcher Parkway, Parkway Drive west of Baltimore Drive, and the residential areas around the intersection of Amaya Drive and Severin Drive. Apartment and condominium complexes, where residents do not have garage parking, have also been frequent targets.

SHERIFF SEEKS SUSPECT IN JAMUL CHILD KIDNAPPING: MAN WITH DRAGON TATTOOS, LONG BEARD & PICKUP TRUCK

 

March 24, 2010 (Jamul) –Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a muscular, tall (6’3-6’5) white man with dragon tattoos on both arms, shaggy brown hair and a beard reaching to mid-chest. He reportedly forced a 12-year-old boy into a pickup truck with screws in tires (racing-type tires) in Jamul around 8 p.m. last night, then later released the victim.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DUMPED IN PINE VALLEY 15 YEARS AGO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – “Cold case” homicide investigators from the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail and the District Attorney’s office today arrested Russell Upton, 36, for the August 1995 murder of his wife, Marilane Abueg.

 

Upton was arrested in Reno, Nevada. At the time of the crime, the couple lived in Mission Valley. Abueg’s body was discovered August 24, 1995 about eight miles north of Interstate 8 on Kitchen Creek Road in the Pine Valley area. She had been reported as a missing person by her parents on August 20th. A post mortem examination determined the manner of death to be homicide. She was survived by a three-month old son, Christopher Michael.

PAROLEE APPREHENDED AFTER ESCAPING FROM EL CAJON POLICE

 

 

March 17, 2010 (El Cajon) 5:30 p.m. -- A S.W.A.T. team and K-9 team was dispatched to a Doubletree Hotel  in San Diego this afternoon after a parolee escaped from El Cajon Police. The man broke into a hotel room  and fled from balcony to balcony, armed with a gun. 

 

The suspect is now in custody, Monica Zech, spokeperson for the City of El Cajon, has informed East County Magazine.

 

Note: An earlier alert based on a scanner report incorrectly stated that the hotel was in El Cajon. We regret this error.

LA MESA POLICE ARREST MAN IN STRANGER STALKING CASE, SEEK MORE VICTIMS

 

 

March 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – Oraha Oraha (same first and last name) was arrested around 8 p.m. last night by La Mesa Police for stalking a 24 year old woman. She worked in the 8500 block of Fletcher Parkway.

 

A security guard working in the 8600 block had been alerted about previous stalking allegations. He saw Oraha’s green 1992 Camry station wagon, license plate CA #3WUL388, and notified authorities who arrested Oraha. Police suspect he may have stalked others in the area.

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