Crime Beat

ACCUSED WIFE KILLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--At the El Cajon courthouse on Monday, a man accused of murdering his wife and dumping her body in the Anza-Borrego Desert seven years ago pled not guilty to the crime.

REWARD OFFERED FOR MAN WHO THREW PUPPY OVER FENCE

 

Photo (left): Dolly adopted by new owner;

Photo (right): man on video wanted for animal cruelty

East County News Service

September 29, 2014 (Ramona) - PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information about a man who threw a 6 month-old puppy over a fence in Ramona. The brutal act was caught on video on August 28th, showing a man in a red shirt and dark pants committing the violent act. The video went viral, drawing over 7,000 viewers on Facebook, but the crime remains unsolved.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN EL CAJON

 

September 18, 2014 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police responded to a 911 call at 1:20 p.m. today reporting a person found unresponsive and not breathing at an apartment complex at 1499 Broadway in El Cajon. Officers responded and paramedics pronounced the victim, a 38-year old white male, dead at the scene.

STRANGER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO LURE 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL INTO CAR IN ALPINE

 

Source: Alpine Community Network

September 17, 2014 (Alpine) – Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who reportedly tried to lure a 12-year-old Alpine girl into his grey car as she walked home from the Alpine Youth Center with her little brother in the 2000 block of Arnold Way today, NBC San Diego reports. The girl’s mother told the Alpine Community Network that the man asked, “Where is your mother? Come here,” then sped off when a neighbor confronted him.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE SYSTEM LEADS TO ABUSE

 

Law enforcement can keep 80% of cash seized, a system critics say has led to victimization of innocent people

By Nadin Abbott

September 13, 2014 (San Diego) East County Magazine was informed by a reader in Santa Ysabel about seizure of $4,500 during a Sheriff’s raid locally. A member of the household was arrested on drug charges, Sheriff’s records indicate. But a relative claims the money belonged to the suspect’s father--savings that the older man intended to use to purchase a car.

ALPINE SALON OWNER INJURED IN BRUTAL ATTACK MUST SELL BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 13, 2014 (Alpine)—Tina Smyth, owner of the Atria Salon in Alpine, suffered serious injuries from a brutal attack during an attempted robbery at her shop on April 8, 2014.  In a blog posted at the Alpine Community News site, Smyth says she has now been forced to put her shop up for sale because her injuries prevent her from working more than a couple of days a week.

EX-DEHESA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING CHILDREN

 

East County News Service

September 11,2014 (Dehesa) –Robert Noel Anderson, 58, was arrested today by the Fugitive Task Force at his Allied Gardens home, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports.  Anderson is charged with eight counts of child molestation between 2003 and 2013.

GRAFFITI SCARS BOULDERS AT WRIGHTS' FIELD IN ALPINE

 

September 9, 2014 (Alpine)--This isn’t the kind of “rock art” that hikers in the backcountry want to see.

Vandals have defaced numerous large boulders at Wright’s Field preserve in Alpine with graffiti tags, including pornographic images and swastikas, the Back Country Land Trust reports.

CALIFORNIA CRACKING DOWN ON COOKING OIL CROOKS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 9, 2014 (Sacramento)--The state of California is cracking down on slick thieves who have been snatching used cooking oil from restaurants to sell on the black market for use as biofuels.  It’s selling for over a dollar and a half a gallon though it may smell like French fries or fried chicken.

ESCAPED INMATE MAY BE IN EAST COUNTY

 

Update: Torillo was captured Tuesday night at an El Cajon motel.  He will face charges of escaping custody in addition to drug-related charges.

September 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The Sheriff has issued a warning to residents to be on the lookout for Don Andrea Torrillo, a prisoner who escaped custody from Central Jail just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. He was last seen wearing a dark sleeveless shirt with a star in the middle, khaki shorts and slippers. He has a tattoo on his left bicep shoulder area. He has short brown hair and eyes.

LAKESIDE COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY INVOLVING MAKESHIFT BLOWTORCH

 

East County News Service

September 8, 2014 (Lakeside) –A Lakeside couple is under arrest following a robbery in which employees at a Home Depot store in Poway were threatened with a makeshift flamethrower.

AMBER ALERT: CHILD ABDUCTED FROM NATIONAL CITY

 

September 7, 2014 (National City) - The California Highway Patrol has activated an Amber Alert at the request of the National City Police Department.

Five-year-old Johnnie Melendez was abducted from National City on September 6th.  The boy is Hispanic, 4 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes and he was last seen wearing a Batman T-shirt, striped boer shorts, and slippers with SD printed on them.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SDSU

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert warning students that a sexual assault occurred early this morning at 1:39 a.m. at the Granada Apartment complex on Hardy Avenue.

PREDATOR TO LIVE IN CAMPO, JUDGE RULES

 

East County News Service

September 2, 2014 (Campo) – Over the objections of Campo residents and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Margie Woods has ruled that a convicted child molester can be released to live in Campo starting in late October.

SHERIFF SEEKS FUGITIVE KNOWN TO FREQUENT EAST COUNTY; $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

September 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of Tavarris Deshawn Garcia.

TROLLEY OFFICERS FIRED OVER PASSENGER BEATING IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2014 (La Mesa)--Two security officers caught on video beating a passenger on a trolley in La Mesa on August 18th have lost their jobs, Transit Systems Security has informed Metropolitan Transit System. MTS contracts with TSS to provide security services on trolleys and busses countywide.

“This incident never should have happened and we will take all appropriate steps internally and with TSS to help prevent future occurrences,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski in reference to the altercation between a passenger and two TSS security officers. “We do not tolerate that kind of behavior.”

THIEF FOILED AT CARL'S JUNIOR

 

August 27, 2014 (La Mesa) – A thief hungry for cash was foiled from robbing a Carl’s Junior on Parkway Drive in La Mesa, thanks to the actions of the fast food outlet’s assistant manager.  La Mesa Police seek public help to locate the suspect.

TROLLEY BEATING IN LA MESA NOT THE FIRST ALLEGATION OF ABUSE BY TROLLEY SECURITY; RACIAL PROFILING ALSO ALLEGED IN PAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

August  22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Surveillance video of two Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) security officers brutally beating a passenger in La Mesa has prompted suspension of the officers and a police investigation, as ECM reported.  But now an ECM investigation reveals that it may be only the tip of an iceberg.

A Facebook page titled “Stop MTS Harassment and Brutality!” with the logo shown at left was launched back on March 3, 2014 by Bertha Guttierez of Chula Vista.  Posts and links at the site reveal at least three additional excessive use of force cases involving MTS security officers, two of them also involving victims who alleged racial profiling , racial slurs and taunts by the officers.

LA MESA POLICE INVESTIGATE BEATING OF TROLLEY RIDER BY MTS SECURITY EMPLOYEES

 

 

View video of beating (warning, disturbing content):  http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/video-security-officers-beat-man-on-trolley

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2014 (La Mesa) – Two security officers for Metropolitan Transit System have been suspended after security video revealed the officers knocking a man across the aisle and then beating him for nearly seven minutes, 10 News reports.  10 News obtained the video through a public records request after receiving a complaint from Lynn Riggs, a passenger who witnessed the beating aboard the trolley in La Mesa on August 18. 

“He was not trying to get away, he was just trying to avoid getting further injured,” she said.  “I just watched them beat him and beat him and beat him with the baton.”  At one point, officers paused, then began violently beating the man again, seemingly without provocation.  The witness called the behavior “out of control.”

JUDGE MAY RULE FRIDAY ON PROPOSAL TO HOUSE ANOTHER SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A Superior Court judge may rule Friday on a state proposal to place convicted child molester Allen Fields in Campo. If the housing plan is approved, he would be the sixth sexually violent predator placed in rural East County in recent years.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO SOLVE COLD CASE MURDER: LARRY HARGIS, CAB DRIVER FOUND DEAD IN SPRING VALLEY IN 1970

 

August 21, 2014 (Spring Valley) -- The Sheriff's Homicide Detail wants your help in solving the murder of Larry Hargis. This case has remained unsolved for more than 40 years.

ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER INJURED FLEEING SCENE OF CRASH IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – A woman who crashed into a parked car in Lakeside, then fled the scene by jumping down 30 feet into a concrete drainage ditch,  has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.

IDENTITY THEFT SCAM TARGETS REFUGEES

 

August 15, 2014 (San Diego)—The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has issued a warning to local refugee groups about a new fraud scheme to rob refugees of personal data, which can be used to commit identity theft.

MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2014 (El Cajon)--Last October, an 18-year-old student was held at knifepoint by a man who forced her into her car at Grossmont College, then began sexually assaulted her. But thanks to a passerby who saw her struggling and honked his horn, the assailant ran off and the victim was freed.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

August 12, 2014 (Spring Valley) –The body of a woman who suffered traumatic injuries was found in a Spring Valley home in the 500 block of Parkbrook Street tonight.  A man found inside with self-inflicted lacerations on his wrists from an apparent suicide attempt has been arrested, after receiving treatment at a local hospital, said Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio.

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