Crime Beat

WOMEN ACCUSE SHERIFF’S DEPUTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, INCLUDING EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: San Diego Sheriff via Twitter after Deputy Fischer visited KUSI with K-9 “Magic”

November 24, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of complaints filed by several women alleging sexual misconduct including sexual assaults.

SHERIFF GORE AIMS TO ISSUE MORE CONCEALED GUN PERMITS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association.

November 23, 2017 (San Diego) - Sheriff Bill Gore recalls sitting at work this summer, listening to Carl DeMaio on his KOGO radio talk show.

Even though the former San Diego City Council member was an early endorser of Gore for sheriff in 2010, DeMaio “really blasted me” over permits to carry a concealed weapon, Gore told a Republican women’s club this week.

CONGRESSMAN HUNTER ASKS SHERIFF GORE FOR CLARITY ON CONCEALED GUN PERMITS

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By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has long opposed what it contends is an undisclosed internal policy on who can qualify for a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit. SDCGO says that Sheriff Bill Gore routinely denies CCW permits to law-abiding, trained county residents who qualify under state law for a CCW.

THIEVES STEAL $3,000 FROM LEMON AVE. ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL; GO FUND ME SITE SET UP TO REPLACE LOST MONEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – A Go Fund Me page has been set up to restore funds stolen during the PTA Halloween fundraising carnival at Lemon Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa.

UBER DRIVER SENTENCED TO 80 YEARS FOR RAPES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – An El Cajon judge has sentenced John David Sanchez, a former Uber driver, to over 80 years in prison after Sanchez pled guilty to 34 counts of raping or sexually assaulting nine unconscious women and teenage girls as young as 13.  Superior Court Judge Evan Kirvin called Sanchez a sexual predator.

But according to a law firm specializing in sexual assaults committed by ride-share drivers including Uber and Lyft, such crimes are far from rare. 

SCHOOL SHOOTING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RAISES SAFETY CONCERNS FOR STUDENTS

 

By Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Another mass shooting has occurred, this time northern California, where a gunman killed four people  and injured 10 before being shot dead in a shoot-out with law enforcement on Tuesday.

SUSPECTED GAS THIEF INJURED AFTER PURSUIT, CRASH IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

November 13, 2017 (Alpine) - A suspect who fled from Sheriff’s deputies after allegedly trying to steal gas or tampering with county gas pumps on Tavern Road in Alpine this morning has crashed the Toyota Camry he was driving and wound up air lifted to a trauma center.

MAN SHOT IN EL CAJON; SUSPECTS SOUGHT WHO FLED FROM NEARBY TRAFFIC CRASH

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man shot multiple times in El Cajon last night was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Lieutenant Jason Taub.  El Cajon Police responded to calls reporting gunshot noises near 1500 East Washington Avenue around 9:47 p.m. 

PATRICK DOUGLAS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDERS IN STABBING OF TWO WOMEN; ONE VICTIM IDENTIFIED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 9, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Patrick Douglas, 41, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing two women in East County, then leading authorities on a high-speed chase on November 7th.

TWO WOMEN BRUTALLY STABBED IN EAST COUNTY; SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING IN BLOODY CAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A man suspected of savagely stabbing a female delivery driver, 35, this morning at a convenience store in La Mesa has been taken into custody.  Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether he may be linked to another woman found stabbed this morning in El Cajon.

The chilling sequence of events began shortly after 3 a.m. when a Frito Lay delivery truck driver was stabbed repeatedly outside of the 7-Eleven store on Avocado Boulevard in unincorporated La Mesa.  She staggered into the store, where she collapsed after telling a clerk she’d been attacked, 10 News reports.

SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery  

November 1, 2017 (Santee) – Grady Neel has been arrested for reportedly shooting a man in the upper torso Monday night near 9872 Shirley Gardens Drive in Santee.  

Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect walking in the complex. He was unarmed and taken into custody without incident.  The gun used in the shooting was later found by deputies in Neel’s residence, says Lieutenant Anthony O’Boyle.  

PROBATION AWARDED GRANT TO MONITOR HIGH-RISK DUI OFFENDERS

 

The San Diego County Probation Department will use a half-million dollar grant to keep high-risk DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel again.

Nationally, nearly one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders and 50 to 75 percent of convicted drivers continue to drive on a suspended license, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

EL CAJON MAN ARRESTED IN “CHAMELEON” BANK ROBBERY SERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon resident Darius Demon Lake, 27, is under arrest for suspicion of committing eight bank robberies in San Diego County and one in Temecula, Walt Miller with the El Cajon Police Department reports.  A second suspect, Brian Lee Barkley, also of El Cajon, was arrested for participating in one of three El Cajon bank heists.  “During that robbery, physical evidence was left by both suspects linking them to the robberies,” Miller says.

MAN’S BODY FOUND NEAR UPPER OTAY LAKE

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (Otay Mesa) – A hiker found the body of a man near Upper Otay Lake Sunday morning, though authorities believe the person died at least a day earlier.  According to the Sheriff’s department, the body was discovered in the 12000 block of Proctor Valley Road.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of death.

JAMUL BURGLARY SUSPECT SOUGHT

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (Jamul) – The Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help to find a man who burglarized a residence on Lyons Valley Road late Friday night.  When the 78-year-old resident came home to find the burglar in his home, the intruder wrestled the elderly man to the ground and escaped, taking cash and jewelry, says Detective Michael Moore.

DOMESTIC ABUSE RATES UP SHARPLY IN LEMON GROVE AND SANTEE, BUT DROP COUNTYWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: the Hope Rally in El Cajon drew attention to domestic abuse

October 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Domestic abuse impacts over 16,000 victims a year in our region, scarring families and sometimes, claiming lives. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has provided statistics on domestic violence incidents locally from 2012 through 2016.

HOPE RALLY IN EL CAJON DRAWS ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

By Robert Gehr

October 27, 2017 (El Cajon) - The East County Coalition Hope Rally held Tuesday morning in El Cajon was a rousing event! Many women and a few men banded together in solidarity to bring awareness to the plight and sadness of domestic abuse which has become rampant across the country, even the world.

SPRING VALLEY GAS STATION ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The AM/PM gas station at 9065 Campo Road was robbed at gunpoint yesterday at 5:29 p.m. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Hettinger, the suspect pointed a handgun at a cashier and a second employee, ordering them not to move. He took an undisclosed amount of money and is believed to have fled in a black Ford Explorer driven by an accomplice.

TWO DEAD IN DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

Update:  Authorities have identified the deceased as Clifton Payne and his sister, Deborah Payne.  Sheriff's homicide investigators believe Clifton Payne shot and killed his sister, then committed suicide.

October 25, 2017 (Descanso) – The Sheriff is conducting a homicide investigation into the deaths of a man and woman in Descanso. Deputies from the Pine Valley substation responding to a 911 call that came around 2 p.m. today found two bodies, both with signs of trauma, at 10335 Boulder Creek Road.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY OCT. 28

 

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff's Department

October 24, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs?  The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  

AUTHORITIES SEEK MAN WHO STRANGLED WOMAN ON TRAIL IN RURAL EL CAJON: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED



Source: San Diego Sheriff

October 21, 2017 (El Cajon) –A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to arrest of a suspect who assaulted and strangled a  woman last night on a hillside trail east of Starlight Mobile Home park iat 351 East Bradley n unincorporated El Cajon. The victim reported that the suspect wrapped a cable-like rope around her neck, nearly causing her to lose consciousness.

Fortunately she was able to escape from the suspect’s hold; she last saw him running toward the hillside, says Sergeant Miguel Lopez.

Sheriff’s dispatch received a 911 call at 9:16 p.m. Friday night, October 20th reported the assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, in his mid-thirties wearing a blue plaid shirt and baggy jeans.

FBI RESCUES MINOR IN SAN DIEGO, ARRESTS 3 TRAFFICKERS HERE AS PART OF NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN

 

Source: FBI

October 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), announced today that 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI, a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from October 12-15, 2017. 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREAT AT ALPINE LIBRARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Alpine) – Jack Wadel, 60, was arrested yesterday after the Alpine Sheriff’s department received calls that the suspect “reportedly was threatening to shoot people in the crowded library, and was pointing a toy gun at people,” says Sergeant Alex Navarro with the Sheriff’s department.

SHERIFF STING OF MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICES IN SANTEE DRAWS COMPLAINT, CALLS FOR REFORMS FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS ADVOCATES

 

Supporters of medical marijuana delivery invited to Oct. 16 meeting

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Santee) – On October 12th, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department targeted medical marijuana delivery services in a sting operation.  Six arrests were made, including one driver who was a registered sex offender, the Sheriff’s department reports. The Santee station’s COPPS unit ordered purchases through online sources using delivery drivers within Santee’s city limits, a violation of the city’s municipal code.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS TONI ATKINS’ BILL TO REESTABLISH “HONORABLE DISCHARGE” PROGRAM FOR YOUTH OFFENDERS

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 625, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will reestablish the “honorable discharge” program for juvenile offenders who have completed supervision and have demonstrated an ability to be successful.

MISSING COLLEGE AREA WOMAN WAS HOMICIDE VICTIM: BODY FOUND NEAR PECHANGA CASINO

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2017 (San Diego) – The body of Alexandria Nicole Smith, a 30-year-old resident of the college area near San Diego State University, has been found wrapped in a blanket alongside a road near Pechanga Casino close to the Riverside County line.

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