Crime Beat

ACTIVER SHOOTING SUSPECT SOUGHT IN EL CAJON: 1 DEAD, 2 INJURED

February 29, 2024 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seeks public help to locate Mohammed Abdulkareem, 29, who is considered armed and dangerous. He is the suspect in an active shooter event tonight at the Smile Plus dental office in the 400 block of Magnolia Avenue.

He is described as light-skinned, 20-30 years old,wearing all black clothing. He fled the scene in a white U-haul pickup truck with Arizona license plate  AM 14894, last seen heading north on N. Mollison. If you see him or have any information, please call El Cajonj Police at 619 579-3311 or call 911.


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SDSU STUDENT NEEDS HELP FOR INJURIES, LOSS OF VEHICLE DUE TO HELPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2024 (San Diego) -- A San Diego State University student who intervened to help a victim of domestic violence has suffered injuries including a sprained back and neck, as well as loss of the vehicle he relies on for his livelihood.


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HOMELESS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED DAYS LATER AFTER GRABBING PURSE IN WOMAN’S APARTMENT

East County News Service

February 28, 2024 (El Cajon) – Four days after being released from jail, a homeless registered sex offender on parole is behind bars again. Samuel Salas, 36, was arrested Feb. 26 after entering a woman’s apartment on South Magnolia in El Cajon.


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TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY OF GAMESTOP STORE IN EL CAJON, TWO MORE SUSPECTS SOUGHT

East County News Service

February 27, 2024 (El Cajon) – Two teenage boys were arrested following a robbery at the Game Stop Store, 318 Broadway in El Cajon yesterday. El Cajon Police are still seeking two additional suspects.


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A TSUNAMI OF EVIDENCE: SDPD'S SIX MILLION VIDEOS

Body-Worn Cameras Ten Years after Ferguson
 
By JW August, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
 
Photos Courtesy San Diego Police Department. Warning: Photos contain graphic violent content.
 
February 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- Ten years ago, angry widespread protests erupted after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Called the Ferguson uprising, Brown’s death and the aftermath of unrest and anger brought immediate attention to law enforcement methods in Ferguson and in time was seen as an indictment of policing in the country and here in San Diego1.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING WITH CHILD IN STROLLER

East County News Service
 
February 23, 2024 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police arrested a young mother on February 1st  for allegedly stealing merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Parkway and removing anti-theft sensors—all while pushing her young child around the store in a stroller.

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SEX OFFENDER FOUND GUILTY OF SEX ACTS WITH MINOR IN EL CAJON MOTEL

By Miriam Raftery

February 19, 2024 (El Cajon) – A convicted sex offender, Michael Inman, was convicted Wednesday on four felony sex offenses including sex with a 16-year-old girl at a Motel 6 on Montrose Court in El Cajon. His co-defendant, Larry Cantrell, pleaded guilty last month to several sexual offenses.


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POLICE SEEK IDENTITY OF PEEPING TOM IN COLLEGE AREA

East County News Service

February 16, 2024 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Department is asking for public help to identify a man who watched women shower through a backyard window in a College area neighborhood in December. The same man was also seen looking through a neighbor’s window the previous night.

A Ring doorbell image taken on Dec. 28 at 1:53.a.m in the 5700 block of Dorothy Drive shows the suspect.  He is described as 30 to 40 years old, with a shaved head and beard. He has a muscular build, with a tattoo on his left forearm and appeared to be wearing stud earrings. He may have been barefoot and appeared to be holding his shoes.


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SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER CRASHES INTO EL CAJON HOME, INJURES DRIVER AND PASSENGERS

By Miriam Raftery 

February 12, 2024 (El Cajon) – A driver and two passengers sustained major injuries when a 2011 Buick Enclave SUV crashed into a home at 9060 Winter Gardens Blvd. in El Cajon shortly after 3 a.m.


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SUSPECT WHO RAMMED RAMONA SHERIFF’S STATION ARRESTED FOR FELONY VANDALISM

East County News Service

February 12, 2024 (Ramona) – Jorge Aguilar, 21, has been arrested for felony vandalism after reportedly ramming his pickup truck into the back gate of the San Diego County Sheriff’s substation in Ramona on Saturday, says Detective Thomas Sutton.


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUMMER STEPHAN HONORED WITH U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

East County News Service

February 9, 2024 (Washington, D.C.) -- San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was honored at a ceremony Wednesday with the United States Attorney General's Award for Meritorious Public Service - the top public service award granted by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations in support of justice.


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JURY ACQUITS NURSE OF MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF INMATE AT LAS COLINAS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News: Elisa Serna’s supporters want to know why so many deaths have occurred in San Diego jails.

February 9, 2024 (San Diego) – A jury has acquitted Danalee Pascua, a nurse accused of involuntary manslaughter in the November 2019 death of Elisa Serna, a pregnant inmate at the Las Colinas Detention Center in Santee.  Charges against a second defendant, Dr. Friederike Von Lintig, resulted in a hung jury, with 9 jurors voting for acquittal and 3 against. A hearing next  Wednesday will determine whether prosecutors will seek to retry his case.


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THIRD INMATE THIS YEAR DIES IN SAN DIEGO SHERIFF’S CUSTODY

East County News Service
 
February 7, 2024 (San Diego) – A man presumed to be homeless was arrested by San Diego Police for felony vandalism last June. On February 4, Liutoa Vitale Vili, 54, died in a hospital while still in custody.
 
A deputy and a nurse handing out medications in a housing unit at the Central Jail when they found Vili in need of medical evaluation. While being taken for that evaluation, he became unresponsive and rescue efforts were immediately administered, according to the Sheriff’s department.

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MAN, 26, DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN LAKESIDE

East County News Service

February 7, 2024 (Lakeside)—San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting gunshots and a man lying in the street in the 9700 block of Cactus Street in Lakeside yesterday at 3:10 p.m. 

Deputies found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies provided medical aid until they were relieved by Fire Department personnel and paramedics. Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 3:25 p.m., says Lieutenant Joseph Jarjura with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Michael Anthony Johnson.


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THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER INJURING WORKER AT PARKWAY PLAZA

East County News Service

 

February 7, 2024 (El Cajon) – Yesterday afternoon, a man entered Big 5 Sporting Goods on Fletcher Parkway, selected merchandise, and then exited the store without paying. A store employee attempted to stop the man from stealing. 

 

According to El Cajon Police, the man swung a plastic bag containing a small metal propane bottle at the employee and struck her in the forehead, causing pain and minor injury. The employee was able to use her cell phone to photograph the man as he fled the area toward the trolley.  


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SAN DIEGO PUBLISHER SUES SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO FORCE PUBLIC RELEASE OF BOOKING PHOTOS

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

Photo: Sheriff’s Department booking photos are sought for Andrea and Jesus Cardenas (inset) by La Prensa San Diego publisher. Times of San Diego photo illustration

February 7, 2024 (Chula Vista) -- We’ve all seen booking photos of Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and even sports figures like O.J. Simpson and soccer star Hope Solo.

But who has viewed the mug shots of arrestees Jesus Cardenas and his Chula Vista councilwoman sister Andrea Cardenas?


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SON CHARGED WITH MURDER OF MOM, 77, IN JAMUL

East County News Service

February 5, 2024 (Jamul)—Charges against Travis Bodle, 53, have been upgraded from attempted murder to murder after the victim, his mother, 77-year-old Vicki Bodle, died of her injuries. A memorial for Vicki Bodle will be at the Jamul Community church at 11am on Saturday, February 17.

Deputies responded on January 19 at 1:33 p.m. to the 14400 block of Hillside Estates Drive in Jamul at the request of firefighters because Vicki Bidle showed signs of a physical assault. Shew was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.


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LEMON GROVE MAN DEAD AFTER FREEWAY SHOOTING AND CRASH IN EL CAJON

East County News Service 

January 31, 2024 (El Cajon) – A 20-year-old Lemon Grove man was shot and killed last night around 8:35 p.m. after exiting his vehicle, which had crashed and gone down an embankment off I-8 in El Cajon.


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MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF CELLMATE IN COUNTY JAIL

East County News Service

January 30, 2024 (San Diego) – Alvin McDonal Ruis, 36, has been charged with murdering his cellmate at the San Diego Central Jail. Brandon Andrew Yates, 24 was found unresponsive on January 16 in his cell. Despite lifesaving efforts including CPR and Naloxone, he was pronounced dead a short time later by a hospital doctor. He had been arrested one day earlier for alleged burglary.


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EL CAJON SHOPLIFTING ARRESTS INCLUDE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WITH NARCOTICS WARRANT AND TRANSIENT ARRESTED OVER 100 TIMES

January 23, 2024 (El Cajon) —The El Cajon Police Department  wants the public to know that it is taking retail theft seriously, using “every extent of the law to arrest offenders who commit retail theft and, whenever, put them in jail,” according to a press release issued Jan. 22. But police have also voiced frustration over repeat offenders often back on the streets within hours or days after being arrested.


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CHP SEEKS HIT-AND-RUN VEHICLES THAT FLED FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH IN SPRING VALLEY ON SUNDAY

East County News Service

January 22, 2024 (Spring Valley, CA) --- Yesterday at 5:11 a.m., California Highway Patrol received reports of a pedestrian possibly hit by a vehicle at Sweetwater Road near Blossom Lane.  Preliminary investigation determined the pedestrian had been struck by an unknown vehicle while in the southbound lanes of Sweetwater Road before being struck by additional vehicles, several of which fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. 

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene, says Officer Jared Grieshaber.

The California Highway Patrol is currently looking for additional involved vehicles, one of which is believed to be a 2013-2018 Ram 1500 with damage to its left side and/or front, to include a missing driver’s side mirror.


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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER MOTHER DIES OF INJURIES

By Miriam Raftery

This story has been updated after the victim died.

January 21, 2024 (Jamul) – Sheriff’s deputies have charged Travis Bodle, 53, for the murder of his mother, 77-year-old Vickie Bodle.

The Fire Department called Sheriff’s deputies after responding to the 14400 block of Hillside Estates Drive in Jamul, where the victim showed signs of a physical assault.  She was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries in critical condition, and has since succumbed to her injuries, says Lieutenant Joseph Janjura with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.


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TWO IN-CUSTODY DEATHS

 

East County News Service

 

January 17, 2024 (San Diego)—Brandon Andrew Yates, 24, died in custody yesterday at San Diego County Jail. Deputies conducting a safety check found him unresponsive and displaying signs of distress around 1:36 p.m.


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SEXTORTION: A GROWING THREAT TARGETING MINORS, SAN DIEGO FBI WARNS

Offenders deceive and manipulate victims to create sexually explicit material for extortion purposes

Source: FBI

Image:  CC via Bing

January 18, 2024 (San Diego) -- The FBI wants to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online activity that may lead to the solicitation and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual acts.

“Nationwide, and right here in San Diego, sextortion has become a major problem. Cases in our area have doubled over the past year and the overwhelming majority of the cases target minors,” said FBI San Diego Acting Special Agent in Charge, John Kim. “The best form of prevention is education and continued awareness. Parents and caregivers should learn about what’s happening so they can talk with their kids about online safety.”


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HOMELESS WOMAN WANTED FOR STARTING FIRE THAT BURNED GARAGES IN EL CAJON

 

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January 16, 2024 (El Cajon) – Authorities are asking for public help to locate Mavis Williams, 43.  She is suspected of setting a fire that burned 14 garages in the 400 block of East Bradley Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon last night.  A warrant has been issued and a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to her arrest.


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WATER UTILITY SCAM ALERT: IMPOSTERS SEEK ACCESS TO HOMES



January 16, 2024 – Residents countywide are warned to be vigilant for imposter water agency “workers” knocking on doors and requesting entry to homes to test water quality or making sales pitches, the San Diego Coiunty Water Authority warns.

Similar scams pop up every few years. A spate of incidents has been reported by several water agencies across the region in recent weeks, including in the City of San Diego, South County and East County.


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HEARING FEB. 9 ON PROPOSED RELEASE OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IN CAMPO

East County News Service

January 14, 2024  (Campo) -- San Diego Superior Court has ordered the conditional release of Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Alan Earl James. The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has recommended placement of Alan James at 1138 Custer Road, Campo, CA 91906. He was convicted of sexual assaults with three minors dating back to 1981 and 1985, and kidnapping a child for sexual molestation.


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$10,000 REWARD OFFERED TO SOLVE 2021 MURDER OF SAILOR IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2024 (La Mesa) – La Mesa police seeks public help to solve the murder of 22-year-old Corneilius Donte Brown.  His family is offering a $9,000 reward, in addition to a $1,000 Crimestoppers award, for information leading to the identification and arrest of suspects in his murder, which occurred on April 24, 2021 around 12:26 a.m.


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PARENTS IDENITIFED IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE

East County News Service

January 7, 2023 (El Cajon)—The parents of three children are dead of in an apparent murder-suicide at their home in the 1600 block of Hilton Head Court in unincorporated El Cajon. The deceased have been identified as Jose Benjamin Lopez Valle, 41, and his wife, Brenda Valle, 38.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon and gunshots. Inside the residence, they found the victims with a firearm nearby. Deputies and paramedics provided medical care but could not save the couple. 

“It appears that Jose’s injuries were self-inflicted,” says Lieutenant Joseph Jarjura with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.

They were parents to three children, ages 18, 16 and 11.


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BODY OF ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND IN FREEZER AT ALLIED GARDENS HOME WAS FORMER KAISER WORKER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via ECM news partner 10 News

January 5, 2024 (San Diego) – The body of an elderly woman found Dec. 22 in a chest freezer at an Allied Gardens home has been identified as Mary Margaret Haxby-Jones, who formerly lived there. According to Lt. Jud Campbell with San Diego Police, she may have been missing or  dead for as long as nine years and would have been 81 years old if she had survived.


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