Crime Beat

ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A man suspected of intentionally seting a fire at 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley was detained last night at 9:43 p.m. by deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station.

He was rescued from a burning home and detained by a deputy for allegedly set the fire. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries related to the fire, said Sergeant Kotaro Murashige.

Members of the Sheriff’s bomb/arson unit are investigating the cause and origin of the blaze.

11 ARRESTED AT CLOUD 9 WELLNESS, ILLEGAL DISPENSARY IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 22, 2018 (El Cajon) – Nine employees and two security guards were arrested today after El Cajon Police Department officers, aided by the San Diego County Integrated Narcotic Task Force, served a search warrant at Cloud 9 Wellness, a non-licensed marijuana dispensary operating illegally in the city of El Cajon.

 A large amount of cash and marijuana was seized as evidence. All of those arrested are adults, according to ECPD.

“This is the second search warrant served on Cloud Nine Wellness for selling marijuana within the City of El Cajon this month,” says Lt. Walt Miller with ECPD’s investigative division. “Prior to these warrants being served, Cloud 9 Wellness was warned repeatedly by the El Cajon City Attorney’s office to cease and desist its sales of marijuana,” he adds.

MT. HELIX HOME ROBBED BY BURGLAR WHO CRAWLED THROUGH PET DOOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

March 21, 2018 (La Mesa) – The owner of a Mt. Helix home on Fuerte Drive in La Mesa was burglarized Wednesday afternoon by a thief who entered through a doggie door.

David Ward told ECM news partner 10 News that his dog recently passed away, but before he had a chance to block off access, a thief crawled through and bypassed the home’s security alarm.

JUDGE APPROVES PLACING SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IN BOULEVARD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2018 (Boulevard) – On Friday, Judge David Gill approved placement of Michael Joseph Martinez at 2135 McCain Valley Road in Boulevard, a small town in San Diego's East County, starting in late April. Martinez has been in  state mental hospital since 2009 but was approved last year for release. He was committed as a sexually violent predator and has been diagnosed with a pedophilia and personality disorder.

COLLEGE AREA ROBBER POSED AS TICKET SELLER

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 17, 2018 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert following a robbery that occurred yesterday at 11:05 a.m. in the east alley of 5100 College Avenue.  The suspect offered to sell basketball tickets to the victim, but instead reportedly stole the victim’s money.

VIDEO SHOWS THIEVES STEALING $200,000 IN JEWELRY: EL CAJON STORE OWNER UNINSURED FOR LOSS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot from surveillance video, courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

March 16, 2018 (El Cajon) – The owner of Forever Fine Jewelry has suffered a devastating loss after thieves stole $200,000 worth of gold and silver jewelry. A group of nine people, including five men and women with babies, distracted the owner while a woman dressed in black, shown on surveillance  video, crawled on the floor to snatch jewelry from display cases and a safe in a back room, 10 News reports.

The owner, an Iraqi immigrant who came here a decade ago,borrowed money from family to start the business and had no insurance for the losses, NBC 7 reports.

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER WINS COUNTYWIDE AWARD

 

By Miriam Raftery; photos by Monica Zech

Photo: El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis, left, and Officer Jordan Walker, right

March 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Officer Jordan Walker was named Top Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year countywide by the Auto Theft Advisory Committee out of 33 officers honored yesterday in Balboa Park.

HOMELESS ARRESTED FOR CAMPING AT RAMONA CREEK

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2018 (Ramona) -- Nine homeless people were arrested last week and charged with trespassing for camping along the Santa Maria Creek in the Ramona area.

According to the Ramona Sentinel, those arrested were warned during prior sweeps and a cleanup of the area that they would have to relocate, but did not do so.

EL CAJON POLICE RELEASE IDENTITY AND DETAILS ON FATAL SHOOTING

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2018 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Department has identified Joseph Mercurio, 31, as the vehicular burglary suspect shot and killed on March 11th.  Investigators have since learned from their investigation that “Mercurio was driving a stolen vehicle and had been involved in at least two vehicle burglaries the night of this incident,” Sgt. Forster said. 

EL CAJON POLICE PLAN DUI PATROLS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2018 (El Cajon) — St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of Irish immigrants and many, many more St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home. 

WANTED: SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREDIT CARD AND IDENTITY THEFT

 

Source:  San Diego Sheriff's Department

March 13, 2018 (Santee) - San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Santee Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public's help to locate two unknown suspects wanted in connection with using a stolen credit card and identity theft.   

FIVE ARRESTED ON ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS IN EL CAJON “SHOULDER TAP” STING OPERATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the El Cajon Police Department arrested five suspects in El Cajon on March 10th for ABC violations, including three who furnished alcoholic beverages to minors. 

EL CAJON HOMEOWNER SHOOTS, KILLS SUSPECT FOUND BREAKING INTO VEHICLE

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2018 (El Cajon) — Awakened by his dogs barking, a homeowner in the 1100 block of Mona Place near West Chase Avenue looked outside around 1:15 a.m. and reportedly saw a man breaking into his vehicle parked in front of the house. 

POSSIBLE HEPATITIS EXPOSURE AT DETENTION FACILITIES IN SANTEE AND VISTA

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications

March 8, 2018 (San Diego) -- A woman with a probable case of hepatitis A may have exposed inmates at the Vista Detention Facility and Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

EAST COUNTY MAN DIES OF STAB WOUNDS AFTER ASSAULT

 

Update March 8, 2018:  The suspect has been identified as Dylan Poston, 26.  He is being held without bail, charged with murder.  The victim has been identified as Anderson Lopes, 24, an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy.

By Miriam Raftery

March 7, 2018 (El Cajon) – A man assaulted in his apartment at 13806 Pinkard Way in unincorporated El Cajon has died of his injuries.  His wife called 911 on Tuesday night shortly after 10:30 p.m. to report her husband was injured and not breathing after an assault.

FAMILIES CALL FOR JUSTICE IN POLICE SHOOTING CASES ACROSS CALIFORNIA

 

By Maridian Broadus

Photo: Shane Harris and Rev. Al Sharpton with victim’s families at press conference

March 8, 2018 (San Diego) – National Action Network founder and President Reverend Al Sharpton visited San Diego on February 21st.  Sharpton, along with NAN’s local chapter president, Shane Harris, held a news conference at NAN San Diego’s House of Justice Headquarters in southeast San Diego.  The civil rights icon publicly voiced his support of victim family members who have lost loved ones to police shootings across the state of California.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUMMER STEPHAN OFFERS REASSURANCE AFTER RECENT SCHOOL THREATS AND URGES “COMMON BYSTANDER INTERVENTION”

 

By Eric Bartl

March 5, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan told East County Magazine that San Diego County has seen a surge in threats from students against schools since the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL. She said there is good news and bad news.

LA MESA POLICE FIRE SHOTS AT DOG

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police officers responding to a call reporting a domestic dispute on Grape Street this morning had a dog charge at them and fired shots, but did not strike the animal.

La Mesa Patch.com reports that while one officer fired shots, the other officer was able to get the dog into the patrol car, according to Lieutenant Chad Bell.

MASKED ROBBER FIRES SHOTS IN ROLANDO FOOD 4 LESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2018 (Rolando) -- A masked gunman opened fire in the Food 4 Less store in the 6500 block of University Avenue in the Rolando area shortly before midnight Sunday, after demanding money from employees and chasing the manager, who locked himself into a back room. The robber then fired at least two shots at the door, according to San Diego Police.

The gunman, who wore a hooded sweatshirt as well as a mask, fled the scene without getting any money, and he remains at large. 

EL CAJON DROPS CHARGES OVER FEEDING HOMELESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon has dropped charges against a dozen people who allegedly violated the city’s temporary ban on feeding homeless people in public places.

Activists, including a 14-year-old minor, defied the ban in January, sharing food with homeless people at Wells Park. They were issued misdemeanor citations and ordered to appear in court.

MAN IN RED VAN SOUGHT FOR CHASING GIRL AT SANTEE SPORTSPLEX

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 3, 2018 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s office is seeking a man in a red van who reportedly approached two teen girls in a vehicle in the parking lot at the Santee Sports Plex and chased one of the young women.

The incident occurred March 1st around 11 p.m. when the girls were attending a softball game. They had returned to their vehicle to warm up when an Hispanic man approached and looked through the window. One girl locked the door and the man then grabbed the handle and tried to get in, the girl’s father told 10 News.

CLOUD 9 WELLNESS DISPENSARY RAIDED IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2018 (El Cajon) – A search warrant was served this morning at Cloud 9 Wellness, an illegal marijuana dispensary in the 500 block of West Douglas in El Cajon. 

“A large amount of cash and marijuana was seized as evidence,” Lieutenant Walt Miller with the El Cajon Police Department states in a press release. Six employees and three armed security guards working at the business were briefly detained but not arrested. However, Lt. Miller notes, “Although the employees were not arrested today, they and the owner of the business may face charges of allowing the Commercial Sale of Marijuana within the City.”

INITIATIVE TO BETTER PROTECT SENIORS FROM ELDER ABUSE

 

In response to increasing elder abuse crimes in the region and an impending explosion of the elderly population, County prosecutors, health and aging officials and local law enforcement are committing to a new “blueprint” of goals and coordinated community response to abuse of these vulnerable residents.

WEST HILLS HIGH STUDENT ARRESTED FOR THREAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated 1:30 p.m. with information provided by the Sheriff's department.

February 28, 2018 (Santee) – A student at West Hills High School has been arrested overnight for “making terrorists threats after he posted a photo of a Lego rifle on social media with a threatening message,” Grossmont Union High School District public information officer Catherine Martin stated on Twitter.

THREATS RATTLE NERVES AT EAST COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 23, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – In the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, threats have been reported at several San Diego County campuses including East County locations, though thus far none have been deemed credible by law enforcement.

DEPUTY FISCHER CHARGED WITH GROPING MULTIPLE WOMEN, PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 22, 2018 (San Diego) – Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer, who has been accused of groping and other sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, has been charged on multiple counts.  Today, he pled not guilty to all charges, 10 News reports.

VEHICLE THIEVES FIRE SHOT AT OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seek public help to locate two suspects wanted for stealing a pickup truck and shooting at the vehicle’s owner Tuesday morning shortly before 4 a.m.

The victim called 911 to report that two men had stolen his white, 2001 Toyota Tacoma parked in the 7200 block of Baldrich Street in La Mesa.  He told police that he was alerted to the theft when he heard his dog barking.

SANTEE SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUINTY FEB. 27

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2018 (Santee) – The Santee Sheriff’s station will host a coffee with the community on Tuesday, February 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Santee Branch Library (9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #17).

This is an opportunity to meet and engage with the San Diego County Sheriff’ Department. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know deputies who patrol your neighborhood. You can also get crime prevention tips and learn more about free safety programs, helping work together to keep your community safe.

For questions, call Crime Prevention Specialist Martha Miramontes at (619) 956-4022.

STUDENTS LEAD CALL FOR GUN REFORMS, ANNOUNCE NATIONAL “MARCH FOR OUR LIVES” MARCH 24

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo cc by Fabrice Florin

You can sign up to join or lead a march in your community at www.MarchForOurLives.com.

February 20, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have a message for lawmakers and the national media in the wake of a mass shooting that killed 17 people on their campus last week.

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