Crime Beat

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.

GUNMAN ROBS ATM CUSTOMER AT BANK IN LA MESA

 

 

March 15, 2010 (La Mesa) – A man sitting on the curb outside Wachovia Bank at 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard Friday afternoon waited as a customer withdrew money from the ATM machine, then displayed a handgun and demanded the money. The victim handed over the cash and the suspect fled northbound in traffic lanes of Baltimore Drive.

BOATLOAD OF TROUBLE: FIRE CHIEF WITNESSES ARSON ACT IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

March 15, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Timing is everything, as an arsonist found out the hard way this morning. Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a San Miguel Fire battalion chief driving in the 3400 block of Sweetwater Springs  noticed a man toss something at a boat parked in a home's front yard. An instant later, the 20-foot ski boat erupted into flames.

TRANSIENT ARRESTED FOR ANNOYING MINOR ON WAY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LA MESA

March 12, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have arrested Gustavo Lugo, 54, a transient living along Highway 125. He was booked Friday for one count of annoying/molesting a child, a misdemeanor, and has not yet been charged by the District Attorney’s office, Lt. David Bond told East County Magazine.
The suspect was walking in the same location where a female student was accosted one day earlier while walking on Fletcher Parkway to Parkway Middle School.

SHERIFF WARNS PUBLIC OF MAN FOLLOWING 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO & FROM SCHOOL IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Spring Valley) – San Diego Sheriff has issued a warning to the public about a man who has been following a 10-year-old girl to and from Kempton Elementary School in Spring Valley. The most recent incident occurred March 10 in the area of Piedmont Street and Grand Avenue. The first incident occurred on February 22, however the victim delayed reporting it because of fear.

 

3 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER FOLLOWING FIGHT AT NORTHMONT PARK IN LA MESA

 

March 10, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police has arrested Anthony Long, 19, of El Cajon and two juvenile males from El Cajon and Santee for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The assault occurred on March 6 at Northmont Park in LA Mesa.

The suspects were arrested after search warrants were obtained and searches conducted on three homes in East County. According to the police investigation, two groups of young men got into a phone argument over a girl following a party in El Cajon, then agreed to meet at Northmont Park for a fight.

SHERIFF SPECIAL BULLETIN: SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING IN MURDER OF HIS MOTHER IN VALLEY CENTER

 

 UPDATE March 11:  Lucero is now in custody.

 

March 10, 2010 (Valley Center) - The San Diego Sheriff’s Department seeks David Leroy Lucero for questioning regarding the murder of his mother yesterday in Valley Center. Though not yet named as a suspect, a Sheriff department special bulletin states that he "may be armed and possibly violent."

BODY OF AMBER DUBOIS FOUND IN PALA AREA

 

 

March 7, 2010 (Escondido) – The county medical examiner’s office has used dental records to positively identify remains found Saturday as those of Amber Dubois, the 14-year-old teenage girl who went missing while walking to Escondido High School on February 13, 2009.   Her disappearance resulted in a massive search over more than a year and made headlines nationally.

FOUR SEXUAL ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES IN SDSU AREA

 

 

March 2, 2010 (SDSU) – Four reported sexual assaults have occurred in the San Diego State University area in the past two weeks, including one case where the suspect reportedly broke in to the victim’s home. In addition, a man was robbed at gunpoint and another was beaten during a robbery on campus.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT AS SEARCH FOR CHELSEA KING CONTINUES

 

 

March 2, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) – The search for Chelsea King continues, despite the arrest of John Gardner, a registered sex offender booked on suspicion of rape and murder. Sheriff Bill Gore has said he holds out hope that Chelsea may yet be found alive – and volunteers are needed for daily searches starting at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

 

DEPUTY DIES IN PURSUIT OF WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN SANTEE

February 28, 2010 (Santee) –Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Collier has died following a rollover accident that occurred while he was in pursuit of a wrong-way driver on westbound State Route 52 around 3:20 this morning. Dispatcher Ryan Debillis, who was riding along, was injured.

 

The driver, Jose Jasso Lopez, 23, will be charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, Sheriff Bill Gore announced at a press conference this morning.

PARENTS, POLICE ISSUE PUBLIC PLEA FOR HELP TO FIND MISSING TEEN


VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SEARCH SATURDAY AFTERNOON
 

February 26, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) 6 p.m. – Chelsea King remains missing, more than 24 hours after she disappeared while jogging around Lake Hodges near the Rancho Bernardo Community Center on West Bernardo Drive, where her locked car was parked. The Poway High School honor student is described as “responsible, conscientious, loving, intelligent, cherished by all who know her,” according to an e-mail sent on behalf of the family today.
 

NOTE:  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says her hair is dyed red; family site says strawberry blond --- early news reports said blond.

TAGGERS SNAGGED: DEPUTIES BUST GRAFFITI CREW IN SANTEE

 

February 20, 2010 (Santee) - In early February Santee’s Community Policing Unit developed information on a prolific tagging crew consisting of seven criminal graffiti "taggers". Using the Graffiti Tracker investigation system, the San Diego County Sheriff’s office documented that the "tagging crew" had committed over 80 incidents since April 2009 with a significant spike in activity last week.

PRISONER RELEASE 101: FEB. 22 FORUM ON INMATE RELEASE UNDER NEW LAW

 

February 17, 2010 (San Diego) – California is under federal court order to reduce the number of its prison inmates by 40,000. A new state law mandates that Calfironia slash its inmate population by 6,500 this year.  To comply, in January San Diego County jails gave early release to approximately 260 inmates.

 

FALLBROOK MOM PLEADS GUILTY TO SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE VIOLATION



Deborah Gibney Receives Probation, Fine

February 17, 2010 -- Fallbrook resident Deborah Gibney has pleaded guilty to violating the County of San Diego’s Social Host Ordinance. The guilty plea stemmed from an underage drinking party Gibney hosted in June of 2009.

SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR MISSING FAMILY

 

 

February 16, 2010 (Bonsall) – The San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate Joseph and Summer McStay and their two children. Last night, the Sheriff was asked by a relative member to conduct a check on the welfare of the family, who resided at 3473 Avocado Vista Lane in Bonsall. The family has not been seen or heard from by family or business associates since February 4th.

2 ROBBERIES SATURDAY IN LA MESA: CREDIT UNION & LIQUOR STORE ROBBED

 

February 14, 2010 (La Mesa) San Diego County Credit Union and Mart Liquor store were robbed yesterday, La Mesa Police Department reports. Police seek suspects in both cases and Crime Stoppers has announced rewards.

 

COURT RULES SAN DIEGO CURFEW ORDINANCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL; CITY MOVES TO ENACT EMERGENCY ORDINANCE

 

 

February 14, 2010 (San Diego) –The California Fourth District Court of Appeals this week found the City of San Diego’s curfew ordinance unconstitutional on grounds that the language is too broad.

 

“The City of San Diego is proceeding to enact an emergency ordinance so curfew laws can continue to be enforced, protecting San Diego’s children,” Councilwoman Marti Emerald has informed East County Magazine.“I want to be able to enforce the curfew law to keep our kids safe," she added.  "I also want to protect their Constitutional Rights.”

TORRANCE JONES, 33, ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN ROLANDO AREA

 

February 7, 2010 (San Diego) - Following a three-day manhunt, San Diego Police have arrested Torrance Jones, 33, and charged him with the murder of LaDonte Ellese Collins, 22. Collins and two friends had a flat tire and called for a taxi outside the Ace Budget Motel, according to authorities. When it arrived, Jones and a woman came out and tried to take the cab. An argument ensued and Jones allegedly stabbed Collins in the chest.

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