Crime Beat

PHOTOS OF MOTEL SHOOTING SUSPECT & VEHICLE RELEASED BY LA MESA POLICE

ATTEMPTED MURDER BELIEVED TO BE GANG-RELATED

August 25, 2009 (La Mesa) -- Surveillance photos and video of a shooting suspect and his vehicle have been released today by the La Mesa Police. The suspect is wanted for alleged attempted murder at the Heritage Inn, 7851 Fletcher Parkway that occurred on August 23, 2009.

 

POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN LA MESA MOTEL SHOOTING

 

August 23, 2009 (La Mesa)—Shortly after midnight, at around 12:43 a.m., a man was shot at the Heritage Inn, 7851 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. When police arrived they found a twenty-two year old Hispanic male, who had been shot three times, in his vehicle in the parking lot. The man was taken to Sharp Hospital, where he underwent surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.

 

ARMED ROBBERY AT WELLS FARGO BANK KIOSK IN LA MESA

 

August 13, 2009 (La Mesa) -- At 3:20 p.m., a lone suspect entered the Ralph’s Grocery Store, located at 8800 Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa, and approached a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank kiosk. The suspect drew a large frame, semi-automatic pistol from his front waistband, slammed the gun on the counter, and demanded cash from the teller.

 

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK MAN WHO ROBBED WELLS FARGO BANK; SUSPECT WORE BLUE SHIRT WITH RED SPIDER

July 21, 2009 (El Cajon) – Police are seeking a bank robber who held up the Wells Fargo Bank at the intersection of Chase and Avocado at 10:42 this morning. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 7 inches, with a thin build and dark hair. He wore a blue T-shirt with a red spider on the center, beige shorts, sandals and dark glasses, according to El Cajon Police.

NEW PROGRAM NOTIFIES VICTIMS WHEN PRISONERS ARE DUE FOR RELEASE, TRANSFER, OR ESCAPE

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E.)

 

July 10, 2009 (San Diego)-- In June of 2009, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department became a participant in the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) program. VINE is a free service to the public and provides notification when significant changes occur to an inmate’s custody status. This service has been introduced in San Diego County in part, through a grant from the California State Sheriff’s Association.

 

REWARD UP TO $1,000 FOR SUSPECT WHO SERIOUSLY INJURED MAN IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

July 1, 2009 (Lemon Grove) – Yesterday the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced that it is joining forces with Crime Stoppers to help identify and apprehend a group of men responsible for assaulting and severely beating Russell Hinton in Spring Valley on June 13th shortly after midnight.

 

LOCAL WRITER SLEUTHS OUT PROOF THAT FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE CAN BE WRONG, SKEWED BY EXAMINERS’ BIAS

East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery interviewed journalist/author Sue Russell, an East County resident whose latest article exposes evidence that fingerprint analysis is not infallible as we've always thought and may be wrong in as many as 1,000 cases a year in the U.S., according to one estimate. Russell's article, BIAS AND THE BIG FINGERPRINT DUST-UP, documents how unintentional bias on the part of examiners influences their findings.

SHERIFF CONDUCTS ANTI-GANG SWEEP IN FALLBROOK

The North County Regional Gang Task Force, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation, conducted an anti-gang enforcement operation in Fallbrook on Saturday night, June 13th. The operation focused on all gang members residing in the jurisdiction of the Fallbrook command.

GONE TO POT: FALLBROOK DEPUTIES BUST MARIJUANA GROWERS, ARREST THREE

June 18, 2009 (Fallbrook) Three people were taken into custody for cultivating marijuana on Tuesday afternoon by Sheriff’s Deputies from the Fallbrook Substation. Deputy Andrew Brumfield was alerted by a concerned citizen of a possible marijuana grow in the Deluz Canyon area off of Calle Roxanne Road. Deputies Brumfield, Mark Cahill and Jeff Holder formulated a plan to conduct surveillance on the property with the help of the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter.

DUI CHECKPOINT IN FALLBROOK NETS ARRESTS & CITATIONS; MORE CHECKPOINTS PLANNED

June 8, 2009 (Fallbrook)—Law enforcement officials issued 19 citations at a driving under the influence (DUI)/driver's license checkpoint Friday in Fallbrook, also towing 16 vehicles. Additional DUI checkpoints are planned for the Fallbrook area, the San Diego Sheriff’s office confirms.

BUNGLED BURGLARY: THREE ARRESTED IN LA MESA

April 23, 2009 (La Mesa)-- La Mesa Police received a 911 call at 1:32 p.m. on April 22 from a witness who told dispatchers that a man and two women were breaking into a home in the 7900 block of Pasadena Ave.

Officers arrived and detained two female suspects in the driveway of the victim’s residence. The witness told dispatchers the male suspect was fleeing out the back of the victim’s house. A perimeter was established and officers began a search of the area.

SPRING VALLEY BOY, 8, SHOT IN HIS BED BY INTRUDER

March 27, 2009 (Spring Valley)--An eight-year-old boy was shot in the foot while sleeping in his bed at 4:34 this morning. Suspects knocked on the door at Villas at Casa De Oro Apartments (3860 Helix Street, Spring Valley)., then began firing into the apartment using a rifle and a handgun, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. The boy was transported to Grossmont Hospital for treatment. His injury is not life-threatening. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, however no description is available from law enforcement authorities.

PARENTS OF MISSING ESCONDIDO TEEN ASK PUBLIC'S HELP, ORGANIZE SEARCHES: $60,000 REWARD OFFERED

March 14, 2009 (Escondido)--One month after the disappearance of Amber Leeanne Duboise, 14, Escondido police have received new tips and family members are organizing searches in the community. To volunteer, visit http://www.bringamberhome.com/. Donations are also requested to help with costs of the search, which has drawn national attention. You can download flyers to post or distribute here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/?q=bringamberhome.

THREE ARRESTED FOR STREET ROBBERY IN LA MESA

March 14, 2009 (La Mesa) At about 6:30 p.m. this evening, a man was robbed by three suspects while walking near Grossmont Center, La Mesa. The suspects walked up to the victim, brandished a knife, and demanded the victim's wallet, I-pod, and cell phone. The suspects took the property and ran away. The victim ran and called the police from a nearby pay phone. La Mesa Police Officers responded and contacted three suspects in the area within four minutes.

 

BANK ROBBER CAUGHT ON TAPE: UP TO $1,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR FALLBROOK, ESCONDIDO SUSPECT

March 3, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego County Crime Stoppers is joining forces with San Diego County Sheriff's Department Fallbrook detectives to help identify and apprehend the suspect responsible for robbing the Washington Mutual Bank in Fallbrook.

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER HOT PROWL RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN LA MESA

February 28, 2009 (La Mesa) -- Shortly after noon today, the La Mesa Police Department received a call from a resident reporting that his house was being burglarized while he was inside the home in the 9200 block of Brier Road., La Mesa. The resident hid and locked himself inside a room, talking with police after dialing 911. While a male suspect was stealing items from inside the house, a female suspect remained outside in the suspects' car.

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