Crime Beat

ARREST MADE IN LAKESIDE MURDER CASE

 

Updated April 25, 2016 with victim's identity and cause of death.

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Lakeside) – Lance Benson, 29, of Lakeside has been arrested and will be charged with murder for the death of a man found early this morning on a sidewalk by a newspaper delivery person. The victim has been identified as Trammel Joseph Rizzuti, age 35 and the death was caused by sharp force trauma.

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHIEF VASQUEZ AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April  22, 2016 (San Diego) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce members and guests came bright and early to Marie Callender’s for a breakfast with new La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez on April 13th.

MAN SET ON FIRE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE; POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN BLACK TOYOTA PICKUIP

Update as of April 19, 2016:  the victim's name has been released (Julio Caesar Edeza) and a suspect has been apprehended. Read more here.

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Police are searching for a suspect who set a homeless man on fire at 11:45 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside a CVS store  near the Rite Aid  on  Euclid Ave just north of highway 94. 

 The suspect asked for water, then lured the victim into his vehicle, a black Toyota 2-door pickup with a camper shell, then threw chemicals on him and set him afire, watching with chilling calm as the man suffered burns so severe that authorities indicate he is not expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man age 30-40, 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds.  He wore a red hat, red shirt, and black pants. Authorities have released a sketch of the suspect showing a beard and mustache.

CHP SEEKS HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO KILLED MAN ON I-8 NEAR CAMPO

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a driver who struck a man walking in dense fog last night along the shoulder of I-8 near Crestwood Road.  The vehicle likely has damage to the right front.

SHERIFF GORE, FBI TARGET “SOVEREIGN CITIZENS” OVER SCAMMING PUBLIC AND VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT



 

East County News Service

Image:  FBI

April 13, 2016 (San Diego) — Sovereign citizens, a shadowy group of anti-government, anti-tax conspiracy theorists linked to violent attacks on law enforcement officers across the nation, have drawn the attention of Sheriff Bill Gore and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

HOUSEKEEPER RESCUED FROM FORCED LABOR IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the arrest of an El Cajon couple charged with forcing an Indonesian woman to work in their El Cajon home up to 18 hours a day without pay.  The victim was rescued after giving a note to a visiting nurse asking for help.

BURGLAR IN TERMITE-TENTED HOME NABBED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2016 (Lakeside) --  A worker for a pest control company who arrived to remove a termite fumigation tent from a home at 9548 Farmington Drive in Lakeside Friday found an intruder in the home. The suspect fled and the employee pursued him in his work truck, said Sergeant Mike McNeill.

DEPUTIES FIND CHILD LIVING IN SHED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 7, 2016 (Lakeside) – A 9-year-old girl was been taken into protective custody this morning after patrol deputies from the Lakeside substation found her living in a small shed with her father and a woman at 12721 Lindo Lane in Lakeside. The discovery occurred during a probation compliance check in which six men and 2 women were arrested on charges that included child endangerment as well as drug, weapons, and parole violations.

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) – Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

AMBER ALERT: TODDLER REPORTEDABDUCTED BY FATHER IN SILVER IMPALA

 

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2016 (San Diego )—Authorities have issued an Amber Alert across southern Calfornia for Ayden Avalas, an 18-month old Hispanic boy  reportedly abducted early this afternoon in Los Angeles by his father, 21-year-old Luis Avalos.

The suspect was driving a 2006 silver Chevrolet Impala four-door car with California license plate 7LPF713.  The suspect should be considered “violent and dangerous,” posing an “extreme-extraordinary threat” according to an alert sent by the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect is bald with brown eyes and tattoos around his neck and left check.  He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.   The abducted child has black hair and brown eyes.

LA MESA CHAMBER TO HOST BREAKFAST APRIL 13 WITH POLICE CHIEF WALT VASQUEZ

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, El Camino Memorial Park and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry.

LMPD PROVIDES UPDATE ON GRANT ACTIVITIES TO BATTLE ALCOHOL-RELATED CRIME

 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- In July of 2015, the La Mesa Police Department was awarded a $34,363 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol related crime.  This week, the department issued an update on decoy operations, inspections and arrests as a result of the grant funding.

SPRING VALLEY CARJACKING SUSPECT DETAINED

 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (Spring Valley) – A man suspected of carjacking a Toyota Tundra at gunpoint last night has been detained, according to Sergeant Pat McEvoy with the Sheriff’s Department.  The suspect reportedly carjacked theTundra from a driver walking to his parked vehicle at a fast food restaurant near Campo Road and State Route 94 in unincorporated Spring Valley around 10:30 p.m.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK SILVER CAR THAT STRUCK GIRL, FLED SCENE

 

East County News Service

March 15, 2016 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Department seeks public help to find a hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously injured a 12-year-old girl. The child was crossing the street on East Chase near Avocado with friends around 8:20 a.m. when she was hit. According to witness statements, she was crossing mid-block and was not in a crosswalk.

The suspect vehicle was caught on surveillance video. It appears to be a silver 2016 Honda Accord, two-door, or similar model. It was traveling east on Chase when the accident occurred. The driver did not stop, leaving the injured child in the street.

DON’T DRINK ON DRIVE ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: SHERIFF TO RUN DUI PATROLS

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department aims to make sure your luck runs out if you get caught drinking and driving on St. Patrick's Day. Watch for increased DUI patrols by deputies across the county on Thursday, March 17th starting at 7:00 p.m. and lasting through 3:00 a.m. the following day.

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