Crime Beat

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ANSWERS "RUNNING MAN" CHALLENGE

 

July 27, 2016 (San Diego) --It has gone viral and taken social media worldwide by storm: people busting out their best dance moves for the "Running Man Challenge."

The San Diego Police Department recently challenged the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to join in the fun. Challenge accepted. To watch Sheriff's employees showcase their dancing chops, click the image above or view video here in larger frame: https://goo.gl/ltZs1q.

COMMUNITY: JOIN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOR NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

 

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff's Department

July 27, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Join the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for FREE Night Out Against Crime© events on Tuesday, August 2nd. Sheriff's Stations and Substations all over the county will be hosting block parties to take a stand against crime.

Activities vary by location and may include free food, drinks, giveaways and activities for kids. Night Out Against Crime© is a celebration of community relationships. Meet your neighbors, as well as deputies who patrol your area. All locations will have a Sheriff's Crime Prevention Specialist on site so you can get tips on how to stay safe. See below for a community near you or visit www.sdsheriff.net:

MORE AT-RISK YOUTHS REPORT MARIJUANA AS FIRST DRUG THEY TRY; OVER HALF ALSO REPORT BINGE ALCOHOL DRINKING

 

Source: SANDAG

July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- More than half (56 percent) of at-risk youth in the San Diego region reported marijuana was the first illicit substance they ever used, up from 34 percent in 2007, and they reported marijuana was even easier to obtain than tobacco, according to data compiled by the SANDAG Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) Program.

BANK ROBBERIES INCREASE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2016, FBI REPORTS

 

28 percent increase from 2015    

Source:  FBI press release

July 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Eric S. Birnbaum, Special Agent In Charge, San Diego FBI Field Office, is releasing bank robbery statistics for the first six months of 2016.  The San Diego FBI Field Office investigates bank robberies occurring in San Diego and Imperial County.  

For the first six months of 2016 (January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016), there were a total of 25 bank robberies, compared to 18 for this same time period in 2015 (28% increase).  There was a total of 48 bank robberies for calendar year 2015.  Calendar year 2014 totaled 101 bank robberies with 49 occurring in the first six months (January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014). 

The following is a breakdown of bank robberies by location for January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016.  

VEHICLE SHOOTING IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

Source: Sheriff's press release

July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - On July 21, 2016 around 2:20 a.m., California Highway Patrol transferred a 911 call reporting a road rage incident that occurred near the intersection of Jamacha Road and Hilton Head Place involving multiple gunshots fired.  Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area and located the victim. Varying witness accounts described the suspect vehicle as either a white SUV and/or a black sedan.    A white SUV matching the description of a vehicle involved was located at an apartment complex nearby.  Four individuals associated with the vehicle were questioned but released pending further investigation.  Several bullet casings were found in the apartment complex parking lot about two blocks away from where the white SUV was located.  There were no injuries reported in this incident and the investigation is continuing.        

SANTANA HIGH COACH ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH A STUDENT

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff's Press Release

July 15, 2016 (Santee) - Detectives from the Sheriff's Child Abuse Unit arrested Santana High School Campus Supervisor/track coach Keith Silvia, 49, for engaging in sexual conduct with a female student.

ASSAULT IN RAMONA CAPTURED ON CELLPHONE

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2016 (Ramona) – Alexander Stone provided the Sheriff's Department with a cellphone video capturing an assault with a deadly weapon which occurred yesterday on Rangeland Road in Ramona.  In the video the suspect, who was later identified as Mark Wayne Gordon of Ramona, can be seen intentionally driving his vehicle twice at Stone, who was able to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.  Gordon eventually exited his vehicle and physically assaulted Stone and an acquaintance.  During the assault, Gordon knocked Stone's cellphone from his hand, causing damage to the phone.  No injuries were sustained by anyone involved and all parties left the scene.  

GIRL, 8, FIGHTS OFF INTRUDER IN EL CAJON HOME

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2016 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police are warning residents about an intruder who pried a screen off an open downstairs window at a condo in the1300 block of Hawk Lane at 4:00 this morning. He climbed into a bedroom where an 8-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother were sleeping. 

The girl's mother told Fox News that the suspect grabbed her daughter and was dragging her downstairs, when the girl struck him in the neck using moves she learned in a martial arts class.

The action caused the suspect to flee the home, said Lieutenant Rob Ransweiler. The suspect is described as a man with tanned skin, dark “fluffy” hair and a thin build.  He had a strong “dirty” odor and wore dark clothing and a backpack.

GRAND JURY CALLS ON LOCAL CITIES TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT OF POLICE

 

“Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy” --President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

June 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- In response to complaints about law enforcement officers’ behavior, the 2015/2016 San Diego County Grand Jury recommends improvements to existing citizens’ review boards and calls upon cities without review boards to establish them.

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR AT SDSU

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2016 (San Diego) - On Sunday at around 2:15 p.m., a male suspect made unwanted physical contact with a female San Diego State student at a location near campus. The suspect was located shortly after and arrested. Several other female SDSU students reported the same male had attempted to engage them in similar contacts.

Since his arrest, the suspect has been released from custody and has been seen in the SDSU area.  He was wearing a dark baseball hat, long sleeve orange shirt, and gray Dickies pants.

SUPREME COURT: POLICE MUST HAVE WARRANTS FOR BLOOD ALCOHOL TESTS ON SUSPECTED DUI DRIVERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — Suspected drunk drivers can refuse to take a blood test without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. But the Court also held that drivers must submit to a less invasive breath test when ordered, or face arrest.

SUPREME COURT: DOMESTIC ABUSERS CAN BE BARRED FOR LIFE FROM OWNING GUNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – By a 6-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a federal law that allows a person to be banned for life from owning a gun if they commit domestic abuse “recklessly,” even if the actions were not premeditated.

ARSON FIRE AT SPRING VALLEY MOBILE HOME PARK: 2 TEENS SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2016 (Spring Valley) – A fire that damaged mobile home in the Lamplighter Village mobile home park at 10767 Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley early yesterday morning was intentionally set, says John Debus with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. (Note corrected address issued by Sheriff.)

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. IS HIRING RECRUITS

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is looking for highly qualified, highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference by serving their community.  The application process opens on Monday, June 27th and closes on Monday, July 11th.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on July 11th.  Visit the City of El Cajon website to begin the process and to obtain salary and benefit information.

www.cityofelcajon.us/your-government/departments/human-resources/jobs

HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 24, 2016 (La Mesa) — California Highway Patrol seeks public help to locate a black pickup truck with a male driver that struck and injured a motorcyclist early this morning.  The accident occurred at 3:12 a.m. on westbound Interstate 8 just west of the Jackson Drive exit, said CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

LA MESA SIGNS COMMEMORATE 2013 FREEWAY SHOOTING VICTIM XUSHA BROWN: $100,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2016 (La Mesa) – Freeway memorial signs commemorating murder victim and Sycuan tribal member Xusha Brown Jr. were unveiled today at the La Mesa Police Department.  Brown was shot and killed while in a vehicle on Interstate 8 in La Mesa in the early morning on May 5, 2013.  The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Malcolm Hune, was also injured.

DEA WARNING TO PUBLIC AND POLICE: FENTANYL EXPOSURE KILLS

 

Law enforcement urged to exercise extreme caution handling fentanyl. Sold as heroin, it’s 40-50 times stronger than heroin. A small amount can be lethal if absorbed through skin or ingested

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences.  Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY JUNE 15 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

June 10, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, June 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove.

NEW REPORT: BIG JUMP IN MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED CALLS TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

East County News Service

June 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- Over the past six years, law enforcement agencies throughout the region have seen an 84 percent increase in the number of calls for service that stem from mental health issues, according to new data compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Criminal Justice Research Division.

SAN DIEGO ACLU SEEKS PUBLIC RECORDS ON SDPD’S “MILITARISTIC” TACTICS AT TRUMP RALLY

 

East County Magazine

June 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- In response to the community’s objections about San Diego Police Department’s unprecedented show of force at last Friday’s Trump Rally, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties sent a letter yesterday requesting public records from the City of San Diego concerning SDPD’s operations. 

MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AND ATTEMPTED MURDER IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – The District Attorney’s office has added attempted murder to the list of charges facing Theodis Barley, 50, who was arrested May 12 on arson by La Mesa Police.. He is accused of setting fire to his sister’s home on Nebo Drive in La Mesa on May 9th; authorities believe he knew that his sister was inside at the time.

BUNGLING BURGLARS IN LEMON GROVE’S “HISTORY ALIVE” SERIES JUNE 2

 

By Helen Ofield

May 31, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The "History Alive" lecture series concludes on June 2 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, with a hilarious look back at Lemon Grove's criminal element, 1955 - 1964.

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