Crime Beat

ALPINE MAN ARRESTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING GIRL IN WALMART BATHROOM; SHERIFF SEEKS OTHER POSSIBLE VICTIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — A man with a prior conviction for lewd conduct has been arrested for allegedly photographing a 10-year-old girl in the women’s restroom at a Wal-Mart on Camino Canada in El Cajon, just off of Interstate 8, on August 17th.

GOVERNOR SIGNS GONZALEZ BILL REQUIRING NOTIFICATION WHEN AN ARSONIST WHO MURDERED A FIREFIGHTER SEEKS PAROLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) – A new law will require notification of a murdered firefighter’s former fire department when the convicted arsonist seeks parole. Assembly Bill 898, authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was signed into law by the Governor today.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED AFTER PHOTOGRAPHONG GIRL IN RESTROOM AT WALMART IN EL CAJON

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release

August 23, 2016 (El Cajon) - Robert Becker is a registered sex offender under arrest on charges of taking cell phone video of a girl in a restroom at Wal-Mart in El Cajon. The investigation is ongoing and Becker is suspected of committing similar crimes in the East County and potential victims are being urged to come forward.

JUSTICE DEPT: JAILING PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD BAIL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Jailing poor defendants because they can’t afford bail is unconstitutional and violates the 14th Amendment right to equal protection, the U.S.  Justice Department argued in an amicus brief filed in federal court on Thursday.

U.S. JUSTICE DEPT. TO STOP USING PRIVATE PRISONS DUE TO ABUSES, BUT IMMIGRATION FACILITIES AND CALIF. CONTINUE TO RELY ON FOR-PROFIT PRISONS

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Federal immigration detention facility in Otay Mesa run by Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company exposed for abusive actions at other locations investigated

August 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — Private, for-profit prisons are more dangerous and less effective than government-run prisons, a new report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General concludes.   On August 18th, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the Justice Dept. will be “reducing—and ultimately ending—our use of privately operated prisons.”

SUSPECT DEAD AFTER CARJACKINGS, SHOOTING AND CRASH IN POWAY

 

East County News Service

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News


 

Update August 23,2016: The deputies involved in this shooting have been identified as Deputy Hugh Davidson, Deputy Nikholas Johnson, Deputy David Smith and Sergeant Robert Niderost. Davidson has been employed as a deputy sheriff with the San Diego Sheriff's Department for 2 years, Johnson for 10 years, Smith for 5 years, andNiederost for31 years. All involved deputies are assigned to the Poway Station.

Update August 19, 2016:  The deceased suspect has been identified as Trenton Lohman, 38, of Lakeside. He was on parole from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Cause of death was a thoracic gunshot wound.

August 18, 2016 (Poway) — Deputies opened fire on an armed man who carjacked two vehicles, including a patrol car.  A wild chase along Poway Road ended in the suspect driving into a ravine, where he was found dead.

STOLEN MOTORCYCLE AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT RECOVERED IN STING OPERATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Yesterday, Steven Guider, 52, was arrested in the 8200 block of Winter Gardens Blvd. in unincorporated El Cajon. Guider posted $2,000 worth of construction equipment on Craigslist that had recently been stolen from a vehicle burglary in Santee.

OFFICER JEREMY HENWOOD AND OFFICER DEGUZMAN CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND COMMUNITY EVENT TODAY AT 3 P.M.

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2016 (San Diego) - Mark Arabo is teaming up with the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) to hold a memorial ceremony and free barbeque for all San Diego honoring slain officers Jeremy Henwood and Jonathan DeGuzman. Today, there will be opportunity for interviews.

THOUSANDS HONOR MEMORY OF SLAIN OFFICER

 

East County News Service

Photo: San Diego Fire Department, via San Diego Police Department Twitter feed

 

August 6, 2016 (El Cajon – Governor Jerry Brown, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and thousands of San Diegans turned out Friday morning at Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon to honor the memory of murdered San Diego Police Officer Jonathan DeGuzman. 

Officer DeGuzman died in the line of duty, gunned down July 28 in an attack that also critically wounded his partner, Wade Irwin.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman called Officer DeGuzman a “great man” who was liked by everybody on the force.  “As he would approach you, he would flash his big smile, and positive energy was just all around him.” The Chief added that DeGuzman was an outstanding police officer because he “truly cared about everyone.”

SWAT SUSPECT DEAD IN SANTEE AFTER OFFICERS FIRED SHOTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  @SDSheriff.net on Twitter

August 6, 2016 (Santee) – A man who reportedly threatened to kill his mother prompted a SWAT team intervention yesterday afternoon at a home at 9901 Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee.  After the suspect fired arrows at Sheriff’s deputies out the windows, deputies returned fire. A robotic device later confirmed the suspect was dead, said Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.

SWAT STANDOFF IN SANTEE

 

August 5, 2016 (Santee) -- San Diego Sheriff is advising residents who live near the 9900 block of Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee to stay indoors due to a SWAT stand-off.

The incident began after deptuies were called to a residence for a domestic dispute mid-afternoon.  A suspect believed to be armed refused to come out and a stand-off has occurred.  Scanner traffic indicates the suspect reportedly shot arrows at officers, according to posts at Brush Party Fireline on Facebook.

LA MESA COUNCIL REFUSES GRAND JURY REQUST TO CREATE CITIZENS’ POLICE OVERSIGHT BOARD, ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOMELESSNESS

By Tasha Matthews

ECM Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

August 4, 2016 (La Mesa)--Councilmember Guy McWhirter opened the La Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 26th by expressing concern for our country in the wake of recent shootings of police officers. He thanked police for their brave work helping to protect citizens—two days before two San Diego Police officers were shot, one fatally.

But the Council rejected a Grand Jury recommendation to create a police oversight board aimed at assuring that citizens’ rights are protected if officer misconduct is alleged. The Grand Jury made its recommendations to La Mesa and other local cities in a report on Citizens Oversight Boards of Police Behavior.

LA MESA POLICE HOLDS PUBLIC SAFETY FAIR AUG. 6

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Continuing with the National Night Out celebration, the La Mesa Police Department will be hosting its 5th Annual Safety Fair on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The event will begin at 8:00 am and last until 12:00 pm. This event is free to the public and will provide many interactive displays on police related issues; such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and demonstrations by our emergency Special Response Team. We will also display our police vehicles and a Heartland fire truck. In addition, there will be kids fingerprinting and a jump house. Free hotdogs, chips and water will also be provided. The public will be able to take guided tours of the La Mesa Police Department as well.

FUNDS SET UP FOR FAMILIES OF INJURED AND SLAIN OFFICERS

 

Public memorial August 10 for Officer DeGuzman

East County News Service

Photo:  injured Officer Wade Irwin and family



August 2, 2016 (San Diego) — San Diego Police Officer Wade Irwin faces a long recovery after being shot on July 28th in a gun battle that killed his partner, Officer Jonathan DeGuzman.

SAN DIEGO POLICE SHOOTING VICTIMS AND SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Slain officer Jonathan ”JD” DeGuzman and wounded officer Wade Irwin

July 29,2016 (San Diego) — San Diego Police Department has released the identities of two police officers shot last night.  The identities of a suspect arrested for the crimes and a second man now in custody, possibly linked to the shootings, have also been made public.

TWO SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, 1 DIES

 

1 suspect in custody; SWAT action continues this morning at site where 2nd suspect may be holed up

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2016 (San Diego)—A San Diego Police officer is dead and a second officer seriously wounded in a shooting that occurred during a traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. last night in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman confirms. Both officers suffered multiple gunshot wounds in their upper bodies.

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.

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