Crime Beat

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS

 

Drive sober or get pulled over

East County News Service

December 23, 2016 (El Cajon) -- This holiday season, El Cajon Police will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.

SPEED UP DEATH PENALTY CASES? NOT SO FAST, CALIF. HIGH COURT RULES

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2016 (San Francisco) — California’s Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of Proposition 66, a measure approved by voters in November that would speed up death penalty cases.  The high court issued the stay to allow time to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by opponents of the measure.

SECRET SANTAS ASK SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

December 17, 2016 (San Diego) - Three generous community members (Secret Santas) enlisted the help of Sheriff's Deputies today to surprise dozens of families with cash and gift cards.  People's reactions were one of pure joy.   

MAN ARRESTED FOR OCTOBER SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY: INVESTIGATORS SEEK WITNESSES

 

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Jesus Perez, 26, was arrested yesterday afternoon by Sheriff’s detectives for attempted murder. The arrest stems from a shooting which occurred in the early morning hours of October 30th in the 800 block of Broadview Street in Spring Valley.

SUSPECTED SERIAL THIEF ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A man suspected of stealing mail in Lakeside led Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in Alpine this morning and was caught with a pickup truck full of other stolen items ranging from weapons to electronics. He is suspected of thefts in neighborhoods across our region.

CHP SEEKS IDENTITY OF PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON I-15 NEAR FRIARS ROAD SATURDAY NIGHT; MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2016 (San Diego) — California Highway Patrol seeks public help to identify a pedestrian struck at 11:17 p.m. Saturday night while walking in lanes of Interstate northbound, south of Friars Road.  The victim suffered major head and chest trauma after being struck by a maroon Subaru station wagon.

ALPINE MOM, 21, ARRESTED IN RELATION TO TOT’S DEATH

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Sheriff’s department today announced a second arrest related to the death of 18-month-old Leah Brown-Meza. Lilly Brown, 21, the tot’s mother, will be charged with three counts of willful cruelty to a child with great bodily injury and/or death, said Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson.

NEW PARK OPENS IN SANTEE HONORING DEPUTY KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

 

East County News Service

December 11, 2016 (Santee) – The City of Santee held a grand opening Saturday for Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park, located at 9170 Via de Cristina, just east of Fanita Drive and north of Prospect Avenue.  The new park is named in memory of Deputy Collier, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010 while trying to stop a drunk driver who was traveling the wrong-way on Highway 52.

MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF ALPINE TOT

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2016 (Alpine) -- Detectives with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail and the Fugitive Task Force have arrested Alpine resident Wiliey Foster in connection with the death of 18 month-old Leah Brown-Meza. Foster is the live-in boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO DEATH OF ALPINE TOT

 

Update:   The deceased child has been identified as Leah Brown-Meza. The autopsy result has been sealed as an investigation continues.

East County News Service

December 7, 2016 (Alpine) — Sheriff’s homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating the death of an Alpine toddler under suspicious circumstances.

Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics responded to a 911 call reporting an 18-month-old girl was found not breathing, shortly before noon yesterday.  The child was in a motorhome parked at 302 Hunter Lane in Alpine.

FATAL SHOOTING ON HIGHWAY 94

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2016 (San Diego) – A man shot in the head last night around 11:35 p.m. on the north shoulder of State Route 94 near Euclid Avenue was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. NBC News reports that San Diego Police have indicated that an altercation occurred alongside the freeway shortly before the shooting.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SERVITUDE CASE

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (El Cajon) – A settlement has been reached in the case of an El Cajon couple accused of keeping a housekeeper against her will as an indentured servant.

The victim, who asked to be identified by her initials, W.M., wanted to go home to Indonesia and did not want to go through the ordeal of confronting her alleged captors in court, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.  So prosecutors negotiated a plea deal.

CA WORKS TO PROTECT YOUTH SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN CRISIS

 

Public News Service

November 27. 2016 (Los Angeles) -- California is home to three of the top 13 hot spots for child sex trafficking: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Now LA and Long Beach are launching a new "Safe Youth Zone" to help young victims escape.

SOME CONVICTED OF MARIJUANA CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA CAN HAVE PENALTIES REDUCED OR RECORDS EXPUNGED

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Proposition 64, approved by voters on November 9th, not only legalized recreational marijuana for adults in California.  It also provides opportunity for reprieves to people arrested or convicted of certain pot-related crimes.

MAN KILLS SELF AFTER TAKING SON HOSTAGE, TRIGGERING SWAT OPERATION IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2016 (El Cajon) — A man who prompted a SWAT standoff after firing shots and taking his 7-year-old son hostage last night is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.  According to Lieutenant Royal Bates, the child exited the residence in the 800 block of Grape Street unharmed shortly before the gunshot was heard.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AT CAMPGROUND IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Alpine) -- Sheriff's Sexual Assault Detectives are investigating a sexual assault at the Ma-Tar-Awa Viejas RV Park, 25 Browns Road, Alpine, CA 91901, on the Viejas Indian Reservation.

According to Lt. Dan Brislin, a 30-year-old woman walked into the campground restroom at 5:30 a.m. yesterday and saw a man facing away from her in a stall. She entered a stall and that same man approached her from behind, said "Hey" and proceeded to sexually assault her. As the assault progressed, she asked him to not hurt her. Immediately after she said this, he stopped and fled the scene.

EL CAJON POLICE ARREST MAN FOR DAMAGING AMERICAN FLAGS ON VETERANS DAY ALONG MAIN STREET

 

By Robert Gehr

Update November 13, 2016:  Jarred  Jefferson, 22, has been charged with felony vandalism for destroying or damaging 13 flags,  as well as two counts of obstructing an officer, NBC 7 News reports.  Poles were broken and some flags thrown in the street, where vehicles ran over them.  The flags had been put up by a local Boy Scout troop.

November 12, 2016 (El Cajon) — El Cajon Police arrested a young man yesterday morning who was reported to be damaging American flags displayed along Main Street in downtown El Cajon in recognition of Veteran’s Day.

Witnesses called El Cajon Police to report a man vandalizing American flags and it didn’t take very long for a Police officer to arrive, track down the perpetrator and make contact. The suspect did resist initial attempts by the first officer on scene attempting to arrest him, but was eventually taken into custody after another officer responded and aided in controlling the uncooperative man.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS WANTED FOR HATE CRIME AND ROBBERY AT SDSU

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2016 (San Diego)—Campus police are investigating a hate crime, robbery and vehicle theft that occurred at San Diego State University yesterday at2:28 p.m.

According to Lt. Ron Broussard,  a student was walking to her vehicle in the stairwell at parking lot #12  when “two males, who made comments about President-elect Trump and the Muslim community, confronted her and grabbed her purse and backpack.”  They also stole her car keys and her vehicle.

POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND GABRIELA “GABY” GONZALES MISSING SINCE 2002: BODY MAY BE IN OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2016 (Chula Vista) - The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) Crimes of Violence Unit (COV), in close cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is revisiting the open 2002 cold case homicide of 14-year-old Gabriela “Gaby” Gonzales.  Gaby disappeared on April 5, 2002 and has not been seen since.   Gaby would be 29 years old today.  View flyer.

JUDGE DENIES INJUNCTION SOUGHT BY PROTESTERS AGAINST EL CAJON POLICE AND SHERIFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino on Friday denied a temporary restraining order sought by the NAACP and protesters. The plaintiffs wanted the court to stop El Cajon Police and Sheriff officers from arresting protesters at the site where Alfred Olango was fatally shot by an El Cajon policeman on September 27th.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER

 

Update: The victim has been identified as Richard Kent Chartier. The cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the abdomen. The manner of death was ruled a homicide. Chartier was a resident at the 1321 Oro Street property in unincorporated El Cajon.

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (El Cajon) – Vincent Frank Peterson,42, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of a man found with mortal wounds Friday night in unincorporated El Cajon.

Deputies were called to a home on Oro Street near Greenfield Drive after a caller to 911 reported an assault with a deadly weapon around 10 p.m. Friday.  The victim, 42, was found with injuries to his torso and died on the way to a hospital.

EL CAJON SHOOTING SUSPECT MICHAEL RIORDAN ARRESTED IN LEMON GROVE AFTER PURSUIT

 

Source: El Cajon Police

November 3, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- A suspect has been arrested at a Lemon Grove residence for a shooting that occurred in El Cajon on October 28th at 12:40 p.m.

During the incident, witnesses described an argument occurring between two males and the suspect, near a kiosk in the 1000 Block of Decker Street. The suspect walked away from the argument to a vehicle parked a short distance away and retrieved a handgun. He then walked back to where the kiosk was at and fired numerous shots at the victims striking one of them in the leg. The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.

OLANGO FAMILY TO ESTABLISH FOUNDATION, FILES CLAIM WITH EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2016 (El Cajon) — The father of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan immigrant who was fatally shot last month by an El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves, has announced plans to establish the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation for police reform. In addition, Olango’s sister has filed a claim against the City of El Cajon alleging negligence in her brother’s death.

NAACP, EL CAJON PROTESTERS AWAIT JUDGE’S DECISION

 

East County News Service

Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery contributed to this report

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Superior Court Judge Janis Sammartino heard evidence October 26 in a case filed by the National Association of Colored Persons (NAAC) and seven protesters against the city of El Cajon, the Sheriff’s Department, and El Cajon Police.

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