Crime Beat

CALIFORNIA MAN CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING ISIL

 

East County News Service

Photo: 2011 high school yearbook at El Modena High School

March 4, 2015 (San Diego) – The. U.S. Attorney’s office announced today that an Orange County man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been indicted on federal offenses including attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

A GRUESOME FIND IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

March 3, 2015 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies trying to serve an eviction notice at an apartment in the Riverview Villa Apartments on Woodside Avenue in Lakeside this morning made a gruesome discovery.

COURT THROWS OUT RESTRICTIONS ON SEX OFFENDERS' HOUSING

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California’s Supreme Court has invalidated a portion of Jessica’s Law, tossing out as unconstitutional restrictions that prevented sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or other places with children.

SHOOTING ON I-8 ONRAMP: MAN INJURED IN EL CAJON

 

March 2, 2015 (El Cajon) – A dark Toyota Tercel occupied by two Hispanic men in their 20s that left Sycuan Casino shortly after 3:30 a.m. The Toyota reportedly followed a couple in a pickup truck, then opened fire just before the vehicle entered eastbound I-8 from the West Main Street onramp.  The driver of the pickup was struck by a bullet in his shoulder.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT HITS DEPUTY'S CAR HEAD-ON

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2015 (Santee)—Eddie Martin, a 41-year-old man wanted for a domestic violence incident, is under arrest after fleeing, then crashing head-first into a responding deputy’s patrol car in Santee last night.

EL CAJON POLICE SOLVE HAIR-RAISING CRIME

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police announce the arrest of a woman accused of posing as a customer at a hair salon at 437 East Main Street on Wednesday, then robbing an employee at gunpoint after receiving treatment at the salon.

PIZZA CARJACKER HALTED BY HAZMAT SPILL

By Leon Thompson

February 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Happy’s Pizza delivery person was not so happy Monday night when he was held up at gunpoint by two masked suspects. 

The thieves called in a pizza order and when the delivery driver arrived at a house in the 1100 block of West Chase Avenue in El Cajon, they brandished a gun and stole his SUV, cell phone, cash and even his shoes, El Cajon Police Department reports.

The suspects handed off the stolen SUV to a woman near the 1200 block of El Cajon Boulevard.  She drove into La Mesa, where she encountered a street closure on Amaya Drive due to a hazmat incident from a big rig fuel spill.  La Mesa Police spotted the stolen vehicle and stopped the driver to question her.

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HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIAN IN LAKESIDE ARRESTED FOR ARRANGING SEXUAL LIAISON WITH A 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

 

February 20, 2015 (Lakeside) – A 21-year-old substitute custodian with the Grossmont Union High School District was arrested yesterday after texting a 14-year-old female student to arrange an off-campus sexual liaison. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit and Santee Sheriff’s station are continuing the investigation to determine if there are any additional victims.

SERIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS BUSTED

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Two men suspected of a series of 15 commercial burglaries in La Mesa from are under arrest.  Both are also connected to burglaries in El Cajon and Oceanside, according to a statement issued by La Mesa Police.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY; SHERIFF SEEKS LEADS TO LOCATE SUSPECTS

East County News Service

February 17, 2015 (Spring Valley )—Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred early this morning at 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of Bancroft Drive and Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley, an unincorporated community in San Diego's East County.

The suspect vehicle, a white or silver BMW-type sedan occupied by at least two black males, was last seen traveling northfrom the shooting scene toward state route 94. The victim, an adult male, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, says Sergeant Pat McCoy.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

February 13, 2015 (La Mesa) – Robert Mixon, 25, of San Diego is under arrest after allegedly trying to steal a purse from a woman at the trolley station at 70th Street and Alvarado Road in  La Mesa.

CRIME DOWN, LA MESA POLICE CHIEF REPORTS

 

Council also heard city’s quarterly financial report and filled Parking Commission vacancy

By Janis Russell

February 13, 2015 (La Mesa)- At the La Mesa city council meeting Tuesday,  former Police Chief Ed Aceves presented the quarterly crime report-and some good news:  crime last year declined from 2013. Chief Aceves said the crime rate overall is down, “the lowest it’s been since 2011.”

He also presented  charts.  One showed that in 2014, there were no homicides.  However there were  16 rapes, 68 robberies, and 124 aggravated assaults (assault with some type of injury). The aggravated assault  had the biggest increase from 2013. 28 robbery cases were cleared, or solved, in 2014.

SWAT TEAM SURROUNDS HOME IN EL CAJON, SEEKING SUSPECT IN SHOOTING OF TV 8 SPORTS ANCHOR

 

Update 10:40 p.m.:  The suspect is now in custody, CBS 8 reports.  San Diego Police, also on scene, took the lead in convincing the suspect to surrender.

Photo: Suspect Mike Montana, courtesy  ECM news partner 10 News

February 10, 2015 (El Cajon) - 9:06 p.m. -- The El Cajon SWAT team has surrounded a home at Prescott & Noden in El Cajon, seeking suspect Mike Montana wanted for shooting of CBS News 8 sports anchor Kyle Kraska. Kraska was shot and seriously wounded earlier today outside his Scripps Rancho home.

There are many emergency vehicles in the area of Chase and Avocado in the vicinity of the SWAT action, ECM reporter Paul Kruz reports.  AVOID AREA. View map .

The suspect was seen leaving the shooting scene in white van with Superior Painting logo on the side.

MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF EAST COUNTY WOMAN

 

East County News Service

February 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Eugene Niggel has been charged with first degree murder and domestic violence resulting in the death of Linda Sue Irwin.  Irwin was admitted to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa on November 19, 2014 with blunt force trauma. She was transferred to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where she later died of her injuries.

EAST COUNTY CHURCHES DONATE TRAUMA KITS TO EL CAJON POLICE

 

Photo (left to right): Kevin Miller, Foothills Christian Church; Capt. Jeff Arvan, El Cajon Police Dept..

February 5, 2015 (El Cajon)--A group of 25 churches in the East County have collectively contributed dollars to purchase 45 potentially life-saving trauma kits for the El Cajon Police Department.

SHERIFF'S COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY FEB. 17 IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

February 3, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--The Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community event on Tuesday, February 17th  from 8-10 a.m. at Dolci Café Italia (2650 Jamacha Road, Suite 121) in Rancho San Diego.

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO ISLAMIC GROUP

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2015 (La Mesa) – San Diego Police have arrested John David Weissinger, 53, of La Mesa for making a criminal threat against the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  He is also charged with illegally owning, buying or selling an illegal large-capacity ammunition magazine.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE FORMED IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 31, 2016 (San Diego) - In San Diego, the second most trafficked illegal commodity is human lives (after narcotics). Our county has become a hub for this deplorable practice, but now a new taskforce has been formed to combat this crisis.

DEPUTIES SAVE LIFE OF ARSONIST BURNED IN BORREGO SPRINGS FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2015 (Borrego Springs)—A domestic dispute in Borrego Springs ended in an explosive situation that resulted in a home in flames and a Sheriff’s deputy risking his life to save an arsonist from a burning home.

SHERIFF'S COFFEE WITH THE COMMUNITY: FEB. 3 IN LEMON GROVE

 

January 27, 2015 (Lemon Grove) Community outreach is a priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to his staff, the Sheriff says.

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES DUI PATROLS ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

 

January 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to keep impaired drivers off San Diego's roadways on Super Bowl Sunday.

WOMAN RELEASED IN BARONA DOUBLE HOMICIDE CASE

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 23, 2015 (Lakeside) – Elaina Rose Welch, who was arrested following the deaths of her child and boyfriend on the Barona reservation last week, was released from jail Thursday.

Tribal police responded to a call about an attempted suicide and the Sheriff’s department responded to a call reporting her baby was dead. The police spoke to a man, now known to be her boyfriend, Julio Ricardo Monggiotti; who then entered the home and a shot was heard. Welch exited the home and dropped a shotgun on the road.

When the police entered the home they found the corpse of her baby hidden in a freezer and Monggiotti dead with gunshot wounds to his chest and wrist. This incident had prompted much of the area to be shut down and even SWAT intervention. (See our prior story here.)

BURGLARY SUSPECT CAUGHT IN STOLEN VEHICLE

 

 

January 23, 2015 (Santee) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Shawn Wood, 30, who was found sleeping in a stolen vehicle in the 7000 block of Mariposa Street in Santee on January 22nd at 7:25 a.m.

LAKESIDE VANDALS SOUGHT: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

January 22, 2014 (Lakeside) – Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who used paint and epoxy glue to damage a mailbox and signs.  The suspects were caught on video on January 16 bewteen 1:25 and 2:45 a.m. in the 11000 block of Valle Vistas Road in Lakeside’s Eucalyptus Hills neighborhood. 

A reliable source told ECM that  around the same time, El Capitan High School and Lakeside Farms Elementary School also suffered major damage from vandals who put epoxy in door locks, among other damage. 

WOMAN FIGHTS OFF WOULD-BE RAPIST IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

January 20, 2015 (Santee) – A woman was assaulted Saturday night in Santee by a man who knocked her down, then tried to remove clothing from her lower body, the Sheriff’s office reports.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER BANS POLICE FROM SEIZING ASSETS WITHOUT WARRANTS OR CHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Last September, East County Magazine reported on alleged abuses of a federal policy that allowed local law enforcement agencies to keep 80% of cash and other assets seized – even when no criminal charges were filed.  Critics contended the system led to corruption.

MAN SHOT IN BARONA DOUBLE HOMICIDE IDENTIFIED

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: shooting victim Julio Ricardo Monggiotti, from his Facebook page

Photo, right: Elaina Welch, from her Facebook page

January 17, 2015 (Lakeside) – The man fatally shot yesterday in a double homicide on the Barona reservation in Lakeside Friday has been identified as Julio Ricardo Monggiotti, 32.  The identity of a child also found dead will not be released until after an autopsy scheduled later in the week, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Elaine Welch, 32, has been arrested for the killings.

According to his Facebook page, Monggiotti  worked at Mr. Paintball USA , formerly served in the U.S. Army and was a student at San Diego State University.  A graduate of Eastlake High School, he was originally from Chula Vista and later lived in San Diego.

He posted that he was “In search for Enlightenment. Big Soul. Big Dreams. Loving life.”

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR RELEASED IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

 

January 14, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Gary Snavely, a sexually violent predator, has released from a state mental hospital on January 12th and is now living in Jacumba Hot Springs (at 45612 Old Highway 80). 

The decision to release Snavely and place him in Jacumba was made by the Department of State Hospitals and the San Diego Superior Court.

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