Crime Beat

DUI CHECKPOINT IN FALLBROOK NETS ARRESTS & CITATIONS; MORE CHECKPOINTS PLANNED

June 8, 2009 (Fallbrook)—Law enforcement officials issued 19 citations at a driving under the influence (DUI)/driver's license checkpoint Friday in Fallbrook, also towing 16 vehicles. Additional DUI checkpoints are planned for the Fallbrook area, the San Diego Sheriff’s office confirms.

BUNGLED BURGLARY: THREE ARRESTED IN LA MESA

April 23, 2009 (La Mesa)-- La Mesa Police received a 911 call at 1:32 p.m. on April 22 from a witness who told dispatchers that a man and two women were breaking into a home in the 7900 block of Pasadena Ave.

Officers arrived and detained two female suspects in the driveway of the victim’s residence. The witness told dispatchers the male suspect was fleeing out the back of the victim’s house. A perimeter was established and officers began a search of the area.

SPRING VALLEY BOY, 8, SHOT IN HIS BED BY INTRUDER

March 27, 2009 (Spring Valley)--An eight-year-old boy was shot in the foot while sleeping in his bed at 4:34 this morning. Suspects knocked on the door at Villas at Casa De Oro Apartments (3860 Helix Street, Spring Valley)., then began firing into the apartment using a rifle and a handgun, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. The boy was transported to Grossmont Hospital for treatment. His injury is not life-threatening. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, however no description is available from law enforcement authorities.

PARENTS OF MISSING ESCONDIDO TEEN ASK PUBLIC'S HELP, ORGANIZE SEARCHES: $60,000 REWARD OFFERED

March 14, 2009 (Escondido)--One month after the disappearance of Amber Leeanne Duboise, 14, Escondido police have received new tips and family members are organizing searches in the community. To volunteer, visit http://www.bringamberhome.com/. Donations are also requested to help with costs of the search, which has drawn national attention. You can download flyers to post or distribute here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/?q=bringamberhome.

THREE ARRESTED FOR STREET ROBBERY IN LA MESA

March 14, 2009 (La Mesa) At about 6:30 p.m. this evening, a man was robbed by three suspects while walking near Grossmont Center, La Mesa. The suspects walked up to the victim, brandished a knife, and demanded the victim's wallet, I-pod, and cell phone. The suspects took the property and ran away. The victim ran and called the police from a nearby pay phone. La Mesa Police Officers responded and contacted three suspects in the area within four minutes.

 

BANK ROBBER CAUGHT ON TAPE: UP TO $1,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR FALLBROOK, ESCONDIDO SUSPECT

March 3, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego County Crime Stoppers is joining forces with San Diego County Sheriff's Department Fallbrook detectives to help identify and apprehend the suspect responsible for robbing the Washington Mutual Bank in Fallbrook.

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER HOT PROWL RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN LA MESA

February 28, 2009 (La Mesa) -- Shortly after noon today, the La Mesa Police Department received a call from a resident reporting that his house was being burglarized while he was inside the home in the 9200 block of Brier Road., La Mesa. The resident hid and locked himself inside a room, talking with police after dialing 911. While a male suspect was stealing items from inside the house, a female suspect remained outside in the suspects' car.

LA MESA POLICE NAB 2 SUSPECTS FOR ROBBERY AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

February 10, 2009 (La Mesa)--The day after two pedestrians were robbed at gunpoint by a masked man, Antonio Rattler (photo), a 20 year old from La Mesa,was arrested for the robberies by the La Mesa Police Department.

On February 9, 2009, in the late evening hours, a masked man armed with a gun robbed two pedestrians within thirty minutes of each other in the Parkway Drive/Fletcher Parkway area of La Mesa. Police checked the area at the time but did not locate the suspect.

NO DOUGH FOR DONUT STORE ROBBER: ALERT CITIZEN CALLS POLICE, HELPS TAKES A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Feb. 1, 2009 Update: After further investigation, the last two outstanding suspects in the Yum Yum Donut Shop armed robbery were arrested by the La Mesa Police Department. Nicholas Mitchell, 18 years old, of La Mesa, was arrested for robbery and conspiracy. Steven George, 28 years old, of La Mesa, and also a parolee, was arrested for robbery, conspiracy and a parole violation.

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2009 (La Mesa) — Yum-Yum Doughnuts in La Mesa was robbed
today by thieves who made off with the dough. Fortunately, police had
been tipped off by a woman caller who alerted authorities to suspicious activities--enabling officers to promptly nab one robber, though two accomplices remain
on the loose.

SHERIFF SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO FIND KIDNAPPERS OF TEEN IN POWAY

January 30, 2009 (Poway) — Three men reportedly forced a 12-year-old
girl into a van
in Poway yesterday near Scots Way and Midland Road. According to the Poway
Sheriff, the victim was walking home between 5:25 and 5:45 p.m.. Three
Hispanic male adults in older white box-type utility van stopped and forced
the juvenile into the van. The suspects drove the girl around for about 20
to 30 minutes and then dropped her off unharmed. Police have released a composite sketch of one of the suspects.

BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

January 29, 2009 (La Mesa) — At 7:39 PM, La Mesa Police
responded to a report of an armed robbery from the Burlington Coat Factory
located at 7938 El Cajon Boulevard.  Several La Mesa Police officers and the Sheriff's helicopter
ASTREA responded to the scene, but the suspect had fled prior to their arrival.  The
suspect entered the open business, brandished a handgun to a clerk and ordered
them to give him the money.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount
of money.  No employees or customers were injured.

LAKESIDE POLICE SEEK MAN IN SILVER CAR WHO TRIED TO  LURE 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL INTO VEHICLE

Mitsubishi Eclipse with spoiler, vehicle possibly driven
by suspect.

January
15, 2009 (Lakeside) —
Lakeside deputies responded to a radio
call of a possible kidnapping at 10133 Maine Avenue in Lakeside shortly before
7 a.m.  Upon
arrival, deputies contacted the victim, a 15-year-old ninth grade female who
attends El Capitan High School. The victim reported an unknown male had followed
her as she walked to school from the intersection of Channel Road and Industry
Way (near Highway 67). The male suspect made several attempts to lure the female
into his vehicle by offering her a ride, and eventually stopped his vehicle
on Mapleview Street just west of Highway 67. As the victim attempted to walk
past the vehicle, the suspect got out of his vehicle and walked toward the
victim. The suspect placed his hand on the victim's shoulder and she fled the
scene to the 7-11 store at 10133 Main Avenue where she called the Sheriff's
Department.

POLICE SEEK ROBBER WHO ATTACKED CLERK WITH HAMMER AT LA MESA SHELL STATION

January
21, 2009 (La Mesa) —
A man attempted to rob the Shell Gas Station at 5302 Lake
Murray Boulevard, La Mesa at 6:32 this morning by threatening the clerk there
with a hammer.  The suspect entered the business and demanded money.  The
suspect threatened to hit the clerk, 28, with a ten-inch-long sheet rock hammer.  A
struggle ensued over the hammer and the clerk was finally able to wrestle the
hammer from the suspect.  The suspect punched the clerk at least once
during the fight. 

SHERIFF'S DUI ARRESTS INCREASE FIFTEEN PERCENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT TO CONTINUE

 

January 10, 2008 (San Diego) — This holiday season, arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) shot up 15% countywide. Whether more people engaged in holiday merrymaking or drowning their sorrows amid a bleak economy remains unknown, but Sheriff's credit increased enforcement action with the spike in drunk driving busts.

MICHAEL'S CRAFT STORE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN LA MESA: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED BY CRIMESTOPPERS

January 5, 2009 (La Mesa) — On January 5, 2009, at 3:12 PM, two masked
men entered the Michael's Craft Store at 9108 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa and
robbed customers and the store employees at gunpoint.

The suspects entered the store and ordered employees and customers to the
floor while they each waved a handgun around.  The suspects took money
and jewelry from several customers and also took an undisclosed amount of money
from the store's cash registers.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown
type white sedan.  No one was injured during the robbery. 

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH NEW LAWS

Several new laws designed to help strengthen existing DUI laws

January 4, 2009 (Sacramento) — With a new year on the
horizon, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to remind motorists of a
handful of new laws, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger,
that go into effect in 2009.

"The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern," says
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist's
safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers
and the tragedy they cause."

EIGHT YEAR OLD BOY KIDNAPPED BY STRANGER IN LA MESA ;CHILD ESCAPED, POLICE SEEK SUSPECT

UPDATE: Police have determined that this reported kidnapping was a hoax.

La Mesa Police Officers responded to an attempted kidnapping that occurred
at 4827 Parks Avenue in the city of La Mesa on January 1st at 6:55 p.m..  Officers
met with the eight-year-old male victim and his aunt at the Parks Avenue address. 

ARMED ROBBERY AT SUPER OSCAR'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN LA MESA; REWARD OFFERED

December
27, 2008 (La Mesa) —
Three armed men robbed the Super Oscar's Restaurant located
at 7102 University Avenue in La Mesa on Saturday, December 27th at 7:52 p.m.  A
customer in the drive-thru reported that armed subjects entered the front doors
of the restaurant with handguns. Suspects pointed the weapons at three employees,
jumped over the counter and demanded money out of the register.  One suspect

$1,000 REWARD FOR FEMALE SUSPECT IN CARJACKING AT GROSSMONT CENTER

December
23, 2008 (La Mesa) —
On December 22, 2008, at about 5:30 PM, a woman was carjacked,
robbed and driven into El Cajon by a female suspect as the woman was parking
at Grossmont Center.

The victim, a 20 year old female from La Mesa, told police that she had just
parked at Grossmont Center near Wal-Mart when a white female knocked on
her window. When the victim rolled her window down, the female suspect
indicated she had a gun and directed the victim to move to the passenger
seat. The suspect was described as a white female, 35 years old, blond hair,
5 foot 5 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a pink Chargers beanie, a grey
sweatshirt, and knit gloves.

LA MESA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AT CHOP SHOP IN LA MESA; ARREST MADE ON DRUG, WEAPON AND STOLEN VEHICLE CHARGES

December
19, 2008 (La Mesa) —
Officers from the La Mesa Police Department's
Special Enforcement Detail, and detectives from the Regional Auto Theft Task
Force (R.A.T.T.), served a search warrant at a home in the 6000 block of Amaya
Dr. in La Mesa. The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into stolen
vehicles in the area. Detectives found approximately three ounces of Cocaine,

EL CAJON MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBING HOLIDAY SHOPPER IN TOYS R US PARKING LOT

December 18, 2008 (La Mesa) — La Mesa Police Officers responded
to a robbery that occurred at 11:47 a.m. in the parking lot of Toys R Us on
Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa. 

When officers arrived, they found that security officers had chased the suspect
on foot northbound on Jackson Drive.  The security officers lost the suspect
under the I-8 over pass.  Responding officers set up a perimeter and found
the suspect running through a parking lot at 5232 Jackson Drive.  After
a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. 

Armed Subject at Helix High School Determined to be a Hoax

December 17, 2008 (La Mesa) — A report of an armed man on the Helix High School campus yesterday has now been determined to be a hoax.  Further investigation by Helix staff and the La Mesa Police Department confirmed that the student who reported seeing a man with a gun had fabricated the incident.  It is not known why the student lied at this time.    

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