Police Log: January 8th — January 14, 2013
Compiled by Jeanne Hoffa This is a selection of the 1662 cases generated through the Fullerton Police Department, January 8th-January 14th 2013
Armed robbers captured by police
A pair of suspects robbed the Arco AM/PM on 1000 W. Valencia Drive Jan. 8th. One of two Hispanic suspects pulled a gun on a clerk and demanded he open the cash register while the other acted as a lookout from the front of the store at 10:27 p.m. The clerk took out $20 bills and rolls of quarters, handed them over and the pair left. Thieves with similar descriptions had robbed several stores in Buena Park and Los Angeles, and police there had broadcast their Ids and the make of their car. A Fullerton officer found a vehicle that matched the description. The two suspects were inside, along with the cash and another gun. The pair were transferred to Buena Park and arrested.
Copper thieves plunder elementary school again
Bandits stripped the center coils from air conditioning units at Beechwood Elementary School Jan. 9th, according to police reports. The school’s office manager said vandals had stripped the copper from two of the school’s rooftop units. Officials there estimate the damage will cost $4,000 to repair. Metal thieves have targeted a number of elementary schools in Fullerton in the past year. Thieves stripped the copper from a home on the 1600 block of Sandalwood Avenue Jan. 5th, around the corner from the school.
Woman finds signs of rape after blackout
A 21-year-old woman who passed out after a second beer at the Back Alley Bar and Grill awoke and found signs she’d been sexually assaulted, according to police reports. The woman told police she’d gone downtown to be with her friends. She told police she thinks she was drugged. She felt sick right away and began to lose consciousness after she drank a second beer. She vaguely remembered getting into an unknown car with a man she thought was her friend’s cousin. She remembered nothing else until she regained consciousness just as the cousin was dropping her off in front of a gas station by the cousin in the middle of the night. She called a taxi to take her home. She found hickies on her breasts and neck, and contacted police at 3:30 a.m.
Intruders ransack elderly couple’s home
A couple returned to their home the 500 block of W. Hill Avenue and found it ransacked Jan. 9th. The pair had only been gone to another residence for a couple of hours, Officer Anthony Valle said. When they returned, burglars had shattered the rear window and unlocked the front door. The thieves had opened a safe in the master bedroom and stolen jewelry, personal documents and coins. A neighbor saw a black man exit the home with a black bag while they were gone. The suspect got into a white two-door Hyundai that sped off at about noon. the front door was unlocked and the
Metal thieves strip fire valves from business
A property manager discovered thieves had stolen six fire valves from buildings in the Kimberly Business Center industrial park Jan. 9th. The Mar West Real Estate manager told police the valves were last accounted for in December. Later employees discovered four backflow devices had been plundered from the business on 825 Enterprise Way as well. The valves and backflow pipes will cost about $1,000 each to replace.
Man steals victim’s backpack at Richman Park
A man snatched the backpack of a 61-year-old man and ran from the bench where he sat at Richman Park Jan. 9th. The victim found the thief in possession of the backpack on N. Richman Avenue and W. Chapman Avenue. The suspect punched him and fled again, this time without the backpack. The victim looked inside and his cell phone and checkbook had been stolen. Police arrived and the scene and located the suspect. They arrested 37-year-old Khoa Anh Nguyen for robbery. Mr. Nguyen was later taken to Orange County Jail.
FTT beating sends man to the hospital
A gang of four confronted a lone teen as he walked to his girlfriend’s house on E. Valencia Drive Lemon Street Jan. 12th. The asked him where he was from, and when the 19-year-old told them “Anaheim”, they kicked him and punched him, then fled. The victim pulled out his phone and called a friend for help. The gang returned, assaulted him again and stole his phone. The friend arrived and drove him to St. Jude Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries at 9:30 p.m. The victim was reluctant to describe the suspects to police, other than all of them were Hispanic, and FTT gang members.
Man stabbed on trails
An 18-year-old ended up at St. Jude Hospital after he was stabbed in the arm on the trails between Gilbert Street and Rosecrans Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9th. The teen was afraid to describe the suspect, a person he said he knew. The stab wound was described as less than one inch.
FTT member busted for felony resisting arrest
Police tried to stop Antonio Sisto Rodriguez on his bike Jan. 10th because he didn’t have a light at 6:30 p.m. Rodriguez fled from the officers on Euclid Street and Valencia Drive rather than stop, Officer Anthony Valle said. “When the officer finally caught up to Rodriguez and tried to block him in, he jumped off his bike and began to flee,” Valle said. “The officer immediately recognized Rodriguez as a gang member of FTT from prior contacts with him,” Valle continued. “As the officer gave chase, Rodriguez stopped, turned around in a fighting stance with his hands and fists raised up. The officer tackled Rodriguez and waited for the other officers to arrive.” Mr. Rodriquez, 32, was later taken to Orange County Jail.
USC fan pays with counterfeit bill
A teenager paid for a take-out food with a fake $100 bill at a restaurant on 2621 W. Orangethorpe Avenue Jan. 14th. The suspect—a 6’2” white male between the ages of 16 and 18—paid at the counter, and the clerk handed him the change. Just then the clerk noticed it was fake, but when he confronted the suspect, he ran out the door at 8:08 p.m. The victim said he was dressed in a black hoodie, and that he carried a red USC bag
And from last week…
Man stabbed downtown
A 26-year-old man was stabbed in the chest by a suspect after a confrontation over a girl in front of the Continental Room New Year’s Day. The victim saw the suspect go up to his girlfriend and another girl on 115 W. Santa Fe Avenue after celebrating New Year’s Eve downtown. The suspect, a Hispanic man between 18 and 20 years old, began to fight with the victim, then pulled out a knife and plunged it into his chest. The victim was taken to an emergency room, then transferred to UCI medical center. The man with the knife has not been identified.
Woman raped at knifepoint
A woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man with a knife on 1411 S. Harbor Blvd. Jan. 4th. The 20-year-old woman had stopped in the mall on Harbor Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue. A man approached her in the dark, pulled out a knife and told her he would stab her if she tried to run, Officer Anthony Valle said. He pointed her towards her car and raped her in his car. He let her out afterwards and she ran. She was unable to describe her assailant to police.
1/8 Petty Theft – A thief stole the rear license from a car in the Camden Parkside C Apartments on the 2700 block of Associated Road.
1/8 Transient Problem – A caller says 8-10 people camped out on the front landing at the Hunt Branch Library are refusing to leave at 9:34 a.m.
1/8 Transient Problem – A clerk says transients are bothering customers on 301 S. Brookhurst Road at 5:47 a.m.
1/8 Transient Problem – A caller is concerned for a man in the cold by a tree in the middle of the park on 222 Pacific Drive at 12:57 a.m.
1/8 Suspicious Person – A naked man is standing on the train tracks at 1765 W. Commonwealth Avenue at 4:46 a.m. Police arrived and cited the man for remaining on railroad property without permission.
1/8 Transient Problem – A large group of transients have set up camp on 125 E. Wilshire Avenue at 8:18 p.m. They were later moved along.
1/8 Transient Problem – A man is sleeping next to the “Highland Creek Apartments” sign at 1:51 p.m.
1/8 Petty Theft – A camera was stolen from 1313 S. Harbor Blvd. sometime before 11:09 a.m.
1/8 Petty Theft - A thief stole the rear license plate from a car on the 100 block of W. Southgate sometime before 3:55 p.m.
1/9 Petty Theft – 100 block Soco Drive. 5:57 p.m.
1/9 ID Theft – An unknown suspect used a 52-year-old man’s ID and made $1,000 in fraudulent charges. The victim, who lives on the 500 block of S. Euclid Street, had no idea how anyone got his information.
1/9 Follow Up – A man found his stolen Schwinn bike at a store on 401 W. Commonwealth Avenue at 4:25 p.m.
1/9 Petty Theft – UPS deliveries were stolen from a home in the Streams Apartments on the 1300 block of Deerpark Drive sometime before 4:15 p.m.
1/9 Petty Theft – 205 N. Harbor Blvd. 3:32 p.m.
1/9 Petty Theft – A Hispanic juvenile and a black male stole DRE headphones worth $100 from the store on 200 W. Orangethorpe Avenue by cutting the cords with a knife at 1:22 p.m.
1/9 Petty Theft – 1100 N. Placentia Avenue. 9:58 a.m.
1/10 Suspicious Circumstances – An elderly woman who was home alone heard a noise outside her home on the 900 block of Beechwood Avenue at 12:36 p.m. Police arrived and discovered someone had removed the scene a front window.
1/9 Hit and Run – A driver in a car that looked like a Honda Civic hit a blue mini-van that ended up in the bushes on Euclid Street and Valley View Drive, then left the scene headed northbound on Euclid at 6:39 a.m.
1/9 Dead Body – A man called police after his father passed away on the 1800 block of Lexington Drive at 11:45 a.m. Ben Sportsman was 92 years old.
1/9 Grand Theft – Bandits stole construction tools from a home on the 600 block of S. Alberta Place sometime before 10:51 a.m.
1/10 Grand Theft - An Edison employee discovered copper wire had been stolen from an AT&T cellular site on 1031 Rosecrans Avenue at 9:52 a.m.
1/10 Burglary Attempt – A victim found tool marks on the back door after a burglary attempt on the 700 block of E. Hermosa Drive at 3:25 p.m.
1/10 Suspicious Person – A 57-year-old man was cited for carrying a knife after a caller saw him lean an ax against his vehicle after he was “doing something to a fence” on the 2900 block of Charles Avenue at 9:06 a.m.
1/10 Transient Problem – An employee at the Fullerton Surgical Center asked police to move a man who was sleeping in front of their glass doors because people were having a hard time hopping over him at 6:01 a.m.
1/11 Pedestrian Check – Fullerton resident Henry Enrique Camarillo was arrested for violating parole after he was stopped on W. Truslow Avenue near Highland Avenue at 9:47 p.m.
1/11 Fraud – 1011 N. Harbor Blvd. 6:21 p.m.
1/11 Petty Theft – 700 block Maxzim Avenue. 3:35 p.m.
1/11 Petty Theft – Thieves stole the catalytic converter from a car on the 500 block of Burning Tree Road sometime before 2:57 p.m.
1/11 Fraud – 122 E. Commonwealth Avenue – 12:32 p.m.
1/11 Fraud – 1400 block W. Woodcrest Avenue. 11:57 a.m.
1/11 Vandalism – Taggers spay-painted “FTT”, “Truslow Street” and other gang monikers on building D’s elevator on 400 W. Orangethorpe Avenue
1/11 Family Disturbance – A man found his son sleeping in the bed of his truck on the 1600 block of W. Gage Avenue. The father called police because he has a restraining order against the 30-year-old.
1/11 Burglary – Chiropractic office, 301 N. Raymond Ave. 9:34 p.m.
1/12 Dept. Assist – Claremont police asked an officer to check and see if the white 1998 Dodge Durango with the license 64719 that belongs to a burglary suspect is at a home on the 100 block of Citrus Avenue at 7:47 p.m.
1/12 – Weapon Brandished – A caller says Robert Lapaglia pulled on gun on him on S. Harbor Blvd. and W. Orangethorpe Avenue. Police arrived and arrested the 45-year-old Mr. Lapaglia, listed as homeless, for assault with a deadly weapon.
1/12 Department Assist – A man called and said he’s feeling violent and needs medical help at his home on the 300 block W. Jacaranda Place at 3:45 p.m. Police arrived and discovered the frequent caller to the police department was merely intoxicated, and that his mother was okay.
1/12 Suspicious Person – A caller saw a man jump over a fence to a home on the 3900 block of W. Valencia Drive at 2:40 p.m. Police arrived and arrested 27-year-old Vantwan Tylon Mays for trespassing, and later took him to Orange County Jail.
1/12 Petty Theft – Police arrested a 22-year-old Placentia woman for theft after a security guard called them to the Burlington Coat Factory on 140 Orangefair Mall.
1/12 Animal Problem – There’s a dead dog on the median on N. Berkley Avenue and N. Harbor Blvd. at 9:20 a.m.
1/12 Welfare Check – There’s a man sleeping in a Honda Accord on Commonwealth Avenue at Euclid Street at 6:51 a.m.
1/13 Drunk – A woman says her intoxicated husband fell in the show at their home on the 1800 block of E. Commonwealth Avenue at 10:55 p.m.
1/13 Disturbance of the Peace – A pickpocket swiped a man’s suitcase and briefcase at the Slidebar, then left headed out back towards the parking lot on 120 E. Santa Fe Avenue at 10:52 p.m. The victim described him as black and in his 30s.
1/13 Suspicious Person – An elderly female called police after she found a strange man in her shower on the 1300 block of W. Valencia Drive at 10:24 p.m. An officer arrived, and reported that the woman was somewhat delusional.
1/13 Traffic Stop – Police arrested Angel Rodriguez Gil for violating a restraining order after they stopped him on 1700 W. Valencia Drive at 10 p.m.
1/13 Burglary – A thief stole two tires from a Bobtail truck and another two from a white semi-truck parked in the Mail Dispatch - Courier Service yard on 385 S. Acacia Avenue at 8:10 p.m. A witness saw a suspect leave in a white utility truck with Diesel tires loaded in the bed.
1/13 Welfare Check – A caller is concerned for a man who’s been lying motionless under a blanket for the past three hours on 2610 W. Orangethorpe Avenue at 8 p.m.
1/13 Dog Bite – A neighbor’s dog hit a 4-year-old on the 200 block of W. Brookdale Place at 7:41 p.m.
1/13 Department Assist – The fire department is out with a group who started a fire on the Robert C. Fisler School campus on 1350 Starbuck Street at 3:35 p.m.
1/13 Burglary – A burglar broke into a white Nissan Rogue in the Camden Parkside Apartments D Complex on the 2700 block of Associated Road.
1/13 Burglary – A thief smashed the window on a 2010 white Honda on the 2400 block of W. Roberta Avenue sometime before 8:31 a.m.
1/13 Traffic Stop – Police arrested 26-year-old Brea resident Matthew Tyler Lavenberg on a bench warrant after they stopped his black BMW because it had no license plate at 1:38 a.m. Mr. Lavenberg has pled guilty in previous years to driving under the influence, being drunk in public, possession of marijuana and urinating in public. We are unable to tell you why this particular bench warrant was issued.
1/13 Suspicious Person – A white man in a gray hoodie was spotted keying vehicles as he walked up and down the street on W. Chapman Avenue near Malden Avenue at 1:25 p.m. Police arrived and arrested Stanton resident Mark Lawrence Turgeon for felony vandalism.
1/13 Robbery – 306 W. Hill Avenue. 1:26 a.m. Ten minutes ago, RP found a black male wearing a hoodie with a shotgun.
1/13 Robbery –When an employee at the Orangefair Mall asked a 6’1” black man asking customers for money to leave, the man started knocking items over. Police arrived and arrested 19-year-old Santa Ana man Kyle Ala McWeeney-Kuhlman for theft.
1/13 Disturbance of the Peace – A black man in his 30s took a man’s briefcase and suitcase. 120 W. Santa Fe. Ave. RP following subject behind Slidebar at 10:52 p.m.
1/14 Vandalism – Vandals slashed the tires on a car in the Sturbridge Village Apartments on 3020 Yorba Linda Blvd. sometime before 2:41 p.m. The tires were found slashed on another set of tires n the Briarwoods Apartments earlier that day on 3220 Quartz Lane.
1/14 Dead Body – A man’s 75-year-old brother died on the 1200 block of W. Baker Avenue in the morning.
1/14 Transient Problem – A caller says a man is setting up camp near the building on 524 W. Commonwealth Avenue and wants an officer to move him along.
1/14 Burglary – Thieves stole power tools and a laptop from Van Law Foods on 2325 Moore Avenue sometime during the night.
1/14 Burglary – A pump was stolen from a storage container on 601 S. Placentia Avenue during the night.
1/14 Burglary Attempt – Intruders tried to pry open a door on the 200 block of W. Brookdale Place during the night. The owner found screwdriver marks on the door at 7:05 a.m.
1/14 Burglary – Thieves stole tires from 366 S. Acacia Avenue sometime before 7:43 a.m.
1/14 -- Grand Theft – A victim told police that a thief stole suitcases and jewelry in a report made at the police dept. at 9:26 a.m.
1/14 Burglary/Vandalism – The business on 1182 N. Berkley Avenue was vandalized, the owner told police at 10:26 a.m.
1/14 Burglary – A manager told police that thieves had stolen another surveillance camera from the telephone box by the gate on 1521 S. Gilbert Street at 6:30 p.m.
1/14 Petty Theft – A victim’s wallet was stolen from 110 E. Commonwealth Avenue sometime before 1:10 p.m.
1/14 Burglary – Thieves forced their way into a home on the 2400 block of Almira Avenue by breaking through French doors on the patio sometime before 4:50 p.m.
1/14 Death – A woman died after a fall at her home on the 500 block of Lido Place at 8:46 p.m. Beverly Bates was 71 years old.
The police report is written with information in press logs and arrest records available in the Fullerton Police Department, Sgt. Jeff Stuart, Officer Anthony Valle and from citizens and business owners listed. If you have information to add, footage of a crime, questions about a specific case or suggestions about how we can improve coverage, please contact Jeannehoffa@fullertonstories.com.
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