DUI Arrests

Justin Brooks Wilbur, 34, Fullerton – Saturday, April 29

Michael Hossain Mofid, 23, Laguna Hills – Friday, April 28 Cell Caller

Brad Douglas Stewart, 46, Los Angeles – Wednesday, April 26 Cell Caller

 

Incident Reports

Sunday, April 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Amy Collins Zvonec, 27, Irvine

9th Avenue | 31900 Block | Stolen Vehicle

4:25 a.m. A blue Kia Sportage was stolen. The RP’s wallet was in the vehicle. 

Saturday, April 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Sarah Marilley, 25, Michigan

Sky Dylan Fischer, 24, Washington

He was also arrested for resisting arrest.

Crescent Bay Drive | 100 Block | Warrant

8:25 p.m. Jorge Luis Butron, 21, Anaheim, was arrested on a $15,000 North Court warrant. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Traffic Crash

8:04 p.m. A car and motorcycle collided, resulting in unspecified injuries. 

Manzanita Drive | 700 Block | Domestic Violence

6:26 p.m. Katherine Nicole Sparks, 30, Lake Elsinore, was arrested for domestic violence with $50,000 bail. 

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Assault with a Deadly Weapon

4:57 p.m. After waving a knife in the air and threatening a male acquaintance, Amber Castillo, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for assault, battery, and assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was $25,000. 

Glomstad Lane | 600 Block | Burglary

3:02 p.m. An iPhone was taken from the RP’s home. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Drugs

8:01 a.m. During a traffic stop, Josafath Anthony Perez Jr., 34, Harbor City, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. 

Friday, April 28

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Lance Paul Rippy, 53, Costa Mesa

He was also arrested for shoplifting

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Stolen Vehicle

6:57 p.m. A black Landrover that had been stolen in Laguna Beach was located in Costa Mesa. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Drugs

5:42 p.m. Jason Hale Lobe, 45, Barstow, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance with $1,000 bail. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant

3:49 p.m. Timothy Cruz, 23, San Diego, was arrested on a $20,000 Glendale warrant for domestic violence. 

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Petty Theft

10:30 a.m. Sunglasses valued at $150 were stolen. The RP has video of the suspect. 

Brentwood Drive | 31500 Block | Petty Theft

9:44 a.m. An Apple AirPort, a type of router, was stolen from a home. 

Thursday, April 27

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Katherine Tracy Ognevyuk, 29, Colorado

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs

11:37 p.m. Charles David Penkova, 55, no fixed address, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. During the booking process, he was found to have drugs on him, and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and bringing drugs into jail. Bail was $20,000. 

Broadway Street | 500 Block | Vandalism

10:10 p.m. A vehicle had a window smashed, but nothing was stolen. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle 

12:54 p.m. A window was smashed on a Toyota Tacoma, and unspecified items were stolen. 

Thalia Street | 500 Block | Burglary

9:30 a.m. Tools were taken from the RP’s home. 

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Vandalism

8:53 a.m. The water tower was graffitied. 

Nyes Place | 600 Block | Burglary

8:27 a.m. A garage was broken into. Over $1,000 worth of construction tools were stolen 

Wednesday, April 26

Nyes Place & Coast Hwy | Stolen Property

4:56 p.m. The RP found a woman in possession of property that was stolen from his vehicle on Saturday. The woman, Diemha Nguyen Bach, 43, Fountain Valley, was arrested for possession of stolen property. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 19200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

3:06 p.m. The RP witnessed a suspect smash the window of his vehicle and take a backpack. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant 

9:35 a.m. Adrian Colin Miranda, 32, Orange, turned himself in for outstanding warrants against him – one for DUI and the other for burglary.


Police Files

Copter used to rescue “heavily intoxicated” teenager

Click on photo for a larger image

An OC Sheriff’s helicopter was needed to rescue a 17-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita boy below the 31500 block of Bluff Drive above Table Rock Beach in South Laguna Saturday afternoon. The boy was unconscious. Sgt. Jim Cota of the LBPD said he was “heavily intoxicated…[and]… transported from the beach to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for advanced medical treatment. The juvenile has since regained consciousness.” Thanks to John Thomas for the photo.  

Laguna cops chase car stolen in SoLag to Santa Ana with speeds hitting 100. Suspect arrested there

A resident on Virginia Way in South Laguna heard his 2016 Hyundai Genesis start up at 2:29 a.m. Saturday…the keys were in the car.

A LBPD patrol unit spotted the car outbound on Laguna Canyon Road and the chase was on with speeds hitting 100 mph on the 405 Freeway. The suspect exited at Dyer Road into Santa Ana where Santa Ana PD units joined the pursuit.

The suspect bailed on foot in an apartment complex according to Sgt. Jim Cota of the LBPD. “He hopped a fence into a backyard and broke into a garage. The suspect was taken into custody at 2:53 a.m. and charged with auto theft and felony evading.”

He was identified as Felix Ezequiel, Jr., 26, of Santa Ana.

Intoxicated couple fought with cops on the sidewalk

Brian Flick, 27, Laguna Hills and Santa Figueroa, 50, Anaheim, were arrested after they fought with officers in the 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Sgt. Jim Cota of the LBPD said, “Officers contacted a male subject exiting the Sandpiper Bar who was visibly intoxicated. He was identified as Laguna Hills resident, Brian Flick. As officers attempted to arrest Flick, he resisted their efforts and a struggle ensued. A charge of felony resisting was added due to the fact that Flick fought with officers preventing them from conducting their duties. An officer was injured in the altercation. Flick was arrested for public intoxication, battery to a police officer, and resisting arrest. He was taken directly to Orange County Jail. 

“A female, Santa Figueroa of Santa Ana, was also arrested for public intoxication and interfering/resisting arrest.”


DUI Arrests

Nicole Erin Horwitz, 34, Aliso Viejo – Tuesday, April 25

 

Incident Reports

Wednesday, April 26

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Burglary

5:43 a.m. A passing jogger noticed that a window had been smashed at a business overnight. The investigation is pending and the loss is still being determined. 

Broadway Street & Forest Avenue | Warrant, Drugs

12:17 a.m. During a traffic stop, Edward Arthur Garcia, 54, Indio, was arrested on an outstanding North Court warrant. Juliet Ann Hurtado, 41, Ontario, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Tuesday, April 25

Coast Hwy | 8600 Block | Warrants

6:46 p.m. Ann Marie Javage, 49, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two Harbor Court warrants for driving on a suspended license. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Warrant

1:05 p.m. Lance Paul Rippy, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public. 

Jasmine Street | 400 Block | Vandalism

11:44 a.m. A tree was partially cut down. The suspect also threatened to use salt to destroy the tree. 

Legion Street | 200 Block | Warrant

10:15 a.m. During a traffic stop, Kapadia Prajay Uptal, 34, Irvine, was arrested on a warrant for speeding.

Jasmine Street | 100 Block | Disobeying Court Order

7:38 a.m. Leslie Shacklett, 55, no fixed address, was arrested for disobeying a court order with $15,000 bail. 

Monday, April 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeffrey Taylor, 61, Laguna Hills

Adam Gibson, 32, San Diego

S. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Drugs, False ID, Parole

1:20 p.m. Brian Almanza, 24, San Juan Capo, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and providing a false identification to officers. He was also arrested for no bail parole violation. 

N. Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Warrant

1:11 p.m. Alexander Anderson Harris, 68, Laguna Beach, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for municipal code violations. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 1000 Block | Burglary

11:40 a.m. The doors to a shed were forced open and its contents were rifled through. 

Coast Hwy | 30500 Block | Vandalism

10:55 a.m. A group of juveniles was skateboarding on campus. 

High Drive | 100 Block | Fraud

10:50 a.m. An unknown person accessed the RP’s account to buy food.

Legion Street & Glenneyre Street | Traffic Collision

7:50 a.m. A vehicle and pedestrian collided. The pedestrian had cuts but refused hospital transportation. 

Sunday, April 23

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

8:55 p.m. Heriberto Tavarez, 24, Anaheim, was arrested on a North Court warrant for drugs. 

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Warrant

2:06 p.m. During a traffic stop, Alvaro Novoa, 39, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a license.


Police Files

Teenagers learned a lesson at Thousand Steps Beach

Three teens were enjoying a nice Sunday morning at Thousand Steps when they decided to go into the water. They left their “don’t get it wet” items on the sand and jumped into the ocean.

Naturally, their three iPhones and wallets containing credit cards and cash were gone. A witness said a male and a female went through their property and left with the wallets and phones. 

Police did an area search but were unable to locate the suspects,

Working together to stop distracted driving

April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Laguna Beach Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement, and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones. 

“Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “Take care of calling, texting, setting your GPS and everything else before you hit the street.” 

Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect on Jan 1, requiring all drivers in California to keep their cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle. Under the new law, a driver may activate or deactivate a feature or function of the cell phone or wireless communication device by swiping or tapping its screen only if it is properly mounted. Specific information on the new law can be found at www.ots.ca.gov

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. 

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as zero tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving. 

This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Police Files

Driver of stolen Honda evaded cops Sunday afternoon

Neighborhoods near S. Coast Hwy and St. Ann’s Drive were abuzz late Sunday afternoon by police officers and a circling helicopter. Police issued alerts to the area informing residents that the search was on for a suspected driver of a stolen 1998 black Honda CRV. Officers had stopped the SUV at 4:53 p.m. on St. Ann’s.

Sgt. Jim Cota of the LBPD explained Monday: “The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot west to the beach. The officer pursued the suspect on the sand for approximately 100 yards. The suspect then accessed a set of private stairs and ran east towards Gaviota Dr. A perimeter was established containing the 700 Block of Gaviota. A helicopter from Anaheim PD and a canine unit from Newport Beach PD responded for assistance.” 

Photo by Louis Weil

Beach access stairway to Gaviota used by the suspect to escape police

Cota added, “Several announcements were made from the helicopter and the PA system of the police vehicle before a search was initiated. The suspect was not located. The outstanding suspect was described as a bald male white with black pants and a gray shirt. The vehicle was recovered and processed for evidence at the scene.” 

15-year-old Huntington Beach girl was very fortunate

A 15-year-old girl from Huntington Beach was hit in the southbound lane of Coast Hwy at Camel Point Dr at 20 minutes before 10 Saturday night. 

Sgt. Cota said Monday, “Police and fire personnel responded to Coast Highway and Camel Point Drive for a reported vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run traffic collision. Emergency personnel arrived and found that a 15-year-old girl from Huntington Beach had stepped into the southbound #2 lane of Coast Highway to walk around a legally parked car. She was struck by the side mirror of a passing car. 

“She was knocked against the parked car and was able to move out of the roadway. The passing car did not stop and fled the scene. The suspect car was described as a newer model silver four-door sedan with tinted windows. The pedestrian was transported to Mission Hospital-Mission Viejo for a laceration to her arm.”

Passenger in stolen Jetta danced in the street when stopped

According to the police log, a female passenger inside a stolen 2013 VW Jetta got out when the car was stopped by police at 1:33 a.m. Saturday at S. Coast Hwy and Nyes Place and began dancing. She was eventually released without charges.

The driver, Markus Dante Cash, 28, San Juan Capistrano, was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

Working together to stop distracted driving

April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Laguna Beach Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement, and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones. 

“Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “Take care of calling, texting, setting your GPS and everything else before you hit the street.” 

Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect on Jan 1, requiring all drivers in California to keep their cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle. Under the new law, a driver may activate or deactivate a feature or function of the cell phone or wireless communication device by swiping or tapping its screen only if it is properly mounted. Specific information on the new law can be found at www.ots.ca.gov. 

The Office of Traffic Safety will begin a new public awareness campaign throughout the state in April emphasizing how the new law makes virtually all hand-held cell phone activity illegal – talking, texting, and using apps. The campaign aims to end distracted driving through education and raise awareness about the associated dangers. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. 

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as zero tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving. 

This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Police Files

Woman arrested for felony assault at Skyloft

On March 10, a woman was hit in the face with a glass at Skyloft and taken to the hospital for her injuries.

After reviewing video footage of the incident and conducting an investigation, Laguna Beach Detectives identified and arrested the suspect on Tuesday, April 18.

Detectives located and arrested Sherida Angelica Arias, 38, Anaheim, for assault with bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, and mayhem.  

Man arrested for threatening police officers and their families

On Monday, April 17, at 3:56 p.m., officers responded to Alta Laguna Park after receiving a call of a man sitting in his vehicle for over an hour.

“When officers contacted the man, he was threatening to them and continually spoke about the violence he would do to them and their families if they did not leave him alone,” said Sgt. James Cota, LBPD spokesperson.

The man, identified as Anthony Tabarsi, 51, Costa Mesa, was taken into custody shortly thereafter and charged with making threats to deter officers from performing their duties and challenging officers to a fight. 

He was taken directly to Orange County Jail.


Police Files

18-year-old caught in a stolen car with two juveniles on board

At 5:33 a.m. on Friday, April 14, officers were notified that a Honda Odyssey that had been stolen in Costa Mesa a week earlier had entered Laguna Beach.

Officers stopped the vehicle near Anita Street and Coast Highway and detained its three occupants. 

The driver, Spencer Hastings Jr., 18, Costa Mesa, was arrested for felony vehicle theft with $20,000 bail.

The two female juveniles were transported to the police station.


Police Files

Tesla sideswipes semi-truck while on autopilot

Tesla started equipping its Model S vehicles with self-driving hardware in October 2014, to “relieve drivers of the most tedious and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel,” according to their website. The Autopilot function works like the same systems airplane pilots use – the driver is still responsible for and in control of the car.

This function didn’t work out too well for the driver of a Tesla S70 on Laguna Canyon Road Monday afternoon.

“The Tesla was headed outbound on Laguna Canyon Road when it collided into a semi-truck that was stopped on the side of the road just past Raquel Road,” said Sgt. James Cota of the LBPD. “At the time of the collision, the Tesla was in the autonomous mode.”

Neither parties were injured, but according to the police log, a tractor and trailer needed to be towed from the scene due to rear axle damage. 

Homeless man caught driving stolen car

On Monday at 9:40 a.m., officers were alerted to a 1990 Volvo stolen in Laguna Woods making its way down Coast Highway.

The car was stopped near El Paseo and Laguna, and its occupants detained shortly after 10 a.m.

The driver, Christopher Paul Mack, 49, no fixed address, was arrested for felony vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Motorcyclist sustains head injury after hitting curb on Park Ave

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Laguna Beach Police officers arrived at Park Avenue and Tahiti Avenue following reports of a traffic collision.

“Officers on scene determined that a motorcyclist had collided with a curb and into the guardrail,” said Sgt. James Cota, LBPD spokesman. 

The rider sustained a head injury and was taken to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo for care.


Police Files

Drug dealer busted with Ecstasy & Adderall

Thursday at 2:33 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 700 block of Cliff Drive for failing to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was searched.

“Officers found 30 Ecstasy pills, one clear pill containing powder MDMA (Ecstasy), and 10 Adderall pills,” said Sgt. James Cota, LBPD spokesperson. 

Rodrigo Padillo, 22, Irvine, was arrested for possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sales.

Man throws pizza at woman after she offers him free food

On Saturday afternoon, a woman offered food to a man on Ocean Avenue.

The man, identified as Michael Moody, 36, did not like this very much. A verbal altercation ensued, culminating in Moody throwing the pizza at her.

After officers contacted both parties and witnesses, Moody was arrested for assault against the woman. 

Laguna Beach PD is hiring

The City of Laguna Beach is now hiring men and women who have an interest in law enforcement. Come join the great team at LBPD!

The application deadline for Police Recruit & Academy Graduate is Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m.

You do not have to have been through the Police Academy to apply, but if hired you will be required to complete the 6-month intensive training.

Watch the Laguna Beach Police Department recruitment video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EO1_8xNZ3M.

For more details and to apply, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/personnel/opportunities.htm


Police Files

Homeowner and cops catch a burglar in the act

On Monday at 4:35 a.m., Laguna Beach police officers responded to a residence on Monterey Street after the homeowner called to report a man trying to break into a window on his property.

According to the police log, the suspect was clawing and crying on the ground before entering the residence’s garage.

Officers made contact with the man shortly after arriving and arrested him after the homeowner positively identified him. 

Stephen Michael Cobb, 24, West Hills, was taken into custody for burglary, trespassing and vandalism.

Couple of car thieves caught by cops

Laguna Beach Police officers helped return two stolen cars to their owners this week.

On Tuesday, officers were alerted that a vehicle stolen from a local rental car agency was entering the city via Laguna Canyon Road. The Kia Soul was supposed to have been returned in February.

Officers located the car in a parking lot on Laguna Cyn Rd, and followed the driver once he drove off. He ultimately stopped near the 73 onramp and El Toro Road.

The driver, Thomas Nordberg, 38, of Manhattan Beach, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Sunday, officers were alerted to a stolen car near Ledroit Street & N. Coast Hwy. The Hyundai Elantra had been reported stolen out of San Diego, and was ultimately stopped in the 700 block of S. Coast Hwy.

The driver and sole occupant, Vladimir Feldman, 37, of San Diego, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Laguna Beach PD is hiring

The City of Laguna Beach is now hiring men and women who have an interest in law enforcement. Come join the great team at LBPD!

The application deadline for Police Recruit & Academy Graduate is Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m.

You do not have to have been through the Police Academy to apply, but if hired you will be required to complete the 6-month intensive training.

Watch the Laguna Beach Police Department recruitment video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EO1_8xNZ3M.

For more details and to apply, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/personnel/opportunities.htm

 

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