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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Oct 16

Crescent Bay Drive & N Coast Hwy | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:55 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (no bail was set).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Placentia | Bench Warrant

1:51 p.m. Penelope Jo Bennett, 49, Santa Ana, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $100.

Sunday, Oct 14

Broadway Place & N Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

5:48 p.m. Fernando Delatorre, 29, Los Angeles, was arrested for a felony assault bench warrant at the Mobil Station. Bail was set $40,000.

Canyon Acres Drive | 600 Block | DUI with Two Priors, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:35 a.m. John William Dobbins III, 40, Capitola, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with two priors (bail was set at $15,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher with two priors (bail was set at $15,000).


Police Files

Drunk male on beach arrested after allegedly harassing beachgoers

On Sunday, Oct 14, at 4:15 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, at Sleepy Hollow Beach, for an intoxicated male on the beach allegedly harassing other beachgoers. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers contacted Kyle Blaker and could smell the heavy odor of alcohol on his breath and person. Blaker was obviously intoxicated. He was ultimately arrested for drunk in public and being resistive to the arrest. He was also charged with resisting arrest.”

Kyle James Blaker, 33, of Hawaii, was arrested for felony parole violation, disorderly conduct related to alcohol, and resisting arrest.

“Blaker was a challenge to get back to the police vehicles because he was unstable on his feet due to his intoxication level,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers also learned that Blaker was on parole so the charge of a parole violation was added.

No bail was set.

Repeat offender James Leis arrested at Main Beach by LBPD

According to Sgt Cota, on Tuesday, Oct 16, 9:47 a.m., “LBPD officers recognized local Laguna Beach transient James Leis, 29, who was hanging out on the cobblestones at Main Beach at the 100 block of N Coast Hwy. They also had knowledge he had a warrant for his arrest.”

Leis was contacted and taken into custody for a $10,000 drug related warrant.

According to Stu News Laguna records, Leis has been arrested 7 times by LBPD since May 1, 2018.

City’s local campaign sign placement regulations explained 

City Community Information Officer Cassie Walder explained there is a daily effort by the City’s Code Enforcement Division to monitor public property in the City and remove campaign signs that are placed on public property. 

Public property includes parks, medians, and the public right of way. Campaign signs posted on private property are allowed with the permission of the property owner. The theft or destruction of campaign signs is a crime and will be prosecuted. 

“If you see signs placed in violation of the Municipal Code, please call the City’s Code Enforcement Division at (949) 497-0301, and it will investigate promptly,” Walder said. “Please do not attempt to rectify the situation yourself. Thank you for your cooperation.”

LBPD Sgt Jim Cota completes 8-month SLI program, sharpens leadership skills

Congratulations are in order for LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, who completed the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) program this week. 

Over the last eight months, Sgt Cota learned about the various qualities that encompass a strong leader. He was tasked with reading numerous books and completed countless assignments in order to sharpen his leadership qualities.

Police Files Cota graduates

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Pictured with facilitator Dave Smith, LBPD Sgt Jim Cota finishes SLI program

SLI is an intensive leadership development program that is designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making for California law enforcement front line supervisors. LBPD lauds Sgt Cota for his ongoing efforts to bring excellence in every area to the community.

Pizza with a Cop: share pizza and conversation with LBPD, our amazing best in blue, on Oct 25

Join LBPD on Thursday, Oct 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for LBPD’s first Pizza with a Cop event at zpizza, at 30822 Coast Hwy.

 “Residents can stop by and receive a free slice or two of pizza and chat with police officers about any community concerns they may have. Pizza with a Cop is modeled after Coffee with a Cop,” said Community Services Officer Nikie Hernandez, City of Laguna Beach. “There are no agendas or speeches, just a chance to have pizza and conversation with the officers who keep our community safe. Come out and have a slice on us.”


Incident Reports

Saturday, Oct 13

Ocean Ave & Beach St | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

1:07 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Resisting Arrest

11:44 a.m. Kyle Albert Winston, 38, Mission Viejo, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and resisting arrest (no bail was set). 

Sleepy Hollow Lane & S Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

10:27 a.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, San Clemente, was arrested for a bench warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $1,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery

9:49 a.m. Timothy Michael Libby, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery

9:49 a.m. June Kazuko Taylor, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Friday, Oct 12

Diamond St | 100 Block | Bench Warrants

10:38 p.m. Joseph Carl Swartzmiller, 54, Long Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for driving without a license (bail was set at $500), for intent to avoid compliance with vehicle registration requirements (bail was set at $10,000), and for a felony warrant (bail was set at $30,000).

Coast Hwy | 31000 Block | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:06 p.m. Jonathan B Anapol, 61, New York, NY, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Laguna Canyon Road & Canyon Acres Drive | DUI

2:39 a.m. A 68-year-old Los Alamitos man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Petty Theft

2:59 p.m. A resident reported that “sometime last night, seven campaign signs were stolen for the fourth time.” The approximate loss was $49.

Thursday, Oct 11

Virginia Way | 31600 Block | Bench Warrants

10:29 p.m. Manuel Guadalupe Perez-Martinez, 30, Laguna Hills, was arrested for a bench warrant for domestic violence and vandalism. Bail was set at $5,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrant, Resisting Arrest

8:53 p.m. Richard Anthony Duarte, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for battery (no bail was set) and for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

9:02 p.m. A 25-year-old Santa Ana woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (no bail was set).

Broadway St | 200 Block | Bench Warrants

8:31 a.m. Rhonda Diane Metoyer, 59, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for trespassing (bail was set at $1,000), for disturbing the peace (bail was set at $2,500), and for battery (bail was set at $2,500).

Monterey Street | 31300 Block | Petty Theft

5:15 a.m. A resident called LBPD to report stolen campaign signs.

Wednesday, Oct 10

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

10:18 p.m. A 53-year-old San Clemente man was arrested for disorderly conduct related alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

5:42 p.m. LBPD officers were dispatched to the 700 block of S Coast Hwy, at Ralphs, in reference to a theft investigation. Javier Hommy Blas, 31, Laguna Beach, reportedly attempted to steal alcohol from the store and then reportedly threatened the manager once confronted. According to LBPD Emergency Coordinator Jordan Villwock, “Blas had sufficient funds and ended up paying for his alcohol. The manager was not desirous of prosecution, however Blas was in possession of a concealed knife and was taken into custody for concealed dirks or daggers.” Bail was set at $20,000.

Monterey Street | 31300 Block | Petty Theft

4:58 a.m. A resident called LBPD to report stolen campaign signs. The anonymous person believed it was the same suspect [from earlier reports] and had information about the suspect for LBPD. Per the RP, they have approval from the homeowner to have the signs on the property. 


Police Files

Wet roads, car severs power pole causing three-car injury collision in the Canyon

On Friday, Oct 12, at 10:15 p.m., LBPD officers and LBFD were dispatched to a rollover traffic collision on Laguna Canyon Road and SR 73 south, involving three vehicles and resulting in injuries.

“A Mitsubishi Lancer occupied with three males was traveling south on Laguna Canyon Road. The roadway was wet and the vehicle lost control and struck an Edison support pole. The pole was severed and landed across the roadway. The Mitsubishi rolled over and came to rest on its roof. The driver sustained a head injury and was transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo,” said LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock.

 An Audi Q5 occupied with four females was traveling behind the Mitsubishi and struck the downed pole. The Audi sustained front end damage. All four passengers were uninjured. 

Causing a chain reaction, a Nissan 300ZX occupied with one male was traveling behind the Audi and also struck the pole. The driver of the Nissan complained of neck and back pain and was transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo. 

Laguna Canyon Road was closed between El Toro Road and SR 73 in both directions for approximately two hours. A Nixle Alert and Sigalert were issued. Edison responded and de-energized the electrical lines which caused power to be lost in the Club Laguna area for approximately four hours.

Suspected DUI crash causes bodily injury, sends victims to the hospital

On Saturday, Oct 13, at 3:17 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to 1400 N Coast Highway for an injury traffic collision involving a black Jeep hitting a silver VW, allegedly while intoxicated, causing bodily injury.

“Upon the officer’s arrival, it was determined Wyatt Hume was driving while under the influence,” said LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock. “Hume was arrested for DUI and a traffic collision report was taken. Two occupants were transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach with complaints of pain.” 

Wyatt Edmond Hume, 25, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Man allegedly gestures toward exposed privates

On Wednesday, Oct 10, at 5:42 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to Ocean Avenue, near Laguna Drug, in reference to a male subject allegedly exposing himself to passersby.

“The male was identified as Brian O’Connor, a local transient,” LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock said. “O’Connor [allegedly] approached two separate occupied vehicles and made hand motions towards his exposed penis.”

 Brian Keith Michael O’Connor, 56, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for indecent exposure and transported to OCJ.

Bail was set at $500.

Locals beware: reports of identity theft, stolen mail and credit cards 

On Saturday, Oct 13, at 2:39 a.m., LBPD conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of Laguna Canyon Road on a 2007 BMW. During the stop numerous washed checks, identification belonging to others, and what appeared to be a large quantity of stolen mail from Riverside were found. The driver and passenger, Theresa Grace Delgado, 23, of Victorville, and Charles M. Finneran, 31, of San Bernardino, were arrested for identity theft. 

Bail was set at $500 each.

On Wednesday, Oct 3, LBPD officers conducted a traffic stop on Coast Highway near Cleo Street, at 11:12 p.m. The vehicle was occupied by six subjects. 

During the course of the investigation, officers located 40 fraudulent credit cards.

“Two of the subjects were arrested and the vehicle, which was a rental possibly rented with a fraudulent card, was impounded,” LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock said. “Detectives were notified and additional follow up will be needed. Both suspects were released until additional investigation is completed.”


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Oct 9

Avenida Majorca | 200 Block | Coyote Sighting

9:21 p.m. A coyote was reported to have been seen in the bushes. It was described as “a fairly good size.”

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:41 p.m. A 35-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Swanee Ave | 200 Block | Placentia | Bench Warrant

1:51 p.m. Ashley Elizabeth McCarthy, 32, Placentia, was arrested for a felony bench warrant. No bail was set.

Park Ave and Catalina Street | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

10:11 a.m. A 22-year-old Placentia man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Bench Warrants, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

3:20 a.m. Rena Anessa Contreras, 27, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for a felony bench warrant (bail was set at $30,000), for a bench warrant (bail was set at $7,500), for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Monday, Oct 8

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

7:36 p.m. David Mark Crossno, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

2:53 p.m. A 47-year-old Los Angeles woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Quivera Street | 900 Block | Animal Calls

1:41 p.m. A roadrunner was reported to have to have run through the reporting person’s house and become stuck on the deck but it was “not being followed by Wiley.” The roadrunner was gone on arrival when Animal Services arrived.

N Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Parole Violation, False ID, Petty Theft

1:06 p.m. Maxwell Carlton Post, 27, Laguna Beach, was arrested for parole hold (no bail was set), providing false identification to a peace officer, and petty theft of a box of cigarettes and a lighter valued at $12, according to police logs (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

9:21 a.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, Oct 7

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrant

4:48 p.m. Brandy Lynn Stead, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Calle Cadiz | 400 Block | Coyote Sighting

4:43 p.m. A coyote “the size of a German Shepherd” was reported “in a serpentine walk” to LBPD and Animal Control.

Ronda Sevilla | 900 Block | Coyote Sighting

3:45 p.m. A coyote was reported to have been seen, “20 minutes ago walking on the sidewalk, toward the creek.”

S Coast | 100 Block | Bench Warrants

2:03 p.m. Teak Esmond Hawksford, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for two bench warrant for vandalism (bail was set at $2,500) and a warrant for theft of property (bail was set at $15,000).

S Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | DUI

9:22 a.m. A 39-year-old Cherry Valley man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ave & S Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

10:58 a.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $15,000.

Broadway Street | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Felony Child Cruelty

1:02 a.m. Vanessa Carolina Garcia, 31, Desert Hot Springs, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and felony willful cruelty to a child that could result in possible injury or death (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest, Flash Incarceration

1:19 a.m. Tyler McKay Sargis, 48, Santa Ana, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500) and flash incarceration (no bail was set).


Police Files

Motorcyclist crashes into Prius while evading LBPD

On Monday, Oct 8, at 7:18 a.m., an LBPD officer was driving inbound on Laguna Canyon Road from the Toll Road (73) in heavy traffic when a motorcycle passed him on the left and to the left of the double yellow lane lines. 

Police Files Charles Laitipaya“The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the motorcycle. The motorcyclist looked over his shoulder but failed to yield,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The officer activated his siren but the motorcyclist continued to drive past the stopped traffic.”

 “When he reached the intersection of El Toro he turned completely on his seat looked directly at the officer and pulled into the bike lane and started to accelerate,” continued Sgt Cota. 

“The motorcyclist failed to see the Toyota Prius driving in front of him at a much slower speed and rear ended it,” Sgt Cota said. “The force of the collision caused him to land on the roadway.”

 Additional LBPD officers arrived as well LBFD. The motorcyclist was treated at the scene. According to police reports, he complained that his neck hurt after the spill.

Charles Chayachok Laitipaya, 23, of Riverside, was taken into custody for evading a police officer and reckless driving. He was booked and later released. 

Bail was set at $1,000.

National Walk to School Day was a hit with students, LBPD and the community

Laguna Beach students walked to school with parents, friends, LBUDS teachers, staffers, and LBPD officers during National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct 3.

LBPD posted several Instagram pictures walking with students, some carrying “Walk to School” signs. Led by LBPD School Resource Officer Cpl Cornelius Ashton, our students and officers were all smiles. He was proudly sporting a badge of his own, a “Walk to School Award,” button.

Police Files National Walk to School Day

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Students hit the streets with parents, friends, LBPD officers and LBUSD teachers and staff for National Walk to School Day

Sgt Jim Cota, said, “Congratulations to Cpl Ashton School Resource Officer. Everyone had a blast. Our officers will do anything for the kids.”

According to Orange County Health Care Agency, “Thousands of children, families, and communities as they celebrate Walk to School Day around the world. Every year, on the first Wednesday of October, over 30 countries hold Walk to School Day events.”

Reportedly over 50 OC Schools participated in National Walk to School day. Keep it going!

Local students were treated with LBPD’s ‘Cookies with a Cop’ event at LBHS

Besides National Walk to School Day, on Wednesday, Oct 3, LBHS students got a sweet treat from LBPD at the “Cookies with a Cop” event at LBHS. LBPD officers provided cookies and conversations with students and faculty. 

Police Files Cookies with a Cop

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LBPD Officers treated LBHS students and faculty to cookies and conversations


LB Animal Shelter needs donated newspapers for animal care

LBPD posted on Facebook that the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is in need of donated newspapers for the animals. If you’d like to help, please drop off any unwanted newspapers between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. 

The animal shelter is open seven days a week. For information, call (949) 497-3552 or visit www.puplagunabeach.org.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Oct 6

Cleo Street & S Coast Hwy | Identity theft

11:12 p.m. Derrick Melvin Marbrough, 25, Long Beach, was arrested for identity theft. Bail was set at $20,000.

Cleo Street & S Coast Hwy | Identity Theft

11:12 p.m. Daja Renee King, 30, Long Beach, was arrested for identity theft. Bail was set at $20,000.

S Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper, Resisting Arrest

10:49 p.m. Laura E Parra Romero, 35, Laguna Hills, was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper of $950 or less (bail was set at $500) and resisting arrest (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

6:41 p.m. A 40-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

9th Ave & Coast Hwy | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Refusing to Comply with a Peace Officer

12:51 p.m. Roger Howard Crawford, 72, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and refusing to comply with a lawful order, signal, or direction of a peace officer (no bail was set).

Bluebird Canyon Drive & S Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

10:16 a.m. John Joseph Reese, Foothills Ranch, 25, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Katella Street | 1000 Block | Animal Calls

7:45 a.m. A large owl found in a person’s bathroom was reported to LBPD. It was unknown how the owl got in. According to the logs, the bird was going to picked up by Bird IC and taken to the Birds of Prey Sanctuary.

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | DUI

2:29 a.m. A 33-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

1:17 a.m. A 55-year-old Eastvale man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, Oct 5

Legion Street & Glenneyre Street | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08% or Higher

11:32 p.m. A 60-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (no bail was set).

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Bench Warrants

8:49 p.m. Luis Enrique Yebra, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for battery (bail was set at $10,000), a warrant for intimidating or obstructing a business or their customers  (bail was set at $10,000), and a warrant for resisting arrest (no bail was set).

Crescent Bay Drive | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

8:49 a.m. Cody William Simpson, 28, Anaheim, was arrested for a felony bench warrant. No bail was set.

Coast Hwy | Vista Del Sol | Driving with a Suspended License, Bench Warrant

1:46 a.m. Christopher Michael Kobielus, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for a DUI and driving on a suspended license.

Thursday, Oct 4

Diamond Street | 200 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:33 p.m. Emile Fernand Henoud, 45, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

9:18 p.m. Adam Jason Taylor, 31, Yorba Linda, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Bench Warrant

8:19 p.m. Harrison Wayne Maldonado, 29, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Bench Warrant

3:32 a.m. Eric Daniel Malley, 37, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,500.

Stan Oak Drive & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08% or Higher, Driving on a Suspended License

1:38 a.m. Melissa Helen Chupco, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000), and driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500).

Van Dyke Drive | 1000 Block | Domestic Battery 

11:49 p.m. Alysse Marie Rolfe, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. Bail was set at $10,000. 

Wednesday, Oct 3

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

3:43 p.m. A 64-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy | Camel Point Drive | Petty Theft

1:13 p.m. Larry Lamont Waller, 46, Long Beach, was arrested for petty theft. Bail was $500.


Police Files

Man beaten bloody at bus stop reportedly for no apparent reason

On Wednesday, Oct 3, at 9:25 p.m., at Cleo Street and South Coast Highway, LBPD officers were dispatched for an assault that had reportedly just occurred involving a man hitting another man. A description of the suspect was given and dispatch advised the suspect had gone into the underground parking lot at a local hotel. He was described as a white male with light hair, a medium build, with tattoos on his arms, and wearing a light color short sleeve shirt.

 According to LBPD police logs, the victim said that he didn’t know the suspect or why he hit him. A witness corroborated and said, “The attack was completely unprovoked.”

“The victim had a bloody face and mouth but was declining medical attention,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Officers conducted a search and investigation and were able to locate the suspect in a room at the hotel.”

 The victim was desirous of prosecution and Nicholas Tyler Lilley, 27, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. The victim is a resident of Santa Ana. 

“Yes, the attack was unprovoked and occurred at a bus bench,” Sgt Cota added.

Bail was set at $500.

Man allegedly moons another, pulls apart plants, and then commits arson at the library 

On Friday, Oct 5 at 1:49 a.m., at the 300 block of Glenneyre Street, LBPD officers responded to the City Library in reference to a man allegedly exposing himself by mooning the reporting party. After that, the suspect reportedly went into the garden area outside the library and started pulling apart plants.

“Upon the officers’ arrival, Brian O’Connor lit a bundle of newspapers on fire in front of the Library,” Sgt Cota said. “O’Connor had a second bundle of newspapers near him and attempted to throw the second bindle on the fully engulfed fire before the officer intervened.”

Brian Keith Michael O’Connor, 56, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for arson.

O’Conner is homeless and claims an address of the ASL,” Sgt Cota added.

Thalia Street squatter takes over home for months, busted two days before birthday

Police Files Robert OxierOn Saturday, Oct 6 at 1:25 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 100 block of Thalia Street for a squatter inside a vacant residence. The trespasser was reported by a real estate agent, who had video of the intruder and contacted the homeowner.

“The homeowner came home to the property and found the homeless suspect living inside the residence,” Sgt Cota said. “The suspect had all his personal property and food inside the residence, stating he had been living there the past four months.”

The homeowner was desirous of prosecution and signed a private person arrest form. Robert Oxier, 36, with no known residence, was placed under arrest for trespassing and later released.

Bail was set at $500.

Second domestic battery charge for Laguna Beach man in two weeks

Police Files Damon RobertsOn Wednesday, Oct 3 at 7:39 p.m., at the 3000 block of Dorn Court, LBPD officers responded to a residence in reference to a domestic violence investigation. At the time of the call, the reporting party said they were now in separate rooms. She was in the bedroom and he was in the kitchen. 

Damon Harold Roberts, 59, of Laguna Beach, was taken into custody for misdemeanor domestic battery. According to Sgt Cota, Roberts allegedly pushed the 71-year-old alleged victim and poked her in the face.

“He was arrested for similar circumstances approximately two weeks ago,” Sgt Cota said. “An Emergency Protective Order was obtained, and Adult Protective Services was notified.”

Bail was set at $1,000.


Police Files

Suspicious man seen peeking through bushes at TOW

On Tuesday, Oct 2, at 8:12 a.m., LBPD officers responded to reports of a suspicious subject on Alta Laguna Blvd, who was frightening the local residents with his bizarre behavior.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “We contacted a male subject, who resides on Mountain View. He appeared to be coming down from drug use and he was advised against questionable hand gestures, imitating a handgun, toward the TOW school and other bizarre behavior. We received other calls of a similar nature a short time later.” 

According to the LBPD log, the suspicious person was seen roaming the perimeter of the school at 1:58 p.m. peeking through the bushes at TOW. The suspect was described as a bald male with a mohawk wearing a football sports jersey. He was warned not to come onto the grounds of the school’s campus or he would be arrested.

Sgt Cota said, “SRO Cornelius Ashton will be following up with this subject on this matter. Detectives are aware of the subject, and he will be watched very closely.”

Amorous imbiber hits on women at Pavilions

On Tuesday, Oct 2, at 4:42 p.m., at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy, LBPD officers responded to a male subject smelling of alcohol standing at the entrance of Pavilions refusing to leave. 

“He kissed a random customer on the cheek and was asking employees on dates,” according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “Officers got a taxi cab for the subject who lives in town. No one was desirous of prosecution.” 

According to police records, the subject was described as a thin, white male approximately 20 years old, wearing white and driving a white Range Rover. Because of his condition, a taxi was requested to drive the subject to his home in the Temple Hills area.

LBPD Chief Farinella clarifies legality of sleeping on beaches

In response to a Stu News inquiry, noting an apparent increase in LBPD records of individuals reportedly camping on the beach at night, particularly around Main Beach and Crystal Cove, LBPD Chief Laura Farinella clarifies the ordinance in Laguna Beach.

The Laguna Beach Ordinance states that both beaches and parks are closed from 1 to 5 a.m. This is usually why officers are called to the beach, for individuals sleeping on the beach during these times," Chief Farinella said. “Mere sleeping on the beach is not a violation of the law. Also, the reason you see no arrests is because officers do their best to gain compliance by having them leave and making recommendations where they can legally sleep.”

LBMC 8.05.010 Closing times ordinance reads, “Except as otherwise provided in this Title 18 of the Municipal Code, all city beaches and parks shall be closed to public use at 1 a.m. and shall remain closed until 5 a.m.”

Readers rattled by rattler reports, updates included

In Tuesday’s edition of Stu News, there were several reports of rattlesnakes inside homes and too close for comfort on porches, on the stairs, and undesired locations that concerned some of our readers. So, we turned to our local expert, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres to keep our loyal peeps apprised of the snake situation of rampant rattlers here in Laguna.

As reported on Wednesday, Sept 26, there were two scary incidents of rattlers found inside two local buildings just 11 minutes apart. One snake was spotted at the 20500 block of Sun Valley Drive, where a person reported that a rattlesnake was in their home in their living room. 

“The rattlesnake was behind an entertainment center in the living room of the resident’s home. It is unknown how the rattlesnake got in, possibly through an open door. An animal services officer responded, caught the rattlesnake, and relocated the snake to a wilderness area in Laguna Canyon,” Beres explained.

Also, on that same day, one of the other more frightful findings was a rattler found in a restroom.

And even worse the reckless rattler was located at one of our schools.

According to Beres, “The rattlesnake was in a bathroom at El Morro Elementary School. It is unknown how the snake got inside the bathroom. An animal services officer responded, caught the snake, and relocated the snake to a wilderness area in Laguna Canyon.”

Please be cautious because there are too many snakes sneaking around in town. If you find one, make sure to report it to LBPD.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Oct 2

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

10:58 p.m. A 72-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Bench Warrants

2:15 a.m. Joaquin Ojeda, 21, Lake Forest, was arrested for two warrants. Bail was set at $2,500 for one and $1,500 for the other.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Bench Warrants

2:15 a.m. Hector Cabrera, 25, Orange, was arrested for two unspecified bench warrants. Bail was set at $2,500 for one and $500 for the other.

Monday, Oct 1

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 400 Block | Bench Warrant

5:07 p.m. Julio Cesar Ponce-Espindola, 40, Dana Point, was arrested for a bench warrant. An LBPD officer responded to the 400 block of Cress Street for a traffic collision. “During the investigation, it was discovered one of the drivers had an outstanding arrest warrant. Julio Ponce-Espindola was placed into custody for the warrant without incident. He was taken to the Laguna Beach PD for booking,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. Bail was set at $500. Ponce-Espindola was later able to bail out on the warrant.

Fairview Street | 200 Block | Domestic Violence with Serious Injury, Force with a Deadly Weapon Not a Firearm

4:22 p.m. Brooke Elizabeth Berkeley, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for felony domestic violence with serious injury (bail was set at $50,000), and force with a deadly weapon, not a firearm (bail was set at $25,000). 

Laguna Canyon Drive | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

4:08 p.m. A 35-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | False Identification

12:55 p.m. Christopher Thomas Kilzer, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for providing false identification to specific peace officers. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, Sept 30

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Parole Violation, Trespassing

3:43 p.m. Ralph Francis Bowers, 48, Huntington Beach, was arrested for a parole hold (no bail was set) and trespassing (bail was set at $500).

Coast Hwy | Camel Point Drive | Petty Theft

2:48 p.m. The RP went to the LBPD station to report that eight to 10 campaign signs had been stolen within the last week. According to the RP, two were stolen between 7 p.m. the previous night on Saturday and noon on Sunday. 

Crescent Bay Drive | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

8:49 a.m. Cody William Simpson, 28, Anaheim, was arrested for a felony bench warrant. No bail was set.

Crescent Bay Drive | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

8:49 a.m. Kristoffer Charles Lamantain, 22, Riverside, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set $1,500.

Virginia Way | 31600 Block | Bench Warrants

6:53 a.m. Michael J. Flaherty, 22, Ossipee, NH, was arrested for bench warrants. Bail was set at $500 and $10,000.

Friday, Sept 28

Thalia Street & Glenneyre Street | Battery

7:04 a.m. An officer responded to the 800 block of Glenneyre for a report of a battery. The officer contacted the reporting person who stated that he was inside the gym when he was approached by another gym member. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, 

“A male subject stood in front of him and yelled something about his nose. He had no idea what the man was talking about. The male subject then stated he was going to kick his ass. The subject fled the area on foot prior to the officer’s arrival. At no time was there any physical contact between victim and the subject. Immediately after the incident, the officer made contact with the manager. The manager identified the subject and stated he was not a gym member and was visiting on a monthly pass. The manager stated he was acting weird and would no longer be welcome inside the gym.”

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