Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits


Police arrested Jose Manuel Jiminez Jr., 26, of Riverside, for attempted robbery and battery south of Crown Valley Parkway about 5:12 p.m. last Tuesday, June 17, suspected of hitting and trying to steal the wallet of a man near a Coast Highway fast-food restaurant.

The victim, in back of the restaurant on a break, refused to turn over his wallet, but provided police a description of the vehicle in which his attacker fled after the 4:12 p.m. assault, police said.

“”The victim and the suspect do no know each other and this appears to be a random crime,” Capt. Jason Kravetz said.

Monday, June 16

Burglary. 2400 Park Ave. and 3000 Bern Dr. 7 a.m. Overnight someone rummaged through unlocked cars, but did not take anything.

Occupied vehicle. 31100 block of Coast Hwy 7:49 a.m. Patrolling officers questioned Lawrence Beard, 51, wading in the creek, who was wanted for two warrants. He was held for $15,000 bail.

Wednesday, June 18

Traffic stop. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:28 p.m. Alberto Rafael Morales, 30, Mariela Escobedo, 25, both of Anaheim, were arrested for warrants for being unlicensed.

Fraud. 700 block of Barracuda way. 2:24 p.m. Someone cashed a fraudulent $316 check at a Aliso Viejo Pep Boys drawn on a resident’s account.

Fraud. 2800 Park Place. 4:19 p.m. Someone opened credit cards under the victim’s name.

Traffic collision. Glenneyre St. at Cress St. 9:21 p.m. A two-car collision resulted in minor injuries.

Thursday, June 19

Burglary. 1900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 6:24 a.m. Nothing was taken but locks were cut and entry was made.

Traffic stop. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 6 p.m. Zachary Jacob Lee Pregent, 19, and Victor Angel Morton Mendez, 20, both of Riverside, were arrested for suspicion of possessing concentrated cannabis after police pulled them over for driving without headlights. Bail was set at $20,000.

Friday, June 20

Traffic stop. 300 block of Broadway St. 12:10 a.m. Manuel Alejandro Ruiz, 24, of Orange, was arrested for outstanding DUI warrants and held for $15,000 bail. The 21-year-old driver, of Santa Ana, was also cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Property. 1400 Skyline Dr. 9:57 a.m. Registered guns burned in the 1993 fire were removed from the system at the resident’s request.

Medical. 800 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:45 p.m. A 77-year-old Las Vegas woman tripped and cut her head while walking a dog that tugged on the leash.

Drug activity. Sunset Ave. 3:25 p.m. Three 17-year-old boys from Tustin and Irvine were detained for possessing alcohol, pot and cigarettes and released to their parents after a citizen complained about their behavior. A fourth boy fled the scene.

Child annoyance. El Paseo. 5:29 p.m. Keith Edward Damore, 40, and homeless, was arrested for obstructing an investigation following a complaint by a mother, who said Damore had screamed at her son. Damore claimed he called the child “fat.”

Disturbance. S. Coast hwy. 5:49 p.m. Charles Lloyd Evans, 51, of Laguna Beach, a recent parole, was returned to custody after starting a fight.

Traffic collision. 1300 block of Park Ave. 7:378 p.m. A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries in a solo accident.

Power outage. 10 p.m. Portions of midtown lacked power until 12:26 a.m.

DUI. Nyes Place. 11:31 p.m. A 57-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Saturday, June 21

Traffic stop. 500 block of S. Coast hwy. 1:08 a.m. A 23-year-old Arizona man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:13 a.m. A 31-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Pedestrian stop. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 11:12 p.m. Benjamin Allen Farley, 26, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for outstanding warrants and a search of his car allegedly turned up heroin, meth and syringes. Police spotted him looking into cars by illuminating the interior with his phone.

Sunday, June 22

Traffic collision. 700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1 a.m. A 25-year-old Fountain Valley resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 3:44 a.m. Beau Alexander Gregorios, 19, of Long Beach, was stopped for a traffic violation, but an investigation turned up Xanax without a prescription, and cannabis. Bail was set at $20,000.

Traffic collision. Aster St. 9 a.m. A pedestrian runner suffered minor injuries in a run-in with a Lincoln.

Burglary. 31700 block of Seacliff Dr. 6:33 p.m. One of three people detained inside a vacant home was cited for trespassing. Further details were unavailable.

Assist other dept. Emerald Bay. 11:36 p.m. About 50 to 60 kids are on the beach and inside a vacant residence. One was detained for curfew.

Monday, June 23

Suspicious person. 400 block of Shadow Lane. 5:49 a.m. Shea Tasi Musiime, 19, of Gardon Grove, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle and allegedly possessing stolen property, which included cosmetics and phone charger cables. A witness pointed him out to police.


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