Hip District Hit by Vandalism


A Playa Del Rey man allegedly caused $5,700 worth of damage in a four-block long vandalism rampage in Laguna Beach during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 13, police said.

Windows in six sites, from shops to hotels to cars located between the 1100 and 1500 block of Coast Highway, were shattered by objects ranging from a thrown flower pot to a suitcase between 5:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m., the call log said.

Onigwe Echikunwoke, 33, who was arrested in an alley, admitted to damaging the windows and described other places he had also vandalized, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said. He was held for $20,000 bail.


Monday, Oct 10

Grand theft. 31600 Mar Vista Ave. 8:45 a.m. A computer and other valuables worth $2,991 were taken overnight from an unlocked vehicle.

Vehicle burglary. 700 block of Cliff Dr. 5:33 p.m. Property was taken from a vehicle.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Stolen vehicle. 700 block of Cliff Dr. 5 a.m. A Jeep parked in a driveway overnight was missing the next morning.

Sexual battery. 500 block of Forest Ave. 8:38 a.m. A woman reported a sexual assault that took place on a local beach Sept. 22.

Pedestrian stop. 19200 Laguna Canyon Rd. 9 a.m. Daniel Naffziger, 66, was arrested for suspicion of giving false information to police.

Petty theft. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 2:27 p.m. A resident discovered that a license plate stolen from a vehicle is being used on the toll road.

Forgery. 2000 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:45 p.m. Paul Ogle, 60, a Laguna Beach transient, was arrested for suspicion of burglary and fraud when he attempted to pay for a hotel room using a credit card with a woman’s name.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Detective activity. 500 block of Forest Ave. 11:10 a.m. The driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run case still under investigation was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Fraud. 21500 block of Wesley Dr. 6 p.m. Checks totaling $4,100 were written on a resident’s account.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Traffic stop. Agate St. 4:11 a.m. Corey David, 29, of San Clemente, who was stopped for speeding, was arrested for suspicion of possessing and transporting narcotics and held for $30,000 bail. Police said a search of his vehicle turned up 8.92 grams of heroin, 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, .38 grams of cocaine and 26 needles for good measure.

Petty theft. 3000 block of Bern Dr. 9 a.m. A resident reported a theft from an unlocked vehicle.

Petty theft. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 4 p.m. Several items cumulatively valued about $300 were taken from a vehicle.

Friday, Oct. 14

Vehicle burglary. 800 block of Balboa Ave. 1:54 a.m. A package found in the road was returned to a home where a car break-in had occurred.

Petty theft. 100 block of Mountain Rd. 2 a.m. Beach-goers who went into the water returned to find missing two purses, a phone and three wallets, together valued at $800.

Traffic collision. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7 a.m. A female bicyclist complained of pain to her hip, ankle and shoulder after a fall caused by a vehicle that struck her rear wheel.

Burglary. Acapulco St. 9 a.m. A bottle of Dom Perignon champagne and a laptop were also discovered missing after a break-in reporter earlier.

Vehicle burglary. 400 block of St. Ann’s Drive. 9:44 a.m. A camera, backpack and painting supplies valued at $1,100 were taken overnight from a vehicle.

Traffic stop. El Paseo. 11:42 p.m. Jee Kim, 32, of Placentia, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held on $10,000 bail due to a previous DUI.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Investigate. 1300 block of Cliff Dr. 11:48 a.m. The coroner’s office did not find anything suspicious in the death of a 52-year-old Laguna Beach man, who was found deceased in an empty lot. He was not further identified by police

Fraud. PD. 12:53 p.m. Someone used a resident’s information to apply for credit.

Grand theft. 1500 block of Caribbean Way. 4 p.m. Forty boxes of hardware containing locks and door handles valued at $2,000 were stolen from a vehicle.

Pedestrian stop. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 9 p.m. Darrell Wayne Moherman, 71, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for two outstanding warrants.

Family disturbance. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 9:44 p.m. A 19-year-old son was arrested for vandalism after kicking in a door following an argument with his mother. She was taken for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Traffic stop. 200 block of Chiquita St. 1:40 a.m. A 55-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI.

Burglary. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 7:34 a.m. Steven Hernandez, 29, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of burglary. Police allege he was in possession of jewelry taken from a house in the same block.

Medical aid. Mathis Canyon Trail. 8:16 a.m. A group of six hikers reported an attack by a swarm of bees, which stung four people.

Monday, Oct. 17

Hit and run. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:51 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 36, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and hit and run after his vehicle hit allegedly hit a parked vehicle.

Fraud. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:48 p.m. Two customers complained of unauthorized charges to their credit cards.












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