Missing-Child Search Ends Happily


A two-hour search for a missing child ended without incident Sunday, Aug. 31, when the 12-year-old was discovered playing in the Montage hotel spa about 8:15 p.m., not far from Victoria Street Beach where he was last seen.

Laguna Beach police deployed all available resources, including search and rescue personnel, bloodhounds, lifeguards and a helicopter that made numerous sweeps of the coastline with a spotlight, Capt. Jason Kravetz said.

The boy was reunited with his family shortly after police broadcast a description via text and phone of a sandy haired, blue-eyed boy with limited speech abilities wearing a spring wet suit.

Monday, Aug. 25
Verbal threat. 20900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:27 p.m. An artist claims a Sawdust employee inappropriately touched her.

Vehicle burglary. 20200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 3:28 p.m. A hiker who left for two hours returned to find a front passenger window smashed and a cell phone and purse valued at $460 gone.

Traffic collision. 14-02921. Laguna Canyon Rd. 4:58 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in in two rear-end collisions. One driver was unlicensed and his female passenger claimed injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Tueday, Aug. 26

Traffic stop. 300 block of Thalia St. 2:14 a.m. An Aliso Viejo man, 46, was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Traffic collision. Laguna Can yon Rd. 6:25 p.m. A motorcyclist fell and broke his shoulder after sideswiping another inbound vehicle. The accident is under investigation.

Disturbance. Main Beach Playgrounds. 7:24 p.m. Wade Montgomery, 46, of San Clemente, was cited for five warrants.

Disturbance. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 9:57 p.m. A 33-year-old Garden Grove man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warrant service. 24900 block of Hidden Hills Rd. 10:24 a.m. Jennifer Cynthia Rossi, 26, of Lake Forest, was arrested for four Harbor Court drug and vehicle code warrants.

Citizen hail. 200 block of Cress St., 11:28 p.m. Vance Mitchell Luedtke, 45, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of possessing cocaine. Bail was set at $20,000.

Friday, Aug. 29

Traffic collision. State Hwy 73. 7:39 a.m. A cyclist who did not see a stopped car collided with the vehicle’s back windshield. The 42-year-old Irvine man suffered a fractured nose and possibly a fractured vertebrae.

Grand theft. 1000 block of Gaviota Dr. 10:50 a.m. Paddle boards and tools worth $7,000 were stolen overnight.

Trespassing. 1900 block of S. Coast Hwy. 12:20 p.m. Matt William Norton, 45, of San Diego, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Traffic collision. 3200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:54 p.m. A motorist and his passenger received moderate injuries after their outbound vehicle veered out of the travel lane and hit four parked cars. The report was incomplete though drugs and alcohol were not a factor.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Traffic stop. Cleo St. 1:41 a.m. Joshua Andrew Chance, 22, of Los Feliz, was arrested for a drug warrant with multiple charges and held without bail.

Drunk driving. Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:38 p.m. Aaron Marcus Albertson, 41, of Newport Beach, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after he lost control of his vehicle and drove up onto the center median, striking and tearing out four trees. He was uninjured. Due to a prior drunk driving conviction, bail was set at $10,000.

Traffic collision. Park Ave. 8 p.m. A 22-year-old Midway City motorcyclist and his girlfriend, 21, from Westminster, received minor injuries when he lost control and crashed the bike.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Traffic stop. Beverly St. 2:13 a.m. A Florida man, 33, was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Drunk diving. El Toro Rd 2:35 a.m. A Rancho Santa Margarita man, 39, who ran his vehicle into a hillside, was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic collision. 20100 block Laguna Canyon Rd. 3:50 p.m. A passenger 25 weeks pregnant went to the hospital as a precautionary measure following a rear-end collision in stop and go traffic.

Petty theft. 300 block of Ocean Ave. 4:13 p.m. A loaded $550 Glock pistol and two magazines of ammunition were taken overnight from under the driver’s seat of a Porsche. The victim is a private investigator who has a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Petty theft. Bluff Drive. 4:24 p.m. While a beach-goer was in the water, someone took money, credit cards and camera valued at $330.

Monday, Sept. 1

Missing swimmer. Mountain Rd. 12:24 p.m. A search and snorkel team mobilized to look for an 11-year-old boy last seen at Cress Street Beach was dismantled when the child was found in the hotel pool.

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