Police Use Taser to Subdue Assault Suspect

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An assault involving three men escalated into a struggle with Laguna Beach police, who ultimately deployed a taser twice to subdue the younger combative suspect in the 300 block of Cozumel around 1:15 a.m. Friday, May 10, police said.

Police ultimately arrested a 51-year-old Laguna Beach man for allegedly resisting arrest and his 25-year-old son, also for resisting arrest as well as suspicion of felony assault, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Both were both taken to the hospital for evaluation; the father refused treatment, she said.

The father’s roommate, who suffered a laceration to his head during the alleged assault, called police and told them the son had also assaulted his father, Callus said. The father and son, who were both inebriated, failed to comply with orders by the investigating officers, who first cuffed the father. The son, placed on the ground, hit one officer in the face and was tased twice before he was handcuffed, she said.


Spending Spree Ends in Arrest

Police arrested one Pennsylvania visitor and questioned her companion last week after a Laguna Beach hotel manager called authorities when a credit card for a guest with a $10,000 tab was declined on Wednesday, May 8, police said.

Stephanie Paige Sims, 35, of Reading, Pa., was arrested the following day, Thursday, May 9, for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper, burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property, police Sgt. Louise Callus said. Bail was set at $20,000.

Sims allegedly deposited a phony $344,000 check into an account of a friend and used a debit card against the funds for a spending spree en route to Laguna, Callus said. The friend was duped by the scheme and was not charged, Callus said.

Monday, May 6

Grand theft. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 12:55 p.m. A former business partner was accused of taking $12,000 in unauthorized funds from a company bank account.

Tuesday, May 7

Burglary. 900 block of Glenneyre St. 4:37 a.m. Thieves smashed a front door and made off with an $800 cash register, which was later found abandoned on Bluebird Canyon Drive missing $100 in cash.

Suspicious circs. 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 8:47 a.m. A large metal package left outside was determined to be a metal toolbox with wheels.

Wednesday, May 8

Vandalism. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 8:18 a.m. Someone used a rock to smash a car window and dent a vehicle parked in the lower floor parking garage.

Fraud. 3100 block of Tyrol Dr. 12:59 p.m. A resident reported an unauthorized $1,171 charge to a credit card.

Thursday, May 9

Traffic stop. 800 block of N Coast Hwy. 10:53 p.m. Rigoberto Rodriguez Xicohtencatl, 28, of Santa Ana, was arrested for two outstanding warrants, driving on a suspended license and failing to appear to pay fine.

Friday, May 10

Burglary. 1200 block of S. Coast hwy. 7:50 a.m. A business lost $12,500 in inventory due to a break-in involving a shattered window.

DUI. Temple Hills. 8:18 a.m. A 47-year-old mother was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and for misdemeanor child endangerment due to a non-injury collision. Bail was set at $2,500.

Fraud report. 1000 block of Dyer Pl. 3:21 p.m. A resident reported learning about unauthorized charges on his credit card.

Fight. Capistrano Ave. 5:26 p.m. A dispute over a parking place came to blows when one man threw a punch. Both declined prosecution.

Vehicle burglary. 100 block of Moss St. 7:57 p.m. A woman reported a $2,900 loss after someone smashed a car window and stole her purse.

DUI. 1200 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9 p.m. A 57-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Saturday, May 11

Traffic stop. 300 block of Broadway St. 1 a.m. A 32-year-old Anaheim man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:50 a.m. A 24-year-old Aliso Veijo man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Occupied vehicle. 31400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 6:41 p.m. Sergey Aleksandrovi Neborak, 25, of Mather, Calif., was arrested for an outstanding assault warrant and held for $15,000 bail.

Sunday, May 12

Unknown trouble. Cress St. 12:01 a.m. Araceli Meza, 35, of Costa Mesa was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense. Her boyfriend reported she was attempting to run him over.

Traffic stop. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 2 a.m. A 55-year-old Georgia man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Burglary. 4:17 p.m. 800 block of Katella St. A woman reported a $15,000 necklace was stolen from her vehicle, which was impounded after her arrest.

Grand theft. 500 block of Forest Ave. 4:35 p.m. A Bakersfield visitor reported that his mother had withdrawn $6,500 from his bank account without his authorization.



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