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Police Arrest Suspect in Injury of a Woman

A man who retaliated for being kicked in the groin by pushing his attacker was arrested for felony battery when the woman fell down stairs and suffered severe injuries on Sunday, April 29, Laguna Beach police said.

The 55-year-old woman suffered facial and arm fractures along with head injuries and facial lacerations from the fall, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. She was transported to Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Mission Viejo and is expected to survive.

The recipient of the kick, Rudy James McEntire, 34, of Boulder, Colo., called police to report the 7:32 p.m. incident in the 300 block of Mermaid Street. Another person also reported that a woman had been pushed down a flight of stairs.

At the scene, witnesses and McEntire told police he quarreled with the victim, who thought he was flirting with her sister whose boyfriend had recently died. The victim allegedly kicked the suspect in the groin and he responded by pushing her backwards, which caused her to fall down stairs. “Had the officers thought he intentionally meant to cause her such great injury, they could have charged him with attempted murder,” Kravetz said.

McEntire posted $25,000 bail and was released with a future court date pending, Kravetz said.


Search Turns Up the Unexpected

Laguna detectives who made an early morning search of a parolee’s home in Dana Point last Thursday, April 26, arrested four different occupants, none of them the parolee, including one who armed himself with a loaded .44 Magnum revolver, according to police.

When detectives entered the trailer in the 3400 block of Doheny Park Rd., Kevin Andrew Hannegan, 36, of Dana Point, took up a handgun, but dropped it on a bed. He claimed to have not known the new arrivals were police.

Hannegan was arrested for suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He posted $20,000 bail and was released, Lt. Jason Kravetz said

Aside from three outstanding warrants, Gary Paul Kalani Green, 33, also of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of drug possession and sales as police seized nine grams of heroin, nine opana pills and a gram of methamphetamine, Kravetz said.

Patricia Anne McLaughlin, 32, was arrested for an outstanding unspecified warrant, and Tyler Monroe McCoy, 47, was charged with alleged marijuana possession for sale. Both are of Lake Elsinore.


Monday, April23

Fraud. 12:44 p.m. 100 block of Thalia St. A merchant informed a resident that someone attempted to apply for a credit card in her name.

Traffic stop. 10:15 p.m. Carmelita St. A 36-year-old woman was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Tuesday, April 24

Traffic collision. 8:59 a.m. 1200 block N. Coast Hwy. A driver five months pregnant was transported to a hospital as a precautionary measure following a three-vehicle, non-injury collision.

Petty theft. 12:48 p.m. 400 block S. Coast Hwy. Someone swiped a backpack stashed under a counter whose content was estimated to be worth $2,500.

Robbery. 1:44 p.m. 1200 block S. Coast Hwy. A fast-food customer, who helped himself to $700 in the cash drawer when the cashier turned away, fled on foot and eluded police. An investigation is continuing.

Animal calls. 3:28 p.m. 1500 block of Skyline Drive. Dog vs. coyote.


Wednesday, April 25

Traffic stop. 1:54 a.m. A 36-year-old man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail

Traffic stop. 11:54 a.m. 100 block of Thalia St. Carlos Francisco Perez-Ramos, 36, of Orange, was cited on the suspended license and arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant.

Fraud. 12:48 p.m. 200 block of Wave St. Someone used a debit card to make a $103 unauthorized purchase.

Traffic stop. 2:57 p.m. Hillcrest Drive. Erin Lee Fuentes, 37, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested for DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior offense.

Drug activity. 9:20 p.m. 1500 block of Coast Hwy. Kevin Lawrence Gleason, 48, of Los Angeles, was detained by authorities and arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. Police were called by hotel security, who had chased a trespasser trying to enter a private party. Bail was set at $2,500. Gleason was subject to a citizen’s arrest for battery the following morning; a citizen claimed Gleason struck a cup of coffee he held.


Friday, april 27

Indecent exposure. 11:53 a.m. Victoria Beach. A 20-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for public nudity and released to his father. Officers detained the man after he took a dip in the ocean and swam back to shore, believing he was under the influence of an unknown substance.


Saturday, april 28

Traffic stop.. 12:12 a.m. West/Coast Hwy. Bryce David Tuttle, 30, of Laguna Niguesl, was cited for being under the influence of marijuana. Bail was set at $10,000 due to a prior DUI offense.

Traffic stop. 1:13 a.m. 200 block of Brooks St. A 24-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 3:24 a.m. 200 block of Nyes Place. A 42-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Disturbance. 10:28 a.m. 600 block of Virginia Park. Subject has been advised to stop cutting trees across the property line but refuses.

Threats. 10:50 a.m. 800 block of La Vista Dr. A resident says he was threatened by a neighbor who scaled a fence and took a trimmer from his hands due to a hedge height dispute.

Medical aid. 12:15 p.m. Thousand Steps Beach. Emergency personnel used a helicopter to extract an unconscious man who had been shaking. He was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

Grand theft. 12:16 p.m. 500 block of Broadway St.  23 parking signs valued at $2,760 recently installed in an underground garage were stolen.

Burglary. 10:17 p.m. 100 block of San Tropez Ct. A resident returned home to discover that someone had entered the apartment through an unlocked door, stealing a laptop and a monitor.


Sunday, April 29

Traffic stop. 12:38 a.m. 2200 block of S. Coast Hwy. A visitor from Homer, Aka., was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 1:22 a.m. Montage resort. A 21-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Drunk driving. 1:24 a.m. Mountain Rd. A 62-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested for DUI after being observed stumbling before entering his vehicle and holding himself up by its door handle.

Traffic stop. 3:49 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A 21-year-old Florida woman was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Fraud. 12:05 p.m. 3000 block of Mountain View Rd. A resident learned someone had used his name to take out a $400,000 mortgage on his debt-free property.

Drunk driving. 12:35 p.m. Forest Ave. An off-duty officer who observed a driver lane straddling and making unsafe lane changes resulted in the arrest of a 53-year-old Dana Point woman for DUI.

Vandalism. 10:56 p.m. 600 block of Coast Hwy. A man just slashed the tires of a vehicle and fled.

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