Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District



Angel Liu, arrested for suspicion of prostitution.
Angel Liu, arrested for suspicion of prostitution.

The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said.

Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said operated Relaxbar at 1276 S. Coast Highway, was charged with the misdemeanor offense as a result of an undercover operation, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

“The department had received information that the business was possibly offering services other than massages,” she said.

Police last made a local arrest involving prostitution in December 2011.

Police Rescue Woman from Surf

A woman in need of medication who was reported missing by 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, was pulled from the ocean near Mountain Street Beach about 3 a.m., police said.

The 38-year-old Burbank woman was waist deep in water and headed further out when police arrived, responding to reports of a woman screaming, and attempted to coax her to shore, Sgt. Louise Callus said. With the help of a large wave that pushed the woman back to the beach, the officer, waist deep himself in water, pulled the woman onto the sand, Callus said.

Officers began their search around Montage’s resort and Aliso Creek Inn because of the missing woman’s familiarity with the area, her husband told police. Officers arriving at Mountain Street found her vehicle and its contents strewn on the street, Callus said.

The unidentified woman was transported to the hospital for evaluation, Callus said.


Monday, Aug. 19

Petty theft. 200 block of forest Ave. 12:23 p.m. A framed poster valued at $500 was stolen from a store.


Tuesday, Aug. 20

Traffic collision. Lomita Way. 12:13 p.m. A 26-foot delivery truck caused a major gas leak when the vehicle struck a brick wall, which collapsed and broke a gas line.

Detective activity. 900 block of N. Main St., Costa Mesa. 2:44 p.m. Bryan David Wilson, 36, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for suspicion of debit card fraud and the theft of $39,000 in funds from a family member’s account. Due to a probation violation, he was held without bail.

Petty theft. 1000 block of S. Coast Hwy. 3:46 p.m. Two pairs of pants valued at $70 were taken.

Pedestrian stop. Circle Way. 4:38 p.m. A juvenile who fibbed about his identify was arrested for underage alcohol possession and released to his mother.

Traffic collision. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 5 p.m. The preganant driver of a vehicle involved in a non-injury, rear-end collision was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Traffic stop.. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 11:58 p.m. Jody Alexander Longman, 33, of Los Angeles, was arrested for reckless driving warrants and held for $35,000 bail.


Wednesday, Aug. 21

Vehicle tampering. 700 block of S. Coast hwy. 6 a.m. Someone unhitched a beverage truck making a delivery.

Traffic collision. Jasmine St. 1:42 p.m. A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries as a result of a collision with a vehicle.

Indecent exposure. 31100 block of Coast Hwy. 5 p.m. A teenage female was reported showering without clothes by the lifeguard tower. She had left when police arrived.

Traffic stop. Wesley Dr. 9 p.m. A 25-year-old Valley Center man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.


Thursday, Aug. 22

Petty theft. 400 block of Forest Ave. 5:52 a.m. A $600 laptop was stolen sometime last night while a woman slept at the church.

Traffic stop. 13-03022. 700 block of Broadway St. 10:51 a.m. Police stopped Vu Long Hoang, 25, of Huntington Beach as a result of a registration violation, but arrested him for suspicion of heroin possession after finding .78 grams and paraphernalia in the car. Bail was set at $20,000.

Grand theft. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwuy. 11:44 a.m. A bronze rabbit sculpture valued at $9,500 was stolen from outside a gallery. The bolts were cut.


Friday, Aug. 23

Traffic stop. S. Coast hwy. 12:04 a.m. A 25-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Traffic stop. Third Avenue. 2:57 a.m. Brittany Lynn Caldwell, 27, was arrested for suspicion of methamphetamine possession and Antonio Charles Testa, 25, was arrested for an outstanding burglary warrant. Both are Rancho Cucamonga residents.

Fraud. 2900 block of S. Coast Hwy. 8:30 a.m. A resident learned their property was falsely being advertised as a rental.

Traffic injuries. N. Coast Hwy. 9 a.m. A cyclist suffered minor injuries when thrown from a bike after breaking hard to avoid a turning vehicle.

Fraud. 31300 block of Ceonothus Dr. 11:25 a.m. Another resident learned their home was being being falsely advertised as “for lease.”

DUI. Laguna Canyon Rd. 9:14 p.m. A 41-year-old Newport Beach woman was arrested for DUI after her vehicle was spotted weaving and swerving.

Traffic stop. 20400 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:58 a.m. A 32-year-old Corona woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.


Saturday, Aug. 24

Traffic stop. Canyon Acres. 2 a.m. A 27-year-old San Clemente resident was arrested for two outstanding warrants.

Traffic stop. Solana Way. 4 a.m. A 26-year-old motorist was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Grand theft. 1900 block of Glenneyre St. 3:42 p.m. Someone who stole a purse from a place of business has charged $1,000 to a credit card.


Sunday, Aug. 25

Traffic stop. 800 block of Glenneyre st. 12:47 a.m. A 25-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. St. Ann’s Dr. 1:56 a.m. Robert Mauriello, 33, of Ladera Ranch was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Assist other dept. 31700 block of Coast Hwy. 5:17 p.m. Rebecca Jean Maher, 21, of Laguna Beach was arrested for suspicion of heroin possession and held for $20,000 bail. Border Patrol agents apparently observed the driver of a vehicle stuff a purchase in her bra.

Public intoxication. 900 block of Bluebird Canyon Dr. 6:29 p.m. A 22-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested for suspicion of DUI after he was reported stumbling while getting into a vehicle.

This article was updated Aug. 31, 2017



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