Excerpts from Police Logs
Domestic Violence Report-Turned-Standoff Ends in Arrest
A Laguna Beach man was arrested Monday, July 30, following a report of domestic violence that escalated into an hours-long standoff, according to Laguna Beach Police officials.
Just before 9 p.m. on July 30, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Poplar Street for domestic violence report, Sgt. Jim Cota said in a press release. A woman at the residence stated that her husband had assaulted her and that there were five children who were still inside the home. She said there was a handgun inside their bedroom and that her husband had threatened to use it in the past.
“Officers attempted several times to speak with her husband, identified as Slade Carlton, but he refused to cooperate and exit the residence,” Cota said. “Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the children, additional resources were requested including detectives, two canines, an LBPD police drone, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team.”
Cota said after hours of negotiations with Carlton, he chose to walk out of the residence with the children and surrender to officers. Carlton was arrested for domestic violence, willful cruelty to a child and false imprisonment. He was transported to the Laguna Beach Police Department where he was booked and later transported to Orange County Jail.
Suspect in Laguna Robbery Apprehended in Newport
A San Bernardino man suspected of robbing a family along South Coast Highway on Saturday, July 28, was arrested without incident later that day in Newport Beach, according to authorities.
James Kelley was booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless evading.
On July 28 just after 10 p.m., Kelley was walking in the 600 block of South Coast Highway when he approached a family who was walking in the same area, according to Sgt. Jim Cota. Kelly knocked the woman with in the group to the ground and took her purse. In an attempt to help his mother, the woman’s teenage son grabbed Kelley’s legs to stop him. The suspect then turned and struck the teenager in the head with a large metal flashlight.
Kelley fled the scene and the woman’s husband gave chase. When the husband caught up to him, Kelley also struck him on the head with the flashlight, resulting in a large gash. Kelley then entered a vehicle and accelerated in reverse toward the husband and a witness, narrowly missing them, and fled northbound on South Coast Highway.
“Shortly after, a Laguna Beach police officer located Kelley fleeing in his vehicle, and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Kelley failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated,” Cota said in a press release. “The pursuit continued into Newport Beach, where we were assisted by the Newport Beach Police Department who successfully deployed spike strips deflating all of the tires, and the vehicle rolled to a stop.”
Kelley was taken into custody, and the weapon and credit cards belonging to the victim were located in the car.
Saturday, July 28
Disturbance. 1:01 a.m. 200 block of Ocean Avenue. A man reportedly got into a fight with a doorman at Hennessey’s Tavern. Neither party desired prosecution and the incident was documented without an arrest.
Disturbance. 11:36 p.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. Donald Patrick Glass, 46, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for calling 911 with the intent to annoy or harass another person and held for $500 bail. The man called 911 at least four times and reportedly told police that other people were accusing him of being a cop. The man was reportedly being “verbally abusive,” cursing and refusing to hang up.
Friday, July 27
Traffic stop. 1:14 p.m. Coast Highway and Vista Del Sol. Eric Queen Matteau, 19, of Washington, was arrested for violating a restraining order and held for $15,000 bail.
Traffic collision. 1:49 p.m. Coast Highway and Montage Resort Drive. Officers responded to a rollover traffic collision. A single vehicle had collided with a parked vehicle and rolled onto the roof in the northbound #2 lane. The driver self-extricated and complained of pain to his hip. The driver was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and the vehicles were towed from the scene.
Vandalism. 2:27 p.m. 200 block of Arch Street. A resident reported that someone had cut and damaged about $5,000 worth of bamboo.
Thursday, July 26
Indecent exposure. 7:37 p.m. 2700 block of Highland Way. A woman reported that while walking her dog, she walked past a home with the front door open and a man standing there “fully exposed” without pants on who called out to her. Sgt. Jim Cota said the man was advised to keep his clothes on while on his property.
Wednesday, July 25
Drunk driving. 6:53 p.m. Viejo Street and North Coast Highway. William David Sommerville, 65, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.
Traffic stop. 12:34 a.m. 200 block of Mountain Road. Jaspaul Singh Kapoor, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to one prior offense.
Tuesday, July 24
Traffic hazard. 6:16 p.m. Third Street and Mermaid Street. A flatbed truck became stuck on the hill, unable to go forward or backward.
Traffic stop. 12:09 a.m. Matthew Lee Schelin, 28, of Banning, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of methamphetamine and held for $25,000 bail for each charge.
Monday, July 23
Drunk driving. 8:30 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. Briana Burke Lee, 34, of Coto de Caza, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Lee had also been arrested the day before for driving under the influence of drugs.
Lewd conduct. 2:01 p.m. 600 block of North Coast Highway. Two people were reportedly seen having sex in the middle of the complex. Laguna Beach transient Leslie Jan Shacklett, 56, and Rahimi Arash, 39, of Lake Forest, were both arrested for lewd conduct in public and held for $1,000 bail each.
Restraining order violation. 2:31 p.m. 31900 block of Coast Highway. Shawn Michael Juan Rosales, 21, of El Monte, was arrested for misdemeanor violation of a restraining order and held for $15,000 bail.
Traffic collision. 10:32 p.m. Broadway Plaza and Beach Street. A vehicle traveling westbound on Broadway failed to stop for a red light at Beach Street. The car struck another vehicle which was making a left turn onto eastbound Broadway. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.