Teens Arrested in Park Robbery


Teens from out of the area were arrested for suspicion of robbing a Bluebird Park visitor Sunday, Sept. 27, about 8:13 a.m., according to police.

Police spotted and stopped a car outbound on Laguna Canyon Road that matched the description of the fleeing thieves. The victim said four men pushed her and grabbed a wallet from her hand containing $200 in cash and fled in a car with paper plates, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.

Most of the money was retrieved from the car and the wallet was found at the park, he said.

Four juveniles were charged with robbery; three were taken to juvenile hall and others were released to parents, Kleiser said.

One of the parents summoned to retrieve her 17-year-old son had yet to exit the city limits before seeking help from police about 3 p.m. While driving, the mother and son argued and the son bashed his mother on the head several times, Kleiser said. She stopped the car and police arrested the boy for battery; this time he was taken to juvenile hall, Kleiser said.

On her own, the mother went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a slight concussion, Kleiser said.


Arrest Made in Sex Assault on Jogger

Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying other potential victims of a man who used an imitation firearm in a sexual assault on a jogger in a nearby park last week.

Sean Luke Salaber, 22, of Riverside, allegedly tackled a 23-year-old jogger from behind on a trail near Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park in Laguna Niguel and held a phony gun to her head while groping her as he attempted to drag her off the trail, sheriff’s deputies said.

The victim screamed and nearby bystanders scared off the attacker and contacted sheriff’s deputies. Salabar was arrested in a nearby neighborhood and charged with attempted kidnapping, sexual assault and brandishing a fake firearm, sheriff’s deputies said. His arraignment was set for Monday, Sept. 28.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the OCSD Special Victims Unit at (714) 647-7418.

Monday, Sept. 21

Grand theft. 200 block of Cypress Dr. 8:28 a.m. Juveniles stole and later returned camera equipment valued at $4,500.

Traffic stop. 30700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:15 a.m. Christian Warner, 54, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Vehicle burglary. 100 block of Saint Ann’s Dr. 8 a.m. A woman who went surfing discovered car keys had been stolen from the beach and a phone and wallet missing from her car.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Battery. 400 block of Coast Hwy. 12:48 a.m. A hotel employee who asked a homeless woman to move on was hit in the face. A 56-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor battery.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Stolen vehicle. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 2:54 a.m. A missing Toyota Corolla turned up undamaged in Buena Park about 5 a.m.

Hit and run. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:42 a.m. A cyclist was uninjured by a vehicle that grazed the bike and fled the scene.

Burglary. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 1:22 p.m. Thieves made off with furniture.

Vandalism. 31500 block of Bluff Dr. 1:42 p.m. Someone left water running and flooded a backyard.

Drunk driving. 31400 block of Coast Hwy. 6:37 p.m. Julie Ann Sheridan, 38, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Petty theft. 100 block of Thalia St. 8:15 a.m. Police are unable to locate a suspect despite tracking information on a stolen phone.

Vandalism. 22200 block of Paseo del Sur. 12:13 p.m. A branch of a tree was chopped off while a resident was away.

Drug activity. Vista del Sol. 12:57 p.m. Lance Luffee, 59, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of felony marijuana possession when police found 14.27 ounces of pot in a trunk cooler. Bail was set at $25,000.

Disturbance. N. Coast Hwy. 3 p.m. Thomas Glen Farrugia, 36, of Anaheim, was arrested for outstanding warrants after police questioned him about throwing rocks at passersby.

Fraud. 800 block of Hillcrest Dr. 3:18 p.m. Six suspicious accounts had been opened since Sept. 2.

Friday, Sept. 25

Burglary. 1900 block of S. Coast Hwy. 5:40 a.m. Thieves attempted to gain entry by smashing a window and positioning a ladder to roof.

Disturbance. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 7:59 a.m. Danette Alice Aguilera, 43, of San Bernardino, who refused to leave after being discharged, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Fraud report. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 10:52 a.m. A business reported a credit card fraud of $4800.

Traffic collision. 300 block of Glenneyre St. 2:46 p.m. A car driven by an 89-year-old Laguna Beach resident jumped a curb and nearly drove into the library while breaking a water line. The collision is under investigation and the driver escaped injury.

Stolen vehicle. S. Coast Hwy. 6:10 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies asked police to apprehend the motorist at the wheel of a stolen vehicle being tracked by a cell phone still in the car. Traffic was blocked at Big Bend and Michael Bradshaw was detained. No further details about his identity were available.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Petty theft. 100 block of St. Ann’s Dr. 2:36 a.m. Ocean swimmers saw a man take their belongings from the beach.

Missing person. 200 block of Santa Rosa Court. 11 a.m. A teen with a history of running away was reported missing again.

Trespassing. 2300 block of San Clemente St. 12:36 p.m. A 43-year-old woman was cited for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance following a report about possible squatters.

Fraud. 28700 block of Top of the World. 1:20 p.m. Someone fraudulently obtained $700 in cash from an account using a personal check.

Suicide. 100 block of Brooks St. 9:15 p.m. A 19-year-old man died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Drunk driving. 1300 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 9:53 p.m. A 37-year-old Los Angeles man was cited for DUI.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Disturbance. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 1:30 a.m. Shawn Patrick Ohare, 36, of Lakewood, Ariz., and Laguna Niguel, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Drunk driving. Summit Dr. 4:52 p.m. A 16-year-old Laguna Beach boy was arrested for DUI and pot possession after he hit a parked car and fled the scene.

Stolen vehicle. Aliso Circle. 10:13 p.m. A 17-year-old from Lynwood was arrested for suspicion of stealing a car in Whittier and three other teen passengers were cited for curfew violations.

Monday, Sept. 28

Vehicle burglary. 700 block of Temple Hills Dr. 3:55 a.m. A laptop valued at $2,000 was taken from one of two unlocked vehicles that thieves entered.


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