Trio in Bar Assault Receive Jail Time


Three men arrested for felony assault charges stemming from a fight that injured three patrons of a Laguna Beach bar last summer pleaded guilty and were sentenced in Orange County Superior Court earlier this month.

The suspected combatants, who are all friends, were identified as Jeremy Melvin Bishop, 36, of Ontario, Calif., and Daniel Keith Little, 27, and Joshua Tyler Little, 23, of Prescott Valley, Ariz. They were arrested Jan. 31 and initially pleaded not guilty.

All three pleaded guilty to assault charges July 11, though prosecutors dropped other counts, court records show. Bishop was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation, Daniel Little was sentenced to 120 days in jail and two years probation and Joshua Little was sentenced to two years in prison.

Police said officers responded Aug. 11, 2017, to a 1:30 a.m. pub brawl in the 400 block of South Coast Highway. Their investigation determined that three men assaulted two male patrons and a Good Samaritan female who tried to intervene. The men sustained broken bones and lacerations and the woman sustained minor injuries.

Interviews and video led detectives to the suspects, police said


Saturday, July 21

Patrol check. 6:34 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. Kwang Tae Yu, 44, of Pomona, was arrested for unlawful taking of a vehicle and for receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $20,000.

Automated license plate reader. 5:13 p.m. Frank David Mitlo, 35, of San Diego, was arrested for outstanding San Diego County warrants, including a felony warrant for burglary and elder abuse.

Drunk driving. 9:21 p.m. Coast Highway. Michael A. Hilbert, 48, of El Cajon, was arrested for DUI and held without bail due to a parole violation for driving with a blood alcohol level of .01 or greater.

Friday, July 20

Suspicious person. 12:17 a.m. 30800 block of Coast Highway. Laguna Beach transient Luis Enrique Yerba, 56, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and held for $1,000 bail.

Pedestrian stop. 2:07 a.m. 600 block of South Coast Highway. Timothy Patrick Ahern, 49, of Arizona, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and held for $10,000 bail.

Municipal code violation. 1:03 p.m. 1700 block South Coast Highway. Maria Rodriguez, 46, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for two outstanding bench warrants for driving while her license was suspended or revoked for DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Fraud. 2 p.m. 500 block of Saint Ann’s Drive. A caller was advised that a credit card was opened in his name. Total loss was $721.

Warrant arrest. 5:13 p.m. 100 block of North Coast Highway. Laguna transient Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.

Grand theft. 6:47 p.m. 1400 block of South Coast Highway. A person reported their purse was taken when they stepped away from it for a few minutes. Approximate loss was $2,600.

Thursday, July 19

Public intoxication. 7:07 a.m. Virginia Way and Fifth Avenue. Michael Chandler Brooks, 34, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and felony possession of a slingshot and was held for $20,000 bail.

Trespassing. 9:44 p.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna Beach transient Kenneth Lee Koestler, 43, was arrested for trespassing at the Friendship Shelter and held for $500 bail.

Wednesday, July 18

Pedestrian stop. 2:05 p.m. 300 block of Broadway Street. Laguna Beach transient Ralph Bowers, 48, was arrested and held without bail for a probation violation.

Tuesday, July 17

Traffic stop. 6:49 p.m. Glenneyre Street and Thalia Street. Dianna Lynn Tateyama, 55, of Tustin, was arrested for suspicion of transporting, selling and possessing methamphetamine and was held for $30,000 bail. Officers who conducted a stop for a vehicle code violation noticed a prescription bottle with a name different than the driver. A search led tofinding additional drugs and paraphernalia.

Monday, July 16

Foot patrol. 2:31 a.m. 100 block of South Coast Highway. Laguna Beach transient Donald Douglas Kramer, 46, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and held for $200,000 bail.

Pedestrian stop. 8:59 p.m. 31100 block of Coast Highway. Nyzza Mendoza, 25, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for suspicionof battery on a peace officer and for an outstanding San Bernardino warrant for disturbing the peace and vandalism and was held for $350,000 bail. Sarah Anne Alwan, 27, of Colton, was also arrested for suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and Xanax, the latter without a valid prescription. The pair were initially detained for possession of alcohol on the beach.


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