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Woman Robbed by Knife-wielding Thief

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A thief pushed a woman to the ground and stole her purse while brandishing a knife she walked home alone on Coast Highway about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, police said.

Investigators are reviewing video from several locations, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said. The attack took place near Ruby and Upland streets, he said.

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 4

Grand theft. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 12:49 p.m. A resident reported the theft of a Montblanc men’s watch valued at $7,660.

Fraud report. 22100 block of Paseo Del Sur. 2:47 p.m. A resident received no notices from three different credit card companies that someone had opened accounts in his name.

Traffic collision. 16-00053. Glenneyre St. 7 p.m. A skateboarder received lacerations to his hip and was taken to the hospital after colliding with a vehicle heading north on Glenneyre Street.

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 11 a.m. Laura Sanders, 42, of Lake Elsinore, was held for a felony parole violation.

Grand theft. 400 block of Mountain Rd. 7:13 a.m. Sunglasses, golf clubs, a camera, bags and cash totaling $4,000 were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Fraud. 2600 block of Queda Way. 3 p.m. Someone duplicated her bank card and made fraudulent purchases.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Fraud. 1000 block of Skyline Dr. 11 a.m. Someone opened a Verizon account in the resident’s name.

Citizen contact. 1300 block of Coral Dr. 12:39 p.m. A resident shipping a motorhome to Europe alleges a shipper misappropriated $14,000 in shipping fees.

Drunk driving. Laguna Canyon Rd. A 41-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for reckless driving.

Automated license plate reader. 16-00083. Ledroit St. 6:28 p.m. Curtis Scott Thornton, 48, of Upland, who fled on foot after abandoning a stolen car, was arrested for suspicion of auto theft. A ’96 Ford Astrovan was reported stolen three days earlier.

Traffic collision. Thalia St. 7:39 p.m. Police collected conflicting reports on what occurred. The pedestrian involved was not injured, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Disturbance. 200 block of Lower Cliff Dr. 11:34 p.m. Darlene Diane Dearen, 38, of Newport Beach, was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly biting the face of a boyfriend.

Friday, Jan. 8

Traffic stop. Pearl St. Lissa Marie Pfeifer, 44, of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior offense.

Vandalism. 600 block of Park Ave. 2:25 a.m. Graffiti was discovered on four different buildings.

Municipal violation. 200 block of Park Ave. 7:28 p.m. Homeless Gordon Weider, 48, drinking vodka in public, was arrested for eight outstanding warrants.

Traffic stop. Montage resort. 10 p.m. A 55-year-old San Clemente woman was cited for DUI.

Automated license plate reader. 16-00094. Laguna Canyon Rd. 11:45 p.m. Paul Kim, 24, of Winnetka, was arrested for suspicion of stealing a red Mitsubishi Montero the day before.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Occupied vehicle. 100 block of Brooks St. 12:28 a.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. 400 block of Glenneyre St. 2 a.m. A 47-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI.

Public intoxication. 200 block of Park Ave. 6:52 p.m. Gualterio Montesdeoca, 44, who is homeless, was arrested for being drunk in public and 24 outstanding warrants.

Pedestrian stop.. 100 block of Mountain Rd. 11:54 p.m. Domink Edouarddavide Gionet, 26, of Lake forest, was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Sunday, Jan. 10

Traffic stop. 30600 block of Coast hwy. 12:52 a.m. A 45-year-old Laguna Niguel driver was arrested for DUI.

DUI. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:31 a.m. A 26-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman was cited for DUI and a vehicle code violation.

Pedestrian stop. West St. 11 a.m. William Busha, 35, of Colorado, was cited for warrants.

Drunk driving. 1700 block of S. Coast hwy. 9:34 p.m. After a dark gray Porsche hit a parked car, the 62-year-old motorist from Laguna Niguel was arrested for DUI.

Monday, Jan. 11

Vandalism. 300 block of Legion St. 6:24 a.m. Two machines in a Laundromat were damaged overnight.

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The author is the editor of the Laguna Beach Independent. Prior to taking the job in 2005, she worked previously as a reporter at five daily newspapers, including the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the New York Times. Reach her by emailing [email protected]

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