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Monday, August 19, 2013


Vintage image from the San Diego Police Museum circa late 1940s
Editor’s note:  The following report is unedited from Lt. Brown.  It is part of the SDPD’s outreach to community groups, in this case the SDPD’s Western Division, which includes North Park and the Mid City all the way to the ocean.  If your community group wishes to be on the SDPD beat report roster for regular updates contact Lt. Brown at the phone number she provides below.

Vintage image from the San Diego Police Museum circa 1915
COMMUNITY UPDATE—Guest Blog by Lt. Andra Brown, San Diego Police Department--I wanted to provide an update on the recent request to obtain an ABC license for a proposed hookah lounge at 4100 30th Street.  Mid-City Division OPPOSED the business plan and would NOT support a hookah lounge attempting to obtain a liquor license from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  What the businessperson basically sought to do was open a hookah lounge and get a license to sell alcohol.  This would, in essence, make it a bar where patrons could smoke.  Needless to say, we at Mid-City Division did not think that would be beneficial to the neighborhood and we opposed the operation.  The businessperson was seeking PCN (land use permission) to open such an establishment. At a hearing on July 25, 2013, the business owner saw the exhibits and community protests the Police Department provided and decided to withdraw his appeal so the matter is closed.  I think this is good news for the neighborhood. 
Andra Brown, Lieutenant
(619) 516-3041                               

810’s Activity Update 07-25-13
Great work!!
A residential burglary occurred at 3100 31st Street sometime between December 29, 2012 and January 1, 2013.  Officer Carlos Hernandez conducted the preliminary investigation, which included lifting latent prints and collecting evidence for DNA analysis.  The SDPD lab processed the evidence and identified a suspect.  Awesome work, Carlos!
On July 11, 2013, at about 5:10 p.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at a residence at 2900 Redwood Street.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a valid residential burglary had occurred and the loss was a flat screen television and electronic equipment.  During the subsequent investigation, it was discovered the suspect ran to an apartment at 3000 30th Street and entered the residence with the television.  A perimeter was established and entry was made into the residence.  The stolen television was located in the residence.  As officers entered the residence, the suspect jumped over the backyard fence where she was taken into custody by awaiting officers.  Witnesses positively identified the suspect, a 20-year-old female, as the person who committed the burglary.  All items taken in the burglary were recovered and returned to the victim.

Once the suspect was placed in the police car, she began to kick the widows and scream profanities.  She was booked into Las Colinas on one count of residential burglary. 

On July 22, 2013, at about 3:15 a.m., rookie officer John Larson made a traffic stop at 3200 University Avenue on a 2009 Hyundai for an equipment violation.  The owner of the vehicle was the front seat passenger.  As the vehicle stopped, the owner ran away from it.  She was later captured and arrested for an outstanding warrant.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded revolver hidden in the passenger compartment.  The driver, a 20-year-old male, was arrested from possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. 

On July 27, 2013, just before 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a radio call of a burglary in progress at a residence at 4500 Felton Street.  As officers arrived on scene, a male on a second floor balcony was seen throwing lit firecrackers at the officers.  Once the burglary call was handled (determined to not be a burglary), officers went to contact the male who had thrown firecrackers at them.  The on-scene supervisor knocked on the door and announced his presence.  The door was already partially open but it opened further to reveal the resident pointing a handgun at the sergeant.  The sergeant moved to cover.  The resident then pointed the gun at another officer on the ground level.  The male went back into his apartment but was ordered out.  He eventually came out without the weapon.  The male, 33, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and violation of his probation. 

The following significant incidents have recently occurred in our area:
Cases of Interest:

On July 16, 2013, at about 6:15 a.m., a Hispanic male in his 50’s pulled his vehicle up next to the victim at 3800 El Cajon Blvd and committed a lewd act in her presence.  The victim waved him away.  He drove away but returned a short time later and did the same thing again.  He was further described as wearing dark clothing and having short black hair.  He was driving a shiny, small 2 door car. 

On July 24, 2013, an unknown male suspect brandished a knife and threatened to cut a developmentally disabled man who does volunteer work through Easter Seals at a local thrift shop.  The victim’s supervisor witnessed the incident and intervened.  The suspect ran away north on Illinois Street from University Avenue.  The suspect is described as a light complected white male in his mid 20’s with reddish brown shoulder length hair and blue or green eyes.  He was wearing a black baseball cap, faded black button up shirt, similar to a uniform, and black skinny jeans with a wallet attached to a chain.

On July 28, 2013, at 3:30 a.m., the “Back Door Bandits” robbed Saguaro’s Mexican Food at 3753 30th Street.  As in the other cases throughout the city, the two suspects entered the business through the back door.  Each suspect was armed with a handgun and pointed them at the two employees.  The suspects demanded the employees open the cash register and give them cash.  The clerks complied and the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.  **NOTE*** The Back Door Bandits were arrested on August 4, 2013 after robbing a restaurant in La Jolla.  Three adults and one juvenile were arrested for the series, which began in May, 2013 and included at least 12 cases.          

The following is a list of recent residential burglary cases:
Beat 811-
3700 Ward St, Case #13-028906, occurred July 21, 2013 between 12:45 and 4:20 p.m.  The loss was an Emerson 32” T.V. and a Toshiba 52” T.V.
Beat 812- NONE
Beat 813-
4500 Utah #2, Case #13-027580, occurred on July 13, 2013 between 1:00 and 2:30 a.m. The loss was an LG television, Toshiba computer, Sony computer, Apple Ipad, a belt and a third computer of an unknown make. Entry was gained by forcing open the front door.
3900 Georgia Street, Case #13-027445, occurred between July 11 and 12, 2013, between 7:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. The loss is an Apple computer and cash. Entry was made through an unlocked front door.
3900 Iowa Street, Case #13-027867, occurred between July 14 and 15, 2013, between 11:30 p.m. and 7:40 a.m. The loss is a wallet and a purse. Entry was made through an unlocked sliding glass door.  
2900 El Cajon Blvd, Case #13-027863, occurred between July 14 and 15, 2013, between 2:00 7:00 a.m.  The loss is an Apple computer and a cash drawer. The suspects smashed out the glass of the front door. 
2800 Nutmeg, Case #13-028642, occurred on July 19, 2013 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  The loss was a Trek bicycle, watch, Washburn guitar, Dremel tool and 3 wallets.
3700 Park Blvd. (Cottage Liquor Store) Case #13-029062, occurred July 22, 2013 at 11:40 p.m.  A rock was used to break the back window. An unknown amount of cigarettes was taken.

Other recent stats:
Vehicle burglaries - 8
Garage burglaries – 9
Bike thefts – 11

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