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Torrance police arrest three on suspicion of drug possession, stealing Harley-Davidson motorcycle

Two men and a woman were arrested by Torrance police on suspicion of vehicle theft, drug possession and other counts Monday morning, May 21, authorities said.

About 4:45 a.m., Torrance police officers responded to the 5500 block of Torrance Boulevard after a resident reported suspicious activity involving multiple suspects removing a motorcycle from the location, Sgt. Ronald Harris said in a news release.

Redondo Beach police officers assisted Torrance police in patrolling the area.

About 5:05 a.m., officers located three suspects in a McDonald’s drive-through at 19009 Hawthorne Boulevard, Harris said.

Two suspects fled on foot, but were apprehended. The third suspect stayed at the scene.

They were identified as 47-year old Sandy Lawrence of Seal Beach, 32-year old Zachary Barnes of Lakewood and 35-year-old Ron Phillips of Long Beach.

It wasn’t immediately clear which of the two suspects attempted to flee on foot.

Police found each individual was in possession of suspected narcotics, Harris said.

Investigators believe the three suspects stole a 2004 Harley-Davidson, which was later returned to its owner by police, Harris said.

In addition to vehicle theft, all three were being held on suspicion of conspiracy and possession of narcotics. Barnes was also being held on suspicion of possessing stolen property, identity theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Torrance Police Department at 310-328-3456.

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Police: Man charged in Tustin pedestrian death; body found during follow-up did not involve a crime

A 75-year old man was arrested in Tustin on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after police found he intentionally slammed his BMW into a retaining wall in a suicide attempt, killing a pedestrian, March 29. Police on Monday also said a second death uncovered during the follow-up did not involve a crime.

About 7:11 a.m. March 29, police responded to a call of a traffic collision on Newport Avenue at the I-5 Freeway underpass. The collision involved a vehicle and a pedestrian, who was walking on the sidewalk, Lt. Robert Wright of the Tustin Police Department said in a news release.

The pedestrian, identified by Tustin police as Mohammad Seyyed Haghi, 70, died on the sidewalk beneath the overpass. His city of residence was not know.

On May 19, Tustin police arrested Jian Qiao of Tustin on a vehicular manslaughter warrant in relation to the incident.

An extensive investigation by the Tustin Police Department Traffic Division determined Qiao, the driver of the vehicle, intentionally turned his vehicle from the roadway into the wall of the freeway overpass in a suicide attempt, Wright said.

The abrupt turn, along with unsafe speed, caused the vehicle to maneuver onto the sidewalk and hit the pedestrian.

While it does not appear the driver intended to hit the pedestrian, it was determined the driver was at fault in the incident and his actions caused the pedestrian’s death, police said in the release.

Qiao was taken to a hospital after the collision and police ruled there were no indications of drugs or alcohol being involved.

Later in the day, March 29, a woman was found dead at a home in the 200 block of Sixth Street, a residence linked to the driver. Police had headed to the residence in an attempt to notify Qiao’s next of kin that he had been involved in a traffic accident, police said.

It is unknown how the woman was connected to the driver, but her death was not criminal, Wright said.

Qiao is not facing charges in relation to the woman’s death, Wright said.

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Police: Assault suspect surrenders after barricading himself in Huntington Beach apartment

A 27-year-old man was in custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Sunday after an hours-long standoff in which the man barricaded himself in a Huntington Beach apartment, police said.

About 6:45 p.m., the suspect came out of the apartment peacefully after crisis negotiators made contact with him, said Officer Angela Bennett with the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Huntington Beach police were originally called to the 6600 block of Warner Avenue about 9:30 a.m. in response to an assault that had just occurred, Lt. Tom Weizoerick said.

The incident was described as a domestic dispute by Bennett. The suspect later barricaded himself in the apartment in the early afternoon, possibly on a follow-up call, Bennett said.

It wasn’t immediately known if the suspect lived in the apartment. Further information about the suspect or what directly led him to barricade himself inside the apartment was not immediately available.

The Huntington Beach Police Department is investigating the incident.

 

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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in Tustin

A 28-year-old man is under arrest on suspicion of attempted rape, sexual assault and kidnapping after he allegedly attacked a woman walking along Mitchell Avenue in Tustin, May 12, authorities said.

Detectives with the Tustin Police Department identified the suspect through surveillance and a canvas of the area. They linked the suspect to the crime through DNA evidence found at the scene, Lt. Robert Wright said in a release.

Norman Ibarra, 28, of Tustin. (Courtesy of Tustin Police Department)
Norman Ibarra, 28, of Tustin. (Courtesy of Tustin Police Department)

Norman Ibarra of Tustin was arrested Thursday, Wright said.

Ibarra allegedly attacked a woman who was walking alone along Mitchell Avenue. He allegedly approached her from behind, groped her breast, forced her to the ground and attempted to remove her pants, Wright said.

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When the victim resisted, Ibarra struck her in the face, police said. The female continued to struggle and eventually fought off her attacker.

Detectives are confident Ibarra acted alone and there are no outstanding suspects, Wright said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call detectives at 714-573-3372.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/17/man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-rape-in-tustin/

Man in custody after short pursuit in which he tried to ram Santa Ana police officers

A man was in custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a brief pursuit in Santa Ana on Thursday morning, May 17, authorities said.

The pursuit caused a brief lockdown of two Santa Ana schools, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

Officers responded to a call about 6:30 a.m. of a black pickup truck doing doughnuts at the intersection of Glenwood Place and Raitt Street, Bertagna said.

The call also indicated that someone had been breaking windows at a nearby park and acting erratically, Bertagna said.

When officers arrived, the suspect began driving erratically and attempted to ram the officers, Bertagna said.

“Both officers took evasive action, but the suspect was able to get behind one of the units,” Bertagna said. “He followed and attempted to ram him again.”

The officer lost control of his vehicle and hit a fence near Adams Elementary. Officers initiated a pursuit, which ended in the 1500 block of South Joane Way, near where the suspect lives, Bertagna said.

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The officer who hit the fence was transported to a local hospital with a complaint of pain from the collision.

Adams Elementary was briefly on lockdown due to the incident, Bertagna said. He was not sure what other school had been locked down.

Carl Harvey Elementary School and Santa Ana Valley High School are also near the location of the pursuit.

Bertagna said the man was also involved in another incident at the rear of the police station overnight.

“The same guy got into the secure area behind our police department and was confrontational with officers there as well,” Bertagna said.

Further information about the suspect was not immediately available.

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Crews contain quarter-acre brush fire along Laguna Beach off-ramp

A vehicle fire at the northbound State Route 73 off-ramp to Laguna Canyon Road sparked a small vegetation fire in Laguna Beach, but Laguna Beach and county firefighters established a line around it quickly, Sunday afternoon, May 13.

Firefighters received a call of a fire at 3:34 p.m., according to Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Capt. Larry Kurtz. The fire spread to nearby brush and about a quarter-acre burned on the side of the road, Kurtz said.

Firefighters had a line around the fire and no structures were threatened. A helicopter came in to help, but was soon released, Kurtz said.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/13/crews-contain-quarter-acre-brush-fire-along-laguna-beach-off-ramp/

Motorcyclist who was hit by vehicle in Anaheim has died, officials say

A 24-year old motorcyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Anaheim nearly two weeks ago has died, Anaheim police said Sunday, May 13.

The collision took place about 10:35 p.m. May 1 at La Palma Avenue and East Street, Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Anaheim police suspect this man was involved in a hit-and-run incident at La Palma Avenue and East Street on Tuesday, May 2. (Image courtesy of Anaheim Police Department)
Anaheim police suspect this man was involved in a hit-and-run incident at La Palma Avenue and East Street on Tuesday, May 2. (Image courtesy of Anaheim Police Department)

A white, four-door sedan pulled out of an Arco gast station parking lot at the intersection and turned across La Palma Avenue in front of the motorcyclist, investigators said.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the victim died on Saturday, May 12, or Sunday.

The driver of the car fled the scene after the collision.

Police released a surveillance image of a male suspected of being the driver of the vehicle, May 4. Officials have since identified him, Wyatt said, but no further details were available. The investigation is ongoing.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/13/motorcyclist-who-was-hit-by-vehicle-in-anaheim-has-died-officials-say/

Woman struck, killed by own truck near Orange is identified by authorities

Authorities on Sunday, May 13, identified a woman who was run over by her own pickup truck in an unincorporated area next to Orange.

Elizabeth St. Claire Whittington, 50, of Santa Ana was hit by her own truck in the 1000 block of North Meads Avenue about 2:44 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Metro Cities Fire Dispatch Supervisor Steven Perez said.

Whittington was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she died of her injuries about 4:25 p.m., officials said.

Details about how the incident occurred were not immediately available.

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Trial begins for Gardena man accused of killing woman, assaulting others during bondage-sex

Kevon Ross
Kevon Ross

While the women documented in Kevon Takashi Ross’ sex videos agreed to his bondage-style sexual encounters, the videos also show a tremendous abuse of trust that amounted to criminal behavior, an attorney told jurors in opening statements of a trial in which Ross faces one count of murder and several rape charges.

The defense countered that the bondage sex-act gone wrong was accidental – the unfortunate result of a risky lifestyle choice.

Kellie Marie Nolan, 27, of Torrance was found unresponsive in a motel room in Gardena after 5 a.m., Dec. 12, 2015. She was wrapped in cellophane and duct tape from her abdomen to her hair, including her mouth and nose, police said.

Police and paramedics attempted to revive her but could not.

She died of asphyxiation, authorities later said. Her death was ruled a homicide.

As police investigated, they discovered a camera and cellphone had recorded the events that unfolded early that morning. They later discovered more videos on Ross’ hard drives, leading police to interview other women who engaged in Ross’ encounters.

Ross is charged with single counts of murder, sodomy of an unconscious victim and forcible sodomy; seven counts each of rape of an unconscious person and forcible rape; six counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object; and two counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend.

Videos of others

Prosecutors told jurors in the Inglewood courtroom that they would hear testimony from three other women, two of whom he met while attending UC Riverside, who hadn’t known beforehand how far Ross took their sexual encounters until they saw it on video.

The videos show Ross wrapping them in cellophane and duct tape and, on other occasions, hanging them by a cloth from a pull-up bar in a doorway and having sex with them while they were unconscious, prosecutors said.

“He dated numerous women, gained their trust and then abused it,” prosecutor Francis Dunnick said before he detailed what jurors would see in videos showing each of four victims.

In some of the videos, Dunnick said, the women can be seen asking to be brought down or resisting while standing on a step stool or chair, their necks wrapped in a cloth hanging from the doorway.

Ross then yanks the surface from underneath the women and, moments later, they go unconscious and Ross forces himself on them, Dunnick said.

Nolan and Ross met in the fall of 2015, shortly after Ross had moved out to the South Bay following his graduation, prosecutors said.

Kellie Marie Nolan
Kellie Marie Nolan

On Dec. 12, 2015, Nolan met with Ross at the Nisei Inn in Gardena in the early morning hours after she returned from a Christmas party at a friend’s house, which she attended with her sister.

Early that morning, Ross wrapped her in cellophane from head to toe. He then covered her mouth and nose with tape, cutting off her breathing for five-to-six minutes at a time, Dunnick said.

After taking the cellophane off the lower part of her body, he again covered her nose and mouth with tape until she passed out. He then had sex with her and police believe she appeared to die on camera.

It wasn’t until after he finished the act that he realized something wasn’t right. There was fluid coming from her mouth and she was unresponsive, Dunnick said. That’s when he called 911.

Defense: No criminal intent

But George Steele, Ross’ defense attorney, argued the 911 call, and Ross’ presence when officers arrived, showed there was no criminal intent and the death was accidental.

Steele argued that Ross was completely transparent about his intentions with all the women he dated and that they agreed to take part in his sexual encounters.

Steele said the women agreed to be videotaped with the knowledge that Ross would be the only one to view them.

Steele asked jurors to put the events in context and said some of the women continued to date Ross for months after the encounters took place.

“Evidence will show, rather than being kidnapped and held against their will, they voluntarily engaged in these acts,” Steele said. “That’s not to say that some boundaries were passed, but in relationships, that’s how you find out.”

Steele said the videos showed staged scenes that were intended to be played out on tape and that the case was less about bondage and more about relationships.

He added that Ross had no criminal intent, despite the horrific outcome.

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He said the evidence will show that the death was the result of an act of lifestyle and asked jurors to remain open-minded.

“Set aside the perceptions of an activity,” Steele said. “Realize that these are things these people wanted to do.”

If convicted on all counts, Ross could be sent to prison for 300 years to life.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/07/trial-begins-for-gardena-man-accused-of-killing-woman-assaulting-others-during-bondage-sex/

Trial begins for Gardena man accused of killing woman, assaulting others during bondage-sex

Kevon Ross
Kevon Ross

While the women documented in Kevon Takashi Ross’ sex videos agreed to his bondage-style sexual encounters, the videos also show a tremendous abuse of trust that amounted to criminal behavior, an attorney told jurors in opening statements of a trial in which Ross faces one count of murder and several rape charges.

The defense countered that the bondage sex-act gone wrong was accidental – the unfortunate result of a risky lifestyle choice.

Kellie Marie Nolan, 27, of Torrance was found unresponsive in a motel room in Gardena after 5 a.m., Dec. 12, 2015. She was wrapped in cellophane and duct tape from her abdomen to her hair, including her mouth and nose, police said.

Police and paramedics attempted to revive her but could not.

She died of asphyxiation, authorities later said. Her death was ruled a homicide.

As police investigated, they discovered a camera and cellphone had recorded the events that unfolded early that morning. They later discovered more videos on Ross’ hard drives, leading police to interview other women who engaged in Ross’ encounters.

Ross is charged with single counts of murder, sodomy of an unconscious victim and forcible sodomy; seven counts each of rape of an unconscious person and forcible rape; six counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object; and two counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend.

Videos of others

Prosecutors told jurors in the Inglewood courtroom that they would hear testimony from three other women, two of whom he met while attending UC Riverside, who hadn’t known beforehand how far Ross took their sexual encounters until they saw it on video.

The videos show Ross wrapping them in cellophane and duct tape and, on other occasions, hanging them by a cloth from a pull-up bar in a doorway and having sex with them while they were unconscious, prosecutors said.

“He dated numerous women, gained their trust and then abused it,” prosecutor Francis Dunnick said before he detailed what jurors would see in videos showing each of four victims.

In some of the videos, Dunnick said, the women can be seen asking to be brought down or resisting while standing on a step stool or chair, their necks wrapped in a cloth hanging from the doorway.

Ross then yanks the surface from underneath the women and, moments later, they go unconscious and Ross forces himself on them, Dunnick said.

Nolan and Ross met in the fall of 2015, shortly after Ross had moved out to the South Bay following his graduation, prosecutors said.

Kellie Marie Nolan
Kellie Marie Nolan

On Dec. 12, 2015, Nolan met with Ross at the Nisei Inn in Gardena in the early morning hours after she returned from a Christmas party at a friend’s house, which she attended with her sister.

Early that morning, Ross wrapped her in cellophane from head to toe. He then covered her mouth and nose with tape, cutting off her breathing for five-to-six minutes at a time, Dunnick said.

After taking the cellophane off the lower part of her body, he again covered her nose and mouth with tape until she passed out. He then had sex with her and police believe she appeared to die on camera.

It wasn’t until after he finished the act that he realized something wasn’t right. There was fluid coming from her mouth and she was unresponsive, Dunnick said. That’s when he called 911.

Defense: No criminal intent

But George Steele, Ross’ defense attorney, argued the 911 call, and Ross’ presence when officers arrived, showed there was no criminal intent and the death was accidental.

Steele argued that Ross was completely transparent about his intentions with all the women he dated and that they agreed to take part in his sexual encounters.

Steele said the women agreed to be videotaped with the knowledge that Ross would be the only one to view them.

Steele asked jurors to put the events in context and said some of the women continued to date Ross for months after the encounters took place.

“Evidence will show, rather than being kidnapped and held against their will, they voluntarily engaged in these acts,” Steele said. “That’s not to say that some boundaries were passed, but in relationships, that’s how you find out.”

Steele said the videos showed staged scenes that were intended to be played out on tape and that the case was less about bondage and more about relationships.

He added that Ross had no criminal intent, despite the horrific outcome.

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He said the evidence will show that the death was the result of an act of lifestyle and asked jurors to remain open-minded.

“Set aside the perceptions of an activity,” Steele said. “Realize that these are things these people wanted to do.”

If convicted on all counts, Ross could be sent to prison for 300 years to life.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/07/trial-begins-for-gardena-man-accused-of-killing-woman-assaulting-others-during-bondage-sex/

Police: Driver in triple-fatal OC DUI crash arrested on suspicion of murder, may have planned to flee the country

A woman, who posted bond after she was arrested following a drunken driving crash that killed three Las Vegas teenagers in Huntington Beach, was back in jail Sunday after being charged with murder and after investigators learned she may have intended to flee the country to avoid prosecution, police said.

Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente was arrested without incident in Downey about 1 p.m. Sunday on a $5 million warrant, Huntington Beach police said in a news release.

Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter after a fiery crash in Huntington Beach killed three people and shut down Pacific Coast Highway for hours. (Courtesy of the Huntington Beach Police Department)
Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente. (Courtesy of the Huntington Beach Police Department)

The Huntington Beach Police Department received help from the Orange County U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Orange County District Attorney’s office in monitoring the situation, the release said.

Duarte was booked into the Huntington Beach City Jail on suspicion of murder and felony driving under the influence, the release said.

She is scheduled to appear in court Monday, April 30 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.

About 1:08 a.m. on March 29, Huntington Beach police responded to the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street for a two-car crash.

Police found a red Toyota engulfed in flames. Four people were inside when the car was hit, three of whom died at the scene. The other victim was taken to a trauma center,  Angela Bennett, a department spokeswoman, said March 29.

The car, which was stopped at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street, burst into flames after being struck by a white Hyundai Sonata driven by Duarte, authorities said.

The three teenagers who died at the scene were later identified as Dylan Mack, Brooke Hawley and Albert Rossi. They were students at Centennial High School in Las Vegas and were in Southern California on their spring break, according to media reports.

Duarte, of San Clemente, was arrested at the time on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. She was uninjured.

Duarte initially was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, but posted bond and was released, police said. That was before Sunday’s arrest.

“As the investigation continued, more evidence was obtained. Investigators received information the female driver was possibly intending on fleeing the country to avoid prosecution,” Sunday’s release said.

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Deputies launch ocean search after unoccupied boat washes ashore in Newport Beach

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday night were conducting a search by air and in the water off the coast of Newport Beach after an unoccupied 18-foot boat washed ashore on the beach, authorities said.

Deputies believe the boat washed along the beach about 5:45 p.m., sheriff’s department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

Deputies began an immediate search in the air and in the water for a man believed to be on board. The man’s identity was not immediately known.

No further details were immediately available.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/22/deputies-launch-ocean-search-after-unoccupied-boat-washes-ashore-in-newport-beach/

Red Cross opens shelter for residents displaced by Anaheim apartment fire

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Downtown Anaheim Youth Center for those affected by the fire at the Mariposa Apartments in Anaheim, Saturday, April 14.

The fire, which displaced 80 residents, left nearly two dozen units damaged in the 200 block of South Rio Vista, authorities said.

The shelter will provide a safe place to stay, three meals a day, basic health services and a compassionate shoulder to lean on, Tony Briggs, Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross, said in a release.

The shelter will be open “for as long as it’s needed,” Briggs said. “It may be a few days before some folks can get back on their feet.”

The Downtown Anaheim Youth Center is at 225 S. Philadelphia St. in Anaheim.

The Red Cross is also accepting donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations can be made by calling 800-RED CROSS or visiting redcross.org.

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‘Red-handed’ arrest announced in Tustin vandalism

  • Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

    Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

  • Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

    Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

  • Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

    Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

  • Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

    Tustin Police arrested a man Sunday morning on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to spray painting several vehicles in Tustin, police said. (Courtesy of Judi Miller)

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A 44-year old Tustin man — spotted with what looked like red paint on his hands — was in custody Sunday after several cars were spray painted red, police said.

Donald Loren Knowles was arrested and booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism after several cars in Tustin were spotted with red paint sprayed on them.

Donald Loren Knowles, 44, of Tustin. (Courtesy of Tustin Police Department)
Donald Loren Knowles, 44, of Tustin. (Courtesy of Tustin Police Department)

Police located Knowles about 8 a.m. in the area of Pacific Street and 3rd Street and noticed he had what appeared to be red paint on his hands.

Officers responding to assist discovered that 14 nearby vehicles had been vandalized with red spray paint, officials said in a release.

Knowles admitted to spraying vehicles with red paint, but did not provide a reason for his actions, the release said. He was arrested and transported to the Tustin Police Department for further investigation.

Police don’t believe the suspect targeted specific victims and say that his actions appear to be random.

Knowles is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Central Jail Court, Tuesday, April 17, according to jail records.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/15/red-handed-arrest-announced-in-tustin-vandalism/

Firefighters mopping up vegetation fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa

  • An Orange County Fire Authority helicopter makes water drops on a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    An Orange County Fire Authority helicopter makes water drops on a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • A brush fire burns in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15,2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    A brush fire burns in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15,2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • Onlookers watch as an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter departs after making a water drop on a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    Onlookers watch as an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter departs after making a water drop on a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • Firefighters with four different fire departments responded to a vegetation fire at Talbert Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Southern Counties News)

    Firefighters with four different fire departments responded to a vegetation fire at Talbert Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Southern Counties News)

  • Onlookers gather to watch firefighters battle a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    Onlookers gather to watch firefighters battle a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • Smoke can be seen from a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15,2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    Smoke can be seen from a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15,2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • Onlookers gather to watch firefighters battle a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

    Onlookers gather to watch firefighters battle a brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Richard Koehler, contributing photographer)

  • Firefighters with four different fire departments responded to a vegetation fire at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Southern Counties News)

    Firefighters with four different fire departments responded to a vegetation fire at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Southern Counties News)

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Firefighters with four fire departments got a vegetation fire at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa under control Sunday afternoon and were mopping up the area to prevent flare ups, officials said.

The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. near the BMX track and grew to about five acres, officials said. The cause was under investigation.

The Costa Mesa Fire Department received assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach Fire Departments in containing the fire. About 30 to 40 firefighters were called in to work the blaze, said Costa Mesa Fire Capt. Chris Coates.

“We’re making good progress,” Coates said.

An OCFA helicopter was called in to assist with water drops, Coates said.

No evacuations were reported and one firefighter suffered a minor, non-threatening injury, the department said.

Several fire units were sent to the Aviemore Terrace and Canyon Park housing tracts just north of the park to patrol the area for ember watch and to protect structures while crews worked the fire, Coates said.

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Two hospitalized after four-vehicle crash in Huntington Beach

Two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a crash that involved four vehicles at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Avenue in Huntington Beach on the evening of Sunday, April 1, authorities said.

At 7:38 p.m., Huntington Beach police received a call of a four-vehicle crash. The driver of a Hyundai Sonata, who was believed to have caused the crash, attempted to flee toward the beach, but was caught and arrested, Officer Angela Bennett of the Huntington Beach Police Department said.

The driver of the Sonata was one of the two people who were transported to the hospital, Bennett said. It was unknown why the driver attempted to flee.

Details about the other vehicles and what caused the crash were not immediately available. The incident was being investigated by Huntington Beach police.

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Fatal crash involving motorcycle in Costa Mesa leaves one dead

A fatal crash shut down two lanes on a transition road between the northbound 73 Toll Road to the northbound 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa, Sunday night, April 1.

The accident occurred about 5:36 p.m. and involved a vehicle and a motorcycle, according to the California Highway Patrol. The two right lanes were shut down about 6 p.m. while first responders worked the accident.

The accident occurred about 5:36 p.m., according to CHP logs. The accident left one person dead, but further details were not immediately available.

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Head-on crash kills Murrieta woman, briefly shuts down Ortega Highway

A head-on crash on Ortega Highway east of San Juan Capistrano left one person dead, two more with major injuries and shut down the two-lane highway for more than two hours, Saturday night, March 31, authorities said.

The collision occurred at 8:22 p.m. west of Cristianitos Road when a 2005 Mazda, heading westbound, veered into the eastbound lanes for unknown reasons and struck a 2016 Honda heading eastbound.

All three were transported to Mission Hospital with major injuries. One person, identified as a 77-year-old Murrieta woman who was a passenger in the Honda, later died from her injuries, according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol. Authorities have not released the woman’s name pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of that vehicle, a 74-year old Murrieta man, and the driver of the Mazda, a 38-year old Lake Forest man, both sustained major injuries in the crash, the release said.

CHP is investigating the crash and alcohol is considered to be a factor in the collision, the release said. The release also stated the driver of the Mazda is under arrest following medical treatment.

Ortega Highway was reopened at 10:48 p.m., after investigators finished working the scene.

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Woman rescued from Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park after suffering injuries while mountain biking

TRABUCO CANYON — A woman who was injured while mountain biking in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park was rescued and airlifted to a local hospital Sunday morning, March 25, officials said.

About 10:45 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Helicopter Duke 3 responded to a report of an injured woman, sheriff’s Lt. L. Downing said.

Paramedics were lowered from the helicopter to the woman to triage her injuries before she was hoisted to safety. She was then transported to Mission Hospital, Downing said.

The extent of the woman’s injuries wasn’t immediately disclosed.

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Edison: Raccoon caused power outage in parts of three cities

COSTA MESA — A raccoon was the cause of nearly 8,000 customers losing power in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana after it got caught in electrical equipment at a substation Saturday night, March 17.

About 10 p.m., Southern California Edison began receiving reports of a power outage, said Jim Hanggi, spokesman for SCE.

Crews responded, isolated the outage after locating the animal and began restoring power. Hanggi did not have further information about the raccoon.

Hanggi said it’s not often animals are the cause of power outages.

“From time to time, animals can find their way into the equipment,” he said.

Power for residents in Costa Mesa was restored just before midnight and power to all residents was restored by 9:26 a.m. Sunday, March 18, Hanggi said.

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