FAILURE TO STOP AT SOBRIETY CHECK-POINT — On July 24, a vehicle drove through the DUI checkpoint at Lincoln Avenue & Fig Street without stopping. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle failed to yield. The vehicle finally yielded in the area of Mission Avenue and Ash Street. The investigation revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. He was charged with failure to stop at a sobriety checkpoint, failure to yield, and driving on a suspended license.
ARREST FOR ASSAULT — On July 24, officers responded to a fight involving multiple people in a parking lot in the 500 block of W. Mission Avenue. The reporting party told officers that two of the subjects were armed with knives and one of the subjects had a baseball bat or stick.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and contacted all of the involved subjects. It was determined that the suspect had been stealing items from a group and when the suspect was confronted, he threw a full size bicycle at the victim, hitting her in the upper body. The victim and witnesses followed the suspect until police arrived on scene. The victim had a complaint of pain to her upper body but declined medical treatment. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked in the Vista Detention Facility for assault.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING — July 24, officers responded to reports of a woman being chased by a man in an apartment complex in the 900 block of E. Mission Avenue. Residents of the complex confronted the man and he fled from the area prior to the arrival of the police. The 19-year-old woman advised she was forcibly taken from Las Vegas, Nevada and brought to the San Diego area where she was forced into prostitution by the male abductor. Detective Nelson (from the Escondido Police Department) and other members of the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The Task Force took the victim into protective custody. The investigation is ongoing.
POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE — On July 27 Officer Zeller located a stolen vehicle in the 2400 block of E. Valley Parkway. Three people were in the vehicle and were taken into custody without incident. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and the other two occupants were arrested for warrants. All three were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
STOLEN VEHICLE LOCATED — On July 29, Officer Lunt located a stolen vehicle in the area of Quince Street and Norlak Avenue. The vehicle rapidly accelerated away from Officer Lunt when he attempted to stop it. Officer Lunt pursued the vehicle westbound on Hwy 78 until the driver exited the freeway and turned north onto Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. The driver accelerated to speeds estimated to be 100 mph. Due to the dangerous speeds and driving displayed by the driver, Officer Lunt terminated the pursuit. San Diego County Sheriff Deputies searched the area and later located the stolen vehicle in the area of Olive St. and Deer Springs Road. The investigation is ongoing.
STORE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT — In the early morning hours of July 30, a 7-11 store in San Marcos was robbed at gunpoint. One of the suspects was described as having numbers tattooed on his face. At 9 a.m., Officer Bellamy was driving through the Signature Theater parking lot as part of the Department’s ongoing effort to provide extra patrols in the area surrounding Grape Day Park and City Hall and observed a male with facial tattoos inside the Subway restaurant. Officer Bellamy contacted and detained the male who was subsequently identified as the robbery suspect.
The suspect, a gang member from Colton, was taken into custody for the robbery and transferred to deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station for further investigation.