Escondido, CA


The Police Blotter is taken from the incidents posted on the Escondido Police Department’s website. We add our own headlines and subheads.

CHANGING LICENSE PLATES — On December 12 at about 9:47 a.m. officers responded to La Honda Drive & Dublin Place on a report of people changing the license plates on a vehicle and exchanging packages. Officers arrived to find a white Toyota Tacoma and a red Kia Soul with non-matching license plates; the plate on the Tacoma came back to a vehicle built in 1949. The occupants (a man and woman) of the Tacoma were detained, along with a second man recently discharged from parolee. It was discovered the Tacoma was taken in a residential hot prowl burglary in Poway on December 11 (San Diego Sheriff reporting). All three suspects were arrested for drug and stolen vehicle-related charges.

ARMED ROBBERY — On December 14 at about 5:34 p.m. the victim withdrew $780 at the US Bank and drove to the 99 Cent Store (385 N. Escondido Blvd). As victim exited his vehicle, a male suspect asked him if he had a lighter, then pointed a black semi-auto at the victim’s face. The suspect demanded his wallet. Victim gave up the wallet and the suspect fled on foot east, towards Escondido Boulevard. Officers and ASTREA checked the area with negative results. The victim can ID the suspect and he is positive the suspect used a Glock pistol to commit the robbery. Officer Stewart reporting provided the victim with a Secret Santa donation to soften the blow. Suspect description: BMA, approximately 17-18 years., 5-06, 130 pounds, black Raiders jacket and dark pants, and wearing a gold necklace.

ATTEMPTED ENTRY — On December at about 4:36 p.m. officer Guerrero responded to the Center for the Arts in reference to a suspicious male adult checking doors and trying to gain (unauthorized) access into buildings. Officer Guerrero contacted and arrested the suspect for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The suspect is a match for the BOL-email previously sent by Lt. Toth in reference to the subject attempting to access City Hall.

VEHICLE PURSUIT — On December 15 at 1:36 a.m., San Diego Sheriff’s Office San Marcos Station deputies requested EPD assistance for a ground search following a vehicle pursuit. The suspect fled from his vehicle after colliding with a parked truck, in front of 989 Metcalf Rd. EPD patrol officers arrived and assisted the deputies by searching the surrounding area. The suspect was located in the backyard of 995 Metcalf Rd., and taken into custody without incident. SDSO San Marcos Deputies placed the suspect under arrest for numerous Vehicle Code violations.

DISCHARGING A WEAPON — On December 15 at 6:18 a.m., residents at 824 Birch Ave. called 911 in reference to a male subject discharging a weapon in the backyard and might hurt his son as retaliation from an earlier disturbance. Officers arrive on scene and took the man into custody without incident. It was discovered the suspect was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife and assaulted his son with a large TV tray a few hours earlier. The weapon discharged by the suspect was accidental, with no one else in his presence. A .44 revolver was recovered from the backyard and the suspect was taken to the hospital for medical treatment from injuries sustained from both his son and the weapon kicking up to his head.

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN — On December 16 at about 9:22 a.m. officers were dispatched to 2122 Manchester Ave. regarding two unknown suspects attempting to break into a house. The resident was home when she saw the two suspects jump into her backyard and try to force entry through the doggie door. The resident fled the house, PD responded and confirmed that it was a valid attempted burglary. During this time, a resident at 1839 Kenora Dr. called and stated he heard glass breaking at 1837 Kenora Dr. Officers responded to this location. Once the perimeter was set, officers approached the front door. During this time a suspect opened the door to walk out of the house with a brand new 60” television that was still in the box. Both suspects fled out the back and were taken into custody with the assistance of a K9. The suspects were juveniles. Two officers sustained minor injuries during the arrests, and detectives responded to assist.

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