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POLICE BLOTTER



The police blotter comes from the Escondido Police Department website.

We provide the headlines.

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HOT PROWL — On January 9, at 10:04 a.m. the department received a phone call from her 17 and 19-year-old sons who stated they heard someone downstairs in the kitchen of their home at 2305 Summercreek Way. The boys locked themselves in the bathroom but saw a suspect going through the drawers in the parents’ bedroom. The suspect fled the scene prior to PD arrival and is described as being a heavyset Hispanic male in his mid-20’s. The victims heard the suspect talking to someone else but saw no one else.

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HIGH SPEED PURSUIT — January 10, 12:30 a.m., officers Gimenez and Dare responded to a call by security at 1051 Rock Springs about a man sleeping behind the wheel of car with meth on the center console in plain view. As the officers pulled up to the location, officer Gimenez saw the security officer tasing the driver inside the car. As officer Gimenez exited his vehicle, he heard the suspect’s engine rev and believed the suspect was going to try to hit him. The suspect intentionally crashed into officer Gimenez’s car, causing minor damage to the push bumper as he fled.

The suspect accelerated towards officer Dare (who was on foot at this point) at a high rate of speed. Officer Dare jumped out of the way to avoid being struck. The suspect speeded out of the complex and fled westbound on Lincoln Avenue, then southbound on Metcalf Street. The suspect lost control of his vehicle as it crossed Mission Avenue, crashing into a power pole a few blocks away (near the old Ice House) and then running from his vehicle.

Officer Visconti caught up to the suspect as he tried to climb over a fence and arrested the suspect. The suspect was charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Drug Possession and Hit and Run. There were no injuries during this event.

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GANG-RELATED SHOOTING — On January 10 at 3:28 p.m., communications received reports of a male with a gunshot wound to the leg at 942 E. Grand Ave. A 16-year-old was involved in some kind of argument/altercation and was hit once with a small-caliber handgun round in the lower leg. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where his wound is not considered life-threatening. Detectives disseminated a bulletin on the shooter’s vehicle and this is believed to be gang-related.

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VIOLENT THEFT OF SKATEBOARD — On January 10 a 17-year-old boy and girl were in the area of the Snack and Bottle on E. Valley Parkway/Fig Street; he was riding his skateboard and she was riding a bicycle. A dark colored SUV occupied by three Hispanic males pulled into the parking area of the Snack and Bottle and stopped. The 17-year-old male approached the vehicle and asked one of the subjects if he would buy some “Tiparillos” for him. The male responded, “What’s in it for me?” The 17-year-old said forget it and he and his girlfriend left W/B on Pennsylvania. A minute or two later, the SUV drove up next to them, the males exited the vehicle and began punching both of them and knocked the male to the ground. They took the skateboard and the boy’s wallet with his ID and $2. During the incident, they stated they were Diablos. The SUV fled in an unknown direction. Video was obtained.

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VIOLENT ROBBERY OF PURSE — January 12, a Hispanic male juvenile (17-years-old) followed an elderly woman exiting the CVS Pharmacy (2427 E. Valley Pkwy) and pushed her to the ground while forcefully removing her purse from her person. Witnesses provided police with a description and direction of travel. Units setup a perimeter and, with the assistance of Astrea, the suspect was located and taken into custody for robbery.

The Gang Unit later located and arrested two Diablos gang members for the above-mentioned robbery at the Snack and Bottle. On January 12, after two brief vehicle and foot pursuits, a Diablos gang member was arrested for the above-mentioned shooting at 942 E. Grand Ave.

The Gang Unit was praised for making quick arrests without incurring injuries or property damage.

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ATTACK WITH BASEBALL BAT — January 14, 3:31 a.m. Dispatch received a call for service referencing four Hispanic males who had attacked a subject in the area of the flood control channel and Rose Street. The victim was struck with a baseball bat and suffered a minor laceration as a result of the incident. The subjects took the victim’s cell phone and $20 cash. The victim was transported to PMC for treatment of his injuries. Suspects were not located.



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