RESISTING AN OFFICER — On November 15 at about 4 p.m., officers were on routine patrol in the area of 8th Street and Spruce Street when they attempted to stop a male pedestrian for walking in the roadway. The man immediately fled while simultaneously keeping one hand in his waistband, leading the officers to believe the subject was possibly armed with a handgun or some other weapon. Additional officers responded and set up a perimeter. The suspect was located a short time later in the 800 block of W. 7Th Avenue. The suspect was identified by the initial officer who determined the suspect was on probation. With the assistance of a Police Service Dog (PSD), the suspect’s discarded knife was located during an article search of the area. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for a probation violation and resisting/delaying an officer. * * *
DRUG AND WEAPONS ARREST — On November 15 at about 11:50 p.m., an officer stopped two bicyclists near Denny’s Restaurant at 510 W. Mission Ave. for vehicle code violations. During the investigation, probable cause was developed, which led to the arrest of both suspects for various drug and weapons charges. One suspect had over 15 grams (net) of methamphetamine. Both suspects were booked at the Vista Detention Facility. * * *
VEHICLE THEFT — On November 16 at about 12:30 p.m., police dispatch received a phone call that a vehicle theft had just occurred in the 1700 block of West Mission Avenue with the reporting party following the vehicle. It was being driven by a suspect known to the victim. A police sergeant was in the area and located the vehicle in the parking lot of 740 N. Metcalf and saw the suspect attempting to hide in a pickup truck nearby. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. * * *
CHILD ENDANGERMENT — On November 17 at about 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 1300 block of Rincon Road to investigate the report that a woman had put her five-month-old baby outside in a vehicle because it was crying. The caller said the baby had been in the car for almost an hour. Officers arrived and found the baby asleep still inside the vehicle. Methamphetamine was found during a probation search of her person. Officers discovered a capped unused syringe wrapped in a baby blanket and several pills scattered around the floor in the suspect’s residence, where her 13-year-old son also lives with her. The suspect was arrested for child endangerment and possession of narcotics before being booked at the Vista Detention Facility. Both children were taken into protective custody. * * *
HOMICIDE — On November 18 at about 2:10 a.m., officers responded to a domestic dispute call in the 2200 block of E. Lincoln Ave. When officers arrived, they contacted a man and woman outside of the residence. Upon entering the residence, officers found an adult male with multiple stab wounds. Officers rendered medical aid to the victim, who was transported to Palomar Medical Center by Escondido Fire Department personnel. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The investigation has led to the arrest of Alda Garcia, a 35-year-old resident of Escondido. It is believed that Garcia and the victim were in a dating relationship. Garcia was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on one count of murder and one count of inflicting injury upon spouse/cohabitant. The investigation is ongoing. * * *
SHOOTING — On November 18 at about 5:03 a.m., a male victim was sitting on a bench at the mini park in the flood control channel at the dead end of Waverly Place. Two unknown male suspects approached the victim, and exchanged words before shooting him once in the abdomen. The suspects fled the scene on foot and were last seen running west in the flood control channel. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center, and his injuries did not appear life threatening. There is no further suspect information and the investigation is ongoing. * * *
PUBLIC INTOXICATION — On November 19 at about 10:20 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at Centre City Pkwy and El Norte Pkwy for a traffic violation. The driver did not yield and lead officers on a short pursuit before yielding in an apartment complex on Iris Way. Officers conduct a high risk stop and both occupants of the vehicle were detained. After an investigation, the driver of the vehicle was arrested and later released with a citation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and delaying a peace officer in the course of his duties. The passenger was arrested for public intoxication and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.