Escondido, CA


GANG RELATED SHOOTING — On November 21 at 11:30 p.m., police communications received numerous 911 calls of gunshots fired in the area of 4th Avenue and Orange Street. Witnesses stated they saw a gray pickup speeding away from the area. Moments later, an officer located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle did not yield and continued to drive, but ultimately stopped in the 500 block of W. Grand Avenue. A felony car stop was conducted and three subjects were detained. One of the men in the car had a gunshot wound to his leg, and a bullet lodged in the vehicle. Officers located the scene of the shooting in the 300 block of S. Orange Street. The shooting is believed to be gang related. The gunshot victim was taken to Palomar Medical Center and treated for a nonlife threatening gunshot wound. The investigation is on-going. * * *

ASSAULTING A PEACE OFFICER — On November 24 at about 12:48 p.m., an officer stopped a male juvenile who was acting suspicious and possibly involved in graffiti activity. While the officer was conducting his investigation, the juvenile became combative and took a swing at the officer and missed. The officer was able to subdue the juvenile with the assistance of another officer who sustained a minor injury to his hand. The seventeen-year-old male suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall for assaulting a peace officer. * * *

VEGETATION FIRE — On November 24 at about 2:34 p.m., officers witnessed smoke coming from the area of Lake Dixon and responded to the area to investigate. Officers located a vegetation fire 100 yards northwest of the entrance to Dixon Lake, next to an avocado grove. Escondido and Cal-Fire Departments responded to battle the small blaze. Officers set-up traffic control points at the entrance to Lake Dixon and on La Honda Drive. CAL-Fire air support units also respond and were instrumental in quickly extinguishing the fire. The fire burned was about three acres and no injuries or property damage was reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. * * *

MISSING PERSON — On November 25 at about 5:46 a.m., officers responded to a call of a missing person. A woman reported that she and her 65-year-old mom were dropped off on Broadway near Lincoln Avenue around 3:50 a.m. by her boyfriend. The subjects were all from Valley Center, but have family in Escondido. The mother walked away from the woman while she was getting things out of the car. The elderly woman has poor vision and was last seen in the 1400 block of N. Broadway. The initial search for the woman was unsuccessful. The investigating officer used social media, including Facebook and was able to locate the missing woman at an apartment in the 700 block of N. Fig Street. The woman was located with family members and was doing well. * * *

SHOTS FIRED — On November 25 at about 5:20 p.m., police communications received multiple 911 calls of shots fired in the area of Fig St. and Mission Ave. An officer responding to the area saw a vehicle ramming the side of a large box truck on Washington Ave. The officer stopped both vehicles and detained the occupants. The vehicle was occupied by a male adult later determined to be a local gang member, and the box truck was occupied by two adult men delivering appliances. Officers determined the man driving the car was in possession of a stolen .45 Caliber semi-automatic pistol, which he fired multiple rounds at the box truck. The motive for the shooting is unknown and the investigation is on-going. The male suspect (on active probation) was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple assault and weapons charges. On November 26 at about 7:30 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle in the area of Lake Wohlford Road and East Valley Parkway that had been reported stolen in San Diego. The officer followed the vehicle up the Lake Wohlford grade where the driver eventually yielded on their own. Officers conducted a felony car stop and detained the driver and passenger without incident. The female driver was ultimately arrested for auto theft and drug offenses, and the male passenger was also arrested for drug offenses. Both suspects were booked at the Vista Detention Facility. * * *

ATTEMPT TO EVADE AN OFFICER — On November 26 at about 10:18 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle sped away making some quick turns in an attempt to evade the officer. The officer located the vehicle a few moments later in an alley between the 400 block West 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue. The driver fled from the vehicle into the neighborhood upon seeing the officer. A few minutes later a resident at in the area called 911 to report the suspect was in his yard on 7Th Avenue. Officers apprehended the suspect without incident. Further investigation revealed the vehicle being driven by the suspect had been reported stolen. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.

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