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POLICE BLOTTER

The police blotter comes from the Escondido Police Department website.

We provide the headlines.

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SETTING SIGN ON FIRE—On January 15 at 09:44 a.m., witnesses called police to advise that a male lit a sign on fire at Grand Avenue and Maple Street. He reportedly sprayed the sign with an accelerant and ignited it. A description of the suspect was obtained and broadcasted by dispatch. Officers located the male suspect and arrested him for Felony Arson. Fire responded to the scene to render it safe. The crime was partially captured on city video cameras. The victim is John Paul the Great Catholic University and there is no indication that this is a hate crime. The total loss value is estimated to be $10,000.

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RESISTING ARREST—On January 15 at 10:38 p.m., an officer contacted two subjects for being in the flood control channel after hours. The male subjects refused to comply with commands and walked away from him eastbound. The subjects separated and one headed toward Soapy Joe’s car wash while the second continued in the flood control channel. An officer located the male at the car wash parking lot who ignored several verbal commands. The officer requested Code-3 cover and, after a minor use of force, gained control of the suspect and placed him under arrest. The second suspect was also located and placed under arrest. There were no injuries sustained by the officers or the suspects. Charges include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Warrant, Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication.

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WINDOW BROKEN—On January 17 around 2:51 a.m., officers were dispatched to Super Cuts at 501 W. Felicita Ave for an audible alarm. Officers arrived on scene in 2 minutes to find the west facing window broken out. The owner was notified and responded. There is no suspect information at this time.

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GLASS DOOR BROKEN—On January 17 around 3:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to Pegah’s Kitchen, 912 S. Redwood St. for an audible alarm. Officers arrived on scene in three minutes to find a glass door broken out. After an interior search, no suspects were located.

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ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON—On January 19, at approximately 2:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Jordan and Kenora regarding a fight in progress involving multiple subjects armed with hammers. Officers arrived on scene and located two juvenile male victims. They determined that a group of possibly four or more suspects approached the victims, asked them who they ran with and then began assaulting them with a hammer and possibly other objects. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and detained a male suspect who was identified as being involved. He was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The two victims were transported to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

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IPHONES STOLEN—On January 20, at about 6:15 p.m., three black males, one wearing a red track jacket and two wearing black hooded sweatshirts, took 19 iPhones from the display tables at the Apple store at Westfield Mall. In what appeared to be a coordinated theft, the suspects forcefully removed the phones from their security cords, causing the alarm to be activated. The three suspects quickly exited the store and headed toward the mall exit near the Cheesecake Factory.

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ARMED ROBBERY—On January 21 at about 7:14 p.m., an unidentified black man entered the Subway at 331 W. Mission Ave. and produced what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect demanded cash from the register. The employee complied, and the suspect exited the store and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as wearing a black t-shirt and gray pants. A search of the area was unsuccessful.

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ARMED ROBBERY—On January 21 at 8:35 p.m., dispatch received a call for service referencing an armed robbery at the Holiday Wine Cellar. The subject matched the description of the earlier armed robbery suspect from the Subway restaurant. Patrol units arrived on scene rapidly, and were advised that the suspect had fled on foot to a room at the Palm Tree Lodge. Units established a perimeter around the motel. Officers on scene utilized the Bearcat and after several PA announcements and phone calls into the room, the suspect exited and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on both counts of Armed Robbery.

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