Crime Log: published Thursday, July 11, 2019


Editor’s note: This week’s Seal Beach Crime Log is based on three documents: two detailed versions of the log and one summary version. The documents cover the period from June 20 to June 29. The combined documents total 84 pages. The detailed versions of the log cover 189 incidents. Space does not allow the publication of every incident or arrest.


Thursday, June 20

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue—Police arrested Samantha Ann Dugan on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Friday, June 21

Graffiti Vandalism (Priority 4)—6:49 a.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller reported that graffiti had been spraypainted on the pier. At 7:39 a.m., police requested removal of the graffiti as soon as possible. Someone had used painted human genitalia on the head of the seal statute and other graffiti on the seal’s body. Report taken.

Transient (Priority 3)—9:23 a.m.—St. Andrews Drive—The caller said a transient person was in the alley at the location. The caller wanted the transient person to move along. The caller said the individual had been present for the last couple of days. Police apparently advised/warned/cautioned the individual about remaining in the area.

Pedestrian Check (Priority 3)—2:51 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—A Seal Beach police officer contacted a transient man who refused services for homeless individuals. The officer warned the man about his private parts protruding from a hole in his pants. He was interviewed in the field.

Citizen Contact (Priority 3)—3:20 p.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—An individual turned in a lost phone. Police located the owner.

Suspicious Circumstances (Priority 2)—3:39 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported a possible theft. The caller reported seeing the suspect run out of the business with a bag. The caller yelled at the driver of a car just as the driver was getting in the car to leave. It was not clear from the log if the driver and the suspect were the same person. Loss: printer ink and a pair of jeans. Report taken.

Traffic Stop (Priority 4)—6:54 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—A Seal Beach officer stopped a motorist. Police arrested Keith Bonish on suspicion of altering or forging a car’s registration or license plate and suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Throwing Items at Cars (Priority 2)—7:01 p.m.—Taper Drive (The Hill)—The caller said kids were throwing water balloons from a yard into traffic on Bolsa. Police attempted to contact the people at the location, but voicemail was not set up and no one answered the call. As of 7:29 p.m., police contacted someone at the location who said their sister and friends had left before police arrived. She was advised about the complaint and she advised her sister.

Disturbance, Juveniles (Priority 3)—9:54 p.m.—Beachcomber Drive (The Hill)—The caller complained about an unspecified number of juveniles playing “ding dong ditch.” The caller only heard the noise. The caller did not apparently see anything. However, the caller said it had happened three times and described it as an on-going problem. The juveniles were gone when police arrived.

Disturbance, Party (Priority 3)—10:38 p.m.—12th Street (Old Town)—The caller complained about a loud party and people going in and out of the location of the party. As of 11:07 p.m., the resident of the house with the party was issued a noise warning and provided with a pamphlet.

Disturbance, Party (Priority 3)—11:31 p.m.—Catalina Avenue (The Hill)—The caller complained about a loud party and said people were still running around in the street. As of 11:43 p.m., the caller said they were now drag racing. Police cited and released Vartan Aintablian on suspicion of disturbing the peace.

Saturday, June 22

Fight (Priority 2)—1:16 a.m.—Main Street (Old Town)—The caller reported four or five individuals fighting. As of 1:17 a.m., no units were available. As of 1:19 a.m., some of the individuals had left. As of 1:21 a.m., the caller could hear people yelling. As of 1:22 a.m., seven individuals were now physically fighting. As of 1:24 a.m., police contacted two individuals on Main Street. A least one participant in the chaos had left the area and no one desired a police report. As of 1:33 a.m., all police units were advised the situation was “Code 4,” meaning no law enforcement services were required. Report taken.

Arrest—Pacific Coast Highway (in Long Beach)—Police arrested Randolph Keith White on suspicion of possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

Arrest—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—Police arrested Chanel Paege Cichos on suspicion of battery on a spouse/ex-spouse, date, etc.

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard and Road C—Police arrested Riley Kyle Higgins on suspicion of obstructing or resisting a peace officer or emergency medical technician.

Sunday, June 22

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard—Police arrested Patrice Michele Hoover on suspicion of petty theft from buildings.

Monday, June 24

Arrest—Midway Westminster (in Seal Beach)— Police arrested Raquel Sanchez-Hernandez on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Arrest—Westminster Avenue and Bolsa Chica Road (in Westminster)— Police arrested Matthew Thomas Ronce on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a narcotic controlled substance.

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard—Police arrested Vanessa Maria Dehoyos on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950 worth of merchandise.

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard— Police arrested Hazel Ziola Salas on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950 worth of merchandise.

Tuesday, June 25

Arrest—Marina Drive and Pacific Coast Highway—Police arrested Aldo Godinez on suspicion of receiving, ect., stolen property worth less than $950.

Wednesday, June 26

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard—Police arrested John Ivan Gomez on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950 worth of merchandise.

Friday, June 29

Traffic Hazard (Priority 2)—9:07 a.m.—First Street and Pacific Coast Highway—A car was blocking the left turn lane on First Street. As of 9:08 a.m., a tow truck was en route.

Vandalism Report (Priority 3)—10:09 a.m.—Central Avenue (Old Town)—The caller reported tampering with and damage to their mailbox. According to the caller, the crime occurred within the previous two weeks. Someone damaged the mail box and stole the caller’s mail. The caller wanted to prosecute the unknown suspect. Police took a vandalism and petty theft report.

Transient (Priority 3)—10:25 a.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The caller reported that a transient man was sleeping in the parking lot near Eisenhower Park. As of 10:34 a.m., police were unable to locate him.

Hail By Citizen (Priority 3)—12:22 p.m.—First Street and Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—An individual flagged down a police unit. The individual was upset about a parking ticket.

Disturbance (Priority 3)—5:27 p.m.—First Street—The anonymous caller said a woman who appeared to be transient was cussing and walking back and forth in front of the location. As of 5:31 p.m., the caller said the woman was sitting on the grass at the front of the location. Police were unable to locate the woman in question.

Fight (Priority 2)—5:25 p.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The first caller reported six individuals fighting. The first caller did not see any weapons. As of 5:36 p.m., a second caller said the individuals were possibly in their 40s. The second caller said they were headed toward a lot. The second caller did not see any weapons. As of 5:37 p.m., they were seen walking down the stairs at the location. Report taken.

Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—6:29 p.m.—Landing Avenue and 14th Street (Old Town)—The caller reported a man staring at a residence. As of 6:35 p.m., the caller phoned again to report that the man in question opened the gate to a neighbor’s home on 14th Street.

As of 6:42 p.m., a police officer spoke with the caller who said the man in question might have headed toward Pacific Coast Highway. As of 6:45 p.m., the officer contacted a possible match to the suspicious person. However, that turned out to be the wrong person. As of 6:48 p.m., the officer contacted the man in question at 16th Street, north of PCH.

According to the log, the man was a transient who said he was looking for a quicker route through residential blocks. He said he opened a gate, not with the intent to commit a crime but to avoid walking around the block. The officer advised the man about routes of travel—walking around the blocks instead of through them. The officer gave him a bus pass and he told the officer he was going back to Redondo Beach. The officer informed the original caller of the situation and the caller thanked the Seal Beach Police Department for their service.

Pedestrian Check (Priority 3)—7:18 p.m.—Ocean Avenue (First Street beach lot)—A police unit contacted four individuals. Police arrested Destiny Biondi on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.

Drunk (Priority 2)—7:39 p.m.—Main Street (Old Town)—The anonymous caller said a man in the alley was drunk. The caller said he couldn’t walk and couldn’t take care of himself.

As of 7:41 p.m., the caller said he was lying in the alley. As of 7:58 p.m., police determined he was OK to have his friends walk him home.

Arrest (Priority 2)—9:06 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported that a possibly drunk individual was denied service. The caller told police that he was near the parking stalls. As of 9:11 p.m., police contacted a man in the parking area. Police arrested Timothy Wadman on suspicion of being drunk in public.

Petty Theft Report (Priority 2)—11:04 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller reported the theft of a hat and pants. The suspect, a woman, was alone. The caller tried to stop the woman, who became uncooperative and took off in a car.

She was the only person in the car. As of 11:59 p.m., police arrested Jessica Rachelle Duke on suspicion of shoplifting, possession of a controlled substance that is not a narcotic, and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.

Saturday, June 30

Traffic Hazard (Priority 2)—2:50 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard and Bolsa Avenue—The caller said a man in the street approached the caller’s car and tried to open the door. As of 2:53 a.m., police contacted the man. It turned out the man had been drinking but wasn’t drunk. He needed a ride home and was asking anyone who drove by. A Seal Beach Police officer dropped him off at his home in Rossmoor.