Crime Log: published Thursday, July 25, 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 July 5 (part of which we published last week) to July 18. The combined documents total 86 pages. The detailed versions of the log cover 186 incidents. Space does not allow the publication of every incident or arrest.


Saturday, July 6

Suspicious Occupied Car (Priority 2)—12:31 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—The caller said two individuals were sitting in a car in the parking lot. The caller was waiting for someone to pick her up at the location. Police determined the two individuals in the car had been talking. As of 12:37 a.m., they left the area.

Disturbance, Party (Priority 3)—3:08 a.m.—Seal Way (Old Town)—The caller complained about a loud party at the location. Police issued a first response warning.

Disturbance (Priority 2)—5:03 a.m.—12th Street and Seal Way (Old Town)—An anonymous caller complained about hearing individuals being loud on the beach. As of 5:09 a.m., police were out with nine individuals. It turned out they had been associated with a disturbing party call a couple of hours earlier. They told police they did not want to cause another disturbance, so they went out on the beach. Police advised/warned/counseled them about causing a disturbance.

Thursday, July 11

Arrest—Westminster Avenue—Police arrested Ruben Villalvaramirez on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard— Police arrested Edward Rene Arciga on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950 of merchandise or cash.

Friday, July 12

Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—1:01 p.m.—Landing Avenue (Old Town)—The caller reported a man who kept looking into cars. As of 1:04 p.m., no units were available. As of 1:42 p.m., based on a Gardena Police Department warrant, Seal Beach Police had arrested Joshua Johnson, who apparently resembled the description of the suspect, on suspicion of possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. He was cited and released.

Transient (Priority 3)—1:09 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The caller said a transient man was throwing bottles. The caller thought the bottles were filled with urine. He was gone when police arrived.

Petty Theft (Priority 3)—2:14 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller, relaying second-hand information, reported the theft of a phone and a credit card from a car. Point of entry: unknown. As of 2:46 p.m., the victim was en route to police headquarters. Report taken.

Fraud Report (Priority 3)—3:25 p.m.—First Street—The caller called regarding a company that the caller said committed bank fraud. The name of the company was not provided. Report taken.

Transient (Priority 3)—3:29 p.m.—Apollo Court—The caller said a man was throwing items. The log did not specify what he was throwing. Police were unable to locate the man in question.

Suspicious Person (Priority 2)—4:18 p.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The caller said a man was taking pictures of the caller’s son on the playground. The caller said he also photographed girls in the area. He was last seen walking northbound on Main Street. Police were unable to locate the man in question.

Counseling (Priority 3)—4:45 p.m.—Montecito Road—The caller reported a possible cyber scam. However, police determined it was a civil issue and not a law enforcement issue. The caller was apparently counseled.

Found Property (Priority 4)—5:39 p.m.—Ocean Avenue—The caller reported finding a canvas shooting bag floating in the ocean. It contained targets, magazines and ammo. As of 6:48 p.m., someone had been contacted and she would go to the police to collect the bag.

Possible DUI (Priority 2)—6:17 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway and 15th Street—The caller said an individual had left the bar who was slurring their words and stumbling. The individual left in a car that was last seen heading south on Pacific Coast Highway. Police were unable to locate the driver in question.

Saturday, July 13

Disturbance, Music (Priority 3)—12:02 a.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The caller said an unspecified number of individuals in a sedan were playing loud music. It turned out there were four individuals. They were advised against playing loud music.

Disturbance, Noise (Priority 3)—12:18 a.m.—Surfside Avenue (Surfside Colony)—The caller complained about loud talking. However, police found the house was dark and police heard no noise.

Traffic Stop (Priority 4)—12:23 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—An officer-initiated traffic stop resulted in the arrest, based on a San Bernardino warrant, of Cesar Sifuentes on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Disturbance, Noise (Priority 3)—12:24 a.m.—14th Street—The caller complained about neighbors talking and smoking. As of 12:57 a.m., the talker was advised against making noise.

Sunday, July 14

Arrest—Ocean Avenue and First Street—Police arrested Yvette Eleanor Luithle on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tuesday, July 16

Arrest—I-405 and Palo Verde (Long Beach)—Police arrested Tania Michelle Hernandez on suspicion of grand theft from buildings.

Arrest—I-405 and Palo Verde (Long Beach)—Police arrested Messiah E. Jackson on suspicion of grand theft from buildings.

Wednesday, July 17

Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard—Police arrested John Joseph Bossler on suspicion of forging/altering vehicle registration, etc.

Arrest—Pacific Coast Highway and Seal Beach Boulevard— Police arrested Tracy Anthony Bonner on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a narcotic controlled substance.

Arrest—Noel Street (Los Alamitos)— Police arrested Alejandro Rey Aragon on suspicion of parole violation.

Arrest—Mainway Drive and Montecito Road (Rossmoor)—Police arrested Katherine Pamela Dirks on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a narcotic controlled substance.

Arrest— Taper Drive—Police arrested Sean Patrick Murphy on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a narcotic controlled substance.


Friday, July 12

Petty Theft—4:15 a.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard—Police were called to a convenience store here after a man apparently tried to steal a cup of coffee and other snack items valued under five dollars. The reportring party and police apparently learned that the 42-year-old man from Huntington Beach had earlier in his life had been injured by blows to the head with a hammer so the reporting party allowed the man to pay for the items and was not charged. He was ordered not to come back.

Card Theft—5:48 a.m., Los Alamitos Boulevard—Police were on the lookout for a bald man with a hoodie, suspected to be transient, that had apparently taken a $100 gift card from a local gas station. After making contact with the suspect, the gas station owner acknowledged the card had not been activated and that he “just wanted his property back.”

Alley standoff—8:06 p.m.—Katella at Noel Street—Two cars that apparently arrived face to face as one tried to exit the alley and the other trying to enter, refused to move and apparently ended up with a bevy of cars behind each honking their disapproval. The police report said one woman driver trying to exit the alley, was so adamant she turned off her vehicle. The woman was apparently finally convinced to back out to allow the cars to move.

Saturday, July 13

Mysterious smoker—6:54 a.m.—Farquhar Avenue—A man with short hair wearing a grey flannel shirt apparently jumped a fence and was seen inside a residence sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette before being spotted and escaping. A woman was at home with her kids and the husband was at work when the incident occurred, according to the police report. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

MOnday, July 15

Disoriented walker—7:25 a.m.—Howard Avenue—Police were called when a man was spotted walking dangerously through traffic and appeared “disoriented.” When police arrived, the subject appeared to be “alert” and simply told them he was headed to a local coffee shop. Police said there was no crime and advised the man to walk carefully before letting him go on his way.

David N. Young of the Event News-Enterprise contributed to this article.