Crime Log: published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020


Crime Log Compiled by Charles M. Kelly

Editor’s note: This week’s Seal Beach Crime Log is based in part on material left over from last week’s log, as well as three detailed versions of the log and one summary version of the log, totaling 103 pages. This week’s log also includes unused material from last week. The source documents were provided by the Seal Beach Police Department. Space makes it impossible to include all crimes and arrests.



• Petty Theft Report (Priority 3)—9:52 a.m.—Cedar Crest Lane—The reporting person said two boxes were opened and silverware taken. No suspect information.

As of 10 a.m., the reporting person said the crime possibly occurred overnight. As of 10:02 a.m., the reporting person said she had been leaving her packed boxes for moving on her neighbor’s porch and believed someone took items from the boxers.

According to the logs, the boxes had been outside for three months. No prosecution desired. Report taken.

• Parking Complaint (Priority 4)—10:15 a.m.—Seventh Street—The reporting person said a large truck was blocking the alley way. As of 10:30 a.m., the registered owner was advised of the problem and had moved the truck.

• Person Down (Priority 1)—1:28 p.m.—Lampson Avenue and Old Ranch Place—An individual was seen lying on the sidewalk and appeared to have passed out. As of 1:40 p.m., police requested medics. It turned out the individual had suffered an ankle injury. Assisted.


• Patrol Check (Priority 3)—2:02 p.m.—Marina Drive (Bridgeport)—The reporting person was concerned that an apparently drunk young man might get in his car. The reporting person wanted police to make sure he didn’t leave the area in his car.

As of 2:28 p.m., police found the car in question was unoccupied. They were unable to locate anyone in the area matching the description of the owner.

• Patrol Check (Priority 3)—6:29 p.m.—Almond Avenue (College Park East)—The reporting person said three individuals were riding dirt bikes. The reporting person said they were being reckless and was concerned because there were children n the park. As of 6:49 p.m., the dirt bike riders were gone when police arrived. Police checked the area. Unable to locate.

• Arrest—Ocean Avenue—Police arrested Gregory Gauntlett Dorrell on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct: alcohol.


• Suspicious Circumstances (Priority 2)—4:49 a.m.—Candleberry Avenue—The reporting person heard something on the side of her home. The gates were locked. She didn’t know if “he” was in the back yard or not. She told police there were no dogs in the backyard. Nothing suspicious out front. As of 4:52 a.m., she heard popping sounds, like someone was trying to get into the home. The reporting person speculated that someone was trying to enter through the glass door. As of 5 a.m., police had the reporting person open the garage door. As of 5:02 a.m., police checked the back yard. As of 5:15 a.m., police had checked the interior and the exterior. It turned out that a bird was trying to get in.

• Abandoned Car (Priority 4)—6:52 a.m.—17th Street (Old Town)—The reporting person said a car had been present for three days. Police marked the car. As of 8:49 a.m., the reporting person called back. The car had been moved.

• Family Disturbance (Priority 2)—5:33 p.m.—12th Street (Old Town)—An anonymous person reported hearing screaming from inside the location. As of 5:47 p.m., police determined that 6-year-olds had been playing. No further law enforcement services were required.


• Vehicle Code Violation (Priority 3)—1:34 a.m.—Fifth Street and Ocean Avenue—The reporting person drove out onto the sand and was now stuck. As of 1:47 a.m., police requested a tow truck. Assisted.

• Arrest—N. Gate Road and Seal Beach Boulevard—Police arrested Steven Henry Ramos on suspicion of misdemeanor driving with a license suspended/revoked for reckless driving.


• Petty Theft Report (Priority 3)—11:19 a.m.—11th Street—The reporting person told police that a mail box was broken into and mail might have been stolen. Report taken.

• Animal Welfare Check (Priority 3)—3 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—The reporting person said there was a dog in an SUV. The dog had reportedly been there for more than 15 minutes.

The animal was reportedly barking and gasping for air. As of 3:14 p.m., the reporting person called back and said she thought the owner might have gotten the dog out of the car, but she wasn’t sure. As of 3:15 p.m., police checked the car. There was no dog inside. Log item.

• Garffiti Vandalism (Priority 3)—5:25 p.m.—Ocean Place and First Street (Old Town)—The reporting person said three individuals were tagging a sidewalk. They were also urinating. They reportedly left beer cans in the area.

• Patrol Check (Priority 3)—9:31 p.m.—Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The reporting person said a man was smoking on the pier. (Smoking is among the activities that are prohibited on the pier.) As of 9:33 p.m., the reporting person was unsure if the man was still in the area, but stood by for an officer. Police checked the pier. They were unable to locate the smoker.

• Welfare Check (Priority 2)—9:37 p.m.—Lampson Avenue and Tulip Street (College Park East)—The reporting person told police there was a transient man lying on the sidewalk with a shopping cart next to him.

As of 10:01 p.m., police contacted one individual. As of 10:09 p.m., he was packing up his stuff and would be on his way.

• Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway—Police arrested Theresa Anne Parham on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.


• Disturbing Noise (Priority 3)—12:27 a.m.—Fourth Street and Ocean Avenue (Old Town)—The reporting person said a man was singing out on the sand. As of 12:42 a.m., police contacted an individual at Tower 5. Police advised/warned/counseled the person about the noise complaint.

• Transient (Priority 3)—6:08 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway (Old Town)—The reporting person said a transient man was upset about getting kicked off the property and was punching glass. He was gone when police arrived.

• Counseling (Priority 3)—11:32 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard (Leisure World)—A Leisure World resident received a letter that had racial threats in it. Report taken.

• Patrol Check (Priority 3)—7:40 p.m.—Main Street (Old Town)—The reporting person advised that a rack of clothing was left out in front of a business that was now closed. A voice mail was left with the business owner. As of 8:45 p.m., the property was collected and stored for the owner to retrieve the next day. Police left a business card with an event number at the door.

• Arrest—Main Street—Police arrested John Paul Windle on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.


• Counseling (Priority 3)—11:23 a.m.—Surfside Avenue—The reporting person called about popped tires on their car while they were entering the location on a detour. Police counseled the reporting person and advised the reporting person to contact City Hall Risk Management to file a claim.

• Family Disturbance (Priority 2)—10:25 p.m.—Montecito Road—The reporting parting heard banging sounds and heard a woman crying for the past 30 minutes. As of 10:49 p.m., a man and woman at the location stated that the loud noise was from their bed breaking. Checks.


• Arrest—Flagstaff Court (Seal Beach)—Police arrested Misael Mendozahernandez on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.


• Arrest—Seal Beach Boulevard and Anchor Way—Police arrested Ericson Layug Villafane on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs.



• Arrest—Pacific Coast Highway—Police arrested Eduardo Moreno Arias on suspicion of misdemeanor using or being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Crime Log: published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020