Police Blotter: Alleged Military Deserter Nabbed By Cops

This week Monrovia police picked up a man who had a warrant out for his arrest because he allegedly deserted the U.S. Marine Corps. Read on for more.

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Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary

August 23 at 12:24 p.m., police were dispatched to a residential burglary that occurred in the 200 block of North Mountain. The victim left his residence at about 8:00 a.m. that morning and was sure he had locked everything at the home. When he returned just after 12:00 noon, he noted several slats from the vertical blinds covering the front slider were pushed to the side. When he went in and walked around the house, he discovered a jewelry box, a coin bank and some electronic games were missing. There were no signs of forced entry. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested

August 24 at 3:45 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported at the intersection of California and Huntington. Police responded and determined the motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. The other driver involved complained of pain to her hand.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence / Obstructing and Delaying a Peace Officer - Suspect Arrested

August 24 at 11:40 p.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported at a parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington. A male suspect approached a taxi cab driver and asked for a ride. He told the taxi cab driver he had just been in a collision.  The suspect left and the taxi cab driver called police. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, who was uncooperative with the officers. The suspect's vehicle had major collision damage and the front bumper was missing. 

Officers searched the area and discovered the suspect had struck a large plastic sand bucket on the 210 Freeway at Myrtle. His front bumper, with the license plate attached, was still on the freeway. Through investigation, officers determined the driver was under the influence. He was arrested for driving under the influence, hit and run and obstructing an officer.

Residential Burglary

August 25 at 8:42 a.m., police responded to a residential burglary in the 200 block of Poppy. The resident left her home at 6:00 a.m., leaving her front door unlocked and no one at home. She returned home at 8:30 a.m. and discovered her bedroom had been ransacked. Her purse and been taken, containing cash, a set of keys and a book of personal checks. She immediately called police. Investigation continuing.

Bear Problem

August 26 at 11:26 a.m., a female resident who lives on Hidden Valley called to report that she heard noises coming from her kitchen and when she went to investigate, she saw a . The bear ran out and to the back of the property. An animal control officer responded to the call and the bear was encouraged back up into the hills.

Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity

Warrant - Suspect Arrested

August 22, Special Enforcement Team Officers saw a known gang member that had an outstanding warrant, loitering in the 200 block of East Maple. He was detained and arrested for the warrant.

Warrant - Suspect Arrested

On August 22, Special Enforcement Team Officers ran a license plate to a suspicious vehicle near Mayflower and Walnut. The registered owner of the vehicle had a federal warrant for desertion from the Marine Corps. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was arrested for the warrant. Personnel from the United States Marine Corps responded and took custody of the subject. 

R. Ray Morford August 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Military time is voluntary, no draft anymore. Be very careful before you commit a segment of your life. It shows character to do Military time. I was drafted, and I grew up fast. I do not regret being in the Service of my Country.
Margaret-Mary Salazar August 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Desertion during wartime is grounds for execution. The last deserter executed was during WWII. One cannot pick nor choose their battle(s) in the U.S. military, especially a U.S. Marine. They never retreat. Semper Fidelis.


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