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Police Blotter: Bear Panic Sends Woman Tumbling Down Hill

This week a woman fell down a steep hill while trying to evade a bear during a hike and a string of residential burglaries were reported. Read on for more.

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During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 487 service events, resulting in 109 investigations.

Domestic Battery

May 28 at 9:21 a.m., a caller reported a male subject assaulting a female subject in the area of Madison and Colorado. Officers arrived and spoke to both subjects. Through investigation it was learned that the male subject is the ex-boyfriend of the female and he was forcefully pushing her to walk with him to the store. She was resisting him, so he clamped his hand on the back of her neck and pulled her hair, trying to force her to walk with him. The victim was not injured, but does desire prosecution. An Emergency Protective Order was issued and served.  

Residential Burglary

May 28 at 1:20 p.m., police responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 100 block of Spanner Street. A female Hispanic suspect, approximately 50 years old, approached the front door of the residence, which is occupied by two elderly women and one of the women's daughters. Only one of the women was home at the time and her daughter was sleeping in her room. The suspect spoke to the resident and told her she had purchased the property behind the victim's house and there was a tree problem that she wanted to show her. The suspect and the victim walked to the rear of the property. As they did so, the suspect was on the phone the entire time. Once the suspect left, the victim went back inside her home and found it ransacked and her wallet, cash and jewelry were taken. The victim observed a dark colored, 4-door vehicle in front of the house during this incident. Investigation continuing.

Commercial Burglary

May 28 at 3:13 p.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 100 block of East Lemon. The suspect(s) forced a gate and used a pry tool to enter a side door to a conference room. The alarm sounded and the suspect(s) forcefully tore a flat screen television from its mount and fled the scene. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto

May 28 at 7:55 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of West Foothill. The victim parked and locked her vehicle in front of the business where she works and left it there over the weekend, as she went out of town. When she returned on Monday evening, the vehicle was gone. The vehicle is a white, 2009, 4-door BMW with paper plates. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto

May 29 at 7:59 a.m., a grand theft auto was reported in the 300 block of East Lemon. The victim parked his ATV, a green, 2008 Honda Foreman, in the bed of his pickup truck in his driveway. Suspect(s) removed the ATV from the bed of the truck sometime overnight. Investigation continuing.

Daytime Residential Burglaries

Three daytime residential burglaries occurred in the morning and afternoon hours on May 29. Two occurred in the 100 block of North Alta Vista and one in the 600 block of Terrado. The victim of the first home on Alta Vista is in the process of moving out and had most of her belongings out of the home. She was not able to respond, so a family member secured the house. A list of stolen items will be provided upon her return. Suspect(s) entered the home by prying open a bathroom window.

Suspect(s) entered the second home burglarized on North Alta Vista by removing three glass louvers from the window and then opening it. The victim's house was very full of personal items and it was hard to determine what was taken from the property. The victim reported cash taken.

The third home burglarized is in the 600 block of Terrado. The victim is an elderly female. She left the location at 7:45 a.m. and returned at approximately 1:25 p.m. The suspect(s) went into her garage and obtained a screwdriver and ladder. They made entry through a front window. The house was ransacked and the loss was cash and jewelry. It is unknown if these three burglaries are related. The investigations are continuing.

Stranded Hiker Rescued

May 29 at 8:01 p.m., dispatch received a call from a 43-year-old female. She said she was hiking near the Trask Boy Scout Camp when she saw a bear on the road. She said she was hiding from the bear in some bushes. Her cell phone signal was breaking up and dispatch lost phone contact with her. Officers responded and began a search of the area. The Foothill Air Support helicopter also responded to assist. 

After searching the area for approximately one hour, the woman was found 20 feet below the road at the bottom of a steep hill. She said that when she saw the bear, she panicked, backed up and fell down the hill. She was unable to get back to the road without assistance. The responded and assisted her up the hill to safety. The woman was not injured.

Theft From a Vehicle

May 30 at 3:26 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of East Hillcrest saw a tall male suspect wearing dark clothes tampering with his unlocked car. The resident yelled at the suspect, who walked away, eastbound on Hillcrest. The loss was a small amount of change.

Grand Theft Auto

May 30 at 7:04 a.m., a green Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 200 block of West Pomona. The victim had parked and locked his vehicle in front of his house in the evening. The vehicle was taken sometime overnight. The El Monte Police Department called later in the day and advised they had recovered the vehicle. It had been stripped and abandoned in their city. Investigation continuing.

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