By JON CASSIDY
SANTA ANA – Two men believed to be gang members tried to invade two homes this morning, and succeeded in robbing the resident of one, police said.
Around 7 a.m., two men pounded on the door of a home in the 1600 block of West Highland Street, shining a flashlight, demanding entrance, and claiming to be police officers, Commander Steve Colon of the Santa Ana Police Department said.
“When the victims saw the individuals, they immediately realized they weren’t police, and were probably gang members, based on their appearance,” Colon said.
The would-be robbers were described as male Hispanics in their 20s with shaved heads and numerous tattoos, Colon said.
After the residents yelled that they were going to call police, the two men took off on bicycles.
One was armed with a handgun and one with a rifle, Colon said.
Two men matching the description invaded a home three blocks away 45 minutes later.
Two men entered a home in the 1600 block of West McFadden Avenue through unlocked doors around 7:45 a.m., Colon said.
No weapons were seen during the robbery, but the men threatened the victim and told him to stay put while they rummaged through drawers and cabinets, Colon said.
Nobody was hurt in either incident. It’s not yet known what the men took from the second home, Colon said.
By DENISSE SALAZAR
2009-12-11 14:22:06FULLERTON – Police are searching for a man suspected of raping a woman at knifepoint inside her apartment this afternoon.
The attack was reported around 1:15 p.m. at the Pinetree Apartments at 1501 S. Highland Avenue near Orangethorpe Avenue, said Sgt. Fred Casas of the Fullerton Police Department.
The initial investigation revealed a man forced his way into an apartment and raped the victim at knifepoint, Casas said.
A perimeter has been set up around the area.
The attacker is described as Latino, in his 40s, with short black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a brown winter jacket with blue jeans, Casas said.
By DENISSE SALAZAR
ANAHEIM – Four gang members were arrested Sunday night in the parking lot of Fry’s Electronics after officers discovered one of them was carrying a loaded handgun and another weapon was found in their vehicle, police said.
At 3:15 p.m., two officers noticed a “suspicious” vehicle with four men in the parking lot at 3370 E. La Palma Ave. and stopped the vehicle for code violations, said Anaheim police Sgt. Tim Schmidt.
Officers learned that the front passenger was on parole for burglary and ordered him to step outside to be searched, Schmidt said. During the search, the man tried to run, but the officer tackled him. The man was carrying a loaded handgun in his waistband, Schmidt said.
The other three men stayed in the car and officers found a second loaded handgun in the glove compartment, Schmidt said.
The Moreno Valley men – Anthony Barnett, 23; Joe Harris, 21; Andre Clayton, 22; and Anthony Hill, 22 – were arrested on suspicion of weapons possession and gang enhancements, Schmidt said. The men are being held at the Anaheim Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000.
“It was quite obvious that they were there to do no good in the parking lot,” Schmidt said. “They could have robbed people that purchased merchandise and were loading it into their car.”
The plain-clothed officers were strategically placed in the Fry’s Electronics parking lot to deter potential robbers from targeting shoppers during the holiday shopping season. The most vulnerable areas were identified through crime analysis and officers have been assigned to other shopping centers in an effort to prevent robberies, Schmidt said.
“The Anaheim Police Department continues to use crime trend analysis to put police officers where they need to be, when they need to be there,” said Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter. “This is another good example of using technology and good aggressive policing.”
ANAHEIM - A 15-yer-old boy walking home from school was stabbed this afternoon during a possible gang-related attack, police said.
The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. near an apartment complex in the 3400 block of W. Del Monte Dr. near Knott Avenue, said Sgt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department.
The boy was stabbed in the abdomen and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Schmidt said. The boy’s condition had stabilized, he said.
“The stabbing appears to be gang-related,” Schmidt said.
A description of the attacker or attackers was not immediately available and it was unclear which school the boy attends, Schmidt said.
Anyone with information about the stabbing or the attackers is asked to call Anaheim police detectives at 714-765-1944.
ANAHEIM A blind man was beat up at a gas station on Thanksgiving morning after knocking on the station’s bathroom door, police said.
Two men came out of the bathroom at the Arco station, at Ball Road and Brookhurst Street, and assaulted him around 8:14 a.m., Sgt. William Jefferson said.
The suspects fled in a Ford Taurus, Jefferson said. The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Two hours later, police found the vehicle in the area of Brookhurst Street north of La Palma Avenue, Jefferson said.
Two men who were in the vehicle were taken into custody. One was arrested on suspicion of assault, while the other was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Their names were not immediately released.
Knight’s CCW billl (AB357) has been granted a new hearing. The date is set for January 12, 2010 before the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Here is the text of the bill (PDF).
Contact your state senator and urge them to support the bill, or better yet, sign on as a co-sponsor!
Shall-Issue is the only way to completely de-politicize the issue of self-protection, and take the ability to discriminate and give political favors out of the hands of individual sheriffs!
Assembly Bill 357 has been given another hearing, set for January 12, 2010 before the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The bill would amend Penal Code Section 12050 to read “The sheriff of a county, upon proof that the person applying is of good moral character and that the person applying satisfies any one of the conditions specified in subparagraph (D) and has completed a course of training as described in subparagraph (E), shall issue to that person a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person…”,
Read the entire bill here: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_0351-0400/ab_357_bill_20090413_amended_asm_v98.pdf