Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 448-3600 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or (909) 621-4771 evenings and weekends. Anonymous information can also be provided by calling the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. Tipsters providing information leading to arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the crime may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
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January 14, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
10300 Vernon Avenue
Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on 1/14/20, a shooting occurred in the alley of an apartment complex located in the 10300 block of Vernon Avenue, in the City of Montclair. The victim had arrived in a vehicle with other associates in the apartment complex alley. During an interaction between the victim and the suspect(s), shots were fired and the victim was struck in the head.
The victim was taken by his two associates to Park View Community Hospital in the City of Riverside, where it was determined he succumbed to his injury. Investigators from the Riverside Police Department obtained information, indicating the shooting occurred at the apartment complex on Vernon Avenue. Shortly after midnight on 1/15/20, the Montclair Police Department was contacted, officers responded to the area, and located the crime scene. The Montclair Police Department has since taken over the investigation.
At this time, the victim's identity is unknown and the motive for shooting and the identification of the suspect(s) involved is being investigated.
July 16, 1981, Unknown time
5471 Kingsley Street
Horace Vaultz was charged today with two counts of murder and seven special circumstance allegations resulting from two murder investigations conducted by the Montclair and Burbank Police Departments. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a press conference today making the announcement about the 64 year-old suspect's arrest.
On July 16, 1981, 21 year-old victim Selena Keough was found deceased outside in the bushes, to the front 5471 Kingsley Street, located in Montclair, California, in the County of San Bernardino. Additionally, Vaultz is charged with the murder of 22 year-old victim Mary Duggan of June 9, 1986. Her body was found in the trunk of her car in an empty Burbank parking lot. She had been bound and sexually assaulted. Vaultz has been charged with the offenses related to both murder investigations.
The cases were connected by DNA collected from the original crime scenes, and then ultimately linked to Horace Vaultz through a genealogical investigation. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will be handling the collective prosecution of the offenses from both jurisdictions.
The defendant faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged. A decision on whether to seek capital punishment will be made at a later date.
Arrestee #1 - Horace Van Vaultz, Jr., Black Male, 64 years of age.
October 26, 2019 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4870 Arrow Highway
On Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Montclair Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Montclair Police Department at 4870 Arrow Highway, Montclair CA 91763. Contact Department personnel in the lobby and you will be directed to the drop-off location (sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, intra-venous solutions, or illicit drugs). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds - approximately 5,900 tons - of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th National Take Back Initiative, go to www.DEATakeBack.com. Any questions regarding the event at the Montclair Police Department, can be answered by calling the Police Department at (909) 448-3600.
July 18, 2019 10:45 p.m.
5100 Canoga Street
On 7/18/19 at approximately 2245 hours, the Montclair Police Department received multiple calls of shots heard in the 5100 block of Canoga Street alleyway. When Officers arrived, they found an adult male lying on the ground with a gunshot to the head. Lifesaving measures were attempted and the victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. While at the hospital, a second adult victim arrived with a gunshot wound to the foot. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information please contact the Montclair Police Department.
June 24, 2019 1:10 p.m.
5120 Moreno Street
On 6/24/19, an unknown suspected entered the Wells Fargo Bank. When the suspect made contact with the teller, he demanded money. Fearing for his safety, the bank teller gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. Officer arrived within minutes, but the suspect avoided apprehension and fled prior to their arrival.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department.
June 17, 2019 3:34 p.m.
10310 Central Avenue
On June 17, 2019 at approximately 3:34 p.m., a vehicle traveling at slow speeds collided into the front of Ramiro's Mexican Food restaurant. The business was located on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Kingsley Street. Police and Fire personnel arrived and rendered medical aid to the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment due to minor injuries. The City of Montclair Building Inspector responded to the scene, and the structure was boarded-up due to it being unsafe to enter at this time. Initial information indicated the driver suffered from a medical condition moments prior to the collision. No one else was injured at the scene.
May 30, 2019 5:44 p.m.
4700 Kingsley Street
On 5/30/19 at 1744 hours, officers responded to a call reference a naked male subject (Robert Johnson) walking in the 4700 block of Kingsley Street Alley. When officers arrived on scene they noticed Johnson was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of illegal drugs. Johnson became confrontational with the Officers and the Officers had to use force to subdue him. After a brief struggle, Johnson was taken into custody, and illegal drugs were found in his possession. Johnson was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. After he was medically cleared from the hospital, he was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for two counts of PC 69(a), Resisting an Executive Officer, H&S 11550(a), Under the Influence, H&S 11377(a), Possession of Illegal Drugs, and a No Bail Warrant.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
May 24, 2019 8:13 p.m.
4700 Kingsley Street
On 5/24/19 at 2013 hours, a fatal traffic collision occurred in the 4700 block of Kingsley Street between a motorcycle and a four door sedan. As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist was ejected and became lodged underneath a parked vehicle. Police and Fire personnel immediately arrived on scene and rendered medical aid. The motorcyclist had no signs of life and was pronounced deceased by the Montclair Fire Department. The driver of the sedan was not injured. The Montclair Police Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is conducting an investigation into the cause of the traffic collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
April 17, 2019
4870 Arrow Highway
On Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Montclair Police Department will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Montclair Police Department at 4870 Arrow Highway, Montclair, CA 91763. Contact Department personnel in the lobby and you will be directed to the drop-off location (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds, nearly 5,500 tones, of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27th National Take Back event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com. Any questions regarding the event at the Montclair Police Department can be answered by calling the Montclair Police Department at (909) 448-3600.
March 12, 2019 1:30 p.m.
5200 Montclair Plaza Lane
On 3-12-19, at approximately 1315 hours, the victim was at Montclair Place when she was approached by an elderly male (Suspect #1) who asked the victim for $10,000 to pay for his wife's medical bills. As the victim and the elderly male talked, Suspect #2 approached them and offered to help the elderly male. Suspect #2 claimed he had a check for $20,000 buy could not cash it because he had no identification. Suspect #2 convinced the victim to give the elderly male $10,000 and he would meet her the following day to give her $10,000 after he cashed the check. The victim felt the transaction was suspicious, but allowed the elderly male to keep the money.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - HIspanic male, 65 years of age, 5'08", 160 lbs, gray hair, wearing a tan shirt, blue jeans, and a black cap.
Suspect #2 - Hispanic male, 40 years of age, 6', 190 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a blue dress shirt and tan pants.
January 5, 2019 3:00 a.m.
4300 Holt Blvd.
On 1/5/19 at about 0300 hours, the Montclair Police Department received a 911 call reporting a victim was located with a gunshot wound in the 4300 block of Holt Boulevard in the Northern Lights Mobile Home Park. Montclair Officers arrived and located the victim with a single gunshot wound and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The unknown suspects and the suspect vehicle are still outstanding.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information please contact the Montclair Police Department.
December 8, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Intersection of Orchard Street and Central Avenue
On December 8th, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of Orchard Street and Central Avenue. A car struck a bicyclist then fled the scene. Officers found the bicyclist lying unconscious in the roadway. He was transported to a local trauma center where he remains in critical condition. Officers located the suspect vehicle, hidden in the backyard of a home in the city of Pomona. The driver was also located and arrested. Members of the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are currently investigating this collision. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Arrestee #1 - Alejandro Lopez-Cuevas, male adult, 18 years old.
October 15, 2018 9:13 a.m.
5093 Mission Blvd.
The Montclair Police Department served a search warrant at the commercial property for an illegal marijuana dispensary. The dispensary was discovered shortly after 9:00 a.m., after members of Montclair Code Enforcement arrived in response to a tip, and learned the dispensary had reopened after a previous closure. An armed male subject wearing a security uniform was contacted and refused admittance into the business, and the Police Department responded to assist. The items seized included over 100 pounds of marijuana edibles and products containing THC, approximately 28 pounds of various forms of processed marijuana, computers, and a firearm. The male subject was ultimately arrested for possession of illegal fireworks, possession of training grenades, concealment of evidence, and illegal marijuana sales. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
The City's Code Enforcement and Police Department have taken a proactive role in shutting down illegally operated dispensaries. Currently the City of Montclair has an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activity.
Arrestee #1 - Nicholi Ramos, male adult, 28 years old.
October 12, 2018 9:45 a.m.
4027 Holt Blvd, #B and #C
Members of the Montclair Police Department Special Enforcement Team and Detective Bureau served a search warrant at the commercial property for an illegal marijuana dispensary. The City's Code Enforcement participated in the operation. Multiple subjects associated to the illegal sales activity were contacted during the operation. Eight suspects were arrested, which included five female employees and three male security guards. The items seized included over 200 pounds of marijuana edibles, over 80 pounds of various forms of processed marijuana, computers, and firearms.
The City's Code Enforcement and Police Department have taken a proactive role in shutting down illegally operated dispensaries. The clandestine dispensaries often have poor ventilation and unsafe building code violations, making the establishments unsafe for the surrounding communal properties and those working inside. Currently the City of Montclair has an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activity.
September 12, 2018 5:45 a.m.
9100 Central Avenue
Earlier in the morning the Upland Police Department received a call regarding the suspect acting strangely and swinging a stick near a gas station in their jurisdiction. The suspect was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment and later left. The Upland Police Department later received an additional call involving the same suspect entering a residence and assaulting a home owner. Upon arrival of Upland officers, the suspect resisted and avoided apprehension.
Shortly after the incident and at approximately 5:45 a.m., the Montclair Police Department responded to a call regarding the suspect throwing a rock at the victim's passing vehicle, smashing the windshield. Upon the arrival of officers on scene, an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspect was injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment due to sustaining gunshot wounds. At least seven different victims driving vehicles in the area were struck by large rocks, thrown by the suspect. Several large rocks were located in the roadway consistent with the statements. The suspect was found to be on probation for felony statutory rape and had an active "No Bail" warrant for the same.
Per the Police Department's protocol, the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department responded and will be investigating the incident. The suspect is under investigation for his involvement in multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism. No Montclair officers sustained physical injuries during the incident. No additional details will be released at this time and anyone with information can contact the Montclair Police Department.
September 6, 2018 7:56 a.m.
San Bernarino St / Vernon Ave
At approximately 7:56am this morning, the 11 year old victim was struck by a passing motorist as he was crossing San Bernardino Street on his way to school. He had just been dropped off by a relative and was within the marked crosswalk, crossing southbound toward Vernon Middle School. A passing pickup truck, also at the intersection, began to cross at the same time and the victim was struck and possibly run over as the truck passed. The collision resulted in significant head injuries to the victim. The driver of the truck immediately stopped after recognizing the collision had occurred. The juvenile received aid at the scene before being transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver and several witnesses have been cooperating with investigators, however the ultimate cause of the collision is still under investigation.
The Montclair Police Department has learned of a rumor being spread at the school and possibly in social media the victim was fleeing a fight at the school, and was running into traffic when the collision occurred. This rumor appears to have originated with students at the school passing on what they believed they heard happened to their friends. This rumor has no basis in fact and has been disproved by numerous witnesses, including family members of the deceased.
In an urgent plea to the community, the Montclair Police Department wants to remind everyone September is the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month. Montclair Police as well as surrounding agencies are focusing education and enforcement efforts to reduce pedestrian/vehicle related incidents. The community can do their part by watching for and exercising caution near pedestrians on or near roadways when driving and pedestrians being alert and aware when crossing the roadway for vehicles. Never allow yourself to become distracted, driving or walking.
August 23, 2018 8?30 a.m.
4711 Holt Boulevard
Members of the Montclair Police Department Detective Bureau and Street Enforcement Team (SET) served a search warrant at the commercial property for an illegal marijuana dispensary. Multiple subjects associated to the illegal sales activity at the dispensary were contacted during the operation. The items seized included over 250 pounds of marijuana edibles and over 50 pounds of various forms of processed marijuana. The tenants of the property are currently under investigation and the filing of criminal charges with the District Attorney's Office will be sought against those involved in the illegal activity. Currently the City of Montclair has an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activity.
July 19, 2018 9:47 a.m.
10200 Central Avenue
The victim was exiting a thrift store when the suspect approached her from the front and immediately grabbed her two necklaces from her neck. The suspect struggled with the victim before breaking the necklaces from her neck. The suspect ran southbound from the thrift store towards Kingsley Street out of sight. The victim was not injured and the suspect is still outstanding.
July 19, 2018 9:44 a.m.
9600 Tudor Avenue
At 0944 hours, Montclair Police Department received an emergency call from a suspect who stated he just killed his girlfriend and threatened to kill himself at his residence in Montclair. Officers responded to the location and evacuated the surrounding residences. A Montclair Police Crisis Negotiator responded and contacted the alleged female victim. At this time it was discovered the call was a "Swatting Call." The occupants of the residence were located and were unharmed.
During the investigation it was discovered the alleged homicide victim had reported a possible loan fraud to the Montclair Police Department. The victim agreed to get a loan from the suspected loan company and then realized the loan was fraudulent. After confronting the loan representative on the telephone, the victim received threats from the loan representative stating he was going to call the Police.
Montclair Police Investigators are attempting to identify the individual responsible for the Swatting Call.
June 10, 2018 4:13 a.m.
On June 10th, at approximately 4:13 a.m., Montclair Police Officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of Ramona Avenue and Howard Street. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found the victim unconscious and trapped inside of her vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was found inside of his vehicle and was uninjured. He exhibited signs of intoxication and was arrested following a DUI evaluation. He refused to provide any information regarding the traffic collision. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition and her prognosis is unknown at this time. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
May 9, 2018 1:18 p.m.
5200 N. Montclair Plaza Lane
Officers from the Montclair Police Department responded to a report of an elderly woman laying face down in the 99 Cent store parking lot. It was quickly learned the woman had been punched in the face during a robbery over her purse. Video surveillance cameras showed the suspect punch the 88 year old victim once in the face and fall to the ground. The victim was unconscious when officers arrived on scene. When the victim regained consciousness she had no recollection of the incident.
After the suspect punched the first victim, he approached her 72 year old friend, victim #2, and demanded her purse. Victim #2 did not give her purse to the suspect and shouted for help. Due to the noise made by Victim #2, the suspect let go of her purse and fled the area after getting into a silver car.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult, with a thin build.
Suspect Vehicle - Silver four-door car.
April 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
4800 Canoga Street
Officers responded to the 4800 block of Canoga Street in regards to shots fired. Once on scene, officers located spent shell casings in the alley. One witness stated they saw a black Infinity speed off at a high rate of speed headed East in the alleyway after the shots were fired. No victims or suspects were located.
April 1, 2018 7:50 p.m.
5080 Montclair Plaza Lane
On 4/1/18 at approximately 1950 hours, Montclair Officers responded to the Sears Department store, located at the Montclair Place, regarding an audible burglary alarm. When officers arrived, they learned a manager observed a male subject inside the closed business. Officers quickly set up a perimeter around the building, watching all exit doors. A few minutes later, the suspect exited an emergency exit carrying two large bags.
Officers learned the suspect hid inside the business during closing. After all employees were out of the business, the suspect used tools inside of Sears to break into jewelry cabinets. The bags the suspect was attempting to flee with contained approximately 225 items of jewelry, valuing $234,922. The suspect admitted to the crime, and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for burglary.
Arrestee #1 - Jose Martinez-Herniaz, Hispanic male adult, 30 years of age.
March 16, 2018 6:30 p.m.
5400 Olive Street
On 3/16/18 at approximately 1830 hours, Montclair Officers responded to a stabbing investigation located in the 5400 block of Olive Street in the City of Montclair. The suspect was seen entering an occupied motor home parked on Olive Street east of Central Avenue. For unknown reasons, the suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim once in the leg. The suspect immediately fled the motor home on foot eastbound on Olive Street out of sight. Montclair Officers arrived and conducted an area search and the suspect was not located.
Suspect #1 - White male adult, 30-39 years of age, 5'9" - 6'0", thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
January 17, 2018 7:03 a.m.
4600 Bandera Street
On the morning of January 17, 2018, the Montclair Police Department received a call for service reference the 18 month old victim not breathing. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Shortly after, the victim was airlifted to a local trauma center due to a diagnosed head injury. In the early morning of January 18, 2018, the victim passed away and succumbed to her injuries. After an extensive investigation, the Montclair Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Alma Gonzalez, who was the girlfriend of the victim's father. On January 30, 2018, Gonzalez was arrested at a residence in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County for the felonious assault on a child causing death and booked at the West Valley Detention Center. Additional details regarding the investigation are not being released at this time.
January 14, 2018 6:39 p.m.
4138 Mission Boulevard
At approximately 6:39 last night, there was a collision involving two vehicles in the area of Mission Boulevard and Silicon Avenue in the City of Montclair. As a result of the collision, the driver and two passengers of the victim vehicle were injured. They were transported to local hospitals. The driver of the suspect vehicle was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. Despite being uninjured, the suspect refused to provide any information to officers. Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to call the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - Miguel Quintana-Payan, male adult, 35 years of age.
January 7, 2018 6:24 a.m.
5301 Holt Boulevard
The suspect entered 7-11 store and brandished a black semi-automatic pistol and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk placed the cash drawer from the register on the counter. The suspect grabbed the money and placed it into his pant pockets. The suspect exited the store and fled southbound on Central Avenue with approximately $80 in US currency and three packs of cigarettes.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult, 40-45 years of age, 5'8" - 6', 250 pounds, heavy build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
December 22, 2017 11:22 a.m.
4800 Brooks Street
On 12/22/17 at approximately 1130 hours, Victim #1 was inside her vehicle with Victim #2 as they parked in the 4800 block of Brooks Street. The suspect followed the victims and parked his vehicle directly behind the victim's vehicle. The suspect approached Victim #1 and opened the driver's door demanding money at knife point. Victim #1 and Victim #2 feared for their safety and they gave the suspect their money and the suspect grabbed Victim #1's purse. The suspect fled the scene in a red Volvo west bound on Brooks Street out of sight. The victims were not injured during the robbery.
On 12/23/17 at approximately 1300 hours, the suspect vehicle was located by officers at the Ontario Mills Mall in the City of Ontario. The suspect was located and arrested for the robbery. The suspect was later booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
Suspect #1 - Sabatino Jablonski, male adult, 24 years of age.
December 10, 2017 1:00 p.m.
4400 Bandera Street
On 12/10/17 at approximately 1300 hours, Montclair Officers responded to the Montclair Hospital to investigate a stabbing. The victim stated while walking in the 4400 block of Bandera Street, he was involved in an argument with two subjects. While attempting to leave, an unknown suspect not involved in the argument stabbed the victim one time in the chest. The suspects fled in an unknown direction.
Suspect #1 - Hispanic male adult, 20 - 29 years of age with short brown hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Suspect #2 - Hispanic male adult, 20 - 29 years of age.
October 25, 2017 1:30 p.m.
9105 Monte Vista Avenue
The female employee was working inside the open business, when an unknown male appeared at the front door. The male was granted access into the store and a second suspect appeared. Both suspects rushed inside through the front door. The victim's hands were bound behind her back by one of the suspects. The two suspects stole several hair pieces and fled the location after entering a new white SUV.
Video from the robbery was released by the business to the media on 11/30/17. The business released an additional video depicting an attempted burglary that occurred on 11/16/17, during the late evening when the store was closed (Case #17-5045). No entry was made during that incident and there currently is no connection between the two incidents.
Both cases are currently being investigated. Should anyone have any information, they are encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact the WeTip Hotline.
Suspect #1 - Black male with a thin build, wearing a black hat, white t-shirt, black shorts and sunglasses.
Suspect #2 - Black male with a thin build, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and glasses.
November 22, 2017
5505 Moreno Street
Units #101, #102, #103, #105, #106, and #107
Members of the Montclair Police Department served a search warrant at the commercial property for an illegal marijuana grow and dispensary. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Marijuana Team assisted during the operation. The location had an elaborate marijuana grow and illegal dispensary. The items seized included approximately 2,300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, coupled with approximately 100 pounds of various forms of processed marijuana. The tenants of the property are currently under investigation and the filing of criminal charges with the District Attorney's Office will be sought against those involved in the illegal activity. Currently the City of Montclair has an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activity. The property has been "Red Tagged" by the City of Montclair and was deemed unsafe for occupancy.
November 19, 2017
9453 Central Avenue
On 11-19-17 at approximately 1845 hours, the employee at Subway (9453 Central Avenue) noticed an unknown subject entered the store. The suspect demanded her to open the cash register. The suspect had one hand in his pocket and appeared as if he was holding a weapon. The employee was in fear, therefore she complied with the suspect's demands and opened the cash register. The suspect took an unknown amount of U.S. currency from the register and exited the store. The suspect fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Any information about the incident please contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Suspect #1 - White male adult in his 30's, 6', 200 pounds, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray basketball shorts, and blue gloves.
November 4, 2017
9050 Central Avenue
The victim went to the Target parking lot in Montclair to meet a buyer from the "Offer Up" website to sell his laptop computer. The unknown male suspect stole the victim's computer, while the victim was leaning into the suspect's vehicle to show him the computer. The driver of the suspect vehicle began driving away while the victim was still leaning into the vehicle. The suspects did not stop to let the victim get out of the vehicle. The victim fell from the vehicle onto the ground causing injuries. The suspect vehicle fled westbound through the parking lot towards Fremont Avenue in an unknown direction.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult, 18-20 years of age, 5'6"-5'8", 130-140 pounds, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark camel shorts, and black Nike shoes.
Suspect #2 - Male adult, 18-20 years of age, 6', 160 pounds, wearing a dark gray jacket with light gray sleeves and blue jeans.
Suspect vehicle - White four door compact vehicle and an older model white Chevy El Camino, unknown license plate numbers.
October 13, 2017 1:53 p.m.
9473 Central Avenue
An unknown Hispanic male suspect entered the business and put two employees at gunpoint, forcing them to lay down on the ground behind the register. The suspect proceeded to take the money from the unlocked register. The suspect fled the business on foot southbound through the parking lot towards Palo Verde Street. No additional suspects or vehicles were seen in the area. Any information please contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - Hispanic male adult, 30-35 years of age, 6', 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Suspect seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, black hat, and black sunglasses.
October 6, 2017 3:30 p.m.
9509 Central Avenue
On 10-06-17 at 1530 hours, the suspect entered Boost Mobile store (9509 Central Avenue, Suite A) and brandished a firearm. As the suspect held the store associates at gunpoint he then demanded money. The suspect was able to take an unknown amount of U.S. currency from the store's cash drawer. The suspect fled the scene on foot. Officers are attempting to identify the suspect.
Any further information please contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult, 25-30 years of age, 6', 200 pounds wearing a black bandana with a skull, dark blue collared shirt, black jeans, and a green baseball style hat with "CA" lettering.
September 30, 2017 6:53 p.m.
Central Avenue/I-10 freeway
On 09-3-17 at approximately 1853 hours, Montclair Police Officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and the I-10 freeway regarding shots being fired. Witnesses reported the suspect was seen standing in the street next to a green minivan. After firing multiple shots, the suspect possibly entered the minivan, which was last seen driving northbound on Central Avenue from the I-10 freeway. Officers are attempting to identify the suspect, vehicle, and possible victims in the incident.
Suspect #1 - Male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Suspect vehicle - Green 1990's model Chevrolet Astro minivan.
September 29, 2017 1:12 p.m.
10477 Central Avenue
On 09-29-17 at approximately 1312 hours, the suspect stole an unoccupied vehicle from the Drive Time Auto Dealer in Montclair. The keys were left in the vehicle at the time of the theft. The vehicle was located by GPS with the assistance from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department helicopter. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on the Interstate 60 Freeway where officers initiated a pursuit near Country Village Road after the suspect failed to yield to the officer's emergency lights and siren. The suspect evaded officers as it traveled eastbound for several miles into the city of Moreno Valley. The vehicle exited the freeway onto surface streets where the suspect failed to stop for a red light and caused a traffic collision with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. The suspect continued driving for a short time before colliding into the center divider, which disabled the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody immediately following the collision without incident. The suspect was treated for complaint of pain at a local hospital. The suspect was later booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
Suspect #1 - James Masters Ward, male, 31 years of age.
September 25, 2017 1:25 p.m.
9200 Monte Vista Avenue
The suspect walked into the leasing office of an apartment complex and asked for information about renting a unit. When the victim got up to assist him, the suspect wrapped his arm around her neck and started choking her while pushing her head forward. This caused the victim to pass out temporarily. When the victim regained consciousness she was able to fight the suspect off. The suspect fled the office and was last seen running south through the complex. While conducting an area check, the suspect was located exiting Montclair Place and was taken into custody.
June 1, 2017 10:26 a.m.
800 block of Orchid Street, Upland
On June 1, 2017 at about 10:26 a.m., Detectives from the Montclair Police Department were in the City of Upland, following up a possible lead on an identified armed robbery suspect from an incident that occurred on May 30, 2017. Detectives were driving in the 800 block of Orchid Court, when the suspect was seen near a vehicle. The suspect attempted to flee in the vehicle and abandoned his car near the end of the cul-de-sac. A second unknown suspect also fled from the vehicle.
The Upland Police Department immediately began to assist while other Montclair Police Department personnel responded to the scene. The robbery suspect led officers on an extensive foot pursuit through a school and within the surrounding neighborhood. The robbery suspect was located hiding under a vehicle in the 700 block of Magnolia Avenue and was taken into custody without incident. The unknown suspect avoided apprehension and his involvement is under investigation. A firearm was located in the abandoned suspect vehicle. The robbery suspect is currently being held on robbery and firearms related charges.
The incident from May 30, 2017 was a robbery involving two armed suspects. It occurred during a sales transaction in the 4500 block of Mission Boulevard, in the City of Montclair. The victim agreed to meet with the suspect for the sale of items. The second suspect is still outstanding at this time. The Montclair Police Department is following up leads, including any connections to other similar incidents.
Suspect #1 - Douglas Titus
Suspect #2 - Black male adult, 20 years of age, 5'8" to 5'10", 160 - 190 pounds with medium length twists in hair.
Suspect vehicle - 2003 BMW 745, California plate 7RUG483
May 8, 2017 4:03 p.m.
9419 Central Avenue
The suspect entered the Wienerschnitzel and brandished a black semi-automatic pistol. The suspect demanded the money from the cash register. The clerk emptied the register and placed $500 of U.S. currency in a white plastic bag. The suspect fled with the money to the awaiting listed vehicle, and was last seen driving southbound through the alley towards Palo Verde Street.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, please contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - Male, 20-25 years of age, 185 pounds, and average build, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.
Suspect vehicle - Mid 2000s Ford Expedition, dark gray, unknown license plate. The vehicle had a roof rack and tinted tail light covers.
May 1, 2017 10:00 a.m.
10292 Central Avenue
Police officers arrived to the scene and located an employee who stated an unnamed subject was found deceased in a back office. Officers entered the business and found the subject in an office hanging from exercise equipment. Montclair Fire Department arrived and pronounced the subject deceased at the scene. San Bernardino County Deputy Coroner responded to the location and stated the apparent cause of death was suicide.
April 27, 2017 2:59 p.m.
4700 Canoga Street
On 4/27/17 at 1459 hours, officers responded to shots fired in the 4700 block of Canoga Street. The victim was located and stated he had been in a verbal altercation with the suspect. The suspect returned to his residence and retrieved an unknown firearm. The suspect discharged the firearm at the victim's residence striking a window and damaging the structure. The suspect fled, prior to officers arriving, in the listed vehicle from the location. Officers were able to locate and retrieve the firearm used at the scene. There were no victims that were injured. The suspect was identified and is still outstanding. The investigation is still ongoing.
Suspect #1 - Alfredo Vasquez, Hispanic male adult, 32 years of age, 5'7", 200 pounds, brown hair and green eyes.
Suspect Vehicle - 2016 Kia Sol, red in color, license plate #7UQE911
February 28, 2017 3:31 p.m.
10200 Monte Vista Avenue
On 2/28/17 at approximately 1531 hours, victim #2 was babysitting her younger sister. She heard a knock at their front door. When she looked out the front door peep-hole, she saw an unidentified suspect standing on their porch. Becoming suspicious and feeling afraid, victim #2 hid inside the residence with her younger sister. She subsequently telephoned her mother and told her the suspect was knocking on their front door. While speaking with her mother, victim #2 heard the suspect kicking the front door. The suspect was able to gain entry into the residence. Victim #2 heard the suspect enter the master bedroom, which is adjoined to the bathroom she hid in. Victim #2 heard the suspect ransacking her mother's property. Shortly after, the suspect left the residence without discovering victim #2 hiding in the bathroom. Montclair Police Officers to include a K-9 Officer, conducted an extensive search for the suspect, however he was not located and remains outstanding.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult between 20 to 30 years of age. Suspect had a bald head wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and jeans.
February 27, 2017 10:40 p.m.
8972 Central Avenue
At 2240 hours, we received a call from Carl's Jr. Restaurant regarding a robbery which had just occurred. The victim and his co-worker were robbed at gun point after the suspect entered the restaurant and produced a handgun demanding the money from the register and safe. The suspect then ordered the victims in the office and he fled in an unknown direction. The area was searched and the suspect was not located.
Suspect #1 - Hispanic male adult in his 30s. Suspect is 5'5", 145 pounds, with blue eyes wearing all black clothing.
January 14, 2017 3:22 p.m.
4830 Canoga Street
Officers responded to the 4800 block of Canoga Street regarding an altercation and "shots fired." Officers arrived within minutes and located a victim lying on a second floor balcony with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers began life saving efforts, however the victim was transported and pronounced deceased at a local area hospital. A second victim was located at another hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was in stable condition. One suspect was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center. A second subject was arrested and released after questioning. The investigation in ongoing and the Montclair Police Department is seeking information as to any other person(s) of interest involved in the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771 or may also use the above referenced "WeTip Hotline."
Arrestee #1 - Gary Stewart, Black male adult, 41 years of age.
January 14, 2017 6:10 a.m.
9015 Central Avenue
On 1/14/17 at approximately 0610 hours, three Black male adults robbed a Starbucks at gunpoint. One suspect hit victim #3 several times in the head before making him unlock a safe. One suspect made victim #2 open a cash register at gunpoint. In total the suspects stole approximately $900. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Suspect #1 - Black male adult, 23 - 25 years of age wearing a red sweatshirt, black jeans, and black shoes.
Suspect #2 - Black male adult, 23 - 25 years of age wearing a red sweatshirt, black jeans, and black Jordan shoes.
Suspect #3 - Black male adult, 23 - 25 years of age wearing a black leather sweatshirt or leather jacket.