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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April 9, 2021 3:41 p.m.
Benson Avenue/Moreno Street
At approximately 3:41 PM, officers from the Montclair Police Department, along with the Montclair Fire Department, were dispatched to the intersection of Benson Avenue and Moreno Street regarding a traffic collision. The collision involved a passenger vehicle and a pick-up truck. During the preliminary investigation, it was determined the passenger vehicle was turning north onto Benson Avenue while the pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Moreno Street when the two vehicles collided. The passenger of the pick-up truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Montclair Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to the scene and is investigating the cause of the collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision or the events which led up to it is urged to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Victim #1 - Hispanic female (Age 18)
The female passenger sustained blunt force trauma and was pronounced at the scene of the collision.
April 6, 2021
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Give the Phone a "Break": April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Montclair, Calif. - April is Distracted Awareness Month, and the Montclair Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.
Throughout the month of April, the Montclair Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state's hands-free cell phone law.
"When you are driving, give the phone a rest," Lt. Ventura said. "A driver's number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk."
According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed "Distracted Driving because of TEXTING" as their biggest safety concern.
"Not driving distracted is a simple, but significant behavior change," Lt. Ventura said. "The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe."
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.
If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk.
March 17, 2021
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Montclair, Calif. – Montclair Police Dept. will hold a DUI Checkpoint March 19, 2021 from Enter time 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the City of Montclair limits.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
As the state continues to work to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Montclair Police Dept. is committed to keeping the public safe. “The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” Lt. Ventura said. “We are still out there looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is still dangerous.”
The Montclair Police Dept. reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
February 15, 2021
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Montclair, Calif. – If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do so responsibly by having a plan to get home safely.
This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Montclair Police Dept. will have officers on patrol from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“If drinking is part of your plans, plan on designating a sober driver and find a safe way home,” Lt. Ventura said. “Don’t make poor choices and allow yourself to mix alcohol or drugs with driving.”
On St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in California, seven people were killed, and 116 others were injured in crashes caused by driving under the influence.
Not only does driving under the influence put yourself and others on the road at risk, but it also hurts financially; attorneys’ fees, fines, court costs, insurance rate hikes and car repairs can reach $15,000 or more in California.
“It’s simple: don’t drink and drive,” Lt. Ventura said. “Stay at home or find a sober driver to take you home.”
California’s public health guidance advises to limit mixing with people you don’t live with as much as possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Although many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be held virtually this year, it’s important to designate a sober driver or stay at home for the night.
If you ever see a suspected drunk driver on the road, call 911.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
February 3, 2021
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Say No to Drinking and Driving: Enjoy the Super Bowl at Home This Year
Montclair, Calif. - Whether it's the commercials, halftime show or the game itself, the Montclair Police Dept. is reminding everyone that we are all on the same team when it comes to being safe on Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl LV is Sunday Feb. 7, and Montclair Police Dept. will have officers on patrol over the Super Bowl weekend looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
"If you are watching the game at home and plan to have a drink or two, stay at home," Lt. Ventura said. "Have a family member who hasn't been drinking go out on your behalf or have your food delivered."
Montclair Police Dept. reminds the public that alcohol is not the only thing that impairs and may lead to a DUI. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may affect your ability to drive safely. Do your research and understand how a drug affects you before deciding whether or not you are OK to drive.
California's public health guidance advises to limit mixing with people you don't live with as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although many watch parties will be virtual this year, it's important to plan ahead, designate a sober driver or simply stay at home for the night.
February 1, 2021 7:35 p.m.
Holt Blvd/Ramona Ave
At approximately 7:35 PM, officers from the Montclair Police Department, along with the Montclair Fire Department, were dispatched to the intersection of Ramona Avenue and Holt Boulevard regarding a traffic collision involving a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a pedestrian. The SUV fled the scene prior to officer's arrival. During the preliminary investigation, it was determined the SUV was traveling east on Holt Boulevard and entered the intersection of Ramona Avenue. As the SUV was in the intersection, the pedestrian, who was traveling south in the east crosswalk, failed to yield the right-of-way to the SUV and was struck. The pedestrian was transported to a local trauma center where he later succumb to his injuries. The Montclair Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is on the scene investigating the cause of the collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision or the events which led up to it, are urged to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Victim #1 - White Male (Age 55). The pedestrian sustained blunt force trauma and was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.
Suspect Vehicle - Dark color Sports Utility Vehicle (Possibly a Honda)
January 30, 2021 7:11 p.m.
10300 Central Avenue
At approximately 7:11 PM, officers from the Montclair Police Department, along with the Montclair Fire Department, were dispatched to the intersection of Central Avenue and Kingsley Street regarding a traffic collision involving a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a motorcycle. During the preliminary investigation, it was determined the SUV entered onto Central Avenue from a private driveway while the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Central Avenue. The motorcyclist was unable to stop or avoid the collision. The motorcyclist was transported to a local trauma center where he later succumb to his injuries. The Montclair Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is on the scene investigating the cause of the collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision or the events which led up to it, are urged to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
Victim #1 - Hispanic male (Age 24). The motorcyclist sustained blunt force trauma and was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.
November 23, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Be Safe and Take a Sober Ride Home This Thanksgiving Holiday
Montclair Calif. - Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Montclair Police Dept. encourages drivers to arrive at their destinations safely by not driving impaired.
During the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25 - 29 Montclair Police Dept. will have officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Officers will be actively looking for other unsafe driving practices - speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving distracted - to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.
"We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe when they must travel," Lt. Ventura said. "Taking simple safety measures like driving sober, following the speed limit and wearing a seat belt helps keep yourself and others safe."
Montclair Police Dept. reminds drivers that a "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze." Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
October 26, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Plan for Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebrations This Year
California Health Officials Strongly Discourage Traditional Trick-or-Treating
Montclair, Calif. - As everyone prepares to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, Montclair Police Dept. is encouraging the community to make this year's festivities as safe as possible by planning lower-risk online, at-home and car-based activities.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the state's Department of Public Health released safety guidelines strongly discouraging traditional trick-or-treating and asks families to plan safer alternatives. These alternative celebrations include a candy scavenger hunt at home, online pumpkin carving and costume contests, and car-based tours of Halloween displays.
The health guidance also covers Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition celebrated in the Latinx community honoring the deceased. Dia de los Muertos celebrations often include gatherings of extended family. Families are encouraged to place traditional indoor alters outside so others can view from a safe distance and create virtual altars online. Families and individuals are also encouraged to check with local or county guidance on holiday celebrations.
"Unfortunately, Halloween is going to be celebrated a bit differently that it has in the past," Lt. Ventura said. "While skipping traditional trick-or treating and indoor celebrations is recommended, please be safe if you are out and mindful of others who may drive by to look at decorations."
It is important to keep traffic safety in mind and designate a non-drinking driver before going somewhere to drink.
Montclair Police Dept. offers these tips for drivers and those who are out walking:
- The days are getting shorter. Be visible and carry a flashlight or reflective vest if you are out at dusk or at night so drivers can see you.
- Stick to familiar, well-lit routes.
- Only cross the street at crosswalks or corners where it is safe. Always look left, right, then left again before crossing.
- If you are doing car-based tours of decorations, be extra alert for other vehicles backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces.
- Watch for pedestrians and yield to them at all crosswalks.
October 19, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Teach Teen Drivers the Rules of the Road to Keep Them Safe
National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 18-24
Montclair, Calif. – This week (Oct. 18-24) is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Montclair Police Dept. is encouraging parents to discuss the importance of safe driving habits with their teens as newly licensed drivers.
This week, and every week, we want parents to get involved with their teen’s new responsibilities as a driver and help them understand the rules of the road.
“New drivers will naturally be inexperienced,” Lt. Ventura said. “Parents play an important role helping teens stay safe behind the wheel. It starts with practicing good habits like wearing a seat belt, staying off the phone and following the speed limit.”
The greatest risk for teen drivers is distracted driving, speeding, and impairment. Throughout the week the Montclair Police Dept. offers tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk to teens about the consequences of making dangerous and illegal choices behind the wheel.
- Avoid Distractions: Cell phone use while driving is illegal.Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone or other electronic device for any reason, including hands-free.
- Understanding Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws: For the first 12 months you have a license or until the age of 18, no passengers under 20 years old are allowed unless a licensed parent, guardian or other adult 25 years old or older is in the car with you.Late-night driving (between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.) is also not permitted.
- Never Drive Under the Influence: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess or consume alcohol.Under California’s zero tolerance law, any driver under 21 cannot drink any alcohol and drive (blood alcohol concentration of .01% or higher).
- Follow the Speed Limit: The road is not a racetrack. Speeding is a risky behavior that increases the chances of serious injury or death in a crash.
It’s important for parents to let their teen know that driving is not a right, but a privilege. It can be taken away when they don’t follow the rules.
For more safe driving tips to share with your teens, visit gosafelyca.org. To learn more about state laws for different traffic safety issues, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association website.
October 14, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Montclair Police Dept. Encourages Public to Get Active for Walk to School Day
Montclair, Calif. – Montclair Police Dept. supports this year’s “Walk to School Day” activities even if the trip to school has been to the living room lately.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made school an at-home learning experience for much of the state, but Montclair Police Dept. is joining dozens of communities in California encouraging children, parents, and community leaders to get active and highlight the benefits of walking.
“Walk to School Day is different this year, but it is still important to include a walk as part of the school day,” Montclair Police Dept., Lt. Brian Ventura said. “Even if schools are closed or have limited in-person instruction, a neighborhood walk gets students into a routine and allows them to practice safe walking behaviors.”
While Walk to School Day is officially Oct. 7, the public is welcome to celebrate any day this month or when in-person learning resumes.
Montclair Police Dept. offers a best safety practices for children to incorporate into their walks:
- Always look left-right-left before crossing the street. Make sure cars see you. Continue scanning for cars when entering the crosswalk.
- Do not listen to loud music or use a phone when walking. Eyes and ears should be focused on the road ahead.
- Quiz yourself on traffic rules.
- Watch for cars entering/backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces.
To learn more about Walk to School Day, or for ideas on how to participate while adhering to public health directives, visit the Walk to School Day website: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/20-ideas-for-walk-to-school-day-2020/
October 7, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Put down the Phone and Just Drive: October 5-12 is Distracted Driving Awareness Week
Montclair, Calif. - Despite the risks of phone use while driving, many California drivers continue to violate California's hands-free cell phone law.
In support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign, the Montclair Police Department reminds drivers to put down the phone when you drive. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves cell phones or other electronics that take your eyes off the road.
"People may think they can use their phone and drive at the same time safely, but it is far from safe and also illegal," Montclair Police Lieutenant Brian Ventura said. "If you are on your phone, you are putting yourself and others on the road at risk."
Last year, the CHP issued nearly 20,000 tickets during the month of April alone to drivers who were on their cell phone.
According to an online survey conducted this year by the OTS, University of California, Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), and Ewald and Wasserman Research Consultants, 75.1% of surveyed drivers listed "Distracted Driving because of TEXTING" as their biggest safety concern.
"We want drivers to change bad behaviors like distracted driving, "Lieutenant Ventura said. "When there are no distractions, our roads are much safer."
Distracted driving laws have been in effect since 2008. Under the 2017 hands-free cell phone law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. First-time offenders face a $157 fine.
If you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers are encouraged to silence their phones before starting the car, or placing the phone somewhere you can't reach it, such as the glove box or trunk.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
October 1, 2020
Lieutenant Brian Ventura
Montclair Police Department Awarded $40,000 Grant From the OTS
Montclair, Calif. – The safety of everyone traveling is the focus of a grant awarded to the Montclair Police Department. The $40,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will assist in the Montclair Police Department’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on Montclair roads.
“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Montclair Police Lieutenant Brian Ventura said. “This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.”
The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.
The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including:
- Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention.
- Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
- Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of crashes: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, improper turning/lane changes.
- Patrols with emphasis on motorcycle safety.
- Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
- Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).
“Through education and behavior changes, we hope to create an environment that is safe and equitable for all road users in our community,” Montclair Police Chief Robert Avels said.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
June 29, 2020 3:52 p.m.
9500 block of Monte Vista Ave
Just prior to 4:00 p.m., the Pomona Police Department was in pursuit of a suspect in the 9500 block of Monte Vista Avenue in the City of Montclair. While on Monte Vista Avenue, located just south of the Interstate-10 Freeway, Pomona Police Officers were involved in a shooting with the suspect. The suspect was transported to an area hospital and his condition is unknown.
The Montclair Police Department is actively investigating the incident, along with the assistance of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office. No additional information is being released at this time.
Anyone with inquiries can contact the Montclair Police Department.
April 8, 2020 4:40 p.m.
4027 Holt Boulevard
The Montclair Police Department served a search warrant at a commercial property after discovering an illegal gambling facility. The facility was discovered at approximately 5:00 p.m., after officers arrived in response to an alleged armed robbery at the business. While searching for the victim, officers found sixteen people in the small building and multiple illegal gaming machines along with drug paraphernalia in plain view. The machines were tightly packed into a small room and the sixteen customers admitted to sitting just inches away from each other as they gambled. None of them wore facemasks and they told officers the only reason they were at the business was to gamble or use drugs. Officers obtained a search warrant and seized the illegal gaming machines, computers, and other evidence related to the ongoing investigation. Based on the willful and gross disregard for the health of others, all sixteen customers were issued misdemeanor citations and charges will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for violating State and County emergency health orders.
The City’s Code Enforcement and Police Department have maintained a zero-tolerance, proactive approach to shutting down illegal gambling facilities. Anyone with information regarding this facility or other illegal gambling operations in the City of Montclair is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspects: Jose Alfredo Garcia, Mario Aguilar, Jessie Marin, Marina Leticia Alvarez, Nicole Allis Rodriguez, Alyssa Nicole Orosco, Jasmine Vazquez, Eddie Cortez, Daequane Bailey, Nikki Preziadu, Andrew Ochoa French, Araceli Amigon, Samantha Marie Cuestas, Charnell Jones Blaylock, and Leobardo Hernandez.
March 12, 2020 12:00 p.m.
5404 Moreno Street, #C
On Thursday, March 12th, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the suspect entered the beauty supply store,
CosmoProf. The suspect locked the doors and demanded the employee give her money from the register and
store safe after brandishing a firearm. After receiving the money, she fled the store and got into a waiting
silver 4 door Acura. Officers arrived within minutes, but the suspect had already fled the scene. The vehicle
was last seen heading westbound on Moreno Street.
The Montclair Police Department has authorized the release of these images depicting the suspect’s vehicle
during the commission of the crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Montclair Police
Suspect #1 - Hispanic or white female adult, 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 5'02" to 5'03", 140 to 150 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana, black pants, and black shoes.
Suspect vehicle - Silver four-door Acura, unknown model, with tinted windows and sunroof.
March 4, 2020 3:30 p.m.
4200 Holt Blvd.
During the evening of Tuesday, March 10, 2020 a 36 year-old man residing in Ontario was arrested by the
Montclair Police Department for attempted kidnapping and child annoying.
On Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at approximately 3:20 PM, the 17 year-old victim was walking home from the
Pomona Indoor Swap Meet, located in the 1600 block of East Holt Boulevard in Pomona. While the victim
was walking on Holt Boulevard in Montclair, the suspect parked his car and walked up to her. The suspect
tried to entice the victim by saying he knew a member of her family. The victim ignored the suspect and
continued walking away. The suspect returned to his car, drove up to the victim, and demanded she get in his
vehicle. The frightened victim ran into a nearby business and called police.
During the course of the investigation, the Montclair Police Department was able to obtain surveillance
footage of the suspect in the area, which ultimately led to the identification and arrest of Braulio Becerra.
Becerra was taken into custody without incident, and was booked at the West Valley Detention for charges
including attempted kidnapping and annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.
Anyone with information related to this crime or similar incidents is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department.
Arrestee #1 - Braulio Becerra, Hispanic male adult, 36 years of age, 6'3", and 330 pounds.
March 6, 2020 5:11 p.m.
10643 Mills Avenue
At approximately 5:11 PM this afternoon, Montclair police officers were dispatched to a call of a person reporting he had shot a man that had stabbed his father. The caller’s 60-year-old father was pronounced deceased at the scene and suffered an apparent stab wound. A second subject suffering from gunshot wounds, believed to be a Hispanic male adult approximately 25-35 years-old, was unresponsive when police and emergency medical services arrived. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival.
The reporting party remained at the scene and is currently cooperating with police investigators. All parties appear to know each other, and initial information obtained by investigators indicates the altercation occurred during a dispute over money owed to one of the parties. Currently there are no outstanding suspects and the investigation is ongoing. No additional information is being released at this time.
Suspect #1 (deceased) - Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years of age.
February 25, 2020 4:18 p.m. and 5:55 p.m.
9090 Central Avenue, 9575 Central Avenue
On Tuesday, February 25th, at approximately 4:18 p.m., the suspect entered the Montclair branch of US Bank.
The suspect waited in line then handed the teller a note. She refused to comply with the demand note and the
suspect fled the scene on foot. Officers arrived within minutes, but the suspect had already fled the scene.
At approximately 5:55 p.m., the suspect approached an unrelated victim in the 9500 block of Central Avenue.
The suspect brandished a knife and took property from the victim. A bystander noticed the robbery and tried to
grab the suspect but was unsuccessful. The suspect was last seen in the 5500 block of Cambridge Street.
Officers recovered several key pieces of evidence and the Montclair Police Department has authorized the
release of these images depicting the suspect during the commission of both crimes. Anyone with information
is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - Hispanic or white male adult, 20 to 30 years of age, approximately 5'6" to 5'10", slim build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and black shoes.
February 19, 2020 10:23 a.m.
4900 Grand Avenue
At approximately 1023 hours, a residential burglary occurred in the 4900 block of Grand Avenue. Montclair
Officers responded to a report of two suspects who were seen leaving the victims residence with items in their
hands. Officers arrived and the suspects were not located. The suspects gained entry into the unoccupied
residence and they took selected items from the residence. The suspects left the location in a vehicle, which
did not have any licenses plates. Video surveillance was located and captured the suspects and the vehicle
before they fled the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Montclair Police Department.
Suspect #1 - Asian/White male adult, 30 to 40 years of age, approximately 5'10", 170 pounds, wearing a black hat, hooded sweatshirt, and pants.
Suspect #2 - Hispanic/White female adult, 25 to 35 years of age, approximately 5'5", 150 pounds, wearing a grey sweatshirt and pants.
Suspect Vehicle - Grey Ford Edge, four door SUV. Vehicle has tinted windows, no license plates, and dents on the rear driver side passenger door.
July 18, 2019 10:45 p.m.
5100 Canoga Street Alley
On 07-18-19 at approximately 2247 hours, the Montclair Police Department responded to the 5100 block of Canoga
Street regarding two victims who were shot. One victim was shot in the foot, while Nahun Guerrero (21 out of Ontario)
was fatally shot in the head. After a thorough investigation, Manuel Corona (27 out of Montclair) and David Rodriguez
(26 out of Montclair) were identified as the suspects in the shooting. On 02-18-20, the Montclair Police Department
arrested Corona at his residence in Montclair. Corona was charged with PC 187(a), murder, PC 664 / 187(a), attempted murder, PC 186.22(a), committing a crime while being a part of a criminal street gang, PC 29800(a)(1), a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and PC 30305(a)(1), a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, while Rodriguez who was already in-custody at the West Valley Detention Center serving out his sentence on an unrelated charge was charged with PC 187(a) murder, and PC 186.22(a), committing a crime while being a part of a criminal street gang. Corona and Rodriguez were both booked at West Valley Detention Center. At the time of the shooting Corona was on felony probation out of Riverside County and Rodriguez was on felony probation out of Riverside County. It was also learned at the time of Corona’s arrest he was out on bail from a previous firearm violation on 01-17-20. You may find further information and booking photos of Corona and Rodriguez on the Montclair Police Departments Facebook and Instagram accounts.
February 8, 2020 10:30 p.m.
Howard Street and Ramona Avenue
On 2/9/20, at 10:33 p.m. a collision occurred between a sedan and an SUV at the intersection Howard Street and Ramona Avenue. Montclair Police Officers, along with Montclair Fire, immediately arrived on scene to render medical aid. The driver and a passenger in the sedan were pronounced deceased at the scene. Another passenger in the sedan and the driver of the SUV were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The Montclair Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team responded and is currently conducting the investigation into the cause of the traffic collision. Impairment may have been a factor in the collision, however the primary cause is still under investigation. Identification of the involved parties is pending family notification. Anyone with additional information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.
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.