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LA Gang Members arrested in Chino Hills

By SBSD 2la22la


Deputies were conducting extra patrol in the city of Chino Hills when they observed a vehicle driving slowly through a residential neighborhood. The vehicle was a close match to a vehicle that was captured by a burglary victim’s video surveillance system. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver fled. The vehicle lead deputies on a short pursuit before finally yielding on the off-ramp at the 71 and Pine Ave. The two occupants were later identified as Kristian Looney and Devon Jackson. During a search of the vehicle and the suspects, deputies located evidence consistently used for residential burglaries. Additionally, both suspects have membership or affiliation with a criminal street gang out of Los Angeles.
Looney and Jackson were subsequently arrested for burglary, and conspiracy to commit burglary and were booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
The suspects booking photos are being released as deputies believe they may have been involved in other burglaries. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Deputy Brenes at the Chino Hills Police Department or WeTip at 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

Bank Robbery at Chino Bank

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On December 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., Chino Police Officers responded to a panic alarm at the Citizens’ Business Bank located at 12808 Central Avenue.  Responding officers confirmed an armed robbery had taken place and were able to obtain a description of the suspect and his vehicle from bank employees and patrons.

Chino Officers located the suspect vehicle on the eastbound 60 freeway and conducted a high risk traffic stop.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Evidence from the robbery was recovered from the vehicle.

The eastbound 60 freeway was closed for approximately twenty minutes during the traffic stop.

The robbery investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.


Identity Theft Ring Bust in Chino

By City of Chino PD

CHINO– On December 29, 2016, Chino Police Officers responded to a motel located on the 12000 block of Central Avenue for a report of suspicious subjects, possibly renting a room using a fictitious name.

Officers confirmed the name and credit card used was fictitious and proceeded to attempt to make contact with the subjects.  The subjects were no longer in the room.  Through a swift investigation using witness interviews, the officers were able to locate the two suspects at a motel in Pomona, Ca.  The two suspects had multiple outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Subsequently, search warrants were served to both motels in Chino and Pomona. Officers located over 40 counterfeit driver’s licenses and over 100 counterfeit credit cards along with several computers and printers used to print counterfeit driver’s licenses and credit cards.

Suspect 1: Chad Jensen, 32 years old (DOB 4-16-84) residing in the Orange County area.

Suspect 2: Ashley Villarreal, 27 years old (DOB 9-25-89) residing in the Orange County area

Both suspects are charged with possession of ten or more persons’ identity with the intent to commit identity theft, and possession of an embossing machine with the intent to commit identity theft, along with other identity theft related charges.

The initial investigation has identified fifty separate identity theft victims. Investigators expect to identify more victims as the investigation continues. This identity theft operation was complex and included the use of sophisticated technology.

“Being the victim of identity theft is very frustrating and time consuming. The Chino Police Department is committed to seeking out these types of criminals, shutting down their operation, and making sure they are prosecuted.” – Lieutenant Kevin Mensen

Anyone with information or any potential victims may call Chino Police Investigations at 909.334.3093


4 Arrested after DUI Checkpoint

By City of Chinodui-police-checkpoint-sign

Chino Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, December 16, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 1,155 deaths and over 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 60 DUI collisions which have claimed 0 lives, but resulted in 79 injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

The checkpoint resulted in the following:

  • 1,092 vehicles screened
  • 4 DUI suspects arrested
  • 14 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 9 other citations issued
  • 7 vehicles impounded/stored

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Chino Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

Boy dies 6 days after 5th Birthday

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CHINO- On December 11,  the Chino Police Department Officers responded to a report of a traffic collision between a vehicle and a child in the 12700 block of Oaks Avenue.  Once they arrived, officers and paramedics found a 5 year old boy suffering from severe trauma.  Paramedics transported the boy to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The boy resided on Oaks Avenue, the street where the collision occurred.

The Chino PD stated, “The driver of the vehicle is an 18 year old male from Chino, California.  He remained at the scene and has cooperated with the investigation. It is not believed that alcohol or drugs played a part in the collision.”

fold-image-web The roadway remained closed while members of the Traffic Unit conducted their investigation.

The collision is still under investigation and anyone with information, especially anyone who witnessed the collision, is asked to call the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.

A go fund me account has been set up and if you wish to donate to the family, you may visit https://www.gofundme.com/33mu1rs

The following is the message has been posted on go fund me account from the family: On December 5th we celebrated our son Stevens 5th birthday. It was a day filled with laughter, joy and love surrounded by family. Six short days later, tragedy has fallen upon our home, and in an unexpected lost we must say goodbye to our beautiful child.
This account is being set up to help ease the financial burden of this sudden unexpected loss. The date and time of the services will be posted as soon as they are finalized. Thank you in advance for your donations and outpouring of love and support. Your continuance prayers and support are much appreciated. God Bless.

Drug Lab Leads to Explosion

By City of Chino

CHINO, CA – On Sunday November 27, 2016 at approximately 1:55 p.m. Chino Police Officers and Chino Valley Firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire in the 4900 block of G Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered that an explosion had occurred in the back of the residence.  The fire was extinguished prior to the officers’ arrival.

Located at the residence was 20-year-old Chino resident, Adrian Corona who was suffering from severe burn injuries to his face and upper body.

The investigation revealed the source of the explosion as a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) extraction laboratory used to manufacture marijuana hash oil. Investigators from the Chino Police Department and the Chino Valley Fire District quarantined the area and processed the scene once investigators determined it was safe to enter.

Emergency personnel closed G Street for several hours while investigators processed the scene.

Corona was transported to an area hospital with severe burn injuries. Investigators are seeking charges against Corona for his involvement in drug manufacturing.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information should contact Lieutenant Mensen with the Investigations Bureau at (909) 334-3093 or kmensen@chinopd.org.

Chino Bike Day

By Racine Guajardo

Photo courtesy: Angelica Cuen Ezekiel enjoying the obstacle course at Chino Bike Day.

Photo courtesy: Angelica Cuen
Ezekiel enjoying the obstacle course at Chino Bike Day.

Chino- On Saturday September 24, Chino Bike Day was presented by Healthy Chino, Chino Police Department, and BOBIE’s Cycling Club at Ruben S. Ayala Park.

The participants that attended the event were able to enjoy a multitude of activities including: Community and Family Bike Rides, Helmet Fitting and Giveaway, Bike Repair Station, Bike Obstacle Course, and Kids’ Activities and Crafts.

The event started at 7:30 a.m. with a 15-Mile Community Bike Ride, followed by a Bike Safety Workshop, and ended with a 6-Mile Family Bike Ride. Local resident Angelica Cuen attended the event and said, “I really appreciate how our community leaders put this together to try and unite and get to know the people of the community. My kids had a blast. They loved hanging out and riding the whole 6 miles with the officers.” This Bike Day also became a bonding experience within families. Cuen’s parents also attended and her dad, Hernando Carreno, stated, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate in fun and healthy events within my community with my children and grandchildren.” It can also be hard to find safe areas to bike ride, however, Yvonne Carreno says, “I loved the opportunity to bike ride within my community. It was safe and fun. We usually have to go to another community to bike ride but now I feel we were shown a little gem within Chino.”

The City of Chino reminded everyone of the ABC Quick Check: A is for Air, B is for Brakes, and C is for Chain. As well as thanking the community partners; Healthy Chino, Chino Police Department, BOBIE’s Cycling Club, Chino Valley Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente.

Thank a Police Officer Day

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Chino- September 17 is the official “Thank a Police Officer Day.” The City of Chino Police Department were celebrated by the outpouring of support from the citizens of Chino and the generosity of the Chino Wal-Mart Store #3464. Multiple cards and goodies were left by citizens, and Wal-Mart brought in cake and goody bags for all the men and women of the police agency. The City of Chino Police Department responded on their Facebook page, “We appreciate you taking time out of your busy Saturday to say thanks!”

CVMC and Chino PD want your vote!

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Chino- The City of Chino Police Department has partnered with the Chino Valley Medical Center (CVMC) to participate in Medline’s Pink Glove Dance Competition for the third time and has chosen The Let It Be Foundation to receive the award money if they win the contest.

Medline’s Pink Glove Competition is a breast cancer prevention campaign that unites the community, healthcare practitioners and survivors to raise money for a cure and to honor those who have been affected. The original Pink Glove Dance video debuted on YouTube in 2009, where 200 people from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon danced in support of breast cancer awareness.

Last year, CVMC took first place in the Small Bed Category that brought $10,000 for the win which was donated to Relay for Life. Also, taking a second place win in the School Health category. The Let it Be Foundation was started by the Rosen Family and says, “To understand that when a family is confronted with a life threatening childhood diagnosis, it is just too big to fight alone.” This foundation assists and cares for families who have children suffering through life-threatening diagnosis. Christen Grelling, MSN, FNP, PHN and Interim Chief Nursing Officer of CVMC states, “We are thrilled to dance for a great cause. We want to bring awareness to the survivors, they are our heroes.”

Chino Valley Medical Center and the City of Chino’s Police Department are asking for your help to vote!

Voting began on September 12 and will end September 23. Still time to vote, share, and spread the word!


  1. Go to: pinkglovedance.com/videos/2016-video-voting/small-bed and select the Chino Valley Medical Center Video
  2. Verify the email address by clicking on the link sent to your inbox
  3. Vote once a day until September 23!

Stay Sober or Get Pulled Over

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Chino- On August 26 a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint was conducted on Central Avenue between the hours of 8:00p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The checkpoint resulted in the following: 1080 vehicles screened, 3 DUI suspects arrested, 1 arrested for an active warrant, 21 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, and 5 other citations were issued.

The Chino Police Department is showing their zero tolerance in driving under the influence with the goal to end drunk driving, and have also released the following information with the Labor Day Weekend here:

Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Chino Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19 – September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers working DUI Saturation Patrols on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roads.

The Chino Police Department will deploy a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint and special roving DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug impaired drivers during the end of summer 18 day DUI campaign.  The DUI/Drivers License checkpoint will be on August 26 with DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the campaign. Police, Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol will be out looking for the tale-tell signs of drunk driving in order to stop and arrest impaired drivers throughout the region.

According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes nationwide while California recorded 882 deaths. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 – 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40% of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. And nighttime proves to be the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83% of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. – as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of that year.

Additionally, 40% of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend in 2014 involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher), amounting to 162 lives lost nationwide and 20 in California. And we’re not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (28%) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the illegal limit.

“People need to understand that drunk driving is not only deadly, but it is illegal,” said Chief Karen Comstock. “Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. Drivers need to pay attention to their own driving, but also to others on the road who could be driving drunk,” she added. “It is your business. If you think you see a drunk driver, report them – call 911.”

The reality is that people aren’t invincible. Of the 9,967 people who were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 64% were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,391 drunk drivers thought they would make it to their destinations, but they didn’t.

Chino PD reminds everyone:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
  • DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL = CRASHES:  Recent statistics reveal that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14%) than did for alcohol (7.3%).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend’s keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely

As the summer winds to an end, remember that there’s no excuse for drunk or impaired driving.  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Chino PD Trading Cards Return

Partnership with local businesses

City of Chino

Chino – After a thirteen-year hiatus, the Chino Police Officers Association (CPOA) will collaborate with local businesses to reintroduce police officer trading cards.

Trading cards are a law enforcement tradition geared toward strengthening police and community relations, while highlighting the police officers who serve the city. Community members and children enjoy the opportunity to interact with officers when collecting trading cards.

“I can recall how great it was for me to participate in the trading card program years ago,” states Chief Karen Comstock. “Still to this day, it isn’t uncommon for citizens to ask our personnel if we still have them; we are looking forward to bringing this tradition back to the community,” she concludes.

Each trading card features a member of the police department in uniform, and a local business sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $250-$1,000. The benefits vary depending upon the sponsorship level. A sample of benefits include; company information and logo printed on the back of the sponsored trading card, framed copy of sponsored trading card, a full set of trading cards and additional recognition.

This is a great opportunity for personnel to collaborate with local businesses while capturing the history of Chino PD and furthering the department’s community outreach efforts.

For additional information or to sign-up as a sponsor, please contact Tamrin Olden at 909.334.3086 or taolden@chinopd.org.



ALICE Training


CVUSD staff members participate in the ALICE Training to prevent an “intruder” from entering the room.

Photo courtesy: CVUSD
CVUSD staff members participate in the ALICE Training to prevent an “intruder” from entering the room.

Chino Police: Action is better than just ducking for cover in active shooter situations

Chino Valley – Seconds after hearing gunshots on campus, Ayala High Principal Diana Yarboi crouched behind a student desk, pulled off a sneaker and prepared to hurl it toward the classroom door.
She and dozens of other Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) administrators and secretaries were learning to fight back against an armed intruder. They were participating in the ALICE (active shooter) training offered by Chino Police officers on July 29 at Rhodes Elementary School in Chino. The event was coordinated by Officer Robert Troncoso, a school resource officer at Buena Vista High in Chino.

ALICE is an acronym for four actions to take in an active shooter/attacker incident: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The program is nationally endorsed by several law enforcement and safety agencies, according to Chino Police Officer Dustin Kato, a school resource officer at Don Lugo High.

Chino Police Department’s school resource officers – local law enforcement personnel stationed at school campuses – took a 40-hour course from the ALICE Training Institute in Ohio to become certified ALICE trainers.

“If you see something, say something,” Officer Kato said regarding the alert part of ALICE. Officer Kato said that among the lessons learned since the Columbine mass school shooting in 1999, is that 81% of the shooters had revealed their intentions to others before they took action.

Schools should go on lockdown when a reliable threat is discovered, the officers said. School officials should not just say lockdown over their public address system, but should also give details of where the shooter is on campus, where he is going, what he looks like, and other details to help people decide what action to take. This is the inform part of ALICE.

The counter part of the program trains people to distract, swarm, and fight back against an intruder, allowing people to escape or possibly detain the shooter.

Officer Kato said the best thing to do in a campus shooting situation is evacuate, if possible. He said most of the students killed in the Columbine High massacre hid under desks in the school library where they were “sitting ducks” for the killers.

The administrators and secretaries attending the training were divided into four groups and sent to unlocked classrooms at Rhodes. They experienced three scenarios: duck and cover only, distract and swarm the intruder, and barricade the door and prepare to fight.

In the first scenario, CVUSD staff members ducked under lightweight student desks as the “intruder,” Chino Police Officer Reggie Barber, burst in with a toy gun. Officer John Cervantes, who was among the trainers, said most of the group would have been killed using that strategy. He said people could have run out a back door of the classroom and possibly escape completely.

In the second scenario, the staff was asked to attack the intruder with perforated, light-weight plastic balls, simulating throwing heavier items to distract the intruder from shooting. Officer Barber retreated from the room when pelted from all sides by the balls. “It was intense, they were coming from everywhere,” he said.

Officer Cervantes told the staff members that most bad guys aren’t good shots, so distracting them, moving in different directions, or attacking the suspect helps delay shooting. “When we’re actively reacting to a threat, now we are a threat to them,” Officer Cervantes said.

In the third scenario, staff members were tasked with barricading the door with anything they could find in the classroom, including chairs, desks, and a looped belt held tight around the metal closer at the top of the door. The officers said a barricade can “buy time” for people to escape or get help from law enforcement.

The administrators and secretaries in one room built a ceiling-high wall of chairs and bookcases against the door, while one of them looped a belt around the door closer and held it tight to prevent the shooter from entering. The pretend bad guy was unable to get inside.

The ALICE program recommends keeping classroom and school office doors locked at all times. Officer Cervantes acknowledged that constantly having to unlock a door to let someone in or out can be inconvenient.

“But I’d rather be inconvenienced and save my life than save time,” he said.

Officer Cervantes said even locked doors can be defeated, so the ALICE training recommends the other tactics: people barricading doors and looking for objects to throw, such as books, staplers, paperweights, and even shoes.

“Always go over what you did and what you can do better,” Officer Cervantes said. “As a group, we have to prepare for (an armed intruder) and train.” He suggested that school officials and students take 15 minutes each month to drill for an armed intruder.

“What good are we if we just go into panic mode?” Officer Cervantes asked.

Chino Police Officer John Monroe said people usually go through three steps when they hear gunshots where they shouldn’t be: Denial, Deliberation, and Decisive Moment. In the denial step, a person might think the gunshots are firecrackers or some other harmless noise. In deliberation, they try to determine what is happening, and in decisive moment, they take some type of action, including running, hiding, or fighting.

“The faster you get to that decisive moment, the more people you save,” Officer Monroe said.


Theft Suspect Sought

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Chino PD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the theft suspect pictured above.

Photo courtesy: City of Chino
Chino PD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the theft suspect pictured above.

Chino – The Chino Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle theft suspect after a pursuit took place in Chino last week.

On Monday, July 11, at 7:49 a.m., a Chino Police Officer attempted to stop a blue Sand Rail, off-road vehicle that was driving recklessly near the intersection of Bickmore and Euclid Avenue in Chino. It was later learned that the vehicle was previously stolen from the City of Norco.

The driver fled at high speeds in the off-road vehicle and refused to stop. A pursuit began for several minutes until it was cancelled due to safety concerns. The vehicle then became disabled in the 15500 block of El Prado Road, where the driver fled on foot into the Chino Creek Basin, according to the City of Chino.

Chino Officers and Chino Hills Deputies, along with an Ontario Police Department helicopter, searched for the suspect for several hours but they were unable to locate him.

The suspect was identified as a Hispanic adult male who is approximately 25-30 years old. Surveillance camera images of the suspect were released and the Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating or identifying the suspect.

Anyone who can help locate or identify this suspect can contact Officer Thomas at (909) 334-3103 or mthomas@chinopd.org.

Illegal Fireworks Operation In Chino

By Racine Guajardo

Chino- The Chino Police Department has partnered with the Chino Valley Fire District to confiscate illegal fireworks off the streets. This operation resulted in nearly 600 pounds of illegal fireworks taken, which was more than double the amount from previous years.

Fire Chief Tim Shackelford says, “The illegal fireworks confiscated by the Chino Police Department will go a long way toward keeping the communities we serve safe during this Fourth of July holiday. Illegal fireworks not only compromise your own safety, but also the safety of others. They can cause serious injuries and can cause devastating fires.”

Within one week, three different operations were conducted where officers responded to online sales advertisement for fireworks.

The first response was on June 22, which netted approximately 25 pounds of illegal fireworks. The suspect was identified as Raymond Flores, 21-year-old resident of Chino, who was booked into West Valley Detention Center for three violations: advertise sales of dangerous fireworks without a permit, sales of dangerous fireworks without a permit, and possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit.

The second response was on June 24, which netted 500 pounds of illegal fireworks. The suspect identified as Lauro Aguirre, 32 years-old of Chino, was booked into West Valley Detention Center for two violations: possession of dangerous fireworks over 100 pounds and possession of explosives.

The third response was on June 28, which netted approximately 40 pounds of illegal explosives. The suspect was identified as Francisco Morales, 26 years-old of Chino Hills, and was booked into West Valley Detention Center for three violations: advertising sale of fireworks, sale of dangerous fireworks without permit, and possess dangerous fireworks without a permit.

“We are very pleased with the results of the pre fourth of July operations. Make no mistake; Chino PD will continue to strictly enforce the city ordinance as it relates to fireworks. While safe and sane are legal, inappropriate use of “safe and sane” fireworks and possession or use of illegal fireworks will not be tolerated in Chino. These operations are just the beginning of our commitment to making sure the chino community celebrates responsibly,” states Police Chief Karen Comstock.


National Night Out Registration Open

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Chino – A kick-off meeting will be held on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Avenue. Previous National Night Out Team Captains as well as prospective participants are encouraged to attend.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community
partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Night Out event taking place on Tuesday, August 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you or your community would like to participate in the event, please contact us to obtain a registration form.

If you have any questions regarding the event, would like to obtain a registration form or would like to RSVP for the kick-off meeting please contact Olivia Applegate at 909-334-3087 or email oapplegate@chinopd.org. You can also visit the website at www.natw.org for further information.

Law Enforcement Torch Run

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ChinoOn Monday, June 6, Officers from the Chino Police Department (Chino PD) and California Institution for Men (CIM) partnered to participate in the “Flame of Hope” Special Olympics Torch Run. This is an annual event that Chino PD personnel support.

The torch exchange took place at Ramona Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway, started at approximately 1 p.m. when the Chino Hills Police Department passed it onto the Chino PD and CIM. Officers ran the torch north on Ramona Avenue, east on Philadelphia Avenue, north on Monte Vista Avenue, to Phillips Boulevard, where it was then passed on to the Montclair Police Department.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run was created in 1981, and has grown to involve more than 85,000 law enforcement officers. The event is part of a larger worldwide spectrum, the officers and athletes run the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympic competitions, state, and national games. For children and adults with intellectual disability, Special Olympics offers free year-round athletic training and competition opportunities. Their focus is to help them become physically fit to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Chino PD Arrest Homicide Suspect

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Photo Courtesy City of Chino

Photo Courtesy City of Chino

ChinoOn Sunday, June 5, Chino Police Investigators arrested Alejandro Delacruz, age 33 of Chino, for the murder of missing person Jorge Romo, age 35 of Eastvale.

Romo’s family reported him missing on May 28, and he was last seen on May 26, following a fight with the suspect Alejandro Delacruz at the 8000 block of Pine Avenue. The fight wasn’t reported to the Chino Police Department until June 1. Detectives issued missing persons under suspicious circumstances crime bulletin after a preliminary investigation. During the investigation, Detectives discovered the suspect had struck Romo multiple times with an unknown weapon.

According to reports, Delacruz fled the scene and Romo was also unable to be located. Witnesses were interviewed and detectives determined Delacruz placed Romo’s body in his pick-up truck and dumped it at an unknown location.

Workers in the area of the 16600 block of Hellman Avenue located Romo’s deceased body in a field on Saturday, June 4, just before 3 p.m.

With continued investigation, detectives located Delacruz hiding in a resident in the 17300 block in the City of Fontana. On June 5, he was arrested at the West Valley Detention Center for murder.

The motive for the homicide is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.


Chino Man Sentenced In Human Trafficking Case

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Photo Courtesy: San Bernardino County District Attorney

Photo Courtesy: San Bernardino County District Attorney

ChinoA Chino man was sentenced to state prison on Thursday June 2, for sex trafficking an 18-year-old victim. James Anthony Otis, 36 years old, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The victim was originally from Michigan, who moved to California and met Otis and his live-in girlfriend Sonya. Sonya was the mother of Otis’ child and also worked as the “bottom” or “manager”. Bottom is a slang word that is used to describe a prostitute who has been with the pimp the longest, who sits atop the hierarchy of prostitutes.

Motel rooms were rented for weeks at a time to work out of, advertising the victim on Backpage.com, and the couple would take the victim to work various areas in Southern California, according to Deputy District Attorney Ross.

Ross said, “During an argument in Hollywood, the defendant yanked the victim by the hair, causing her to fall and sprain her knee.” The victim was treated at a hospital, “He then picked her up from the hospital and took her to his apartment.” Two days later, the victim informed Otis that she decided she wanted to go back home to Michigan. As she was leaving and attempted to walk out of the apartment, Otis was enraged. He told her she wasn’t going anywhere, grabbing her by her hair again, which caused her to fall and reinjure her sprained knee. Then, Otis picked her up and carried her back into the apartment, according to the Police Department.

A friend was called by the victim, and able to contact the Chino Police Department to report that the defendant wasn’t allowing the victim to leave the residence.

According to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, “This was a collaborative effort between the Chino Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office, with great support from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department High Tech Crimes Division,” said Ross. “In addition to the crime charged, evidence at trial showed James Otis to be a prolific exploiter of young women. His aggravated sentence for human trafficking is justified.”

Otis having a prior strike offense for robbery that was found true, his sentence was doubled from the 20 years for the aggravated sentence for human trafficking to a total of 40 years in state prison.

Three Arrested After DUI Checkpoint

Staff Reports

Chino A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint was conducted by the Chino Police Department on Friday May, 20 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., at the 14400 block of Pipeline. With providing the greatest safety for officers and the public, checkpoints are conducted in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.

With a total of 773 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, 3 arrests were made including 1 DUI suspect and 2 drug arrests. Also, 11 citations were made for driving while unlicensed or suspended licenses, along with 9 other citations and 1 vehicle impounded.

The Chino Police Department would like to encourage you to report anyone suspected of drunk driving by calling 9-1-1.

Funding for these checkpoints is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For any additional information regarding traffic enforcement and education programs, you may contact the Traffic Services Unit at (909) 334-3073.

Robbery Suspects Entice Police Pursuit

By Michael Armijo

Chino– Four male suspects were taken into custody for stealing food from patrons at a local restaurant after a brief Police pursuit, according to the Chino Police Department.

Last Wednesday at around 4 p.m., four suspects in a black Hyundai Elantra pulled up to a Yogi’s Burgers on Central Ave in Chino. Two suspects exited the vehicle and used physical force to steal food from two restaurant patrons. Police responded to the robbery call and located the vehicle at Euclid and Philadelphia St. Two suspects fled northbound on foot and were immediately taken into custody. The remaining two in the Hyundai fled westbound on Philadelphia St., leading Chino police officers on a short vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the Hyundai crashed into a white Chrysler passenger vehicle that was stopped at the light in the westbound lanes of Philadelphia St and Mountain Ave. After colliding with the Chrysler, they then hit a street light.

The two remaining suspects fled on foot but were quickly apprehended by Chino Police. One suspect was on Mountain Ave. and the other was hiding in a yard nearby. Three suspects are juveniles: two are 16 and one is 17. The fourth suspect is 18-years-old. The name of the adult was not yet released.

The Chrysler that was hit by the suspects was driven by a 77-year-old Ontario resident. The vehicle has substantial damage and the driver was transported by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. She was soon released.

The Ontario Police Department responded to the accident as well and is handling the investigation. Philadelphia was closed for a few hours and the robbery investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed any of the events is asked to call the Chino Police Department at 909.628.1234.