Man pretends to have a gun, robs $25,000
EL CENTRO - While pretending to have a gun, a man allegedly stole about $25,000 from a business near the 300 block of Commercial Avenue on Sunday morning.
The suspect is an employee of the business, said El Centro police Cmdr. Jeff Mason, who noted the suspect went into the general manager’s office, pretended he had a gun, gained access to the cash and left the location on a bicycle.
According to the logs, the incident took place about 9:20 a.m. The suspect was described as wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat.
During the robbery, the suspect reportedly covered his hand with a black grocery bag, the logs show, but once he got the money, the suspect took his hand out of the bag and said he didn’t even have a gun.
Around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, consent was given to search the suspect’s resident, but the suspect wasn’t there, the logs read. His identity was not released
The case is still an ongoing investigation, said Cmdr. Mason, and police is looking for the suspect.
Jewelry and Chihuahua puppy stolen
Nearly $1,500 in jewelry and a 2-month-old Chihuahua were stolen Sunday night near the 600 block of Park Avenue.
The point of entry was an unlocked window, according to El Centro police call logs, which note three necklaces, three bracelets and a pair of earrings were taken along a brown Chihuahua puppy.
No suspect information, witnesses or physical evidence were found near the scene, the logs read.
Man monkeys around in convenience store
A man was reportedly throwing bananas around in a convenience store Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened at the 7-Eleven in the 400 block of Brighton Avenue around 12:24 p.m., according to the logs.
After throwing bananas, the man, who was allegedly drunk, started throwing around plastic bottles.
But when the man was asked to leave the location around 12:40 p.m., he did, the logs read.
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Man dies after driver runs red light
CALEXICO - A well-known community member died while riding his motor scooter Saturday when he was hit by a van at Highway 98 and Andrade Avenue, according to authorities.
Jorge Loaiza, 53, of Calexico, as identified by the coroner’s office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He worked as a dentist in Mexicali and was a member of the nonprofit Calexico Baja Runners.
He was riding his motor scooter north on Andrade Avenue around 4 p.m. Saturday when a van driven by Calexico resident Jose Encarnacion Rodarte-Dorame, 31, was coming east and ran the red light, hitting Loaiza, according to Calexico police.
The driver wasn’t injured, and the incident remains under investigation. Once the report is completed, it will be sent to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office for review.
The van driver did not appear to be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time, authorities said, but was taken for a blood draw, which is standard procedure in fatal collisions. He could face charges of vehicular manslaughter.
Two women arrested after bringing drugs to inmates
CALIPATRIA - A prison inmate visitor was arrested Saturday after attempting to bring drugs to a friend she was visiting, according to a Calipatria State Prison official.
Fullerton resident Angelica Harvey, 27, was visiting inmate Everette Lane around 12:30 p.m. when staff saw an object pass between them.
Lane was then seen passing the object he received from Harvey to inmate Dominick Heath, who is serving a 15 1/2-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, Calipatria Lt. Jorge Santana wrote in a release.
A strip search of Heath later found a 57-gram bindle of marijuana, and nothing was found on Harvey.
Another woman was arrested and her 2-year-old daughter was turned over to Child Protective Services on Sunday after she tried to bring her husband drugs in prison.
Lancaster resident Lakeisha Waters was visiting her husband, inmate Rodney Waters, 25, around 2 p.m. when staff noticed him receiving an object from her while they hugged near a water fountain, Santana wrote.
The inmate, incarcerated for burglary and serving a 23-year sentence, was then seen concealing the object inside the back of his pants.
When the inmate later used the restroom, two bindles of marijuana, one weighing 36.5 grams and one weighing 23.5 grams, were found.
Lakeisha Waters was detained, and upon search, a small amount of marijuana was found in her vehicle.
She was arrested and taken to Imperial County jail while her daughter was turned over to Child Protective Services.
Both women were arrested and transported to Imperial County jail while Waters’ daughter was turned over to CPS.
All the inmates involved were placed in administrative segregation.
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Valley Police Beat: Man pretends to have a gun, robs $25,000
Man pretends to have a gun, robs $25,000