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9-1-1 HANG-UP
Camino Capistrano, 31400 Block (Sunday, January 8, 1:41 p.m.)

A woman called police from a payphone to say she was being followed by children who were actually members of the Taliban. She began yelling and cursing at someone shortly before the line disconnected.

Edgewood Road/Peppertree lane (Wednesday, January 18, 4:58 p.m.)

Deputies were called to a report of a dog bite, but no one was bitten. Another report said the dog appeared to be hit by a car, but that wasn’t accurate, either. It was, the deputy reported, just a loose dog.

Camino De Vista, 26500 Block (Friday, January 20, 12:36 a.m.)

A resident complained a tenant above was bouncing a ball just to be irritable.

Ortega Highway, 27800 Block (Friday, January 20, 2:20 p.m.)

A man reported he was in an argument with his mother—who had been drinking—when she walked out of the house and fell down a hill. She was, he reported, wearing “minimal” clothing.

Lobo Street, 31600 Block (Sunday, January 22, 9:49 p.m.)

A man said he felt threatened when a neighbor threw an American flag over the fence onto his property.


La Zanja Street, 26500 Block (Wednesday, February 8, 9:17 p.m.)

A woman reported her 18-year-old daughter wanted to go home with her boyfriend, but the mother did not want her to go and wished that deputies be present to keep the peace.


Via Cascada, 33800 Block (Sunday, May 20, 10:30 p.m.)

A caller was home alone when she heard someone trying to open her front door. The caller immediately called police, fearing that it might be a burglar. It turned out to be the caller’s brother.


Suspicious Person in Vehicle
Avenida Aeropuerto, 26000 Block (Monday, June 4, 9:27 a.m.)

A caller from Capistrano Valley Mobile Estates requested that deputies be dispatched to check on a man whom he believed to be living in an old, white Volkswagen with wooden bumpers. Police arrived, and the subject agreed to leave.

Suspicious Person/Circumstance
Los Rios Street, 31500 Block (Monday, June 11, 1:10 a.m.)

A neighbor called police when he heard several children in the house next door screaming. Deputies responded and it was discovered that the children had been watching a scary movie.

Drunk in Public
Del Obispo Street, 31800 Block (Friday, June 15, 2:25 a.m.)

An unknown intoxicated male showed up at the fire station and began to demand that the firemen give him a ride home.


Rancho Viejo Road, 31100 Block (Tuesday, July 17, 1:41 p.m.)

A female with a stroller but no baby was reported walking near Paper Annex, asking people for money and bothering tenants. When deputies arrived, the woman had left the scene and no contact could be made.

Suspicious Person/Circumstance
Verdugo Street, 26700 Block (Friday, July 20, 4:19 p.m.)

Train station employees called police after the conductor of one of their trains removed a juvenile female from the train for causing a disruption. The girl proceeded to loiter near the train depot, screaming at trains and becoming aggressive with passersby.


Citizen Assist
Compass Way, 25600 Block (Saturday, August 4, 11:11 a.m.)

A man called police to report that for the last several weeks he had been receiving very unorthodox phone calls from a carpet cleaning company. The man could not find the company after searching for a website and believed it may be a “Ponzi scheme.”

San Juan Creek Road, 32100 Block (Sunday, August 5, 7:34 p.m.)

Employees of San Juan Hills Golf Club called to report two males fishing from the irrigation pond on the driving range. The two men were asked to leave approximately three hours prior to the 911 call but had since returned.

Suspicious Vehicle
Calle Ricardo/Avenida Evita (Thursday, August 9, 8:29 p.m.)

A man called police after seeing a red Mazda parked on his street for a few hours. The caller stated the car was running and had its brake lights on. The man had approached the car to see if someone was lying down in the car but found no people near the car. The caller did find that the car was left in drive and a large rock had been rested against the brake pedal.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Camino Capistrano, 32000 Block (Friday, August 10, 5:48 a.m.)

Police arrested a 46-year-old man after he hit his neighbor across the leg with a plank of wood. The man became agitated after a dispute regarding landscaping issues with his neighbor’s bushes crossing over into his property.

Disturbance-Music or Party
Via del Rey, 25600 Block (Friday, August 10, 11:34 p.m.)

Police were called to a house that played host to what was described as a “very loud and rambunctious” party. Deputies had responded to a similar complaint at this residence an hour earlier and ended the gathering, but once the officers left the house, the people returned to the house and continued partying.

Burglary Alarm-Audible
Calle La Purisima, 31500 Block (Sunday, August 12, 6:41 a.m.)

A concerned neighbor called police when he thought he heard his next door neighbor’s house alarm sounding and the resident’s dogs barking inside. Police performed a patrol check of the area and discovered the alarm was a very loud alarm clock in the resident’s bedroom.

Drunk In Public
Paseo Adelanto, 32100 Block (Monday, August 13, 7:22 p.m.)

Police were called to a domestic violence class when a female client taking the class became agitated and disruptive. The woman was heavily intoxicated and threatened to hit her boyfriend.

Annoying Phone Call
Camino Capistrano, 32100 Block (Thursday, August 16, 8:26 a.m.)

San Juan Urgent Care employees called police after they had been receiving prank calls every day for two weeks. The employees reported several unknown people, possibly two males and one female, had been calling asking if they could purchase “strange items in large quantities.”


Traffic Accident
Calle San Francisco, 26500 Block (Thursday, September 6, 12:06 a.m.)

A call to police was received after a car driving on Avenida De La Vista lost a wheel. The caller stated the front passenger-side tire of the vehicle came loose from the car and continued down the street before coming to a rest along the curb. Preferred Towing was en route at the time of the call.

Alipaz Street, 32200 Block (Thursday, September 6, 5:57 p.m.)

A man called police after he witnessed a boy from his neighborhood throwing rocks at his daughter and other residents.

Via Del Rey, 25600 Block (Sunday, September 9, 9:45 a.m.)

A patrol check was requested for the area of Via del Rey for a person using a very loud sandblaster. The caller stated the sandblaster could be heard over his television, which was already at a high volume.

Park Circle, 26400 Block (Monday, September 10, 12:30 a.m.)

A female was seen sleeping in her car. The caller said the woman was a resident of the neighborhood but was unsure why she was sleeping outside her house.

Abandoned Vehicle
Country Hills Road, 29100 Block (Thursday, September 20, 10:37 a.m.)

A patrol check was requested for a black Lexus that had been parked on the street for more than three days. The caller also requested that a deputy patrol check the area during the times the high school across the street is dismissing students. The caller stated parents park in the neighborhood and block driveways and impede traffic while waiting for their children to be dismissed.

Special Event
Vista Montana, 29200 Block (Friday, September 28, 5:34 p.m.)

A resident who lives near San Juan Hills High School called police to complain about the loud noise caused by the football announcer at the high school. The caller was advised to contact the school regarding the volume of the announcer.


Assist Outside Agency
Calle Rolando, 26400 Block (Thursday, October 4, 3:29 p.m.)

Homeland Security and the FBI requested assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in locating a man to be interviewed.

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