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Crime: 'You're Middle Eastern? Get Out!'

Also, a man threatens to kill his ex-wife with a gun, and if that's not good enough, blow up her building. That, and other calls to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

You’d think we’d all be past this by now, but apparently Lake Forest is not immune from bigotry or racism.

According to the blotter of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, a man’s race got him kicked out of the place he was living.

A caller on Thursday sought the help of deputies. The man rented a room, and after the landlord learned the tenant was Middle Eastern, he wanted the tenant to move out.

The tenant wanted to meet with deputies, but not at the residence.  The tenant informed deputies the landlord owned several guns.

This guy promised to do all kinds of bad things

A woman called to report terror threats made by her ex-husband, who now lives in Santa Ana. She called the 9-1-1 operator and reported the ex-husband’s girlfriend had hit her in the face and that she had blacked out—although she refused medical attention—and she had just received a phone call from the ex-husband who threatened to come to her Saddleback Ranch Apartment home with a gun and kill her; the informant confirmed that when they were married the man owned guns.

The woman upgraded the threat to say her ex called again and said he was going to blow up the building, but not before taking the children, ages 8, 9 and 12.

The woman, who remained on the line until deputies arrived, also indicated the obvious—her ex had stated he was going to finish off the woman.

The original call was made Thursday, 3:41 p.m., from the 23100 block of Los Alisos.

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be a buddy

A man at the Chevron convenience store and gas station tried to take a beer, but when the informant confronted the subject, the man punched the informant’s friend and left in a dark sedan.

The call was made Thursday, 12:36 a.m., from the corner of Rockfield and El Toro.

The following is a summary report of calls from Lake Forest to the Orange County Sheriff's Department on March 28.

Suspicious persons/circumstances, Thursday, 11:19 p.m., 23100 block of Los Alisos. A woman said she and her boyfriend were confronted on a trail behind their residence by a man holding a bottle of liquor who was being abusive and said he wanted to hurt them. She also reported hearing a dog yelping, as though it was in distress. 

Missing adult, Thursday, 11:10 p.m., 25500 block of Azalea. A man reported that his 70-yea-old father, with a history of leaving the home and threatening to kill himself, had been missing since March 22. The senior gentleman owns “eight or nine” guns, but the informant didn’t know if they were in his father’s possession or were stored in a different location; the informant reported the guns went missing the last time his father disappeared, in January. Previously, the elderly man had been found passed out drunk in his car.

Disturbance, Thursday, 8:57 p.m., Pradera and Peachwood. A woman reported her roommate was in a verbal altercation that, while on the phone, apparently escalated to a physical one. The operator heard someone say “Help me” in the background. The informant said she hit her over the head with a flyswatter, and was loading a few things in her car to leave.

Disturbance, Thursday, 8:08 p.m., 22700 Malaga Way. A woman called to say she had a restraining order against her daughter's ex-boyfriend, 16, who was at the location; the boy is the father of the informant's grandchild. Deputies took the boy to his home and released him to his mother.

Disturbance, Thursday, 7:26 p.m., 21100 block of Cranbridge. An informant reported that several subject show up at the location nightly, loiter and start arguments with people. The informant reported that three vehicles were at the location now, a black Mercedes Benz, a white Mercedes, and a white Toyota Scion.

Disturbance, Thursday, 7:16 p.m., 24500 block of Raymond Way. Subjects were fighting in the parking lot of the office building; no weapons were seen.

Disturbance, Thursday, 6:58 p.m., 24700 block of Raymond Way.  A woman said a man was at the property even though there is a restraining order against him, and began arguing. The informant stopped answering questions and the line was disconnected. On a callback, the informant was arguing with her 78-year-old father, who had arrived at the location.

Disturbance, Thursday, 6:21 p.m., 23700 block of El Toro Road. An employee at the location got into an altercation with a man who was urinating on the wall; the subject ran into Ralphs.

Suspicious persons/circumstances, Thursday, 5:18 p.m., 25400 block of Shoshone. There was a report of a navy blue Jeep Commander occupied by juveniles who were smoking dope.

Traffic accident-unknown injuries, Thursday, 5:42 p.m., El Toro and Rockfield. A woman was injured when her car and an OCTA bus were involved in a collision on eastbound El Toro Road.

Suspicious person/circumstances, Thursday, 4:54 p.m., Elrond and Respit. A caller reported a woman in her 20s standing in the sun for four hours on the street corner. The informant offered the woman a bottle of water and thought something might be wrong with her. She was taken to Saddleback Hospital to be self-admitted.

Disturbance, Thursday, 4:18 p.m., El Toro and Rockfield. An informant reported two subjects in a blue Ford Focus who were trying to sell the man a stereo; they threated to beat him up after the man told them to stop trying to scam people. They were last seen in the Ross shopping center.

Citizen assist, Thursday, 1:38 p.m., 24800 block of Lakefield. A man reported an ongoing problem with an neighbor that might also include malicious mischief.

Suspcious persons/circumstances, Thursday, 1:01 p.m., 23800 block of El Toro Road. An employee at Guitar Center reported a man who had been loitering inside and outside the story asking people for money. This has been an ongoing problem with the man.

Traffic accident-non injury, Thursday, 1:04 p.m., 24900 block of Muirlands. A vehicle ran into a tree. Two women exited the car and walked into the community. A 25-year-old woman, April Reyes Pare, was cited and released from custody.

Assist outside agency, Thursday, 12:14 p.m., Ridge Route and Elrond. A goose was hit  and injured in the roadway. Animal Control was advised.

Suspicious persons/circumstances, Thursday, 11:02 p.m., 22600 block of Lake Forest Drive. An older woman who appeared to be disoriented had been inside the lobby of Mimi’s Café for four hours.

Suspcious person in vehicle, Thursday, 7:34 a.m., Cherry and Crestbrook. Three male teens were in a silver Toyota Corolla smoking dope; the informant said they were there on Wednesday as well.

Grand theft report, Thursday, 6:56 a.m., 23100 block of Los Alisos. A resident reported the catalytic converter had been stolen from his car, and valued the loss at $3,000.

Disturbance-family dispute, Thursday, 5:13 a.m., 28400 block of Klondike. An informant heard an argument, possibly involving two men and a woman, who were in the residence across the street throwing bottles; the garage was open and loud music was playing.

Disturbance, Thursday, 2:38 a.m., 24900 block of Muirlands. An informant from the El Toro Mobile Estates said he wanted his tenant removed from the property, but was too drunk to say why; he admitted that he drank “a little but not that much.” The call history shows the man is an alcoholic.

This report was culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report, as well as the facts, may differ from the original blotter item. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.

CM April 01, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Even though your headline got me to open the Patch website and read this story I think the headline is offensive.
Martin Henderson (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Have added quotation marks into the headline to make it more apparent the words aren't coming from Patch, though the text of the story made that pretty evident. Hope you found the headline less offensive than the actions of those involved. Thanks for your comment and keeping us on our toes.

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