Crime and public-safety news: March 15

Unauthorized immigrants caught off La Jolla coast

Thirteen unauthorized immigrants from Mexico (12 men and one woman) found off the La Jolla coast in a panga-style boat were taken into custody the morning of March 11. Lifeguards intercepted the boat in the surf and towed it a little farther out to sea for the safety of those onboard the panga, an official said.

The U.S. Coast Guard got a report shortly before 7 a.m. that the boat appeared disabled, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky told OnSceneTV. He said no one was injured.

The boat had a motor, but people were using oars, trying to row to shore from about half a mile out, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said.

After lifeguards towed the boat farther from the coastline, the Coast Guard took over and towed it to shore, at a lifeguard station. Border Patrol took the occupants into custody.

The San Diego Union Tribune

Police decline to take report following road rage incident

A UC San Diego student attempted to file a police report after an altercation stemming from road rage in The Village in early March, but because police say the interaction did not qualify as a crime, they would not take a report.

The victim’s father contacted police and La Jolla Light to report his daughter was going to a café on Silverado Street with another student on March 8 and, while waiting in her car for a parking space, a man confronted her, hit her car windows (but did not break them) and spit on the car.

“My daughter was waiting for a car to pull out of a parking space with her turn-signal on. Another car pulled behind her and started honking. When the car pulled out of the space, the car behind her tried to go around her and pull into that space, but she was already in. The driver was enraged and got out of his car to confront her,” he reports.

As the victim drove away, the assailant followed her, and only stopped the pursuit when the victim drove past an unoccupied police car.

When she went to file a police report, she was told the incident was not a crime.

Community Relations Officer Larry Hesselgesser explained that by not making contact with the victim, damaging the vehicle or making threats, the exchange would not meet the standard crimes such as battery, property damage or criminal threats.

However, he later told the Light: “(I will) look into the charge of criminal harassment and see if the City Attorney believes we have enough to write up a crime report. We can certainly still write a report if there is enough there.”

Report of rape near PB under investigation

A rape that allegedly took place at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 on the 400 block of Turquoise St. is being investigated, as it was only recently reported to police. “The suspect is known to the victim and there is no danger to the community related to this incident,” reports San Diego Police Lt. Jason Weeden.

Police Blotter

Feb. 22

Vehicle break-in/theft, 700 block Sapphire St., 7 p.m.

Feb. 26

Vehicle break-in/theft, 300 block Nautilus St., noon

March 1

Open container in park, 1000 block Loring St., 3:10 p.m.

Commercial robbery, weapon used (details not available by deadline), 7500 block Girard Ave., 3:44 p.m.

Vehicle break-in, 5600 block Chelsea Ave., 9:20 p.m.

March 2

Vehicle theft, Camino Del Oro at El Paseo Grande, 2:30 a.m.

March 4

Vehicle theft, 1100 block Van Nuys St., 3 p.m.

Vehicle break-in, 7300 block Eads Ave., 6:30 p.m.

Fraud, 1000 block Opal St., midnight

March 5

Disorderly conduct, alcohol, 8400 block Camino Del Oro, 5:42 p.m.

March 6

Vehicle break-in, 1300 block Virginia Way, 10:10 p.m.

March 7

Misdemeanor vandalism, 7800 block Girard Ave., 7 p.m.

Auto tampering, 2200 block Caminito Preciosa, 9:30 p.m.

March 8

Attempt arson, 900 block Turquoise St., 4:38 a.m.

Vandalism, 7800 block Roseland Drive, 11 a.m.

Vandalism, 5500 block Ladybird Lane, 10 p.m.

March 9

Petty theft, 700 block Turquoise St., 1:30 p.m.

March 10

Residential burglary, unknown suspect entered the home through a rear door. When residents returned, they noticed several electronics missing, 4900 block Dawes St., 8 p.m.

DUI: Alcohol, 500 block Nautilus St., 3:15 a.m.

March 11

Vandalism, 5300 block La Jolla Blvd., 4:54 a.m.

Vehicle break-in, 300 block Coast Blvd., 8 p.m.

DUI: Alcohol 0.08 percent, 2200 block Torrey Pines Road, 5:01 a.m.

Compiled by Ashley Mackin-Solomon