La Jolla Crime Report: Vandals smash window of Bird Rock eatery


Vandals smash window of Bird Rock eatery

A vandal smashed the front window of Bella Roma Pizza restaurant at 5737 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock, around 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, the owner reported.

The vandal did not gain entrance to the business and nothing was stolen, the owner said. A camera on site captured the image of the perpetrator who is described as a tall, heavyset young man, with black hair. He was wearing a white shirt and white pants.

The owner is asking business owners in the area with cameras to contact her if they have clearer footage of the suspect, as well as any homeowners on Camino de la Costa, where rocks in the landscaping of a home appear to be the same as the one used to smash the window.

Anyone with video or more information is asked to call Sharar Sultanzada at (858) 335-5312 or San Diego Police’s Northern Division at (858) 552-1700. —

Staff Reports

Man with loaded gun arrested at UCSD

A man with a criminal record was arrested after authorities said he threatened someone at UC San Diego with a loaded gun.

Ahmad Abassi, 29, was taken into custody at his home by university police about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 20, according to UCSD spokesman Jeff Gattas.

Abassi is accused of brandishing a firearm and making threats while at the university’s Hopkins parking structure on Voigt Lane on Feb. 13, school records show.

The arrest log listed his occupation as “student,” but neither Abassi, nor his male victim, are affiliated with the university, Gattas said.

Abassi was booked into jail on charges of threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, exhibiting and possessing a loaded firearm on university property, and being a convicted person in possession of a firearm. Abassi’s bail was set at $50,000, which he posted and was released from jail.

U-T San Diego

Trial ordered for woman accused of causing fatal crash

A disabled Air Force veteran accused of driving under the influence of four depressants and causing a multi-car crash in University City that killed a 77-year-old man in another car was ordered to stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs.

Soranon Booppanon, 39, faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey said Booppanon was under the influence of Valium and three other prescription medications about 10:30 a.m. last Oct. 23 when she blew through a red light on westbound La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee and caused a chain-reaction crash that killed George Matteson of Pacific Beach.

Matteson’s 74-year-old wife, Betty, received more than 10 broken bones and was seriously injured.

Harvey said Booppanon was going 68 mph and accelerating when she ran the light.

Defense attorney Cole Casey said Booppanon has numerous medical problems as a result of 13 years in the military, and was on her way to the Veteran’s Administration when the crash happened.

Casey said he was hopeful his client would be eligible for Veteran’s Court, a program designed to help military veterans get treatment after finding themselves in legal trouble. Judge Laura Alksne found that enough evidence was presented for Booppanon to stand trial June 2.

Police Blotter

Feb. 1

Grand theft

, 8500 block Sugarman Drive, 8 a.m.

Possess weapon/controlled substance at


, 9600 block Gilman Drive, 11:09 a.m.

Feb. 2

Commercial burglary

, 900 block Silverado Street, 2:28 a.m.

Street robbery (weapon used)

, 2500 block Torrey Pines Road, 6 a.m.

Vehicle theft

, 2500 block Torrey Pines Road, 6:04 a.m.

Feb. 3

Residential burglary

, 530 block La Jolla Boulevard, 12:41 a.m.

Feb. 6

Residential burglary

, 7400 block Herschel Avenue, 11 a.m.

Feb. 7

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 7100 block Country Club Drive, 1 a.m.

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 6100 block La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, 4:55 a.m.

Grand theft

, 8100 block Camino del Sol, 10:35 p.m.

Vehicle theft

, 2800 block Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, 12 p.m.

Feb. 9

Commercial burglary

, 1200 block Prospect Street, 3 a.m.

Vehicle theft

, 7400 block Herschel Avenue, 11 a.m.

Commercial burglary

, 8800 block Villa La Jolla Drive, 10 p.m.

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 5800 block La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 11

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 700 block Silverado Street, 6:45 p.m.

Vehicle theft

, 7300 block La Jolla Boulevard, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 2000 Spindrift Drive, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 13

Residential burglary

, 900 block Havenhurst Drive, 1 p.m.

Feb. 14

Residential burglary

, 800 block La Jolla Corona Court, 7 a.m

Battery with serious bodily injury

, 2800 block Torrey Pines Scenic Drive North, 9 a.m.

Feb. 15

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 2800 block Torrey Pines Scenic Drive North, 8 a.m.

Battery with serious bodily injury

, 8500 block El Paseo Grande, 11 a.m.

Feb. 16

Residential burglary

, 3100 block Evening Way, 8 p.m.

Feb. 17

Other sex crime

, 800 block Coast Boulevard, 1:54 p.m.

Feb. 18

Commercial burglary

, 7700 block Fay Avenue, 2:19 a.m.

Feb. 21

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 7100 block Olivetas Avenue, 5 p.m.

Feb. 22

Vehicle break-in/theft

, 8500 block Paseo Grande, 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 26

Vehicle theft

, 600 block Wrelton Drive, 10 a.m.

Feb. 28

Residential burglary

, 700 Bonair Street, 12:30 p.m.