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PREPARED BY: LT. STUARD
On 09/06 at approximately 2120 hours, the Escondido Police Department received an anonymous report of unidentified male subjects possibly stripping a car in the 500 block of North Fig Street. Officers arrived in the area and quickly located a white, Honda sedan parked in the driveway of a nearby residence, which had been reported stolen. One subject, later identified as Juan Manuel Rodriguez, 19 years old of Escondido, was detained at the scene. The subsequent investigation showed Rodriguez was using beige colored paint and a paintbrush in a weak attempt to repaint the stolen car. Rodriguez was arrested and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility (VDF) for possession of a stolen vehicle.
On 09/07, at approximately 0805 hours, the Escondido Police Department received a report of suspicious persons unloading what appeared to be stolen property from a white, GMC Suburban in the 2000 block of Mark Avenue. A check of the vehicle’s license plate showed the vehicle was recently reported stolen. Officers responded to the scene and arrived just as the vehicle was leaving. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but both occupants alighted the still-moving vehicle and attempt to flee on foot. The uncontrolled vehicle stuck two nearby parked vehicles, and both suspects were quickly captured. The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Isaid Isaiah Garcia. 18 years old of Escondido. He was later booked into VDF charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest. The passenger of the stolen vehicle was identified as Jesse Ray VillaGomez, 23 years old of Escondido. He was later booked into VDF charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Both of these incidents exemplify the value of the public reporting suspicious activity to the police as it is happening. The public is best qualified to know when activity or the presence of strangers rises to the level of suspicion in their neighborhoods, schools or places of work. The Escondido Police Department encourages members of the public to contact the police department at any time to report suspicious activity.
To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org. For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at twitter.com/escondidopolice.