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Volume 4, Issue 97  |  December 3, 2019


Police Files

Resident comes across burglary in progress in Cameo Highlands, then police arrest suspects after short pursuit

Monday night, November 25, around 7 p.m., a resident returned to his Cameo Highlands residence and noticed people moving about inside his home with flashlights. He also noticed a window ajar.

The homeowner immediately called Newport Beach Police dispatch and officers responded with a Code 3, without lights and sirens, to the area.

As police responded, the suspects attempted to run, going from yard to yard in an attempt to evade police. The HB-1 helicopter was utilized to assist officers in establishing and maintaining a perimeter.

Eventually, the adults and one minor were taken into custody in connection with the burglary. Arrested was Mya Lania Davis, 19, of Los Angeles, for conspiracy to commit a crime, residential burglary with no forced entry, false impersonation of another, cruelty to a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a juvenile female.

Also arrested were James Devon Pugh, 23, of Los Angeles, for residential burglary with a forced entry, obstruction and resisting a peace officer, receiving stolen property and presenting false identification to a peace officer; and Jaylen Davion Street, 21, of Inglewood, for residential burglary with a forced entry, obstructing and resisting a peace officer and being a felon in possession of tear gas.

All were arrested and taken into custody. 

Additionally, a 16-year-old female was also taken into juvenile hall.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Davis and $50,000 each for Pugh and Street.

Local suspected of driving drunk again and getting confrontational with police

On Sunday, November 24 at approximately 3 p.m., a Newport Beach Police officer was dispatched to the area of Jamboree Road in reference to a call of a possible drunk driver swerving and running into the curb. The witness stated that the vehicle was a white Mazda GT.

Shortly thereafter, officers observed a vehicle fitting that description stopped approximately 50 feet south of the intersection on a green light. There were several vehicles behind the Mazda that were stopped and unable to proceed through the intersection.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, the Mazda failed to yield. The officer then used his PA system and instructed the driver to pull over and then utilized a different tone on the siren to get the driver`s attention but was unsuccessful. 

The vehicle eventually came to a stop and the officer was able to make contact.

The driver, however, refused to exit his vehicle upon the officer’s commands. Multiple officers then assisted in removing Joseph Anthony Coppola, 37, of Newport Beach, from his vehicle. While taking the suspect back to one of their units, Coppola attempted to wrap his leg around an officer and came within inches of his face.

It was found that Coppola was driving with an alcohol level over .08. Additionally, he was found to have one prior DUI.

He was arrested on charges of evading a peace officer, obstructing and resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer, DUI with a prior and DUI with an alcohol level exceeding .08.

His bail was set at $10,000.

Falsified vehicle tags lead to charges against all four occupants for a variety of charges

On Sunday, November 24, just before 8 p.m., a Newport Beach Police officer observed a vehicle driving with an expired registration from 2018 but displaying false 2020 registration tags. The officer initiated a traffic stop.

Further investigation revealed that the driver, Katelyn Virginia Thomas, 35, of Midway City, knowingly put the 2020 tags on her vehicle.

The officer questioned three other occupants of the vehicle and found that everyone was on probation, parole or supervised release.

During a search of the vehicle, a collapsible baton was located and within reach of each of the four occupants.

All were arrested and charged with possession of a leaded cane.

Thomas’ bail was set at $5,000, while the three occupants, Anthony Michael George, 41, Newport Beach; Isabel Ruth Marcos, 18, Huntington Beach; and Brendan Taylor Filice, 22, of Irvine, were all assigned a $500 bail.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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