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Newport man arrested on attempted murder, torture and kidnapping charges

Richard David Schlosser, 36, Newport Beach, has been arrested on a number of charges including attempted murder.

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10:17 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Newport Boulevard in response to a request for a welfare check.  

At the residence, they made contact with Schlosser and the victim. Officers identified reason to believe that a crime had occurred and initiated a thorough investigation. Schlosser was subsequently arrested without incident for the charges of torture, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, threatening crime with intent to terrorize, false imprisonment and kidnapping.

Because of entitled victim confidentiality requirements, those are the minimal details that have been shared to this point.

Schlosser’s bail has been set at $2,000,000.

Bike ride turns into bad morning in jail that just gets worse

On Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10:28 a.m., NBPD officers observed a man, Timothy Raymond Barela, 26, Newport Beach, riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Superior Avenue approaching Hoag Health Center. Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is prohibited (with few exceptions) by the Newport Beach municipal code.  

The man then crossed the intersection against a red light and officers initiated a stop.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Barela had a number of different types of prescription narcotics, without any accompanying prescriptions. He also had narcotics paraphernalia, including a glass pipe, butane torches and a digital scale with narcotics residue.

 Barela also had a large amount of methamphetamine, “far beyond the amount that would be kept for personal use and someone else’s identification,” said a NBPD spokesperson.

He was arrested for five charges: possession of the prescription pills, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, appropriation of lost property and failing to stop at the red light.  

Before entering the NBPD jail, Barela was notified that it is a felony to bring narcotics or contraband into the jail facility. During his following custody search, an officer located three baggies of cocaine, resulting in an additional charge.

Barela had his bail set at $25,000.

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