$1,000 reward set in fraud/identity theft case
On June 9, a male suspect went into the Verizon store at 3505 Sports Arena Blvd. and used a fraudulent identity card (depicting the victim’s real information), and was able to access the victim’s Verizon account. The suspect then went to the Best Buy at 5151 Mission Center Road, and was able to access the victim’s Best Buy credit card account.
The suspect purchased an Apple MacBook computer valued at $3,000. There was an additional fraudulent charge to the victim’s bank account of $500. The total amount reached was $6,000.
The victim is unaware of how their personal information was compromised, as the victim was in possession of the ID and credit cards when the fraudulent charges occurred. The suspect is described as a white male, age 20-30, heavy-set, with short dark hair, beard and eyeglasses.
A $1,000 reward is offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest. Call the San Diego Police Department’s Economic Crimes Unit at (619) 446-1050 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477 or visit sdcrimestoppers.org
Teenager drowns after cliff jump in Ocean Beach
A 15-year-old boy, identified as Anthony Womack, sophomore at Sweetwater High School in National City, was pronounced dead after being pulled unconscious from the ocean after jumping off Pappy’s Point along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Osprey Street around 10:40 a.m. Sept. 11.
More than 20 lifeguards responded to the call and searched the water for nearly an hour before the boy was found underwater. Some of the lifeguards searched from personal watercraft and boats, while others were scuba diving or swimming. The water near the point had limited visibility because of the large swell and strong current, said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero.
After the teen was found, he was taken to shore, where medics performed CPR. He was transported to UCSD Medical Center. Witnesses told lifeguards Womack had skipped school with friends and gone to the beach, where several of them jumped off the cliff. —San Diego Union Tribune
Harbor Police seek help in vehicle attack cases
At 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 27, Harbor Police responded to a call from a rideshare driver reporting the windows of his vehicle had been damaged by projectile objects. The driver said he was going north in the 100 block of Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center around 10:40 p.m. when his vehicle was hit. His dash camera captured the incident.
No one was injured. The vehicle’s damage was estimated at $300-$400.
Since June 27, Harbor Police have received five reports of objects striking moving vehicles between 2800 North Harbor Drive and 200 Harbor Drive. The weapon has not yet been identified, but a pellet or BB gun is suspected.
All vehicles have been “for hire,” such as taxis or rideshare vehicles. Harbor Police are asking anyone who is a victim of these attacks to dial 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so to report the incident. The public may call Harbor Police at (619) 686-6272 with any information that could lead to an arrest.
3 bicycle accidents in Midway area
• A 56-year-old female, was riding her bicycle eastbound on the sidewalk of 3600 Midway Drive at 12:27 p.m. Aug. 30. A 39-year-old male was driving his Jeep southbound from a private parking lot and stopped for oncoming traffic. The bicyclist attempted to ride in front of the Jeep and was struck as it entered traffic. The bicyclist suffered severe head trauma. Traffic Division responded.
• A 38-year-old male pedestrian was walking or running north across 3300 Sports Arena Blvd. at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 30. A 31-year-old male was driving his Buick La Sabre westbound in the third lane. The vehicle struck the pedestrian in the third lane. The pedestrian sustained life threatening head trauma. No DUI. Traffic Division is investigating.
• A 78-year-old male was riding a bicycle eastbound on 4100 Loma Riviera Lane, approaching the intersection at Loma Riviera Drive, 5:53 p.m. Sept. 3. A silver 2017 Subaru SUV, driven by a 65-year-old female southbound at 3000 Loma Riviera Drive, entered the intersection.
The bicyclist did not yield to the vehicle and struck the vehicle in the intersection. The rider was thrown from his bike. Paramedics transported him to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Drugs/Alcohol Violations: 61
DUI’s Drugs/Alcohol: 8
Fraud: 6 reports
Residential Burglaries: 3500 Poe, 12:01 a.m. Aug. 25; 3200 block Ocean Front, noon, Aug. 21; 3600 block Leland, 2 p.m. Aug. 27
Commercial Burglaries: 2400 block Truxtun Road, 2:35 a.m. Aug. 26; 2800 block Wasp, 11:59 p.m. Aug. 26; 1400 block Vacation, 5 p.m. Aug. 31
Street Robberies: 3100 block Mission, 1:50 a.m. Aug. 29; 5100 block Cape May, 5:30 a.m. Sept. 2; 1900 block Abbott, 11:11 p.m. Aug. 30
Grand Theft: 6 reports
Petty Theft/Shoplifting: 13 reports
Vandalism: 6 reports
Vehicle Break-ins: 16 reports
Stolen vehicles: 9
—Compiled by Savanah Duffy from San Diego Police reports.