Saturday, March 19, 2011

Costa Mesa DMV Threatened


MULTI-AGENCY RESPONSE
Several law enforcement agencies including the Costa Mesa Police Department, the California Highway, Newport Beach Police Department and the Santa Ana bomb squad (above) are at the site of the California Department of Motor Vehicles office on West 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

ONE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
According to reports from the scene, one person, described by witnesses as a "white person", has been taken into custody and the DMV offices are being searched. The sex of the individual in custody is not known at this time. In the background of this photo, over the officers in the foreground, you can see police officers around the suspect vehicle. A K-9 unit was also used in this operation.

DMV UNDER SIEGE FOR TWO HOURS
Preliminary reports from the CMPD indicate that this incident started around 5:45 p.m. today, Saturday, and was brought to a conclusion shortly after 7:30. Several blocks surrounding the DMV office in all directions were cordoned off for public safety. It is unknown at this time when the travel restrictions in that area will be lifted. You can see the nightsun light from the police helicopter in the upper left corner.

REASON FOR THE INCIDENT UNKNOWN
It is still early in the investigation, so it is unknown what prompted this threat to the DMV. It is unknown whether any individuals were in the DMV office during this time. This latest photo, which was provided by our friend A Bubbling Tipster with all the others here, shows the doors of the DMV ajar - apparently knocked off the tracks by the suspect's car.

MORE LATER
I'll report more on this strange, dangerous event when information is available. At this time it appears to be under control. Reports from the scene by our stringer on this story, A Bubbling Tipster, tell us that when the suspect was arrested crowds of mostly Latino folks gathered in the area erupted in applause and cheers for the CMPD. Good job to all the agencies involved. Thanks for being there for us.

SUSPECT A FEMALE?
A report by "Anonymous" indicates that the suspect may have been a woman. The reporter said female screams were heard when the K-9 unit attacked. That's it on this story for tonight. Hopefully, one of the "real" news outlets will provide us with more information Sunday. We'll see. Thanks to our alert tipster and a reader for giving us the straight scoop on this story.

THE LAST WORD
Last entry on this story. Here's the Register's Jon Cassidy's take on it. That story is just too funny for words! Take a second and scroll through the Register photos... you'll see one of a police officer with his dog slung over his shoulder... love it.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous thank you said...

Once again a bubbling cauldron brings it to you first!

3/19/2011 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I witnessed the entire thing. I'm not quite sure but I think it was a woman. When they sent the dogs in it sounded like a woman screaming.

3/19/2011 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

One of My tipsters confirmed it was a blond haired woman. They sent a canine after her and it took her down by the throat. Didn't rip her throat out , just grabbed her there and she dropped down and the police pulled off the dog. Wonder what was in the truck?

3/20/2011 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

The white truck was the Santa Ana bomb squad. The Register article I linked to shows photos of her car backed into the door of the DMV. She was "trying to mail a letter"... Geez!

3/20/2011 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous I M A Resident said...

The issue is not all public employee compensation, more specifically, it is police & fire issues.

Today in the OC Register there is an article that talks about a Costa Mesa Police Officer planting evidence.

We heard of another using a CMPD tracking device.

The 2 Top Cops are gone.

There is a crisis of leadership, yet all anyone wants to do is blame 4 council members.

I do not get it.

3/20/2011 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger valan2 said...

Trying to mail a letter at the DMV? What can you expect from someone who probably got her drivers license at the Post Office?

3/20/2011 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

A Bubbling Tipster, now that is kinda funny!!! Made me think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the boy who falls into the chocolate lake and is sucked up the tube. I dont know why. But sometimes comedy is needed...

3/20/2011 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Beachside Bookkeeping said...

Great job the Costa Mesa PD did as they evacuated us at Taco Mesa. They saved us all those delicious calories that most likely would have gone to our hips!!!

3/20/2011 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous almostdone said...

'I am a resident'
Yes, you truly don't get it. The proof of that is... you believe that because there is a aticle in the OCR that talks about a cop being accused of planting evidence by a drug adicted convict, that it means it actually happened.
Says alot about your perspective on things.

3/20/2011 02:23:00 PM  

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