CMPD Grabs Shotgun-toting Bandit Promptly
The Costa Mesa Police Department announced last night that they captured a shotgun-wielding bandit last Saturday night after he had robbed a man at an ATM machine on Baker Street in the Mesa North part of town.
According to the report, the 18-year old robber - identified as Brian Gonzalez from Fontana - approached the 29-year old victim as he attempted to make a deposit and demanded he withdraw cash from the ATM. The victim entered his PIN number and, while Gonzalez attempted to finish his withdrawal, dashed to his car, retrieved a can of mace and sprayed him. The suspect turned and ran onto Coolidge and disappeared.
QUICK RESPONSE = QUICK ARREST
The victim called the police and the CMPD responded and was assisted by the Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter and K9 units from Newport Beach and Cypress police departments. While the search continued the CMPD received a call from a family member who was in touch with Gonzalez. Eventually, after conversation with the CMPD via cell phone, Gonzalez turned himself in at the Carls, Jr. restaurant at 15th Street and Newport Blvd. The shotgun was retrieved from a dumpster not far from the crime scene and the CMPD also secured the money Gonzalez had stolen - $20. He is now in the Orange County jail with a $50,000 bail and is suspected of having committed similar crimes.
KUDOS TO THE CMPD
Great work by the CMPD and their law enforcement partners from local jurisdictions for the excellent police work and the prompt apprehension of this dangerous, stupid, criminal.
OLD GRUMPY HOWLS INTO THE NIGHT
In an ironic twist, last night - at precisely the moment the CMPD issued the press release on this event - a grumpy old fella who lives in Mesa North and speaks frequently before the City Council - was in the midst of a tirade directed at the council about this very event. He chided the council for not cleaning up the slums, from whence he presumed this bandit had sprung, and speculated that he was still at large, roaming the Mesa North neighborhood with his shotgun, waiting to rob someone else. Apparently, when he heard the OCSD helicopter orbiting his neighborhood late Saturday night, old grumpy jumped into his car to see what was happening, but was stopped by police officers who were searching for the bandit. This old fella, a racist who has attempted to use his prodigious communication skills for more than a decade to rid Costa Mesa of every face that's not white, left the meeting early, apparently satisfied that hearing his own voice was quite enough for him.